Tokyo, Japan’s capital, is a place of vast proportions. Upon arrival, visitors experience the sheer energy that radiates from Tokyo’s kaleidoscope of exotic sights and sounds. Despite two major disasters, Tokyo has transformed into a modern metropolis, and is an example of a success story in action. Tokyo is a shopper's paradise. Sport fans will be drawn to Tokyo's professional baseball, rugby, sumo and soccer. Day cruises offer 40 minute excursions on the Sumida River. With facilities such as the National Theatre and Opera City, Tokyo is rich in drama, opera, and ballet. There are three unique and powerful forms of theater: Kabuki, Takarazuka, and Noh.
Excellent museums are scattered throughout Tokyo. The most modern is the Edo-Tokyo Museum, with its 52-meter escalator supported by four colossal pillars. Traditional Japanese gardens of Tokyo whisk visitors from the frenzied pace of modern life to an enchanting setting of gardens outlined by wooden houses, neatly clipped bonsai trees, cobbled lanes, and neighborhood shrines shrouded in foliage. Tokyo’s 500 annual festivals support the upbeat atmosphere that has become part of Tokyo’s popular culture.