2.2 miles from city centre
Chiyoda-ku is both bureaucratic and historical. Look at the sprawling Imperial Palace or National Diet Building. The Shin Marunouchi Building and the Akihabara Denki-gai are modern shopping and dining areas. Walk past the East Garden to Kitanomaru Park and the National Museum of Modern Art.
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2.3 miles from city centre
With its enormous crossing, Shibuya is a complete sensory overload – and a major commercial and entertainment hub. The area is loaded with mid to high-end shopping, restaurants and clubs. Buy an anime costume and join the youth wearing outlandish fashion at Shibuya 109 and Center-gai, or head to Hikarie's shops and restaurants.
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1.7 miles from city centre
Shinjuku is a major commercial and entertainment hub. Head to Takashimaya Times Square for shopping. The Metropolitan Government Office's free observation decks have amazing city vistas overlooking Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. By night, Kabukicho is Tokyo's wildest red light district.
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Japan's capital is home to over 13 million people and a variety of diverse districts, making it one of the world's most intriguing megacities. Its blend of old-world charm and new-age innovations means it has something for everyone.
To soak up Tokyo's traditions and culture, there's no better place to start than the ancient temples of Asakusa, the Meiji Shrine (in Harajuku) and Chiyoda's Imperial Palace. Tsukiji Market is a sight to behold for its vast amount of seafood with close to 2,000 tonnes being traded daily. It's also a great place to enjoy a sushi breakfast, while meat, fruit, vegetables and flowers are also for sale.
The city is home to some stellar museums like Tokyo's National Museum, which houses a large collection of Japanese art, as well as samurai swords and colourful kimonos. Film lovers will appreciate the Ghibli Museum, showcasing the work of world-renowned animator Miyazaki Hayao. Pieces includes original sketches, a rooftop garden and life-size recreations of film sets.
To take in the best views over the city, take a trip up the Tokyo Skytree – one of the tallest structures in the world. The observation deck offers a 360-degree view, while other floors offer a restaurant and shopping mall. If you've got time to do more, catch a sumo wrestling show in Ryōgoku, or visit Tokyo Disneyland, which features a huge selection of rides and attractions.
Tokyo is served primarily by Narita Airport, located 70 kilometres north-east of the city. The quickest way to travel between there and the city is by taking the Skyliner electric railway, with journeys taking less than 45 minutes. Some international flights operate from Haneda Airport but most flights are domestic.
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|Most popular time to visit||January–March|
|Cheapest time to visit||September–November|
|Local currency||¥1,000 = £7.09|
|Average weekend price||£84 per night|
|Average weekday price||£70 per night|
|Typical stay||2 nights|
We traveled at winter time, as Tropical man and woman we must survive the cold add to the complextion we got our budget tight. but Tokyo ease us in someway, as the most safest country in the world, we feel very safe, My favourite : 1. Its a very safe place to be, but you must carefull though. noone bats an eye for everybody elses stuff, even the poor. 2. transportation is very advanced, although we only tried the subways and express train 3. Clean, Beauty, Tidiest place Ive ever been to 4. Learn soo much about people here, who are very respectful about everything they up to 5. People are generous and kind, if they cant speak your language they try to help in someway ６・Our plan is to try urban camping in Tokyo, but the temprature was veryyyy cold, so we didnt. ７. We tried some of internet cafes, but MANBOO in SHIBUYA was my fav, always stay in internet cafe like this, very recomended place. and most cheap. wehere weve been to: 1. Sensoji, (my fav temple) 2. Asakusa 3. Imperial Palace 4. Akihabara 5. Sumida River ６．Tokyo tower ７．Ueno Park ８．Yoyogi Park ９．Shibuya １０．Ginza １１．Tokyo Train Station. Too bad they renovate the road i think infornt the building, soo I cant get decent shots of the cool building. saaaad. 12. YOU MUST GO TO mt. TAKAO!! the town, the chair lift and cable car, the view, the track nothing can beat it with only 50 minutes from Shinjuku by Keio Line. dont forget to buy the discount ticket consist of return ticket from and to Shinjuku (KEIO Line) also Chair lift and Cable car (you can choose both), we did the chair lift on our way up and tried shocking steep track of the cable car.
