Odaiba

Odaiba is usually what you think of when you hear about Tokyo’s manmade islands. The area was originally developed in 1853 as a bunch of barrier islands to help protect Tokyo from a sea invasion. Nearly a century later, in the 1930’s, the islands were joined together with landfill. A massive commercial and residential development …

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Akihabara

Akihabara Guide: Exploring the Colorful District  The mecca of all things anime, Akihabara is where otakus flock for an extensive selection of anime goodies. Aside from it being the go-to-spot for anime lovers, Akihabara is also teeming with department stores filled with different kinds of electronics you’d want to take home. Take note though: Japan’s …

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Shibuya

Whether it’s your first trip or fifth time in Tokyo, Shibuya is one of the locations you never want to miss visiting. An ever-so-buzzing, heavily illuminated commercial area, Shibuya is a major shopping district and a hallmark of Japanese youth culture. What is Shibuya known for? There are lots of things to do in Shibuya—the …

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Shinjuku

The district of Shinjuku is probably what you envision when you think of Tokyo’s towering skyscrapers. While much of central Tokyo has tall buildings, Shinjuku’s are among the tallest and most iconic in the city. What is Shinjuku known for?   Shinjuku is one of the more commercial districts along the Yamanote line, but that …

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Harajuku

Harajuku is home to many of Japan’s youth subcultures. Many people flock the area to get their loot on the latest kawaii trends and styles. Not only is it a vibrant shopping district, but it’s also home to a plethora of food options and experiences. Have you ever visited an Owl Cafe? You will, in …

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