8 Reasons Why Tokyo Rocks


Tokyo is a city full of juxtapositions. Experience the traditional next to  the kitschy. Step into the past or explore the future. No matter your taste, one thing’s for sure, this city is sure to captivate you!

1. People-watching

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Tokyo takes people-watching to a whole new level. There are great places in the city to do this. Don’t forget to bring along your camera. All roads lead to the frenetic Shibuya Crossing it seems as you awe at the spectacle of this organised chaos. Bring your camera along when you hit the streets of Harajuku, the centre of Tokyo’s quirky street style. Head to Yoyogi Park on Sundays as it attracts a bevy of interestingly dressed hippies or fans of the local fashion subculture.

Where to stay: Shibuya and Harajuku are great places to feel the pulse of Tokyo. Find the best holiday homes in Tokyo’s most popular areas here.

2. Cat cafes

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Spend time with your furry friends in one of Tokyo‘s many cat cafes. Purrfect way to relax in between sightseeing.

3. Step back in time

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The city is not all about tall skyscrapers and modern lifestyle. Get to know Tokyo as it once was by visiting the “old town” in Sumida. This area retains its pre-WWII charm, lined with small shops and businesses. In the nearby Ryōgoku, an area popular for sumo wrestling.

4. Sushi

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The best place to get sushi in the city is Tsukiji Fish Market. There are plenty to sushi counters in and around the market and you can be sure to get the day’s freshest catch. If you’re feeling a pre-dawn excursion, catch the highly entertaining live tuna auctions at 5 am in the market.

5. Nightlife

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Roppongi is the center of entertainment and nightlife in Tokyo. Located in the heart of the city, it is bustling with bars, restaurants and dance clubs. If you are a night owl, Roppongi will entertain you till the wee hours of the morning with the best cocktails and great music.

Tokyo is a city that never sleeps. Aside from its famed clubbing scene, you can hit a more laid back nightlife in the city. Hit Shimbashi’s outdoor yakitori (meat on sticks barbecued to perfection!) popular among locals. Or, exercise those vocal cords in a karaoke boxes, one of the Japanese’s favourite pastime.

Where to stay: Stay right next to the party scene in Roppongi. Book holiday apartments close to the best nightspots here.

6. Breathtaking city viewsshutterstock_254749504

The best panoramic view of this bustling city is from Tokyo Tower or from the Tokyo Sky Tree.

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Head to the Zojoji Temple, a Buddhist temple next to the Tokyo Tower. Zojoji Temple dates back to the 14th century but moved to its present-day location at the end of the 16th century. Despite the temple being located in the centre of the bustling city, there is a quiet and serene atmosphere that invites visitors for meditation and contemplation.

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The Sensoji Temple , also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple,  is Tokyo’s oldest temple. The outer gate of  the Sensoji Temple is today an iconic symbol of Tokyo. The area forms a perfect backdrop to various cultural events held throughout the year.

8. The Kitschy and the Cuteshutterstock_393357676

From quirky street fashion to a fixation with all things “kawaii” (cute), Tokyo is a city with a taste for the surreal and the exaggerated.

Experience the many fascinating sights and sounds of Tokyo with HomeAway.

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