Strolling the streets of Tokyo…

I usually get a lot of attention when stopping in the middle of a Tokyo street to try to capture the magic feeling that I have when I stroll around the streets of Tokyo. I asked a Japanese woman how come that Japanese people seem to find it so interesting seeing a western woman taking pictures of a street. She answered “Japanese people are curious to know what it is you find interesting”.

A bit more than a year ago I was in the middle of Turkey in a place called Cappadocia where few Swedish people find their way to. I was amazed of the large number of Japanese tourists there. Later I learnt  that many Japanese people choose their holiday destination from the UNESCO world heritage list. Connecting this to a presentation a Japanese colleague recently held about the importance of collectivism in the Japanese society when it comes to making a purchase decision, and adding the fact that what one find exotic varies a lot between people, makes me understand why I received so many curious glances 😉

Tokyo is a huge city  where every metro and train station has its own athmosphere and attractions. Electrical wires is a common sight everywhere but in the evening the greyish buildings and wires are unnoticed as neon lights take over the night. As you have understood from above little story my biggest interest in Tokyo is simply just to wander around the streets. Usually a big amount of time is spent on metros since I tend to want to cover too much at one time.

I enjoy the bigger and more famous stations Shibuya and Shinjuku a lot where your head is getting dizzy from trying to avoid being overrun by people and your mind is overloaded of teenage fashion and unusual, sometimes, crazy sights. But what I like the most in Tokyo is to discover the smaller stations. There you usually find a maze of narrow streets packed with shops and eateries. The feeling is more relaxed and local.

One thing to get used to in Tokyo is that most restaurants and bars, especially around the bigger stations, are concentrated to high buildings. On ground floor is is common with a food show behind glass. You look what the restaurants on the different floors have to offer and then take the elevator to the place of your choice. Eateries and bars on groundfloor is more common around smaller stations.

Once you reach your chosen restaurant and the elevator door opens up, be prepared to enter a totally different world. Japan offers many unique styles of dining. One of my favourites if you are with a group is the so called Izakaya where every company get a unique room or compartment, depending on the size of group. Shoes are taken off and usually stored in a designated small  cabinet. Staff are running back and forward to serve you all kinds of small dishes, Japanese tapas you could say. There are Izakayas in different price levels and different atmospheres. Drinks (beer or sake) are as important as the food in Izakayas. It sure is a unique dining experience. Cooking your own food at the table is also popular in Japan as is having your very own chef cooking infront of you.

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About Jenny Trozell

Swedish girl with a passion for travelling, Latin dance and meeting new interesting and fun people :-)

Posted on November 24, 2012, in Japan and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 27 Comments.

  1. I get a brain overload just by looking at the pictures! I would love to go there though, looks like a powerful experience. By the way, you can see the wires you were talking about on img_0557; it is impressive.

    • 😉 It is an amazing place although I do get a bit stressed in Tokyo. But I think that is because I want to do to much in one day. You have to have time and take it easy…

  2. Nice photos. Tokyo has various faces. 🙂

  3. This series shows me what I missed, when I once passed through Tokyo Airport on the way home from South Korea. It was a business trip and sadly, there wasn’t time to go into the city. Thanks for the insight via these photos.

    • Thank you for stopping by Dave, glad you enjoyed the Tokyo tour 🙂 South Korea seems like a nice place to visit too!

  4. Hi, Japan is also a destination where I haven’t been (yet I hope). It is rather far from Europe and not like other destinations like Thailand which are easy to travel to. When I see the photos and read about it I like to travel there once, to see the culture, landscapes, cities etc etc..

  5. Reblogged this on kazza merlot.somewhere rural and commented:
    I spent a very small amount of time in Tokyo, only a weekend, and I spent most of that walking. This blog article captures Tokyo perfectly: check it out!

  6. I would totally like to go around Tokyo streets, seems foreign and interesting : )

  7. Great pics.

    The Shibuya Station dog statue reminded me of that story. It’s quite amazing.

  8. I lived in Japan as a child. Thank you for these photos, and bringing back awesome memories!

  9. What a great selection of shots. Vibrant, varied, human, textured. Thank, too, for stopping by and liking my blog. Appreciate that so much.–M.

  10. Thank you Melissa for those words, they made me very happy 🙂

  11. NIce write up and set of pictures 🙂

  12. I spent a summer in Tokyo studied aboard when I was in college. I miss this lovely country. Envy that you can spent so much time there.

  13. Fabulous post Jenny! We have only been to Fukuoka. It’s beautiful and I love their market streets.

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