MT Business Travel: Frequent Flyer Ken Kamoshida's Guide to Tokyo

HOW TO GET THERE: I use All Nippon Airways. The company arose as competition to Japan Airlines after deregulation, so it ensures service is good. BA also flies direct. Flights from Heathrow take 12 hours.

AIRPORT TO TOWN: Take the train. Tokyo's traffic makes road travel frustrating and taxis are expensive. The Narita Express takes about an hour, costs around £16 and always runs on time.

BEST HOTELS: Tokyo has plenty of luxury accommodation. The Park Hyatt in Shinjuku 1 (3-7-1-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, +81 3 5322 1234, www.tokyo.park.hyatt.com) is modern and first-class. The restaurants and bars on the upper floors offer a great view of the illuminated night scene. For Japanese-run luxury hotels, visit the Okura 2 (2-10-4 Toranomon, 3582 0111, www.okura.com) or Imperial 3 (1-1 Uchisaiwai-cho, 3504 1111, www.imperialhotel.co.jp) - both near Ginza, central Tokyo's shopping district.

BEST BUSINESS RESTAURANTS: Tokyo is cosmopolitan and you can find any food you fancy. Marubiru 4 houses a lot of restaurants, from Chinese to French, again on the top floors. For Italian, try the prestigious Antica Osteria del Ponte (5220 4686). The Kanda area has several traditional Japanese places in its back alleys. Yabu Soba 5 (Kanda Awajicho 2-10, 251 0287) is one of the oldest and best soba noodle restaurants in Japan, and attracts a high-class clientele. A lesser-known but similarly fine restaurant is Botan 6 (Kanda Sudacho 1-15, 251 0577), which serves tori-nabe - a chicken broth - as the only dish on its menu. It is the perfect food for winter, cooked in a charcoal-heated pot in a wooden cabinet by your table.

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