Life at DeNA
Tokyo is a vibrant prefecture of approximately 13 million people. That's right, a prefecture - not a city. Made up of 23 wards and cities and with an average population density of less than 5000ppl/km2, it is less crowded than other major cities such as Madrid, London, Tel Aviv, and Cairo. It's also amazingly clean.
One aspect that tends to surprise first-timers in Tokyo is how quiet it can actually become. Take one step off the main road to meander down one of the many local shopping streets and you'll find yourself in an entirely different environment. Even the skyscraper district near Shinjuku Station - the busiest station in the world - becomes peaceful as people go home from work.
Tokyo has a plethora of good eats from under-the-train-tracks kushiyaki shops (grilled meat skewers) to French fine dining establishments on the top floors of skyscrapers. Drawing from both ends of that spectrum, for the past two years, Michelin Guide has granted Tokyo the most stars of any city in the world, replacing Paris as the world's foodie paradise. Some of DeNA's employee's favorite foods include monjyayaki (savory grilled pancakes), fresh sushi from the famous Tsukiji Fish Market, curry (Indian and Japanese), and crepes to name a few. But honestly, you can't go wrong just wandering the streets and entering the first restaurant that smells delicious - it probably is.
Every month there is some sort of festival going on in Tokyo where you'll be sure to find delicious street food, eye-catching performances, and fresh cultural experiences. Tokyo is dotted with more than a hundred different Shinto Shrines and Buddhist Temples, the most famous among which are Meiji Jingu, an Imperial family shrine, in Harajuku and Sensouji, a temple dedicated to the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy, in Asakusa. If you thirst for even more, then travel an hour south to Kamakura where you can hike for miles while appreciating a multitude of temples and the famous 760 year-old Great Buddha of Kamakura - the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan.
As with any city, shopping, arts and entertainment, and special exhibitions are aplenty. Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea (a local specialty) are located only 15min away from Tokyo Station while the world's fastest roller coaster is a day trip north of Tokyo. During the summers, beaches such as those along the Kamakura coast are easily accessible by an hour's train ride.
Tokyo is a fantastic juxtaposition of modernity and antiquity, urbanism and nature. Just walking around the Emperor's palace while you crane your head to look up at the recently constructed skyscrapers around Tokyo Station will drive that point home. There are also more than 50 parks in Tokyo with large open grass fields, gardens, sports facilities, walking/running paths, and even barbeque areas. In early October, taking a two hour trip up north to Nikko will reward you with spectacular autumn foliage, endless hiking paths, and at the end of the day, soothing onsen (hot springs).
While in the past it may have been difficult to get around without knowing Japanese, just as the world's markets have globalized, so has Tokyo. All train stations in Tokyo have both English and Japanese maps, and all ticket machines can display Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean. Most restaurants have bilingual menus or a separate English menu - and if not, they'll be sure to have pictures or faux food displays.
The public transportation system in Japan is one of a kind - the best in the world. The various subway and train lines draw out an impossible maze over the map of Tokyo, but as a result, make it incredibly convenient to get nearly anywhere in the prefecture - or outside it. When traveling to other cities (say Kyoto or Osaka) from Tokyo, you have your options of flying, shinkansen (bullet trains), overnight buses, or overnight trains (in approximately decreasing order of cost).