posted by Colm Hanratty | 3 Comments
We were all horrified by the images we saw on television on March 11th from Japan as an earthquake and ensuing tsunami caused utter devastation to the north east of Japan and other areas too. Even Tokyo, some 365 kilometres from Sendai (one of the worst affected cities) felt the force of the quake. But thankfully, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK no longer advise against travel to the Japanese capital.
If you were planning on visiting Tokyo in the near future, but were anxious about it, this should help ease that anxiety. The fact of the matter is that Tokyo is one of the most exhilarating cities in the world. For me personally, I think it epitomises the meaning of the word ‘city’. I spent almost a week there four years ago, and can safely say there’s nowhere else like it in the world.
On a visit you can explore neighbourhoods like Shibuya where you’ll find the world’s busiest pedestrian crossing, Akihabara which is the electronic capital of the city, or Ginza (pictured) which is famous for shopping. You can also sample nightlife in Roppongi or see the famous Harajuku kids in the neighbourhood of the same name.
So, if you were thinking of maybe not visiting Tokyo, my advice is this – think again. The UK government deem it as safe to visit, and soon more will too. And of course don’t forget that you can book hostels in Tokyo here on Hostelworld as well as download our free pocket guide, listen to our podcast and more.
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