Whether you want to immerse yourself in off-the-radar venues, seek peace in the city’s many temples or gorge on sushi, Tokyo is the place to be.
The city’s energy is contagious. You might find yourself staying up late exploring lively neighbourhoods like Shibuya, then getting up at 5am to eat sushi at Tsukiji, one of the biggest wholesale fish markets in the world. It’s easy to pack a day full of cultural activities, visiting the Meiji Jingu Shrine or the Tokyo National Museum in Ueno Park, or wander the streets of Yanaka in search of traditional Japanese homes and shops. And make sure to stop at hole-in-the-wall soba restaurants and sushi bars for some of the world’s most delicious food.
Many people visit Tokyo just to eat – and for good reason. Japanese food at its finest is found here, from steaming bowls of ramen to perfect tonkatsu to sashimi that’s better than anything you’ll find elsewhere.
Hotels in Tokyo run the gamut, from the luxurious to the basic; from massive suites to tiny cabins. And there are options for every taste and budget, including ryokans –traditional Japanese guesthouses where you’ll sleep on tatami mats – and dorms, where you can save a considerable amount of money.
Throw yourself into Tokyo’s embrace with abandon, and explore everything from the old to the new.