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    Brief overview Tokyo


    The world’s largest metropolitan area is also one of its most unrelenting. Tokyo is a place that never stops, its sheer scale meaning you’ll never run out of things to keep you entertained. On the surface, Japan’s capital is a thoroughly modern metropolis: impressive skyscrapers, neon-lit boulevards and superb shopping.

    But you don’t need to walk far off the beaten track to find a taste of old-word Japan. Rambling parks, pretty temples and ancient culture are all up for grabs. However long you spend here, you’ll struggle to find the time to get to know every nook and cranny of this wonderful town.

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    Top 10 sights in Tokyo

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    1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku
    131-0045 Tokyo
    Tel: 03 5302 3470
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    Opening times: Daily 0800-2200

    The second tallest tower in the world opened its doors in 2012 and has fast become one of Tokyo’s hottest attractions. Zip up to the top on a clear day and you’ll get sweeping views of the vast metropolitan area and even Mount Fuji.

    Tsukiji Fish Market

    5-2-1 Tsukiji, Chūō-ku
    104-0045 Tokyo
    Tel: 03 3542 1111
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    Opening times: Mon-Tue and Thurs-Sat 0500-1400 (outer market)

    You’ll need to be at this world-famous fish market by 4am to catch the renowned tuna auction. But even if you stay in bed and roll up at 9am, you’ll still catch traders busy at work. Queues for the superb sushi stalls can get long, so why not try the equally good tempura instead?

    Tokyo National Museum

    13-9 Uenokoen, Taitō-ku
    105-7090 Tokyo
    Tel: 03 3822 1111
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    Opening times: Daily 0930-1700

    The largest museum in Japan, Tokyo’s National Museum has the biggest collection of Japanese art in the world. There are four different galleries, which play home to a variety of ancient artefacts and stunning Buddhist-influenced pieces.

    Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art

    8-36 Uenokoen, Taitō-ku
    110-0007 Tokyo
    Tel: 03 3823 6921
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    Opening times: Daily 0930-1730

    Fans of modern art, both Japanese and western, should definitely make time for this sprawling space. Alongside standard artworks, you’ll find 21st-century takes on Japanese flower arranging and ink brush paintings.

    Imperial Palace East Garden

    1-1 Chiyoda-ku
    100-0001 Tokyo
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    The Imperial Palace itself, built on the site of the old Edo Castle, only opens its doors twice a year as it is still home to Japan’s imperial family. Its pretty gardens, however, are open throughout the year and look particularly beautiful during spring cherry blossom season.


    2-3-1 Asakusa, Taitō-ku
    111-0032 Tokyo
    Tel: 03 3842 0181
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    A key Buddhist site, Sensō-ji enshrines an image of Kannon, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy. The temple has been rebuilt over the centuries, but this colourful spot is a beautiful, not to mention peaceful, counterpoint to the buzz of central Tokyo.


    Akihabara, Taitō-ku
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    The neon-lit streets of Akihabara district are a byword for Japan’s love of all things technology. Duck into an arcade and play classic titles, trawl the stores looking for second-hand bargains and amazing anime, or just take in the whole chaos of it all.

    Shibuya crossing

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    Probably the most famous road crossing in the world (and certainly the busiest), Shibuya buzzes with people 24 hours a day. If you’re after a good view of locals bustling across, then head into Shibuya train station to see it all in action from a dedicated platform near the Hachiko exit.

    Ghibli Museum

    1-1-83 Shimorenjaku, Mitaka-shi
    181-0013 Tokyo
    Tel: 0570 055 777
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    Opening times: Wed-Mon 1000-1800

    This magical museum focuses on the work of renowned Japanese animator and filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. Learn how classics such as Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle were made, and marvel at the fantastical models and designs on show.

    Advertising Museum Tokyo

    Caretta Shiodome B1F-B2F, 1-8-2 Higashi-Shinbashi, Minato-ku
    105-7090 Tokyo
    Tel: 03 6218 2500
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    Opening times: Tue-Fri 1100-1830, Sat-Sun 1100-1630

    A fascinating insight into the changes in Japanese advertising. From the years before the country opened up to foreign trade in the late 19th century to US-influenced occupation-era posters, this small museum has a wonderful collection.

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    Country overview

    Japan is swathed in natural beauty, from the snow festivals and lavender farms of the northern isle of Hokkaido to the sun-drenched beaches and turquoise waters of the subtropical islands of Okinawa. Whether climbing volcanic Mount Fuji, wandering the pine forests of Mount Koya, taking in

    the springtime beauty of the sakura cherry blossoms or the spectacular maple leaves in the autumn, a journey to Japan is a wealth of unforgettable natural landscapes. In recent years, the powdery snow of Japan’s ski fields has also been attracting international visitors.


