About city: Tokyo

When you plan your trip to Tokyo, you should be prepared that this city can make on you quite unusual impression – it isn’t the same as the rest of the cities. It is absolutely different. These thoughts let you feel at ease in Tokyo and, perhaps, you even want to return.

Together with its satellite cities (Kawasaki, Yokohama, etc.), so-called Greater Tokyo is one of the largest megalopolises in the world, with population of 30 million people. Historically, Tokyo is a fairly young capital, so it has but few sights, comparing to the cities of Nara or Kyoto, which have been the capitals of Japan for several centuries. However, they go to Tokyo not for the sake of historical sites.

In Tokyo it is always easy to feel yourself as if you were in the city of future. Most of what we have ever seen in fantastic films is being made true there. Odaiba is a bright example of this. On the site of former industrial zone there has been created an artificial island. Then there emerged a futuristic quarter with office skyscrapers, shopping & exhibition centers, in-teractive museums, entertainment complexes. Instead of sightseeing you will yourself as if you were in surrealistic world of future. Rainbow Bridge, connecting Tokyo with Odaiba, be-came one of the main sights of Tokyo. Giant Sky Wheel (one of the highest in the world) is in the amusement park Pallete Town.

To get the feel of Tokyo, you should go to Shinjuku and Akihobara. There located the highest skyscrapers of Tokyo, as well as the city's largest and most beautiful botanic garden, in Shinjuku. From the observation platform at 45th storey of city hall you can have a magnifi-cent view of Greater Tokyo, including Mount Fuji. Of course, Akihobara isn’t as futuristic, but if you are interested in new electronic devices, you must go there too. You can find every-thing there!

As to classic modern sights of Tokyo, you can single out the following ones: Ginza, Tokyo's TV Tower and Nihonbashi. As to historical sites, they are Emperor's Palace, Meiji Shrine, Yasukini Shrine, Asakusa and Rikugien Park.

Ginza is a symbol of Tokyo. You can find there brand-new clothes of all well-known design brands. On week-ends it turns into a pedestrian street and the natives, as well as the guests of the city, like to walk there. People are queued outside expensive boutiques. You should see it. However, if you want to buy the same clothes but at more democratic prices, you should go to Omotesando.

As to moving around Tokyo, you should plan your route in advance, and ask someone of the hotel staff to write down with Japanese hieroglyphs the names of places you'd like to go. Otherwise, it would be extremely difficult for you to find a passer-by who could help you.


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