How To Spend a Perfect Week in Tokyo

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Film Editor10 February 2020

Once a small fishing village, Tokyo is now the bustling capital of Japan. From traditional temples to ultra-modern high-rise towers, the neon lights of the city help illuminate one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Relive some of the highlights with Culture Trip’s visual guide on how to spend a week in Tokyo.

Tokyo excels in pretty much every department when it comes to traveller experience. Boasting some of the best restaurants, chefs, bars, districts, fashion and technical innovations around, the Japanese capital can sometimes feel like an overwhelming place to visit. You could spend a lifetime exploring its narrow alleyways looking for traditional bars and street food vendors alone, but there’s even more to see and do in the city.

The iconic Tsukiji Market closed for the last time in 2018, but was immediately replaced by the tourist-friendly Toyosu Market. The market also serves fresh fish, but there are many other places, to suit even the most modest of budgets, where you can sample the local delicacy of sushi.

Many people have heard of the capsule hotels the city pioneered, where customers can choose the ultimate in minimalist living experience. There are, of course, plenty of other hotels – from boutique to budget – to look at before booking your flight to Japan.

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Art lovers can choose from a variety of galleries that often have exhibits from the best artists in the world, as well as an incredible array of public art spaces. Getting around is also a joy, with modern transport options providing rapid transit with unsurpassed safety and cleanliness. Day trips to other regions in Japan are possible thanks to the celebrated bullet train network.

As the sun sets in Tokyo, a different side of the city is revealed. From packed arcades to the bars of Shinjuku’s Golden Gai, there are unique things to try at all hours of the day (and night!). For those of a less squeamish disposition, the Meguro Parasitological Museum brings visitors face to face with the world’s weirdest parasites.

You can never spend too much time in Tokyo, and hopefully we’ve given you a taste of some of the highlights you can sample in the Japanese capital.

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