Last updated on September 8th, 2021 at 02:15 pm
Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is a world unto itself or, as some like, call it a concrete jungle. It’s a restless city with endless activities for both adults and kids. Tokyo has so much to offer that there is no way you won’t find an event or place to see that you won’t like. And it’s not only this that will make you love this incredible city. If you’re not convinced yet, here are ten things to love about Tokyo.
10 Things To Love About Tokyo
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- 1 10 Things To Love About Tokyo
It was pretty hard to narrow it down as I have had a big crush on Tokyo since my first trip there in 2012, but I did it!
Also, if you’re planning a trip to Tokyo, you may want to look at my in-depth Tokyo Travel Guide to help you out.
#1 The cleanness
This city is squeaky clean, and it’s honestly EXTRA DUPPER SUPER lovely, to be honest. I have honestly never seen in my life, anywhere in Europe at least, such clean public transportation, public toilets (imagine this for a second, clean public toilet, it’s real, I’m telling you), clean streets and so on. They take such good care of their infrastructures; it’s crazy. I think some big cities could use some of this as an inspiration!
Recycling is also essential in Japan, so thumbs up to this. There’s rubbish sometimes, obviously, but it’s so tiny that you hardly notice it.
Okay, except if you’re coming out of bars/pubs at 5/6 am in Shibuya or elsewhere.
#2 The public transports
It’s safe to say that if you ever took public transportation in Paris, you know how much of a nightmare it can be, and if you don’t, then trust my words, as a daily Parisian commuter, I can assure you it can be painful.
Tokyo’s subway is on a whole other level; it’s modern, extremely clean (some staff were cleaning the column of the station one day), and the best thing is, it is so RELIABLE. They are always on time!
However, now there’s one con as nothing can ever be always perfect; it’s pretty expensive.
#3 The Food
I think it’s impossible to say Tokyo/Japan without even including food. And I’m pretty sure most of us love to eat our way across a country! Naturally, I couldn’t write 10 Things to Love about Tokyo without mentioning food.
Plus, you can find so many cheap street foods, it’s effortless to eat correctly in Tokyo without breaking the budget.
I wrote an exhaustive list of 10 foods you need to try in Tokyo/Japan here on my Ultimate Tokyo Travel Guide!
#4 Konbini/ Vending Machines
Are you feeling a little hungry in the middle of the night? Don’t you worry, you won’t have to wait until the following day? You can pop by one of the countless konbini to get a snack or more if you feel like having an onigiri or whatever you fancy at that moment, no one will judge you.
Restaurants are pretty different from your usual restaurants in the western world; I mean not entirely, but there are undoubtedly some unusual yet super cool features such as the following ones:
- Food Display – before you enter any restaurants, most of them have plastics foods displayed in their front windows, so even if you have no idea what’s written, you can still pretty much know what they serve! It comes in handy to pick a restaurant quickly.
- Machine to Order – In some restaurants, you can order directly outside from a device, then all you have to do is pick a seat/be seated and hand over your ticket, and the food will be brought to you shortly after.
- Call Button – Most restaurants have a call button on the table, which means unless you call for a waiter, you got all the time you want to choose from the menu! Also, if you need something, it’s much smoother with the call button, no need to spend minutes trying to catch the attention of a waiter – perfect!
Also, in Japan, tipping is not a thing. It’s super easy to eat and order in restaurants in Tokyo even as a foreigner, so no worries!
Some helpful posts about Tokyo and Japan:
- Day Trip To Nara
- Attending A Concert In Japan
- Themed Restaurants In Tokyo
- A quick guide to Disneyland Tokyo
- Day Trip: Hiking Mt Takao
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#6 Modern Toilet
Yes, modern toilet. You read this right. Toilets in Tokyo and Japan are a bit more elaborate than your standard toilets.
By this, I mean that, if you use them you can drop the toilets paper as with those toilets as they do the washing of both your front and rear, seat warming and deodorisation. I think it’s a bit weird but not so bad. Most people I talked to either love it or hate it. However, whether you like it or not, the heated seat is an excellent feature in my opinion.
Some toilets even lift the lid by themselves when you step into the room (which frightened me as I stepped into Pompompurin restaurants toilets in Harajuku).
This being said, what’s crazy is that while there are some of the most technological toilets, you can also find in some station toilets from what I would refer to as an old toilet; by this, I mean squat toilets. Maybe it’s just me, but I hate this kind of bathroom.
#7 Game Center
Tokyo is full of Game Center; you can find them in pretty much every hot spot. They offer many different kinds of games, and there’s also a UFO catcher there, with stuffed toys, figurines, or even food!
They got a relaxed vibe to them; even if you don’t particularly like the video game or arcade, it’s something you need to experience once! You can have plenty of fun there!
Usually, you can also find Purikura machines there, which, wait for it, is something you need to try as well!
Purikura machines are pretty much a photo booth.
Still, you get to select a background, have your skin smoother to the moon and back, big aliens eyes (although you can choose the size), and very lean limbs, then you decorate it at the end with stickers doodles or writing.
So, now that might sound like the silliest thing to do, but it’s an excellent way to keep memories as the pictures come out as stickers, and sometimes the outcome is pretty funny. There’s a wide range of machines offering different templates, backgrounds and so on!
#8 Perfect blend of modernity and traditionalism
It is well known that Japan is a country that, despite being utterly modern, has kept a lot of its culture and tradition. And it especially shows within the architecture of the country.
Even in big cities like Tokyo, it’s not only into a specifically dedicated area that you can see bribes from the past. If you pay attention to details, it’s everywhere.
One minute you could be walking on a busy street, and a minute later, you could find yourself in a Temple/Shrine.
#9 The Temples and Shrines
Following what I said above, Japan is a country where Shintoism and Buddhism play a large part in the culture, so it’s not unusual to find shrines and temples where you’d expect the least. Tokyo might be a big busy city, but there are still temples there!
Asakusa is the traditional part of Tokyo. This is where you can expect some beautiful temples/shrines and tons of fantastic souvenir shops with craft items.
Each temple has its architecture and decorations. Those religious places play an essential role in Japanese life and are honestly a delight to visit for travellers.
I suppose that when you think of big cities, nature isn’t the first thing you’d think about; however, nature is well present in Tokyo you can find countless great parks there.
The most famous parks in Tokyo are the following ones, they’re all perfect for a picnic, strolling around or enjoy the cherry blossoms in Spring:
- Shinjuku Park
- Ueno Park
Or you could even go on a hike in Tokyo if you decide to take a day trip to Mt Takao as I did. It was one of the highlights of my last trip; it’s such a tremendous cheap activity. Also, excellent cardio to burn off the calories from all the yummy foods you ate!
And that’s a wrap on my 10 Things To Love About Tokyo! Although I feel like I covered this list, this list could go on and on, which, in my opinion, are the most loveable things about Tokyo.
Have you ever been to Tokyo? If so, tell me what the thing you loved the most about this city was?
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