Tokyo

Pop Japan Travel welcomes you to Tokyo, the largest city in the world and the center of modern Japan. There’s always something going on here, and we’re here to make sure your trip creates countless memories – and maybe even inspires a return trip!

Museums, music, food, festivals – you name it, and Tokyo has it. Thanks to increased international recognition of Japan’s fashion, music, anime, and other cultural exports, Tokyo’s neighborhoods have gone from being stops on the local train line to becoming internationally recognized destinations. Despite this change, the city still has a local, friendly feel to it in places, and although its size can seem overwhelming, it is a remarkably easy city to travel in.

If you are an anime or manga fan, Tokyo offers all kinds of stops worth checking out. The Akihabara area is considered by many to be the “otaku capital of the world,” with manga stores, game centers, discount game stores, and much more. Check out some doujinshi based on your favorite series, or visit a maid cafe, where Akihabara’s iconic maids will serve you drinks and play games with you. If you consider yourself  a fujoshi and are more interested in handsome guys than maids, you’ll be happy to know that the manga stores and “butler cafes” on Otome Road in Ikebukuro were designed with you in mind. Just want to shop? Check out Nakano Broadway, where you can find manga and character goods from every series and era imaginable. If you are an artist, you’ll be happy to know that Japan’s major art supply outlets – where many manga-ka shop – are just a short train ride away in Shinjuku.

The skyscrapers of Shinjuku also surround one of the busiest shopping areas in the city, where you can sample any kind of food imaginable and shop for everything, from the latest fashions at Marui One to squeaky mallets at Tokyu Hands. If fashion is your thing, the clothing outlets in Harajuku are just two train stops away. After shopping, unwind at one of the many social gathering spots in Shibuya, where people gather every night to drink, sing karaoke, see live music, and party.

If more traditional beauty is your thing, you might want to try Ueno Park. This is Japan’s most legendary spot to see the cherry blossoms (or sakura) bloom in spring, but the park offers museums, a zoo, and other attractions year-round. Not to far away is the Asakusa temple area, where you can buy traditional Japanese sweets and charms from the temple. You can also get here via yakatabune, a longboat where a meal is served before passengers are invited to step onto the upper deck to take in the sights that surround them. If you like a more “overhead” view, you can head south to visit Tokyo Tower, which offers views of the bay as well as the surrounding city.

With so much to see and do, it’s easy to see why Tokyo is such a popular destination. Not to worry, though; our tours won’t just take you to the back alleys and cool finds that make the city special in addition to the popular spots that most visitors recognize. Come let us show you our view of Japan’s capital – you’ll be glad you made the trip!