Why It's Worth It

From high-end sushi to quick-slurped noodles, Tokyo lives up to its rep as a culinary powerhouse. In areas like Shibuya and Shinjuku, the city delivers the crowds and neon travelers envision. Elsewhere it balances the brash with tranquil gardens and old ways. With its jurisdiction stretching from western mountains to remote southern islands, the capital goes way beyond the expected. Futuristic yet rooted in tradition, ordered yet chaotic, Tokyo has everything you’ve read about and so much more. — Rob Goss