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In Tokyo, life moves at a frantic rate; yesterday's new idea is tomorrow's forgotten dream. The city exudes an amazing energy, although it sometimes feels a bit too much like an obsession with all things new.
Despite all its glowing neon, traffic, people and high-tech gadgetry, Tokyo has a more traditional side. If you dig a little you can find unexpected glimpses of its cultural heart beneath the conspicuous consumption abounding in the glittering shopping districts - you can still enjoy authentic Shinto Shrines, in neighbourhood Sento's or public baths. Tokyo's brilliance lies in this unique blend and intertwining of old and new, modern and traditional, it's a hyperurban cosmopolis that you can come to absolutely love.Things to see and do:

If it swims in the sea, it is more than likely on sale at Tsukiji Fish Market, the largest and greatest fish market in the world, opening around 3am everyday with the tuna auctions starting just after 5am. Walking around the market you will see fish or all sorts and sizes -  from infinite varieties of shellfish to rows of colossal tuna and species of fish you've never seen before or knew could exist. Around the market are many small sushi restaurants, and nothings beats eating sushi for breakfast, especially knowing that the fish you are eating is the freshest it could be.

Shinjuku is the image of modem Japan, with its flashing neon, pop culture, soaring glass skyscrapers, outrageous fashion that changes from week to week.The cosmopolitan area of Roppongi, known for its amazing nightlife, excellent dining scene and boutique shops, five star hotels, but there are also tree-lined boulevards and peaceful gardens to relax in, maybe catch an outdoor artistic performance or simply marvel at the beauty of the area. Roppongi is not for everyone, but it is well worth an afternoon or evening to experience.
Akihabara Electric town is the hub of the Japanese electronics industry, here you will find thousands of shops selling every hi-tech gadget imaginable. It is especially famous for the manga sub-genre that has overtaken the world recently with Sunday afternoons being a fun time to visit as you will see all the anime heroes come to life. It's a busy, bustling area, but fun to watch.
Asakusa is a more sedate district, famous for its many shrines and temples. The most famous of these is the Sensoji or Asakusa Kannon, this is Tokyo's largest Buddhist temple and a major attraction for local Japanese. Close by is the Asakusa Jinja, this Shinto shrine, it is a simple shrine, maybe not a lot to look at, but it comes to life during the Sanja Matsuri festival.
West of Tokyo is the mountainous area known as Hakone, famous for the active volcanically Fuji Hakone Izu National Park and with Lake Ashinoko, amous for its hotsprings and excellent views over Mount Fuji.
The iconic Mount Fuji is Japan's highest mountain, and on a clear day it is visible from Tokyo. Mount Fuji has been immortalised in countless paintings and images of Japan. July and August are the months in which you can climb this holy mountain, an excellent time as Tokyo is sweltering in 40 degree heat. It should be noted that Mount Fuji is extremely shy and is shrouded in clouds most of the time, so don't be too sad if you don't see this magical mountain during your stay.

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