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.

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, 105-8333
The price is S$87 per night from 5 Jun to 6 Jun
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! (2,104 reviews)
"Everything was great!"

Reviewed on 5 May,2022

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, 108-8611
The price is S$115 per night from 25 May to 26 May
Stay at this 3.5-star golf hotel in Tokyo. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and 13 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,136 reviews)
"Be a little bit faster on the check in"

Reviewed on 7 May,2022

Shinagawa Prince Hotel
Hyatt Regency Tokyo
Hyatt Regency Tokyo
4.5 out of 5
2-7-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to, 160-0023
The price is S$198 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Tokyo. Enjoy free WiFi, 5 restaurants and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (988 reviews)
"スタッフの対応が非常に丁寧でよかった。 追加でもらえるアメニティが分かりづらかった。"

Reviewed on 8 May,2022

Hyatt Regency Tokyo
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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$104 per night from 17 May to 18 May
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! (2,202 reviews)
"The staff was nice and they spoke English very well. The kitchen in the hotel was nice to have. Property was clean."

Reviewed on 8 May,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$166 per night from 18 May to 19 May
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 ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (13 reviews)
"The room was tiny, but everything else was perfect. Will definitely try this place again."

Reviewed on 1 May,2022

Oakwood Hotel & Apartments Azabu Tokyo
Fraser Suites Akasaka Tokyo
Fraser Suites Akasaka Tokyo
4 out of 5
5-2-33 Akasaka, Tokyo, Tokyo, 107-0052
The price is S$171 per night from 16 Jun to 17 Jun
Stay at this 4-star golf aparthotel in Tokyo. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Popular attractions Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Imperial Palace are located ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (25 reviews)
Wonderful stay
"It was wonderful"

Reviewed on 12 Jan,2022

Fraser Suites Akasaka Tokyo
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