Shinjuku Gyoen Garden © tgerus
When you’re surrounded by all of Tokyo’s concrete and neon, it’s easy to forget that the city has some truly superb green spaces. One of my favorites is the Shinjuku Gyoen Garden in Shinjuku.
On the way to the shrine © amira_a
One of the most touching festivals in Japan is the Shichi-go-san rite, in which parents bring their seven-, five- and three-year-old children to local shrines to pray for a happy life. It happens on November 15. This picture was taken at Meiji-jingu Shrine in Harajuku.
Tokyo Skytree by night © yoshikazut
Love it or hate it, the new Tokyo Skytree is now a huge part of the skyline in northeast Tokyo. I’m not a big fan, but crowds of tourists seem to like the place.
Shinjuku Station in the evening © its_caleb
Waiting for a train or subway is going to be a big part of your trip to Tokyo. Here is where you will come closest to the daily life of the average Tokyoite. The sights and sounds of a Tokyo train station will stick with you for a long time. Here’s a shot from Shinjuku Station.
Tokyo backstreet © valbanese
It’s easy to focus only on the big name sights in Tokyo and forget the backstreets and local neighborhoods that form the greater part of the city. I highly recommend just wandering aimlessly through the backstreets, getting lost, and experiencing the fabric of everyday life in the city.
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