Tokyo
Japan
By Jane Haranin

Tokyo, one of the world’s largest metropolises, began as a simple village named Edo in the Kamakura period, (1185-1333). Its name changed in 1867 to Tokyo- meaning eastern capital when the shogunate collapsed and the Meiji era began. It now consists of 23 city wards, 26 cities, 5 towns and 8 villages, with a population of a little more than13 million people. It has withstood many natural disasters, but has continued to rebuild itself into the city it is today. Tokyo seamlessly integrates the old with the new making it a fascinating city for visitors to enjoy.

WhatsCheaper.com invites you to book your next trip to Japan’s capital- Tokyo. Tokyo’s primary international airport is Narita International Airport. However, Haneda airport also accommodates international flights. Japan has a terrific train and subway system, which allows access to almost anywhere you would like to visit. Buses and taxi’s are also available. Book your next flight today with WhatsCheaper.com. Please follow this link to make your flight arrangements. (https://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php). Take a look at our top 5 Hotel selections for Tokyo when choosing your accommodation by following the link to the hotel portion of our website, (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php)

Tokyo offers it all; whether you are looking to dive into the culture, enjoy some Japanese sushi, some fantastic shopping, or experience the nightlife. WhatsCheaper.com recommends a visit to Ueno Park as a great introduction to Japanese history and culture. This park contains Tokyo National Museum, The National Science Museum and the National Museum of Western Art. Three shrines, a zoo and a concert hall. There is something here for everyone.

Another cultural site worth visiting is the Meiji Shrine, built to commemorate Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shoken’s role in the Meiji Restoration. The original shrine’s construction was finished in 1921; however it was destroyed in the Tokyo air raids of World War II. It was rebuilt again in 1958. The shrine is located in Shibuya and is situated in an evergreen forest of donated trees from people throughout Japan, on 175 acres. The Shrine has an inner precinct which contains the central buildings and a treasure museum housing some of the articles of the Emperor and his wife. The outer precinct houses pictures depicting their life, as well as a number of sport facilities, the National Stadium and the Meiji Memorial Hall; which is now used for Shinto weddings.

Tokyo also offers shopping and entertainment of every kind, whether it’s traditional or modern day, there is a shop, play house, restaurant, amusement park or night club to suit everyone’s tastes and budgets. Shibuya and Shinjuku are well known for their shopping and Shibuya is considered the main meeting place in Tokyo, especially for Tokyo’s youth where you regularly see groups gathering; which is a relatively new phenomenon for Japan. Shibuya and Shinjuku are great places to people watch. Kichijoji- Sun Road is a covered shopping street which offers a wonderful selection of items for sale and Akihabara is well known for its electronics. Asakusa, was a very popular entertainment district, now surpassed by Shinjuku and Shibuya but still has many traditional theatres, Ryokans- traditional inns, homes, kitchenware stores and Shinto shrines. This district has many Shinto festivals throughout the year for everyone to enjoy. Asakusa, is also Tokyo’s oldest geisha district, with around 45 actively working geisha. These are just a few shopping areas that are very popular with the local population and tourists alike.

If you feel like exploring the night life, Roppongi is one of the main areas for nightclubs and is very popular with foreigners and expatriates. If you enjoy heights and love views, then you should definitely take a ride up Tokyo Tower.  It was built in 1958 partly from recycled American tanks damaged from the Korean War and at 1091 feet high and was designed to resemble the Eiffel Tower. At the time it was the tallest free standing tower in the world, surpassing The Eiffel Tower by 39 feet. There are 2 observation decks one at 420 feet and another at 820 feet for your viewing enjoyment, and there are museums, restaurants and shops at the bottom of the tower. This tower will be superseded in 2012 by the Tokyo Sky Tree which will stand much taller at 2080 feet.

There are so many great places to visit in Tokyo only a few have been mentioned but WhatsCheaper.com encourages you to visit as many as you can to really enjoy the Japanese experience. All of the sites are easily accessible by rail, subway, bus or taxi, so get ready to enjoy a fascinating vacation experience. Just click the link above to start your adventure in Tokyo with WhatsCheaper.com.

