The port of Yokohama has an international heritage that includes Japan's biggest Chinatown. It is your gateway to the bustling Japanese capital, home to cutting-edge architecture, stylish shops, fine dining and diverse neighbourhoods.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
Tokyo has so many incredible things for a visitor to see and do there just isn't time to do it all. But if you want to experience the true heart and soul of Tokyo, a visit to Kokyo, Japan's Imperial Palace, is a must. This magnificent edifice is an architectural marvel and home to the Emperor of Japan. Another cultural and architectural landmark not to be missed is the Sensoji Temple. Built in the 7th century, this is Tokyo's oldest and most significant Buddhist temple. This site is very popular with tourists, so plan to visit early. There are a number of traditional shops and restaurants nearby if the queues are long.
Sumo wrestling is Japan's oldest and most wildly popular spectator sport. Everything else comes a distant second. After all, how often do you get to see 300-pound athletes pummel each other on a sandy-floored ring less than 4.5 m (15 ft) in diameter? These giant-sized combatants shove, slap, throw, lift and grapple in an attempt to eject their opponent from the ring. To witness an authentic Sumo wrestling match live and close up is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The Japanese love to eat out, and it shows with the quantity and variety of places to eat. From 'mom and pop' noodle shops to exclusive Kaiseki restaurants – and everything else in between – Tokyo is home to over 800,000 restaurants. Because of undersized apartment conditions and small kitchens, few locals eat at home, and tourists reap the benefits. Local favourites include Bento lunch boxes (fast and cheap for 'on-the-go' touring), curry, noodles (found on almost every street corner) and odens (outdoor restaurants that feature fish cakes and tofu), which are very popular with the locals.
For a shopping experience you'll never forget, visit the streets of Omotesando, Tokyo's leafy shopping boulevard, and the surrounding streets of Harajuku. Arguably the country's best hunting ground for the latest in cool consumer goods, this shopping mecca includes a cluster of contemporary designer boutiques and dense networks of funky little shops, restaurants and bars. The shops sell every item imaginable and are a fun place to spend an afternoon.
Tokyo's currency is the yen. Many of the shops and restaurants take major credit cards.
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The port of Yokohama has an international heritage that includes Japan's biggest Chinatown. It is your gateway to the bustling Japanese capital, home to cutting-edge architecture, stylish shops, fine dining and diverse neighbourhoods.