Hi everyone, Blitzy here! Welcome to Tokyo, the largest city in the world! I’m so excited to be here just in time for the Olympic games. If you are feeling a bit overwhelmed by such a huge, busy place (there are almost 40 million people living in Tokyo 🤯) then stick with me for the official Bingo Blitz Tokyo Tour, and we’ll find our way around together.
A great place to start is the Skytree tower. Standing at 634 meters, you’ll be able to get a spectacular view of the city from the observation decks. If it’s a clear day, you will even be able to see as far as Mount Fuji 🗻. There are also shops and restaurants on the lower levels, but we’ve really come for the view, so we’re heading back out once we’ve taken those beautiful panoramic photos.
If you are lucky enough to be in Tokyo in March, you’ll be able to enjoy the incredible cherry blossom festival 🌸, known locally as the Sakura. We’re heading to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, which is a beautiful spot all year round, featuring landscaped gardens and charming pavilions. Another great way to enjoy the cherry blossoms is to take a boat trip along the Sumida River 🚢.
Next stop is a step back in time, to the oldest temple in Tokyo, the Senso-ji Temple. This iconic site has a history spanning over 1300 years 🏯. It is worth joining a guided tour to get the most out of your visit, as there are so many features to see, such as the “thunder gate”, Kaminarimon with its giant eye-catching lantern, and the many different statues throughout the temple. While you are there, enjoy some contemplative time in the traditional Japanese garden, and if you are feeling curious, you can find out what your fortune says from one of the o-mikuji stalls!
It must be time to eat by now, and so we’re heading to one of Tokyo’s many fantastic food districts. If you prefer to stay in the temple grounds, you will find delicious street food along with plenty of souvenir stalls right here in Nakamise Dori. If you are ready to move on and see more of the city, then you might choose to head to Yanaka Ginza Shotengai which is a picturesque street full of nostalgic stores.
What’s on the menu? I’m sure you’ve guessed that sashimi is my favorite 🍣 Yum! But there’s so much more to try: Japan has many local specialities. If street food is your thing, you can try Ikayaki (grilled squid), Dango and Mochi dumplings🥟, Menchi Katsu which is fried minced meat, Agemanju (deep fried red bean cake) and all kinds of Yakitori skewers. If noodles are your thing, you could try a Yakisoba, Udon or Ramen dish, or maybe you’re feeling adventurous in which case enjoy a Tokoroten dish, with noodles made from tengusa seaweed. If you are feeling thirsty, you can order a flask of saki 🍶 or one of the ice-cold refreshing Japanese beers🍺.
At the end of the day, if you are a party cat like me, you’ll have an opportunity to enjoy the non-stop Tokyo nightlife. Shibuya is the perfect nighttime destination, with a great mix of bars, clubs, restaurants and even late-night shopping. You can have fun at amusement arcades or geek out in one of the manga stores. This is the place to catch a play or musical, and Shibuya has become famous for all kinds of dressing-up, not just for Halloween, but year-round for cosplay fans.
It has been an amazing trip, getting to know our way around Tokyo. There is so much more to discover, sights and sounds, food and culture, and you can enjoy another taste of Japan when you join me in the Bingo Blitz Tokyo room. Discover facts about Sumo and Geisha, and add items to your Tokyo collection, and enjoy a game of bingo with your friends. Bingo Blitz grandmasters: head to the Tokyo room for a refresher tour! You can use this gift for any of the great Bingo rooms, and Blitzy is especially excited to see you in the Tokyo room this month!