For visitors from large population cities to hear Tokyo metropolitan area is home to 35 million people may not sound intimidating, even though there was a sea of people everywhere. Moreover, the distribution by the district makes an amazing jungle of buildings easier to explore.
One of the most amazing things that can be found to reach the capital is an attempt to clean up the things that can interfere with tourists; first of all, respect for the common areas is such that the government does not need to flood the city with garbage, as residents produce the least amount of waste possible. Eating or perhaps throwing out in the middle of public roads is impossible frowned, and smoking in the street only occurs in areas designated for that purpose.
A good way to start the trip, even while still jet lag, wake up very early before dawn to go tothe, the famous Tsukiji fish market, this place is not known as the most elegant or beautiful, but the place runs the auction of freshly caught fish on the day that is just beginning. Although not common in the West, breakfast sushi is very normal in this market and one is likely to eat more fresh pieces of fish that a few hours ago still swam across the Pacific.
After so worldly experience, nothing better than visiting the neighborhood of Chiyoda, considered the navel of Tokyo and whole of Japan; this area of 12 square kilometers gathers the spiritual side and political development. Even the place is not open to the public, only on January 2 (New Year’s Greeting) and December 23 (Emperor’s Birthday), the Imperial Palace is located in this area and has been inhabited by the nobility since 1868 being designated the most expensive square kilometer in the world. A foot of the Palace is the eastern section of the Imperial Gardens, the only part open to the public, especially beautiful in March and April, when the cherry blossoms start to bloom. To make a modest cultural scale, one can visit the Museum of Modern Art (MOMAT) a few meters.
The next stop should be at the Meiji Shrine, dedicated to deify the souls of the emperor Meiji and his wife Shoken, you can certainly put in a channel of peace and spirituality to anyone who sets foot in the area. Like many other shrines, it is in the middle of the city and is one of the best ways to understand how Japanese culture blends the past with the present, sacred with the banal and tranquility with urban chaos.
Finally the tour ends at the historic temple Sensoji, better known as Asakusa Kannon is the largest remnant of Buddhism in the city and was built in the year 628. The imposing gate of thunder (Kaminarimon) in contrasting red and black is the threshold by which one can cross a lost world dramatically in the past that holds high the greatness of this country.