On the second day of our trip to Japan, my family and I toured Tokyo via their fantastic subway system. Since our hosts would be taking us to Kabuki and a tour of the traditional Tokyo the next day, I wanted to focus on spots that would introduce my 18 and 20 year old to the young and vibrant Tokyo. Leaving the Hotel New Otani, our first stop was the Meji Shrine. There we were approached by four Japanese students offering a tour of the shrine in exchange for letting them practice their English. It was a great encounter that set the tone for the rest of the day. Our next stop was Shibuya station to see the famous chaotic crosswalk and check out the interesting youth culture that thrives in this area. From there we went to the Ginza district to visit the Sony Building and afterwards off to Akihabara station to see Electric Town and check out the Tokyo Anime Center. Exhausted, we made our way back to the hotel after a snack at a great little Yakitori. Later that evening we wandered out into the streets of Akasaka where we found the best Ramen restaurant in town.
For the best deal, pick up an All Day Metro Pass for the subway at Narita Airport.