Tokyo


Fast-paced, exciting, and a perfect blend of the old and the new – Tokyo is an amazing destination to head to any time of the year.

The ancient and the modern

Tokyo is known as a high-tech paradise, where visitors feel like they have been transported 20 years into the future, with its sleek skyscrapers, robot restaurants and vending machine meals, and super-fast bullet trains. If you’re interested in learning more about Tokyo’s modern side, there are lots of places to check out, such as the Panasonic Centre, the TEPIA Advanced Technology Hall, and Miraikan, the National M...

Fast-paced, exciting, and a perfect blend of the old and the new – Tokyo is an amazing destination to head to any time of the year.

The ancient and the modern

Tokyo is known as a high-tech paradise, where visitors feel like they have been transported 20 years into the future, with its sleek skyscrapers, robot restaurants and vending machine meals, and super-fast bullet trains. If you’re interested in learning more about Tokyo’s modern side, there are lots of places to check out, such as the Panasonic Centre, the TEPIA Advanced Technology Hall, and Miraikan, the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. But Tokyo is also a city that embraces its rich past, with an abundance of shrines and temples; the oldest is the Sensoji Shrine, offering peace and tranquillity right in the middle of the bustling center. Another impressive historical sight is the Imperial Palace, set within stunning parks.

Unique experiences

Japan is a country that embraces its individuality, and this is definitely evident in its capital; there are many things to see and do here which are utterly unique. Sumo is the native sport of the country and it’s cool to get the chance to watch a fight. However, if you don’t manage to secure tickets for an official fight, don’t worry; head down Tokyo’s backstreets to watch a training session. If you love Mario Kart, it’s possible for you to play in real-life through Tokyo’s streets – in full costume! And if you want to check out a really original museum, get yourself down to Meguro’s Parasitological Museum, the only museum in the world dedicated to parasites; its highlight is a tapeworm measuring over eight meters long.

The home of sushi

Japan’s cuisine is globally famous and there’s no better place to sample some than in the capital itself. If you’re into fine dining, Tokyo is the place to be; the city has more Michelin stars than any other in the world. Sushi and sashimi are, of course, in big supply, but there are many other dishes you should try while in Tokyo. The city’s street food is full of delights, from beef machikatsu to ice cream-filled crepes, and won’t break the bank either if you’re on a budget. Don’t forget to head to an izakaya, a traditional pub where you can try Japanese tapas.

Cosmopolitan culture

Japan may be known as a predominantly homogeneous country, but Tokyo is where you can see a mix of different cultures coming together. The neighborhood of Nishi-Kasai is known as ‘Little India’, and has many authentic restaurants to grab a curry; if you’re lucky enough to visit during an Indian holiday, you’ll find the city’s Indian population filling the streets. Ikebukuro is the city’s Chinatown, and it’s also worth making the one-hour trip to Yokohama, the location of the country’s largest Chinatown. Other ethnic enclaves are Oizumi-machi, the city’s Latin community, and Little Yangon, home to Tokyo’s small Myanmar population.

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