We ❤️ Tokyo and very safe to say our favourite to visit. This is what we tell others when asked about Tokyo. Frommers did a good job describing this megalopolis and all the reason why we love it too. Our first visit a few years ago was a sensory overload and now we feed from Tokyo’s intensity.
The lights, crowds, high energy, awesome food (not just Japanese), efficiency, and cleaniness are all what makes Tokyo awesome. It amazes us that one of the most populated city can also live in harmony as they were recently named the safest city in the world.
We spent the first week of January in Tokyo, this means winter!! We had the luxury to enjoy moderate and warm weather throughout the first half of our journey. We purchase items as needed so winter wear shopping was a priority since temps were hovering around 7C from 30C in Manila. Thanks to New Year’s sale throughout Japan as a tradition, it made for some great finds.
And lots of sightseeing of course, it’s a never ending list of things to do since Tokyo has many prefectures/downtowns.
Shibuya is a major hub with lots of lights and young people hanging out at night.
Fast & Furious Tokyo Drift… custom car culture is alive in the city.
Worlds busiest pedestrian crossing.
Locals park their bikes at Shinjuku station and are often not locked.
Must have Mochi balls for an afternoon snack. Better eat quick it expires the same day purchased.
Stylish cyclist in winter.
Fluffy french toast for brunch.
View of Tokyo tower from Roppongi Hills.
Multi colour sunset and glimpse of Mount Fuji. No fillters and straight from camera to show the crazy hues of orange, red and blue.
moon sparkling after sunset
Kimono ladies at Meiji Shrine. The Shrine was busy for the new year.
Time for new year’s blessing at the shrine.
Street photography at the Shrine – we waited for an interesting subject to walk through the glowing gates
City never sleeps, streets are always full of people.
Video game paradise
Attack of the Killer Crabs!
Japan’s New Year’s lucky mystery bags for sale. Merchants offer lucky gift bags for a fixed price and values of goods inside are often higher but you just don’t know what is inside :)
Tsukiji Fish Market
Famous Golden Gai in Shinjuku – over 200 mini shanty style bars in 6 small streets.
One of the Golden Gai bars. Fits about 8-10 people max.
A bit blurry, must be the whiskey
Desserts & Confectioneries are the finest in Tokyo and Japan. They know how to make sweets for sure.
Matcha & truffle
Sunset view of Tokyo Rainbow bridge
Subway life – young & old.
Tokyo’s Statue of Liberty