Nestled in the heart of bustling modern Tokyo, the traditions of ancient Japan live on in the geisha houses and inner-city shrines. Meiji Shrine in Shibuya sits within a 700,000 square metre inner-city forest and offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding city.
The shrine itself was built in 1912 and dedicated to Emporer Meiji and Empress Shoken, however it was destroyed during World War Two and rebuilt in 1958. Japanese people pay homage to their indigenous spirituality, or Shinto, through diligent practices to establish a connection between the present and the past. Pay your respect by writing a prayer and tying it to the shrine.
Also keeping faith with ancient Japan is the Kagurazaka neighbourhood, which is the last remaining geisha district in Tokyo. Geisha are 'artisans' who are traditional performers of Japanese arts such as classical music, dance, games and hosting. Geisha are recognized by their traditional wooden shoes (called okobo), unique ornamented hairstyle, kimono and most strikingly, their white painted faces. Kagurazaka is now better known as 'Little Paris' for its French cafés and patisseries; however, some of the back streets provide 'ryotei' - a traditional Japanese feast, where geisha also play host.
Tokyo Airport (NRT)
Flights from Australia to Tokyo will disembark at Narita International Airport.
Narita International Airport (NRT) is Tokyo's primary airport and the second busiest airport in Japan. The airport serves as a major international stop over between America and Asia, and is also a hub for Japan Airlines.
Airport Accommodation: There are a number of hotels located in close proximity to Narita International Airport. Book your Tokyo Airport accommodation.
Getting to Tokyo
There are many airlines that offer flights to Tokyo from Australia. Direct flights from Sydney take around 10 hours. Flights from Brisbane or Melbourne via Sydney take around 13 hours. Flights from Perth via Hong Kong, Singapore or Kuala Lumpur take around 13 hours.
Airlines that fly to Tokyo
Airlines that offer cheap flights to Tokyo from Australia include:
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