Japan is a favourite destination for all kinds of travellers. From incredible food and amazing hospitality, to an inspiring mix of traditional culture and modern technology – what’s not to love? But as Tokyo gears up to host the 2020 Olympic Games, there are even more reasons to send this remarkable destination to the top of your travel list!
Japan has hosted the Games four times since 1964, which was the first time the Olympics were held in Asia. 2020 offers another once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of the electrifying atmosphere as the world’s greatest athletes make history. Next year, the Games will take place from July 24 to August 9.
While watching the Olympic Games is sure to be your top priority, don’t miss out on seeing the unique cultural sights of Tokyo.
If an off-the-beaten-track experience is more your style, then Tokyo is full of hidden gems. Visit La Vita – a quaint Venice-inspired piazza in the Jiyugaoka neighbourhood for a cozy place to chill out. The Kiyosumi Shirakawa neighbourhood is a creative mix of old and new and is a home to trendy coffee shops, a modern art gallery and traditional Japanese gardens. Meanwhile, quirky Harajuku is famous for the colourfulness of its fashion boutiques, cosplay shops and hip eateries.
Enjoy a taste of old Tokyo in Asakusa, where traditional craft and street-food stores line the road to the city’s oldest temple, Sensōji (also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple).
Lake Kawaguchi, one of the Fuji Five Lakes surrounding the iconic Mount Fuji, for a place to stretch your legs and experience breathtaking views. Or drive just northwest of Tokyo and take a trip to Karuizawa for some retail therapy before unwinding at Kusatsu Onsen, one of the region’s most popular hot spring resorts. And balance out the high-energy of the Olympics with a scenic drive down to Izu Peninsula (Izu Hantō) for a quick getaway to relax amongst the rugged natural beauty of coastal beaches, hot springs and pristine waterfalls.
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