Central to Japan
Situated on the island of Honshu, the city is also the most populous in Japan. Tokyo has been central to the life and times of Japan since 1603 when Shogun Tokugawa declared the city his domain. Tokyo continues to set global trends in technology, fashion and food. The city is home to the largest number of Fortune 500 companies as well as the most number of Michelin starred restaurants.
Tokyo is the seat of the government and also that of His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Akihito. The Imperial Palace and Gardens stand in the heart of Tokyo alongside shiny skyscrapers and are largely open to the public. During spring, the Imperial Gardens attract huge crowds who come to enjoy the magical season of cherry blossoms.
Shopping and recreation
Tokyo is a global city. As a result, the restaurants and clubs are largely visitor-friendly and make for a sparkling night out for tourists too.
Visitors will also enjoy the sauntering through the various districts like Roppongi Hills’ Mori Tower and Tokyo Midtown, two high-rises that are home to premium residences as well as shopping and recreation outlets. On the 52nd floor of the Mori Tower, is the Tokyo City View which offers a 360° view of Tokyo and its gleaming skyline.
Harajuku is the city’s fashion district and boasts several fashionable boutiques and malls while Akihabara is the electronics town of Japan. Shibuya is the site of the interesting human phenomenon, the Shibuya crossing.
Hakkeijima Sea Paradise is a 240,000 sq. m. man-made island on the Yokohama Bay comprising large aquariums, an amusement park, restaurants, shopping zones and miles of promenades to enjoy the natural beauty here. The park which promises a fun-filled day for families, also houses a pair of whale sharks, the largest fish known to man.
Tokyo also has its fair share of monuments, shrines, temples, palaces and museums where visitors can see the glory of times bygone and appreciate the contributions made by Japan to the global civilization.
In Tokyo, dusk is not the time to turn back to your hotel room. Many places are brilliantly illuminated and worth the wait. And of course, there are several pedestrianised zones – so you can stroll in the evening sea breeze for as long as you wish.
Tokyo is a treasure trove waiting to be discovered – where the modern co-exists in harmony with the ancient.