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Tokyo at a Glance

Japan's largest metropolis is big, wacky and wonderful. Hop aboard its famed subway system and start exploring. 

Japan is famous for its cherry blossoms and visitors can see them at their finest in April when they dress Toyko in pink and white. Inhale deeply and let the scent of cherry flowers fill your nostrils. Add in the smell of heavenly ramen broth and you are only halfway along the sensory sensation that is Toyko. 

Tokyo's cityscape can be hectic at times with overhead wires crisscrossing from dense apartment blocks and neon lights from a thousand businesses flashing. Join the fray and hit the streets with a passion for shopping, walking and soaking it all up. After you've been crammed on the Tokyo subway during rush hour, danced on a crowded floor, or belted out karaoke to a packed bar, the city's well placed and tranquil parks will cleanse your senses just as they were designed to do. 

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March - May, December - January
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February, June - November
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Haneda Airport
      • Major Airport Narita International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Most travelers to Japan do not need a visa, especially if leisure is their sole activity and they plan to stay fewer than 90 days. For more information, contact a Japanese Embassy. American citizens can learn more about travel requirements on the U.S State Department website. 

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Bus Toyko Buses
      • Railroad Japan Railways
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather and Seismic Events Northern Japan has severe winters and big snowfalls while the southern portions are subtropical. August - October is typhoon season in the south and bad weather can make travel difficult. Japan has earthquakes and since it is an island nation, it is important to pay attention for tsunami alerts and seek high ground if necessary. 

      Safety Concerns Japan is a safe place to travel, but it is important to use common sense. Keep valuables out of sight and avoid neighborhoods where you feel unsafe. Everyone should keep an eye on their drinks while at bars and clubs to protect themselves from robbery or sexual assault. If you visit Tokyo's Roppongi district, which caters to foreign tourists keep an eye out for scams, spiked drinks and excessive tabs. 

      Health Concerns Air-pollution and altitude sickness can bother tourists especially those with breathing or heart difficulties.