The contrasts of Tokyo life – Road.Travel

The contrasts of Tokyo life

Road Trip Route. See the old temple district and pagodas in Asakus, hidden among the skyscrapers, Visit the best electronics stores and innovation centers, Feel the modern youth life in Shinjuku district, Walk through the fashionable streets of the Ginza district, To see the world of cartoon characters in Disneyland, Plunge into the atmosphere of nightlife, jazz clubs and theatres in the capital, Visit the Toyota exhibition complex and other museums of technology, Try the freshest seafood in the best Tokyo restaurants, To meet the Imperial Palace, .

The huge metropolis of Tokyo, the capital of the world's only island empire, Japan, can be described as much as you like! And each time in this city you can emphasize something new and unusual. This ancient city combines harmoniously, complementing each other, futuristic, ultramodern and ancient Japanese traditions and customs. Here reigns a frenzied rhythm of the capital's inhabitants, so extraordinary and even strange. Tokyo will show you all the brightest contrasts: from ancient shrines and temples to the latest technology, inimitable inventions and exclusive exhibits of modern exhibitions. On this route you will visit the ancient district of Asakusa, immerse yourself in the youth life of Shinjuku, enjoy fresh seafood in the elite district of Ginza, as well as visit the island of Odaiba, make shopping in the best Tokyo shopping malls and electronics stores in the area of Akihabara and much more!

History and Culture, Active Leisure. From: Tokyo

Viktoria Afanaseva. Traveller.

Travel Itinerary and Road Trip Route

Day 1: Tokyo is a city of powerful technologies and achievements, high skyscrapers and unusual hobbies

The city of Tokyo is the capital of Japan. It is a huge ultramodern metropolis with more than 37 million inhabitants. There's a crazy rhythm of life here, and the hi-tech novelties neighbor the ancient districts of Tokyo. The capital surprises tourists with its countless districts and incredibly complex urban layout. A huge part of the city is the mountains of skyscrapers, endless lines of roads and wires, illuminated by bright neon light and filled with the noise of urban life.

Tsukiji Itadori Bekkan (築地虎杖 別館)

It's a great sushi restaurant to spend an evening in after arriving in Tokyo. Small and a little hidden. A variety of fresh fish will show you how well seafood can be prepared. For those who love something new and exotic, you can try a variety of sea urchin. The restaurant is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Day 2: Asakusa is an area of ancient temples and pagodas

If you want to feel yourself in the East, start the day with Asakusa district - it has preserved the customs and traditions of old Japan more than others. In ancient times it was famous for its "houses of tolerance" and was considered the most elite place in the city. Visiting several temples and shrines of the Old Town, you will witness the era of the Shoguns, who for a long time were the rulers of the Land of the Rising Sun. In addition to diving into history, you'll also have to see and even climb the popular Skytree TV Tower, walk down Tokyo's oldest shopping street and relax in the spa complex at the end of the evening.

Tricolore (トリコロール 本店)

There are plenty of great cafes and restaurants in the Ginza area. Tricolore is one of them. This cafe has been working since 1936. Very beautiful interior in white-brown shades, and the building itself attracts with its brick finish. Guests love to take their favorite cheesecake here, and coffee here is fresh and aromatic.

Kaminarimon Gate (雷門)

The first attraction you'll see in Asakusa is the Caminarimon Gate or the Thunder Gate. They were built in 942 by order of military commander Tayr no Kiyomas. After the foundation, two divine statues of Indian origin, Fujin and Raijin, were added to this gate. This was done to protect the temple from natural disasters. At the end of the 19th century, the gate was on fire and was not rebuilt until 95 years later. The entrepreneur, founder of the famous Panasonic company Konosuke Matsushita, has donated funds for the construction of a new building. In front of the Senseo-ji Temple Complex, which we will see below, there is a large red light.

Senso-ji Temple (浅草寺)

The Caminarimon Gate is followed by Sensei Temple. It is considered to be one of the most revered statues in the capital, was built in 628 and was intended to store a statuette of gold Kannon - the Buddhist goddess of mercy. Legend has it that two fishermen found her. The temple and the five-storey pagoda were reconstructed after World War II. Also in this area of the temple there are many Shinto shrines that you can see.

Demboin (伝法院)

Next to the temple complex is this small but very picturesque garden. In spring, the cherry blossoms here, and in autumn, bright maple leaves reign. The atmosphere in the garden is serene and calm, you can walk slowly through it and dream. There are many benches. If you have some free time, check out the Japanese Art Museum, which is also close to the garden.

