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.

Where to stay in Tokyo

Shinjuku
Shinjuku featuring night scenes, nightlife and street scenes

Shinjuku

Known for urban, shopping, flower

4.5/5(35 reviews)

One of Tokyo's most famous wards has world-class shopping and entertainment options galore.

Shibuya
Shibuya which includes cbd, a square or plaza and a high rise building

Shibuya

Known for shopping, urban, temple

4.5/5(10 reviews)

Step from Tokyo’s busiest train station into streets filled with endless shopping and dining options and the largest concentration of “love hotels” in the city.

Asakusa
Sensoji Temple showing signage, a city and religious elements

Asakusa

Known for temple, shopping, culture

5/5(4 reviews)

Follow the footsteps of centuries of worshippers along a street filled with traditional snack stalls and through the gates of one of Tokyo’s most popular temples.

Ginza
Ginza featuring skyline, signage and street scenes

Ginza

Known for shopping, architecture, dining

5/5(3 reviews)

Named after a silver-coin mint, this district has a long association with affluence. Today it’s where you’ll find some of Japan’s most upmarket labels, restaurants and galleries.

Maihama
Maihama showing interior views as well as a large group of people

Maihama

Known for themePark, sea, shopping

4.5/5(11 reviews)

This small area, located in Urayasu just outside of Tokyo, is best known as the gateway to Japan’s wildly popular Tokyo Disney Resort.

Roppongi
Roppongi which includes street scenes, night scenes and a city

Roppongi

Known for hill, shopping, urban

4/5(1 review)

In the past this was one of Tokyo’s infamous nightlife areas, but its now an entertainment district known for tourist-friendly restaurants, bars, clubs and a gigantic spider. 

Top hotels in Tokyo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
APA Hotel & Resort Nishishinjuku Gochome Eki Tower
APA Hotel & Resort Nishishinjuku Gochome Eki Tower
3 out of 5
3-14-1 Honmachi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
P2,424
per night
15 Dec - 16 Dec

Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Meiji Jingu Shrine. Tokyo Dome and Tokyo ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,461 reviews)

"Room too small, blanket not enough n room temperature control not stable."…"

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2019

APA Hotel & Resort Nishishinjuku Gochome Eki Tower
Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
4 out of 5
P7,312
per night
18 Nov - 19 Nov

Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Robot Restaurant and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (8,511 reviews)

"Great location, comfortable bed. Speedy check-in and checkout."…"

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2019

Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
APA Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho Tower
APA Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho Tower
3 out of 5
1-20-2 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo
P3,464
per night
15 Dec - 16 Dec

Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Omoide Yokocho and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and Meiji ...

3.9/5Good! (5,011 reviews)

"Pros: Excellent location, right in the middle of Kabukicho Bed is comfortable Right in front of 2 convenient stores, and a vending machine in the lobby, very convenient"…"

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2019

APA Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho Tower

Popular things to do in Tokyo

Disneyland® Tokyo
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Disneyland® Tokyo

Ride roller coasters and watch theatrical shows as you witness the magic of Disney come to life at this family-friendly amusement park and resort.

Tokyo Sky Tree
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Tokyo Sky Tree

Find yourself wowed by stunning 360-degree panoramic views of Tokyo from its newest and highest tower.

Tokyo Tower
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Tokyo Tower

No, you're not in Paris, though this Eiffel-inspired structure and Tokyo landmark might make you think you've been transported to Europe.

Tokyo Imperial Palace
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Tokyo Imperial Palace

Home to Japan's Imperial Family, the grounds of the Royal Palace make for a peaceful break from urban life.

Sensō-ji Temple
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Sensō-ji Temple

The city's most colourful and popular temple has been a Buddhist shrine for centuries.

Meiji Jingu Shrine
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Meiji Jingu Shrine

Set within a large park filled with thousands of trees from all over Japan, this shrine is dedicated to a much-loved emperor and offers tranquility to visitors.

Top activities in Tokyo

Robot Restaurant Show
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Robot Restaurant Show

P3,041

Get ready for a night of eye-popping entertainment like nothing you've seen at the Robot Restaurant, where bright lights, techno music, dinosaurs, and dancers combine with—of course—robots for a sensory spectacle in the heart of the Kabukicho red-light district.

Full-Day Sightseeing Bus Tour in Tokyo with Cruise
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Full-Day Sightseeing Bus Tour in Tokyo with Cruise

P5,093

Discover Tokyo's top attractions by bus. In morning you can feel the Japanese history going through Meiji Shrine, the imperial palace and Sensouij temple in Asakusa. In afternoon you will experience modern Japan at the Tokyo Sky Tree tower and Tokyo Bay Cruise.

Full-Day Mt. Fuji Bus Tour:4D Flight Experience-Fuji Airways
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Full-Day Mt. Fuji Bus Tour:4D Flight Experience-Fuji Airways

P6,019

Best bus tour to visit Mt. Fuji! Focused on taking the best view of Mt.Fuji as stayingat Fuji area all day! Visiting Oshino hakkai, traditional villadge famous for 8 beatiful ponds, Oshino Ninja Villadge to do unique ninja activities.

Mount Fuji, Lake Ashi & Hakone National Park by Bullet Train
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Mount Fuji, Lake Ashi & Hakone National Park by Bullet Train

P7,176

Leave the hustle and bustle of Tokyo behind on this escape to Japan’s highest mountain and volcano—Mount Fuji. Enjoy a scenic cruise on the immaculate Lake Ashi, and then take in stunning sights while soaring on the Hakone Komagatake Ropeway before returning to Tokyo by bullet train.

TOKYO SKYTREE® Ticket (Valid for 7 days)
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TOKYO SKYTREE® Ticket (Valid for 7 days)

P977

Visit the tallest structure in Japan and enjoy views of sprawling Tokyo City from the towering observation decks of TOKYO SKYTREE®. Skip past the lines and go straight up to the 1,150-foot (350-m) Tembo Deck or 1,475-foot (450-m) Tembo Galleria to relish the breathtaking panorama.

Private Tour - A Tour of the 'Must-See's in Akihabara
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Private Tour - A Tour of the 'Must-See's in Akihabara

P5,465

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Volks Hobby Paradise, 1-chōme-15-4 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tōkyō-to 101-0021, Japan Volks Akihabara Hobby Tengoku: This is a store that sells massive amount character goods from popular anime and movie.

Reviews of Tokyo

4.8

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

6 Nov 2019

One of the best place and the best people to live with.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

21 Oct 2019

Tokyo is a very lovely place.

5/5 - Excellent

isthatmarush

21 Sep 2019

I love it! Tokyo is best in User Experience and I cannot wait to come back.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

20 Sep 2019

Very interesting and fun city! I would love to explore more!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

18 Sep 2019

It was an amazing experience to visit tokyo

4/5 - Good

BenitoM.Pablico

5 Sep 2019

I strongly recommend my friends to stay in Cerulean Hotel in Shibuya.

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Best Tours in Tokyo for Anime Fans

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Rugby World Cup Japan: Things to Do Between Matches

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