Sugamo is visited for its famous JIzo Dori shopping street. Filled with countless small sweets shops selling daifuku and other traditional sweets, this is also the place to look for Obaasan and Ojiisan clothes ( meaning granmas and grandpas).
When you visit the Edo Museum, near the Ryogoku station, you are taken to another time thanks to its main exhibit which illustrates the life of people living in the capital during this time.
On to Asakusa, mostly over-visited for the Senoji temple and Odaiba the artificial island build to strengthen naval defences.
It is a custom in Japan, we learned, to go to temples in the new year, hatsumōde, the first shrine visit of the year. We decided to follow the local tradition and we stayed with hundreds of people in Meiji jingu
Fuji san is a famous icon of Japan and from the moment I started to approach Fujiyama I realise why. The closer you get, the beautiful mountain dominates horizon making it the only thing you can see.
On that afternoon we traveled by train to Nikko city, which turned out to be a really nice nature escape from busy Tokyo.
Visited for its fresh produce and tuna auctions, Tsukiji market is well documented in movies about Japan. Curious to see what it was like, we wanted to visit and this was our chaotic and exciting morning in Tsukiji.
A relaxed day in Tokyo wandering around. More about Shinjuku, shopping at Ikebukuro and gazing from Tokyo Skytree
Our third day in Tokyo had a tad bit more of tradition than the others with Meiji jingu and Edo Castle. Modernity here came with entertaining Shinbashi and Luxurious Ginza
Still in Tokyo, for our second day exploring, we wandered through Shibuya, looked for lolitas in Harajuku and chased Hatchiko through the crowds of Shibuya.