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Tokyo — Tokyo spent most of its history as an out-of-the-way backwater, but about 400 years ago the shogun (military ruler) built his castle here and the city has never looked back. Now a world-leader in business, education, finance, media, manufacturing and shipping, it’s managed to avoid the problems that plague cities elsewhere: poverty, homelessness, and crime are virtually unheard of. What’s left is a sprawling metropolis populated by literate, cosmopolitan, gourmet, gracious, hospitable and stylish denizens. Public transportation works like a dream, and people respect each other’s quiet and privacy. And you can forget that old saw about Tokyo being prohibitively expensive – while it’s possible to spend a fortune, you certainly don’t have to.

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An Affordable Street Food Tour of Tokyo

November 05, 2015 by Teresa Wu

Anthony Bourdain once said, "I love Tokyo. If I had to eat only in one city for the rest of my life, Tokyo would be it." Not only does this foodie city have ... Read More »


Slideshow: 10 Replicas of Famous Tourist Attractions

July 30, 2014 by Tommy Burson

We all know cities share common names -- there’s a Paris in Texas and a Rome in Georgia, just to name two. But who would have thought that some cities would go ... Read More »


Rethinking Souvenirs: 4 Creative Ways to Bring Your Travels Home

May 27, 2014 by Whitney C. Harris

A big part of the travel experience is bringing a piece of it home, so you can remember where you’ve been long after you've returned. We recommend skipping the ... Read More »


American-Themed Diners Abroad

March 27, 2014

Tokyo: In American fashion, Baker Bounce serves up its burgers and fries with a drink rarely seen in Japan: root beer. Read More »


10 Malls That Will Make You Feel Cultured

August 19, 2013 by Alex Schechter

Take a minute and ask yourself which of the following two activities you did on your most recent trip: checked out a new art exhibit, or went shopping at the ... Read More »

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