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Interesting facts about Tokyo

With a population of more than 35 million, Tokyo – the capital of Japan – is the city of world records: it has the largest continuous metropolitan area, the best restaurants, the busiest railway station and the highest cost of living in the world. You will definitely experience a city of superlatives when you land from your flight to Tokyo. Once in Tokyo, you might be struck by how new and modern everything is. Shiny, glittering skyscrapers built of glass and metal compete with enormous billboards and advertisements in bright neon light. You don’t need to wonder whether the city has something for you: it has everything you could wish for.


Tokyo Skytree – a big landmark that you must visit once while you’re in Tokyo. Located just outside the city, the building is Japan’s tallest structure and the second-highest in the world (after Burj Khalifa). From one of the observation decks, you will be treated to a marvellous view over Tokyo city. For more spectacular views, visit Tokyo Tower or one of the many skyscrapers around the city, many of which have their own observation decks. Look out of the window as you approach land on your Tokyo flights and you’ll likely spot the city’s towering landmarks below.

The Imperial Palace in Tokyo – with its beautiful garden is another sight you shouldn’t miss; the famous Yasukuni Shrine can be found nearby.

The Sensō-ji temple – located in Asakusa, this ancient Buddhist temple is the oldest one in Tokyo and definitely one of the most significant.

Shinjuku Gyoen – one of the most popular parks in Tokyo.

Tokyo Disney Resort (which includes Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea) is a major theme park attraction for the whole family. Other theme parks that can be found within a reasonable distance of the city centre are Tokyo Dome City Attractions and Sanrio Puroland.

For anime enthusiasts, the animation film studio Ghibli is a must-see attraction. Note that the place is very popular, so reserving tickets beforehand is a good idea.

Yoyogi Park – see the Japanese Elvises alive and well in Yoyogi Park near Harajuku.

Ryōkogu with its Kokugikan stadium is the centre of Japanese sumo wrestling. In addition to sumo tournaments held in January, May and September, the Ryōkogu area hosts a sumo museum. There’s a good chance to spot real sumo wrestlers as well!


Flying to Tokyo with children? You’ll find lots to entertain the entire family.

Hanayashiki – The oldest amusement park in Japan features charming rides for all ages, an exciting split-level maze, carnival games and a haunted house.

Inokashira Park – Ride in a swan boat around the large lake, watch as your kids have fun at the play area, visit the zoo, spot nature and relax.

KidZania – Younger members of the family can make new friends as they experience life in the adult world through themed play and varied activities.

Kodomo no Mori Park – Home to gigantic dinosaur statues, dragon boats, play equipment and fountains.


Nikko – 90 minutes’ train ride from Tokyo gets you to the Tosho-gu Shrine – consisting of more than a dozen buildings set in beautiful forest – and Tokugawa-shogun mausoleum. The city of Nikko is considered one of Japan's top tourist attractions and is definitely worth a visit.

Hakone – Visit the hot springs in Hakone National Park or take a tour at the museum, just 60 minutes away from Tokyo by train.

The bullet trains are the best way to travel between big cities and other transport hubs. With speeds of over 300 kilometres per hour, even long distances are covered in no time at all. Buy your airline tickets to Tokyo to easily access many other fascinating parts of the country.


If you cannot find what you are looking for in Tokyo, it does not exist. Affordable electronic devices, wild designer fashion, traditional kimonos and antiquities, Hello Kitty merchandise and anime and manga are just a few examples of the things you can buy in the shopping areas, malls and centres scattered throughout the city.

Roppongi Hills shopping mall really is a must-see. Located in Roppongi district’s enormous shopping area it offers restaurants and cafes, museums and luxury hotels, and, of course, world-class shopping. This is also the place to go for trying out Tokyo’s nightlife and club scene.

Shibuya – another trendy shopping district in Tokyo is the centre of Tokyo street fashion and trends. The Shibuya crossing, just beside the station, is world-famous for its enormous size and the crowds using it at rush hour.

Ginza – is all about luxury shopping and famous brands. You’ll find all the major designers here.

Akihabara – whether or not you want to buy electronics, there is plenty to see and touch in Akihabara. The district is also known as Electric Town.

Harajuku – is Tokyo’s number one place for young, trendy and colourfully extreme fashion – well worth a Sunday visit when the latest in crazy fashion appear!

