The Big Mikan - Tokyo's frenetic pace and multi-faceted appeal will pull you in
Tokyo covers an area of almost 2,200 km but it’s criss-crossed by a web of train and subway lines and there are almost as many neighbourhoods as there are stations. Head to otaku heaven Akihabara for all things anime. Harajuku boasts counter-culture shopping and an eye-popping array of cosplayers. Shinjuku is where business gets done and where “salarymen” drink after work in seedy Kabukicho. Ginza offers swanky shopping and kabuki performances at the remodeled Kabuki-za Theatre. Asakusa or Kagurazaka offers a taste of old Edo with its traditional restaurants and shops. And once the sun goes down, the clubs pump out music all night in Roppongi and Shibuya. Or, just pick a station at random and let Tokyo surprise you.
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When to go
The blooming of plum and cherry trees make March and April a lovely time to visit, though temperatures are often still cool enough that bringing along a jacket is advisable. Summer begins with the rainy season in late June and July, which brings with it the festival and fireworks season. August can be nice, despite the heat, as Tokyoites flee the city in droves on their summer holidays. Autumn (September-November) is perhaps the best time to come, as you’re likely to see bright blue skies every day against autumnal red, yellow and orange leaves. Tokyo rarely gets snow in winter, but it can happen, so be prepared if you come between December and March.
Flying with Jetstar
Jetstar flies direct to Tokyo from eight cities domestically, including Osaka and Naha, as well as from Cairns, Gold Coast and Melbourne in Australia.
Tokyo is served by a mix of Japan Rail trains, Tokyo Metro subway lines and a handful of private rail companies. Using a navigation app like Google Maps is helpful.
Fares are charged based on how far you travel, but save yourself a headache and get a Suica (JR) or PASMO (Tokyo Metro) prepaid IC card. They work across all lines and automatically deduct a (slightly reduced) fare when you pass through any gate. Suica cards are available at the JR office at Narita Airport. Any remaining balance can be cashed out when you head home.