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Tokyo
Travel Guide

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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

The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
4 out of 5
1-6-3 Higashi-Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is P2,954 per night from 10 May to 10 May
Located in Shiodome, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ginza Wako Building, Kabuki-za Theatre, and Zojoji Temple. Tokyo Tower and Hibiya Park are also ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,208 reviews)
"Despite booking a late check in rate, they allowed me to book in a couple of hours earlier due to my Expedia gold status"

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2021

The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
Citadines Central Shinjuku Tokyo
Citadines Central Shinjuku Tokyo
3.5 out of 5
1-2-9, Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is P2,116 per night from 10 May to 10 May
Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Robot Restaurant, Isetan Department Store Shinjuku, and Omoide Yokocho. Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Anime ...
4.3/5Excellent! (995 reviews)
"部屋が思っていたより広かった。新宿駅の近くであるため、どこへ行くにもアクセスがよかった。一方で、ホテルは新宿駅の東口に位置しているため、20時ごろから、ホテル周辺は少し安全ではない雰囲気を感じた。スキンケア類のアメニティーがあるとなおよかった。"

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2021

Citadines Central Shinjuku Tokyo
APA Hotel Akihabaraeki Denkigaiguchi
APA Hotel Akihabaraeki Denkigaiguchi
3 out of 5
3-11-4, Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is P1,756 per night from 10 May to 10 May
Located in Chiyoda, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kanda Shrine and Ueno Onshi Park. Tokyo Dome and Tokyo Imperial Palace are also within 3 mi (5 km). ...
4.3/5Excellent! (979 reviews)
Perfect
"Perfect english and 11:00 AM checkout. Loved it"

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2020

APA Hotel Akihabaraeki Denkigaiguchi
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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

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1 Jan 2020

My Family wants to return back again to visit Tokyo and others parts of Japan. We love Japan ❤️❤️❤️

5/5 - Excellent

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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

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9 Dec 2019

It's a mix of modern and traditional and I love it!