Tokyo

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Visit 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!(43 area reviews)

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

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

Shibuya

4.5/5Wonderful!(12 area 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.

Shibuya
Sensoji Temple showing signage, a city and religious elements

Asakusa

5/5Exceptional!(4 area 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.

Asakusa
Ginza featuring skyline, signage and street scenes

Ginza

5/5Exceptional!(6 area 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.

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

Maihama

4.5/5Wonderful!(12 area 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.

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

Roppongi

4/5Very Good!(2 area reviews)

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. 

Roppongi

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
Free Cancellation
P2,402
per night
Jan 19 - Jan 20

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 Midtown and Tokyo ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,801 reviews)

"Had a great view from our room and plenty of amenities which were appreciated."…"

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2020

APA Hotel & Resort Nishishinjuku Gochome Eki Tower
Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
4 out of 5
Free Cancellation
P7,244
per night
Jan 19 - Jan 20

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! (8,883 reviews)

"Great location right in the heart of Shinjuku. A new hotel so everything was in great condition. Well equipped room, if a little small. Bed was stuck up against a wall but we knew what we were getting so not a problem. Nice bathtub and shower. Loads of restaurants close by. Easy walk to the ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
APA Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho Tower
APA Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho Tower
3 out of 5
1-20-2 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Free Cancellation
P2,745
per night
Jan 19 - Jan 20

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! (5,275 reviews)

"Location was good. Lack of business office was challenging"…"

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2020

APA Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho Tower

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