Beachroad Magazine photographer Mei Lewis is no stranger to the streets of Japan, he heads to Tokyo the world's most populous metropolitan area and the centre of Japanese culture, finance, and government. A bustling cosmopolitan city, Tokyo is also a major transportation hub and a world economic and industrial centre. The city boasts a large number of world-class institutions of higher education, the highest concentration of universities in Japan. Tokyo was known as Edo until 1868, when the Japanese imperial family was moved there from Kyoto.
Metropolitan Tokyo is generally defined as the four prefectures of Tokyo, Saitaima, Kanagawa, and Chiba. The metropolitan area includes the major cities of Yokohama (the second largest city in Japan), Kawasaki, and Chiba, as well as rural mountain regions west of the city, the Izu Islands outside Tokyo Bay, and the Bonin Islands to the southeast in the Pacific Ocean.
What are your tips for someone planning to visit Tokyo?
Everyone has to see Shibuya crosswalk, the busiest crossing in world and the home to the nine storey tall flagship "Tower Records" store.
The Harajuku area is great for fashion shopping, Cosplay at nearby Yoyogi park and Elvis impersonators, dancers, peaceful greenery and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in the evening for incredible views of the city. Kabukichō Cho at night for pachinko, arcades and neon.
Yoyogi Park, 2-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-0052, Japan.
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observatories, 2 Chome-8-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo 163-8001, Japan.
As for eating, eat anywhere the food is amazing. I love the low cost roadside canteens in the open air with the locals and "the guess what your eating scenario being my favourite".