Experiencing Old and New Tokyo
Tokyo is a city where old and new collide—a place where traditional ceremony and classical architecture meet modern technology and futuristic fantasy. You haven't really seen Tokyo until you've experienced both sides. See below for your options.
Japan has a rich culture of ceremony and tradition dating back centuries, and this heritage remains visible in Tokyo today. Take part in the intricate ritual of a tea ceremony, learn to make sushi the traditional way, or watch some sumo wrestling. The city's history comes alive in neighborhoods such as Ryogoku, a sumo wrestling hotspot, and Asakusa, one of the oldest areas in Tokyo and home of the seventh-century Sensoji Temple.
While Asakusa feels like an ancient neighborhood frozen in time, Akihabara Electric Town looks right out of the future. This modern neighborhood—quintessentially New Tokyo—is also at the epicenter of Japan's cosplay, karaoke, video game, and comic book culture. The city's architecture speaks to its position as one of the world's greatest modern metropolises, and you can get some of the best views from the Tokyo Tower's 476-foot (145-meter) observation deck.