Tokyo is one of the civilized and well organized cities. Tokyo experience would be one of the unforgettable experiences in your lifetime. Here we present you with a list of essential places which should not be missed out in Tokyo.
1) Meiji Shrine (traditional Tokyo)
Accessible from the Harajuku station on the JR Yamanote line, Meiji Shrine is a Shinto shrine situated in the shibuyu ward. It is located in the middle of a pleasant forest with large torri gates leading you to the main hall. This shrine is dedicated to divine spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife. Now it has became a popular place for wedding ceremonies. The wedding ceremony is led by two shrine priests and two shrine maidens. The couple walks under the big red umbrella followed by their family and friends. Shinto wedding ceremonies are very unique and sober.
2) Yoyogi park on Sunday
One of the best places to watch people of Tokyo is Yoyogi Park. Yoyogi park is full with people specially on Sunday with young Japanese people. You can get a view of unleashed wackiness of a reserved nation. This place consist of lot of people starting from couples in love to people in meetings, from shy Lolita’s to classy girls drinking wine from crystal glass sitting on a picnic cloth. You can also see teenagers rehearsing their plays and people giving a ride to their cats in supermarket trolleys. Tokyo being such a populated city, you never feel place overfilled with people.
3) Tokyo tower and Tokyo skytree
Tokyo tower is communication and observation tower. It is considered to be the second tallest artificial structure of Japan which is 332.5 meters. Visitors can observe it at 150 meters and if you want to take more specific view then you can observe at 250 meters to take a bird’s eye view of Tokyo. Tokyo tower got too much fame because of its similarity with Eiffel Tower and till now it has attracted plenty of tourists. Now Tokyo skytree has also been developed in the city. It’s a question of anxiety whether it would give competition to Tokyo tower in attracting tourists. Tokyo skytree was completed in 2012 and it is 333 meters tall. Tokyo tower is decorated with orange and white light at night while Tokyo skytree is painted with bunch of colors every evening. Time will show which place becomes more popular among people.
4) Sensoji Temple
Sensoji is Tokyo’s oldest and most traditional temple. It is Tokyo’s largest Buddhist temple and major attraction for foreigners and Japanese located in Asakusa. Beside the temple there is 200 meter shopping street from where you can purchase anything like Buddhist scrolls, toys, snacks and trinkets. There is a very beautiful story behind the evolution of the temple. In 7th century, while fishing two fishermen found statue of kannon in the river. The headman of the village recognized the deity presented on the statue and decided to transform his own house into a temple. Thus this temple id dedicated to Bodhisattva Kannon which is also known as Guan yin or the goddess of mercy.