Japan's capital city Tokyo is known for its bustling streets and eclectic variety of things to see and do. With everything from lively modern shopping complexes to peaceful ancient shrines, Tokyo is one of Asia's finest cities and is well worth a visit whether you love culture, art, food or fashion.
This is a city where modern meets traditional, with the bright neon lights of skyscrapers standing side-to-side with historic temples. The regal Imperial Palace sits in verdant public gardens and was the primary residence of the Emperors of Japan. With its large park-style area situated in the Chiyoda ward of the city, you can spend an entire day taking in the beauty of the stone walls and sparkling moats or strolling through the lush green gardens.
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Being such a culturally significant metropolis, Tokyo has a wealth of must-see sights and experiences for visitors. If fashion is your thing, then Takeshita Street is just for you, as the pedestrian zone is lined with trendy boutiques, restaurants and cafes. Here, you'll be sure to see plenty of the famous Harajuku girls, known for their flamboyant girl-meets-punk street style and bold confidence. Or you can take your pick from the city's selection of amusement parks, including Joyopolis and Hanayashiki, where you'll find adrenaline-pumping rides. When you're done enjoying the park's rides, head to the arcade section to play some legendary Japanese video games like Street Fighter or Time Crisis.
As you would expect from one of Asia's most culturally diverse cities, Tokyo's streets are almost constantly bustling with one event or another throughout the year. You may want to time your visit to coincide with one of the many excellent festivals and events, such as spending a few days in the city to experience the incredible New Year's Eve Firework parties or watching the warm glow of chochin lanterns and fox costume-adorned participants that walk the streets on the night of December 31st. There is always something to titillate and thrill to visitors in Tokyo, so what are you waiting for?
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