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

Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro
Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro
4 out of 5
1-6-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is S$68 per night from 29 Sep to 29 Sep
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Toshima, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Nekobukuro, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Omoide Yokocho and Isetan Department Store Shinjuku. Yanaka Cemetery ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,314 reviews)
"Amazing service! thank you!"

Reviewed on 8 Sep,2021

Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro
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 S$79 per night from 3 Oct to 3 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
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 within ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,302 reviews)
"Highly recommend this property! Can’t beat the location and proximity to transportation, restaurants and attractions. The staff was beyond incredible and the views"

Reviewed on 16 Sep,2021

The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
Shinagawa Prince Hotel
Shinagawa Prince Hotel
3.5 out of 5
4-10-30 Takanawa Minato-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is S$125 per night from 5 Oct to 5 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
This family-friendly Tokyo hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Tokyo Bay and Keio University. Mori Art Museum is 2.8 mi (4.4 km) away. Shinagawa ...
4/5Very Good! (2,450 reviews)
"Location was great. But this hotel is getting old. I can see wear and tear."

Reviewed on 5 Jul,2021

Shinagawa Prince Hotel
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Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
3.5 out of 5
1-28-13 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is S$83 per night from 30 Sep to 30 Sep
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Shinjuku, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Isetan Department Store Shinjuku and Omoide Yokocho. Tokyo Anime Center and Tokyo Tower are also ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,119 reviews)
"It was nice"

Reviewed on 17 Jul,2021

Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
Section L Ginza East
Section L Ginza East
3 out of 5
Shintomi 1-14-5, Chuo, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is S$163 per night from 30 Sep to 30 Sep
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Chuo, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Police Museum and Kabuki-za Theatre. Nakagin Capsule Tower and Imperial Garden Theatre ...
Section L Ginza East
Oakwood Premier Tokyo
Oakwood Premier Tokyo
4.5 out of 5
1-8-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is S$421 per night from 1 Oct to 1 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Chiyoda, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bridgestone Museum of Art, Mitsui Memorial Museum and Kite Museum. Nihonbashi Mitsui ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (920 reviews)
"It was a nice upgrade of room"

Reviewed on 15 Jul,2021

Oakwood Premier Tokyo
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