Tokyo is a melting pot of old and new: Between soaring skyscrapers sit Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines and Zen gardens. For a glimpse of the past, begin in the city centre at the Tokyo Imperial Palace, the home of Japan’s reigning emperor. This large park area is surrounded by moats and massive stone walls. The best way to explore its lush East Garden is by bicycle, and bikes are provided to guests at Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo, just minutes away.
Continue your travels east to the Yanesen district, which showcases Tokyo’s bygone era. Walk its quiet streets to discover old temples and shrines, traditional wooden houses and casual pubs. For a taste of present-day Tokyo, the Ginza district offers shopping and numerous art galleries. Come evening, refuel at one of Tokyo’s many Michelin-starred restaurants. Then venture out into the night to take in streets filled with neon lights, giant paper lanterns and people out to have a good time.
1-11-1 Pacific Century Place, Marunouchi
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-6277
Tel. +81 (3) 5222-7222
Fax +81 (3) 5222-1255
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