Ginza is silver – shopping is gold

Asia, urban

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.

Luckily, Ginza is not all about shopping – step away from the flagship stores to admire a architectural gem of post-war Japanese Metabolism: The Nagakin Capsule Tower made out of 140 pre-fabricated capsules, each one an entity. It is the first example of capsule architecture.

December 30th – January 4th 2018/2019

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Gaming, anime and fun at Odaiba and Akihabara

Asia, street, urban

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.

For more gaming, anime and manga, head to Akihabara (秋葉原), also called Akihabara Electric Town. It is as loud, shrill and crazy as it gets!

January 1st, 2019

Shinjuku in the dark

Asia, urban

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.

January 1st, 2019

New Year’s Celebration at Roppongi Hills and stunning views

Asia, urban

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

Asia, urban

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.

people watching in Shibuya

Asia, urban

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.