Despite the recent events, Tokyo is still there, safe and open for business. The earthquakes have not changed the fact that it is one of the greatest cities on Earth. It is a city that has stark contrast between the old and new, of old traditions and new technology. Booking a vacation package to Tokyo can take you on a trip that will not be forgotten soon.
Without a doubt, your package will include a trip to the Imperial Palace. You have to go there to get a real grasp of the importance of the Emperor and his place in society. To the Japanese, the Emperor was descended directly from the gods and was give the respect that would come with that. It was why the Allies could not push the Japanese into an unconditional surrender like the did with Germany.
For that reason the terms of surrender for Japan included leaving the Emperor. Yes, he was stripped of power but he was still the Emperor. The Tokyo Imperial Palace East Garden is a testament to that. They are among the finest gardens in the world. April is a nice time to visit because the cherry trees are in bloom. If it looks a lot like Washington DC it is because that is where DC got their trees.
Also still safe is the great fish market, Tsukiji. The fish found there are from all over the Pacific. No matter what it is, if it can thrive in the Pacific it is sold there. Many times you can taste the catch right at the market but if not you can take your purchase to one of the many small restaurants that are around there and have it cooked just for you by chefs that know how to cook anything from the sea.
Your package should take you to the Meiji Jingu, Tokyo’s most celebrated shrine. You will almost certainly end up a Akihabara also, the huge electronics mall. If it runs on electricity it is sold here. That means vacuum cleaners to the latest in digital media players. While you are there you will want to try another piece of Japanese culture, a Meido cafe. Meido means maid in Japanese and here the specialize in treating you like you are at home and the master of your house.
With the recent events, tourism will be down from its normal 10 million tourist but that can be good news for you. It will help you get an even better deal on a vacation package and help out by bringing in foreign dollars.