Japan, Tokyo – The City of the Future. Or not? – VIDEO
The capital of Japan seems endless. And it is sort of true- it is not just one city but it is seamless megalopolis in the Kanto region. Around 40 million people live there. Still, it is very easy to feel there like in a small town.
Tokyo is unlike most of large cities. There is not one downtown but serveral areas of high density of buildings and than little "towns" with restaurants, stores, and all kinds of services.
After couple of days there, you won't find strange that right next to a busy street full of people, cars and blinking colorful signs there is a side alley which is totaly different world - little houses with restaurants for only a handful of people, small temples, and people who are apparently not in hurry. It is a world which is very quiet. Yes. Tokyo is a huge city but it is unbelievably quiet.
Tokyo is relatively new as the Japanese capital. Imperial residence was moved to Tokyo from Kyoto as late as in 1868. Therefore, there are not so many historical landmarks as you can see in Kyoto. Still, there is a lot to see - museums, galleries, gardens, or just legenary districts such as Shibuya, Shinjuku or Kita.
The capital of Japan is a great place for anybody who loves shopping. the luxurious district of Gynza is next to Fifth Avenue, New York and Avenue Montaigne, Paris, and Bond Street, London the best "shopping" street in the world. There are thousands of stores in other central districts selling everything you can think of.
Tokyo is has one of the best cuisines in the world - traditional Japanese cuisine as well as restaurants inspired by other Asian regions or European, American or Australian cuisine. Original mixes of Western and Asian cuisines are gaining on popularity. Visit Tsukiji Fish Market which is the largest fish market in the world.
Tokyo public transport system is sort of an atraction by itself. It is the most complex public transport systm in the world. Even locals have problems to comprehend subway and railway lines. You must have seen videos of the so called "pushers" pushing people to fit into carriages during the peak hour. In 2020, Tokyo will host the Olympic Games for the second time already. We are really interested how will they manage huge influx of people.
If you get tired by the city there are several interesting nature reservations in the surrounding area of the city. Ogasawara National Park is under UNESCO protection.
You should have three days at least to see Tokyo. The more the better. One da you just spend by walking around in the streets and amazingly gazing around and trying to comprehend how such a huge city can exist. It is worth it!
We find ghost towns all over the world, but one of the most interesting ghost islands in the world is located in Japan, near Nagasaki. Hashima or Gunkan-jima (Warship Island) is one of the 505 uninhabited islands belonging to Japan. However, this one is absolutely unique.
It almost seems that the second largest city in Japan would look similar to the largest one. However, I was neatly surprised. Osaka can be really different which I found out right after the arriva. But this happens not everyhwere all the time - the city is full of people. If take a good look oyu discover its great magic.
A city where deers roam freely? No problem in Japan. If you feed one, it bows to you. This is only one of the reasons why Nara is a place you need to visit. It is situated near Osaka and Kyoto in the region of Kansai. But there is much more to it than deers. Nara is famous for its shrines, palaces and cuisine. Tōdai-ji is the largest wooden structure in the world.
A dot on the map with seemingly to improtance. But in my opinion, it is one of the most beautiful places in the world. I talk about the sacred mountain valley of Kōya in Kansai region near Osaka. There are over one hundred beautiful shrines and Okunoin - the largest cemetery in Japan. It is the type of place you wouldn´t like to leave.
There are so many attractions in Japan that it is difficult to go somewhere without having particular destination in mind. To stay at an old Japanese house was difficult to resist. Japanese countryside is way different from city. Eventually, it is more charming.
Most of the visitors to Kyoto remain in downtown and they often forget there are many beautiful places around the city. Daigo-ji, a shrine compound, is such a place. The half-an-hour ride by subway is sure worth it.
Former Japanese capital of Kyoto has about two thousand shrines. Mostly these are Buddhist, about quarter of them is shinto. Sometimes these are vast compounds, in other cases only small shrines hidden in the streets. Let's see some of them.
It was Japanese capital for centuries. Today, it is far from the size of Tokyo yet it is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Should we recommend you but one place where to go, Kyoto it would be.
Nagoya is the third largest city in Japan. Many forget to visit it, unfortunately. There are many interesting places and should you have enough time, spend there a day and night at least. You won't regret.
When you see it on a map it looks rather unremarkable, an archipelago in east Asia. Yet it is a country of amazing history, traditions, nature, and it is an economic powerhouse. You can expect anything before your first trip to Japan. Be sure that the country will surprise you anyway. Perhaps even more than you think.
Once I got an opportunity in my work to travel to a dream land, to Japan. Dream land because it has been already eleven years since I started practicing aikido and thus learning about its culture. And it fascinates me.
My work brought me to Yokohama, the capital of Kanagawa Prefecture, about 30 kilometers from Tokyo on the west coast of Tokyo Bay. The place of my work duties was located in Red Brick Wirehouse (Yokohama Akarenga Sōko), a beautiful historical building on a shore right next to the harbor.
My work has brought me to Yokohama this year, 2013. It is a large harbor city located on Tokyo Bay. In my free time I managed to explore parts of Yokohama on the sea. But from the rest of the city I have seen only nice Yokohama Park.