Tokyo is Japan’s very unique and full of life capital, known for it’s technology, organisation and culture. Tokyo is a city unlike any other in the world, with lots of things to do and places to explore.
AUTUMN — AVERAGE TEMPERATURE BETWEEN 15c AND 26c
WINTER — AVERAGE TEMPERATURE BETWEEN 3c AND 8c
SPRING — AVERAGE TEMPERATURE BETWEEN 6c AND 15c
SUMMER — AVERAGE TEMPERATURE BETWEEN 18c AND 25c
CURRENCY: YEN (JPY) CAPITAL OF JAPAN
POPULATION: 13.5 MILLION (2016)
Top 10 Things To Do
1. Find your fortune at Sensoji, the largest and oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo, the temple’s Kaminarimon is often referred to as a symbol of the city.
2. Visit and people watch in Shibuya, a bustling entertainment/ fashion centre and home to the famous scramble crossing pictures.
3. Take a ride up to the top of the Tokyo tower, located at 333 meters the building is a symbol for Japan’s rebirth. The building has an observatory at 150 metre and 250 meters both providing picturesque views of the city.
4. Discover the Otaku culture in Akihabara, often referred to as the electronic capital of the world or ‘electronic town’. Here you can find shops selling electronics, computers and everything else technological.
5. Take in the breathtaking view from Tokyo’s metropolitan government building. Which has an observation floor at 243 meters on the 45th floor.
6. In late March/ early April take in the beautiful pink tide of cherry blossom in northern Tokyo or in the gardens outside the Imperial Palace. Hanami is the traditional way of admiring sakura.
7. Sample Tokyo’s famous sushi at Tsukiji market. The world’s largest and busiest fish markets, with unbelievable auctions.
8. Visit the Imperial Palace, Chiyoda, the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan. Although the palace is closed for visitors, for a small fee visitors can visit and discover the palace’s east gardens.
9. Visit and experience one of Tokyo’s famous theme cafes, with themes such as cats, maids, robots, butlers, owls among others. Experience the craziness and uniqueness of these cafes.
10. Spend the morning visiting one of Japan’s most historic sites — Central Railway Station (which survived World war II and a number of big earthquakes), this giant shopping centre has lots to explore and discover.
Delicacies in Tokyo
1. Sushi — The world’s favourite raw fish dish is a delicacy in Tokyo with the dish found all over the city in a large number of varieties and settings. Ginza Shintomi Sushi is a great place to sample Japan’s most popular dish.
2. Soba — Soba is a popular dish in Tokyo and is often eaten by locals everyday. It is a typical noodle dish served with a variety of dipping sauces. Kanda Matsuya is a typical Japanese restaurant which serves Soba noodles in a variety of dishes.
3. Chanko-Nabe — Chanko-Nabe is a hot pot dish made with chicken and seasonal vegetables, originally cooked as a dish for sumo wrestlers this dish has now entered the main stream and become a popular dish for the people of Tokyo. Ryotei Tokibayama is a restaurant which serves delicious Chanko-Nabe in a relaxed environment.
Accommodation in Tokyo
1. Shinjuku Kuyakushomae Capsule Hotel, 3 stars, capsule hotel
2. Palace Hotel Tokyo, 4 and a half star, luxury hotel
3. Space Hostel Tokyo, Hostel
Airlines that fly to Tokyo
1. Qantas — Sydney
2. British Airways — London
3. Delta — Los Angeles and Minneapolis