Bustling and lit up, the Japanese capital undoubtedly conquers tourists with its stomach and millenary history. Discover Tokyo!

Tokyo, Japan

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Certainly, the Japan it is one of the most densely populated countries in the world and its capital reflects the busy routine in the streets, shops and restaurants. Without a doubt, walk Tokyo it is to be enchanted by technology, excellent infrastructure and the cliché of organized chaos. This is because the city is the main political, financial, commercial, educational and cultural center of Japan. Between skyscrapers of glass and steel are Buddhist temples and Zen gardens that invite tourists and locals to reflect. Therefore, wherever you go, it is normal to notice cutting-edge technology and an atmosphere of modernity living with ancient traditions.

In addition, the city is punctuated by very tall buildings that offer a beautiful view of the region, such as the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. But if you want to see the action up close, sit in the cafes in the central region, like Shibuya, and watch the rush as the pedestrian traffic light opens and begins crossing the busiest intersection in the world, the Shibuya Crossing.

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Japanese culture

For sure, getting to know the local culture is also a mandatory task. But here the tourist can do it in different ways, be it seeing the antiquities of the Tokyo National Museum, strolling through the colorful streets of Shinjuku with cosplays or getting to know the technological innovations of akihabara.

Amid so many activities and options, Tokyo also offers places of tranquility, such as a boat trip on the Sumida River, Ueno Park and Shinjuku Gyoen parks and Senso-ji and Meiji Jingu temples.

In this metropolis, the good functioning of urban services and the safety of the city will certainly surprise even the most traveled of tourists. This is because the city has the most efficient transport system in the world, with trains, buses and subways that leave frighteningly on time, and police officers who, because of the very low crime rate, spend more of their time giving tourist information than hunting criminals. .

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What to see in Tokyo:

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– Akhibara

It is a region of Tokyo where the largest technology shopping centers in the world are located. The region is known for the plethora of useful and useless things in terms of technologies. In addition, it is a reference point to buy souvenirs and manga. So it isThis neighborhood is a favorite for video game and anime fans. Here there is an impressive offer of electronics and games in entire galleries and buildings, as well as themed restaurants where employees dress up as famous characters. The Japanese are also very fond of this type of activity, so the place is very frequented by locals.

– Tokyo National Museum

As the easternmost point of the ancient trade routes that crossed from Europe to Asia, Japan has been receiving successive artistic influences from different peoples for centuries. A vast panorama of the inspiring sources and the works that resulted from them are in the excellent National Museum in Tokyo, the most important in the country for Asian art.

– Meiji Jingu Shrine

After being completely destroyed during World War II bombing, the Meiji Jingu Shrine was completely rebuilt in 1958 with donations from all over the country and abroad.

– Sensoji Temple

Built many centuries ago in honor of the goddess of mercy. As a result, Tokyo's oldest temple attracts many people for its Buddhist prayer and cultural observation.

– Tokyo Tower

The Tokyo Tower was created as a reproduction of the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris, being even taller than the original. As a result, from the observation decks located at Tokyo Tower, you will be able to enjoy incredible views of the city. In addition, you can either stop at the general observatory, located 150 meters high, or go up to a special observatory, located 250 meters high. On clear days, you can even see Mount Fuji.

– Ryogoku Kokugikan Gym

Undoubtedly, among all the martial arts, none is more purely Japanese than sumo. That's because, this sport has roots linked to Shintoism, the native religion of Japan.

– Imperial Palace

Built in 1457, when the country's capital moved from Kyoto to Tokyo, it is the official residence of the Japanese imperial family. The building is surrounded by beautiful gardens, lakes and bridges, which form the Palace East Gardens, and was rebuilt exactly like the original model after being destroyed in World War II.

– Shinjuku

The streets of this region are colorful, modern and focused on teenagers. Very popular with cosplay fans, the place has many clothing stores and cool items, but it also has other attractions, such as the Meiji Jingu Shrine, Shinjuku Gyoen Park and Tsukiji Market, the largest fish market in the world.

– Shibuya

It is certainly the busiest neighborhood in the capital and not coincidentally it has the busiest intersection in the world. In addition, the region is full of restaurants, nightclubs and department stores.

– Disneyland and DisneySea

Tokyo Disneyland is inspired by American parks and, opened in 1983, was the first Wat Disney Company park built outside the United States. On the other hand, DisneySea has a new proposal for telling stories related to the oceans and is the only one of its kind managed by the company.

– Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

The two 48-story towers will catch your eye from many parts of the city. Visitors can climb to the observatories located at the top of the building for a unique view of Tokyo and, on a clear day, Mount Fuji. The attraction is free and is open until 10:30 pm.

Other places to visit in Tokyo:

  • Ryogiku Kukugikan
  • Sumida River
  • Roppongi Hills
  • Deboin Garden
  • Shinjuku Gyoen Park
  • Shibuya Crossing
  • Hachiko's statue
  • Tokyo Tower
  • Shinjuku Station
  • harajuku
  • Meiji Jingu Shrine
  • Takeshita Dori
  • Tsukiji Market
  • omotesando
  • asakusa
  • Senso-ji Buddhist temple
  • Nakamise Street
  • Tokyo Skytree
  • Ueno Park
  • Sumida River
  • Ginza
  • Chuo-Dori Street
  • Kabukiza Theater

How to get to Tokyo:


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The city has two international airports, Narita International Airport, located 20 km from downtown. And Tokyo International Airport, which is about 70k m away from the city. Both are good options as they offer access to the city by bus, train and taxi.

In addition, it is worth noting that there are no direct flights from Brazil to Japan. Therefore, the traveler must make at least one stopover in countries such as Chile, Canada, the United States, Ethiopia or the United Arab Emirates.

Best time to visit Tokyo:


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This depends on the traveller's preference. Well, the high season happens in the summer months, when the thermometers reach 40°C, the weather is very hot and humid. On the other hand, during winter temperatures are below 10°C and occasional snowfall can occur.

Finally, between March and May, as well as between September and November, the climate is milder for walking and enjoying the city.

Where to stay in Tokyo:

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