Travel Guide to Tokyo – Tokyo is the capital of Japan . With just over 8 million inhabitants, Tokyo is one of the largest cities in the world. While Bill Murray to critical acclaim for his performance in the hit film ” Lost in Translation “(2003), received many argued that the city of Tokyo has been the real star of the film. However, since most of the film was shot in a hotel, it is likely that the Japanese customs and behaviors that make up the attraction of this film.
The administrative area of Tokyo stretches from the Bay of Tokyo to the more than 2,000 meters high mountains of the Tama region. It includes 23 administrative districts (which form the center of the city), 39 are affiliated towns and villages (the Tama region), and the upstream and Izu Bonin Islands in the Pacific.
The Japanese capital has no center and no center in the sense of European urban development, rail stations are the centers, which focus on the crowds and bustle of restaurants and shops. Tokyo shows no purposeful planning, appears much too large and has a few classic sightseeing spots, but the real beauty is in the details: concentrated neon signs and stylish shops, gardens, temples and shrines, versatile food in the countless restaurants, and especially the Japanese to live independently and their kind. The top attractions are the Senso Temple in Asakusa, the Imperial Palace (in which one can not enter), the town hall , with its viewing platform and the Meiji Shrine . The most interesting tourist district are Chiyoda, Chuo, Minato, Shibuya, Shinjuku and Taito.
An internationally-known district of Tokyo is the Ginza – a fancy neighborhood with many upscale shops, which offer luxury and Western goods. Shopping in Japan is as a recreational pleasure. For this reason, the department stores are also open on weekends. Hardly anywhere else in the world courtesy is written as large as in Japan. If one tried on goods that do not fit in size, so the salesman apologize.
Japanese clothes dimensions differ from the – for our normal – Western. XXS, XS, S and M are available anytime, anywhere, with even the Japanese dress size M is not the European equivalent. If you have yet found a suitable piece of clothing, a look-calculate the price tag is recommended. Especially foreign fashion is often offered at exorbitant prices. Japanese clothes, however, are a little cheaper, and just failed leisure and youth fashion right for all occasions and not portable. Besides the exquisite Ginza with labels such as Gucci, Prada, Armani, etc. are particularly Shibuya (more leisure and youth fashion), Harajuku (failed youth fashion) and East-Shinjuku (large supply of foreign brands) are recommended. However, bargain hunters need a lot of patience, perseverance and a quiet mind to be find.
This is different for electronic goods. Though the article definitely has a price and are not necessarily cheaper than in Europe, finds bargains are easily possible. Especially worth mentioning this is the Akihabara district. But Ikebukuro Yurakucho or (in the Ginza) offer an excellent selection. One should however bear in mind that the products mainly for the Japanese market and European products are not always compatible.