Tokyo offers a great mixture of modernity and tradition. Visitors can experience Tokyo’s 400 year-old history at the Imperial Palace, Meiji Jingu Shrine or Senso-ji Temple. Numerous Japanese gardens and parks invite to rest and take a quiet stroll surrounded by trees and flowers in the middle of the busy city. On the other hand, modern tourist spots such as TOKYO SKYTREE®, the world’s highest free standing broadcasting tower, or Ginza, Tokyo’s high end shopping area, offer excitement and fun.
There are more than 100,000 restaurants in Tokyo and the most Michelin stars in the world. Make sure to get a taste of Tokyo’s fine cuisine, be it sushi, ramen, tempura or teppanyaki. What makes Tokyo so special is that not only the high-end restaurants offer the best quality. The quality of ingredients and hygiene standards are very high in general. Malls, hotels, train stations, even department stores have their own restaurants offering Japanese food or authentic fare from other countries.
With a little more time on your hand, you have the opportunity to explore some spectacular sights around Tokyo, unparalleled natural beauty and centuries of cultural heritage.
Japan’s highest mountain, volcano and mystical symbol Mount Fuji is one of Japan’s most popular destinations, and rightly so. You can reach the mountain in less than three hours by train or bus (depending on traffic) from Tokyo city center.
The ancient city Kamakura is a very popular destination to stroll among preserved temples and shrines, including the venerable Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, spread across the rolling hills and deep forests. This area also has one of the largest open-air Buddha statues in the world, The Great Buddha of Kamakura. The historic city along the seacoast is just a one-and-a-half-hour bus ride from central Tokyo.
A World Heritage Site, Nikko invites casual treks along the river and up into the mountains. The rewards include viewing Toshogu Shrine, dedicated to the memory of Ieyasu Tokugawa who established the Edo Shugunate, and Yomeimon with its artistic sculptures designated as a national treasure. Along the way you can take in dynamic Kegon Falls, breathtaking Lake Chuzeji, and the natural winding Irohazaki road. Nikko is located a convenient two-hour express-train ride from Tokyo’s Asakusa.
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