New York City, New York – May 26, 2010. Tokyo became the number one Asian destination in TripAdvisor, the globally respected consumer-based travel guide website. Their latest Travelers Choice 2010 chose Tokyo for the number 1 destination in its Top 25 Destinations in Asia for the energetic urban culture, art and design, high-level culinary experience and the exceptional public safety.
This is the second major title for Japan in TripAdvisor’s annual ranking, following Kyoto that was chosen as the number 1 destination in Asia in the same category in 2008. This year’s list also chose Kyoto for the 4th best Asian destination, and the 5th position is taken by Nara, the city that celebrates the historic 1300th anniversary of the foundation of Japan’s first capital this year.
Tokyo continues to add more contents: Marunouchi, an old commercial district that surrounds the historic Tokyo train station, has completed the decade-long redevelopment. The most recent completion includes Brick Square, signified with the recent opening of Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum in a uniquely renovated 100-year-old brick building, and a state-of-the-art commercial center that showcases the trendiest lifestyle to Tokyoites such as international high-quali ty dining experiences, Japanese traditional cultural beauty, modern design, fashionable stores and eco-friendly and wellness-conscious comfort.
The historic Sumida-ward of Tokyo is reaching up to the sky with new construction: Tokyo Sky Tree is emerging in the eastern Tokyo as the city’s new digital broadcast antenna tower, and is scheduled to be completed in 2012. The tower will be the world’s tallest free-standing tower once it is completed at 2,080 feet high, and the top observation deck at 1,476 feet high would look down the entire Tokyo. The new tower has a unique design with changing cross section at different level, and this development also urges the tower’s neighborhoods for redevelopment at the same time for more cultural and commercial destinations.