Nakamise Shopping Street (仲見世商店街)

After visiting the main sights, walk along one of the oldest shopping streets of the city - Nikamise-dori. Trade has been going on here since the beginning of the 18th century. On both sides of the street you'll find a variety of shops and shops filled with national Japanese sweets, ceramics, umbrellas and fans. Perfect for a gift or a souvenir. Even the katana sword, which is very similar to the real one, is sold here, as well as a kimono made of silk. Magaz Agemanju in the centre of the street is very popular thanks to the delicate manju buns filled with sweet bean paste. There are more pumpkin, chestnut and green tea stuffings to try.

Asakusa Unatetsu (浅草うな鐵)

This place is considered to be the best place in Asakusa to taste the most delicious eel! The restaurant is fully air-conditioned, with a pleasant interior, offers a wide choice of eels and other traditional Japanese cuisine. The restaurant is open until 10:00 p.m.

Ueno Zoo (上野動物園)

Ueno Zoo started its work in 1882. It was originally inhabited by animals living only in Japan. Now there are more than three thousand of them, of which about 500 species. In addition to the cute pandas, there are Sumatrian tigers, western gorillas and many other endangered animals and birds. You can also see the sea creatures. In 2017, a little panda Xiangxiang was born in Ueno Zoo, which means "fragrance". People take care of animals, taking care of them and preserving their rare appearance.

Ueno Park (上野恩賜公園)

After visiting the zoo, you can walk around the Ueno Park. This islet was founded in 1873 and its territory is large. There are museums, ponds, temples.

Sumida Park (隅田公園)

Sumida Park is divided into two parts by the river of the same name. One part is in the Asakusa area and the other is on the opposite bank in the Sumida area. Nearby is the famous Sensei Ji Temple and Asakusa Station. Sumida Park is traditionally held by khans, the Japanese national tradition of admiring flowers. In spring there are about 800 trees of Japanese cherry trees in bloom here. To see cherry blossoms on both sides of the river come not only tourists, but also local residents of the capital. In summer, one of the most famous fireworks shows takes place here. The park is open 24 hours.

Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリー)

Tokyo Tower Skytree is one of the main tourist attractions of the Japanese capital. The TV Tower is a symbol of the city and is one of the most visited attractions in Tokyo. Its height is about 330 meters. For visitors there are two viewing platforms with panoramic views and 360 degree view. Below the tower is the "Footpath Town", a 4-storey building where you can find it: 1) aquarium exhibition; 2) Guinness Book of Records Museum; 3) Wax museum; 4) a gallery of optical illusions. There are plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes to eat in. It's open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Namaiki (生粋)

Very popular restaurant, it is better to book a table in advance. Cards are accepted. Various variations of Wagyu beef on the grill are presented. The restaurant is open from 17:00 to midnight.

Day 3: Odaiba Technology Island and Tokyo Disneyland

Tonight you're going to the fairytale world of Disney cartoons - Disneyland amusement park. And then you'll find Odaiba Island, a separate small world of innovative technology. You will get acquainted with the legendary Toyota cars - vintage and modern, visit the Miraikan Science Museum, and then ride the Ferris wheel with chic views. At the end of the day, one of the best spas is waiting for you.

Café Paulista (カフェーパウリスタ)

Good morning, delicious coffee and tender desserts in this stylish cafe! The cafe is open from 8:30 to 21:30 from Monday to Saturday. On Sunday it is open later - from 11:30 and closes at 20:00.

Tokyo Disneyland (東京ディズニーランド)

Disneyland is the best fairytale amusement park in Tokyo. The best time to go to Disneyland is on weekdays, as there are a lot of people here at weekends or during holidays or vacations, and it takes a long time to wait for the attractions. You can buy Fast Pass tickets. You can go through the quick pass system at the time indicated on the ticket without queuing for the attraction you want to get to. Shops in the park sell a variety of themed goods. The main feature of the park is the parades. A lot of people gather here to see this colorful sight. Favorite cartoon characters, music, fireworks - what could be better? :)

Statue of Liberty (自由の女神像)

One of the most popular attractions on the island of Odaiba is a smaller copy of the Statue of Liberty. It was established in 1998 by companies whose offices are located above the Tokyo Bay and Rainbow Bridge. Not only tourists, but also Japanese people like to be photographed next to this statue, the background of which is the walls of majestic skyscrapers.


