Tokyo is Japan’s capital and its largest city, a unique urbanscape where modern skyscrapers and ancient shrines blend together in this giant metropolis.
As one of the commanding centres of the world’s economy today, Tokyo, which means ‘Eastern Capital’, is also ranked one of the world’s most expensive cities.
With over 13 million people living in the city’s 23 wards and a total of 40 million people living in Greater Tokyo, it is a true Asian megacity with an energy and frenetic pace of life which continues to draw the crowds. Tokyo is also Japan’s financial capital, which has the the world’s second-largest economy after the USA.
Any visit to Tokyo should begin at the picturesque Koukyo, the Imperial Palace which is the current residence of Emperor Akihito and his family. The large palace grounds were built on the former site of Edo Castle, and has stunning views of traditional Japanese gardens and pavillions.
Other highlights include a trip to Tsukiji Fish Market, the world’s largest wholesale fish and seafood market, a walk around Ueno Park to admire its cherry blossoms and a visit to the Tokyo National Museum to learn the history and culture of Japan.
Take in the modern art at Roppongi’s many galleries, wine and dine in upmarket Ginza, wander the shopping alleys of Shinjuku or savour a hearty bowl of ramen at an izakaya (traditional Japanese eatery) – there’s lots to do in this frenetic and fast-paced city.