What you need to know about Tokyo

Tokyo is a city of fascinating contradictions – it’s both uncompromisingly modern and doggedly traditional, insanely crowded yet beautifully tranquil, culturally conservative and wonderfully eccentric. Japan’s capital is constantly renewing and reinventing itself, with a buzzing energy and sense of urgency, amplified by the neon-lit streets, sleek skyscrapers and a constantly moving tide of people, people and even more people. It’s the world’s largest city, at the cutting edge of modern technology, and yet it’s also noisy, polluted, over-lit and at times impenetrable and confusing. But it’s also one of the most intoxicating and exhilarating places on earth – throw yourself into the fray, and be seduced by this extraordinary city.