The Afar Guide to

Riding high after its successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics, the capital city formerly known as Edo is a sprawling megalopolis characterized by a blend of ancient tradition and modern luxury. Greater Tokyo boasts a resume like that of an anime superhero—it has the largest urban population on Earth, an ultra-efficient public transportation system, more Michelin-starred restaurants than Paris and New York combined, a high level of public safety, and four distinct seasons in which to enjoy it all. Combine this with zany, only-in-Japan attractions and entertainment, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for what is arguably the globe’s greatest city.

Essential Tokyo Facts to

know before you go

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Jon SheerTokyo Local Expert

Jon, a professional photographer by trade, is a 20-year bilingual and bicultural veteran and permanent resident of Tokyo who makes a habit of traveling off the beaten path to get the real heart of the places to which he travels. Also a professionally trained chef, his knowledge of food and flavors informs his choice in restaurants (as well as decisions by his stomach). If you see anything in the Tokyo highlights that you’d like some professional advice on taking pictures of (or just need a bilingual guide with a Western eye for excitement and intrigue), free to contact him either via AFAR or his website, Jon Sheer Photography.
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Erin BogarTokyo Local Expert

Erin Bogar is a freelance travel writer and personal trainer. She’s lived and trained in Buenos Aires, Nagoya, and Tokyo. She writes about city life, art and design, food, and adventure travel at Erin enjoys meandering through art exhibits, drinking quality sake, hiking the mountains of Colorado, and studying Spanish and Japanese.