The geek’s Tokyo travel guide


Tokyo is the capital city of Japan, and is a well known hot spot for Japan’s popular otaku, or geek culture. It is considered to be the largest metropolitan region of the world. Tokyo was originally given the name Edo, which is one of the prefectures of Japan. The city consists of a couple of islands, namely Izu and Ogasawara, and experiences moderate weather throughout the year. Tokyo is easily accessible through its two main airports, Narita airport for international flights and Haneda airport for domestic flights. Tickets to Tokyo are available with almost all major airlines in the world.

Are you a geek looking to have a great time in Tokyo? Here are some of the places you can’t miss.

Suntory Hall

You can have a musical start to your journey of Tokyo, by visiting the Suntory Hall, the premier concert hall in Tokyo. The acoustics of this orchestra hall are wondrous, and the ambiance is warm and comforting.

Robot Restaurant

Have some fun at the Robot Restaurant. With bright colors, lights, and mirrors all over the restaurant, the place is known for the funny scenes and dances organized to entertain the guests.

Tokyo City View Tower

Get a bird’s eye view of the city from the Tokyo City View Tower. Once you get to the top of the tower, the whole city seems to glitter with light.

Sensoji Temple

Pay a visit to the Sensoji Temple to lay homage to the Nakamise Dori. The temple is also known as the Asakusa Kannon temple. It is the most popular architectural structure in the city. It is beautifully decorated and has lots of souvenir shops lined up along the street to the temple, where you can buy porcelain cat dolls, charms, and other relics to take back home.

Famous shrines

The Kanda Myojin Shrine is another famous spiritual structure in the city. The Meiji Jingu Shinto shrine is named after the Emperor and Empress Meiji. The shrine is guarded by two massive, beautifully decorated gates at the entrance of the shrine. Many wedding ceremonies in the city take place at this shrine.

Museums

There are some well-known and renowned museums in the city. The Tokyo National Museum is a massive building with a huge collection of Japanese art and western and Japanese architectural samples. The Nezu museum will likely seem to you like an oasis at the heart of a busy city. It consists of several statues and art exhibitions in the Japanese style, and there are several lush green gardens in the museum. The Gotoh Museum highlights the pre-modern Japanese, Chinese, and Korean art. The Edo-Tokyo museum has a huge collection of artifacts and samples of Japanese history and culture.

Japanese food

Japanese cuisine is unique in itself. Try out the tasty Edo-style sushi, zone soup, and udon noodles along with dark soy sauce. Another delicacy is Genghis Khan barbeque with lamb and vegetables. In addition, Ishikari nabe is a classic Japanese cuisine, consisting of salmon pieces with vegetables in miso-based broth.

There are so many wonderful things to see and do in Japan, so book your ticket and start planning your trip. You won’t regret it.