Tokyo

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

Shinjuku featuring night scenes, nightlife and street scenes

Shinjuku

4.5/5Wonderful!(46 area reviews)

Known for its fantastic nightlife and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Shinjuku. Check out top attractions like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, and jump on the metro at Higashi-shinjuku Station or Nishi-waseda Station to see more of the city.

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

Shibuya

4.5/5Wonderful!(14 area reviews)

Shibuya is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Yoyogi Park and Meiji Jingu Shrine. See more of Tokyo by jumping on the metro at Yoyogi-koen Station or Meiji-jingumae 'Harajuku' Station.

Shibuya
Sensoji Temple showing signage, a city and religious elements

Asakusa

5/5Exceptional!(4 area reviews)

Asakusa is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Sensō-ji Temple or Asakusa Shrine.

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

Maihama

4.5/5Wonderful!(13 area reviews)

Abundant dining options, seaside views and theme parks are just a few top things to explore in Maihama. A visit to Tokyo DisneySea® or Disneyland® Tokyo might round out your trip, and you can jump aboard the metro at Tokyo Disneyland Station or Resort Gateway Station to get around town.

Maihama
Ginza featuring skyline, signage and street scenes

Ginza

5/5Exceptional!(6 area reviews)

Travelers love Ginza for its popular shops, and you can see more of Tokyo by jumping on the metro at Ginza Station or Higashi-ginza Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Kabuki-za Theatre and Ginza Six.

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

Roppongi

4/5Very Good!(2 area reviews)

Consider a visit to Roppongi Hills and take some time to enjoy the abundant dining options during your time in Roppongi. If you want to see more of the city, jump on the metro at Roppongi Station or Roppongi-itchome Station.

Roppongi

Top hotels in Tokyo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
APA Hotel Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
APA Hotel Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
3 out of 5
2-2-8 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is P2,255 per night

Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Isetan Department Store Shinjuku. Robot Restaurant and Samurai ...

4/5Very Good! (2,696 reviews)
Good and quiet location at Shinjuku!

"I love the location of this hotel, near to train station or walkable to Shinjuku station. Also very near to Gyoen park. It's also in a quiet area of Shinjuku. Lots of cafes and food around the area. The room was smaller than I expected. If you're coming from a long flight and have big luggage, it ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2020

APA Hotel Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
BESPOKE HOTEL Shinjuku
BESPOKE HOTEL Shinjuku
3.5 out of 5
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is P1,984 per night

Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Robot Restaurant and Isetan Department Store Shinjuku. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (600 reviews)

"Clean, nice modern room and lounge. Hotel is within walking distance of central Shinjuku and close to a train station. Good access. The only negative was that the hallway smelled like smoke."…"

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2020

BESPOKE HOTEL Shinjuku
Grand Hyatt Tokyo
Grand Hyatt Tokyo
5 out of 5
6-10-3 Roppongi, Minato-Ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is P13,884 per night

Located in Minato, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tokyo Midtown and Nezu Art Museum. Tokyo Tower is 1.2 mi (2 km) away. Roppongi Station is 7 minutes ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (555 reviews)
Outstanding hotel in every way. A don't miss.

"Outstanding hotel, the service was impeccable, the workout room and pool beautiful and the various food outlets amazing. A wonderful experience. I believe this hotel to have the worlds best toilets, absolutely the Michelin three star experience of Asia except BETTER!"…"

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2020

Grand Hyatt Tokyo

Popular places to visit 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.

Toyosu Market
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Toyosu Market

Don't miss the chance to experience the sights and smells on offer at the world's biggest fish market.

Ueno Park
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Ueno Park

Home to important museums, shrines and one of the city’s most photographed ponds, this public park is a perfect one-stop destination for culture and tranquility.

Top things to do in Tokyo

Hop-On / Off Bus Tour in Tokyo
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Hop-On / Off Bus Tour in Tokyo

P1,702
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend
Go-Kart Experience on Tokyo Roads
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Go-Kart Experience on Tokyo Roads

P1,535
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Day Tour to Mt. Fuji 5th Station, Oshino Hakkai & Shopping
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Day Tour to Mt. Fuji 5th Station, Oshino Hakkai & Shopping

P3,941
Per adult
Airport Meet & Greet Service & Wi-Fi Router Rental
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Airport Meet & Greet Service & Wi-Fi Router Rental

P6,071
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Tsukiji Fish Market Food and Cultural Walking Tour
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Tsukiji Fish Market Food and Cultural Walking Tour

P4,444
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
1 Day Private Mt Fuji Tour (Charter) - English Speaking Driver
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1 Day Private Mt Fuji Tour (Charter) - English Speaking Driver

P4,088
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Tokyo

4.8

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 84.25925925925925%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 12.962962962962964%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 0.9259259259259259%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.8518518518518519%
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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!

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