Foreign tourists seek out the unexpected

posted on November 3, 2016

Rather than stick to traditionally famous sightseeing destinations in Japan such as Hakone and Nikko, an increasing number of foreign tourists are taking in unusual sights that even local residents may not be aware of.

This move toward unexpected sightseeing spots is attributed to people sharing information online about places they have enjoyed while visiting this country.

A 64-year-old tourist from Sydney who joined a tour in Tokyo exuberantly exclaimed, “This is like a magical cave full of jewels.” The tourist was speaking in front of an escalator inside Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku, a commercial complex in the Jingumae district of Shibuya Ward, Tokyo.

The escalator rises to the second floor of the facility through a tunnel that has more than 100 triangular and quadrangular mirrors attached to the sides and top.

Riding on the escalator is like traveling inside a kaleidoscope, with multilayered images of people and nearby city scenes, and young people coming and going, reflected in the mirrors.

Another foreign tourist in the same tour group said with delight: “This is a suitably modern view of Tokyo. It’s an excellent place for me to take selfies.”

source by the-japan-news
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