In just about every country I have visited (27 and counting), one of the first things I did upon arrival was to seek out a free walking tour. As much as I love getting lost in a new city and discovering things on my own, it’s hard to beat getting a lay of the land from someone who actually lives there. That being the case, I was thrilled at the recent opportunity to create a promotional video for Tokyo Localized; a free walking tour here in Tokyo.
I’ve never been one to make the rounds of famous landmarks in the places I visit. That doesn’t mean I skipped over seeing the Eiffel Tower or the Sagrada Familia, but these things are never the sole focus of my travels. Instead, I prefer to see where the locals hang out. This in particular is what jumped out at me about Tokyo Localized. Sure, they include the quintessential Tokyo sights, but at their core, the tours highlight parts of the city often overlooked by travelers. These small, local shops, standing bars, and off-the-beaten path locales are truly what give Tokyo its indescribable charm.
We chose to set the video in Tokyo’s Asakusa neighborhood; home to the city’s oldest temple, Senso-ji. We felt that this area was the perfect blend of iconic sights and lesser-known gems.
More than showcasing the sights that visitors can expect to see on the tour, I wanted to portray the feeling of experiencing Tokyo for the first time. For me, it was the first place I had been that didn’t feel simply like a different version of home. A lot of that sense of wonderment in the video is thanks to Nina Cataldo, the star of the video and a Tokyo local herself.
Travel to Japan is still difficult (or downright impossible) at the moment due to Covid-19, but it’s only a matter of time before the borders open again. The next time you find yourself in Tokyo, I highly recommend booking a walking tour with Tokyo Localized. You couldn’t ask for a better group of people to explore this incredible city with.
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