Japan is fast becoming one of the most popular destinations in all of Asia for those who seek to immerse themselves in a unfamiliar and captivating culture, enjoying some fine food, beautiful nature and abundant history along the way. As Tokyo is etched more and more frequently into guide books and onto maps, the city has earned itself an entourage of travel fans, but what’s all the fuss all about? It’s never easy to explain in words what makes a city so special and different from the rest, but they say a picture is worth a thousand worths – so here’s Tokyo.

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Over the last decade, Tokyo has skyrocketed in popularity to become an epicentre for travellers looking to experience Japanese culture. In return, the nation has accommodated visitors by adapting the subway systems to include English, with local restaurants bringing out the English menus and even the plastic food!

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Tokyo is an incredibly leafy place to be. You’ll find huge numbers of parks and green spaces dotted across the city, offering a rural escape from the urban chaos of the streets.

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As the world’s most populous metropolis, it’s no wonder things can get busy down on the streets, especially during the matsuri when people from Tokyo and beyond come together and gather at the city’s many shrines in celebration.

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Both anime and gaming culture still has a place in the hearts and minds of the younger generations, and Tokyo isn’t afraid to show it! The city serves as a pioneering hub for technology, with science museums and tech stores packed to the rafters with the latest gadgets in abundance.

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Expect the unexpected. Cat cafes, robot and ninja restaurants, capsule hotels and karaoke are all part of the norm here. Keep your eyes peeled for vending machines selling the most bizarre of things and be sure to delve into the unknown when in Tokyo.

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Tradition still runs deep here. Tokyo is a city that thrives on its history and embraces its traditions, with everything from the ancient sport of sumo wrestling to the age-old forms of theatre standing the test of time in a world of modern commodities.

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From its towering skyscraper to its graceful temples, Tokyo is a city of incredible architectural feats. In fact, Tokyo Skytree is the world’s tallest tower.

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Come spring time, millions of people hit the streets of Tokyo to experience the sakura in full bloom. Japan’s iconic pink and white cherry blossoms can be found all around the city in the parks and along the river, and play host to hanam parties, where friends and families gather beneath them for picnics.

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Tokyo is a world of juxtapositions – and that includes rollercoasters vs. skyscrapers.

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It’s a foodie’s heaven. As home to more Michelin-star restaurants than France itself, Tokyo has developed into one of the world’s most acclaimed cities for fine dining.

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Step aside, Hong Kong, Singapore – Tokyo’s skyline is a sprawling sea of glittering lights that reaches as far as the eye can see, highlighting the sheer size of the city.

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The luxury hotels in Tokyo are up there with the world’s finest. Home to incredible city views, rooftop bars, indulgent spas and five-star service – Tokyo is synonymous with exclusivity.

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The Japanese are a tech-savvy nation, so don’t expect to make conversation on the subway or walking down the street!

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The Japanese are a superstitious bunch. Kit kats, waving cats and spiders are all lucky!

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The bullet train has revolutionised travel in Japan, allowing for travel to hard to reach corners of the country from Tokyo in just a matter of hours.