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Alleys in Tokyo

A fascinating piece of psychogeography. Investigating off the beaten track distinguishes the traveller from the incurious tourist!

Braman's Wanderings

Sometimes the fastest way to get somewhere when walking in Tokyo is to make your way through the alleys between the major streets.

During my last trip to Tokyo I had been out sightseeing with a retired colleague. I parted with him at a subway station so that he could make the long trip home by rail, and I headed off by foot to my hotel.

I thought about which way was the quickest way back to the hotel. By major streets I would have to walk past where my hotel was and then angle back toward it. However, I knew some of the alleys in the area and knew I could take a shorter path. Besides, I knew that I would have a scenic walk.

Tokyo, alleys, back way, residential area, Sunday Afternoon WalkYou can see that I had to descend down into the residential area here. A lot of the major streets may be very flat…

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By penwithlit

Freelance writer and radio presenter

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