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The Highlights Of Tokyo, Japan

Okamoto N.

by GoWithGuide travel specialist:Okamoto N.

Last updated : Sep 11, 20135 min read


Welcome To Tokyo! 


If you are planning on taking a vacation, or traveling adventure across Asia, you might want to consider making Tokyo one of your destinations. Tokyo is the largest city in Japan and home to about 37 million people, with an almost perfect literacy rate. There are 23 wards and 62 municipalities within the city itself. It's located in the Kanto region of Japan, covering over 2,187.08 square kilometers. There are two main airports in Tokyo, the Narita International Airport and Haneda Airport. Both facilities were built with state-of-the-art construction and are exemplifications of modern architectural design. Tokyo is the capital city of Japan and is the hot spot for business, economics, governance, culture and entertainment. Some travelers list Japan as one of the top places you should not pass over, even if you are just touching down for a stop-over. Let's talk about why that is. 


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Tokyo was previously known as Edo, which was renamed in 1867. It's also the home to the royal family, who currently resides today in the Imperial palace. The Imperial palace has been home to the royal family since 1816. The palace itself is closed to the public, though. However, you can still roam around and enjoy the vast impeccably manicured gardens surrounding the palace area which is also surrounded by a great moat. In the East garden, there is a stone wall that has been standing since the palace was known as the Edo Castle, which was a place where samurai resided in between the 17th and 19th century. Among the greenery and stone walls, this historical and beautiful area is a great spot to take some memorable photos.



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In between the Imperial palace and Tokyo station is the Marunouchi area. It's called the Madison Avenue of Japan as it was redeveloped on an up-scale market, making it a very posh area filled with high-end brands and specialty shops. The buildings in this area are designed in line with modern Japanese architectural designs.
If you are hungry and near Shinjuku station, Yakitori Alley is just a stone's throw away. Yakitori is a kind of skewered chicken, and the alley itself is a narrow, winding passageway filled with food stalls selling grilled meat and seafood. This hidden jewel under the railways of the station can be easy to miss but don't worry you can find these kinds of food stalls everywhere. From these street food stalls, one could buy some of the best and tastiest foods. Not only are they mouthwatering, they're also pretty cheap. So you don't need to visit a fancy restaurant to get a taste of the best Japanese food, just stop at a food stall when you see one! Street food vendors sell everything from noodles and chips to rice topped meals.



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So when you get tired of walking around this enormous city but want to still see more, you can take a relaxing ride on a cruise ship along the Sumida River. The Sumida River is the largest river in Tokyo and you will have one of the best seats in the house from which to view the whole city. Despite the towering skyscrapers, Tokyo has managed to incorporate modern design with the traditional. Along the cruise, you will find the bustling Tsukiji fish market, which handles the majority of Japan's fishing commerce. At 5:00AM the auctions begin and by around 8:00AM the market is alive with buyers crowding around to buy fresh fish from specialty dealers. You can even feast on the freshest fish in Japan in one of the neighboring sushi restaurants in the outer market area. Fully enjoy the unique atmosphere and charm of each district, such as Asakusa, Akihabara, Shibuya, Harajuku. From sunrise to sunset to night views, Tokyo is a city that has something for everyone!



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Tokyo is nothing without its people, and they are one of the best reasons to come visit. The Japanese are hospitable, friendly, and make you easily feel like a member of the family (even though you're perfect strangers!). The Japanese are honest and genuine and tend not to bother with gossip. They spend years studying so they can be meaningful contributors to society, which can be seen through their technological advancements. Japan is one of the leading countries in science and technology, just check out all the smartphones, gadgets, computers etc. at any electronic store around Tokyo. Despite the use of technology to make people's life easier and more efficient, they also remember to commemorate their history and culture. There are festivals held all over Japan all year round, and it's important to many to pass on these traditions to the next generation.

Even though Tokyo is a large city, it's incredibly safe and practically spotless. There will be someone there to help you in your time of need. There are also police boxes around the area to help keep the area safe, as well. Tokyo and citizens will keep you in good hands. Give yourself an experience to remember with photos and stories to share with your friends. Tokyo can be described in one word, and that's awe-inspiring. So why Tokyo? Between the shopping, the restaurants, unique technological advances, and a traditional culture that has survived into modern times, it's like a whole new world for you to explore! Ready to take on Tokyo? Get in touch with a Tokyo tour guide and start your adventure! 

