Tokyo, the City of Extremes

30/11/2020


Tokyo is one of the largest metropolises in the world, but also an extremely popular destination. The city is made up of a succession of very varied districts. A stay in the Japanese capital is therefore a discovery in itself. From the bustle of Shibuya to the serenity of Yoyogi Park, Tokyo is a city of contrasts ...

What should you visit?

Shibuya, the heart of Tokyo

Let's be honest: Tokyo isn't for people who hate crowds. The first stop on our trip is indeed the most frequented place you have ever seen: Shibuya. If you are going to Tokyo, you should definitely check out this iconic crossroads. The pictures speak for themselves ... This highly bustling place is located right in the middle of the Shibuya district, known primarily as a shopper's paradise. There are well-known fashion chains, but also many small shops that add charm to the streets.

Akihabara, the geeks empire

Akihabara is a must for those who embrace their geek side. This neighborhood offers absolutely everything one can imagine when it comes to gaming, gadgets and electronics. You will come across shops selling manga and Japanese anime (comics and animated films) on every street corner.

A dive into the history of Asakusa

Over the years, the Asakusa area has evolved into the city of Senso-ji Temple. It is located on the west bank of the Sumida River: it is a lively district, which still today houses magnificent historical elements straight out of Japan's rich cultural past. The Senso-ji temple itself is the oldest and best known in Tokyo: it dates from the seventh century! It's a tourist spot, but well worth the trip! 

Next to this famous temple, the Imperial Palace and the Meiji Shrine are also breathtaking. Besides the palace and the sanctuary, the surrounding park and its sublime Japanese gardens are simply magnificent.

Se détendre au Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi Park is a public park located not far from Harajuku District, Shibuya. It is gigantic and divided in two by a walking path. Each part has a specific atmosphere and attracts a different audience. You will thus meet families and children in one place, who come to enjoy the peace, but also events, street artists or live entertainment in others. Don't forget to charge your camera to capture these magical moments!

An absolute classic of Japanese cuisine, but also the most famous dish in Japan (along with sushi). Tokyo is full of restaurants offering ramen, but it's Ramen Street that wins the most diverse choice, not far from Tokyo Station. Each ramen bar recycles traditional recipes in its own way: a great way to discover the treasures of this specialty.

Où manger?

Japanese food is amazing, but so is the experience of going out to eat. Discover these 3 classics that you absolutely must taste:

Robata (grill japonais)

During a robata, you sit around several men who are in the center of your table, preparing your meat and vegetables on the grill. All the ingredients for the menu are gathered in the middle of the table and you just need to tell the chef what you want to eat. The table is so big that your meal is brought to you using a large wooden spatula.

An absolute classic of Japanese cuisine, but also the most famous dish in Japan (along with sushi). Tokyo is full of restaurants offering ramen, but it's Ramen Street that wins the most diverse choice, not far from Tokyo Station. Each ramen bar recycles traditional recipes in its own way: a great way to discover the treasures of this specialty.

Ramens

An absolute classic of Japanese cuisine, but also the most famous dish in Japan (along with sushi). Tokyo is full of restaurants offering ramen, but it's Ramen Street that wins the most diverse choice, not far from Tokyo Station. Each ramen bar recycles traditional recipes in its own way: a great way to discover the treasures of this specialty.


Yakitori

Yakitori involves grilling meat and vegetables on sticks, much like grilling a robata. It is also a dish particularly appreciated by Tokyoites, because it is prepared quickly and it goes very well with a beer. In short, it's a bit like local fast food. The most famous region for tasting yakitori in Tokyo? Memory Lane, not far from Shinjuki station.


Obviously, this colossal metropolis offers countless activities. I would be happy to put together a tailor-made program for you.