While there are no giant monsters battling it out on the streets of Tokyo, the reality you will find here is every bit as exhilarating. Welcome to one of the busiest cities in the world, where Tokyo’s fast paced lifestyle paired with an unshakeable obsession for the latest trends and technologies make it one of the most exciting cities to be in.
In the midst of modernity, lies the traditional charm of rustic Japan, with numerous temples, museums and beautiful gardens scattered throughout the city’s landscape – infused with the perfect blend of culture and modern times.
Top Must Do’s
The reason why this city is godzilla‘s favourite hangout is because you can find ingenious inventions, mind-boggling harajuku fashion and a multi-load of kawaii food that’s pleasing to the eye and palate!
Mount Fuji is the pinnacle of Tokyo, the icy caps atop the magnificent mountain promises a worthy hike. Well developed with stations and huts strewn along the way, hikers will usually make the trek at night to catch the sunrise from the peak, which makes for lifelong memories.
Ueno Park was originally built as a refuge for soldiers who were guarding the Kan’ei-ji Temple, but today, this beautifully landscaped park is fringed by major attractions such as National Science Museum, Museum of Western Art, and Ueno Zoo.
Beautifully constructed from cypress and copper, Meiji Shrine was built to honour Japan’s beloved Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shoken. Japan has a strong sense of devote towards the royal family, and this shrine is a great example of the people’s love for their royal family.
With an extensive collection of historic artefacts, the Edo-Tokyo Museum will take you through Tokyo’s early years to how it has become one of the world’s most established cities. There are also replicas of key constructions from the Edo, Meiji and Showa periods.
Harajuku is one fashion stop for even non-fashionistas! Feast your eyes on unique street fashion or even shop for crazy toys, rare collectibles, designer sneakers and more. Come on Sundays to see the famous Harajuku street fashion and out-of-this-world cosplays.
Streets of Akihabara
The vibe that surges through the streets of Akihabara is as electrifying as the current that rushes through the wires that power up the vibrant lights of this ‘electric town’, as everywhere you turn manga characters and sci-fi inventions come alive in almost every shop!
Built in honour of the country’s beloved Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken, the Meiji Shrine comprising of cypress and copper stands tall and proud just like the love of the people.
Everyone remembers the movie ‘Hachiko’ and right in the centre of Tokyo stands this heart-warming Hachiko Statue that commemorates the loveable dog’s unwavering loyalty to his master.
Hello Kitty fans from across the globe flock to Sanrio Puroland where they can see the lovable cat with her friends Dear Daniel, Pochacco and Keroppi!
There’s always time for an onsen (hot spring bathhouse), and in Tokyo the Oedo Onsen is just the right way to go! At 40°C, you can relax and sip on some warm sake after a long day of walking and shopping.
Quick Facts about Tokyo
(Keikyu Airport Line Limited Express)
|Shinjuku (transfer via Shinagawa)||40 minutes||560 Yen|
|Bus (Airport Limousine Bus)||Shinjuku||45 minutes||1200 Yen|
|Taxi||Tokyo city centre||30 – 45 minutes||From 8000 Yen|
|Bus (Airport Limousine Bus)||1 hour 15 mins||Yen 3,000|
|Keikyu Railways||Shinagawa station – 15 mins
JR N’EX to Narita Airport – 1 hour
|Access Express (Keisei-Toei Subway-Tokyu line)||1 hour 46 mins||Yen 1,440|
|Time zone||GMT +9 hours|
DEC – FEB
Winter, Average: 5°C
Prepare your winter jackets and gloves as it can get quite chilly
MAR – MAY
Spring, Average: 20°C
Best time to visit as Sakura trees bloom beautifully during this time.
JUN – AUG
Summer, Average: 32°C
Temperatures begin to rise during summer so make sure you bring sunscreen.
SEP – OCT
Autumn, Average: 15°C
The warm and mild weather is perfect for you to go out and about.
Requirements for Visa for Malaysia Nationals
From 1st July 2013, the Government of Japan has decided to abolish the requirement of short-term visa for Malaysian Nationals who hold ordinary biometric passports with embedded microchip that is compliant with ICAO standards (issued since February 2010) who wish to enter Japan for short-term stay.
However, this visa exemption only apply to Malaysian Nationals holding ordinary biometric passport with embedded microchip that is compliant with ICAO standards. Malaysian Nationals who do not hold ordinary biometric passport with embedded microchip that is compliant with ICAO standards remain advised to obtain a visa to enter into Japan.
Need more visa information on visiting Japan? Check out Embassy of Japan in Malaysia official website.