Every year, in every season: These lovely Tokyo sites light up at night
One of the most entertaining things you can do in Tokyo is wander around the city after the sun goes down, if you know where to look. The wizards of stagecraft have worked their magic all over town, and all kinds of interesting stuff lights up after dark, in dramatic and technologically inventive ways. And ogling everything from traditional temples to crazy giant robots is something everyone can enjoy, because even if you’re a woman, Tokyo is one of the safest cities in the world.
Plus, this gorgeous stuff is all free!
Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa
Kanda Myojin shrine in Akihabara
Hanazono Shrine in Shinjuku
Tokyo Tower in Kamiya-cho
Skytree near Asakusa
The Rainbow Bridge spanning Tokyo Bay between Shibaura and Odaiba
Sumida River bridges
Giant Gundam robot in Odaiba
Just walking the streets through some of Tokyo’s neighborhoods at night is an entertaining experience.
Kabuki-chō, Shinjuku’s red light district
Akihabara, the electronics district
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Cherry blossom season is when everybody thinks they should come to Japan, but if you come (with all the other hordes) in the spring, you’ll miss these.
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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!