Tokyo is a mega-metropolis of dizzying contradictions, both familiar and foreign. It has neon, skyscrapers, salaryman crowds, packed trains, cutting-edge architecture and futuristic technology. But it also has ancient shrines, plant-covered wooden houses, cycling grannies, old-school sweet shops and village-like lanes. It is one of the planet’s most densely populated cities (as any rush-hour train journey will demonstrate), with a hyperactive skyline that changes as regularly as the sun rises and sets. Yet it is also a city rooted in its traditions and in possession of a calm and efficient rhythm that belies its sprawling dimensions. And even though it’s home to a 13 million-plus population, trains run on time, there is no public litter and street crime is near non-existent. In short, it works.
Another key enticement is the food – from sushi to soba, and everything in between. Tokyo is a nirvana for foodies, and has the world’s highest volume of Michelin stars in a city. Shopping is another highlight – it’s worth bringing an empty suitcase to fill with hard-to-resist gadgets, trendsetting garments and treasures from craft and design stores.And now there’s another reason to visit: the 2020 summer Olympics will take place in Tokyo. As a result, not only is the mood refreshingly upbeat, but a raft of new developments.
And now there’s another reason to visit: the 2020 summer Olympics will take place in Tokyo. As a result, not only is the mood refreshingly upbeat, but a raft of new developments, hotels and infrastructure upgrades are in the pipeline.
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