There are few cities on the planet that combine the past and the future, Tokyo is one of them. Japan’s fast-paced capital is home to ancient shrines, giant buddhas, robot restaurants, and futuristic skyscrapers, all blending together seamlessly throughout the city.
Tokyo is a destination where you can literally see your future, just ask jetsetter Dr. Amanda Brimmage (@ptpassages). On a recent trip to the “Land of the Rising Sun,” Amanda’s future became bright beyond her wildest dreams when her boyfriend, Dr. Julian Dudley, promised her the world and proposed while visiting Disneyland.
While you might not end up someone’s Mrs. or Mr. on your getaway, Tokyo is still a destination so out of this world and ahead of its time that it will leave you fascinated, and making plans to return for more. Check out our guide to the city and curate your own Japanese journey to the future.
Welcome to Tokyo
Tokyo is the perfect combination of traditional and ultra-modern Japanese culture. It's not uncommon to see opulent shrines nearby neon-lit skyscrapers, and the contrast is visually fascinating. Late March through May and October to early December are the best times to visit for great weather and cultural activities. Japan is not a cheap country for American tourists to experience with 1 Japanese Yen equalling 0.00944425 USD, so plan accordingly. Also, if you can, fly into Haneda Airport since it is much closer to central Tokyo than Narita Airport.
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Skip fancy hotel accommodations during your stay and try a Japanese Ryokan (a small, traditional hotel) instead. Check into boutique ryokans like Ryokan & Day Shizuku or the more luxe Hoshinoya Tokyo. Trust us, you'll love the experience.
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Forest of Dreams
If you're on a couple's getaway, there's definitely no shortage of dreamy things to do in Tokyo. Take a day trip to the scenic Hokokuji Bamboo Forest in Kamakura or head to Tokyo Disneyland and make all your dreams come true.