ANA InterContinental Tokyo
Begin your day in traditional Japanese style with a visit to the world famous Tsukiji fish market, only 10 minutes from the hotel by taxi. You can enjoy a breakfast of ultra fresh sushi and sashimi at one of the market restaurants, then head to Ginza, Tokyo's smartest district, where you'll find the city's most stylish shops and every big name in designer fashion. Standouts include department store Mitsukoshi, watch and jewellery specialist Wako, and the dazzling gold Hermès flagship store.
To see another side of Tokyo, explore the traditional district of Asakusa with its air of faded grandeur. Stop for lunch at Imahan, which has been serving its wagyu beef dishes for decades, then pay a visit to Senso-ji temple, Tokyo's oldest Buddhist shrine. The nearby shopping street of Nakamise-dori, barely changed for hundreds of years, is a great spot to pick up authentic souvenirs like folding fans and yukata kimonos, and you can end your afternoon with a river tour on the Suijo water bus.
Return to the hotel for a glass of bubbly in our Champagne Bar and a gourmet dinner at one of our superb restaurants. Choose from rarefied Japanese and Chinese dishes, succulent steaks, or be astonished by the lavish French creations and skyline views at Pierre Gagnaire. For a memorable night out, head back to Ginza, a famous entertainment area packed with restaurants, nightclubs and bars. The concierge can arrange tickets for a classic kabuki performance at the famous Kabuki-za 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.