    The archipelago of Japan is separated from the Asian mainland by 160km (100 miles) of sea and split into four main islands: Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku. About 70% of the country is covered by hills and mountains, a number of which are active or dormant volcanoes, including Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest peak, reaching 3,776m (12,388ft). Japan sits on major seismic fault lines and is susceptible to frequent earthquakes.

    A series of mountain ranges runs from northern Hokkaido to southern Kyushu. The Japanese Alps (the most prominent range) run in a north-south direction through central Honshu.

    Lowlands and plains are small and scattered, mostly lying along the coast, and composed of alluvial lowlands and diluvial uplands. The coastline is very long in relation to the land area, and has very varied features, for example, the deeply indented bays with good natural harbours tend to be adjacent to mountainous terrain. Many of Japan’s major cities are located on the coastline, and have extremely high population density.

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    Key facts

    Population: 127253075

    Population Density (per sq km): 337

    Capital: Tokyo.


    Japanese is the official language. Some English is spoken in Tokyo and other large cities but is less usual in rural areas. There are many regional dialects and there are distinct differences in the intonation and pronunciation between eastern and western Japan.


    Japanese Yen (JPY; symbol ¥). Notes are in denominations of ¥10,000, 5,000, 2,000 and 1,000. Coins are in denominations of ¥500, 100, 50, 10, 5 and 1.


    100 volts AC, 60Hz in the west (Osaka); 100 volts AC, 50Hz in eastern Japan and Tokyo. Plugs are flat two-pin plugs.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0900-1700. Some offices are open Sat 0900-1200.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2015-December 2015 period.

    Note: Holidays falling on Sunday are observed the following Monday. When there is a single day between two national holidays, it is also taken as a holiday.

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Coming of Age Day: 12. January 2015
    National Foundation Day: 11. February 2015
    Vernal Equinox: 21. March 2015
    Showa Day: 29. April 2015
    Constitution Memorial Day: 03. May 2015

    Greenery Day: 04. May 2015
    Children’s Day: 05. May 2015
    Marine Day: 20. July 2015
    Respect for the Aged Day: 21. September 2015
    Autumnal Equinox: 22. September 2015
    Health and Sports Day: 12. October 2015
    Culture Day: 03. November 2015
    Labour Thanksgiving Day: 23. November 2015
    Emperor’s Birthday: 23. December 2015


    Nightlife in Tokyo


    Tokyo’s club and bar scene is hugely varied and caters to all tastes.

    From western-style clubs to cosy izakaya bars, visitors will find plenty of great spots to kick back, sip on a glass of sake and see a whole different side to Japan’s capital.


    1F, Roppongi Go Dee Building, 6-8-8 Roppongi, Minato-ku
    106-0032 Tokyo
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    This highly rated izakaya is a great spot for grabbing a few local beers.


    1F, 2F, 1-13-11, Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku
    106-0031 Tokyo
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    One of Tokyo’s most famous izakaya has the feel of a German beer hall. Snacks and booze abound.


    2-2-10 Shinkiba, Koto-ku
    136-0082 Tokyo
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    Tokyo’s biggest club can hold up to 5,000 people. A free shuttle takes revellers there from Shibuya.


    2-16 Maruyamacho, Shibuya-ku
    150-0044 Tokyo
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    A short walk from Shibuya, this mega club is the place to see world-famous DJs do their thing.

    Club Quattro

    32-13 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku
    150-0042 Tokyo
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    Expect both local and international acts in this mid-sized, rock-music venue right in the heart of trendy Shibuya.


    Restaurants in Tokyo


    Tokyo is officially the world’s gourmet capital, with more Michelin stars than any other city on the planet.

    Fortunately, it’s not all pricey dining though, with plenty of excellent places for affordable tempura, ramen and sushi dotted across town.

    Sukiyabashi Jiro Honten

    B1F, Tsukamoto Sogyo Building
    4-2-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku
    104-0061 Tokyo
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    Price: Expensive

    Three Michelin stars, 10 seats and arguably the best sushi in the world.

    Usukifugu Yamadaya

    4-11-14 Nishiazabu, Minato-ku
    106-0031 Tokyo
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    Price: Expensive

    Renowned for serving the delicacy of blowfish, this is one of Tokyo’s most unique eateries.


