What are the best "non-touristic" places to visit in Tokyo ?
As I decide to stay in Tokyo for the Golden Week, I would like to know if someone has some nice places to advice, but not the usual touristic attractions. I am looking for "nice unknown places" but still very interesting.
If you will be in the Ueno area (Ueno Park might be on your list of places), worth visiting is the Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Gardens. an impressive manor composed of a Western style wing and a Japanese style wing. I was awed by this old residence. The Yanaka area is also a great place to stroll and see old Tokyo and it's walking distance from Ueno as well. Enjoy your visit.
Kasai Rinkai Park has a nice aquarium and some lovely parkland and other attractions to explore. I love the Fukagawa Edo Museum, which recreates an entire city block of Tokyo from the Edo Period. Nezu Shrine will be packed but it's still worth seeing the beautiful azalea festival there. If you want to hit any festivals, you can always check the JNTO calendar online to see what's happening. Their coverage of Tokyo is fairly comprehensive. When I was in Tokyo, I found the city to be a bit quieter during Golden Week because so many people leave. It was nice!
Sorry, I realize it is too late for you know, but I can highly recommend Western Tokyo, like Shimokitazawa, Sangenjaya or Machida, very local, but trendy and interesting neighbourhoods. Just pop in a local ramen or sushi shop there. It doesn't get any more local than that :-)
A late answer but if anyone else is thinking of asking the same question, Soka City is a nice local suburb about 10 minutes by train from Kita Senju and 15 minutes from Ueno on the Tokyo Skytree Line/Hibiya Lines. It's not glamorous but there are some nice walks and local eateries and shopping.
This may be funny advice, but I would say, go to a love hotel! If just to expeience once. I think you can find them in the bigger spots like Shinjuku and Shibuya. The Kabukiko area of Shinjuku for sure. I don't think many tourists take this type of venture. So that, I think, would be the LEAST touristy thing to do! Good luck!
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