Highly populated Tokyo is a great example of Japan’s urban living environment. This huge and wealthy metropolis makes good use of an advanced technology that blends gracefully with some of the fascinating aspects of traditional Japanese culture. Tokyo is one of the great cities of the world; it is a major destination for business, education, and holiday travel and ought to be a destination for everyone – sometime in life.
Despite its size, Tokyo should not be thought of as a single city. It’s actually a constellation of cities and districts that merged together. Starting out from Bali, I took the AirAsia flight to Kuala Lumpur where I was able to catch a connecting flight on to Tokyo; Japan’s capitol.
To experience the best of Tokyo one should select the most suitable accommodation for one’s needs. If shopping and a preference for contemporary accommodation with a central city siting are important considerations, Conrad Tokyo is an excellent choice. The hotel has been designed in a contemporary Japanese style and offers 290 spacious guest rooms with views overlooking the city or the Hamarikyu and Tokyo Bay. Conrad Tokyo features some of the city’s finest restaurants, bars and a 25-metre lap pool. The hotel also houses the Mizuki Spa; the largest spa of its kind in Tokyo.
The shopping and entertainment centers of Ginza and Roppongi are just minutes away from the hotel. Ginza is an upscale area in Tokyo and recognized as one of the most luxurious shopping districts in the world, where one can shop at some of the flagship premium brand stores such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Dior and Gucci; to name just a few.
For dining Sukiyabashi Jiro, located at the stylish Ginza district is much recommended. Sukiyabashi Jiro is a 3-star Michelin and legendary sushi restaurant owned and operated by sushi master Jiro Ono. Several international public figures have dined here and over the years Tokyo has been acknowledged as the culinary capital of the world. This city boasts more Michelin-Star restaurants than any other city in the world, exceeding even Paris.
A must visit while in Tokyo is the Tokyo Imperial Palace, the residence of the Emperor of Japan. The palace is located on the former the site of Edo Castle. The architecture of the palace is impressive and set in the intricate classic style of Japanese gardens. Another place of interest is the Tokyo Tower in Shiba-koen district of Minato. This is the second tallest building in Japan and has now becomes one of the city’s main tourist attractions providing uninterrupted views of the mountain and natural landscape beyond the city’s precinct.
With easy connecting flights from Kuala Lumpur, a trip to Tokyo is just a click away. For more information, visit www.airasia.com