Ah, Tokyo. Where Eastern culture meets the West. A fast-paced cyber city of pop culture, bubblegum J-Pop, fusion cuisine, anime, and all the things that make pop culture Japan the way it is.

Asakusa is the most “rural” part of Tokyo. It is full of temples, the least face-paced among all the other districts, and where we stayed for the duration of the trip, in the Sakura Blossom Hostel. Mornings around the temple, they have food stalls set-up, and they serve something you should all try, King Crab Claw BBQ with pomegranate sauce.

Shibuya is the entertainment hub where you can shop around for all things, and often photographed there is the crossing, and Hachiko’s statue.

Harajuku, ah yes, perhaps the center of Japanese pop culture filled with cosplayers, hipsters, quirky coffee shops, crepe stalls, and indie shops. I think of it as the young and hip sibling to Shibuya.

No regrets that we chose Disneysea over Disneyland for this trip, I’d say I fell in love with how they designed this place and how the place is less crowded than its main counterpart.

All in all, Tokyo is the first stop for all those first timers in Japan. It is modern with all the facilities and wi-fi all you can get. However, if you want to experience real Japan, try the rural areas. But nevertheless, this place is a must visit for all those planning a trip to the land of the rising sun.


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