Tokyo

Travel Guide
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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

Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro
Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro
4 out of 5
1-6-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to, 171-8505
Fully refundable
The price is P2,671 per night from 16 Oct to 17 Oct
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Tokyo. Enjoy free WiFi, 6 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the family amenities ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,261 reviews)
"Excellent location"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2022

Shinagawa Prince Hotel
Shinagawa Prince Hotel
3.5 out of 5
4-10-30 Takanawa Minato-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to, 108-8611
The price is P4,350 per night from 6 Oct to 7 Oct
Stay at this 3.5-star golf hotel in Tokyo. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and 13 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (2,023 reviews)
"It’s in a great location; just across from the station and convenient to many major areas in Tokyo."

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2022

The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
4 out of 5
1-6-3 Higashi-Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo, 105-8333
The price is P3,510 per night from 2 Oct to 3 Oct
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Tokyo. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,132 reviews)
"beauty hotel"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2022

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.
Mimaru Tokyo Ginza East
Mimaru Tokyo Ginza East
3 out of 5
1-4, Shintomi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo, 104-0041
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly apartment in Tokyo. Enjoy free WiFi, laundry facilities, and an in-room DVD player. Popular attractions Tokyo Dome and ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (61 reviews)
"Very polite and friendly staff. Location is very convenient to enjoy Tokyo metro area. We stayed there about 2 weeks and didn’t have any complaints at all."

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2022

Mimaru Tokyo Shinjuku West
Mimaru Tokyo Shinjuku West
3 out of 5
3-3-11 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo, 160-0023
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly apartment in Tokyo. Enjoy free WiFi, laundry facilities, and a kitchen. Popular attractions Tokyo Dome and Tokyo Imperial ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (23 reviews)
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"とても綺麗で過ごしやすかったです。 食器なども完備されていてとても助かりました。 また伺わせて頂きます!"

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2022

Oakwood Hotel & Apartments Azabu Tokyo
Oakwood Hotel & Apartments Azabu Tokyo
3.5 out of 5
3-10-5 Higashiazabu, Minato, Tokyo, Tokyo, 106-0044
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Tokyo. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Tokyo Dome and Tokyo Tower are located ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (63 reviews)
"Room was fantastic with kitchen, washing machine and big bathroom. Definitely will stay again next time. Easy access from most of the place in Tokyo."

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2022

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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