Asakusa – the place to visit, if you want to find popular souvenirs, such as samurai swords, kimonos or Japanese dishes.

Tokyo has a reputation for being expensive, but do not let that fool you. The reputation is mostly based on super-expensive restaurants, hotels, department stores and boutiques; prices in most shops are reasonable.


Did you know that Tokyo’s restaurants have collected more Michelin stars than the restaurants of Paris and London put together? In addition to fine dining, Tokyo boasts a wealth of Japanese cuisine for all budgets. A tip for those interested in cooking seafood is to visit the large Tsukuji fish market in central Tokyo, where the daily catch is auctioned early in the morning. Try these recommendations when you fly to Tokyo:

Kobe beef – considered the best piece of beef in the world, a Kobe steak is a highly recommended taste experience for those travelling with a thick wallet. This meat is well known for the fact that it almost melts in your mouth due to its unique fat marbling – achieved by serving the cattle wine and professional massages.

Tempura is a dish of vegetables, fish or shrimps dipped in batter and then deep-fried until crispy. Tempura is usually served with a sauce.

Ramen, a noodle soup containing pork and onions, miso or soy sauce, is both inexpensive and filling and is often served at snack bars.

Yakitori is skewered chicken and makes a tasty snack along with any alcoholic beverage for example in izakayas.

Tonkatsu is a deep-fried pork cutlet often served with shredded cabbage. Tonkatsu is a very popular dish and is perfect for a quick lunch or as a light meal.

Sushi and sashimi – raw or cooked seafood served in small, attractive pieces and combined with vinegar-flavoured rice and other ingredients as vegetables or other sorts of meat.

Fugu – puffer fish is a popular delicacy in Japan, despite the fact that if prepared with inexpert hands, the dish is lethal.

Tea – the most popular beverage in Japan and a very important part of the Japanese food culture. Green tea is most common and is also used in the famous tea ceremonies.

Sake – rice wine that can be served cold or warm.

Did you see a queue and the prices? You can usually tell the restaurants with the best price-quality ratio by the queue out front. Also, as a good rule of thumb, if the prices are not shown, the restaurant is expensive.


Subway – the Tokyo metro is the most convenient method of moving around central Tokyo.

Train – Tokyo's most prominent train line is the JR Yamanote Line, a loop line connecting Tokyo's multiple city centres. During peak hours, the job of the station staff is to cram people into the cars with all their might – an experience you will never forget.

Taxi – using a taxi in Tokyo is another alternative but more expensive than going by bus, train or metro.

Note that there is a whole variety of day passes available; however, most of them are overpriced and/or not very practical because they do not cover all of Tokyo's train and subway lines. Single tickets or prepaid cards usually come in cheaper in the end.


Summer is the peak tourist season in Japan, and as such is the premium time for your airfare to Tokyo. Temperatures are hot and humid and the city can be even more crowded than normal. June and July are among the wettest months too.

Winter is Tokyo’s lowest tourist time. Temperatures are cold, especially at night when it can be freezing or below. The New Year period is busy with many events and higher prices for accommodation. If you avoid New Year, winter can be the best time to find cheap flights to Tokyo.

Weather-wise, spring and autumn are the best times to visit Tokyo.

Cherry blossom fills the parks in spring, with March and April the best months for seeing these beautiful flowers in full bloom. Significant events in spring include the AnimeJapan Festival and Art Fair Tokyo.

The autumn colours are attractive and there are fewer tourists after the peak summer season has ended. You can enjoy the Shichi-Go-San Festival and the Tokyo International Film Festival.

If you want to include sumo events in your itinerary, book your plane tickets to Tokyo for January, May or September.


With the most direct routes between Europe and Asia, Finnair is a top choice for flights to Tokyo. We have a long history of connecting passengers with Japan too, as we were the first carrier with direct flights between Europe and Japan.

Finnair operates flights to Tokyo, Japan, from many destinations worldwide, including the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Sweden and Denmark. Flights from London to Tokyo take around 13h 45min, including a short transit time though Helsinki. Direct flights from Helsinki to Japan take around 09h 25min.

Flights land at Narita International Airport (NRT) and Finnair operates out of Terminal 2.

Most of Finnair’s routes to Tokyo use A350 planes, which combine enhanced comfort and modern technology for a great travel experience. You can also upgrade to Nordic Business Class for even more in-flight comfort and priority services.

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