Tokyo's time capsule of temples and shrines, with paper walls and bamboo structures, is surrounded by a vibrant and busy metropolis, showcasing youth culture and bright, bright lights. In a short matter of time, Tokyo became one of the world’s most dynamic and advanced cities. And the technological revolution is evident throughout the capital. A visit to the Shinjuku – Tokyo’s largest business, entertainment and shopping region – will provide proof for anyone. Take a Sunday afternoon stroll to Harajuku to check out the craziest cosplays in the world. A short walk from Tokyo station will lead you the Tokyo Imperial Palace. This gorgeous stone structure, home to the Japanese Imperial family, is surrounded by brimming moats and serene gardens. Historic, hip, ahead of the game and sky-high on thrills: Tokyo could just be our new favourite city.
When to go
To catch the blossoming of the cherry trees – sakura – make sure to visit in spring time (March–May); November is also gorgeous. Spring and autumn are the most pleasant times of the year due to lower humidity.
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PlanesTokyo is served by two airports: Haneda and Narita. Haneda Airport – also known as the Tokyo International Airport – is in Hanedakuko, Ota (www.haneda-airport.jp), and mainly handles domestic flights. Narita Airport is the primary international airport in Japan (www.narita-airport.jp). An express service exists between the two airports.
BoatsTraveling to destinations near the water is best done on sight-seeing ferries to avoid the hectic trains and subways. Asakusa and Ryogoku are both accessible by boat.
TrainsShinjuku station, Tokyo’s most busy rail hub, should be avoided during peak time. The JR Yamanote Line serves most of the city centres. Tokyo can also be accessed by the shinkansen, the bullet train.
AutomobilesIf you’re looking to hire out a car in Tokyo, an international driving permit is required. If you do intend to drive, consider getting used to the layout of the city on a quiet Sunday morning beforehand.