Explore the Old and New in Japan: Visit Tokyo
Explore the Old and New in Japan: Visit TokyoExploring Tokyo
I’ve always wanted to explore Asia. I’ve been to South Africa, and I’ve visited various other parts of the U.S. to get to know its natural wonders. While I’ve lived here all my life, I am embarrassed to admit that I’ve never really explored its many amazing wonders until recently. Traveling, I believe, is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of a country. And for me, meeting the locals is always the best way to truly get to know the heart and soul of a country.
This summer, I’m thinking about exploring Asia, and my first destination of choice is Japan. Japan’s rich and colorful history has always intrigued me. I figured that the best way to explore the old and new Japan is to visit a favorite tourist destination that perfectly epitomizes these: Tokyo.
Museums in Tokyo
The capital of Japan and considered as the most densely-populated metropolis in the world, Tokyo is a bustling city with plenty to offer a first-time traveler. Shopping, dining, and nightlife seem to be the favorite activities of tourists here. But since I’m more interested in its history, I’d like to explore its museums first before I explore the modern side of Tokyo.
First stop is Tokyo National Museum, the oldest and largest museum in the country. Relics and items that showcase the history and culture of Japan, as well as the country’s national treasures, are on display at the buildings that comprise the national museum.
Next on my list are the Edo-Tokyo Museum and the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Museum. Tokyo was formerly known as Edo, which used to be a small castle town during the Edo period. Life-size replicas of the structures in this historic town can be seen here, so that will surely be a sight to behold.
The history and cultural lessons you learn in these museums provide a contrast to the now modern life in Tokyo. Walking down the streets, you will see young executives in smart suits rushing to work. And the city is lined with various world-class restaurants, shops, bars, and clubs.
If and when I do get to visit, I will share my experiences exploring the beautiful city of Tokyo with you.