If there’s any city in the world that leaves more of an impression than Tokyo, we’re not sure where you’ll find it. This is a place where sleek high-rises live side by side with thousand-year-old historical sites where you can rise with the sun for a day of sightseeing or dance until the sun comes up instead. There’s a Tokyo holiday itinerary for every interest—and we mean every interest. In one day you can chill out at an ancient shrine and share your coffee with a purring tabby we’re not “kitten” around. Our Tokyo travel guide makes it easy to find just what you’re looking for, whether that means weird and wonderful food or a cat café.
All right, we admit that chowing down during holidays to Tokyo is probably at the top of most travellers’ lists. You don’t need to be a gourmand to get your gastronomy on in this delicious food scene. Slurp down ramen in the low-key Ebisu neighbourhood or nosh on yummy yakitori in Yurakucho.
Are you a real sushi-otaku (sushi nerd)? If you demand only the best, head out early for a sushi breakfast in the shops around Tsukiji Fish Market. And for the adventurous eater, there’s nothing like getting lost among the tiny stalls of Shinjuku, where you can find just about anything fried, stewed or stuffed.
Tokyo holidays and culture go together like Vegemite and toast, and if thousands of years of history and loads of beautiful architecture are your cuppa, you’re in the right place. Classy culture buffs will love visiting a traditional tea garden, like Koishikawa Korakuen, one of the oldest in the city.
For even more things that are really, really old, you must visit Senso-ji Temple. The oldest temple in Tokyo was built in the year 645! If you’ve got just a day or two to cram in your culture fix, head to Ueno Park, home to six (count ’em) world-class museums, including the Tokyo National Museum and Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum.
There’s no shame in your game. If you came to get down, there’s just one spot to book your Tokyo package: Roppongi. The bars and restaurants in this area cater to travellers and young locals, and with several embassies close by, you can always try to extend your travel visa if the drinks are just that good.
To live like more of a local, head over to Shibuya, where the young and young at heart party until morning in the nightclubs and lounges. Bonus: When the intersection light turns green, the street floods with pedestrians—and you get that classic Tokyo photo op to impress all your Facebook friends.
The first rule of shopping in Tokyo is that there are no rules. Anything you want, you’ll find it here—and it will probably be topped by a giant neon sign that will look great on your Instagram feed.
In Harajuku, you'll see trendsetters in designer threads alongside locals dressed in colourful character costumes. Tokyo’s “Champs-Elysees” is here, in the form of tree-lined Omotesando street, while a block away, Takeshita Dori caters to the young and restless with cafes and anime shops. Hint: This is also where you’ll find those cat cafes.
If you’re feeling fancy, Ginza is one of the world’s best luxury shopping districts, and if you’re in search of bargains (aside from the best deals on Tokyo travel packages, of course), Odaiba has shopping malls galore.
Getting around the city is a Tokyo Bay breeze on the Metro system, but there’s also heaps to see outside the city limits. You know, like that little hill known as Mount Fuji, or the insanely beautiful shrines of Nikko.
Book car hire in Tokyo and get rolling—north, south, east or west. Nikko is 150km north, and aside from Japan’s most lavish shrine, also has waterfalls, hot springs and wild monkeys—what’s not to like? To the south, mystic Mount Fuji reaches for the sky. And if you’re serious about seeing the country, check out some of our Osaka holidays and yell out “Road triiiip!”
This is your year, traveller. It’s the year you’re going to work on your fitness, eat healthy and finally take the trip of a lifetime to Tokyo. In fact, why bother with those first two? All you need to do to make your travel dreams come true is click your way through Wotif’s awesome Tokyo flight and hotel packages, book and go! It’s way easier than going to the gym…and way more fun, too.