- Strolling Through Asakusa. No place better conveys the atmosphere of old Tokyo than Asakusa. Sensoji Temple is the city's oldest and most popular temple, and Nakamise Dori, the pedestrian lane leading to the temple, is lined with shops selling souvenirs and traditional Japanese goods. As in days of yore, arrive by boat via the Sumida River.
- Hanging Out in Harajuku. Nothing beats Sunday in Harajuku, where you can begin the day leisurely with brunch, stroll the promenade of Omotesando Dori, shop the area's many boutiques, take in a museum and perhaps a flea market, visit Meiji Shrine, and then relax over drinks at a sidewalk cafe watching the hordes of teeny-boppers parading past. Also on Sundays, youths dressed in costumes gather in front of the entrance to Meiji Shrine and in Yoyogi Park, happy to pose for pictures.
- Escaping Big-City Life in the Temple Town of Yanaka. With its many temples, offbeat attractions, sloping hills, and peaceful narrow streets, Yanaka makes for a wonderful half-day escape from the crowds of Tokyo.
- Taking a Spin Through Kabuki-cho. Shinjuku's Kabuki-cho has the craziest nightlife in all of Tokyo, with countless strip joints, porn shops, restaurants, bars, and the greatest concentration of neon (and drunks) you're likely to see anywhere. It's a fascinating place for an evening stroll.
Ni-Chome. With its 300 bars, dance clubs, shops, and other establishments, Ni-Chome is Japan’s largest gay nightlife district and boasts the country’s liveliest street scene. Many bars welcome people of all persuasions.