Pharrell is right. Tokyo is a dream. From the blitzkrieg of neon illuminating its skyline to the enviable style of its citizens, forget never sleeping, it’s a city that never bores. Indeed, because the Japanese refuse to accept no in anything, they surpass in just about everything, including their food, architecture, and indelible style (luxury cordons like Louis Vuitton specifically make products and build stores for the wildly forward Japanese consumer).
Tokyo is arguably the cleanest (litter is nonexistent, and the cab drivers don white gloves) and one of the safest urban areas on earth (leave your iPad at the coffee shop and you can return three hours later to find it waiting for you).
There are nearly 100,000 restaurants in the metro area, including ubiquitous ramen noodle spots (from cheap fast food versions to gourmet interpretations from top chefs) and more Michelin-starred eateries than any other city in the world.
Whatever you desire, Tokyo can satisfy. It’s a city ready-made for dreamers, as well as those simply enjoying the creations of those dreaming. Welcome to my future second home.
I traveled on the inaugural excursion in their Business Class cabin (which allows access to the airline’s comfortable Admirals. There is nothing like being able to leave New York on 6:55 p.m. Friday evening—enjoying premium amenities in-flight, including lie-flat seats, full entertainment library—to wake up in Tokyo Saturday at 10:15 p.m. ready to attack the night. After spending Sunday and Monday exploring the city, you can depart Tokyo at 6:50 a.m. Tuesday, and arrive back in New York at 6:40 a.m. on the same day. You can literally make it to the office by 8:30 a.m.!
Just think of how cool your answer will be when your coworker asks, “So, what did you do this weekend”?
*GETTING THERE: American Airlines recently launched their direct flight from JFK to Haneda International Airport, just 20 mins from downtown Tokyo. aa.com