A private jet flight to Japan isn't complete without a stop in Tokyo. The business capital of the country, Tokyo is a thriving hub of for youthful business people in a nation where the population is aging. The skyline is stunning, but the city's focus on their waterfront is driving new development there with several high end restaurants in the area. A recommended happy-hour spot in Tokyo is the izakaya; a bar specializing in tapas style small plates, typically with Sapporo. For a high-brow meal, visit Izakaya Vin, located in Shibuya, where you'll find delectable meals like Parma ham, and whitefish carpaccio. Pair that with a French wine from their comprehensive list. Let the sommelier closest to your table pop open a bottle for you and your guests.
Head down to the old riverfront district of Asakusa, and mingle with crowds flowing into Sensoji, a Buddhist temple dating back to the 1600's. It is a tourist hot-spot so be prepared for crowds and but they are typically Japanese sightseers who all know the time honored traditions of cleansing, clapping and bowing. For shopping; Sensoji with an array of local merchants. A Shinto shrine occupies the grounds, as well and is a great photo opportunity. Back at the river you can charter a boat to see Tokyo from the water on a dinner cruise.
For lodging we recommend The Palace Hotel Tokyo which overlooks the Imperial Palace grounds. New renovations were completed in 2012 after a spectacular three-year renovation project. You can unwind in the Evian spa after you finish your day touring the city.
Ground Transportation: When you arrive in your private jet Tokyo limos and taxis are known around the world as some of the costliest fares. Fares usually start in the 600-700 Yen range, then increase based on the distance traveled. If you're stuck in traffic, which is common in Tokyo, be aware that the meter keeps on running.
Packing Tips: Keep an umbrella handy as occasional rain showers are typical in Tokyo especially in the Autumn months.
Recommended Books: David Mitchell's "Number9dream" - 2001 Set in modern Tokyo the main character is tries to find his father in this fast paced novel.
Calling Code Japan: 81
Best Travel Dates: September through November is the best time to travel to Tokyo. The weather is cooler at that time and the leaves will be changing on the trees. Summer is usually packed with tourists and the city shuts many of their businesses from Christmas through the New Year.