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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

What to do in Tokyo

Part of the joy of Tokyo is just wandering and soaking up the sights and sounds. A kaleidoscope of futuristic and ancient Tokyo is brimming with Japanese arts and cultures, museums, galleries, beautiful shrines and temples and a fabulous food scene. Use the amazingly efficient public transport to explore parks, palaces and waterways, from the Imperial Palace to the Senso-Ji Temple. At dusk, neon lighting brings a surreal glow to the city and dawn is the perfect time to experience Tsukiji Fish Market, the world’s largest seafood markets.

Experiences

Tell us what you love doing and we will curate a city experience that is perfect for you.

Sumo Wrestling

Visit a sumo stable for a chance to see behind the scenes of this ancient sport. Spend a morning observing the wrestlers as they engage in training activities and learn about the customs, rituals and rules of Japans national sport.

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Quirky Tokyo

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

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Japanese Cuisine

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

Sumida River Cruise

See Tokyo’s skyline from the water on a cruise along the Sumida river.

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 in Tokyo with Uma Thurman’s choreographer from Kill Bill. During an interactive workshop, learn about the history of samurai fighters and try your hand at some basic sword skills.

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Japanese Tea Ceremony

Participate in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Sit on tatami mats and enjoy a slow paced hospitality steeped in history and tradition.

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Tsukiji Fish Market

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

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Bullet Train

Travel on the world famous Shinkansen bullet train reaching speeds of up to 300 kilometres per hour.

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Shibuya crossing

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

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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

Paul is the Conde Nast Traveler chosen Specialist for Central Asia and the Silk Route. 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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