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Tokyo, Japan

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Full of contradictions, Tokyo overwhelms with its herded crowds, retina searing, hypeactive neon, incessant noise and unusual scents. In Tokyo things are either rooted permanently into the culture or exist for a fleeting moment: pop groups have a shelf life of a fortnight while sumo traditions are conducted in the same place and way as they have been for centuries. Tokyo has the newest trends in everything, fashion, clubs, food - you can buy almost anything from 24 hour vending machines (which never seem to be out of order) and take naps any time of the day in your own capsule when you’re overwhelmed by all the karaoke, kabuki, temple visiting and space age shopping.

TWELVE MILLION people live in this city, packed tightly into miniature apartments in the centre but in the suburbs there are still wooden houses along narrow streets ending at shrines or temples set in bonsai perfect gardens. All this and the trains run on time.

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We know a total of 43 attractions in Tokyo. See all Tokyo attractions.

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  • Three Tokyo Days

    Tokyo brims with contradictions-ancient shrines and temples squashed between office blocks and shopping districts and any time spent there should embrace something of everything. Here's a nice blended three days of past, present and future Tokyo.

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One of the world's largest cities looms over me, and I'm unsure what to do next. Should I wander through the back alleys of Harajuku, or wait until night falls in Shinjuku?

These are things that every traveller must discover for themselves. But, honestly, with such limited time why not do everything? Rushing around the city by train, and on foot, I managed to experience most of what I felt the city had to offer, and I'm definately ready to do it again.

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Agreed! I think Kyoto is also a good place to go. Here you can see parts of the old city and also hope to pass a geisha on your walk.

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