10 things you must see in Tokyo

Japan has a unique identity and incomparable, explosive mix of tradition and ultramodern. The Japanese capital is also one of excess and eccentricities. We advise you to embark with you a good nest egg, because Tokyo is one of the most expensive cities in the world, and it would be a shame to miss the many attractions it offers:

1. The Imperial Palace: It is possible to visit the palace two days a year on the anniversary of the Emperor (Dec. 23), and New Year (January 2). However, access to the gardens of the East and Kitanomaru garden is free. You are advised to visit the area in March-April when the cherry trees are in bloom, rather than waiting until the end of the year to infiltrate the household gods of a leader that nobody knows what it is. But act as if, unless you want to offend your hosts.

2. The seat of metropolitan government: It has two twin towers of 48 floors, making it the tallest building in the city before the erection of the Tokyo Tower. Supposed to look like a chip (?), It has an observatory at 202 meters, which offers a great view (for free!) On the city. Even on Mount Fuji, if the air is free from pollution. The Hope springs eternal.

3. The Tsukiji Market: his is the largest fish market in the world, popular with visitors from around the world. According to tourist guides, it is best to go between 5 and 9 in the morning which is optimal from the point of view time difference, much less after your stomach.

4. Shinjuku Gyoen: This is one of the largest and most beautiful parks in Tokyo. In March-April when the cherry trees are in bloom (if you have followed), the Japanese are practicing "hanami", a word darn sexiest picnic.

5. The Meiji Shrine in Yoyogi Park: This sanctuary is the largest Shinto Shrine of the country, dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife Sh Ken. One can see the monks and lavish weddings traditional kimono. It is surrounded by a forest of 130,000 trees. Artificial.

6. Tokyo Tower: Guest star of many films and series, Tokyo Tower is the pride of the inhabitants of the city. Inspired by the Eiffel Tower, but it is larger than it and painted red and white. It acts as a relay television and radio. It has many restaurants and tea rooms and a 50,000 fish aquarium, a wax museum, an art gallery ... If a tower of 333 meters with a great view of Tokyo would be insufficient to attract visitors.

7. The Shibuya area: This is the shopping district in Tokyo, where hipsters come to shop and eat. Day or night, the animation deserves a look. The statue of the dog Hachiko, the famous intersection in Shibuya, the love hotels ... there are thousands of things to do in Shibuya, and it's also no coincidence that every night it seems that all of Japan there is a rendezvous.

8. Harajuku: It is part of Shibuya, but the area deserves its own place in the top. Fans of cosplay, lolita style and visual kei (Japanese branch of a rock where aesthetics is as important as the music) go there to see and be seen. Popularized worldwide by magazines such as Fruits, fashion in Harajuku where is unpacking all eccentricities are allowed. Amidst all this, Omotesando (the "Champs-Elys�es Tokyoites') unpacks its luxury boutiques: Prada, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Armani.

9. Akihabara or "Electric City": Nicknamed so because they sell lots of electronic accessories, the neighborhood is an interesting observation of geeks in their natural habitat. Another interesting visit, the famous "maid cafe", whose only difference from an ordinary tea is that you are served by girls dressed in smart and physically maid old school, who call you master.

10. The artificial island of Odaiba: It was completed in 1853 to build as a series of six fortresses designed to protect the city of Tokyo invaders. With the success we know. Bottom line, this amazing building has recently become a place of shopping and fun. Attractions abound: there are the headquarters of Fuji TV, a Ferris wheel, beaches (swimming not really recommended), Rainbow Bridge, the Museum of the pub ... Anyway, as we lacked space, we chosen to build useful.

Do not miss the Kabukiza (Kabuki theater), the Olympic Stadium, the Tokyo National Museum, the temple Senso-ji, the Yasukuni Shrine, Ueno Park and Tokyo Edo Museum.

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