    5 Chome-2-1 Tsukiji
    Chūō, Tokyo
    Japan ‎
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    Price: Moderate

    A Tsukiji Market institution, this sushi place only has 12 seats, but serves the freshest fish you’re ever likely to eat.

    Tsunahachi Rin

    3-38-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
    160-0022 Tokyo
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    Price: Budget

    Superb tempura bowls that won’t break the bank, this Shinjuku joint is a winner.


    1-3-13 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku
    150-0012 Tokyo
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    Price: Budget

    You can’t come to Tokyo and miss out on its famous ramen. Ippudo is one of the best places in the city.


    Calendar of events

    Asakusa Sanja Matsuri (Sanja Festival)

    15 – 17 May 2015

    Venue: Asakusa Shrine

    At one of Tokyo’s biggest shrines, May sees one of Tokyo’s biggest festivals. Thousands fill the streets to watch the mikoshi (portable shrines) wobble along the streets on the shoulders of men, women and children. If the wobble looks like an intentional jolt, don’t be surprised. Jolting is supposed to increase the power of the deities.

    Sanno Matsuri (Sanno Festival)

    7 – 17 June 2015

    Venue: Hie-jinja Shrine

    This is another big festival involving parades of portable shrines through the streets of Tokyo. This one sets itself apart by having a phoenix on display plus a number of legendary goblins called Tengu. This creature with a red face and a long nose has supernatural powers (but apparently nothing to do with Pinocchio). Look out for flower displays and plenty of Japanese tea.

    Sumida Hanabi (Sumida Fireworks Festival)

    25 July 2015

    Venue: Two sites along the Sumida River – see website for details

    Tokyo’s biggest and most spectacular fireworks display erupts over the Sumida River, to commemorate those who died in the Great Famine of the Edo Period. Over the course of an hour, countless rockets are launched from the banks of the river into the Tokyo sky in one of the most spectacular displays anywhere in Japan. Stalls and kiosks selling mulled sake and Japanese specialities add to the bustling, party atmosphere.

    Tokyo Motor Show

    29 October – 8 November 2015

    Venue: Tokyo Big Sight

    The huge Tokyo Motor Show promises to examine “next-generation automobiles and the social systems with which they interact”. Expect to hear a lot about solar power and “low carbon” while surrounded by plenty of automobiles.

    Cherry Blossom Viewing

    March / April 2016

    Venue: Parks across the city, but Ueno Park and Chidorigafuchi Park in particular.

    It’s not only a tourist dream, it’s the real thing. Families gather under the newly arrived blossoms to drink sake and share a picnic – and there’s nothing to stop visitors from joining in. One of the most popular places to see the Cherry Blossom in Tokyo and enjoy a drink with friends under the trees is Ueno Park.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.


    Hotels in Tokyo


    Affordability is not something you associate with Tokyo, with truly budget rooms in short supply.

    Business stays and truly top-end hotels, however, are abundant and can be found in key locations across the city.

    Park Hyatt Tokyo

    3-7-1-2 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
    163-1055 Tokyo
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    Category: Expensive

    So much more than the set of Lost in Translation, this is Tokyo’s plushest, most luxurious hotel.

    The Peninsula Tokyo

    1-8-1 Uramachi, Chiyoda-ku
    100-0006 Tokyo
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    Category: Expensive

    Spacious, well-appointed rooms just a short hop from the Imperial Palace.

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    Except for the Hokkaido area and the subtropical Okinawa region, the weather in Japan is mostly temperate, with four distinct seasons. Winters are cool and sunny in the south, cold and sunny around Tokyo (which occasionally has snow), and very cold around Hokkaido, which is covered in snow for up to four months a year. The Japan Sea coastline also often receives heavy snowfall during winter.

    Summer, between June and September, ranges from warm to very hot with high levels of humidity in many areas. Typhoons, or tropical cyclones, with strong winds and torrential rains often hit Japan during August and September, but can occur through May to October. Strong typhoons often affect transport systems, causing rail and air services to be stopped, and there is a danger of landslides in rural areas.

    Spring and autumn are generally mild throughout the country, and offer spectacular views of pretty sakura cherry blossoms and colourful autumnal leaves, respectively. Rain falls all over Japan throughout the year but June and early July is the main rainy season. Umbrellas are a daily essential during this season. Hokkaido, however, is generally much drier than the Tokyo area. For weather updates, including information of when and where cherry blossoms are expected to bloom and typhoon trajectories, check the Japan Meteorological Association website (


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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +81


    Four companies provide international communications services: KDDI (001), Cable & Wireless IDC (0061) Japan Telecom (0041) and NTT (0033). To call the UK, for example, you would use 001-44. Credit cards can also be used directly in some phone boxes. Public telephone boxes are becoming more difficult to find and are most likely to be located near train stations. They are green and grey, and accept coins and magnetic prepaid cards, available from convenience stories and vending machines.

