With so much to do, see and eat, Japan’s capital city is a buzzing metropolis of activity! Make a trip to Tsukiji Fish Market and try to get there as early as possible (the tuna auction is a must watch, but starts at 3am!), it’s a great place to pick up some amazingly fresh fish – think massive oysters, incredible sushi and sashimi, along with wholesale fish to purchase.
If you can, try to visit Tokyo in April, and catch the famous Sakura (cherry blossom) that line the streets. Ueno Park is beautiful when in full bloom. Explore the lake in a pedalo or rowing boat which are available to hire, and don’t forget to check out the buzzing food market during Sakura season. If you have time and are a gamer at heart, I also love paying a visit to one of Tokyo’s arcades. Many are open 24-hours a day and have floors full of all imaginable games, great to have a go at, or to just watch the experts!
Fly To: Tokyo Narita International Airport is a little further out from the city (about 50 minutes via the Narita Express), but has more flights available or Tokyo Haneda International Airport is only about 8km away from Tokyo Station
Flight Time: 4 hours, 20 minutes
Best For: Sushi and sake
Sassy Tip: While you’re there, try to scope out a couple of Tokyo’s small bars for a backstreet brew! If you’re travelling to Japan for a week or more, I would also suggest purchasing a JR pass (prices start at around $2,000 for a seven-day pass), and can be used on JR lines in Tokyo and to travel further afield via the Shinkansen (bullet train).
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