The best thing about Tokyo is its organised culture! For such a busy city, it is surprising to see so many people with manners and respect for each other. The city is clean and bustling, and there is so much to do! The metro is very easy and simple to use as a way to get around the city. I would definitely recommend downloading the Tokyo Subway App for free. It works outside of wifi and data too which is very handy, although you won't be short of wifi hotspots in Tokyo! Shibuya pedestrian crossing is a must see. You can observe the organised chaos from starbucks and take some great photos. Sensoji temple is also a place you should visit. You can make a day of it looking through the markets there too! Another thing I would recommend to see is Sky Tree Tower (breath taking views of the city, and mount Fuji gracing the scene in the background). Disneyland is also a great day out for all ages, and at very reasonable prices! Of course you cannot miss Tsukiji fish market, but make sure to go early as they start packing up before midday!
Shopping: We are in Tokyo during New Year, just in time for Lucky Bags. Lucky bags, or Fukubukuro is a Japanese New Year custom in which shops make grab bags filled with unknown random goods and sell them for a big discount (about 70% off from the normal price). With the good one the goods usually reach 90% price off!!). The lucky bags are usually sold in Department Stores on the 1-3rd of January. I find a good lucky bags in department stores like Matzuya, Ginza, Takashimaya, Shinjuku and the new cool shopping area, Daikanyama. Sightseeing: I love this area of Tokyo, Daikanyama. There are a lot of cool fashion shops, coffee shop, and bookshop. It is good for relaxing days. The particular coffee shop I like is called Saturdays Surf NYC, where they sell cool men's wear and good coffee with cool deck at the back of the shop for customer to relax and enjoy city view. Tsutalya books is also worth visiting if you visit the area. Eating: I love japanese food but going to good restaurant during new year period takes a lot of energy. Famous restaurants have a long queue which can reach 2 hours of waiting. I highly recommend booking in advance or eat earlier or later than normal time (lesser queue).
There is so much to do in Tokyo... We decided to explore area by area. Shibuya: we visited the famous crossing, shopped, went to the Mocha Cat Cafe & visited Meiji-Jingu Shrine. Shinjuku: we wandered down Takeshita Dori shopping street, walked around the beautiful Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden & ate at the department store basements. Rappongi: we enjoyed the Mori Art Museum Ryogoku: we saw the sumo wrestling & visited the wonderful Edo Museum. Ueno: we wandered through Ueno Park, loved the shopping & had fun at Karaoke. Ginza: we started early at the Tsukiji Fish markets, loved our session at the Kabuki Theatre & shopped at the spectacular Ito-ya stationary shop. Tokyo central: we walked through the Imperial Palace & left our luggage at Tokyo station. Daiba: Loved it here. Caught the monorail across the rainbow bridge, went to the emerging Science museum, great shopping & watched an English language movie at the cinema! Other: We loved the view from Tokyo Tower at night, even spotting Mt Fuji in the distance. We ate from the stalls at Zojoji Temple. It's very easy to get around... We picked up our train card at the airport at 5am!
I am biased, because I love Japan and visit it every year. I always start in Tokyo, which is the most fascinating city in the world, in my opinion. It is the most successful city in blending traditional and modern aspects of culture. It is a very lively city, with many things to do, see and visit. You can see temples, shrines, kabuki, and sumo, but also anime, baseball, rock concerts, and some of the trendiest fashion in the world. And the food is the best! Tokyo is very large, and can be intimidating to navigate, but the train/subway network is the best in the world, and once you learn how to use it, it makes travelling around the city easy, affordable, and actually quite fun. Tokyo is divided into large neighbourhoods--each with its own characteristics--such as Akihabara, Shibuya, and Shinjuku. Each neighbourhood has a central train station, so they are convenient to visit. I recommend visiting each neighbourhood once.
This is my third trip to Tokyo. So it was not a trip to see this or that as we have seen most of the sights but more of a relaxing trip to shop and visit some places just outside Tokyo. Our highlight was an hour trip north of Tokyo to Yuzawa where we went for snow and ski. It was such a refresher from city life and its just a short shinkansen ride away. We also took a side trip to Kamakura and Enoshima which is also an hour train ride away. It is also a beautiful place to visit. Studio Ghibli museum is a must visit, I only visited after my third time to Tokyo because it was so difficult to get the tickets outside of Japan but we finally saw the magical place. As i was also there during winter time, there was many illuminations for us to catch, they are all beautiful especially on cold winter nights. We were there over they year end so we made a trip to the meiji shrine on New year's day, the crowd is really huge but everyone is very orderly so its not chaotic. My son had to queue 2 hours just to get his lucky charm for the year.
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