Australian corner of Odaiba Island. The restaurant is located in the Odaiba shopping mall. The window overlooks the rainbow bridge. There's also a veranda. The restaurant is open from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Toyota City Showcase

For car enthusiasts, the Toyota Mega Web interactive exhibition complex will be perfect. It's like a real Japanese street in Tokyo in the sixties, with cars, machinery, vintage shops and more. It's a free entrance. Look in the next hall, where in the "Garage of History" collected a collection of cars 1950-70-ies, and not just "Toyota". There's a toy car show. In the sports wing - vintage cars Toyota, designed for racing. Today's Toyota can be used not only by adults, but also by children - there is a reduced version for them.

Miraikan (日本科学未来館)

The Odaiba district is a place of gathering of various museums and exhibition complexes devoted to innovative technologies and innovations. One such is the National Museum of Advanced Science and Technology Miraikan. It's got six floors in it. The exhibition in the museum includes a live broadcast of data from seismometers, which are located in different parts of Japan, proving that the country is constantly slightly "shaking". On one of the floors there is an interactive area for children, a copy of the International Space Station, where you can learn about the structure of the universe. There is an interactive zone for children and an exact copy of the International Space Station, you can get acquainted with the structure of the universe, to study a large globe made of liquid crystal displays. On the second floor there are laboratories, coming to them, you can take part in various experiments.

Palette Town Giant Sky Wheel (パレットタウン大観覧車)

A huge Ferris wheel will rise above the city at 115 meters in height. Daikanransha has been working since 1999. Full wheel rotation takes 15 minutes. Some of its cabins are equipped with a transparent floor, which makes the view even more interesting.

Oedo Onsen Monogatari (大江戸温泉物語)

One of the most popular spas. The baths here are divided into closed (separately for men and separately for women) and open baths. They are filled with natural hot water, which is pumped from a spring located at a depth of 1,400 meters below the Tokyo Bay. You can come here after 6 p.m. and get a discount of 500 yen. People with tattoos in the Oedo Onsen Monogatari baths are not allowed in. At the entrance, visitors change their clothes for one of the colorful yukata (light cotton kimono) of their choice. They wear these clothes as they walk through the complex, which is a modern copy of the central part of old Tokyo illuminated by lanterns.

Tsukiji Miyagawa Honten (つきじ宮川本廛)

Unagi is the best in the Ginza! The end of a busy day is here. Unagi serves eels for a traditional barbecue style: crispy on the outside, but melting soft and juicy on the inside. The restaurant is open until 10:00 p.m.

Day 4: The colorful Shinjuku neighborhood

Shinjuku is an office and entertainment district located in southwest Tokyo around Shinjuku station. This is one of Tokyo's busiest neighborhoods. It's always crowded, day and night. Here you'll get to know Tokyo's tallest skyscrapers and experience the nightlife on the neighborhood's main dynamic street, Kabuki Tho. At the end of the evening, you'll find the chicest restaurant and bar at the Hyatt Hotel with live music, dress code and magnificent panoramic views.


The cafe is located near the center of Gindza, near the main fish market. This is where visitors choose their coffee: lattes, cappuccinos and espressos of the highest quality, carefully and elegantly prepared. Style - a very unusual color of modern and traditional Japanese and Western. The cafe's open since 8:00 a.m. On the weekends, 10:00 a.m.

Shinjuku Chuo Park (新宿中央公園)

Shinjuku chuo park is the central and largest city park in Tokyo, which is located in the Shinjuku district near Tokyo City Hall. It is located between skyscrapers and business centers. There is a temple of Kumano Jinja in the park. It's a real oasis in the middle of a big city. The park is full of trees, birds and butterflies. There's a flea market here on the weekends.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (東京都庁)

The Japanese government building is worth an early visit when the building's observation deck offers a great view of the sunny Fujiyahama. Entrance to the grounds is free. Afterwards, don't forget to look at the rest of the complex.

Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower (モード学園コクーンタワー)

Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower is a 50-storey building in the Nishi Shinjuku business district. There are 3 educational institutions in Skyscraper: 1) professional school of fashion; 2) College of Information Technology and Design; 3) Medical college. The tower is on the list of twenty skyscrapers in Tokyo, its height is 204 meters. The cocoon tower is built in the style of deconstructivism, which is characterized by visual complexity, unexpected dynamic forms and originality among other buildings. It is sharply distinguished by sharp angular lines.

