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Old 03-01-2013, 07:21 AM
 
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I've never been to Tokyo personally but am very interested in visiting. I was wondering if anyone who has been there thinks it is comparable to Manhattan in the general ambience. I know there are obviously cultural differences; I'm just wondering if people think it's similar in a broad sense.
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Old 03-01-2013, 07:24 AM
 
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I haven't been, but seen lots of videos/photos of it. I think both feel extremely grand and busy, Tokyo probably even busier/crowded than NYC. Tokyo feels more sleek, futuristic, with less history, while NYC is still characterised by a lot of 20th century buildings, like the neo-Gothic classics like the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center and Chrysler Building. NYC is obviously a lot more multicultural, and I think has a grittier feel. The Tokyo subway is probably super clean and shiny while the NYC subway still has that grit to it.
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Old 03-01-2013, 07:40 AM
 
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I haven't been, but seen lots of videos/photos of it. I think both feel extremely grand and busy, Tokyo probably even busier/crowded than NYC. Tokyo feels more sleek, futuristic, with less history, while NYC is still characterised by a lot of 20th century buildings, like the neo-Gothic classics like the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center and Chrysler Building. NYC is obviously a lot more multicultural, and I think has a grittier feel. The Tokyo subway is probably super clean and shiny while the NYC subway still has that grit to it.
From what you described Tokyo might be a bit more to my taste. I am not any kind of history buff and am much more progressive.
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Old 03-01-2013, 07:46 AM
 
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From what you described Tokyo might be a bit more to my taste. I am not any kind of history buff and am much more progressive.
Well they're so different that I think both are must-see cities. Tokyo is a city that's been destroyed several times, so very little of it's original infrastructure remains.
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Old 03-01-2013, 09:17 AM
 
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I have been to both, but it has been more than 10 years since I have been to NYC though.
Both are world class cosmopolitan cities. NYC feels a bit grittier, while Tokyo is cleaner.
NYC in some areas has a gruff nature about it, while most Japanese in Tokyo are polite. NYC is much more multi-cultural than Tokyo is.

If you haven't been to Tokyo, I would definitely take a trip. Summer (can be humid) and early fall (Oct and Nov) are the best times to visit, I have found.
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Old 03-01-2013, 10:18 AM
 
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I haven't been, but seen lots of videos/photos of it. I think both feel extremely grand and busy, Tokyo probably even busier/crowded than NYC.
I actually found Tokyo to be less busy/crowded than NYC, and more spread out.

Tokyo is a multinodal city, and is kind of a mix between in LA and NYC. Like LA, it has a variety of activity centers, and not one main "core". But like NYC, most of the main activity centers are in a general area (in Tokyo, the Yamamote Loop) and it's very transit-oriented (probably even moreso than NYC).

The areas right next to train stations in Tokyo are extremely dense and busy, though they aren't super high density like in Manhattan. But you can go two blocks away and be in these narrow streets with single family homes and the like. It's kinda weird, and hard to describe if you're used to North American or European urban contexts.

But Tokyo is HUGE, make no mistake. I don't think it ever feels as intense as the very busiest areas of Manhattan, though.

Regarding "relative newness", Tokyo feels newer than NYC, but doesn't really feel "new". The biggest growth decades in Tokyo were the 60's and 70's, so you see tons of buildings from that area. It doesn't feel "new" like parts of Seoul or Shanghai or wherever.

The subway is newer than NYC, but not "new". It feels like 50's/60's feel, and is kind of simple and unadorned. It looks maybe like the postwar subway systems in Germany or wherever, or maybe like Toronto or Mexico City (maybe a bit newer and nicer than Toronto, which has kind of a dilapidated system). But Tokyo Metro does not feel all super-modern and shiny like in Hong Kong or Seoul.
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Old 03-01-2013, 11:14 AM
 
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Recently went to Tokyo and I live in NYC. Yes, Tokyo feels very much like NYC to me in terms of scale, individuality and cosmopolitanism amongst its homogenous population.
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Old 03-01-2013, 06:54 PM
 
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Interesting insight PA born. So you think NYC is more dense/crowded in parts than Tokyo? Interesting. The pictures of some of the crowds in Tokyo look to rival NYC. Times Square can be pretty much chock-a-block bumping shoulders though.
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Old 03-01-2013, 07:46 PM
 
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But in terms of the "overall feel," I'd pick Shanghai as the asian version of NYC(esp. with regards to the architecture/skyscrapers)
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Old 03-01-2013, 08:24 PM
 
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Shinjuku is the Tokyo version of Manhattan.
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