Tokyo is calling! Discover its temples, museums, architecture, and more.

With more than 30 million residents, Tokyo’s metropolitan region is the largest population center in the world. This position is especially impressive given that half of Tokyo was destroyed during World War II air raids. The city that was rebuilt after 1945 presents a fascinating blend of ancient tradition and modern leadership.

Go to the top of a skyscraper for impressive views of this seemingly endless city. From the Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Tower, Mori Tower and Tokyo Skytree, you’ll see iconic landmarks in Japan’s modern skyline and even beyond to Mount Fuji. Back on street level, experience the atmosphere of the city’s liveliest district, Shinjuku, home to many of Tokyo’s tallest buildings and the city’s busiest rail station.

Although a modern city, Tokyo maintains its links to the past. See art and artifacts from ancient Japan and other Asian countries in the Tokyo National Museum. Its collection includes items up to 12,000 years old. The Tokyo Imperial Palace sits on the site that has been home to shoguns and emperors for centuries.

Learn about traditional Buddhist spirituality dating back to 645 at the Sensoji Temple. The Yasukuni Shrine and Yushukan Museum showcase Shinto efforts to commemorate the services of the more than 2 million citizens who died in service to their country over the last century and a half.

Tokyo is constantly rebuilding and reinventing itself. The Roppongi Hills multi-use complex was created in 2003 in the heart of the city and provides some of the trendiest scenes for nighttime entertainment. It’s especially popular with expats.

Although Tokyo is densely populated, it has plenty of green space throughout its 23 wards. Late March and early April feature the famous Japanese cherry blossoms. One of the most popular places to enjoy the flora with a picnic lunch is Shinjuku Gyoen. Parks in every district are carefully designed with detailed landscape architecture to provide oases for Japan’s citizens and visitors to relax and refresh.

Known for

Shopping, Museums and Temples

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Where to stay in Tokyo

Shinjuku
Shinjuku featuring a city, street scenes and night scenes

Shinjuku

Known for Urban, Shopping, Flowers

4.5/5(1,681 reviews)

This major ward of Tokyo offers a variety of opportunities, from skyline views to trendy restaurants, to its large, peaceful park. 

Shibuya
Shibuya showing a high rise building, street scenes and modern architecture

Shibuya

Known for Shopping, Urban, Temples

4.5/5(444 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.

Ueno
Ueno, Tokyo, Japan

Ueno

Known for Shopping, Museums, Sightseeing

4.5/5(148 reviews)

Shopping and museums are a few notable features of the neighborhood.

Ikebukuro
Small but great assortment supermarket - plenty of ready to eat meals for a few 100¥. Fish and meat is very fresh
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Ikebukuro

Known for Shopping, Dining, Cafes

Well-liked for its shopping and restaurants, you might stop by Sunshine City Shopping Mall and Sunshine Aquarium while you're exploring Ikebukuro and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Asakusa
Sensoji Temple featuring religious elements, a city and a temple or place of worship

Asakusa

Known for Temples, Shopping, Culture

5/5(118 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.

Shinagawa
Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan

Shinagawa

Known for Shopping, Dining, Skyscrapers

4.5/5(141 reviews)

Spend some time visiting places like Tokyo Bay while getting to know Shinagawa, and be sure to check out the abundant dining options. You can hop aboard the metro at Osaki Station or Oi Keibajo Mae Station to see more of the area.

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
¥5,785
per night
Oct 22 - Oct 23

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 Dome and Tokyo ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,322 reviews)

"just nice overall, helpful staff and very clean. enjoyed our stay."…"

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2019

APA Hotel & Resort Nishishinjuku Gochome Eki Tower
Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
4 out of 5
1-19-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
¥15,702
per night
Oct 22 - Oct 23

Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Robot Restaurant and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (8,370 reviews)

"Very efficient check in and check out. Not enough storage in room (no closet). Nowhere to get a coffee in the hotel. One has to buy the full buffet breakfast to get a coffee. Not cool"…"

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2019

Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
Shinagawa Prince Hotel
Shinagawa Prince Hotel
3.5 out of 5
4-10-30 Takanawa Minato-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
¥11,050
per night
Nov 17 - Nov 18

This family-friendly Tokyo hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Happoen Garden, Tokyo Bay, and Sengakuji Temple. Tokyo Metropolitan ...

4/5Very Good! (7,599 reviews)

"I like the accessibility to train station and all the shops close by."…"

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019

Shinagawa Prince Hotel

Popular things to do in Tokyo

Disneyland® Tokyo
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Disneyland® Tokyo

4.5/5(535 reviews)

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

4.5/5(1,216 reviews)

Marvel at the views from the top of the tallest self-supporting tower in the world then enjoy the shops, restaurants, aquarium and planetarium at its base.

Tokyo Tower
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Tokyo Tower

4.5/5(1,105 reviews)

Appearing as if a Paris landmark has been teleported to Tokyo, this Eiffel-inspired structure offers great daytime or evening 360-degree views of the city.

Tokyo Imperial Palace
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Tokyo Imperial Palace

4.5/5(1,289 reviews)

This site was first a shogun residence, then the home for Japan’s emperor. Destroyed in World War II, it was reconstructed to its original splendor.

Sensō-ji Temple
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Sensō-ji Temple

4.5/5(1,429 reviews)

Tokyo’s oldest temple was built centuries ago to honor the goddess of mercy. It now draws thousands daily for Buddhist prayer or cultural observation.

Meiji Jingu Shrine
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Meiji Jingu Shrine

4.5/5(1,122 reviews)

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

¥6,500

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

¥11,000

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

¥13,000

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

¥15,500

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.

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

¥3,600

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.

Go-Kart Experience on Tokyo Roads
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Go-Kart Experience on Tokyo Roads

¥3,282

Hop behind the wheel of a go-kart and travel the streets of Tokyo in one of the most unique ways possible. This tour lets you cruise by iconic sights like Tokyo Tower, Meiji Shrine, and Akihabara Electric Town with the novelty of riding in a go-kart.

Reviews of Tokyo

4.7

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
3592
5 - Excellent 72.58031925641544%
4 - Good
1194
4 - Good 24.126086077995556%
3 - Okay
143
3 - Okay 2.889472620731461%
2 - Disappointing
19
2 - Disappointing 0.3839159426146696%
1 - Terrible
1
1 - Terrible 0.02020610224287735%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 17, 2019

Tokyo is a very modern, extraordinarily progressive and crowded world class city. We marvel at how many people move around on foot, bicycles, subways, buses and trains. It works because there's a flow, respectful cu and infrastructure to support it.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 17, 2019

Very big and busy city.

4/5 - Good

Tanya

Oct 17, 2019

It was very fast-paced, lots of people which may take you a day or two to get used to. You can get anyplace by rail, and people will stop to help you if you look lost.

4/5 - Good

Ava

Oct 16, 2019

Very polite and helpful people

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 16, 2019

The whole experience is great. I love that you can take a train to get anywhere relatively fast, or if you really want to soak up the environment you can take a nice relaxing walk to most destinations.

5/5 - Excellent

Kawaii

Oct 15, 2019

Everything!

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