Brief introduction of Tokyo, Japan.
Tokyo (東京) ,officially Tokyo Metropolis (東京都 Tōkyō-to), one of the 47 prefectures of Japan. It is the Japanese capital for more than 100 years (since 1869).
Greater Tokyo Area is one of the most populous metropolitan area in the world. It houses the seat of the Emperor of Japan, of the Japanese government and of the National Diet. Tokyo has fifty percent more people than any other urban area. It has 39 million residents who supported its $2.5 trillion economy – larger than many cities or even country in the world.
From modern electronics and gleaming skyscrapers to cherry blossoms and the Imperial Palace, this city represents the entire sweep of Japanese history and culture. Tokyo truly has something for every traveler.
Tokyo forms part of the Kantō region on the southeastern side of Japan’s main island, Honshu, and includes the Izu Islands and Ogasawara Islands.
The size and frenetic pace of Tokyo can intimidate the first-time visitor. Much of the city is a jungle of concrete and wires, with a mass of neon and blaring loudspeakers. At rush hour, crowds jostle in packed trains and masses of humanity sweep through enormous and bewilderingly complex stations.
You can get around almost everywhere in Tokyo with JR trains and Tokyo metro subway lines. Get a “”Pasmo” or Suica” rechargeable card, which you can also use at some shops.
While the Tokyo trains and subways are convenient, walking is by far more fun if you have the time, as you get to see small streets with tons of hidden local gems.
If you are lost or need help with directions, you can probably find someone to assist you. My personal experience, Japanese are generally very helpful.
If you plan to travel to other surrounding cities, there are highway bus services that link Tokyo to other cities, resort areas and the surrounding prefectures. There are JR and private bus companies. Bus service may be cheaper, but the train is probably more convenient. If you have a JR pass, then you should generally stick with the trains.
Best Time To Visit
Locals will tell you the best time to visit Tokyo is in the fall and spring, when temperatures are temperate and the scenery is stunning. Both cherry blossom season and autumn foliage season are excellent times to visit. Many festivals take place during the month of July, when Mount Fuji is also open for climbing.
The rainy season starts around early June, and lasts for a few weeks. Typhoon season occurs near the end of the summer, in August and September, and can make for some strong weather patterns that can disrupt flights and trains.
Food in Tokyo
Thanks to a rigorous approach to dining efficiency and a well-established solo eating culture, Tokyo has oodles of delicious and affordable food if you’re not afraid to go where the locals do. And the cheap eats in Tokyo are really next-level.
This is where all your money should go. It’s your choice. From the best ramen, freshest sushi skillfully crafted, a Michelin starred restaurant you can actually afford to mouthwatering snacks and kawaii sweet treats – you can be sure to eat your way through Tokyo without actually having to break the bank.
There is no tipping when eating out in Japan.
If you enjoyed your dining experience and want to express your gratitude or compliment the chef/service staff, a friendly “Gochiso-sama-deshita” will do.