20 Best City Breaks in the World

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Tokyo, Japan

The world’s most populous metropolis, visiting Tokyo can be an exhilarating experience. Home to quaint traditional temples and immense modern skyscrapers, this is a place where old meets new, where the lights are bright and the busy streets teem with life.

Planning a visit? With shopping, entertainment, culture and dining all on the agenda, there’s always something to see and do here. Putting together an itinerary? Do be sure to include the Imperial Palace and its pristine public grounds, whilst the beautiful landscaped gardens of Koishikawa Korakuen are always worth a visit.

Japan’s famous blossoms are best experienced in March and April, with parks and green spaces galore in which to take a relaxing stroll. Seeking something a little more lively? Take a trip to bustling Tsukiji Market, before heading to Akihabara, where electronic and otaku goods are on offer and the atmosphere is always vibrant.