“I LOVE TOKYO, IF I HAD TO EAT IN ONE CITY FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE, TOKYO WOULD BE IT. MOST CHEFS I KNOW AGREE WITH ME.” – ANTHONY BOURDAIN
Tokyo, Japan’s busy capital, mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples. With its glittery high-rise buildings, ultra-modern efficiencies, and bullet-train lifestyle, it is hard to believe that Tokyo was once a sleepy fishing village. Now home to more than 13 million people, this shrine to the newest and best is also a sanctuary of ancient Buddhist temples and zen gardens. Each neighbourhood is ripe for exploring, in a city offering untold delights for those seeking a modern metropolis with a healthy side of tradition. The opulent Meiji Shinto Shrine is known for its towering gate and surrounding woods. The Imperial Palace sits amid large public gardens. Tokyo is a marvelous mix of modern living and old-fashioned manners, and the fabulous food and unparalleled mass transit system. Definitely worth a visit.