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.

Known for

shopping, museum and temple

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Where to stay in Tokyo

Shinjuku
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Shinjuku

Known for urban, shopping, flower

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

Shibuya
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Shibuya

Known for shopping, urban, temple

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.

Ginza
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Ginza

Known for shopping, architecture, dining

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
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Maihama

Known for themePark, sea, shopping

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

Asakusa
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Asakusa

Known for temple, shopping, culture

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.

Odaiba
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Odaiba

Known for shopping, sunset, sea

Futuristic architecture, sandy beaches, hot springs and eclectic attractions, such as a replica Statue of Liberty, await on this man-made island in Tokyo Bay.

Top hotels in Tokyo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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APA Hotel & Resort Nishishinjuku Gochome Eki Tower
3 out of 5
3-14-1 Honmachi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
P3,192
per night
6 Oct - 7 Oct
4.2/5Very Good! (2,195 reviews)

"I liked that it’s a very accessible hotel from the subway and that the hotel provides lots of soap, shampoo and other things like nightwear. However it seemed like the cleaning staff only do a “surface clean”"…"

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2019

APA Hotel & Resort Nishishinjuku Gochome Eki Tower
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Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
4 out of 5
P7,213
per night
23 Sep - 24 Sep
4.4/5Wonderful! (8,231 reviews)

"Very convenient. Close to JR stations. Surrounded by a lot of good restaurants. Room is tidy and comfortable. Bathroom is spacious with a big tub."…"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2019

Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
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APA Hotel Higashi Shinjuku Kabukicho Nishi
3 out of 5
P2,844
per night
23 Sep - 24 Sep
4.4/5Excellent! (90 reviews)

"This is a newly built hotel so it's clean and new. Good amenities are provided, bed is comfortable and has a smart TV that you can mirror your phone to. We stayed in a double room. The room is small, you have to keep your suitcase under the bed and can barely open one big suitcase. However that's ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019

APA Hotel Higashi Shinjuku Kabukicho Nishi

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

P3,133

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

P5,311

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

P6,277

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

P7,470

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)

P1,019

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.

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

P1,679

Discover the metropolis of Tokyo with convenience and ease on the Sky Hop bus. Over the course of a day, hop on and off at 9 stops along 2 routes for a comprehensive tour of the city. Listen to informative commentary as you ride, and jump off for a closer look at landmarks and lively neighborhoods.

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Rugby World Cup Japan: Things to Do Between Matches

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Sustainable Travel & Ecotourism in Japan

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