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About Tokyo

Japan’s capital city is the most populated city in the world; filled with an eclectic mix of attractions and sights. Tokyo is not just a bustling city centre, but also spans into the mountains in the west and the islands in Tokyo Bay. Tokyo has a long history, a thriving cultural scene and a wide range of accommodation to choose from all over the city, though the Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo and Park Hyatt Tokyo are two of the city’s top hotels.

Don’t Miss in Tokyo

The temples in Asakusa are some of the most visited sights in the city, with Sensōji being the most popular of them all. This is Tokyo’s oldest and largest Buddhist temple, which is dedicated to the bodhisattva Kannon. This area of the city is also home to Tokyo’s oldest geisha district.

The Imperial Palace is a magnificent Edo Castle that is surrounded by high walls and moats. The palace itself is not open to the public, but the grounds are, and the area is also home to the beautiful Imperial Palace East Gardens, Kitanomaru Park and Yasukuni Shrine.

Those that are interested in the cultural side of Tokyo should head to Ueno Park. Here, visitors will find the Tokyo National Museum, National Museum for Western Art, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and National Museum of Nature and Science, among others. The park grounds are also picturesque, with its 8,800 trees, lake, lotus ponds and marshland.

Tokyo Tower is the city’s version of the Eiffel Tower, though it is nine metres taller. The main draw here is the observation deck, though a better place for enjoying great views of the city is the observatory on the 45th floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Center.

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Restaurants and Bars in Tokyo

Tokyo is a food lover’s haven, with everything from cheap noodle bars to Michelin star restaurants to choose from. There are also plenty of fast food chains and international cuisine, like French, Italian and Thai. Tsukiji is the best area for top notch sushi - not surprising as this is where you'll find the famous Tsukiji Fish Market and wholesale fish auctions. A sight to behold. For fine dining, the Grand Hyatt Tokyo is known for great food in Tokyo. Tokyo is also a night owl’s haven, with upscale bars and night clubs all over Central Tokyo. Travellers can drink with locals at a Japanese-style watering hole or grab a pint at a British-style pub in Tokyo.

Shopping in Tokyo

The pedestrian-only Takeshita Street is lined with fashion boutiques, though Roppongi Hills is the place to head to for high-end shopping. Akihabara is the best place to pick up electronics and anime goods, while Harajuku’s Antique Market is great for authentic antiques. Of course, shopping in Harajuku is an experience in itself with the colourful youth subculture on famous street lined with boutiques and the birthplace of many Japanese fashion trends. The most prestigious shopping malls in Tokyo are in Ginza, where travellers can find international labels like Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Prada. You should also check out Shibuya, Shinjuku and Otaku shops for manga.