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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
The price is P1,956 per night from 19 Aug to 19 Aug
Located in Toshima, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Nekobukuro and within 3 mi (5 km) of Omoide Yokocho and Isetan Department Store Shinjuku. Yanaka Cemetery ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,326 reviews)
"Excellent service and friendly staff. Great view of Tokyo from room."

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2021

Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro
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
The price is P2,634 per night from 22 Aug to 22 Aug
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 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,316 reviews)
"Very comfortable stay with great service"

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2021

The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
Citadines Central Shinjuku Tokyo
Citadines Central Shinjuku Tokyo
3.5 out of 5
1-2-9, Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is P4,370 per night from 16 Aug to 16 Aug
Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Robot Restaurant, Isetan Department Store Shinjuku, and Omoide Yokocho. Tokyo Anime Center and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (987 reviews)
"繁華街のど真ん中にあるがとても静かにゆっくり過ごすことができました^_^"

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2021

Citadines Central Shinjuku Tokyo
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