One of our favorite Cities on the planet begs for more than one visit, as one continuously discovers something new around every corner in the glorious mix of modernity and tradition found in Tokyo, Japan.
The incredible city of Tokyo has so much to offer, it’s almost impossible to know where to start (we could easily do a whole post on the food – hallelujah). Japan’s busy capital, mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples. It’s a whirl of activity (and 13 million people) you can practically feel it pulse, with the neon signs, the crush of people, and the high-speed trains whizzing by. Then there’s a pause, a bit of green and calm on the city’s temple grounds or classical gardens. There’s a varied cultural landscape full of futuristic skyscrapers, those centuries-old temples, sophisticated hotels, and enticing restaurants.
The best time to visit Tokyo is in the fall and spring – great temperatures, cherry blossom season and autumn foliage season. The rainy season starts around early June, and lasts for a few weeks. Typhoon season occurs near the end of the summer.
Beyond icons like the Imperial Palace, Tsukiji Fish Market, and the Temple of Senso-ji, the Meiji Shrine is a historic landmark popular among visitors and locals alike. The Mori Art Museum and Hara Museum of Contemporary Art are great jumping off points for what to do in Tokyo. In a city this dynamic, there are always new things to see and do, like exploring hip neighborhoods like Shimokitazawa with its hipster vibe and cool bars. Or wandering into Buddhist temples but also into funky boutiques, noodle shops, and farther-flung residential neighborhoods, and with fashion being a huge part of the culture, and you can find some of the more cutting-edge getups on Harajuku’s Takeshita Street.
Peninsula Tokyo, Imperial Hotel, Aman Tokyo, Andaz Tokyo, Capitol Hotel Tokyu, Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo, Hotel New Otani Tokyo, The Tokyo Station Hotel
Konpeki No Umi, Sushi Masuda, Matsukawa, Mitsugi Sushi, Omotesando Ukaitei, Rokusantei, Sushi Saito, Shunju Shibuya, T’s Tantan, Takaosan Yakuoin, Shiba Tofuya Ukai, Tokyo Ramen Street
*Might be a good time to rewatch “Lost In Translation” to get into the spirit for your trip!
*Get hungry and inspired by excellence, watch the documentary “Jiro dreams of sushi”
*Or get inspired by Anthony Bourdain’s episode in Tokyo
Author: Carrie Mitchell
Carrie A. Mitchell is the founder of L’Aventure Travel, the host of the Suitcase Sojourn Podcast, and author of the children’s travel book “To Be We”. Carrie is a global travel and hospitality expert who works with publications, brands and entertainment outlets on a number of travel related projects, from marketing consulting to editorial coverage to hosting & producing content for the web, TV and podcasts. She is always seeking to learn from people and places around the world, and share through her cultural exploration (40+ countries and counting)