Tokyo For the Animal Lover

Tokyo For the Animal Lover

Tokyo For the Animal Lover

For all those animal lovers out there who are thinking of visiting Japan, you will not be disappointed. Tokyo has been home to Ueno Zoo for over a thousand years and that alone should be enough to draw you in. It is Japan's oldest zoo and with easy connections there is no reason not to visit it. Situated in Ueno Park, the zoo is close by to an amusement park and also museums so it is ideal for a day out.

There are over 460 different species in the zoo with pygmy hippos, white rhinoceros, red pandas and tapirs being just a few of them. Visiting the zoo can be an eye opening experience for anyone, no matter where they might be from or what they might do in their professional life. There is something about observing animals in their natural habitat that can be surprisingly inspiring, as you see how the parents look after their newborns, how males fight for the dominant roles and even how they source their food, in this faux natural living space.

Tama Zoo is another must see and is located about an hour away from Tokyo. This is a truly sensational trip with its 3 ecological areas. These include the Asiatic Garden, the African garden and the Australian Garden. There is also an Insectarium. The Asiatic Garden is home to a beautiful selection of Japanese animals including Serows, sika deer and elephants and much more from around Asia.

Admission to Tama Zoo is free to children under 12, disabled people and on special days, such as the Anniversary of Tama Zoo on May 5th, and Greenery day on May 4th. Tama Zoo offers the usual services, such as tours, gift shop and restaurants, but it also offers a chance to get up and close with the Lions on the Lion Bus.

Although there is a great deal to see when visiting Tokyo or Japan, taking a day to see the zoo can be a very refreshing experience, especially because Tokyo's zoos have such a wide variety of different species that might not be accessible in other countries zoos.

Tokyo Fashion

Tokyo Fashion

Tokyo Fashion

While many people focus on the sights or the food that Tokyo has to offer, this beautiful city also has a great deal to offer in relation to all things fashion. Even people who don't have a particular love for dressing themselves up in the most popular fashion items out there can enjoy the sights of a fashion week or the surprising styles on the runway.

Japan is host to some amazing creative powers in the fashion world, from sophisticated day to day looks, to quirky and inventive fashion icons. Tokyo's fashion week is held twice a year in March and October and, understandably it is always very popular. It displays looks that are sure to set the standard for the coming season. Tokyo's fashion week is considered in the same ranking as that of the other great city's shows, London, Paris and New York for example.

Aside from all the latest fashion events that shouldn't be missed across the city, Tokyo and Japan have a rich fashion history that is fascinating to study. From the traditions and styles of the kimonos to the high quality fabric produced today, there is a great deal to learn from this country's relationship with fashion.

Throughout the city and throughout the year there are various fashion exhibitions to attend. They vary from historical displays to modern exhibitions of up and coming artists and the cost will also vary so there is something for every budget and interest. The Sugino Costume Museum is very reasonably priced and has a varied display of both Japanese and European clothing. The House if Shiseido has a contemporary design and is home to a wide range of paintings, sculptures as well as fashion pieces.

Anyone with a firm interest in fashion should keep their eyes open on the streets because this is one of the places where the greatest fashion sights can be found. From budding designers, trying out their latest creations, to locals with a fine eye for what patterns and styles work together, everything can be seen on the streets of Tokyo. There's no need to hold back and act shy when walking around this city.

Tokyo Disneyland

Tokyo Disneyland

Tokyo Disneyland

Disneyland might not be the first thing that people think of when Tokyo is mentioned, but even so with an attendance of around 14million every year, there is clearly something there to see. With the unmistakeable icon of Cinderella's castle it is no surprise that so many people want to visit the Magic Kingdom. Ideal for children and adults who are still young at heart Disneyland is a great place to relax and become submerged in all your favourite aspects of everything relating to Disney.

So many people claim that Walt Disney is not for them, believing that it is for children or will be unbearably cheerful and colourful, but the theme parks offer such a variety of rides and sights that inspire the imagination and free the individual's sense of fun, that few people can avoid having a good time here. Once you are inside the gates the sense of fun is practically contagious and you will soon remember how much fun it was being a child. In total the park takes up 115acres of land and there are seven themed areas to visit. Fantasyland is home to Cinderella's castle and many of the Disney characters will be there to greet the young and older visitors. You will find yourself caught up in the familiar scenes from Disney films, bringing back memories of what life was like when you first watched that particular film.

Of course, Tokyo Disneyland's sister theme park, DisneySea, should not be forgotten. Depending on the type of ticket bought, many visitors can see both parks on the same trip. Not surprisingly, DisneySea has a nautical theme, with seven themed ports to explore. The Mermaid Lagoon, for example, is home to all things relating to The Little Mermaid and looks like King Titan's Palace. Just about everything that you would hope to see at a Disney theme park is there, but with an imaginative difference. Although Tokyo Disneyland is different to the other versions across the world there are similarities, but DisneySea offers something different and exciting. Both parks are located in Chiba, near Tokyo and are easily accessible.

Tokyo Cat Cafe

Tokyo Cat Cafe

Tokyo Cat Café

For the enthusiastic traveller Tokyo is full of exciting and different things to try and one of the most unusual and satisfying is a visit to the Cat Café. There are over 70 in the Tokyo area alone so it is not difficult to find one. Whichever one you choose the concept is the same. Enjoy a drink and some food in the comfort of a pet or 50.

Many people in Tokyo find that they cannot afford to keep a pet as the rent can increase if you own a cat or dog. Therefore this type of café is ideal for people who miss the company of animals and want an interactive experience, unlike in a zoo for example.

As you enter the café in most cases you will remove your shoes and place your belongings in a locker. You will then enter the café itself and be greeted by an array of different cats, all friendly and used to being petted. In most cases guests are not allowed to pick up the cats, but can stroke and pet them. Some even provide small bags of treats to give the cats.

One of the charming aspects of these cafes is that there is a book with each cats profile, describing their breed and age but also their personality and history. Guests pay by the hour and can also have food and drink just like in a normal café. Studies have shown that stroking animals can reduce stress levels and relax the individual, so combining this with a nice drink in a relaxing area is an ideal solution for many people. Naturally there can be accidents, but people understand this as many have had pets previously and will not be offended when they leave with the odd cat hair on their clothing.

Naturally, those who have allergies should steer clear of such a café, but for the majority of people the cat café's of Tokyo are a very popular and unusual destination. They can be enjoyed by locals and tourists alike and is certainly something to try if the opportunity arises. There have even been rumours of the concept emerging in the UK.