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. 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.
Tokyo is the example of modern Japan testing the boundaries of tradition. One of the largest and busiest cities in the world finds buildings constructed in every available space and raised expressways winding across the urban landscapes high above crowded walkways. 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.
- Hop on a boat and cruise the Sumida river
- Visit Tsukiji Fish Market, the world’s biggest seafood market where giant tuna can be sold for thousands of pounds
- Take in a Sumo tournament
- Dine out on some of the world’s freshest sushi
- Experience some of Tokyo’s crazier sites from cat café’s to pachinko parlours and capsule hotels
- Join the masses at the Shibuya crossing, one of the busiest road junctions in the world, made famous by the film ‘Lost in Translation’
BEYOND THE ORDINARY
Go people watching in Yoyogi Park where locals gather to practice a variety of pastimes from hip hop dancing to classical music or just to display some of their quirkier fashion styles!