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Greetings

Hello from London. We have the honour of serving as the Tokyo Tourism Representative again this year.
Making the most of our knowledge and experience as ‘cross-cultural mediator between Japan and the UK’, we believe we could make your stay in Tokyo more fulfilling and more exciting.

Intro of Tokyo

Food

Visitors can get a brief idea of Japanese food by popping into any food store or ‘depa-chika’ – a basement food court in department stores. Shelves will be laden with fresh vegetables and seafood. Quality and freshness is paramount in all Japanese cuisine, not least of all sushi. A traditional Japanese meal is an aesthetic adventure; the delicious flavours of authentic Japanese food are enchanted by the beautifully vivid colours of the fresh ingredients, which are delicately arranged on patterned plates and gorgeous lacquerware.

Culture

Tokyo is a city where the traditional and the modern can be found side by side: although high-tech skyscrapers loom over every street, a stroll to Meiji Shrine or Hama-rikyu Gardens reveals greenery and tranquility in contrast to the hustle and bustle, together with a glimpse of the traditional Japanese aesthetic sensitivity and purity. Manga is one of the world's biggest pop-culture phenomena, attracting fans from around the globe. Anime is also acclaimed, having triumphed at international film festivals such as the Academy Awards. Visitors can indulge their interest with a trip to Akihabara, the heart of Japan's anime culture, the Suginami Animation Museum, the Ghibli Museum, or the annual Tokyo International Anime Fair.

Affordability

Although Tokyo is still perceived as an expensive city, once you've arrived in Japan you will find plenty of reasonable choices that still offer great quality, often at better prices than the UK. Tokyo has a range of options for any budget; for example, you can easily find a set lunch with a hot drink for about £6, and entrance to a traditional Japanese garden is normally about £3. You have plenty of choice about where to stay, too; you can cut your accommodation budget by opting for a capsule hotel, which can be a unique cultural experience in itself. There are plenty of reasonable options in boutique hotels, too, with emerging interior designers working on chic yet compact rooms that are cheaper than those equivalent ones in the UK. Although Japan is a pretty big country, travelling around can be done surprisingly cheaply with a Japan Rail Pass. This allows unlimited travel on nearly all JR trains, including the world-famous Shinkansen bullet train, for the duration of the pass. For further details, please visit www.japanrailpass.net/en

Route Recommended by Rep

This is just one of the many recommended routes that show you various aspects of Tokyo.

1) Tokyo Skytree

Nearest Stations:

  • Tokyo Skytree Station (TS02) on the Tobu Skytree Line
  • Oshiage Station (A20/Z14/KS45) on the Toei Asakusa Line, The Hanzomon Line and Keisei Oshiage Line

 What about starting your day with a superb panoramic view of the city? Tokyo Skytree, the tallest tower in the world, has a height of 634 metres. It is more than twice the height of the Shard, the tallest building in England. Incidentally, the observation decks of the Skytree are higher than the very top of the Shard. With a glass floor at the deck, you can get a great, if not scary view of down below. Solamachi, at the foot of the tower, has over 350 shops and restaurants. It even has a salt shop, where you can pick up different salt from around the world and where “salt sommeliers” stand ready to create your own personal blend.

↓ 3 minutes from Tokyo Stkytree station to Asakusa Station by the Tobu Skytree Line

2) Asakusa town

Nearest Stations:

  • Asakusa Station (TS01/G19/A18) on Tobu Skytree Line, Tokyo Metro Ginza line and the Toei Asakusa Line

 Asakusa, one of the ‘must-see’ towns in Tokyo, is an old lively downtown. Visit Sensoji Temple, the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo, and crawl Nakamise, a shopping street of over 200 meters full of traditional souvenirs and local sweets. You can also walk through Sumo-Beya, where the wrestlers live and train, and then have power lunch of ‘chanko-nabe’, a traditional stew dish that the wrestlers eat every day to build up their strength.

↓13 minutes from Asakusa station to Shinbashi Station by the Toei Asakusa Line

3) Hama-rikyu Gardens

Nearest Stations:

  • Shiodome Subway Station (E19) on the Toei Oedo Line
  • Tsukiji-shijo Subway Station (E18) on the Toei Oedo Line
  • Shiodome Station (U02) on the Yurikamome Line
  • Shinbashi Station (G08/A10) on the JR and the Tokyo Metro Ginza line and the Toei Asakusa Line

 Many people assume Tokyo to be little more than a concrete jungle, but in fact (as you see from the observation deck of Skytree), Tokyo's urban landscape has multiple pockets of green, just like London. Particularly worth a visit are the Hama-rikyu Gardens, facing out onto Tokyo Bay. This oasis of green once belonged to the Tokugawa shogun, and is a huge Japanese-style garden complete with tidal ponds. Wander over to the traditional tea house, located on an islet on the tidal pond, and relax with a cup of hot green tea and some Japanese confections. The gardens are a haven of tranquility and traditional beauty - you'll find it hard to believe you're still in the middle of Tokyo.

↓15 minutes from Shinbashi station to Fune no Kagakukan Station by the Yurikamome Line

4) National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan)

Nearest Stations:

  • Fune no Kagakukan Station and Telecom Center Station (U09) on the Yurikamome Line

 After drinking in the tranquility of Hama-rikyu Gardens in Tokyo, the next stop is the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (knows as Miraikan), located on Odaiba, an island in Tokyo Bay. The museum, referred to as the "Museum of the Future" in Japanese, is an interactive collection of the very latest technological innovations to come out of Japan. There are also many other places to visit in this area, such as the peaceful beach park (Odaiba Kaihin Koen), hi-tech theme park (Tokyo Joypolis) and house of celebrity wax (Madame Tussaud Tokyo). And on the way back to the city centre, why not taking a cruising line and enjoy a magnificent twilight view of the city? For details, please visit https://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/waterbus/english/index.html

Another Place Worth a Visit

Ginza – Ginza Place

Nearest Stations

  • Ginza 1-Chome Station (Y19) on the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line
  • Ginza Station (H08/M16/G09) on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya, Marunouchi, and Ginza Lines

Ginza is the most famous shopping district in Japan, consisting of a number of major department stores, luxurious fashion brands such as Chanel, Dior and Louis Vuitton as well as numerous small local stores. It also has one of the highest concentrations of Michelin-starred restaurants, while its depachika, or department store gourmet food floors, also offer exceptional food experiences at affordable prices. And in summer 2016, Ginza Place, another exciting landmark has opened here. Replacing the former Nissan Gallery building, this building now houses the global flagship showrooms for Nissan and Sony. The 11-story building is also home to a number of restaurants and cafes. The balconies also allow a view of the surrounding neighbourhood, with the 7th-floor balcony representing the previous maximum height for buildings in the area.