Reaching high into the sky and far into the future, Tokyo is a city like no other. With a population of over 12 million, it's also one of the largest conurbations in the world and always bustling with life and colour. The starting point for most Japanese trips, Tokyo is also a great introduction to the fascinating culture of this diverse country. While there are a multitude of glamourous and westernised hotels,
more Michelin starred restaurants than in any other city and a slick transport system which makes getting around a breeze, there's still plenty of weird and wonderful stuff going. In fact, it's the sort of city where our insider Concierge really comes into their own, so do put them to the test.
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We would always recommend joining an expert guide for an activity or two while in Tokyo and some of our favourites include a samurai sword lesson, sumo wrestling class and manga drawing workshop. Families will also be pleasantly surprised at the range of things to do, including visiting Tokyo's take on Legoland, learning karate from the masters, and making Hello Kitty themed bento boxes.
More traditional sightseeing spots are Sensoji, which is the city's most famous temple and a world away from the skyscrapers and bright lights found in other parts of the city, and Tsukiji fish market, where you can watch the locals in their element during the early morning tuna auction. Visiting the viewing platform of the Tokyo Skytree, which reaches an impressive 2,050ft and is the tallest tower in the world, is also highly recommended.