Tokyo is a city like no other. With a population of over 13 million and some of the most futuristic technology, Tokyo is regarded as one of the greatest cities in the world. With that being said, a trip to Tokyo deserves far more than 24 hours. But if that’s all the time you have, here are some recommendations for making the most of your visit.
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Tokyo has some of the most incredible luxury hotels for the perfect short break. Here are just two of the best:
- Aman Tokyo
The Aman is located at the top of the Otemachi Tower (a 38-storey skyscraper) and describes itself as an urban sanctuary and serene escape. The 84 rooms and suites hold a minimalist style with traditional Japanese furnishings, such as washi paper, sliding doors and a furo deep-soak bathtub. Its Spa spans an incredible 2,500 square meters over two floors, and features a 30-metre long pool offering panoramic city views.
- Four seasons Tokyo
Situated within arm’s reach of Tokyo Station, the Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi is the smallest and most intimate property of the Four Seasons hotel group, holding just 57 rooms. Its interiors strike the perfect balance of a modern and chic style, whilst remaining warm and intimate. The floor to ceiling windows give fantastic panoramic views of the station and Marunouchi. It also holds one of Tokyo’s most talked about dining venues – the Motif restaurant and bar.
Taking a private tour can be the best way to make best use of your limited time, whilst embracing the best sights with a skilled guide.
Early Morning –
Dive straight into the bustle and drama of Tokyo with a visit to the Tsukiji Fish Market, one of the biggest markets in the world. Get there early to enrol for the guided tours of the inner tuna market, as the tour is limited to only 120 people. The famous tuna auction starts before 5am, but if you’re not so much of an early riser, you can still make it in time to pick up some fresh sashimi for breakfast.
During the Day –
Catch a 6-minute subway ride to Ginza, Tokyo’s most famous upmarket shopping, dining and entertainment district. Just down the road from here you’ll find Mitsukoshi and Takashimaya, the oldest and grandest department stores in Japan. At the heart of Ginza is the Nihonbashi bridge, the symbolic centrepoint of the city and marker for Japan’s national highway network.
From here, head to Asakusa to visit the spectacular Sensoji temple, Tokyo’s oldest and most colourful temple, recognised for its giant red lantern at its gate. From the first gate of the temple to the second lies a shopping street of over 200 metres, filled with traditional Japanese souvenirs, fabrics and local snacks.
If you’re a fan of heights and impressive views, then take a short ride to the Tokyo Skytree, one of the world’s tallest towers, dwarfing everything else in its surrounding skyline. If you are brave enough to make it to the top of the tower, make sure you book ahead of time (and since you’re short on time we suggest purchasing the Skytree Fast Ticket to ensure you skip the queues). Here you will find the highest viewing platform in the city and panoramic views that certainly won’t disappoint.
If crazy heights aren’t your thing, then head straight to Ueno Park. Just a short distance from the Asakusa area, Ueno holds one of the biggest parks in Tokyo. The park consists of a vast range of attractions, including museums, temples, shrines, a zoo and an abundance of nature. It’s also home to over 1,000 cherry trees, making the park one of Tokyo’s best spots for Hanami (the cherry blossom festival). If you’re visiting at the time of Hanami, you may even be lucky enough to encounter geisha adorned in their beautiful kimono and extravagant obi.
Of course, you have to indulge in the finest Japanese cuisine on offer during your short stay. For the best sushi in town, head to Ichibancho Teruya which offers some of the finest sushi in the whole of Japan. You will also get to experience speaking with an English-speaking chef as your meal is prepared in front of you.
As dusk falls, Tokyo transforms into a city of bright lights. A great neighbourhood to check out later in the evening is Shinjuku where you can fully experience the myriad of neon lights. To take in one last view of Tokyo’s landscape, head to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building’s observation deck which is open until 10:30pm.
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