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TokyoJapan

Futuristic and fascinating, Tokyo is a world city that should be on everyone's travel agenda.

One of the world's largest cities – 30 million people call Tokyo home – is a city of contrasts. Few other places in the world are such a jumble of science-fiction-style skyscrapers bristling with modernity next door to narrow alleys packed with dark, smoky restaurants and ancient temples. Though Tokyo was shaken badly by the March 2011 earthquake, the city sustained remarkably little damage, and now life is fully back to normal.

The first Tokyoites settled here around 10,000 BC and Edo, as it was known, remained a sleepy fishing village for thousands of years. But Edo was to grow to become the world’s largest city. In 1868, Edo was renamed Tokyo, meaning Eastern Capital, as the country embarked on a massive round of empire building, which eventually led to the calamitous World War II. Half the city was completely destroyed in air raids, and what was left now coexists with a thoroughly modern city.

On arrival, the first thing you should do is head up to the top of a skyscraper to get the lay of the land. From the Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Tower, Mori Tower and Tokyo Skytree, you can admire the city's iconic landmarks and even see all the way to Mount Fuji.

Tokyo's fascinating street life is one of the city's highlights: head to the city's liveliest district Shinjuku to experience its atmosphere. The Roppongi Hills complex in the heart of the city is another unmissable sight with great nightlife and entertainment options galore.

Although thoroughly modern, Tokyo has not forgotten its past. The Tokyo National Museum has a vast collection with some artefacts dating back 12,000 years. Learn more about Japan's emperors at the Tokyo Imperial Palace, which has been home to shoguns and emperors for centuries. Visit the Yasukuni shrine, which commemorates the 2 million citizens who gave their lives for their country during the Meiji Restoration. Traditional Buddhist spirituality dates back thousands of years and can be explored at the Sensoji Temple

Despite its huge population, Tokyo has plenty of open spaces. The world-famous cherry blossoms are in bloom in late March and early April, and Shinjuku Gyoen is a popular destination if you want to admire the blooms.

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Where to stay in Tokyo

Top hotels in Tokyo

The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
4 out of 5
The price is P4,574 per night from 27 Nov to 28 Nov

Located in Shiodome, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ginza Wako Building, Kabuki-za Theatre and Zojoji Temple. Tokyo Tower and Hibiya Park are also within ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,300 reviews)

"All the stuff are very nice and kind, and also room was very clean. Hotel location was very convenient to go anywhere in Tokyo."…"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Ginza-Nanachome
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Ginza-Nanachome
3 out of 5
7-11-12 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is P2,516 per night from 29 Nov to 30 Nov

Located in Ginza, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kabuki-za Theatre and Ginza Wako Building. Tokyo Imperial Palace and Tokyo Tower are also within 2 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (989 reviews)

"My room and bathroom was very clean. The air con was a little loud but overall it was a good stay."…"

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020

Sotetsu Fresa Inn Ginza-Nanachome
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Higashi Shinjuku
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Higashi Shinjuku
3 out of 5
The price is P2,264 per night from 29 Nov to 30 Nov

Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Robot Restaurant, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Isetan Department Store Shinjuku. Waseda University ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,347 reviews)

"The staff was kind, they had washing machines, and the cleaning staff was so great."…"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

Sotetsu Fresa Inn Higashi Shinjuku
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Tokyo

Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
3.5 out of 5
1-28-13 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is P2,952 per night from 25 Nov to 26 Nov

Located in Shinjuku, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Isetan Department Store Shinjuku and Robot Restaurant. Omoide Yokocho and Tokyo Tower are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,043 reviews)

"Great hotel, good location, lovely staff, good facilities in room (kitchen etc), local convenience stores. Felt fresh clean and new."…"

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2020

Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
Minn Ueno
Minn Ueno
3 out of 5
The price is P3,019 per night from 1 Dec to 2 Dec

Located in Taito, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ameya-Yokochō and Ueno Park. Akihabara Electric Town and Ueno Zoo are also within 1 mile (2 km). ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)

"Everything you need is walking distance from the hotel."…"

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2020

Minn Ueno
Oakwood Premier Tokyo
Oakwood Premier Tokyo
4.5 out of 5
The price is P16,142 per night from 3 Dec to 4 Dec

Located in Chiyoda, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bridgestone Museum of Art, Mitsui Memorial Museum and Kite Museum. Nihonbashi Mitsui ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (899 reviews)

"Nice rooms fully equipped with excellent service. Property in a good location."…"

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2020

Oakwood Premier Tokyo
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Tokyo

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

23 Feb 2020

The best

5/5 - Excellent

Abi

5 Feb 2020

I love Tokyo Japan!

5/5 - Excellent

Clygie

2 Feb 2020

The train system seems complicated at first but once you get the hang of it, you’ll have a very smooth Tokyo experience with their very efficient transport system!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

1 Jan 2020

My Family wants to return back again to visit Tokyo and others parts of Japan. We love Japan ❤️❤️❤️

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

1 Jan 2020

Have been spending the holidays in Tokyo for several years now and decided to try Osaka in 2018. It was nice but we decided to go back to Tokyo for the holidays in 2019 as it is more our speed there.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

9 Dec 2019

It's a mix of modern and traditional and I love it!