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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 SG$101 per night from 19 Apr to 20 Apr
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! (2,207 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 26 Mar,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 SG$154 per night from 19 Apr to 20 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees
This family-friendly Tokyo hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo Bay and Happoen Garden. Sengakuji Temple and ...
4/5Very Good! (2,801 reviews)
Good
"Very good from Haneda"

Reviewed on 31 Dec,2020

Shinagawa Prince Hotel
Shinjuku Granbell Hotel
Shinjuku Granbell Hotel
4 out of 5
2-14-5 Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is SG$66 per night from 20 Apr to 21 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Samurai Museum and Isetan Department Store Shinjuku. Omoide Yokocho and Shinjuku Gyoen National ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,511 reviews)
"it was very pretty the view was nice the decorations on the ceiling were nice too"

Reviewed on 2 Jan,2021

Shinjuku Granbell 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 SG$83 per night from 19 Apr to 20 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Shinjuku, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Isetan Department Store Shinjuku and Robot Restaurant. Omoide Yokocho and Tokyo Tower are ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,076 reviews)
Best for foreigner! Price, comfort, convenience
"They were super accommodating and nice. Their friendliness made us feel comfortable and felt like we can ask any help. After two weeks of stay we moved to other housing but we missed them as we thought of them often. This doesn’t happen often. The space is very tight (typical Japanese size) but we ..."

Reviewed on 26 Aug,2020

Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
Oakwood Premier Tokyo
Oakwood Premier Tokyo
4.5 out of 5
1-8-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is SG$459 per night from 19 Apr to 20 Apr
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! (907 reviews)
"Nice rooms fully equipped with excellent service. Property in a good location."

Reviewed on 25 Feb,2020

Oakwood Premier Tokyo
Hotel MyStays Higashi-Ikebukuro
Hotel MyStays Higashi-Ikebukuro
3 out of 5
4-39-13, Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is SG$48 per night from 9 May to 10 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Toshima, this aparthotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Sunshine City Shopping Mall, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Yanaka Cemetery and Mandarake Complex. Tokyo ...
4.1/5Very Good! (710 reviews)
"It was good and nice views from top . I would like to go again if i get long vaccation again thanks to Hotel Mystays"

Reviewed on 15 Aug,2020

Hotel MyStays Higashi-Ikebukuro
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Reviews of Tokyo

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

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21 May 2020

Loved every minute

5/5 - Excellent

M

21 Mar 2020

Tokyo's a great place.

5/5 - Excellent

Steve

12 Mar 2020

My 60th birthday wish list. A great place. Everything I thought it was. Also went to Hiroshima and Kyoto. Check the rail pass. Mine cost just over £200 but I spent over £600.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Mar 2020

Nothing to say. People knew that Tokyo is one of the best cities in this world.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Mar 2020

I love Tokyo. Good food and nice staff.

5/5 - Excellent

David

2 Mar 2020

Tokyo is a unique city for its size. I can’t imagine a European or US version of the city working as well as Tokyo does. It’s a place to allow the city channel you and follow how it’s set up.