Tokyo is Japans capital city and is the busiest city in Japan. It is a very architecturally diverse city with neon lit skyscrapers and modern bars all the way to traditional housing and historic temples. The frantically paced city has amazing politeness, the incredible punctuality of subway trains, the extraordinary vending machines, and the super-fashionable teenagers.
Winters (Dec-Mar) are cold with snow in the mountains. Summer months are hot and humid in Jun-Aug. The peak season for touring is spring (Feb-May) and autumn (Sep-Nov) where the temperatures are warm and comfortable. Peak season for tourism is around the Cherry Blossom festival between late Mar-Apr and the autumn months of Oct-Nov.
A place where futuristic cities, ancient temples and volcanic vistas collide. Here are the best attractions of Japan.
Culture & Sightseeing
- Write a wish and tie it onto the prayer wall of Tokyo’s famous Meiji Shinto Shrine.
- Enjoy the views from the Mori Tower or people-watch from Starbucks in Shibuyu, overlooking the world’s busiest pedestrian crossing.
- Visit Kyoto’s Gion area to see the elegant geishas and Yasaka Shrine.
- Photograph the Fushimi Inari shrine, which featured in Memoirs of a Geisha.
- Spend a night in a Ryokan, a Japanese inn located within a hot spring resort.
Activities & Adventure
- Cycle across the peaceful Yoyogi Park with entertainment around every corner.
- Soak up the views from the observation deck at the Mt Fuji Visitor Centre.
- Take in the breathtaking scenery of Miyajima Island and the Itsukushima Shrine.
- Shop for Dior, Armani and other designer labels in Tokyo’s upmarket Ginza district.
- Swim in the sky pool of the Park Hyatt Hotel, Shinjuku which featured in Lost in Translation.
Food & Drink
- Enjoy a sushi breakfast at the Tsukiji Fish Market, the busiest of its kind in the world.
- Taste the Japanese tipple of choice at the Gekkeikan Okura sake museum.
- Play retro video games and beer at 8bit Café in Shinjuku.
- Try Okonomiyaki, a Japanese-style pancake, in Hiroshima.
Events & Festivals
- March: See Japan at its most beautiful during the Cherry Blossom Festival.
- July: Enjoy parades and night stalls during Kyoto’s famous Gion Festival.
- January/May/September: Watch a sumo-wrestling tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan, Tokyo’s National Sumo Hall.
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