Tokyo is the capital and the most populous city of Japan. The capital is the seat of the Japanese government and the residence of the Imperial Family. Located on the south borderline of the country, the central city rises on the northwest of Tokyo Bay.
Narita Airport is located 60 kilometers outside of central Tokyo. Tokyo is covered by a dense network of train, subway and bus lines, which are operated by about a dozen different companies. The train lines operated by JR East and the subway lines are most convenient for moving around central Tokyo.
There are thousands of hotels in the Tokyo area, ranging from cheap to very expensive. Capsule hotels are generally the cheapest option. One of the cheapest ways to stay can be also a youth hostel. Much of Tokyo's budget accommodation can be found in the Taito area. Affordable chains found throughout Tokyo include Tokyu Stay, Chisun and Sunroute. If you plan to stay more than one week, you can try Weekly-Mansion Tokyo. Particular concentrations of luxury hotels can be found in western Shinjuku, around Tokyo station and in Akasaka. Some of the more stylish hotels in the city include: Park Hyatt Tokyo, Shangri-La Hotel, Mandarin Oriental, Seiyo Ginza and Four Seasons Marunouchi.
Asakusa, the part of Taito district in the downtown of Tokyo is renown for the temples within its territory. Sensōji (Asakusa Kannon) at Asakusa is the largest Buddhist temple at the city and is one of the fundamental sights for both residents and foreigners. There are many national parks at the city. Ueno Park (Ueno-Kōen) at Taito-ku is a place for temples and museums of the city. This park is the most popular location for the blossom viewing (hanami). Meiji-jingū at Shibuya-ku is the most magnificent shrine at the city. It was constructed in 1920. Ghibli Museum at Mitaka-shi draws attention by its cartoon architecture at first sight. The exhibits, screenings and gallery inside the museum are alluring. Tokyo National Museum at Taitō-ku is one of the most splendid museums of the city that you should not miss. You will find a collection of about 69.000 works from the Japanese and Asian art. The museum is a Japanese cultural treasury.
Department stores (depāto) are ubiquitous sights of the city. Akihabara (the Electrical Town) and Shinjuku districts are the heaven of electronic shopping. Harajuka together with Shibuya are the centers of fashion in the city. These districts are the best and the most renown shopping areas for trendy, funky clothes and accessories. Oriental Bazaar at Harajuku and the Nakamise arcade at Asakusa are the best places for the traditional handicrafts and souvenirs. Street markets are also popular at the city. Ameyoko at Ueno and Yanaka Ginza at Taito are among the main open-air bazaars of the city. Tsukiji Central Fish Market at Chuo-ku is one of the largest fish markets in the world.
The culture of Japan is rich and mostly genuine. Traditional crafts, seated mediation, martial art, Yukata and festivals are all from the Japanese social life. A great range of authentic crafts are the significant ingredients of the cultural life of the city. Murayama-Oshima Pongee (fancy patterns in knotted silk or cotton clothes), Golden Hachijo (cloth), Edo Art Dolls, Tokyo Silversmithery, Tokyo Silk Cords, Edo Lacquerware, Tokyo Altars, Edo Hair Ornaments, Edo Ivory, Yukata (summer clothe), Edo Faceted Glass, Edo Embroidery, Edo Wood Carving, Tokyo Shamisens (a three-stringed instrument) and many more are from the crafts treasury of the city. Martial art is another essential of the city culture. Karate, Judo, Kendo and Aikido are examples of this kind of sport. Also, Zazen (seated mediation) is a prevalent way of finding the inner comfort. Tokyo is the center for performing arts in Japan. Traditional forms of classic Japanese musical dramas such as Noh and Kabuki are being performed in the city theaters. Tokyo hosts a great deal of festivals throughout the year. Sanno and Sanja Festivals held at Asakusa Shrine are among the ones gathering many people from every part of the city. Kanda Matsuri (May) is held once in every two years. Matsuri is a kind festival organized at most of the Japanese cities. Also, cherry blossoms are pervasive in spring. Hundred thousands of people gather in parks (Ueno Park, Hamarikyu Gardens, Kinuta Park...) under the cherry trees. In addition to the park amusements, Roppongi is the most famous nightlife district of the city. You can also jump aboard a boat at Asakusa for a river cruise on the Sumida River. Many sport activities are eligible to perform at the city. Swimming at the beaches at Miura-hanto and Kamakura, relaxation in sento-public bath and onsen-hot spring, baseball, ice hockey, basketball, volleyball and rugby are the main activities that you can do in the city.