Tokyo 

The Japanese capital Tokyo is like no other city in the world. This huge city with about 9 million inhabitants breathes innovation and tradition at the same time. Food, shopping, technology and culture, Tokyo has something for just about everyone!

Tokyo has a humid subtropical climate with long hot, humid summers and short mild winters. However, there is a clear difference between the four seasons. Spring comes in early March and then tourists flock into the city to witness the magic when the cherry trees are in bloom. During the summer, temperatures rise to around 30 degrees and heavy rain showers are not uncommon.

Attractions to see in the city

Of course, there are endless things to see and do in this giant city, but below are some of our best tips!

Tokyo Sky Tree is, with its 634 meters, the world's second tallest building. Construction of the tower began in 2008 and was completed in 2011. The main purpose of the tower is radio and television communication, but is also a major tourist attraction in the form of observatory platforms 350 meters and 450 meters up the tower. Here you get a fantastic view of the city to say the least. Just make sure to be on site early in the morning as tickets run out fast.

Senso-ji is an ancient Buddhist temple located in the district of Asakusa. The temple was built in the 6th century and is Tokyo's oldest and most famous. Every day at 15:00 you have the opportunity to take part in the daily guided tour around the temple. The guide speaks English and it takes about 1 ½ hour.

The food culture in Tokyo

Japanese cuisine has a lot to offer. Pure flavors, fresh ingredients and beautiful layouts characterize the food. Common ingredients in many dishes are rice, noodles, seafood.

Sushi, perhaps Japan's most famous dish, is now available to eat wherever you are in the world. But eating Sushi in Japan is something really special. These small mouthfuls come in an infinite number of varieties but usually contain raw fish or seafood with rice.

Another well-known dish is the noodle soup Ramen. Thin wheat noodles cooked in chicken broth with meat or fish and vegetables. Often served with a soy marinated egg.

Sport to experience live

If you visit Tokyo, you must experience the national sport Sumo Wrestling. The Japanese martial art is about getting the opponent to touch the ground with something other than the soles of the feet. Sumo wrestling includes a variety of traditions and ceremonies. Among other things, the hairstyle (mage) is an important part. Weight classes do not occur in sumo wrestling, but here the practitioners have to rely on their technique to defeat their opponent.

Do not forget to book tickets at least a month in advance! At Ryogoko Metro Station is Sumo Stadium, the national sumo wrestling arena.


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