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Traditional Rice Paper Balloons, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo

Tokyo is an exciting and lively metropolis that thrives off people and life. It is futuristic yet charming and offers up excitement and energy at every turn with some truly weird and wonderful sites.

Tokyo is an example of modern Japan testing the boundaries of tradition. One of the largest and busiest cities in the world, visitors are greeted by buildings constructed in every available space and raised expressways winding across the urban landscapes high above crowded walkways.

The public transport system is bewilderingly efficient, eateries range from traditional street food to Michelin standard and skyscrapers and temples sit alongside picturesque waterways and parks.

Shibuya Shopping Street, Japan
Tokyo

About Tokyo

At dusk, neon lighting brings a surreal glow to the city. Once a city that lived by its rivers and canals, during the Edo period almost all commerce came to the capital on waterways and although less so now, river traffic is on the increase again.

Interesting sights in the city include the current Imperial Palace, located on the former site of Edo Castle, a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls in the centre of Tokyo. Today it is the residence of Japan’s Imperial Family. The Senso-Ji Temple, popularly known as Asakusa Kannon, is Tokyo’s most sacred and spectacular temple.

A shopping street of over 200 metres, called Nakamise, leads from the outer gate to the temple’s second gate and is a treasure trove of traditional wares. It has a history of several centuries. Visit Tsukiji Fish Market, the world’s biggest seafood market where giant tuna can be sold for thousands of pounds.

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Experiences

Sumo Wrestling

Visit a Sumo wrestling match at a Sumo stable.

Quirky Tokyo

Experience some of Tokyo’s quirkier sites from cat café’s to pachinko parlours and capsule hotels.

Japanese Cuisine

Dine out on some of the world’s freshest sushi.

Sumida River Cruise

Cruise along the Sumida river viewing the city from the water.

Tokyo Photography Tour

Photograph the futuristic, urban landscapes of Tokyo with a resident photographer.

Watch Baseball

See a baseball match, one of Japan’s most popular sports since it was introduced to the country in 1872.

Become a Samurai Warrior

Learn Samurai sword skills with Uma Thurman’s choreographer in Kill Bill.

Japanese Tea Ceremony

Participate in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.

Shibuya crossing

Join the masses at one of the busiest road junctions in the world, made famous by the film ‘Lost in Translation’.

Tsukiji Fish Market

Visit the world’s biggest seafood market where giant tuna can be sold at auction for thousands of pounds.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Paul Craven

Being from a family with Army connections I can from an early age remember travelling. From camping in Europe and then later being sent to boarding school when we lived in Germany at the age of eight, complete with shorts, long socks, a cap and my suitcase. In appearance not too dissimilar to the children evacuated to the countryside during the blitz. Later, my father’s postings took us to Nepal where we had to transit Delhi and Kathmandu where we were sometimes stranded for days and Hong Kong from where I travelled in 1983 through China for two months.
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Clare Higginson

It was my passion for languages that first encouraged me to leave the UK behind and grab my rucksack. Since then, it’s been a mixture of intriguing cultures, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonder of seeing animals in their natural habitat that sees me continuously extending my travel wish list. I also seek adventure; exploring the deep blue or hiking a peak often winning favour. Although it’s my time horse herding in Mongolia that I regularly want to relive.
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