Photo of Tokyo downtown by night

A confluence of modern culture

An unmistakable combination of old-fashioned etiquette, technological wonders and kitschy cartoons, Tokyo is a confluence of modern culture. While you're here, you'll discover the remains of old Japan situated right next to high-end shopping malls and casual noodle joints.

For those not opposed to early mornings, the Tsukiji Fish Market is worth visiting. Discover what a tuna auction at dawn is all about, or wait on a first come, first serve basis for a sushi breakfast fresh from the sea.

japanese man on a traditional boat

Ready to take on an authentic sumo match? Visit the city in September, January or May for one of the 15-day long events and experience the grand tournaments -- complete with ceremonial aprons and of course, loincloths.

view of the mont fuji in Japan

Peaceful nature

Reflect with a stroll at the Japanese gardens of Rikugien, built in 1700 with a beautiful central pond, and experience of moment of Zen in the Institute of Nature, a peaceful nature reserve centered in the city.