Tokyo in 24 hours
Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is a city that never sleeps. At the end of my visit to the Paralympic Games in PyeongChang I took the opportunity to visit this city during a 24-hour lay-over upon my return to The Netherlands. It was a short, but impressive citytrip which I could fully enjoy thanks to my Brompton bike.
After a late evening flight I took the train to the city centre. We arrived too late for the metro to take us to our hotel. In these situations, it’s a great feeling to be able to get your Brompton out of your backpack. For me it’s the ideal emergency solution.
Even on rainy days (the weather wasn’t that great), Tokyo is a great city to explore by bike. In the Yoyogi Park it really feels as if you were in the jungle. Even in the heart of the city, the trees and temples give a great impression of the Japanese nature and culture. I biked along the National Art Museum and the typical Japanese blossom trees. On the way, I found a surprisingly nice coffee bar called, ironically, Bicycle Coffee.
Checking out the skyline of Tokyo is something you really must do. The Tokyo Skytree would be the usual spot to do this, but I alternatively chose the Shiodome, as I was able to fold my Brompton and bring it upstairs in the lift to the observatory deck.
We ended the day visiting the most famous spot in the city, Shibuya Crossing. The amount of people crossing the streets here is unbelievable. After a delicious Japanese meal it was already time to say goodbye. It was definitely unforgettable. Are you planning to visit the next Olympic or Paralympic Games or are you travelling to Tokyo soon? Jump on a bike and merge into the speed of the city.