Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, a massive city with so much to do!  With 47 million people in the city, it can feel overwhelming, but if you know what to look for the culture and city itself, is great.  My recommendation on where to stay is the Tokyo Station Hotel.  Right in the heart of Tokyo, it is surrounded by so many attractions, including the Imperial Palace and the shopping districts of Ginza and Harajuku.

market

While you’re in the shopping districts, make sure to take a look at all the different types of creations they have.  From dolls to fashion to makeup, they are very popular for all ages.  Harajuku is considered the center of the most extreme fashion in Tokyo.  There is something so exciting and trendy about it.  You will see everything and anything from the most gorgeous fashion creations to the craziest of outfits.  To see the most eccentric fashion, I would suggest going to Harajuku Station on a Sunday.  The young culture gathers around and stakes out a territory for their group.  Everyone dresses up in the craziest outfits to resemble different things.  You’ll see everything from punk musicians to rockabilly outfits to anime characters.  It is also a great time to see all the different street performers.

fish

After your fun shopping trip, I would suggest definitely visiting the Tsukiji Fish Market and the Sensoji Temple.  The market is the largest fish and seafood market in the world and they ship fish all over the world.  It handles more than 400 different types of seafood from the cheaper seaweed to the most expensive caviar and from tiny sardines to giant frozen tuna.  The fish market opens before sunrise and an auction starts so buyers for restaurants and companies can bid on the fresh fish.  It is incredible to see what kind of ingenuity goes into the fishing industry. With hundreds of people working there, you see thousands of fish being thrown about.  I like to call it “the dance.” It’s really quite fascinating.

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