Tokyo is the capital of Japan and the largest metropolitan area in the world.

Home to the Imperial family since the 19th century, it is a city full of culture and history that runs alongside its reputation for being incredibly modern and home to ground-breaking technology and off the wall fashion.

There is an unlimited amount of shopping, dining, culture and entertainment on offer and so below we have listed some of the most popular things to see and do during your stay. However, with huge amounts of street-level detail, there is always something to catch your attention, and you won't struggle for ways to fill your time. The city is incredibly easy to navigate using the train or metro network but do be a little careful about taking taxis as distances can be deceptive - its a big city!

Tying in a city stay with your ski trip works really well as the winter months are never too cold in Tokyo. If you manage to be there in March then you may even get to see some of the stunning displays of cherry blossoms. Flights back to the UK often leave in the morning, meaning that it is difficult to get there from the ski resorts in time. Therefore, it makes perfect sense to take a night or two here and experience one of the most unique cities in the world.

"Tokyo is an enormous city, but in a few days you can get a great feel for life here by exploring a few key areas. My top picks for first timers would be Asakusa and then the Harajuku, Omotesando, Shibuya area which is easily walked."

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Attractions

  • Tsukiji Fish Market - make your way to the market early in the morning to see the famous tuna bidding which runs from 5am-7am. The sushi restaurants in this area offer the freshest and tastiest fish you’ll ever eat.
  • Akihabara - the electronics district of Tokyo and centre of Otaku (anime, cartoon) culture. The brightly lit area has a huge range of large department stores for any gadget needed, or head to the back streets for older models or second hand bargains.
  • Asakusa and Senso-ji Temple - the old entertainment district of the city and home of the Senso-ji, a Buddhist temple. This is a great place to get a feeling of old Japan and there are plenty of souvenir shops to pick up gifts. This is a famous area for tempura (battered prawns and vegetables) – go for a tendon which is tempura on rice with a yummy soy sauce marinade.
  • Shinjuku - the new entertainment district of Tokyo (Kabukicho), the major commercial and administrative centre, and the busiest train station in the world! For the best views over Tokyo head up to the free observation deck on floor 45 of the Tokyo Metropolitian Government Building.
  • Shibuya - this is a major shopping, dining and entertainment district for the Tokyo youth. The infamous Shibuya crossing is located by the main entrance of the Station, and for the best pictures of the crossing head to the Starbucks across the street. The trend-setting 109 ladies' department store is a fun place to buy some zany fashion - across eight whole floors!
  • Harajuku & Omotesando - take a quick walk through Yoyogi Park to see the Meiji Shrine, and then go from Harajuku Station down the Takeshita Street. You may even spot a Harajuku girl! The wide pavements and carefully landscaped Omotesando Street is lined with all the big name designers and more familiar shops such as Zara and even a Topshop. In the trendy Jingumae area you’ll find cutting-edge boutiques and vintage shops.
  • Disneyland - just outside the city centre, this makes a fun family outing!
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