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Visit Tokyo

Experience the energy of one of the world’s largest cities, home to electronics shops and towering skyscrapers, ancient art and pretty cherry blossoms.

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.

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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(1,881 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(508 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

Ueno

Known for Shopping, Museums, Sightseeing

4.5/5(160 reviews)

You might take some time to check out the abundant dining options in Ueno. Spend some time visiting top spots like Ameya-Yokochō, and catch the metro at Keisei-Ueno Station or Ueno-okachimachi Station to see more of the area.

Akihabara
Akihabara

Akihabara

While Akihabara isn't home to many top sights, Akihabara Electric Town and Ueno Park are some notable places to visit nearby.

Ikebukuro
Ikebukuro

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(137 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.

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
Dec 15 - Dec 16

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! (2,626 reviews)

"The room was in mint condition, well equipped. Room design was simple, clear and easy to use. Very nice information panel on TV startup screen, i.e. WiFi password, checkout time. Highly value for money stay."…"

Reviewed on Dec 10, 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
¥14,164
per night
Jan 5 - Jan 6

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! (8,695 reviews)

"Location convenience to a major station Shinjuku and shopping area"…"

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019

Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
APA Hotel Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
APA Hotel Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
3 out of 5
2-2-8 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
¥6,612
per night
Jan 5 - Jan 6

Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Isetan Department Store Shinjuku. Robot Restaurant and Samurai ...

4/5Very Good! (3,281 reviews)

"Provide Free ♨️spa.. Bravo Room a bit too small, need more foreign language movie."…"

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019

APA Hotel Shinjuku Gyoen-mae

Popular things to do in Tokyo

Disneyland® Tokyo
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Disneyland® Tokyo

4.5/5(584 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(1,287 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(1,171 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(1,377 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(1,557 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(1,225 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.

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.

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.

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

¥1,800

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.

Private Tour - Explore the Local, Residential Areas of Tokyo
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Private Tour - Explore the Local, Residential Areas of Tokyo

¥11,221

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: 烏山 念仏堂, 2-chōme-23-16 Minamikarasuyama, Setagaya City, Tōkyō-to 157-0062, Japan Karasuyama Nenbutsudo Duration: 10 minutes Stop At: Karasuyama Shrine, 2-chōme-21-1 Minamikarasuyama,

Reviews of Tokyo

4.7

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
4076
5 - Excellent 72.56542638419084%
4 - Good
1349
4 - Good 24.016378849919885%
3 - Okay
166
3 - Okay 2.9553142246750936%
2 - Disappointing
23
2 - Disappointing 0.4094712479971515%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.05340929321701976%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 10, 2019

The only downside was there are a lot of tourists from China that were a bit rude and disrespectful of Japanese customs and public behavior (talking loudly on phones on the train, stepping on feet and coughing to get you to move out of line).

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 9, 2019

Love the entire Tokyo area. Been to Japan over 10x, Toyoko at least 5x.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 9, 2019

We were not there to have fun. We were there because of an illness.

4/5 - Good

Weywey

Dec 8, 2019

I like Tokyo!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 7, 2019

Safe, very safe.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 7, 2019

I’ll be back next year

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Best Tours in Tokyo for Anime Fans

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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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