By Dr. Lori Verderame
As you approach the cruise port on Harumi Island, you know you have arrived somewhere special: Tokyo.
Beyond the breathtaking views of the Rainbow Bridge and the futuristic skyline, you will find serene traditional gardens and awe-inspiring temples, as well as renowned museums, such as the Tokyo National Museum, which is arguably the best of its kind in all of Japan.
And if you are looking to do a bit of shopping, this is one of the best destinations to do so. There are many shopping districts in Tokyo, such as the upscale Ginza district, as well as the Nakamise district, which is a great location for souvenirs and quick snack foods near the famous Senso-ji temple. However, Shibuya is the shopping district that most people recognize for its zebra crossing. There are many options and cultural landmarks in the vicinity including the dog statue, Yoyogi Park, Tokyo Tower, and the Meiji Jingu shrine. For an unforgettable experience visit Tokyo’s famous, and the world’s largest, Tsukiji Fish Market. Restaurants and shops (including ramen shops) are located outside of the fish market’s main gate.
After delightful day of shopping, historical touring, and/or sampling delicious dishes, plan on an extraordinary evening. Tokyo is home to the world’s largest number of Michelin-starred restaurants with 242 dining establishments. Fourteen of these fine restaurants are rated three stars and the cuisines range from French to Italian to traditional Japanese, which includes Sukiyabashi Jiro, the best sushi restaurant in the world.
As dusk falls, witness the vast city lights, which twinkle like gemstones at night. There are countless observation decks where you can take in the lovely night views of the sprawling metropolis.