Backpacking Tokyo – Cat Cafes, Sky Tree, Robots, Tsukiji Fish Market, Golden Gai, Tokyo Tower

Backpacking Tokyo – Cat Cafes, Sky Tree, Robots, Tsukiji Fish Market, Golden Gai, Tokyo Tower


(Music) In Paris there is the Eiffel Tower, here in
Tokyo they have the Tokyo Tower. Along with being able to get an amazing view
from the top, it’s also a radio and broadcasting facility From the top of the Tokyo Tower, which stands at 333m or 1092 feet, you can gaze into
the world’s largest city that has a population of 37 million people. Ugh Oh. The tower even has a transparent floor so you can see just how high up you are, if you dare. So the other day when I was in Osaka. I think I just saw a real life game of Mario
Cart. It’s actually a service here, not only in
Osaka but Tokyo as well called Mari Cart. I don’t know if that’s because of a copyright
issue. But you can actually dress up and drive around the city like a Mario Cart character,
so, pretty cool. So I just walked through the Imperial Palace
and grounds. Got to say, this is the quietest part of Tokyo I’ve seen thus far. Everywhere else has been busy, busy, busy. It’s definitely
a nice escape from the hustle and bustle that is Tokyo So this is kind of an interesting sight behind me On one side we see the Imperial Palace
and the moats and on the other side we see new modern Japan with it’s skyscrappers. Old
and new, kind of an interesting contrast here at the Imperial Palace. (Music) Right now I’m just leaving Zojoji Temple. It’s a buddhist temple, right here next to
the Tokyo Tower. If you see the Tokyo Tower, I really recommend stopping by. Beautiful
place and inside they have this golden Buddha, it’s very beautiful. So I just checked out the Miriakan, or future museum, here in Tokyo. Really cool museum,
I’ve really never seen anything like it. It’s dedicated to science, technology, robots.
In fact, there’s a section where you can have a conversation WITH a robot. How it works
is, it requires two people. On one end there’s a person sitting down, talking to the robot.
And on the other end there’s somebody in a control both and whatever they say, the robot
mimics. And for a litt le extra you can pay to go to
this dome they have on the very top, it’s a 3D experience. It was on string theory.
They had a section where it was all optical illusions. The Miriakan Museum, or Museum of National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation,
is intended to help you understand the world from a scientific point of view, and to ask,
what’s next? Many of the exhibits are hands on, like the
motion sensing floors and the many educational games throughout the facility. Being here
gives you a sense of the tools science utilize to make conclusions about the world
like climate change. (Music) (Zoooom, Zoooom, zoooom) So right now I’m here at the Shibuya Crossing, this is sort of like a Time Square here in Tokyo.
It’s crazy, people just keep coming and coming. This area is known not only for it’s huge
malls but Shibuya Crossing where tons of people cross the street. I don’t think I’ve ever
seen so many people in one spot ever in my life, hehe. People just keep coming and coming. Girls: Yeahhhh
Hehe Hey! So they got this movie theater here and on
the top of it you’ll see Godzilla. Godzilla. So right now I’m heading to what should be
on of my craziest experiences here in Tokyo, The Robot Restaurant. My friends who had
been here said, if you do one thing in Tokyo, that is what you’ve got to do. I’ve heard
it’s wild, it’s crazy, doesn’t make a lot of sense, but it should be an interesting
night. (Singing) Tale as old as time. Song as old
as wine. Beauty and the… (Drumming and howling) We’re heading down to the main show (More drumming, in harmony) (Cheers) Music What just happened? So I just got out of the
Robot Restaurant Show. Oh. My. God. It was awesome. I’m trying to think of how to describe
what I just saw. It’s kind of like if Cats the musical, had a baby with Battle Toads.
(Explosion) Add a little Pokemon
Sprinkle on a hint of Sharknado And finally stir in a little Final Fantasy
There’s girls with swords bigger than them fighting aliens. And just when you think the
show is over, it keeps giving you more and more.
Drinks are offered in between each act and they do their best to keep you liquored up. (Music and drilling noises) Cause this is Thriller, Thriller Night.
It was crazy, it was a lot of fun though. (Crowd Cheers) Y M C A, it’s fun to stay at the Y M C A. We have everything, and we have every joy,
you can hang out with all the boys. its fun to stay at the Y-
So I’m just walking out of the Robot Restaurant. It’s right here in Shinjuku. Shinjuku is Tokyo’s
entertainment and red light district. Specifically Kabukicho. If you’re going out to the bars
or “gentlemen’s clubs” in the area though, be careful. Many scammers will try to entice
to a private area where they can rob you and it’s said that many of the facilities are
run by the Yakuza, or the Mafia here in Japan. (Music)
Tokyo is all about convenience. No matter where you go, you see these vending machines,
