Holidays to Tokyo

Officially Tokyo Metropolis, Tokyo is Japan's capital and the most populous built up area in the world. Known for introducing us to fast cars, karaoke, and sushi, Tokyo has inspired on an international level for many years. Yoking past and future, the traditional culture attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world and its passion for everything new continues to bring innovation to the international stage.

Tokyo has often been referred to as 'the most gorgeous ugly city in the world'. The bright neon lights are dazzling but result in entangled overhanging wires in the street; the buildings are unique yet severely mismatched; and a plethora of street sellers may make for a variety of cuisine but result in refuse-laden pavements. The city is a haven for shopaholics and a food lover’s retreat. The districts of Tokyo vary greatly so if you don't particularly enjoy one place, hopping off at the next station will result in something entirely different. There are pottery shops and temple markets in Asakusa; shrines and imperial gardens in Chiyoda; hyperactive youth culture in Shibuya; and electronic blare in Akihabara. Tourist tick-off lists are useful to a degree, but fans of this metropolis believe that the beauty of Tokyo lies in wandering around at random and discovering something entirely new no matter what direction you take. In this way, you discover alcove shops selling unique trinkets and sample items on a menu that you don't recognise in side-street eateries.

The essential attractions to visit that really get to the core of Tokyo's history include the Imperial Palace, which is still home to the Emperor; the Edo-Tokyo museum, which details the city's rich history; the Sensoji Temple, which is the city's oldest; and the Tokyo Museum, which houses the largest collection of Japanese art in the world. For those who love theatre, Chiyoda district is home to one of the largest performing arts houses in Tokyo with a capacity of 3,000. In the same area, the Nijubashi Bridge is a sight to behold and is Japan's most photographed bridge. The backdrop is simply stunning and is an ideal place in which to relax and take in the views of the Imperial Palace. Minato is a district in the city that is home to many museums including the renowned Nezo museum of antiques and the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. The Mori Art Museum is located on the 53rd floor of the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower and visitors can see the entire metropolitan district as a 360-degree panoramic view from observation areas on the 52nd and 54th floors.

Tokyo is a place that can be enjoyed all year round. There are four very distinct seasons, every one of which brings something different to the city. Summer can be rainy, with the wet period usually lasting from June to July, while March and April see the not-to-be-missed stunning spectacle that is the cherry blossom in bloom. The majority of cruise liners that visit this part of Asia will harbour in the city, and for very good reason.


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