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 KNOT TOKYO Shinjuku
THE KNOT TOKYO Shinjuku
3 out of 5
4-31-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is S$73 per night from 29 Nov to 29 Nov
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Meiji Jingu Shrine. New National ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,393 reviews)
"Property was great. “Park view” was not worth any money or even request"

Reviewed on 2 Oct,2021

THE KNOT TOKYO Shinjuku
Shinagawa Prince Hotel
Shinagawa Prince Hotel
3.5 out of 5
4-10-30 Takanawa Minato-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is S$124 per night from 29 Nov to 29 Nov
Excludes taxes & fees
This family-friendly Tokyo hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Meiji Gakuin University and Happoen Garden. Tokyo Bay and Keio University ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,201 reviews)
"I enjoyed my stay"

Reviewed on 13 Nov,2021

Shinagawa Prince Hotel
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$103 per night from 5 Dec to 5 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Shiodome, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kabuki-za Theatre and Ginza Wako Building. Hibiya Park and Zojoji Temple are also within 1 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,243 reviews)
"If it was an upgrade, it wasn’t clear."

Reviewed on 25 Nov,2021

The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
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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$82 per night from 29 Nov to 29 Nov
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 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,130 reviews)
"It was nice"

Reviewed on 17 Jul,2021

Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
Section L Asakusa East
Section L Asakusa East
3 out of 5
4-chome-13-6 Higashikomagata, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is S$144 per night from 29 Nov to 29 Nov
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Sumida, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Tokyo Solamachi, Tokyo Sky Tree and Sensō-ji Temple. Ryogoku Kokugikan and Ueno Onshi Park ...
Section L Asakusa East
Section L Ginza East
Section L Ginza East
3 out of 5
Shintomi 1-14-5, Chuo, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is S$188 per night from 29 Nov to 29 Nov
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Chuo, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kabuki-za Theatre and Tokyo International Forum. Tokyo Imperial Palace and Nakagin Capsule ...
Section L Ginza East
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