A city both age-old and on the cutting edge, Tokyo is a study in contrast. Hushed, mist-shrouded Shinto shines and meticulously manicured classical gardens sit within arms’ reach of psychedelic neon alleys, futuristic skyscrapers, and squeaky clean transit stations featuring the fastest and sleekest trains ever built.
It’s also a city of immense civility and quiet calm. The Japanese obsession with perfection and mastery of skill infuses everything here, from humble street food to high-end fashion, so be prepared when ordering a simple bowl of soba noodles or taking an afternoon shopping excursion: these could well become rich experiences you’ll remember for years.
To get a feel for Tokyo’s diversity and its many layers, divide and conquer: plan your itinerary so you can make stops across the city’s various neighborhoods, gaining an opportunity to take in the wide range of colors and styles that infuse this vibrant city. There’s so much to explore, you’ll never be left wondering what to do in Tokyo.