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Tokyo Travel Guide

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"Animated" is perhaps the best word to describe Tokyo. Crazy about its anime, Japan's mega city is constantly buzzing with movement—feet clack down sidewalks, cars zoom along streets, subway trains hum below ground, ships cruise in and out. And yet bright lights and loud signs beg you to pause, to break your motion for just one second to pray (oops, we mean pay) at the altar of consumerism. This is a city that ... continue»

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When to Visit Tokyo

The best time to visit Tokyo is between September and November. Autumn ushers in colorful foliage and comfortable temperatures. Summer is peak tourist season, which you'll quickly see from long lines at museums and confused subways users. If you can, avoid this time of year; you'll face oppressive heat, humidity and high room rates. On the opposite extreme, winter weather is chilly but still manageable; however, you will not enjoy the beauty of the parks at this time of year. With comfortable daytime temps, spring is another sweet spot for visiting. The city springs to life with the gorgeous cherry blossoms that pervade Tokyo's green space. Seasons play a large role in Japanese culture, so visiting during different seasons will yield distinct cuisine and landscape.

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Getting Around Tokyo

The best way to get around Tokyo is the subway. This extensive, efficient network will take you anywhere in the city as quickly as possible. The subway also connects to Tokyo's two major airports—Narita International Airport (NRT) and Haneda Airport (HND). The bus system is even more pervasive than the subway; however, it's subject to traffic delays and usually confuses travelers who don't know Japanese. The city is too massive to be covered on foot, but you should stroll through the individual neighborhoods to enjoy Tokyo's hustle and bustle. Taking a taxi is costly, but necessary when the subway is closed late at night and early in the morning.

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