The contrasts of Tokyo life – 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.
The contrasts of Tokyo life
Visiting:

Trip duration: 6 days

Viktoria Afanaseva

Fruit Parlor Kajitsuen (フルーツパーラー 果実園)

Cafés, Dessert Shops


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)

Parks


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)

Palaces


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)

Theaters


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)

Electronics Stores, Shopping Malls


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

Cafés


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)

Video Game Stores, Arcades


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)

Shopping Malls


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)

Jazz Clubs


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)

Japanese Restaurants


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.