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City Breaks to Tokyo
A city break to Tokyo promises history, culture and tons of adventure. Explore the city’s gardens and parks, take part in a karaoke contest, eat authentic Japanese sushi or just do some people-watching to get a sense of what life in Tokyo is really like.
Best time to visit: Tokyo has a humid, subtropical climate with four distinct seasons.
New Tokyo International Airport (NRT), also known as Tokyo Narita Airport, is 57.5 km (35.7 mi) east of Tokyo Station.
From cherry blossom festivals to karaoke contests, visitors to Tokyo have the chance to take part in several authentic Japanese experiences, both modern and traditional. When you’ve finished exploring the impressive architecture of the city, you can wander around the landscaped gardens or try a local cuisine at the world’s biggest fish market.
Hidden between the skyscrapers and urban architecture lies beautiful parks and landscaped gardens, where locals and tourists can escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Cherry blossom season is one of the best times to experience Tokyo, when locals celebrate the blooming of the flower at hanami (cherry blossom viewing) parties.
Wondering what to eat in Japan? The list is endless, especially at Tsukiji, the world’s biggest and busiest fish market. With fresh seafood prepared in front of your eyes, and some of the best sushi you’ll ever eat available to buy, you can immerse yourself in an authentic Japanese foodie experience
The city has hundreds of places of worship, from big and sprawling, to small and quaint. Each one is intertwined with Japanese history and tells a story of its rich culture and traditions. Visit Tokyo’s most famous Shinto shrine, the Meiji Shrine, which is dedicated to the late 19th-century emperor who opened Japan to the West.
The shopping scene in Tokyo is a huge part of modern Japanese culture. From gadgets and electronics in Akihabara, to international designer brands in Ginza, each area in Tokyo offers a unique shopping experience. Find traditional and designer Japanese clothing stores in Aoyama, or visit Harajuku and Shibuya to experience a youth culture defined by fashion
Sightseers: From the natural beauty of its parks and gardens, to the historic charm of its temples and shrines, there is so much to be seen in this busy city.
Food lovers: The fresh fish markets and numerous sushi restaurants are a must try for anyone that loves Japanese cuisine.
Fashion fanatics: Fashion is an important part of modern Japanese culture. Tokyo locals wear everything from traditional Japanese attire to quirky, modern styles.
Language: The language spoken in Tokyo is Japanese.
Currency: The currency used in Tokyo is the Japanese Yen (¥).
Local time: Tokyo is one hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: New Tokyo International Airport (NRT), also known as Tokyo Narita.
Airport: is 57.5 km (35.7 mi) east of Tokyo Station.
Flight time from UK: Approximately 12 hours.
Tourist information: Further Tokyo tourist information can be found at http://www.jnto.go.jp/.
Visa & health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/japan for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Tokyo.
Temperature: Summer temperatures range from 21 (°C) to 28 (°C), while winters temperatures can be anything from -2 (°C) to 11 (°C).
Best time to visit: Autumn, from September to November, is one of the best times to visit Tokyo for mild and pleasant temperatures.
Tokyo has a humid, subtropical climate with four distinct seasons.
By train: Each major area in Tokyo shares a name with a major train station. This is a reliable, inexpensive way to get around the busy city.
By subway: The subway covers the whole city and will also get you into the suburbs at an affordable price.
By bus: All areas unreachable by train or subway can be accessed by bus.
Moon viewing: Tsukimi has been a Japanese tradition for centuries and is celebrated throughout the country. Tokyo pays homage to the tradition by lighting up the iconic Tokyo Tower in pink and blue, which can be viewed from up close and from afar. The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (The Miraikan) also celebrates the autumn full moon with extended opening hours and traditional Japanese music performances.
Ippan Sanga: The first major festival of the year allows the public to visit the Imperial Palace, where the Emperor and Imperial Family come out to receive New Year greetings from the public.
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