By Kenji Kitabayasho, who swapped the rice paddies of Akita for the bright lights of Tokyo for university, and is still here 20 years on.
Edited by Kathryn Foley
Tokyo is a city of contrasts. Between ancient and ultra-modern, natural and artificial, western and eastern, hyper- advanced technology and a human touch, contemporary and traditional. If you only have 24 hours in Tokyo, experiencing this contrast is the one thing you should focus on, it’s the only way you can see the city as it really is. No Tokyo in one day could ever include more than a few of its most famous attractions, so forget about racing all over the city to tick off every Tokyo must see in one day place from your list. Instead, spend your one day in Tokyo soaking up this intoxicating contrast; you won’t find it anywhere else in the world. Even a city of madness which never seems to slow down, there are still pockets of tranquility where you can connect with the spiritual and traditional aspects of Tokyo. Tokyo in 24 hours doesn’t need to be a manic experience, instead, revel in its opposites and know that however short your trip, you’ve experienced it authentically.