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Monday, 1st February 2010
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Tokyo expense 'an illusion'

The idea that the Japanese city of Tokyo is expensive is a "total illusion", those planning on visiting the country have been assured.

According to Reiko Tani, from the tourism division in the bureau of industrial and labour affairs of Tokyo metropolitan government, tourists can get around Tokyo on the metro system for as little as £1 and eating out in the city can also be cheap.

"We have lunch for around £6 or £7. The price of an overnight stay is also not so expensive. It's beginning at about 4,000 yen or 5,000 yen (£27.48 or £34.36) for a Japanese-style inn," she went on to explain.

As well as offering good value for money, visitors to Tokyo can enjoy the interesting mix of old and new which makes Japan such a draw for western visitors.

Ms Tani noted that as well as the high-end technology which can be seen in the city's museums, there are also traditional shrines and temples which can offer a place to retreat from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis.

Written by Kimberley Homer.

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