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Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is in every sense- a mix. This city is known for its technological prowess, its quirky pop culture, and its simultaneous attachment to tradition. With every area having something different to offer, it is truly the best place for any tourist seeking variety and adventure.
Nestled in South-Eastern Japan, Tokyo boasts not only of towering sky-scrapers, immaculate roads and architecture, but also of forests, traditional shrines and cherry blossoms in the spring. A combination of poetic wonder and technological marvel, Tokyo is a must-visit for any tourist. The city is not all about slick business suits and traditional kimonos either- it is a thriving pop culture phenomenon for gamers, developers, and anime fans alike, with its quirky technological innovations and virtual culture. Tokyo is best perceived as a collection of cities with different characters and vibes, rather than one city alone. The main tourist attractions in Tokyo are the Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Tower, the shopping districts of Harajuku and Shibuya (one of the busiest intersections in the world), the traditional Meiji and Sensoji Shrines, and of course, the cherry blossom flowers in April. However, aside from these attractions, Tokyo has little pockets of unique culture, technology and food that remain unnoticed by the mainstream. These include the Kabukicho entertainment district that has an eclectic robot restaurant, Roppongi, that is famous for its nightlife, and vampire and maid cosplay caf_s in Shinjuku (for the pop culture fanatic). Gastronomically, Tokyo is one of the must-see cities in the world as it has the most Michelin Stars, for the discerning connoisseurs. Japanese cuisine too has a wide variety- for the brave and the less adventurous alike. Dishes like sashimi (raw seafood with seasoning), ramen (noodles boiled with broth) and okonomiyaki (savoury pancakes) are its highlights, and ramen shops are commonplace in the streets of Tokyo. One can find peace and quiet in the Meiji and Sensoji shrines, and tradition in the shadows of the skyscrapers in the form of traditional festivals like the Shunki Reitasai in the spring, and at the same time get dazzled by the electronic splendour of the Akihabara district. For all the gamers and visual culture nerds, there are Pok_mon Centres at Ikebukuro and Shibuya, and regular anime conventions. Tokyo is the city of arcades and recreational gaming caf_s, which indicate its immersion in the virtual world and technology. Tokyo, thus, is a conglomeration of all that a tourist needs- adventure, peace, entertainment, recreation and beauty, all in one, with interesting contradictions and a culture of beauty and spectacle.
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