all around the city. So if you have been 130 and 160 yen, I promise you, you won’t go thirsty.
The next day I made my way to Harajuku, known for having some of the world’s wildest fashion.
While I was walking around, I made a new friend, and we decided to check out one of the many
exotic cafes across Tokyo. So right now I’m with my buddy Parker from
Portland. We are at a cat cafe. Yes, that we are. There’s cats everywhere,
and we have to be quiet because we can’t wake them up.
Got to be quiet hahaha. (Employee) Don’t talk too loud, okay
(Music) What! It’s like Alice in Wonderland.
(Music builds) Tell me that’s not the most precious thing
you’ve ever seen in your whole life. Parker was saying this video is going to go
viral. Chicks love the cats man, chicks love the cats (Light music begi ns to play) Alright, right now we’re heading up to the
Tokyo Sky Tree, the highest point here in Tokyo. It’s night time so it’s going to look
pretty dope. Get ready!
(Music continues) It’s the Tokyo Skytree Temple Deck, Floors
3 5 0 Right now I’m on the top of the Tokyo Skytree.
The party is on up here. The view from up here is pretty amazing.
The Tokyo Skytree is the world’s largest freestanding broadcast tower. Standing in at 634 meters
or 2080 feet. The height of the building helps with digital transmission that is often blocked
by with the towering buildings throughout the city. I recommend stopping by at night
where you can see this brilliant city lit up. For a few hundred yen you can take a second
elevator up to the very top, but either way, you’ll have a spectacular view of the world’s
largest city on earth. After seeing the Tokyo Skytree, Parker and
I made our way to the Golden Gai. A strip of family style bars that only seat between
five and ten people at a time. It’s a great way to make new friends and every bar offers
a slightly different experience. (Music)
Our new friend Carla did some bar hopping with us. One of the bars we went to had a
section where you sit on the floor, almost like a balcony and had beers handed up to
you. Carla: There you go. Beer, delivered.
Parker: Wait, how did that happen? Carla: It can happen from here
Parker: What? Carla: Wow
Parker: The history of modern science. The next day, I got up at around 5am and met
my friend Tomo at the Tsukiji Fish Market. You’ll see fishermen shutting barrels of seafood
to local restaurants and you can grab some of the freshest seafood and oysters you’ve
ever had. So my hostel is located, right in the heart
of the anime district here in Tokyo, right near the Akiharbara Station. If you’re into
anime, cosplay, video games, electronics, this is the street you want to come down.
(Truck plays music) During the day this place is pretty quiet,
but at night you’ll see people dressed up in cosplay. This area is an anime lovers dream
come true. It offers never ending stores filled with every piece of TV and film memorabilia
that you can think of. So one thing you see here are these capsule
toys everywhere. You pay like 100 to 300 yen and you get these toys almost like you’d see
in a happy meal or something. (Music)
It’s got shops filled with Manga, as well as rare and discounted electronics. Those
are all retro video games. (Music)
So right now I’m going to take you down one of the craziest electronic shops I’ve ever
seen. It’s tax free, so if you’re here in Tokyo and you’re looking to buy some electronics,
this is probably the place to come. So this place has like 6 floors filled with every
type of electronic you can think of. And my first reaction was, oh my god it just keeps
going and going. I mean this place even has virtual reality.
(Music) So the arcades across the street are pretty
amazing, but you could almost come here just to play the games.
Seeing the arcades right next store is a must. There is floor after floor of video game heaven.
Just like people go to the movies in I-Max for the experience, the arcades in Japan offer
an immersive adventure, something that you can’t get from your Playstation or X-Box.
(Video Game Noises) (Music Begins to play)
Tokyo is a story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. During the day it’s residents are reserved,
quietly putting on their suits and maintaining their strict personal bubbles as they go to
work. But, when the sun goes down the belts are loosened and the drinks begin to flow
freely. Quiet chatter is replaced with the howls of employees blowing off steam, and
it’s not uncommon to see people stumbling back to their apartments before another long
day at the office. A result of the extreme stress that comes from the Japanese work environment.
Tokyo can feel overwhelming, especially to those just visiting, but if you breathe you’ll
find it to be a never ending city of wonder that allows you to indulge whatever fantasy
you may have. Nothing is weird here because the whole city is really just one big song
and dance. After leaving Tokyo you’ll never look at a city quite the same way, because
there really is no city quite like Tokyo. (Music)
(Credits)

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