Tokyo Tour Guide - Yasuro C.

Yasuro C.

4.80 / 5
(64 reviews)

Hello, my name is Yasuro (Mr). I was born and brought up in Kansai, graduated from a univ in Kobe city, after moved into Kanto, 30 years in Tokyo, 2.5 years in Nagoya city, 7.5 years abroad (KL & S'pore) as a rep of a construction company and I got the National Guide Certificate in 2011. My hobbies are making Haiku poems, singing various songs (voice-training for 18 years), playing the folk-guitar, trekking in mountains like Takao and Okutama in the West of Tokyo, visiting museums like in Ueno Park and travelling around Japan to make Haiku poems. Thank you for your attention.                                                                                                                                 

Yokohama Tour Guide - Haruo T.

Haruo T.

4.90 / 5
(10 reviews)

I live in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture. I have a license to teach in high schools and was admitted to the degree of Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language in the University of Birmingham. Until 2015 I had been teaching English at public high schools in Kanagawa for 37 years. During that time, I had some experience of guiding students from overseas through sister-school relationship around Tokyo and Kanagawa. Therefore, I had good command of English with the TOEIC score of 935. As for a tour guide experience I earned the certificate of National Government Licensed Guide-Interpreter in English and since then I have guided tourists to the popular sites around Tokyo, Yokohama, Kamakura and Yokosuka. My guiding focuses on introducing not only Japanese historical and cultural backgrounds but also giving tourists some tips to travel Japan only by themselves, such as how to use trains and subways, find good restaurants, reserve tickets, buy survenier, and speak basic Japanese. In addition, my tour includes opportunities to experience Japanese culture like Zen meditation, ninja performance, visiting anime's location sites based on tourists' request. Besides, by means of my hobbies of writing English Haiku and Waka (traditional Japanese poems) and performing Rakugo (traditional Japanese funny story telling) in English, I can surely entertain tourists during the tour. My moto as a tour guide is let the tourists have a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Japan with my profound, intelligible and interestiog guiding.                                                                                                                                 

Tokyo Tour Guide - Grant A.

Grant A.

5.00 / 5
(14 reviews)

My name is Grant I lived more than 10 years in Japan. I graduated University and translation school in Tokyo. I am fluent in Japanese. I have a degree in Asian studies and have expert-level knowledge of Japanese culture and history. I have memorized the JR rail system across all of Japan, I use the same train timetable calculators as the station staff, and I have experience using bullet train passes that are exclusive to foreign visitors. I can optimally navigate the Tokyo underground and maximize value from a Tokyo metro pass and also understand Tokyo above ground which will allow for seamless transitions between different metro stations and landmarks with minimal backtracking. *There will be a price revision at the end of June* My tour fee is Half-Day Tour: 30,000yen for 1-5hours Full-Day Tour: 50,000yen for 5-12hours The time transiting to and from your hotel for pick up or drop off within Tokyo 23wards does not count towards the time. I am also able to guide historical sites and cities such as Kyoto, Kanazawa, Nikko, and Kamakura on request if you pay my rail fare. If your group is not a tour company and you simply ask me kindly for a 10,000yen discount and I will reduce the price of your tour until the end of June.                                                                                                                                 

Kanagawa Tour Guide - Kaneo U.

Kaneo U.

4.98 / 5
(43 reviews)

I’m so excited to have a chance to show you around my favorite spots in Kanagawa prefecture. I was born in Kanagawa. I spent my whole school life, including university, here in Kanagawa. I worked as a high school English teacher here for 40 years. I love Kanagawa so much. We have many interesting tourist spots, like Hakone, Kamakura, Enoshima and Yokohama. I got my tour guide license in English in 2009. I am still an English teacher. To give an interesting and impressive lesson to young high school students, I’ve learnt and gathered many kinds of information. I also have a license to teach social studies, so I have a wide range of knowledge about Japanese culture and history. I’m sure to provide you an interesting tour.                                                                                                                                 

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