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Tokyo getaway: A mini guide to exploring Japan’s capital

Tokyo is known for its unique clash of modernity and tradition: swanky malls and large, modern theme parks stand in stark contrast to centuries-old gardens and historic temples. In between all that there are enough dining, fashion and cultural attractions to enthrall travellers for weeks (or a long weekend, if that’s all the time you can spare). Here, we find out how to earn and redeem Citi Miles using your Citi PremierMiles Visa Card when you book your trip to Japan with Agoda.
Tokyo Tower

 

FLY:

It’s a seven-hour direct flight from Tokyo to Singapore. Book your ticket with any of the leading airlines using a Citi PremierMiles Visa Card and earn 1.2 Citi Miles on every $1 spent. Or simply redeem your miles for a ticket by transferring Citi Miles on your Card to your favourite Frequent Flyer Program.

STAY:

Tokyo Park Hyatt

This luxury hotel featured in the popular 2003 film Lost in Translation, and occupies the top 14 floors of Shinjuku Park Tower, with stunning views of Tokyo and Mount Fuji. Rates start from US$480 for a standard twin on agoda.com/citimiles.

Mercure Hotel Ginza Tokyo

A midrange accommodation choice  offering a fantastic location near the subway and within walking distance of Ginza Shopping Street, the Kabuki Theatre and Tsukiji Fish Market. Rooms start at US$140 on agoda.com/citimiles.

Book your stay at agoda.com/citimiles using a Citi PremierMiles Visa card till 15 October 2015 and earn up to 6 Citi Miles for every S$1 spent. For details, visit www.citibank.com.sg/pmtravel.

DO

Dining

Tokyo has it all, from cosy yakitori bars to atmospheric ramen stalls and Michelin-starred restaurants, contributing to the city’s reputation for having one of the most innovative and diverse dining scenes in the world. So dine at your favourite restaurants and pay with your Citi PremierMiles Visa Card to earn 2 Citi Miles on all spends in foreign currency.

Tsukiji Fish Market

One of the largest fish markets in the world, Tsukiji comes to life before 5am with tuna auctions, and visitors start queueing hours ahead to watch the action. There’s still plenty to see when the sun comes up; all sorts of fish, fruit and vegetables are traded here, and there are numerous sushi restaurants and souvenir shops. Check the online calendar for opening hours.

Shrines and temples

Hundreds of shrines and temples offer a quiet reprieve from Tokyo’s hustle and bustle. Shibuya’s Meiji Shrine is one of the most popular, along with Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, which was built in the 7th century. Sensoji is grand and majestic, with large gates, imperial structures and architecture.

Tokyo
Asakusa Temple

Hip neighbourhoods

Hip neighbourhoods Shimokitazawa and Daikanyama are great places to explore Tokyo’s unique sub-cultures, each offering hidden gems. Eccentric Shimokitazawa has a vibrant music scene with many trendy restaurants and cafés. Daikanyama, in central Tokyo, boasts a thriving art scene with quirky stores, vintage shops and street art.

Tokyo

Enjoy up to 6 Citi Miles per $1 spent at www.agoda.com/citimiles with a Citi PremierMiles Visa Card until 15 October 2015. To apply for a Citi PremierMiles Visa Card, SMS “PMV” to 72484*.

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This story first appeared in Expat Living’s August 2015 issue.

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