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 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

Sotetsu Fresa Inn Higashi Shinjuku
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Higashi Shinjuku
3 out of 5
7-27-9 Shinjuku Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to, 160-0022
Fully refundable
The price is S$64 per night from 12 Sep to 13 Sep
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Tokyo. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and on-site parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,000 reviews)
"Great experience"

Reviewed on 7 Aug,2022

Sotetsu Fresa Inn Higashi Shinjuku
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, 105-8333
The price is S$84 per night from 4 Sep to 5 Sep
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Tokyo. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,201 reviews)
Modern and superb hotel
"Great location. The facilities were superb, the service was outstanding, and the breakfast buffet had a great variety for everyone. I highly recommend this hotel."

Reviewed on 1 Aug,2022

The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel
Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel
4.5 out of 5
26-1 Sakuragaoka-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to, 150-8512
The price is S$259 per night from 29 Aug to 30 Aug
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Tokyo. Enjoy free WiFi, 7 restaurants and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,000 reviews)
"Great location, walkable to Shibuya train station and very happening areas. The room itself is clean and on the 30th floor it was very quiet. Dining options in hotel are all a little pricey and slow, but a few convenience stores are walking distance outside if you just want to munch on something ..."

Reviewed on 20 Jul,2022

Cerulean Tower Tokyu 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.
Flexstay Inn Shirogane
Flexstay Inn Shirogane
2.5 out of 5
5-10-15, Shirogane, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to, 108-0072
The price is S$56 per night from 14 Aug to 15 Aug
Stay at this business-friendly apartment in Tokyo. Enjoy free WiFi, laundry facilities and a TV. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the property condition ...
3.6/5 Good! (207 reviews)
"Very clean hotel and the room has a mini kitchen inside."

Reviewed on 20 Dec,2021

Flexstay Inn Shirogane
Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
3.5 out of 5
1-28-13 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to, 160-0022
The price is S$100 per night from 15 Aug to 16 Aug
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! (2,240 reviews)
"Staffs were extremely helpful and accommodating rooms etc. great location, close to subway and shopping and very safe and convenient location."

Reviewed on 2 Aug,2022

Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
Oakwood Hotel & Apartments Azabu Tokyo
Oakwood Hotel & Apartments Azabu Tokyo
3.5 out of 5
3-10-5 Higashiazabu, Minato, Tokyo, Tokyo, 106-0044
The price is S$163 per night from 1 Sep to 2 Sep
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Tokyo. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Imperial Palace ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (55 reviews)
"Fantastic. Everything was clean and new."

Reviewed on 4 Aug,2022

Oakwood Hotel & Apartments Azabu Tokyo
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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