Everyone who goes to Tokyo generally seems to fall in love with the city. Though expensive, it is definitely worth visiting – or living – at least once in your life. Like many other Asian cities, it’s centred around convenience. You’ll find convenience in all aspects of life in Tokyo: from the punctual transport system, great shopping, amazing food and healthcare. You will really feel like you took a trip to the future.
Get the bus from Shinjuku to Station 5 which will take you halfway up the mountain. It's around a 7 hour hike to the top, you can sleep in a hut on the way up or down if you wish but it'll cost you around £100/pp. You'll need walking boots that cover your heels. Altitude sickness is a real thing... don’t take it lightly!
Shinkansen (Bullet Train)
Travel with ease to distant Japanese regions from Tokyo on the high speed train. You'll reach speeds of 500kmph.
Check out the busiest road crossing in the world. Insanely good to watch. There is a Starbucks overlooking it, we suggest getting a coffee and taking a video at rush hour.
Ginza is the richest part of Tokyo, and it's worth a visit for some serious shopping. There's all the fashion brands you can image, upmarket boutiques, lavish cocktail and sushi bars. We'd steer clear from eating here as it's pretty expensive. If you go there at night you can see the Yakuza partying.
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Trains are amazing and you can buy tickets quite easily from machines. They have an oyster card equivalent called TokyoRail Card which you top up wherever you go.
There are an abundance of taxis in Tokyo as well as Uber. You'll have to pay for the taxis in cash, so always make sure you're carrying it. We'd only recommend using a Taxi/Uber as a last resort because they can be expensive, seeing as the train network is so efficient. While Ubers are often more expensive than taxis - this isn't the case at night. Most taxi companies add a late-night/early morning surcharge whereas Ubers don’t.
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