Considered to be one of the top three business and financial centres in the world, Tokyo Japan is an exciting metropolis of over 35 million people is a nonstop hub of activity. Some of the world’s largest and most successful corporations are based here as is the famous Tokyo Stock Exchange. Tokyo is also the seat of national government and home to Japan’s royal family, making this world capital a place filled with history, heritage and culture. Parks and natural settings play an important role in Tokyo’s landscape too with large portions of the city covered in lush park land with traditional Japanese style gardens and fixtures.
Like its speeding bullet trains, this is also a city with a racing pulse – a vibrant city with an exciting mix of nightlife, restaurants, shopping and sports. Busy city streets with flashy advertisements and large crowds beckon with huge department stores, boutiques and even video arcades and karaoke bars popular all through the night. Tokyo residents pass the evening in quiet noodle bars or the more social atmosphere of a Japanese style barbecue restaurant, enjoying a diverse range of foods that Japan is known for. Japan takes its sporting events seriously too and has large stadiums for major league baseball, sumo wrestling and football.
HK Express currently operates out of the following airports in Tokyo: Haneda (HND), Narita (NRT)
Located along Tokyo Bay and extending west, Tokyo is the world’s largest metropolitan area. Divided into 23 separate wards, each with their own unique flavour, there is something special to be found in each. And with a convenient public transportation system, getting around is quick and easy.
Chiyoda, in the centre of Tokyo is made up of important government buildings, historic Imperial Palace and the National Museum of Modern Art. Tokyo Station is near the Imperial Palace and therefore easily accessible to all part of the city. Being the centre of government as well as the geographic centre of Tokyo, Chiyoda is filled with lovely plazas, inviting parks and landscaped gardens, making this a lovely place for a quiet stroll.
Chuo Ward is famous for its Ginza district, one of the finest shopping areas in the world. With its many large department stores, luxury boutiques along with fine restaurants and cafes makes this one of the most visited and one of the wealthiest areas of the city. The financial district and Tokyo stock exchange are nearby adding an additional aura of wealth and importance.
Shibuya Ward is the main district for shopping and nightlife and is particularly popular with younger crowds. Trendy shops, underground music stores, video arcades and coffee houses line the streets, making this area an around the clock destination. Its famous Shibuya Crossing is a must see spot, a sort of Times Square section of Tokyo, filled with blinking ads and throngs of people. Shibuya is a feast for the senses.
Filled with some of Tokyo’s tallest buildings and home to the world’s busiest train station, Shinjuku is the administrative centre of Tokyo. Another of the main shopping and nightlife areas in Tokyo, Shinjuku is also graced by one of Tokyo’s most beautiful parks, Shinjuku Gyoen. Busy city streets are surrounded by quiet laneways, interspersed with quaint noodle bars and intimate restaurants.
There is so much to do in Tokyo that you can choose how adventurous you’d like to be. Take a leisurely strolls through inviting gardens or meander down quiet laneways filled with shops and intimate restaurants. If your plans call for something more adventurous you can find that too. This is a city after all that is always on the move.
Located in the heart of Tokyo, the Imperial Palace is the residence for the Emperor of Japan. This stately area is situated in the governmental area of Chiyoda and is an enjoyable place for a stroll through landscaped parks and Japanese style gardens. With Tokyo Station nearby it’s an excellent place to begin a tour of the Japanese capital.
One of the top tourist destinations in Japan, Tokyo Disney is located in the neighbouring prefecture of Chiba. All of the Disney favourites can be found here, from Mickey and Mini and all their friends to famous attractions such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain and the Cinderella Castle.
One of the most exciting areas of Tokyo is Shibuya. Filled with a youthful edge and electric vibe, this area can be described as Japan’s version of New York’s Times Square. Brightly lit advertisements on huge video screens line the buildings overhead while at street level hordes of people make their way across the famous Shibuya crossing, an iconic Japanese scene. Some of Tokyo’s best shopping can be found here, from cutting-edge fashion to underground music and video arcades.
Tokyo Tower is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the city. Built in the late 1950’s it was a symbol of rebirth after the ravages of WWII. Standing tall at 333 metres, this is the perfect place for a bird’s eye view of the immense metropolitan area.
This laid back area of Tokyo is home to the Senso-Ji Buddhist Temple. The clothing and souvenir markets surrounding the temple make this a popular destination for tourists. Traditional Japanese architecture can be found here, offering excellent photo opportunities.
Like any world capital or thriving business and tourist destination, Tokyo has a range of accommodation options. From luxury brands to intimate boutique style hotels, Tokyo even features the unique capsule hotel and the usual backpacker accommodation.
Like any world capital and thriving business and tourist destination, Tokyo has a range of accommodation options. From luxury brands to intimate boutique style hotels, central Tokyo caters to the needs of business travellers, celebrities and tourists alike. Prices are usually at a premium, but with a close proximity to the financial district, government offices and shopping and entertainment centres, this is the place to be.
Taito ward to the east of Central Tokyo is situated along the Sumida River. Some of Tokyo’s backpacker and budget oriented accommodation sites can be found here, near the temples and markets of Asakusa.
The capsule hotel originated in Japan. This unique style of accommodation got its start in Tokyo in the 1980’s during the heady days when real estate was at a premium. These small pods were nothing more than a bed, but for pricey Tokyo it was and still is an affordable option in an otherwise expensive city. Now located throughout the city, these small rooms are available close to most major sites.
Average: 5°C - 15°C
Bring a winter coat. Or get a fashionable one from Harajuku.
Average: 12°C - 20°C
Great time for sightseeing as long as you have a light jacket on.
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Bring sunglasses and drink lots of water.
Average: 20°C - 25°C
Expect rainy days. Bring an umbrella.
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