Tokyo is the capital city of Japan and one of the most populated cities in the world. In no other place is the contrast between old and new more apparent. Sleek, gravity-defying architecture sits beside lamplit, wooden bars. Japanese culture celebrates both technological genius and unparalleled craftsmanship. You can hike up Mount Fuji then splurge in a mega-mall. Or feed koi fish in a serene Japanese garden then geek out at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. Immerse yourself in Tokyo’s cultural contrasts and visual splendour – no other city can compare.
Fast facts about Tokyo
Where is it? Tokyo is in Japan, on the main island.
How do I get there? Direct flights are available from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns, and indirect flights leave from every city in Australia. Flights take from 9 to 13 hours, and airlines include Virgin, Qantas, Japan Airlines, Jetstar, Air China, Singapore Airlines, China Airlines and Cathay Pacific.
When should I go? Visit Japan between March and May for cherry blossoms and floral blooms, or between October and December to see Tokyo’s incredible autumn colours. The weather is mild in both seasons.
What should I do? Visit Sensō-ji buddhist temple, experience the world’s largest fish market, get some retail therapy in Harajuku, take a hot spring-powered bath at Ōedo Onsen Monogatari, attend a sumo wrestling tournament, climb Mount Fuji, eat the best sushi of your life and walk around Shibuya Crossing.