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Tokyo, Japan is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan and includes the highly urbanized central area formerly known as the city of Tokyo which is the heart of the Greater Tokyo Area.
Tokyo is northwest of Tokyo Bay, and is about 90 km east-to-west and 25 km north-to-south.
Within Tokyo, Tokyo International Airport offers mainly domestic flights. Outside of Tokyo, Narita International Airport is the major gateway for international travelers.
Tokyo, Japanís capital, is a place of vast proportions where the old and the new merge
into a fabulously detailed cityscape. Upon arrival, visitors are confronted with
the sheer energy that radiates from within Tokyo. Tokyo's city center is a kaleidoscope
of exotic sights and sounds. The night view brings forth
a seemingly endless, delicate tapestry of Tokyo lights. Despite two major disasters,
Tokyo, located at the mouth of the Sumida-gawa
River, has remarkably transformed into a modern Japanese metropolis. Tokyo
is an example of a success story in action.
A visit to Tokyo brings
a collection of sights and provides for an animated experience. In such
a city there is so much to see and do, ranging from visits to shrines,
temples, and excellent museums, to trips throughout the various shopping
Tokyo, in fact, is a shopper's paradise.
An amazing variety of high-quality goods and brand designer products
can be found in elegant specialty shops located in Shinjuku, Harajuku,
Shibuya, Yurakucho, and Ikebukuro.
The dazzling lights of
Ginza, Japan's answer to New York's Fifth Avenue, and Tokyo's most celebrated
shopping district, attracts both the avid shopper and the window shopper
In the sports arena, baseball
is big business in Tokyo. The spectacular Korakuen Dome, home of the popular
Giants, features Japanese professional baseball games which are held regularly.
Sport fans will be drawn to Tokyo's four biggest spectator sports:
professional baseball, rugby, sumo and soccer. Although not among the four,
Yankee style football and martial arts are also quite popular.
If you enjoy
sightseeing, make sure to embark on a relaxing and fascinating 40 minute
day cruise on the Sumida River between Asakusa and the Port of Tokyo. A choice of five routes are offered: the Canal Cruise (canal district
and Shinagawa Aquarium), the Harbour Cruise (Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Port),
the Kasai Sea life Park (including a stop at Tokyo Big Sight), the Museum
of Maritime Science (Odaiba Seaside Park and museum of ships complete with
swimming pool and palms), and the Sumida River (passing beneath a dozen
In this city of twenty-four-hour
shops and ancient shrines, there is always a showcase performance for visitors to enjoy.
For the art enthusiast, Tokyo offers many forms of entertainment. In fact, Japan is
focused on the arts and, with excellent facilities such
as the National Theatre and Opera City in the Shinjuku district, Tokyo appeals to individuals and groups interested in drama, opera, and
the ballet. For theatregoers there are three unique and powerful
forms of entertainment: Kabuki, Takarazuka, and Noh. As a standing
form of ancient Japanese tradition the Kabuki features only male performers,
whereas Takarazuka is an all-girl revue.
For a more thorough view of Japanís history, visitors can tour the many
excellent museums scattered throughout Tokyo. The most modern is the Edo-Tokyo
Museum, complete with an intriguing 52-meter escalator supported by four colossal pillars.
Closely tied to the culture of
Japan, the traditional Japanese gardens of Tokyo take visitors a step
back from the frenzied pace of modern life. They find themselves entering a
world of tranquility, an enchanting setting of gardens outlined by wooden
houses landscaped with neatly clipped bonsai trees. Cobbled lanes lead to tiny neighborhood shrines shrouded
A major advantage of visiting Tokyo is to participate in the many festivals that take place
around the year. Each year a festival is held during which the passing seasons
are observed by visits to local shrines or temples. With over 500 annual
events, the festivals provide visitors tangible links to the past and present. The
upbeat atmosphere is one of the things that makes Tokyo so appealing. This vitality has become part
of the popular culture, a culture which seems to be constantly in the midst
of a celebration of life.