The capital of Japan, ultra-modern Tokyo is the largest city in the world, with a population of over 13 million. Established in 1943, the city is a dream destination for anyone with a love of technology, fashion or futuristic architecture and is the seat of Japan's government. The futuristic feel of the city is part of its appeal to visitors, while attractions such as the Imperial Palace also attract a crowd. Considered one of the best cities in the world for shopping, Tokyo is also a top destination for gourmands and offers seemingly endless opportunities to shop, drink and dine. There are also many excellent museums and cultural centres in Tokyo, while ornate temples and leafy gardens are further eye-catching attractions.
Accommodation options in Tokyo are as varied as they are abundant. The city has become famous for its capsule hotels - tiny city centre spaces where there is just enough room for a pull-down bed - but there is much more to the city's lodging scene than these no-frills options. From luxurious hotels and spas, many of which can be found in the affluent Ginza region of the city, to family-run guest houses offering a taste of traditional life in this Japanese metropolis, there are options here to suit all tastes and all pockets.
International flights to Tokyo land at Narita Airport, located around 65 kilometres from the city centre. Trains whisk newly-arrived passengers to destinations throughout the capital and public transport in the city is famously efficient - visitors can get around the city by the clean and speedy trains and metros, although note that things get very crowded during rush hour.