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Tokyo
Travel Guide

Shibuya featuring central business district, signage and street scenes

Experience the energy of one of the world’s largest cities, home to electronics shops and towering skyscrapers, ancient art and pretty cherry blossoms.

With more than 30 million residents, Tokyo’s metropolitan region is the largest population center in the world. This position is especially impressive given that half of Tokyo was destroyed during World War II air raids. The city that was rebuilt after 1945 presents a fascinating blend of ancient tradition and modern leadership.

Go to the top of a skyscraper for impressive views of this seemingly endless city. From the Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Tower, Mori Tower and Tokyo Skytree, you’ll see iconic landmarks in Japan’s modern skyline and even beyond to Mount Fuji. Back on street level, experience the atmosphere of the city’s liveliest district, Shinjuku, home to many of Tokyo’s tallest buildings and the city’s busiest rail station.

Although a modern city, Tokyo maintains its links to the past. See art and artifacts from ancient Japan and other Asian countries in the Tokyo National Museum. Its collection includes items up to 12,000 years old. The Tokyo Imperial Palace sits on the site that has been home to shoguns and emperors for centuries.

Learn about traditional Buddhist spirituality dating back to 645 at the Sensoji Temple. The Yasukuni Shrine and Yushukan Museum showcase Shinto efforts to commemorate the services of the more than 2 million citizens who died in service to their country over the last century and a half.

Tokyo is constantly rebuilding and reinventing itself. The Roppongi Hills multi-use complex was created in 2003 in the heart of the city and provides some of the trendiest scenes for nighttime entertainment. It’s especially popular with expats.

Although Tokyo is densely populated, it has plenty of green space throughout its 23 wards. Late March and early April feature the famous Japanese cherry blossoms. One of the most popular places to enjoy the flora with a picnic lunch is Shinjuku Gyoen. Parks in every district are carefully designed with detailed landscape architecture to provide oases for Japan’s citizens and visitors to relax and refresh.

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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
Free cancellation
The price is CA $74 per night from May 23 to May 23
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 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,215 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 Mar. 26, 2021

The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
APA Hotel Akihabaraeki Denkigaiguchi
APA Hotel Akihabaraeki Denkigaiguchi
3 out of 5
3-11-4, Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is CA $40 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Chiyoda, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kanda Shrine and Ueno Onshi Park. Tokyo Dome and Tokyo Imperial Palace are also within 3 mi (5 km). ...
4.3/5Excellent! (973 reviews)
Perfect
"Perfect english and 11:00 AM checkout. Loved it"

Reviewed on Jul. 15, 2020

APA Hotel Akihabaraeki Denkigaiguchi
Citadines Central Shinjuku Tokyo
Citadines Central Shinjuku Tokyo
3.5 out of 5
1-2-9, Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is CA $53 per night from May 21 to May 21
Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Robot Restaurant, Isetan Department Store Shinjuku, and Omoide Yokocho. Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Anime ...
4.3/5Excellent! (994 reviews)
"部屋が思っていたより広かった。新宿駅の近くであるため、どこへ行くにもアクセスがよかった。一方で、ホテルは新宿駅の東口に位置しているため、20時ごろから、ホテル周辺は少し安全ではない雰囲気を感じた。スキンケア類のアメニティーがあるとなおよかった。"

Reviewed on Jan. 18, 2021

Citadines Central Shinjuku 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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Mar 23, 2020

Delicious food 

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 19, 2020

beautiful, clean and people are respectful/disciplined. we will visit again

5/5 - Excellent

Jav

Mar 9, 2020

Must visit MT FUJI!!! Don't go during an epidemic, most of the stuff is closed S:

5/5 - Excellent

BB

Mar 1, 2020

Fell in love with this city. Will be coming back ASAP.

4/5 - Good

MLD

Feb 27, 2020

Be ready with your google map to locate places in case you get lost.

5/5 - Excellent

Elliott

Feb 24, 2020

If you visit Tokyo but don't have a lot of time to see any other cities in Japan I highly recommend at least visiting nearby Yokohama, particularly Chinatown so you can experience Chinese culture in Japan too! It's only about 45 minutes by train.

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