Tokyo.  Photo credit:  “Tokyo odaiba” by Cors – Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Stopovers to Australia: Tokyo

And the winner of the ‘stopover that’s the biggest contrast to Australia’ award goes to…


Stopover in Tokyo

Stopover in Tokyo

Image credit: “Tokyo odaiba” by Cors – Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons


Like the city itself, any list of Tokyo’s top attractions will have a distinctly independent, quirky feel

There’s the Tsukiji Fish Market (get there from 5am as they start winding down at about 9am), or the sumo in Ryogoku. Ascend Japan’s tallest structure, the Sky Tree, or watch Tokyo at its most eccentric (and that’s saying something) in Yoyogi Park.
Less a city of ‘attractions’; more a place of sights and experiences you’ll find nowhere else on earth.

Do I need a visa for Tokyo?
If you hold a British passport, no. You can find Tokyo entry advice here.

What vaccinations do I need for Tokyo?
There are no essential vaccinations, but check with your GP eight weeks prior to departure to ensure your standard UK vaccinations (diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus and TB) are all up to date.

Consider: Hepatitis B and, if you’re travelling to rural farming areas, Japanese encephalitis.

Best time to visit Tokyo
March to April is when the cherry blossoms bloom (although it varies by a week or two each year). That’s also when temperatures are at their most pleasant as summers are hot and humid (August average is 27.5°C) and winters are cold and dry.

September is chief typhoon season and to be avoided unless you enjoy wind and rain.

Whilst in Tokyo you must see...

Shibuya Crossing scramble
You’ve come all the way to Tokyo and we’re sending you to look at a pedestrian crossing?

But this is a real icon. As the lights turn red, watch the pedestrians surge like ever-so-orderly ants.

Best viewed with coffee in hand from the upstairs windows of the nearby Starbucks.

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