As “revenge travel” continues, Pinoys are now trooping to Tokyo for Spring
Sure, those dainty flowers are indeed a sight to behold and are reason enough to fly to Japan ASAP. However, there are also other cool places to visit around Tokyo this 2023.
Naturally, you can’t miss the famous Shibuya Scramble, also known as the World’s Busiest Pedestrian Crossing. Coming close on the second spot is the statue of the World’s Most Loyal Dog Hacihiko, which is just a stone’s throw away from the crossing. But somewhere above that iconic area is the panoramic Shibuya Sky attraction where you can see Shibuya in all its glory. A perfect area to visit just before sunset to add that breathtaking vibe.
Another must-visit which you will find inside the same Shibuya Scramble Square is the NHK Shibuya Exhibit. Be amazed by the latest technologies and sensorial innovations in broadcasting as organized by the Japan Broadcasting Corporation.
Have you really been to Tokyo if you haven’t visited the famous Sensoji Temple in Asakusa? There you will find the internet famous giant red lantern which can be found int the Kaminarimon Gate. After passing through that gate, you can feast your eyes with all the trinkets, souvenirs, and local snacks and food items along Nakamise-dori Street. So be sure to bring some cash during your visit.
If you’re into seeing skyscrapers, then you might want to pass by the Tokyo Skytree. Enjoy the entire view of Tokyo city from its great observatory deck. In addition to the great scenery, Tokyo Sky Tree also offers a wide variety of souvenirs, merchandise, and fashion items that you can purchase at Tokyo Solamachi, a shopping district located nearby Tokyo Sky Tree tower.
Tokyo’s internet famous 3D billboard left many in awe just how realistic it was. The 3D calico cat on the east exit of Shinjuku Station debuted in the summer of 2021 to everyone’s delight. But apart from that stunning billboard, you can also get a taste of the Japanese drinking scene through the small pubs located at Shinjuku Golden Gai. If you’re the type who appreciates peace and nature, then a Spring visit to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is the perfect stop for you.
When you think of Odaiba, the first thing that often comes to mind is the larger-than-life Unicorn Gundam statue in Diver City Plaza. The truth is, there’s so much to see in that area of Tokyo, including the indoor amusement park Tokyo Joypolis.
Another fun activity that you shouldn’t miss when you’re in Odaiba is visiting the museums in the area. Among those which deserve a visit are the playful Tokyo Trick Eye Museum, the interesting Unko “Poop” Museum and the interactive teamLab Planets Tokyo exhibit.
Completing the list is the little known area called Shimokitazawa or Shimokita which is located just five minutes away by train from Shibuya. This laidback hip area is home to vintage clothing, great coffee, and Japanese theater.
Shimokita is the perfect alternative to the other bustling areas in Tokyo as it has narrow streets dissuading drivers with a relaxed pedestrian feel, and plenty of great spots for people watching and strolling to your heart’s content. The district is divided into north and south by the station complex. The north side is mostly shops, and has a sophisticated-yet-edgy style. The south side has more bars and restaurants for more of a lively atmosphere.
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