Tokyo is the largest city in the world. It’s a smorgasbord of activity for any visitor, and the action doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Check out some things that make Tokyo such a great travel destination.
Food lovers can have a field day with Tokyo’s restaurant scene. Go for a traditional dining experience at one of the 200-plus Michelin-starred eateries, or take a bite out of the city’s growing food truck culture. Make a day of it with a trip to Tokyo Dome City, a massive complex consisting of the Tokyo Dome baseball stadium, an amusement park, a spa, and shopping. Or you can pound the pavement at the Ameyoko street market. There you can browse the stalls selling everything from food to clothing to souvenirs. In the summer you might come across some fun street celebrations like the Tokyo Coffee Festival. And at night, witness downtown come to life — the buildings and big screens literally light up — from a view at the Mandarin Bar.
Tokyo is one of 47 districts in Japan, so the hardest part about planning a day trip will be narrowing it down. Head northwest to Nagatoro, where you can take a river boat through the Arakawa River, which lights up during the annual boat lantern festival. One hour south is Kamakura, home to several shrines, temples, and many other historical structures. It’s also home to the Kamakura festival, featuring dance, live music and parades. Or take a 2-hour bus ride to the Fuji Five Lakes, at the base of Mount Fuji, where you can spend the day at a theme park, a hot spring, a museum, or, if you dare, climbing Mount Fuji.
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Due to its large size, it is wise to take full advantage of Tokyo’s elaborate public transportation system, which includes trains, buses, and subway lines. (Pro tip: Trains are the most efficient modes of transport.) Join other young residents by renting a bike to navigate the city — but beware, Tokyo is quite hilly. Taxi service is also an option, although it’s a bit on the pricey side. Of course, if you’re not in a huge hurry (or going very far), you could always hop on a Japanese rickshaws — aka the Jinrikisha — most commonly found in Asakusa.
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