MUST SEE IN Tokyo LIST:

  • 1. Tokyo Tower
  • 2. Tsukiji Market
  • 3. Tokyo National Museum
  • 4. Edo-Tokyo Museum
  • 5. Sensoji Temple
  • 6. Chinzanso Garden
  • 7. Meiji Jingu
  • 8. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
  • 9. National Science Museum
  • 10. Chidorigafuchi

Tokyo EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Ippan Sanga - January
  • 2. Coming of Age Festival - January
  • 3. Setsubun Festival - February
  • 4. Doll Festival - March
  • 5. Yabusame Festival - April
  • 6. Sanja Matsuri - May
  • 7. Beer Festival - June
  • 8. Samba Carnival - August
  • 9. Maple Leaf Festival - October
  • 10. Bonen-kai Season - December

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Sheraton Miyako Hotel, Tokyo
1-1-50 Shirokanedai Minato-ku,Tokyo, Japan
By Keleigh M. Quinn

The Sheraton Miyako Hotel offers a relaxing, Western-style hotel right in the center of Tokyo. Located in Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, this hotel is within walking distance many local landmarks, such as Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum and The Institute for Nature Study. The Sheraton Miyako Hotel also offers a free shuttle bus to and from JR Meguro Station, making traveling by public transportation easy and convenient.
 
Once you return from seeing the sites or working, you will be happy to return to your stylishly appointed room, complete with the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ Bed. You can choose between 2 single beds, a Queen bed, or a King bed. All rooms have a 32-inch flat-screen TV as well as complimentary high speed internet access. Some rooms offer a mini-bar, city or garden views, and a Bose CD player/alarm clock. In addition, you have the option to include a buffet breakfast for two with the cost of your room. Check in is at 2 p.m., and check out is at 12 p.m.

The Sheraton Miyako Hotel has 5 restaurants and bars on site, providing many options for a business meeting or a drink before bed. Guests can choose between authentic Japanese cuisine, Chinese Shisen cuisine, and French-Japanese style cuisine. The two bars offer jazz music and M Bar even has private rooms where guests can play their own CDs.

If you are interested in planning a meeting or event, The Sheraton Miyako Hotel has 12 different event spaces to choose from. They can offer a wedding coordinator, Audio-Visual equipment rentals, and anything else you might need to meet the expectations of your guests or business associates.

The Sheraton Miyako Hotel is well known for its accommodating and warm staff, who will go out of their way to make your stay as comfortable as possible. With its central location, easy access to public transportation, comfortable accommodations, and friendly staff, the Sheraton Miyako Hotel is a wonderful choice for your stay in Tokyo. Just click here (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to get started today.

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Westin Tokyo
1-4-1 Mita Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan
By Sarah Hay

The elegance, energy and style of Tokyo’s downtown is legendary, and when you’re visiting the area, whether on business or pleasure, make sure to stay in the lap of luxury by booking a suite at the Westin Tokyo. Known as the World’s Eastern Capitol, the city is filled with things to do and see, and the Westin is located in the heart of it all, next to the shops of the Yebisu Garden Palace, and near corporate offices such as Morgan Stanley, Walt Disney Corporation, Sony Corporation, Motorola, and Coca Cola.

The 438 rooms (including 20 suites), at the Westin are done in relaxing palettes, and feature a host of standard amenities, such as 26” flat panel televisions, wired and wireless high speed Internet access (for a fee), daily newspaper delivery, Westin Heavenly® beds, White Tea bath products, separate bath and showers, hairdryers, bathroom telephones, international direct dialing, executive work desks, and many services are available upon request, including 24-hour room service. Check-in time is 2 p.m., and check-out is 12 p.m.

The hotel itself is the perfect oasis for the busy traveler, offering Le Spa Parisien, which offers massage and facial treatments. There is also an executive club lounge, business center and concierge desk, to help with any arrangements you may need. There is a WestinWORKOUT® gym on site, and a cigar club, featuring premium Cuban cigars. If you’re hungry, there are three bars and five restaurants to tempt you at the Westin Tokyo, each with a variety of acclaimed international cuisine.

If you’re looking for a truly spectacular location for your next special event, the Westin has it all, including 12 meeting spaces, the largest of which covers nearly 11,000 square feet of event space. Event and meeting planners on site can help you with the venue and the equipment as well. So, when you find yourself in Tokyo, book a room or suite at the Westin Tokyo, and trust WhatsCheaper.com find the best rate for your visit, by following this link: (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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