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Shitamachi - old school Tokyo
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Tsukiji Fish Market
Odaiba - Sega Joypolis
Roppongi Hills and the Mori gallery
Tokyo National Museum
Parasite Museum
'Kappa-bashi' kitchen district
Jakotsuyu Onsen Asakusa
Daikanyama
Kabuki-za theatre
Harajuku and Yoyogi park (Sundays)

Useful Tokyo Links

JR LInes in Tokyo (PDF/123K)
Tokyo Subway (PDF/42K)
Map of Tokyo (PDF/1MB)
Tokyo tourism info


Tokyo - the Megalopolis!

This is a truly overwhelming city, a vibrant hub of modern civilisation, a city constantly buzzing with activity. Suited businessmen rush from one meeting to the next, immaculately turned out girls totter precariously on impossibly thick platform soles whilst kimono clad housewives fill the up-market department stores, and at every turn a barrage of different sounds.

Welcome to Tokyo, Japan's largest city and it's capital since the Meiji restoration of 1868 returned real power to the Emperor.

Tokyo is a sensory bombardment and the wonderful abundance of street level detail means there is always something to keep the attention.

Tiny road-side stalls and shops sell everything from grilled chicken on sticks to high-tech electronics. Bars and restaurants are stacked up one on top of another, ablaze with neon as soon as dusk begins to fall. And everywhere people.

A tide of energy sweeps Tokyoites along, carrying them through the daily grind; from their apartments, onto the unbelievably crowded subway system, into the office and then back again. A visit to Tokyo is the chance to witness the Japanese success story up close.

The suburbs, however, are in grim contrast to the excitement of the central areas. Living space here is at a premium, and thus high-rise concrete apartment blocks built wherever a space could be found, even in between snaking overhead expressways, provide most people's homes. The skyline of grey stretches away as far as the eye can see and you certainly won't find much in the way of old buildings in Tokyo, although a few do remain.

Today's city is a truly modern phenomenon, which rose like a phoenix out of the ashes of the city reduced to rubble by the American air raids of WW2. There's plenty to do and see here and we'll help you to do just that.

Tokyo has some fine museums, a slightly depressing zoo, the Emperor's palace (although don't expect to be able to go inside), an Eiffel style tower, great shopping, traditional theatre, sumo (if you time your visit accordingly), and endless possibilities for night time entertainment.

We can guarantee that you won't have seen anything like this before!



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