Shinjuku Gyoen (新宿御苑)

After seeing the skyscrapers, it's time to see the most beautiful and exquisite park in Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. It has an imperial Japanese garden with Meiji tea houses, lawns for games and recreation, a greenhouse, a French rose garden and a platanic alley. The most beautiful landscapes are here in spring and autumn, when romantic cherry blossoms and passionate maple. The entrance is 150 yen for adults, 50 yen for children. Open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., closed on Mondays and public holidays.

Gyoza no Fukuho (餃子の福包)

After a nice walk in the park, go to this little restaurant. Here you can taste fried gobos and cucumber with miso sauce, and ghazals fried with garlic are a landmark dish. It works from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., 11:00 to 23:00 p.m. on weekends.

Sompo Museum of Art (SOMPO美術館)

On the 42nd floor of the Sompo Japan Nipponko skyscraper there is an art museum dedicated to the works of Japanese artist Seiji Togo. His paintings of romantic beauties are known all over the world. The artist studied in France, and when he returned to Tokyo, he began collecting Western impressionists: Gauguin, Cezanne and Van Gogh. Today the museum hosts exhibitions of artists from different countries, as well as young Japanese talents.

Kabukicho Red Norengai (歌舞伎町レッドのれん街)

We are moving to the largest red light district in the capital city - Kabuki-to. It is a large street of all kinds of entertainment, from rock bars to nightclubs. There are also a lot of Japanese restaurants, souvenir shops and many other things that can be liked. It's best to visit this place in the evening, when it's really starting to bubble up. The Kabuki Theo Quarter is full of secrets that create an atmosphere of something forbidden and mysterious, so be sure to explore this place from all corners of it.

侍 Samurai Museum

The museum displays samurai clothing and other exhibits (weapons, maps, paintings). The museum isn't very big, but it's entertaining. The tour is conducted in English, there is an opportunity to take pictures in the clothes of samurai and geisha (which is already included in the entrance fee). The museum is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

New York Bar (ニューヨークバー)

On the 52nd floor of the Park Hyatt Tokyo Hotel is the New York Bar. That's where the movie "Translation Difficulties" was shot. Bill Murray's hero listened to the beautiful singer and dreamed of love during a business trip to Tokyo. Excellent choice of drinks, exquisite interior, chic panoramic view of the city. After sunset, live music is playing here. Be prepared for the fact that this luxury restaurant, and spend money here will have to be decent, there is a dress code.

Day 5: Imperial Palace, Kabuki Theatre and Akihabara Electronics District

Today will begin with a visit to the Imperial Palace and a walk on its territory. Next you'll find the famous Japanese Kabuki Dza Theatre with its history. The next point is Akihabara, an area in downtown Tokyo famous for its shops and electronics stores. At the end of the day, there's an elite area of foreigners called Roppongi and a trendy jazz club in it.

Fruit Parlor Kajitsuen (フルーツパーラー 果実園)

This cafe is a real sweet paradise! A lot of fruits, cakes and desserts are very large and delicious, and they are served very nicely. Visitors' favourite dessert is a strawberry cake with cream and glaze. Also a great choice of coffee and tea. The cafe is open from 7:30 to 10 p.m.

Chidorigafuchi Park (千鳥ケ淵公園)

The garden at the Imperial Palace. Walk through it before you open the palace itself. It's also the best place to admire cherry trees in Tokyo. The banks of the ditch are covered with cherry trees for several kilometers, you can contemplate the flowers walking along the ditch, and if you come early and take a turn, you can also watch the flowers from the boat.

Imperial Palace (皇居)

The pearl of Tokyo is the Imperial Palace. This is the residence of the Head of State, which houses a complex of buildings and structures along with the surrounding canal and garden. It is located on the territory of Edo Castle, built by the local feudal lord Dokan Ota in 1457. Tokugawa Ieyasu (the first Tokugawa shogun) settled in the castle in 1590. Late Shoguns from the Tokugawa clan made the castle bigger and wider, and since 1637 it has become the largest in Japan. Until 1868, the official residence of the Japanese monarchs was in Kyoto. During the Meiji Restoration of 1868, which eliminated the power of the Shoguns, the capital was moved to Tokyo, and the new residence of the Emperor was the Edo Castle, built between 1603 and 1651. This is where the modern Imperial Palace is currently located. The buildings preserved from the castle are declared a national treasure and are protected by the state, and the complex of the modern imperial palace was built in 1964-1968.

