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Introduction

Japan's capital Tokyo is one of the world's great cities. Ever since Shogun Tokagawa established his government in Edo (later renamed Tokyo) to unify previously warring Samurai factions, the city has continued to flourish.

Today Tokyo bustles with businessmen, kimono-clad women and fashionable teenagers, living among an explosion of neon nebulas, pulsating crowds and luxury boutiques.

Dig below the surface though and you'll find the Japan of old: tranquil backstreets, wooden houses, neatly clipped bonsai, ancient temples and shrines.

Tokyo Imperial Palace

Tokyo's Imperial Palace is the spiritual heart of the city, home to Japan's revered Emperor.

Although the palace is not accessible to the public, the surrounding gardens are full of interest, with many moats, pretty bridges and trees. Tickets for tours of the area around the palace itself can be booked in advance, but the gardens are open to all, free of charge.

Within the gardens are remnants from Edo Castle, where samurai warriors lived from the 17th to 19th centuries. The museums are also worth a visit too. Of these, the Sannomaru-Shozu-kan (Museum of the Imperial Collections) and the National Museum of Modern Art are most notable.

Sensoji Temple

Sensoji is a Buddhist temple and Tokyo's living link to the Edo era.

Also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple, it's Tokyo's oldest shrine. Legend has it that two brothers fished a statue of the Goddess of Mercy - Kannon - from the Sumida River, and despite returning it to the river several times, it always returned to them.

Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate) opens to an ancient shopping street lined with stalls, leading to Hozoman Gate and the second tallest pagoda in Japan, while ahead lies the magnificent main hall with its sweeping gold roofs.

Beside this visitors can be seen ‘bathing' in the smoke from an immense bronze incense burner, which is said to have healing properties.

Tokyo National Museum

If you only have time to visit one museum in Tokyo, make it this one. The Tokyo National Museum is the oldest and biggest in the country, housing the world's largest collection of Japanese art.

Displays are rotated regularly, taken from 90,000 pieces that represent the full spectrum of Japanese art and craft, from theatrical costumes for Kabuki to elegant lacquerware and ukiyo-e woodblock prints.

Top itineraries in Tokyo

Essential Japan

11-day tailor-made journey from £2,740 pp incl. flights

Get a taste of this multi-faceted country in private Tokyo tours, country inn stays, bullet train trips and world famous temples.

Best of Japan

16-day tailor-made journey from £4,755 pp incl. flights

Experience the best Japan has to offer on this 16-day tour, meandering through the modern hi-tech, natural beauty, and the ancient and traditional. Start your tour off in one of the most modern, efficient and largest cities in the world - Tokyo.

Tokyo, Hakone and the Japanese Alps

17-day tailor-made journey from £5,195 pp incl. flights

Step out of Japan's capital and explore an alpine world of shrines and samurai frozen in time. Board the mighty bullet train, sleep in timber ryokan inns, stay in hot onsen springs and more on this tailor-made journey.

Cultural Highlights of Japan by Rail

17-day tailor-made rail-journey from £5,515 pp incl. flights

This curated rail journey brings you on bullet-train sprints between Japan’s rich past, taking in ancient castle towns and tea ceremonies in Kyoto. You’ll also enjoy private, tailor-made tours everywhere from Tokyo to Hiroshima as you stay in luxury hotels and traditional ryokan inns.

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Top places to stay in Tokyo

Park Hyatt, Tokyo

Contemporary hotel

This ‘Lost in Translation’ centrepiece towers over Shinjuku’s contagious energy and makes for luxury stays in the city centre.

Palace Hotel, Tokyo

Contemporary hotel

This is modern luxury set on the moat-shores of an imperial dynasty in central Tokyo.

Andaz, Tokyo

Contemporary hotel

Stay in the Japanese capital’s second highest skyscraper, complete with boutique luxury rooms, rooftop bars and world-class spas.

The Gate Hotel, Tokyo

Designer hotel

Stay in this Design Hotel’s boutique modernism, rubbing the gated shoulders of two of the city’s oldest sights.

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Tokyo articles

Japan through another lens

Our own Sales Manager, Hannah Busby recently travelled to Japan, and showed us a side of the country most people never get to see.

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