I have lived in Japan for over a year now.  I live on the Western edge of Tokyo and have the world’s largest city at my doorstep.  But let’s face it — life gets busy.  Laundry has to be done.  We like to spend time with friends. And even for a world traveler who spends hours upon hours planning her next trip, I don’t always get out and explore my local area as much as I should.  But this spring I had company come visit.  And so like most people regardless of where you live, this motivates you to get out and see your own backyard.  Here is how I chose to entertain a visitor who had never been to Japan before:

Asakuska Sensoji Temple is the oldest temple in Tokyo and where old Edo (Tokyo) was founded.

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Kameido Tenjin Shrine to see the Wisteria (this is seasonal).  At another time of year I think I would have taken her to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

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Imperial Gardens

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Edo Museum (great interaction for children) and National Museum of Modern Art (arranged chronologically which also gave insight to the history and culture at the time)

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Quick visits to Roppongi at night, Shibuya to see the world’s busiest crossing, Shinjuku to see the largest transport hub and Godzilla

Ramen alley in Tokyo Station and Ninniku-ya Garlic restaurant

I think it ended up being a great sampling of new & old Tokyo.

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