One million bright advertisements are killing my retina while the smell of joss sticks, curry and charcoal is calling for attention from my overwhelmed nose. Somewhere between plastic melodies and little wind chimes you can hear the dark sound of a ringing bell from the altar of a temple. There is not this famous building or that well-known place in Tokyo you absolutely have to see like the Statue of Liberty in New York or the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Tokyo is more like a puzzle of tiny alleys, traditional places and ultra-modern insanity. If you only have one life you definitely should see and try the following five things in this city.
Shrines and temples. There are hundreds of them in Tokyo. At first, you are impressed by every building. But then it becomes confusing. To me the most interesting shrine was Senso-ji in Asakusa. The massive red gate at the entrance is so majestic that you believe it must be the shrine itself. A five storied pagoda with a golden roof reaches for the sky. In the courtyard you can pay 100 Yen ($0,80 (09/2017)) and shake a metal box. After some time a key is falling out of the box. Each key belongs to a special drawer. In your drawer you’ll find a sheet that tells you about your future. It can be good or bad. Take the good future home and leave the bad at the shrine.
Metro: Shibuya, Z/G
► Go in, rent a room, take the golden microphone and sing like there is no tomorrow
Metro: Shinjuku, E/M/S