Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo

  • Population: 9.273 million +
  • Land Area: 2,194 km²
  • Density: 6,158 people/ km²
  • Language: Japanese
  • Religion: Shintoism & Buddhism
  • Currency: ¥ Japanese yen (JPY)
  • Visa: No. UK Citizens can enter Japan as a visitor for up to 90 days
  • Airport: Tokyo International Airport - known as Haneda Airport (HND) / Narita International Airport (NRT)
  • Flight duration: approximately 11 hours and 40 minutes (direct from UK)

Tokyo is Japan's capital city, one of the busiest and most modern city in the country, and perhaps even in the world. This modern city has a mixture of traditional and modern culture. The city has 400 years of history, it was originally known as Edo, and been renamed Tokyo, meaning 'Eastern Capital', in 1868. In today's world, Japan is famous for being self sufficient, they are amazing in inventing and developing new technology, no wonder why Tokyo is famed for being one of the most advanced cities in the world!

Have you been to Tokyo? What's the first thing comes on your mind when you think of Japan? Is it the magnificent cherry blossom? the delicious Japanese cuisines? or the Shibuya Crossing that you sometime see on movie scene? Thinking of my last trip to Tokyo, I was very impressed with everything and there is nothing I did not like about this city or Japanese culture. The moment I enjoyed the most was having to visit Shiba Inu Cafe and Owl Cafe! If you are into animal cafe, you would know that Tokyo has all sort of outstanding animal cafes, their original invention was cat cafe's and now it has developed into a much bigger market. The moment I was the most impressed was visiting Nissan Crossing in Ginza area, it is a Nissan's fans paradise, the showroom showcases Nissan's latest models & vintage classics, even some futuristic cars. I was also extremely amazed with Japanese manner, they are the most polite and courteous people I've ever experienced.

You can travel within Tokyo conveniently with Metro service, however, their subway system is huge and busy busy busy. It's like London underground but with a lot more stations! There are three types of pass best for tourists if you plan to use Metro as your main transport - 24 hours, 48 hours and 72 hours pass.

Places to visit in Tokyo:


Tokyo Skytree

This 634-meter-tall communications and observation tower is the tallest structure in Japan. Best place to get the beautilful panoramic views of Tokyo.

Tokyo Tower

At 332.9m, the tower is the second tallest structure in Japan and it's 13m taller than its model, Eiffel Tower.

Ginza

Tokyo's most famous shopping, dining and entertainment district.

Shibuya

Shibuya is a famous shopping area in Tokyo with many malls and department stores, the area is best known for the pedestrian crossing - Shibuya Crossing.

Kabukicho

Best entertainment district in Shibuya ward where you can experience the Japanese red light district.

Hachiko Statue

Movie ''Hachi: A dog's tale'' is a true story! The famous bronze statue is located right in front of Shibuya Station's Hachiko Exit. The statue is made as a memorial to the faithful Akita dog, Hachiko, who waited at Shibuya Station every day for his master returning.

Senso-ji

Must see Tokyo's oldest Buddhist temple. There is no entrance fee for the temple, but you can make a donation if you wish.

Takeshita Street

Street shopper paradise! the street is filled with fashion boutiques, cafes and restaurants, and usually extremely busy.


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