Tokyo is a world unto itself, and it’s an absolute must-see for any travel lover. Soak in the traditional Japanese culture, learn about modern life in the city, become a real-life cartoon character and people watch until your head spins. Not to mention the unique, eclectic and delicious selection of restaurants. There’s no place like Tokyo… so here’s my ultimate Tokyo travel guide! Tokyo is a city where the past, present and innovations for the future co-exist in perfect harmony. It’s a megacity with something for everyone- an intriguing pop culture, modern architecture, traditional temples and shrines, large parks, quiet gardens, informative museums, high-end shopping, a thriving nightlife and endless opportunities for people watching.
The capital of Japan, Tokyo is a vast, teeming metropolis nestled between mountains and Tokyo Bay. It’s so huge that you’ll have to come to grips with public transport and maybe even experience being pushed onto a train. Yes, it does actually happen! Tokyo, one of the biggest cities of the world, is a mix of the traditional and the futuristic. It is a place of innovation and reinvention. When you leave your hotel, you can choose the traditional side of Japan, one of emperors, palaces, shrines, and sumo wrestling, or the futuristic Japan, with technology, anime, and pop culture. A city this size has many types of accommodation in many areas of the city, each with its own unique character and style. With so many hotels to choose from there is something to suit every style.
Get your bearings by ascending the Tokyo World Trade Centre near the waterfront, and savour the fantastic views taking in the red-and-white Tokyo Tower and Shinkuju’s skyscrapers. North is Ueno, home to the best museums (including the Tokyo National Museum) and a large park bursting with cherry blossom in spring.Many areas of the city may seem like they are out of a Sci-Fi movie, even your hotel. The neon lights, skyscrapers, huge malls, and technology might make you feel like you are in another world. You can get a great view of the city from the top of the Tokyo Skytree. Another well-known tower is the Tokyo Tower, the slightly taller and red version of the Eiffel Tower. You can also visit this tower to get a great view of the city, but the Tokyo Tower is about half the height of the Skytree.
Equally tranquil are the Chiyoda Imperial Palace and Gardens, surrounded by water. Also in gardens is the Meiji Jingu Shinto shrine in Shibuya, a youthful district where neon abounds.To buy a piece of the future and other innovative technologies Tokyo has to offer take a trip to Akihabara. Another place to find a bit of the future is the Ginza District. This area of Tokyo has been compared to Times Square, but just taken up a few levels. Be ready for lots of people, lots of lights, and lots of shopping. You will probably find things here you will not find anywhere else in the world. Two well-known districts in Tokyo are Harajuku and Kabukichō. Harajuku is known around the world for youth culture and fashion while Kabukichō is the red-light district of Tokyo, featuring many restaurants, bars, shops, and clubs. And don’t forget to take some time to enjoy all the sushi, ramen, udon, and tempura. There’s no better place than Tokyo.
Tokyo is a food lover’s haven, with everything from cheap noodle bars to Michelin star restaurants to choose from. There are also plenty of fast food chains and international cuisine, like French, Italian and Thai. Tsukiji is the best area for top notch sushi, while the Grand Hyatt Tokyo is one of the best places in the city for fine dining. Tokyo is also a night owl’s haven, with upscale bars and night clubs all over Central Tokyo. Visitors can also drink with locals at a Japanese-style watering hole or grab a pint at a British-style pub. The vast majority of Tokyo hotels are within a few minutes’ walk of a train station or two, meaning visitors to this city have less time to worry about how to get around and more time to enjoy themselves. The JR Yamanote train line boasts the city’s most popular areas.