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Shuzenji: Hot Spring Ryokan
Madeleine Stratton slips into the simple, austere style of luxury that is what traditional, high-end Japanese guesthouses are all about. That, and the extraordinary food.
Asakusa and Senso-ji Temple
Asakusa has an old, traditional feel, with the Senso-ji Temple, and the famous Kaminari-mon Gate and the over 200-meter long Nakamise Street.
Hanami flower viewing
Set up with food, drinks and music under the trees to enjoy hanami, or flower viewing. The blossoms come out in late march in Tokyo and only last for two weeks.
It's an easy one or two-days trip from Tokyo to Japan's iconic tallest mountain, Mount Fuji. The best places for viewing from a distance are Hakone or in the vicinity of Fuji Five Lakes.
The Imperial Palace
Tokyo's Imperial Palace is located in the Chiyoda Ward in the centre of the city. The Palace has been the official residence of the Japanese imperial family since 1868. It is surrounded by a series of moats and high walls within extensive and impeccably maintained gardens.
Take a trip up to one of the two observation decks at Tokyo Skytree for incredible views of the city. At 634-meter high, this is the world's tallest free-standing telecommunications tower.