This seems to be the inofficial motto of Ginza (銀座), home to Western shopping, mega department stores like Ginza six and upscale boutiques. New year’s shopping starts on January 2nd and is just crazy – people line up in the cold to get to those deals. Also, lucky bags are a huge deal in Japan: a bag full of goodies that can be purchased to bring good luck.
Odaiba (お台場) is an artificial island connected to the city via Rainbow bridge – a bridge that is lit up at night in the colors of a rainbow (duh). Its offers are centered around entertainment: Gundam statue, ferris wheel, museums, parks and gaming centers are all located here.
Shinjuku (新宿区) is one of the major hubs of Tokyo – people come here for work, shopping and lots of food. For a bit more of a familial feeling, head to golden gai – six narrow alleys forming a network of bars – to cramp down in one of the tiny shops to enjoy drinks and snacks.
Famous for wild nightlife, Roppongi is still worth a trip during the day. Roppongi Hills is a multi-use complex complete with gardens and an open-air space for events. It is also home to the Mori museum which is definitely worth a visit for any art lover. The observation deck is right next to the museum and a much better value-for-money option for a view of Tokyo and Mount Fuji compared to the Tokyo Sky Tree.
Harajuku (原宿) is just a short walk away from central Shibuya, it features shopping streets (just like almost every other district in Tokyo) but also the heart of Japanese subculture and street fashion. To escape the crowds, enter Tokyu Plaza and enjoy the beautiful rooftop terrace overlooking lively Harajuku.
Shibuya (渋谷区) is probably most known for the Shibuya crossing where you can watch a cluster of people heading this way and that way. Hachiko’s statue is overlooking the buzzing street. Center-gai, the main shopping street in Shibuya, can be easily accessed from here.
As the old capital, Kyoto (京都) has tons of cultural gems to offer – palaces, mansions, former geisha districts and tons of cute little alleyways.
Osaka (大阪) is a perfect blend of old and new; from the castle sitting on a fortified island to quirky Dotonbori area bursting with street vendors and restaurants. Don’t miss out on the billboards at night.