Tokyo Information

Population: almost 14 million

Access: Tokyo has two international airports; Narita, the major international hub and Haneda, largely a domestic airport. Tokyo is linked to the rest of Japan by a wonderfully fast and efficient rail service.

Favourite hotels: Mandarin Oriental, Park Hyatt, Shinjuku Hilton

Japan’s whirling, technicolour capital deserves to be more than just a transport hub you pass through. It’s a blaze; a melange of people, sub-cultures and districts colliding to form one of the most dizzying cities on the planet; a good time city where food is a religion, business is big, and shopping is serious.

Yet for all its complexity, it all seems to run spookily smoothly - the term ordered chaos must surely have evolved in Tokyo. From the zippy suits of Shinjuku to the ancient air of Asakusa and the hipster hangouts in Harajuku, this is a place with many faces. You’ll see kimonos and miniskirts jostling on the pavements; you’ll rub shoulders with salary men and millionaires, artists, actuaries and inventors. And you’ll smell success in the air.

Like most great capitals, Tokyo is any number of contradictions. If you’re flying all this way we’d highly recommend stopping by to breathe it all in. We guarantee you’ve never seen anything like it before.

Tokyo Information

Population: almost 14 million

Access: Tokyo has two international airports; Narita, the major international hub and Haneda, largely a domestic airport. Tokyo is linked to the rest of Japan by a wonderfully fast and efficient rail service.

Favourite hotels: Mandarin Oriental, Park Hyatt, Shinjuku Hilton