Sunday, 26 October 2008
If you want to experience modern Japan, Tokyo is the city to visit.
About two days are needed to gain a superficial feel for the capital and at least a week to get to know it more intimately.
Places to visit and things to do in Tokyo
Visit the excellent Edo-Tokyo Museum and learn about Tokyo's history. Afterwards, explore the nearby Asakusa area around Sensoji Temple where a touch of the old Tokyo can still be experienced.
From Shimbashi Station take the Yurikamome, an elevated train across the Rainbow Bridge onto a man-made island in Tokyo Bay. There, visit the shopping and entertainment attractions and view the futuristic architecture and landscape design around Odaiba and Tokyo Big Sight.
In Shinjuku, visit the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office, Tokyo's tallest building, for a free bird's eye view of the city. Then take a look around the area’s department stores. To escape the crowds, take a break in the Shinjuku Gyoen, a spacious city park. In the evening, experience the notorious Kabukicho entertainment district.
Shibuya, Harajuku, Meiji Jingu
Shibuya and Harajuku are the most popular shopping and entertainment districts for Tokyo's young generation. For some contrast, visit Meiji Shrine, located in a spacious wooded park just next to Harajuku Station.
Imperial Palace, Ginza
Visit Imperial Palace and its East Gardens before exploring Ginza, Tokyo's most expensive and famous shopping district.
Tokyo Disney Resort
Tokyo Disney Resort, just 15 minutes by train from Tokyo Station, consists of two separate theme parks: Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. Kids and adults of all ages will love it!