Young Thais are drawn by the big city lifestyle
The Shibuya Granbell Hotel is priced like a business hotel but is certainly a step above in terms of style. Rooms have glass-enclosed bathrooms, beds you’ll sink into and Pop-Art curtains (15-17 Sakuragaoka-cho, Shibuya-ku; from £150).
The Mandarin Oriental Tokyo has exquisitely decorated suites and Michelin-starred restaurants. The highlights here are the atrium lobby and grand views from the rooms (2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo-ku; from £320).
All Nippon Airways, BA, JAL and Virgin Atlantic fly direct to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport (from £750).
Some BA flights go to the more central Haneda Airport. It is often £100–£200 cheaper to fly non-direct via airports in Europe or Asia with airlines including Austrian Airlines and Finnair.
Vacant taxis are shown by a red light; a green light means a 20 per cent late-night surcharge.