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Tokyo at a glance is a befuddling labyrinth of neon lights stacked high, bustling streets overflowing with activity and subway cars packed tight with droves of office workers and students shuttling across the vast metropolis. Tokyo is dense in all aspects; in size, scope, population and culture. That density to life in Tokyo can feel both thrilling and overwhelming, but always engaging. The trick is to slowly peel back these layers as you explore, learning just a little bit more as you visit serene temples, throwback beer after beer in a busy izakaya, or take in some youth street culture in the exuberant Takeshita Dori shopping street. Many have spent entire lifetimes trying to unravel this incredible city, but the heart of Tokyo always feels maddeningly just out of reach – yet you’re always drawn back.
Space is precious in Tokyo, and every available inch of land is utilized to the fullest. Tiny bars bursting with personality - built quite literally on top of each other - line the quiet laneways of Shinjuku’s Golden Gai bar district. A walk through the dark, steam filled Omoide-Yokocho drops all façades of grit as you enter one of its many tiny yakitori stands, where a warm greeting fills the air as the staff welcomes you. Tokyo is home to the most Michelin-starred restaurants of any city in the world, yet what stands apart is the care and attention to detail found in Japanese cuisine. That same attention to detail in a lauded omakase experience from a world renowned chef is found in a bowl of ramen ordered from a vending machine and eagerly devoured at a tiny standing counter. It’s hard to have a bad meal in Tokyo, so what better place to challenge yourself to explore the more adventurous side of Japanese cuisine?
While the futuristic skyscrapers of the city yearn to reach higher and higher, you’re never far from a Buddhist temple or Shinto shrine that helps keep this modern metropolis rooted in its rich heritage. In the shadows of modernity you can always find a few quiet moments of peace in pristine Japanese gardens designed to exude beauty from every vantage point. Asakusa takes center stage with the magnificent Senso-ji temple, but Tokyo is filled with smaller shrines and gardens that share the same elegance pared down to size. Take in Tokyo at your own pace and begin to unravel this marvelous metropolis.