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Tokyo is served by two main airports: Narita International Airport, which operates most international flights, and Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport), which handles virtually all domestic flights to and from the city. Haneda Airport is located in Ota, Tokyo, 14 km south of Tokyo Station. Narita International Airport is located 57.5 km east of Tokyo Station and 7 km east-southeast of Narita Station.
Japan's unit of currency is the yen. These come in bills of 10,000 yen, 5,000 yen, 2,000 yen, and 1,000 yen, and in six kinds of coin - from 1 yen to 500 yen. Bureaux de change are widely available for the exchange of foreign currency, although most big hotels and duty-free shops accept traveller's cheques and some foreign currencies (dollars, euros). Most other businesses do not accept foreign currency, however.
Tokyo is located in the humid subtropical climate zone, which results in hot humid summers and winters that are usually mild with occasional cool spells. The warmest month is August, which averages 27.5C (81.5F), and the coolest month is January, averaging 6C (43F). An average of nearly 1,530 millimetres of rain falls annually, with summer being wetter than winter. Though sporadic, snowfall is an almost annual occurrence.
Despite a fixation with all things modern, Tokyo cherishes its traditions and celebrates them in some spectacular annual festivals.
Kanda Matsuri (Kanda Festival)
A three-day festival in May pays homage to the deities of the Kanda Myojin Shrine with a magnificent parade of portable shrines and floats. Worshippers transport opulent golden mikoshi (portable shrines) through the streets in one of Japan's biggest festivals. Embrace the Edokko spirit, which celebrates revelry.
Asakusa Sanja Matsuri (Sanja Festival)
One of Tokyo's main festivals takes place on the third Sunday in May, when thousands flock to the Asakusa Shrine for a procession of mikoshi (portable shrines). The parade proceeds in a jerky fashion, as jolting the mikoshi is believed to intensify the deities' power.
Sumida Hanabi (Sumida Fireworks Festival)
On the final Saturday in July, Tokyo's skies explode with the city's largest and most dramatic fireworks display. Held on the banks of the Sumida River, the hour-long display pays tribute to those who died in the Great Famine of the Edo Period.
As many as 350,000 people gather at the Honmonji Temple in October to watch a parade of 3,000 people bear lanterns and huge paper decorations in honour of Honmonji. The Oeshiki Festival is held throughout Japan to celebrate the great 13th-century Buddhist priest Nichiren, who is buried at the Honmonji temple, making Tokyo's Oeshiki Festival the most prestigious in Japan.