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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)

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

Shibuya

4.5/5Wonderful!(14 area reviews)

Shibuya
Sensoji Temple showing signage, a city and religious elements

Asakusa

5/5Exceptional!(4 area reviews)

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

Maihama

4.5/5Wonderful!(13 area reviews)

Maihama
Ginza featuring skyline, signage and street scenes

Ginza

5/5Exceptional!(6 area reviews)

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

Roppongi

4/5Very Good!(2 area reviews)

Roppongi

Top hotels in Tokyo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Royal Park Hotel Tokyo Shiodome
The Royal Park Hotel Tokyo Shiodome
4 out of 5
P7,182
per night
6 Apr - 7 Apr

Located in Minato, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ginza Wako Building, Kabuki-za Theatre and Zojoji Temple. Hibiya Park and Tokyo Tower are also within ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (4,390 reviews)

"Stayed for 5 nights , it was a very pleasant experience. The staffs were polite and have lots of self initiatives such as pressing lift buttons for you in advance. The room was one of the biggest I stayed in japan in my many visits, it was cleaning and the bed was good and big. The view from the ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2020

The Royal Park Hotel Tokyo Shiodome
RIHGA Royal Hotel Tokyo
RIHGA Royal Hotel Tokyo
4 out of 5
P5,855
per night
23 Apr - 24 Apr

Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Waseda University, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Tokyo Dome and Togenukijizo Kogan Temple. Mandarake Complex ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,732 reviews)

"The property was in a great location with a shuttle to the train station. The staff was friendly and always willing to assist and help you. I would return again!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2020

RIHGA Royal Hotel Tokyo
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
P3,005
per night
1 Apr - 2 Apr

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! (3,131 reviews)

"Extremely clean, which was really important as we stayed during the Covid-19 outbreak. Staff were super helpful when we needed to book an extra night due to our flight home being cancelled. Very nice stay!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2020

APA Hotel & Resort Nishishinjuku Gochome Eki 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.

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.

Shibuya Crossing
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Shibuya Crossing

Guaranteed to overload the senses, this intersection teeming with people is considered to be a symbol of modern Tokyo.

Top activities in Tokyo

Robot Restaurant Show
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Robot Restaurant Show

80% of travellers recommend
P2,146
Per adult
Full-Day Sightseeing Bus Tour in Tokyo with Cruise
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Full-Day Sightseeing Bus Tour in Tokyo with Cruise

88% of travellers recommend
P5,473
Per adult
TOKYO SKYTREE® Ticket (ONE TIME USE-Valid for 7 days)
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TOKYO SKYTREE® Ticket (ONE TIME USE-Valid for 7 days)

90% of travellers recommend
P962
Per adult
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

88% of travellers recommend
P6,385
Per adult
Mount Fuji, Lake Ashi & Hakone National Park by Bullet Train
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Mount Fuji, Lake Ashi & Hakone National Park by Bullet Train

80% of travellers recommend
P7,069
Per adult
Private Tour - A Spiritual Tour in Ochanomizu, Visiting "Power Spots"
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Private Tour - A Spiritual Tour in Ochanomizu, Visiting "Power Spots"

P4,496
Per adult

Reviews of Tokyo

4.8

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 84.25925925925925%
4 - Good
14
4 - Good 12.962962962962964%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 0.9259259259259259%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.8518518518518519%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0%

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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