Tokyo

Travel Guide
Shibuya showing a square or plaza, a city and signage
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 artifacts 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 Washington Hotel Main
Shinjuku Washington Hotel Main
3.5 out of 5
3-2-9 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to, 160-0023
The price is S$130 per night from 2 Jan to 3 Jan
S$130
per night
2 Jan - 3 Jan
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Tokyo. Enjoy free WiFi, 15 restaurants and in-room massages. Our guests praise the restaurant and the property ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,003 reviews)
"Okay place to stay in Shinjuku area, but always line-ups, seems not enough staff."

Reviewed on 5 Dec,2022

Shinjuku Washington Hotel Main
Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo
Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo
4.5 out of 5
2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to, 160-8330
The price is S$508 per night from 11 Dec to 12 Dec
S$508
per night
11 Dec - 12 Dec
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Tokyo. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and 10 restaurants. Popular attractions Tokyo Dome and Shibuya Crossing are located ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,009 reviews)
"We paid the room with lounge. It was nice having free Starbucks coffee during weekday late afternoon. We enjoyed the environment so quiet and nice view."

Reviewed on 5 Dec,2022

Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo
Shinagawa Prince Hotel
Shinagawa Prince Hotel
3.5 out of 5
4-10-30 Takanawa Minato-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to, 108-8611
The price is S$146 per night from 11 Dec to 12 Dec
S$146
per night
11 Dec - 12 Dec
Stay at this 3.5-star golf hotel in Tokyo. Enjoy free WiFi, 13 restaurants and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,903 reviews)
"The property is conveniently located, especially for those who have to take the Shinkensen"

Reviewed on 5 Dec,2022

Shinagawa Prince Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
3.5 out of 5
1-28-13 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to, 160-0022
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Tokyo. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a 24-hour fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,286 reviews)
"Hotel staff are very friendly and care their customers well."

Reviewed on 5 Dec,2022

Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
Mimaru Tokyo Shinjuku West
Mimaru Tokyo Shinjuku West
3 out of 5
3-3-11 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo, 160-0023
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly apartment in Tokyo. Enjoy free WiFi, laundry facilities and a kitchen. Popular attractions Tokyo Dome and Shibuya Crossing ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (36 reviews)
"I can’t recommend any better place than this hotel. The staff were all friendly and helpful. The room were very clean and equipped for a family with a baby."

Reviewed on 25 Nov,2022

Mimaru Tokyo Shinjuku West
MIMARU TOKYO IKEBUKURO
MIMARU TOKYO IKEBUKURO
3 out of 5
2-chome-61-1 Ikebukuro, Tokyo, Tokyo, 171-0014
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Tokyo. Enjoy free WiFi, laundry facilities and a flat-screen TV. Popular attractions Tokyo Dome and Tokyo Imperial Palace are ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (6 reviews)
"Excelent good for family"

Reviewed on 28 Nov,2022

MIMARU TOKYO IKEBUKURO
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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