Phillip Entzminger on the top 5 places to visit in Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo is full of history, culture and beauty, along with some of the most delicious restaurants in the world.
It’s no wonder Tokyo is such a popular tourist destination! As a German born American citizen, Phillip Entzminger has traveled the world and experienced various cultures. However, Tokyo remains one of his favorite places to visit. Here, Philip shares his favorite must-see places for any travelers, whether you’re solo, with a loved one, or with your family.
This is a famous sight to see in Tokyo and it’s a great one to start with. Senso-Ji Temple and the famous Kaminarimon gate are known for their beautiful architecture and history. This temple is the oldest temple in Tokyo, explains Phillip Entzminger, and is a Buddhist temple formerly associated with the Tendai sect of Buddhism. After World war II, Senso-Ji Temple became independent from the Tendai sect. but it did become independent after World War ll. You can take a lovely stroll around the building and witness beautiful shops and eat street foods along the way.
Tsukiji Fish Market
The Tsukiji Fish Market is a great way to get involved in the culture of Tokyo, claims Phillip Entzminger. It’s the largest fish market in the world. At this market, you can buy and munch on the freshest seafood in Japan. As a popular tourist attraction, this destination tends to be pretty busy during peak tourist times which is early morning. Reservations must be made to witness the fish and seafood auction, and there are tours you can join that feature it as a specialty. Entzminger highly recommends checking out the market if you can’t make it to the auction, for it is an integral part of Tokyo’s food scene.
Another beautiful architectural brilliance in Tokyo is the Imperial Palace, the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan. Unfortunately, the palace is not open to the public. However, this does not stop tourists from visiting year round. Tourists can take a walk around the surrounding moat and admire the beautiful selection of flowers. Many locals enjoy jogging in this serene and quiet natural part of Tokyo. If you’re looking for a more peaceful destination, this one is definitely it.
For all of the movie buffs, this spot is for you. Featured in the popular film, Lost in Translation featuring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, Shibuya is the famous crossing where thousands of people cross paths every day. There also is a famous statue in the area called The Hachiko Statue where tourists gather to learn about the Hachiko story before jumping back into the Shibuya crossing with the rest of the world.
Ginza is a great area to do sightseeing and major shopping, says Phillip Entzminger. It’s home to high-class establishments as well as fun shops like the Ginza Wako. The Ginza Wako is a building that was built in the 1930’s and sells luxurious jewelry. At night, it’s full of fun entertainment that include British themed pubs and classic karaoke. Ginza is an area known for its delicious and adventurous dining, home to the famous Michelin- starred restaurants.
Tokyo is Japan’s city that never sleeps, which means you can find adventure no matter the day or time. Filled with various neighbourhoods that offer unique cultural experiences, from historic monuments to traditional Japanese cuisine, it’s no wonder world traveler Phillip Entzminger calls Tokyo one of his favorite places to visit.