Just in case you haven’t had enough of everything Tokyo, you’re right. There is so much more that you will have to do a bit of digging, depending on your interests. Here are just a few more places to hit, that will top off your stay and make your stay well worth every minute.
- Hanayashiki first opened in 1853 and was developed as an amusement park during the industrial revolution of Japan. Imagine the beginnings of this magnificently awesome place that boasts of Japan’s oldest roller coaster and Japanese inspired House of Horrors that is surely not one to miss for amusement park enthusiasts. There are kimono and ninja demonstrations and presentations held at the park that is a mesmerizing spectacle to witness. You’ll find the park at 2 Chome-28-1 Asakusa Tokyo 111-0032
- Got a stomach for the grotesque? Then the Meguro Parasitological Museum, a museum of oddities founded in 1953, and located on 4-1-1 Shimomeguro, Meguro, Tokyo 153-0064, just might be the place you want to pop into. With fascinatingly morbid and grotesque displays that will boggle the mind and is sure to make a stomach or two turn.
- Hunting down some of the rarest, hard-to-find Japanese books and literature? Jimbocho might just be the place to find that treasure you’ve been looking for. With miles of transcripts and pages of books, printed vintage materials here are rare finds that collector’s dreams are made of. Get lost in midst of ancient texts and manuscripts, retro magazines and books and come alive in the world of written and printed literature.
- Can’t get of the day time crowds? Have a taste of the night birds at Piss Alley, or Memory Lane, where quaint, little shanties make up a collection of small backstreet bars and food stalls wafting of meats grilling on a bed hot charcoal. Packed to the hilt almost every night, the air is electric and alive in this dingy thoroughfare that gets its name from its notorious past of being a street of bars with no lavatory facilities, leaving drunks no choice but of relieving themselves right on the street! That is a far cry from what is now, and your bladder will be safely able to get to a toilet on time, just in case. Don’t be surprised to find delicacies such as frog sashimi or pig testicles, so, to be on the safe side, follow the crowd for the more usual fare.
- Want a little getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city? One where you can be surrounded by the greenery of nature and reflect without leaving the city too far behind? Head on out to the tranquil quiet sanctuary that is Todoroki Valley, where the word “lush” pales in comparison to the expanse of foliage and fauna is breathtaking as it is magnificent. Situated in the Setagaya ward, the surreal surroundings of the green valley that follows the path of a creek and peppered with quaint and colorful footbridges. Walk amongst the quiet surroundings and arrive at the Fudo Todoroki, a Buddhist temple not too far off from the magical Tatsuzawa Fudo no Taki waterfall. It will be a respite your spirit and soul has sought and should enjoy.
We hope that we have managed to give you a hand in preparing for your trip to Tokyo. Enjoy a magical time as you explore this city metropolis that holds its enigma in the existence and comfortable step of old-world traditions with the modern trappings and conveniences of today’s pattern of living. You will surely find the wondrous fascination of how this city, so in tune and aligned with the modern ways of life, manages to capture the richness of their heritage, living in reverence for the past with equal gusto and fervor for the continuity and advancement of society and humans.