Tokyo is one of the fastest growing cities in the world, with an average of 13 million inhabitants. The skyline is a mosaic of skyscrapers, pioneering architecture and neon lights infused with impressive temples, hidden alleyways and dense parks.
Due to its vast nature, Tokyo is divided into neighbourhoods such as Harajuku, Asakusa and Maronouchi, each bringing its own unique vibe. Despite this Tokyo is very easy to navigate, the majority of signs are in English and the transport system runs to military precision so jump aboard and see where you end up.
Take a mesmerising trip to the Shibuya Crossing, otherwise known as ‘The Scramble’. Make sure to grab a seat in one of the nearby cafes to witness an average of 1000 people crossing every light change - it’s the busiest intersection in the world!
One of the top attractions in Tokyo is the Sky Tree, standing at an eye watering 2000ft in the air; it’s the tallest free standing tower. Why not ride the elevator up to the observation deck and step out on the glass floor, 350 terrifying metres above ground – definitely not for the faint hearted!
Once your feet are firmly back on solid ground, treat yourself to some traditional culture and visit Sensoji, the most visited temple in Tokyo. Supposedly housing a golden image of Kannon, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy, it was apparently pulled from Sumida-gawa in AD 628, but has never been put on display.
With so much to see and do, ensure you find time to sample the local cuisine. Excellent sushi bars can be found on every corner, indulge in ramen or pick up a Bento box for lunch on the go. If you fancy fine dining, you’re not short on choice many of the top hotels have exquisite restaurants and an impressive amount of Michelin Star chefs have set up in the city.
A visit to Tokyo will leave you bowled over and inspired, it definitely takes city break to a whole new level. Fly from Leeds Bradford and experience this outstanding city firsthand.
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