Tokyo has many areas that are fun to visit. Below are four of the most lively areas in Tokyo, where you are easily able to spend some hours without getting bored.
Akihabara is a very lively area, and it is the type of place where you see all the neon lights and signs that you will see when you look up Tokyo on the internet. Arriving at this place can be very intense, there is a lot to see and to take in. There is music on the street and you hear the sounds of arcade machines all around you. People in costumes are trying to get you to eat at certain restaurants or to get you in a café, but it is one of the most visited areas in Tokyo.
Akihabara can be seen as a paradise for everyone that likes city vibes and games. Even when you are not into games, the claw machines will still catch your attention, trying to win one of the many prizes. There are many arcades with multiple floors, full of claw machines, arcade games and ‘gachapon’. Akihabara has lots of stores where you are able to buy games, souvenirs, cosplay-outfits, anime merchandise, manga’s and much more.
There is no entrance for Akihabara and you can go in the arcades for free, most games cost ¥100/¥200 per game. The opening times of the stores and the arcades in Akihabara vary a lot, so if there is a special place you’d like to visit, it might be an idea to look it up in advance.
Shibuya is home to the famous Shibuya Crossing, which is rumored to be the busiest intersection in the world. Hundreds of people, and at peak times up to 3000 people cross at the same time. People come from all directions at once, yet no one bumps into each other. At the crossing you will find the Hachiko Statue, a statue of the famous dog. Most people are even lining up to take pictures with the statue.
Besides Shibuya’s amazing crossing and the statue, there is much more to see and do. There are lots of stores in the area. You are also able to enjoy a coffee at the biggest Starbucks in the world here. The Starbucks seats have a view over the Shibuya Crossing.
Harajuku is a famous area in Tokyo, where most people go to look for the newest fashion in the stores. Takeshita Street is a great example to find lots of fashion boutiques, café’s and restaurants. You might find people in spectaculair outfits as well, making you wonder how many different colors they are wearing. Besides shopping, you are able to visit Yoyogi Park and Meiji Shrine inside the park as well. Meiji Shrine is currently being restored for the 2020 Olympics that will be held in Japan, since it is one of Tokyo’s famous shrines.
Shinjuku has lots to do and see, from visiting one of the most beautiful parks in Tokyo at daytime, to partying late at night. The area is home to one of the most popular parks in Tokyo, called ‘Shinjuku Gyoen’. It is a nice park that can be visited for a small entrance price.
After visiting the park you will be able to visit the ‘Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observatory’. This building has an observatory over the city and there is no admission fee to get in the building. During the late hours it might be an idea to visit the Golden Gai and Kabukicho. Golden Gai is famous for its looks and its nightlife. It consists of a couple narrow alleys, they are connected by even narrower passageways which is wide enough to fit a single person through. The Golden Gai is home to a lot of small restaurants and bars, some which are only open to regular customers. While walking in the streets of Shinjuku, you might see Godzilla’s head popping up above the buildings somewhere, or see KingKong hanging from a building. This is all normal in Shinjuku.