Our Guide to Tokyo

Posted November 19, 2014 Tokyo-final

VISIT...

Akihabara, also known as the electric city or Akiba, is found in central Tokyo where streets are lined with electronics shops. A lot is on offer from the latest technology to second hand junk, one man stalls to big chain stores. It is also becoming a top spot for anime and manga fans.

SEE...

spectacular views of Tokyo from one of two observation decks in the Skytree. It is the highest spot in Japan with the higher deck at 450m. You will be able to take some fantastic photos both from and of this magnificent structure.

TOUR...

the Imperial Palace's beautiful gardens with a guide showing you the inner gardens or take a casual jaunt of the outer grounds. You will see a tranquil moat, glorious cherry blossom and two charming bridges. You won't be able to actually go inside any buildings, as the palace is occupied by the Emperor (the only current reigning Emperor in the world) and his family.

LEARN...

about Japanese cuisine and the love of seafood in Tsukiji Fish Market. It is the largest supplier of fish across the world – there's not a fish you won't find. Be prepared for the scent and go hungry as you'll have the opportunity to taste the best and most fresh sushi around.

DISCOVER...

the Meiji Jingu Shinto shrine dedicated to the spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife. It is the largest shrine that you'll find in Tokyo with surrounding grounds that give tourists a break from the busy city. Take a stroll past the 100 donated trees, or enter the Meiji Jingu's buildings where you can make offerings, buy charms, or write your wishes on an ema.

REWIND...

a few centuries in Asakusa, one of Tokyo's districts where traditions have remained prominent. The Nakamise shopping street is where traditional snacks and fantastic souvenirs can be bought. The street leads to Sensoji, a fantastic Buddhist temple built in the 7th century.

ENJOY...

visiting the sumo arena in the ryogoku district. Sumo tournaments run for 2 weeks at a time and offer spectators excitement and entertainment from any seat in the house. Sumo wrestling is hungry work so afterwards get a bowl of chanko nabe or sushi in a nearby restaurant which might even feature its own wrestling ring.

SHOP...

in the Seibu Department Store in Ikebukuro. Although there are many stores to choose from, this is currently top pick due to the Kit Kat shop recently opening up. Delve into flavors such as green tea, wasabi, and strawberry cheesecake. Seibu also offers many more goodies for shoppers and has a reputation of being one of the busiest stores in Japan.

EXPLORE...

Shinjuku which is the bustling epicentre of Tokyo with tiny bars of the Golden Gai, to the impressive gothic style Metropolitan Government building – its architecture is often described as Gotham City.

FIND...

your ultimate Disney favorites in Disneyland Tokyo. Go on high-speed rides, see Mickey in fantastic shows and enjoy the spectacular night-time electrical parade. It is easy to get to with free shuttle buses from all parts of Tokyo.

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