A mind blowing, futuristic city, Tokyo is an iconic tourist destination that manages the rare feat of being thrilling beyond even the rapturous hype that often surrounds its culture, metropolitan thrills, and dining. Neon-soaked streets abundant with restaurants, stalls, arcades, specialist boutiques around every corner provide an endless cavalcade of scintillating sights, sounds and people to enjoy.
Japan’s capital however, possesses a charm which is often difficult to find amidst the glass and steel skyscrapers of huge cities. A beautiful metropolitan sprawl, the city itself is an impressive network of districts that are all truly distinct in character and features. From the electronic paradise of Akhibara, to the temple markets of Asakusa, each part of this awe-inspiring region that cruisers visit means that Tokyo is destined to be a destination that lingers in the hearts and minds of its visitors for years to come. Tokyo can be an intimidating place to explore for the first time, but it’s guaranteed that the familial, helpful locals and the vibrant atmosphere that prospers upon its modern streets will enchant you.
Sightseeing in Tokyo
The works of master animator Hayao Miyazaki have enchanted millions of fans the world over with their remarkable characters, epic fantasy worlds, and boundless sense of adventure that pervades every single frame. Even if you’re not a particular fan of his films, this is a timeless exhibit which could only exist within the thriving culture of Tokyo. The dream-like atmosphere of the galleries and interactive exhibits, which include original sketches by the master himself, amazing digital projections showcasing the making of scenes, and remarkable memorabilia make this an enchanting attraction for the old and young alike.
Just north of the imperial palace grounds at Chiyoda, Kitanomaru Park is one of the finest historical sites to visit in the whole of Tokyo. The lush greenery and ancient trees in the park are sure to prove a magnet for nature lovers, but the entire park is filled with rich culture and history. The noteworthy museums include the Kokuritsu Kindai Bijutsukan, a brilliantly rustic gallery which exhibits artwork ranging from the Meiji period to the modern age. Portraits, photography and sculptures are all there to be enjoyed in what is arguably the finest art collection in the country.
Tokyo National Museum
This amazing building dates back to 1939, and is adorned with an imperial style which makes it distinctive amongst the purely traditional and futuristic clash of buildings within the city centre. The western influence is easy to spot, with gorgeous stonework defining the building’s façade. The Honkan (main gallery) is the finest introduction to Japanese art that a cruiser could wish for, with the history of contemporary culture detailed from Jomon to Edo. Other highlights include antique samurai weaponry and armour, calligraphy and ancient pottery.
Shopping in Tokyo
In the district of Ginza, cruisers can find the Mitsukoshi shopping centre, which offers a glorious blend of unique boutiques and stores selling famous luxury brands. After a recent renovation, the exterior of the centre is a gleaming testament to Tokyo’s futuristic style. Tech stores and French high fashion export boutiques are just some of the unusual and thrilling shopping stops to discover.
Eating out in Tokyo
A sushi experience for the ages awaits cruisers who book at the local favourite of Kyubey. This establishment has been open since 1938, and its chefs have an exceptional standard of presentation, quality and flavour when it comes to serving their unique dishes such as gourmet salmon and calamari.