If you are planning a trip to Japan, you will not be able to avoid a visit to the capital Tokyo. The largest metropolis on the Japanese islands welcomes every visitor and is very open to every foreigner. Nevertheless, one should always keep an eye on the foreign culture and above all the history of the Japanese people when visiting. Because despite the great modern buildings, the country is still deeply rooted in its history and lives from and with its traditions. This is of course also noticeable in the architecture. In almost no modern country on earth is the juxtaposition of old buildings and modern buildings so often noticeable and so skilfully interwoven as in this city.
Tokio – A city between the modern and the past
Until the late 1960s and 1970s, many buildings in Japan were not made of brick, but of pure wood. Stone was and is a rare material on the island, which is particularly noticeable in the historical buildings. Anyone who drives on the city’s major traffic arteries is presented with a varied picture. On one side there is a historic temple, which is an important cultural asset and a religious center of the city.
From temple to skyscraper – an amazing development
On the other hand there is a modern high-rise, an important center for business and daily life in the metropolis. Many of the most renowned architects in the world come from this region and have left their architectural fingerprints here. The rainbow bridge is a good example. This modern bridge not only connects the city, but is also wonderfully illuminated at night. Their style and practical and real utility architecture has served as a model for many bridges around the world.
Akiba – The Electrical District
Akiba district is world famous. There are numerous neon signs here and the image of the district shapes the silhouette of the city from afar. The many neon signs of course also have a very practical purpose. The district is generally considered to be the city’s gambling center and entertainment district. Many foreigners get lost here on a trip through the country and leave a small fortune in the casinos. There is really something for everyone here. From modern games of chance to the classics and Far Eastern peculiarities such as machines that sell ready-made burgers can be found here. Anyone who wants to experience the country’s capital from the versatile side will not be able to avoid a visit to Akiba.
The imperial gardens and the religious centers of the city
A visit to the imperial gardens makes it historic, but no less worth seeing. Until a few decades ago it was still unthinkable that foreign visitors could take a look inside. But that has changed in the meantime and the gardens and the numerous temples of the city are open to every visitor. There is much to see here that Western visitors find Japanese culture special. From the architecture to the design of the gardens and outdoor areas, these are rambling complexes with numerous hidden secrets that need to be discovered. A guided tour through the facilities is definitely recommended!