When you have a sprawling city bursting with people and whirling with bright new trends, there’s always some fresh experience waiting around the corner. This is certainly one of the most intriguing elements of Tokyo; given the city’s incredibly storied past combined with its visionary bent, the cultural surprises are unique and insightful. It’s simply impossible to be bored here.
Tradition runs deep in Tokyo, but there’s a lot of reinvention beneath the cherry blossoms and around the kabuki stage. From streets painted with Manga and flickering with lantern-lit stands to sleek shopping districts and cutting-edge restaurants, everything you could ask for is right here. These spots will serve as an excellent introduction.
1. Shibuya Crossing
It’s practically a rite of passage for any shopper worth their salt on the streets of Tokyo: a bewildering sea of people, coming from all angles, spilling into the streets, and somehow not trampling each other as they cross the intersection at Shibuya Station. There can be over a thousand people shuffling across at every light change, which sounds a bit overwhelming – and it is. Luckily, there are plenty of stores where you can pop in to get out of the crowd (and a really cool view of the spectacle), but even if you find yourself in the thick of it, the experience is surprisingly orderly.