The discovery of the capital of Japan is a great shock. This city is exciting, bubbling, incredible and without equal in the world! Within the gigantic Tōkyō lie ultra-modern districts with skyscrapers competing in audacity and elegance and residential districts with traditional houses and Shinto temples, with small holy statues at a street crossing and a bicycle path along a canal... Here modernism meets tradition. We leave a five-storey store dedicated to cameras only to eat in a small restaurant in udon house. If high-tech is a religion here, so is citizenship, which police actions and all excesses. Not a hair protrudes! Nobody pushes you around on the subway. No one misses their train! Tōkyō is also the pleasure of eating Japanese delicacies on every street corner and making your bento to your liking, of finding a small shop selling second-hand kimonos, of discovering a craftsman who prepares, in the tradition, fresh tofu every day. Of course, you will visit the sanctuary shintō Meiji at the imposing gate and the surrounding woods and public gardens dominated by the Imperial Palace (Kōkyo), not to mention keeping time to discover the collections of the city's museums. For a great moment, treat yourself to a ryokan (traditional inn) or a bath in the hot springs of the surroundings. And it's better to plan it: you'll come back with Japanese dishes!

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When to go to Tokyo?

As in all major capitals, stays in Tokyo can be planned throughout the year. However, spring and autumn are the high tourist seasons during which hotel rates are highest. Since accommodation is the most important budgetary expenditure in Japan, it may be interesting to go out of season. To avoid the highest crowds and pay less, the best period is late November-early December, late February-early March, or late May and June, the low tourist season in Japan. Note that if you go to Japan in the spring, you will have the pleasure of attending Hanami, the festival that celebrates cherry blossoms. The spectacle of this flowering will enchant you!

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For Japan in general and Tokyo in particular, the offer is very wide. We will propose you the discovery of the triptych Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara in one week. Contrary to popular belief, smaller budgets will be able to find a one-month package in Tokyo at a fair price (with accommodation in a university residence).

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Travelling alone is no problem, as Japan is one of the safest countries in the world and the Japanese are always ready to help tourists. The only problem is the language because the Japanese hardly ever speak English, let alone French! Remember to bring a small dictionary or use Google translation!

The best way to get around the huge Tokyo is undoubtedly the metro. Simple and effective. The stations are written in English and advertised in the same way inside your train. Take a subscription card without which (and even with it!) you will ruin yourself while travelling. Taking a bus can be convenient. Cycling in the neighbourhoods is a good solution. To discover Kyoto or another city served, take the high-speed train (Shinkasen).

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    When to travel?

    As in all major capitals, stays in Tokyo can be planned throughout the year. However, spring and autumn are the high...
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    Weather forecast

    Tokyo has a humid subtropical climate. The city enjoys relatively mild winters, with little or no snow (5/6°C in Jan...
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    Budget

    The currency is the yen, the exchange rate is easy, and we pay more often in cash. Credit cards are not always accept...
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    Formalities

    For Tokyo, no visa is required for a stay of 90 days or less. All you need is a valid passport for the duration of yo...
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    Health

    In Tokyo, pollution and summer heat are to be taken into account for vulnerable people. There is no malaria in Japan,...
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    How to travel by yourself?

    Travelling alone is no problem, as Japan is one of the safest countries in the world and the Japanese are always read...
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    How to get organized?

    For Japan in general and Tokyo in particular, the offer is very wide. We will propose you the discovery of the tripty...
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    Getting around

    The best way to get around the huge Tokyo is undoubtedly the metro. Simple and effective. The stations are written in...
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