Kabukiza Theatre (歌舞伎座)

Kabuki is known to the world as a traditional Japanese theatre. Some interesting facts about this theater: 1) There are restaurants in the same building, because the performances take several hours. (2) "Kabuki" means "song and dance". 3) All emotions are represented by the expression of the face. 4) The Kabuki Theatre was once a kind of middle-class newspaper. Intrigues and scandals were inflated by actors to global epic stories. Often the performances were held without a script ready in advance, and the main plot was formed as an improvisation. 5) Traditionally, women's roles are performed by men. In 1645, women were banned from playing in the theatres, although the priest's wife brought popularity to the Kabuki Theatre with her comic improvisations. Be sure to visit this theater to see the Japanese theatrical customs and traditions!

Yodobashi-Akiba (ヨドバシカメラ マルチメディアAkiba)

The huge Yodobashi Camera shopping mall, where your eyes just run away. It is a real giant - whole floors of cameras, appliances, telephone and computer accessories, toys, games and luxury watches. You'll definitely like something here! Working hours: 9:30 - 22:00.

Cure Maid Café

This is the most popular maido cafe chain in Akihabara. Here you will be offered delicious food, energetic dance performances, and the atmosphere will be truly Japanese! It is not the cheapest establishment, but it is definitely one of the most unique and interesting things in Akihabara. Working hours: 11:30 - 23:00 (weekdays), 10:30 - 23:00 (weekends and holidays).

Super Potato (スーパーポテト 秋葉原店 レトロ館)

If you grew up in the games of the '80s and '90s, this store is definitely for you! There are a huge number of classic and unknown games from the past, some of which are played on demo consoles around the store. Working hours: 10:00 - 20:00

Akihabara Radio Kaikan (秋葉原ラジオ会館)

Radio Kaikan Shopping Center, which appeared in 1962, was the first and only multi-storey building in Akihabara that sold many Japanese people its first TV sets, washing machines and refrigerators. He eventually became a paradise for video game fans, anime, manga, Japanese figures and dolls. You can choose between the two malls that are in the script to spend much more time in one of them and see everything. Working hours: 10:00 - 20:00

Billboard Live Tokyo (ビルボードライブ東京)

If you like jazz, as well as the pleasant atmosphere and beautiful interior - come here. This jazz club is very popular in the foreign area of Roppongi. Delicious cocktails and dishes are also served here. A spacious place to relax and enjoy live jazz at the same time. Maybe your favorite performers will be here!

Morimoto XEX (atelier 森本 XEX)

In addition to the stylish interior, this restaurant is one of the best in the Roppongi area to prepare the famous sake. Visitors here allocate kobe and chateaubriand meat, oysters with sea urchin caviar, vegetables. Dessert area on the 3rd floor. There are wi-fi, table reservations, cards accepted.

Day 6: The last morning in the country's capital of the Rising Sun

On the last day of your trip, enjoy the beauty of Tokyo's landscapes in the gardens of Hamarikyu and be sure to visit the main fish market of Ginza.

Le Pain Quotidien

A sea of baked goods! The last Tokyo breakfast is mandatory at this bakery. A very spacious, inexpensive coffee shop in downtown Tokyo. Wooden tables and decor are very attractive. Coffee and tea are served in large cups. Tourists prefer New York cheesecake and tea with berry pie.

Hamarikyu Gardens (浜離宮恩賜庭園)

The charming Hamarikiu Garden is located on the shores of the Tokyo Bay near the ultramodern Siodome area. There is a unique contrast between skyscrapers and the tides and tides of the Tokyo Bay. There are three ponds in the garden that flow into the ocean, and the largest one is crossed by a beautiful 118-meter bridge. Ponds densely planted with reeds and bamboo are home to birds. Not far from here grows the largest tree in Tokyo - a three-hundred year old black pine tree, planted in 1709. This traditional Japanese garden, which is over 300 years old, is elegant at any time of year. The garden is a unique place for tourists, as there are a lot of rare plants and flowers here. It is also a pleasant place to enjoy the silence and tranquility of the garden, wandering all over the garden. The design of the garden and buildings are created in the traditional Japanese style.

Tsukiji Outer Market (築地場外市場)

Be sure to visit this place. Fresh seafood as well as wagyu beef can be cooked right in front of you. Tip: If you come to the market early in the morning (5-6 am), you can catch a show of chopping tuna - worth it! Oysters are even very large here. Seafood of all kinds and varieties. In addition to the many shops and restaurants on the market there is also a knife shop where you can engrave your name on it.