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Destination Tokyo

It would take years to fully explore and appreciate the many facets of Tokyo. Diverse objects and ideas coexist harmoniously in this vibrant, thriving metropolis: hypermodernity and tradition, globalism and regionalism, industrial design and handicraft, new technologies and skilled workmanship. Tokyo has long nurtured both precise craftsmanship and unique aesthetic sensibilities stemming from original ideas and dedication to research and development. The culture, traditions, and spirit of Tokyo are as alive today as ever in history, and combine to offer an exciting journey to those who venture to this transformational place.

Kabuki Cho

Modern Graphic Design in Japan

Visual communication in Japan is a glorious synthesis and a symphony of Japanese and Western design styles. For example, design observers in Tokyo will delight at finding traditional Japanese painting techniques such as Rimpa and ukiyo-e woodblock prints influenced by Art Nouveau, Constructivism, the Bauhaus, Futurism, Dadaism, and other significant art movements from the West.


Yusaku Kamekura

Yusaku Kamekura, the 18th Olympic Games, poster no.1, 1961.


Communication design became increasingly popular during Japan’s Showa Period (1926–1989). Enthusiastically embraced by the general public, design became embedded in Japanese culture. The evolution of graphic design as a discipline was deeply rooted in the industrialization of Japan and the growth of the modern city, along with the need for businesses to advertise to urban consumers. Posters became meaningful in the context of city life, the medium an important means of artistic expression with its own vocabulary. Visionaries such as Yusaku Kamekura and Ikko Tanaka helped establish the field of graphic design in Japan, and their styles and philosophies are continually passed on to young designers from each generation.




Getting there

Visa requirements

Visas requirements depend on the nationalities of those traveling to Japan. Please visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan for more details. 


By plane

The easiest way to get to Tokyo is by air. There are two international airports located in Tokyo area: Haneda and Narita. Both airports are accessible by airport buses and other forms of ground transportation. 

Limousine Bus


Public Transportation 

Tokyo’s public transportation is known for its efficiency and ease of use. However, there can be a language barrier for non-native speakers–there are useful apps for those traveling in the city. 



Tokyo Subway



A good option for booking transportation from the airport to hotels or other destinations is Tokyo Taxi 

In Tokyo, taxis are also available through Uber, although it’s not the most convenient or cost-effective way to get around. JapanTaxi is another popular taxi app, available in English for iOS and Android:


Prepaid transportation card


There are two types of passes that can be purchased for public transportation in the Tokyo area: Pasmo and Suica cards. Both may be used for most lines running in Tokyo.


How to buy, and where they can be used:





Shops in Tokyo usually open at 10:00 am and close between 8:00 and 10:pm, depending on each store. Restaurants usually open for lunch at 11:30 am and close around 2:00 pm. Dinner time traditionally begins at 6:00 pm in Tokyo, with closing hours varying.



Visitors to Tokyo will often encounter sunny weather in early September, but fair warning—it is typhoon season. On average, one typhoon hits Eastern Japan each September. Temperatures may rise above 30 degrees Celsius during this time of year, accompanied by increased humidity. Visitors should take precautions to avoid heat stroke and other effects of extreme temperatures. Those traveling in Japan in September should drink plenty of water and wear sunglasses and sunscreen to guard against strong UV rays.


Internet: Bring your pocket Wi-Fi

Japan is slowly expanding its availability of free public Wi-Fi, but there are no guarantees travelers will find this service at every location in Tokyo. For those who must remain connected, it’s advisable to carry a device capable of accessing the internet without relying on free Wi-Fi.



Tipping in Japan is not mandatory, and it’s not expected. That said, Japanese staff at hotels, restaurants, etc., won’t be offended or feel disrespected should visitors tip for good service, but it’s just not part of the culture. That said, service charges are sometimes included in pricing.




The yen is the official currency of Japan. Larger stores usually accept major credit cards, but small stores and restaurants sometimes will accept cash only. Visitors to Japan should carry a credit card or debit card that allows for the withdrawal of yen. 7-Eleven stores are ubiquitous, offering more than 25,000 ATM points throughout Japan. Check in advance to ensure that your cards are accepted.


More information about Tokyo

Visit GO TOKYO The Official Tokyo Travel Guide.