Students love ultra-cool Tokyo for group travel, spring break, gap year travel, and study abroad. You can find super hotel deals in Tokyo when you travel as a group, or hip hostels if you’re going solo. Tokyo, which literally means “eastern capital,” is a huge, exciting city and is the core of the most populated urban area in the world, Greater Tokyo. It is also the country’s de facto capital, and it attracts tourists, both from all over the country and from abroad, especially student travelers thanks to its numerous points of interest such as outstanding nightlife and cutting-edge culture and fashion. It also boasts a well-developed traffic network so you can get rail passes and flight deals within Japan and onward to the rest of Asia. It’s therefore easy to get captured with this charming city, a place full of history and tradition. Though northeast Japan suffered a massive earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, you are ok in Tokyo and in fact anywhere outside the 50-mile radius of the tsunami zone in Japan’s northeast.
Among the vast array of sights, the first tourist attractions most student travelers visit in Tokyo are the temples of Asuka and the Meiji Shrine. Other best places to visit are the gardens of the Imperial Palace, located in Chiyoda. You will also never run out of fun things to do in Tokyo. You can try soaking in some local “sento” or public baths, take a stroll through the Imperial Palace’s East Gardens, or have a picnic in a park during the exquisite Sakura time (cherry blossom season).