Yoking past and future, Tokyo dazzles with its traditional culture and passion for everything new.
Why I Love Tokyo
By Timothy Hornyak
I’ve spent over 10 years in Tokyo, but this capital of the shōgun always renews i...
Yoking past and future, Tokyo dazzles with its traditional culture and passion for everything new. From architecture to cuisine, this is a capital of superlatives.
Nature reasserts herself at the western edge of Tokyo, spreading green through the scenic Fuji Five Lakes region towards Mt Fuji. To the southwest are the classic hot-spring resorts of Hakone and the seaside onsen and beach towns of the Izu Pe...
North of Tokyo, the Kantō plain gives way to mountain country. This rugged landscape makes a fine backdrop for the spectacular shrines of Nikkō and the bubbling hot springs of Gunma Prefecture.
Chiba Prefecture, east and southeast of Tokyo, has few attractions for travellers, save the city of Narita. There are also decent surf beaches along the Kujūkuri-hama coastline, on the Pacific side of the Bōsō Peninsula.
Tokyo's cultural presence looms large in the Kantō area, but the area just to the south stands on its own. Yokohama, Japan's second-largest city, has an entirely different urban spirit. Further s...
...f a Kyoto geisha dance to the spare beauty of a Zen rock garden, Japan has the power to enthrall even the most jaded traveller. And traditional culture is only half the story: emerging from Tokyo’s Shibuya Station and soaking up the energy, lights and sound of the city is like stepping out of a time capsule into a future world.Accessible ExoticismSince the Jesuits first visited Japa...
In the simple exposed-pine and bamboo interior here, the lone sushi chef works hard to turn out customers' orders, including the usual maki and nigiri sushi, tempura and gyoza . Tofu a...
Tokyo has a suitably darkened atmosphere for what the cognoscenti consider the best cocktail bar in town, but we loved the upstairs garden bar where you can drink, smoke and chat with a view.
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