Posted June 10, 2010 by BookingBuddy
The thriving metropolis of Tokyo is a favourite holiday destination for many, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a city of contrasts – the huge city is one of the most populated centres in the world, yet there are many tranquil pockets of greenery to be found everywhere. Seek out the latest fashion or technology in the popular shopping districts of Shinjuku and Harajuku, or discover Tokyo’s history in historic centres such as Asakusa and Ueno. Before you leave, remember to spend some time sampling Tokyo’s cuisine. The sushi is justifiably famous, but there are all sorts of less well-known snacks and dishes to try out too!
Ghibli Museum – Studio Ghibli has charmed the young and old alike with their whimsical, heart-warming films, so a visit to this museum is a must if you’re a fan. The museum was designed by Hayao Miyazaki himself, and features both permanent exhibitions, and a series of special shows dedicated to animated films. Fans of Ghibli’s movies will recognise the large, plush toy ‘catbus’, and the giant robot soldier from Laputa, Castle In The Sky. Tickets to the museum can be purchased from Lawsons convenience stores around Tokyo.
Daiwa Sushi – You may think it’s insane to queue for an hour (at 4.30am, no less) for some sushi, but the sacrifice will be worth it when you receive your sushi. Daiwa Sushi in Tsukiji Market, Tokyo’s famous fish and seafood market, so the fish is as fresh as it gets. Opt for the omakase (chef’s choice) and feast on the fruits of the sea presented to you on little lacquered plates. The selection depends on what’s available that day, so your breakfast may range from razor clams, ruby-red tuna, succulent prawns, sweet grilled eel or fish you may not even know the names of.
Sumisho Hotel – Sumisho Hotel is situated in the centre of this busy city, but you’ll feel like you’re in the serene Japanese countryside once you’ve entered it. The hotel looks and feels like a tradition ryokan, or inn, and has a selection of Western-style rooms, or Japanese-style rooms with futon mattresses. The Japanese-style rooms look traditional, but are equipped with all the latest modcons, and seem very spacious, especially once the futons are rolled away. Relax in the hotel’s baths after a tiring day trekking through the city, or enjoy a sumptuous meal in the attached restaurant. Room rates start from £75.
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