Life in Tokyo: A Far-Eastern Adventure
The phrase ‘a feast for the senses’ is often used in travel literature to describe mind-blowing sights, sounds, smells and tastes of a particular place and I can’t think of a better way to describe the Japanese capital. Tokyo is simply one of the most vibrant, dynamic cities you could ever hope to visit. A world leader in technology, in Tokyo you’ll find every high tech gadget under the sun and every commodity from luxury hotels to trains and shopping malls operate on another level entirely.
Tokyo is the epitome of a slick modern world yet in the midst of all the cutting-edge technology and futuristic skyscrapers you will still feel the old-fashioned traditions and ancient rhythms beating along nicely with the 21st century. Among the dizzying speed of everyday commerce and routine, you’ll find sacred shrines, wooden houses and serene gardens that happily co-exist with the thrilling efficiency of this Asian superpower.
Over 13 million people currently live in the capital city of Japan yet despite the crowds, everything seems to run on time and there is very low crime rates – testimony to the fact that the Japanese people are some of the most calm, polite and reserved people on the planet!
Japan’s rich, cultural heritage is very much alive and evident today and visitors should devour every opportunity to experience everything Tokyo has to offer which shows off the city and its people. Even a simple pleasure like serving a cup of tea is an art form. Sado, the elegant japanese tea ceremony is a delight that simply must be experienced. Back home, you’ll never look at a brew in the same way again!
In this melting pot of treasures old and new, Tokyo has some wonderful attractions and here’s a list of our favourites that should be on your ‘to-do ‘list if you plan on visiting the city:
Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower, Shinjuku, Tokyo Photo credit: aotaro via Foter.com / CC
Top Tokyo Attractions
- Tokyo Imperial Palace
- Sensoji – the largest, ancient Buddhist Temple
- Tokyo Sky Tree – Japan’s tallest tower
- Tsukiji Fish Market
- Meiji Shrine
- Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
- Tokyo City View and Mori Art Museum
- Shibuya Crossing
- Tokyo Disneyland – the first Disneyland opened outside the USA
- Yoyogi Park
- The Ginza district – for upmarket shopping and dining
Top Foodie Tours In Japan
- Traditional Tea Ceremony (Sado) In Japan
- Japanese Food Tour of Tokyo
- Private Tour of Tsukiji Fish Market
- Local Bar Hopping & Foodie Tour
- Traditional Sushi Making Lesson & Lunch in Tokyo
Spring is a good time to visit Japan and is one of the more pleasant seasons and although you may get the odd shower, the conditions are not as tropical than the summer months. Also worth bearing in mind when thinking about the best times to go are Japan’s national holidays. During such periods, including the days around New Year, the “Golden Week” break of April 29 to May 5 and the Obon holiday of mid-August. It is often difficult to secure last minute accommodation and transport during this time and travel plans should be made well in advance.
If you fancy something a little different then a cruise of Japan might just be for you. You can discover the ancient temples of Kyoto, explore Hiroshima and the city of Osaka and much more while sailing on the high seas.
Now all you have to think about is the sights and sounds that await you on a trip to this dazzling city. It really is a trip of a lifetime and it might pass in a whirl of activity but the memories will last forever.