A week in the country of the rising sun | Tokyo

Posted by on August 29, 2013

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Apart from the European countries that we’d love to know and have been posted in this blog, today we want to go further to the most mysterious country in the world: Japan! The chosen destiny was Tokyo, and the time will be a week. The first step has to be to find a cheap flight to Tokyo, probably in low season. However, it is possible to find not very expensive flights in peak season, overall in these websites that compare prices (you can find them from 700€!) but you should look well in advance to find reasonable prices, some months before.

Spring Day in Tokyo

Spring Day in Tokyo

Next step is to find a good, cheap hotel. Here you have two options: the most authentic is to sleep in the traditional Japanese pension called Ryokan, but if you need more comfort or you’re travelling with your family you can also go to a Tokyo hotel to find some kind of exclusive services. Much like the famous city of Hong Kong there are hundreds of modern and uniquely built hotels. Many of them even offer discounts to local museums or restaurants. Booking in advance does not only help lower costs for flights, but it can also help you save on room accommodations. Searching and comparing hotels online is a great way to ensure you are getting the best deal possible. Combining your flight with your hotel accommodations is another way to cut down on expenses.

Tokyo

Tokyo

Last step are finally the things you have to visit in Tokyo in a week:

-Shinjuku: Its streets are the live image of Tokyo that everybody knows: neon lights, eccentric people and no sleep the 24 hours!

Sakura in Shinjuku

Sakura in Shinjuku

-Shibuya: this is the other trendy district with Shinjuku, especially at night. It’s characterized by huge malls and predominance of young people.

-Yoyogi and Ueno Park: in the first one you can see the Japanese life out of the malls, and enjoy some Japanese rockabilly! The second one contains the famous Edo museum.

-Harajuku: the combination of the best boutiques and small shops with outrageous clothes.

-Asakusa and Kamakura: after the previous zones, Asakusa is like turning back to the past, with temples, traditional clothes and the great Buddha.

Asakusa Chouchin

Asakusa Chouchin

-Akihabara: this is synonym of electronic and digital stuff, ideal for geek people!

-Hakone: to see Mount Fuji.

-Odaiba: from the Rainbow Bridge or the beach you can admire the sunset with the city at the bottom…

-Ginza: the most expensive zone in Tokyo is defined by luxurious crystal shops and executives wearing a suit.

With your passport and some yen in your pocket, your adventure is ready to start!

Tokyo City Lights

Tokyo City Lights

Tokyo photos: Jackson Chu, Altus Wilder, jamesjustin, Patrick Benny, Shantaru Madge.

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