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Travel Tips to Tokyo (NRT)
Sightseeing in Tokyo with the Yamanote Line
In Tokyo, there’s no city centre, as you would find in European cities. To get a better overview after a flight to Tokyo, a sightseeing tour on the Yamanote Line is recommended. Because it spends most of its 21-mile drive on raised tracks, you can discover Tokyo in a relaxed manner. At peak traffic times, the line leaves every 2 minutes - at other times, every 3 to 4 minutes.
Serious brides at the Meiji Shrine
The famous Meiji Shrine is situated in Yoyogi Park, inside the city. It is a memorial for the emperor of the same name, who is still admired because he freed Japan from global isolation. This place is a wonderful oasis in the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. Many bridal couples use the beautiful area as a location for their marriage ceremony, where the brides wear traditional costumes. These were only developed at the end of the 19th century though, as before that, religious marriage was not known in Japan. If you get the opportunity to watch such a ceremony, don’t be surprised about the sad faces of the brides. A happy expression is regarded as indecent, because the girls are supposed to show sadness over leaving their parents behind.
1,500 feet high in just 50 seconds
Tokyo Skytree is a fantastic observation tower and one of the landmarks of the city. There are platforms at 1,200 and 1,500 feet, which are open to the public. The stunning panoramic views of Tokyo and the Kanto region show how impressively large the city really is. A lift will take you to the “Tembo Galleria” in just 50 seconds, from which you can reach the highest observation platform. You’ll just have to walk a few more steps up a ramp, and you’re there. This is intended to give visitors the impression of having reached the platform on foot.
An inexhaustible diversity of seafood
A visit to the lively fish market Tsukiji is a thrilling experience. Its roots go back to the 16th century, when it was founded to supply the emperor. The surplus he didn’t need was sold to the rest of the population. It’s the largest seafood trade centre worldwide, and employs over 60,000 people. The highlight is the tuna auction, where people “fight” for the best pieces. Since the number of visitors is limited, your only chance to witness this is early in the morning (around 4:30 am). You’ll have to register at the Fish Information Center at the Kachidoki gate off Harumi Street. Dive into Japan’s capital and book your flights to Tokyo with FlyDoha.