A Tokyo Skytree Tour
Tokyo Skytree, Japan’s tallest structure, is a pleasing fusion of some of the country’s old traditions with its newest, cutting-edge technology. The communications tower stands in a part of the capital home to old shops selling the finest in traditional handicrafts and neighborhoods steeped in old Tokyo charm.
- Traditional Crafts in the Modern Day
The city of Sumida in Tokyo has a history of craftsmanship and light industry dating back to the seventeenth century. That influence remains strong even today. We look at a selection of the area’s shops, all of which have an original take on traditional techniques and crafts.
- “Shitamachi” Shopping Streets
The completion of the Tokyo Skytree has brought new crowds flocking to the well-preserved shitamachi neighborhoods of the surrounding area. For these streets, whose chief appeal lies in their old-fashioned atmosphere and vibrant local flavor, this influx represents both an opportunity and a challenge.