10 Reasons Your Next Trip Should Be...Tokyo, Japan

A travel enthusiast shares their favorite moments from a recent trip to Tokyo, Japan.

Rondel Holder Jun, 10, 2016

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The Shibuya Scramble is known as the busiest pedestrian intersection in the world, with 5-way foot traffic sees anywhere from 300-500 people walking at every light change. I stood here in the middle of the traffic – payback to the annoying tourists in Times Square, NYC! (Haha)! 

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The Roppongi Roofdeck gives an amazing 360 degree view of the city of Tokyo, including a perfect view of the illuminating Tokyo Tower.

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I am very familiar with West Indian and Indian curries but Japanese curry is so different. This curry beef that I tried on my very last day in Tokyo made me so happy! Another Japanese dish that doesn’t get enough love in NYC.

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Japanese people are known for their love of technology, games and anime. It was awesome to see this in person as certain areas like Shinjuku light up with arcades and more. There’s even a robot cabaret which is nothing like anything I’ve ever experienced before.

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Ever since Gwen Stefani went through her phase of obsession with Harajuku girls, I have been obsessed with them too. However, I didn’t see any in full-out costume. My local Japanese bud called these girls “Harajuku-light” which is as much as I would get on this trip.

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For the most part, food in Tokyo is great. Surprisingly, what I saw even more than sushi restaurants was ramen. Luckily, I LOVE ramen! Here’s a pork ramen bowl with a side of gyo-za dumplings.

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The best tip for traveling to Tokyo is to download Google Translate. It was super helpful in navigating the city, communicating with locals and most importantly, ordering food!

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One thing that was prevalent throughout Tokyo is the respect for tradition. From the way people communicate and interact, to traditional garb like kimonos and yucatas, to the preservation of their sacred areas.

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The Shibuya Scramble is known as the busiest pedestrian intersection in the world, with 5-way foot traffic sees anywhere from 300-500 people walking at every light change. I stood here in the middle of the traffic – payback to the annoying tourists in Times Square, NYC! (Haha)!

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Tokyo has vending machines for just about everything. When you’re beating the streets shopping or just site seeing, it’s easy to get parched. But try ordering a drink from a vending machine with no idea of the contents. When I wanted a cola, sometimes I got a hot tea or even a smoothie. Fun but frustrating!

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I have never been to a city with more shopping in my life. Dare I say it, there is even more shopping in Tokyo that New York City. From vintage stores to futuristic boutiques, high-end to low-end, you will find everything you need, plus some of the most unique pieces anywhere. 

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