Tokyo is GIANT.
At over 5,000 square miles, the Greater Tokyo Area is the second largest metropolitan area on the planet in terms of urban landmass. When it comes to population, it comes in at #1. As the home of the most people in the world, it’s no wonder there are specific jobs dedicated to crowd control. Oshiya, or “pushers” work at some of Tokyo’s busiest railway stations. Their job is to push people onto crowded trains during rush hour so don’t be surprised if you get a little nudge on the train while you’re traveling!
Tokyo has many different wards, each with their own spotlights. See Shibuya’s neon lights or travel to Sumida’s Ryogoku Kokugikan (a Sumo arena). Visit Harajuku, which is well known for its bold street fashion. While you’re seeing the sights, take advantage of tax-free shopping (bonus!) and check out the many street vending machines selling interesting items like canned bread, flying ish soup, sushi socks and more!
If you choose to venture to the outskirts of Tokyo, be sure to visit Takao-san. It’s not only the world’s most visited mountain, but it is also home to an Udon shop and beer garden at its Summit.