ANA InterContinental Tokyo
Take a 10-minute walk to Tokyo’s prestigious shrine, Hie Shrine, in Akasaka, renowned for traditional Japanese weddings, which are celebrated on popular 'Lucky Days' in the Japanese calendar. Immerse yourself in the tranquility and calmness of this sanctuary, passing through the main entrance and the traditional red gates, and for a few moments escape the busy pace of Tokyo city. There is also a small garden around the hotel where you can see various roses and seasonal flowers. If you are visiting in spring, over 700 cherry blossom trees can be viewed around the hotel.
In the afternoon take a cab to the Imperial Palace, located on the original site of the Edo Castle, situated in one of the city's parks, surrounded by moats and massive stone walls. The Imperial Palace is the current official residence of the Japanese Imperial Family and one of Tokyo's most popular attractions.
Visit Roppongi City View in Roppongi Hills at sunset time and take in the unforgettable views over Tokyo Tower and Mt. Fuji (weather permitting). Alternatively, visit the Hikarie Building in Shibuya, which offers anything from fashion to beauty items, various themed restaurants and bars, to musical shows at the new Orbe Theatre.
Kyoto served as Japan's capital for over 1000 years and today still offers visitors a wealth of history. Kyoto is renowned for its Sakura season (spring time cherry blossom) but Kyoto is also beautiful in the autumn season, when the leaves turn a golden brown, in early November.
The two major religions of Japan are Shinto and Buddhism. Shinto is as old as the Japanese culture, while Buddhism first came to the country in the 6th century. Today the two religions co-exist relatively harmoniously, with many Japanese considering themselves Buddhist, Shintoist or both.
Before you order sushi in Tokyo, check if the restaurant has a price list. The price of fish changes depending upon the market price and it can occasionally be very, very expensive!
In a Tonkatsu (deep fried pork) restaurant, you can get unlimited portions of cabbage and miso soup.