Japan is one of those places that surprise you regardless of how much you think you already know going in. A lot has been said about the country’s culture, uniqueness, quirks, and everything in between. But there is no better way of learning more about the country than visiting it – and its capital city is a great place to start. Tokyo may be a highly urbanized city, but it maintains an impressive mix of the traditional and contemporary. Here are some of the city’s best attractions that you need to visit.
Tokyo is home to several museums the most popular of which is the Tokyo National Museum. Edo-Tokyo may not be as popular as the city’s flagship museum, but it can proudly hold its own for its interesting attractions that include the replica bridge and mock-ups of the Edo-period houses that make you feel that you have stepped back in time.
Ginza is a popular shopping district in Tokyo. It is home to the Kabuki-za Theatre and many high-end boutiques and shops. But there is more to the area than its impressive line-up of stores. It is also a great place to find some of the best restaurants, cafes, and tea shops in the city.
The Imperial Palace is a residential home of the Emperor of Japan. Its inner sections are only open to the public twice a year for the during the Emperor’s birthday on the 23rd of December and the New Year’s greeting held on the 2nd day of January. But the East Garden, which is accessible to the public, is worth the trip.
Kabuki-za is a historic traditional kabuki theatre located in Ginza district. The impressive building and its cultural significance not to mention the kabuki performances are among the top reasons why it is one of the city’s best known attractions.
Meiji Jingū is a Shinto shrine dedicated to the deified souls of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shōken. It the city’s most important shrine and draws thousands of tourists in the area.
Sensō-ji is is an ancient Buddhist temple dedicated to the Bodhisattva Kannon. It is also the largest one in Tokyo with numerous attractions leading to and within the temple itself. Other attractions when visiting Sensō-ji include Nakamise located just beyond the Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate) for visitors coming from the outside. Nakamise is one of Japan’s oldest shopping streets and teeming with items like traditional snacks and souvenirs.
Doing some work while you’re on vacation defeats the purpose of taking some time away from your job. But with all the gadgets and Internet connections available in many places in the world, disconnecting from work may seem impossible. While there is nothing wrong about checking in once in a while if needed, work and vacations is not a great mix. The point is to take a break from office routines and enjoy your personal time to the hilt. Here are some ways to keep work at bay and enjoy your vacation time to the fullest.
1. Say it and mean it. Tell the key people you work with that you plan to go off the grid. Make sure that you have all the things you need to do well-covered before you leave. Talk to co-workers who may have to work on some of your responsibilities and anticipate their needs. Make it as easy as possible for them to deal with the tasks you normally do to eliminate unnecessary calls or messages.
2. Spend less time online. A great way to enjoy a relaxing vacation is to unplug. Avoid checking-in to get updates from your emails or social media accounts. Doing so can distract you from making the most of your downtime. Leave your laptop behind if you are going on a trip. Turn your smartphone off or put it in silent mode when you go sightseeing. Keep in mind that you do not get as many vacations as you would probably want to. Make sure that you take advantage of the ones you get to enjoy.
3. Focus on enjoying your vacation. Fill your time with activities that you rarely get to pursue because of your busy schedule. A vacation provides the perfect opportunity to travel, learn, and experience new things. Keeping yourself busy with fun, interesting, and meaningful activities will take your mind off work.
4. Schedule check-ins. You have to set realistic goals to avoid stress on your vacation. Go for the middle ground if you think that unplugging is not going to work for you. Mark the dates on your calendar when you have to check-in at your workplace. But you have to try to limit your check-in times so you can still focus on having a relaxing vacation.
5. Finding the balance that is right for you. Work-life balance may not be a one-size-fits-all concept. Some people may thrive on keeping work a part of their daily life while others live by separating personal and work life. Regardless of where you stand on both sides of the spectrum, taking a break is important to your wellbeing. Find out what works best for you and do it – without sacrificing your vacation time.