After Hong Kong, Tokyo was a breath of fresh air. You will find that being polite and accommodating of each other is ingrained into the Japanese culture and that the modern architecture seamlessly compliments the older buildings, a stark contrast to Hong Kong. We found people walking around in groups to clean up a couple of streets and almost everyone in public transport was found wearing business attire. In a single zebra crossing, we passed seven sports cars and even found a chrome red Ferrari. The common accessory, funny enough, is a see through umbrella for the summer rain that struck with no warning. Here are the places that I would recommend experiencing.

 

Metropolitan Building

One of the highest viewpoints that the public has access to (202 metres), with a limited amount of people allowed on the floor at a time, this lookout really helps a person grasp how vast Tokyo is. We made it a mission to go to all the free admission sites available to us and this was the first one of the city. Waiting only a couple of minutes, we found ourselves a window and Elan grabbed a couple of misty landscape pics. Like all tourist hot spots, the Metropolitan has a store where we found gifts for family members back home – not too pricy at all. The deck is open  9:30am – 11pm, the last people being allowed in 10:30pm.

Akihabara

Known as the Electric City because of the influx of electronic stores, we found ourselves walking past many girls handing out fliers to their Maid Cafe’s (they get really upset if you take their picture, so just don’t get caught when you have to capture their amazing outfits) and stores hosting collectors items such as dolls, Anime and action figures. There was no need for streetlights, as the neon signs went up to four stories, making every street overwhelmingly bright and of course Elan had a field day capturing this. The ads on these electronic billboards were just as spectacular. Here we ate at an almost entirely electronic restaurant, the food being ordered on a touch screen, a track whizzing with little carts delivering food to you and waiters merely delivering drinks and taking payments.

Shibuya Crossing

If this is not already on your list, the busiest road crossing in the world should be. At a time, it is said that 2500 people cross the road, almost half filming themselves via selfie sticks or GoPro’s and to view this during the rain with all the umbrella’s is even more spectacular.When crossing, you would expect to be run into, but somehow everyone makes it across without any hassle – some crossing multiple times to get that selfie content. Right across the train station exit, there is a Starbucks, where if you get a table against the window on the first floor, you get to spectate this. Here we met up with @keychimoto, a local who showed us some of his top photo locations and where to find good ramen.