    Mobile Telephone

    The Japanese mobile network uses PDC (Personal Digital Cellular System) technology, which is not compatible with GSM or other mobile services. Visitors can hire handsets at the airport from companies such as DoCoMo (, and Softbank ( In the UK, phones can be rented in advance of travel from Adam Phones ( Coverage is generally good.


    Internet is widely available; there are many internet cafés in Tokyo and in the main cities in Japan. Most hotels have Wi-Fi internet access.


    Shopping in Tokyo

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    Key Areas

    Tokyo is a city that lives to shop. Shibuya and Harajuku are fashion meccas for the young and trendy, while Shinjuku throbs with department stores and some of the city’s best electronic shops. Asakusa is great for knick-knacks and souvenirs, while Ginza is the ultimate destination for luxury goods lovers.


    One of Tokyo’s oldest flea markets, Setagaya Boroichi is essential for bargain hunters and those after unique trinkets. Yoyogi Market is a more modern take and a great place to mix and shop with locals. For antiques fans, Yasukuni Jinja Flea Marlet is a stop-off not to be missed.

    Shopping Centres

    Malls can be found in the ultra-modern Roppongi Hills development and at the vast Tokyo Bay shopping centre. Both have an international flavour, with leading global brands up for grabs. The department stores near Shibuya and Shinjuku stations are also excellent.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Japanese manners and customs are vastly different from those of Western people. A strict code of behaviour and politeness is recognised and followed by almost everyone. However, Japanese people do not expect visitors to be familiar with all their customs but do expect them to behave formally and politely.

    A straightforward refusal traditionally does not form part of Japanese etiquette, and a vague ‘yes’ does not always mean ‘yes’. (The visitor may be comforted to know that confusion caused by non-committal replies occurs between the Japanese themselves.)

    When entering a Japanese home or restaurant, shoes must be removed.

    Bowing is the customary greeting but handshaking is becoming more common for business meetings with Westerners. The honorific suffix san should be used when addressing all men and women; for instance Mr Yamada would be addressed as Yamada-san.

    Table manners are very important, although the Japanese host will be very tolerant towards a visitor. However, it is best if visitors familiarise themselves with basic table etiquette and use chopsticks. Exchange of gifts is also a common business practice and may take the form of souvenir items such as company pens, ties or high-quality spirits.

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    Main emergency number: 119

    Food & Drink

    If travelling to the area near the Fukushima nuclear accident it is advisable to take supplies of food and water. Produce from the area near the Fukushima nuclear accident, which is still being sold in some supermarkets nationwide, should be avoided due to the lack of a centralized testing system in Japan for radioactive contamination in food, and discrepancies between Japanese and international standards for safe levels of radioactive substances in food. Tap water in Tokyo was declared not safe for consumption after the accident, although the government has since stated otherwise. Nevertheless, if travelling with children it is advisable to take precautions. The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare website ( has updates on contamination levels in tested food. In other parts of Japan, food and drink are generally considered safe.

    Only eat raw fish, seafood and meat from recognised establishments, and be aware that there is a risk of parasitic infection and toxins if these foods have not been prepared properly. E-coli food poisoning outbreaks tend to occur in Japan during the warmer months (June-September), and it is advisable to take precautions when consuming perishable foods at outdoor summer festivals, where refrigeration may be an issue.

    Other Risks

    You should make sure you are up to date with routine vaccinations. Influenza and measles epidemics have occurred in recent years and precautions should be taken. Tuberculosis and hepatitis B occur and vaccination is sometimes advised. Typhus occurs in some river valleys. Japanese encephalitis may occur. Vaccination is recommended for long-term travel (greater than one month) in rural areas. All normal precautions should also be exercised to avoid exposure to sexually-transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS.

    If spending prolonged periods outdoors during the summer months when heat and humidity can be extreme, make sure to have plenty of fluids on hand to avoid dehydration and wear hats and other protective clothing to avoid heatstroke.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

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    Tokyo Medical & Surgical Clinic
    Mori Bldg. 32 / 3-4-30 Shiba-koen
    Tokyo 105
    Tel. +81-3-34363028

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

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