Tokyo

October 04, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I had 4 days in Tokyo and as much as I would have liked to stay longer I knew 4 days would be enough. This being my third time visiting but ask anyone and most would always would’ve liked to stay that much longer in the city. There is a lot to do and see in Tokyo and you will need way over 4 days to cram it all in (if that’s your style). My advice would be to focus on a few areas and then dedicate 2 visits per day and actually spend more time in each area of interest. It’s easy to whizz around the city and ticking of your checklist of things to see and do according to your travel guide. To truly experience Tokyo, it’s all about slowing down. I know this sounds crazy in the metropolis that is Tokyo. But trust me by slowing down, you will soon feel the beat and rhythm of the Tokyo and it’s a wonderful thing to feel. On this trip I visited the following over the course of the 4 days that I was there as well as other places. (If your thinking I could've done more, you are probably right but I was out here in Japan and this Tokyo portion filming scenes for my 2nd film that is currently in production, so my free time was limited due to this fact.)

  • Asakusa
  • Meji Shrine
  • Shibuya
  • Shinjuku
  • Ueno Park
  • Nikko* (this was a day trip from Tokyo to Nikko, I will write about this in a separate blog)

A great travel tip I would advise you to do if visiting Japan is to rent Pocket Wi-Fi, it will be a lifesaver, and on most rental Pocket Wi-Fi units you can connect more than one device. The 4G network speeds are pretty consistent and the speeds you get are usually faster than the ones you normally get in hotels. I did a lot of travelling on this trip and it was great to check train times, emailing hotels and also watching tv shows on my bullet train journeys between cities.

You’ve probably read all there is to know about Tokyo but if you do have questions, then please do get in contact with me via email or leave a comment down below. Reason I say this is because I’m going to show you what makes Tokyo amazing through the power of photography as images can help shape and change the way you think about a place and even make you book a plane ticket and visit.

 

Sensoji Temple

Also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple located in Asakua. Depending which way you enter, you will most likely visit through Nakamise, a street which is over 200 meters long with shops that sell Japanese souvenirs to snacks. Sensoji Temple is one of the most popular temples in Tokyo as well as it being colourful. If you can try see it at night as well as during the day as its pretty magical.

 

Meji Shrine

The shrine is adjacent to Yoyogi Park and both make up a large forested area within Tokyo which is amazing considering how densely populated the city is. The spacious shrine grounds offer a great respite from the hustle and bustle of this amazing city and great for relaxing walks.

 

Shibuya

If there is one image of Tokyo that people know of or will see in travel magazines or through friend’s photos that have visited, it will be that of Shibuya Crossing! Shibuya is also the centre for youth fashion and the surrounding streets are the source of many of Japan’s fashion and entertainment trends. 

 

Shinjuku

I booked a photography tour one evening as I never had done one before in my life. Plus I really wanted another photographers perspective who does what I do but lives in Tokyo. Things didn't go to plan as in my haste to catch the train I got on the wrong one and ended up in Shinagawa when I should've got Shinjuku. The tour company which organised this Inside Japan Tours managed to phone me whilst I was making way to Shinjuku to make sure I was on my way and informed the photo tour guide that I would be late. Luckily I was only 10 minutes late to meet my photo tour guide, and after navigating the maze that is Shinjuku Station we made our way out. He took me to some nice spots around the station and within walking distance and we spent an hour photographing and talking about our love of Japan in general.

 

Ueno Park

A large public park right next to Ueno Station. The park boasts many museums and also home to Japan’s first zoological garden. Not forgetting that Ueno Park is a great spot to see witness the Cherry blossoms as it has over 1000 cherry trees that lines its central pathway. Like Meiji Shrine, the park is a nice spot to relax away from the frantic pace that you will see in Tokyo. 

 

If you want to get a better insight into my time in Tokyo, check my daily vlogs below that I made there purely to give people an insight of what Tokyo is like and to for me to have a record of my time there not just through photography but daily vlogging.

 

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