Tokyo

 

The city still looks like a film set – vast neon, huge structures, incredible sights. From the mega malls and designer boutiques to the world’s 2nd tallest tower – Tokyo Skytree – a twisting spire that draws on ancient building techniques, it really is a wonderful city.

Stand atop one of the mighty skyscrapers and look into the fizzing, pyrotechnic night that stretches all the way to the horizon.

This is more than a rugby experience – this is a life-affirming trip into the unknown. It’s a bucket list destination. And that’s not all, while Tokyo builds and stretches the boundaries of what is possible, it still reflects traces of the past.

In the shadows of skyscrapers you can find wooden shanty bars and quiet alleys, deafening traditional festivals and lantern-lit yakitori (grilled chicken) stands. In older neighbourhoods you can shop for handicrafts made just as they have been for centuries, or wander down cobblestone lanes where geisha once trod. It really is a mind-bending take on all the senses.

Tokyo has more Michelin stars than any other city – you can taste the best sushi of your life, eat noodles made with the same years old detail and never have enough time to experience it all.

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