Tokyo is a city that stimulates the senses. Bright neon lights line narrow streets, while the smell of fresh okonomiyaki wafts from street side vendors. Shopkeepers shout their welcomes to potential customers, and strangers bow and utter short greetings as they brush by each other in the evening bustle.
First-time visitors to Tokyo imagine a city of fashionable young people, high-speed technology, and anime costumes and souvenirs. Tokyo has all that, and it has temples and shrines shrouded in ancient history, placid Zen gardens, and neighborhood back streets where old world Japanese traditions of cooking, art, and clothing thrive. Tokyo is a city that prides itself on politeness and cleanliness, innovation and historical preservation, and that’s why it’s one of the most sought after travel destinations in the world.