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. Enter through the traditional red gate and Immerse yourself in the tranquility and calmness of this sanctuary, 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 creating splendid scenery.
In the afternoon take a cab to the Imperial Palace. Home to the Japanese Imperial Family, it is surrounded by moats and massive stone walls reflecting of the location’s history of being the original site of the Edo Castle. A site reflecting of classic beauty and nature, it is one of Tokyo’s most popular attractions.
Walk over to Roppongi Hills and at sunset time take in the unforgettable views over Tokyo Tower and Mt. Fuji (weather permitting). Enjoy the city’s top restaurants, bars or shops all located within Tokyo’s signature landmark. Alternatively, take the train down to Shibuya where you will find yourself in front of Shibuya Crossing. The bustling lights from the neon lit buildings and radiating energy generated from the countless people are guaranteed to amaze you. 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.
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!
Tonkatsu is breaded, deep friend Japanese cutlet, served with rice, miso soup and shredded cabbage