Dream Destination Tokyo

I have become more adventurous these days. I just want to experience everything. Well if not everything, many things. When my finances align, I would love to visit Japan(Tokyo).

Tokyo Trip Requirement

For a Nigerian visiting Japan this is what you’ll need;

1. Passport

2. 1 Visa application form

3. 1 Photo

4. Flight booking confirmation slip

5. Documents to prove ability to pay for travel expenses

  • A certificate of income or a tax declaration certificate issued by a public agency or
  • Personal bank statement for last 3 months

6. Schedule of stay or Travel itinerary

  • Hotel booking etc

7. Letter of employment(original and photocopy)

8. Introduction letter from employer

 

Tokyo, Japan’s bustling capital, mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers and anime shops to cherry trees and temples. The opulent Meiji Shinto Shrine is known for its towering gate and surrounding forests. The Imperial Palace sits amid sprawling public gardens.

Sci-fi Cityscapes

sci-fi cityscapes

Tokyo's neon-lit streetscapes still look like a sci-fi film set. Come let’s see the utopian mega-malls, the edgy designer boutiques from Japan's award-winning architects, and the world's tallest tower – Tokyo Sky Tree – a twisting spire that draws on ancient building techniques. Stand atop one of Tokyo's skyscrapers and look out over the city at night to see it blinking like the control panel of a starship, stretching all the way to the horizon.

Eat Your Heart Out

Tokyo cusine

Yes, Tokyo has more Michelin stars than any other city. Japanese cuisine has been added to the Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage list. But that's not what makes dining in Tokyo such an amazing experience. What really counts is the city's long-standing artisan culture. You can splash out on the best sushi of your life, made by one of the city's legendary chefs using the freshest ingredients from Tsukiji Market that day.

Fashion & Pop Culture

fashion and pop culture

From giant robots to saucer-eyed school girls to a certain, ubiquitous kitty, Japanese pop culture is a phenomenon that has reached far around the world. Tokyo is the country's pop culture laboratory, where new trends grow legs. Come see the latest looks bubbling out of the backstreets of Harajuku, the hottest pop stars projected on the giant video screens in Shibuya, or the newest anime and manga flying off the shelves in Akihabara. Or just pop 'round to the nearest convenience store to pick up treats in wacky flavours emblazoned with cute characters.

Festivals and fireworks

festival in Tokyo

It is difficult to travel in Japan during summer and not find yourself caught up in a matsuri (festival) of some sort. In cities and towns across the country, floats are paraded, people get kitted out in their colourful yukata (cotton kimono), food stalls cram the streets, fireworks explode, and the beer and sake flows.

Among the summer big-hitters are Kyoto’s famous Gion Matsuri, which runs for the whole month of July; and Osaka’s Tenjin Matsuri, on 24 and 25 July. In Northern Honshū there are unusual feats of strength – from 3 to 6 August people balance long bamboo poles strung with lanterns on their heads and shoulders for the Akita Kantō Matsuri. On Miyajima there is a centuries-old ceremony of traditional music in boats for Kangen-sai  on 1 August. And on the island of Sado-ga-shima from 21 to 23 August, the Kodō Drummers wow music lovers at the Earth Celebration.

I don’t think one can exhaust all there is to discover in Tokyo on one visit. I definitely want to go.

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