If you want to ditch your office digs, but you’re finding those postcard-perfect tropical images strangely uninspiring, you may need a taste of something different this holiday. If you’re thinking about a Tokyo holiday package, let us properly introduce you: Japan’s capital is a global center of fashion, finance and important futuristic pursuits (never-ending bubble wrap, anyone?).
Your Tokyo holiday will have no shortage of things to do—you are in the largest metropolis on the planet. First stop: Tokyo Dome City. Catch a baseball game with 55,000 fans who are…enthusiastic, to say the least. Buy a tiny umbrella to wave, look up the lyrics to “Tokyo Ondo” (preferably the version with the inappropriate beginning) and get yelling! After the game, shift into relaxation mode with a walk around Koishikawa Korakuen, one of the city’s oldest landscape gardens. From fiery oranges and reds in the fall to the pastels of the plum and cherry blossom seasons, you’re sure to snap your next computer screen background.
Still amped up from the game? Speed across the Rainbow Bridge to Odaiba on the SkyTrain (or look into Tokyo car hire options on lastminute.com.au to ride in style). Architecture that makes you feel like you’re in a sci-fi movie is a dime a dozen on Tokyo holidays, but Odaiba has some of the city’s most spectacular. The Fuji TV building and the Telecom Center look more like space stations than office buildings, and both have observation decks for you to take in sights of the bay.
In Odaiba, you’re already in the right place for excellent shopping, dining and nightlife. Have you ever been to (or even imagined) a food theme park? At the one on Odaiba, explore ramen from all over Japan (order the “special edition” if you dare). Then get your Renaissance-era shopping fix in a mall that looks like 18th-century Venice, hop on one of the world’s biggest Ferris wheels, sling your best game at one of the many arcades or belt out a karaoke tune. It just wouldn’t be a proper Japan holiday if you didn’t get kicked out of a karaoke bar at closing time.
Time-travel shopping, disco karaoke and hundreds of kinds of ramen are great, but Tokyo holiday packages are really all about the nightlife. Roppongi is the most popular district, filled with expats and backpackers from all over the world. Tour landmarks like Japan’s largest art museum by day, but get ready to party at night. Roppongi’s reputation precedes it—and it’s all true. Loud, raucous and at once glitzy and a little bit seedy, the neighbourhood is home to premier nightclubs and the cheapest dive bars. Where you want to take your night is entirely up to you.
Ready to show the world (or just your Facebook friends) how holidays are done? Find Tokyo deals on lastminute.com.au and save even more when you book your hotel and airfare together. Then create your own scavenger hunt for when you’re in town: square watermelons and umbrella ties are a good start.
^Savings based on all package bookings made with Flight + Hotel on lastminute.com.au from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019, as compared to the price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages.