The political, business and educational capital of Japan, this mega-city forms the heart of one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, with about 35 million people, and a unique culture found nowhere else.
Tokyo is extremely convenient for students. Service standards are high, jobs are relatively easy to find (you can work for up to 28 hours a week on a student visa), and there is a wide range of accommodation choices, and for a city of such incredible size, crime almost non-existent.
The trains and bus networks are affordable, clean and safe, and finding employment after graduation is much easier than anywhere else in Japan. For travel, Tokyo is the perfect hub. The city includes 7 of the world’s 10 busiest train stations (8 if you include Yokohama), and 4 of the world’s 10 busiest domestic air routes are from Tokyo.
Tokyo is also an engineering marvel. It is not just the earthquakes that have led to very advanced architectural designs and materials, but also water. Tokyo is a city of rivers and canals, crossed by tens of thousands of bridges of all sizes. When the snows melt each spring, and during the rainy season (June) and when typhoons dump heavy rainfall (sometimes as much as 800mm/32 inches in a single day) into the catchment area, floodwaters surge towards Tokyo Bay. Just upstream from Shinjuku, there is a vast underground reservoir below where the main ring road crosses the Kanda river. This siphons away the storm water, slowing the flow. In much the same way, in nearby Watabori Park the baseball fields are lowered, and floodwaters from the Zempukuji river diverted. This is just before the Zempukuji river merges with the Kanda.
Downstream, the rivers become navigable. An amazing mixture of rivers, connecting canals, and the old moats of the great castle (now the Imperial Palace). One of the more popular eco-tours is a 4 hour tour by electrically powered boat. Another is to paddle a sea kayak up the canal to the Tokyo Skytree.
Massive public parks, amazing museums, easy access to extensive ski-fields and surf beaches, great live music, shopping, dining and culture, historic sites and much else await.
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