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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

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 RM216 per night from 5 Sep to 5 Sep
Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Robot Restaurant, Isetan Department Store Shinjuku and Omoide Yokocho. Tokyo Anime Center and Tokyo ...
4.3/5Excellent! (987 reviews)
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Reviewed on 12 Jul 2021

Citadines Central Shinjuku 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 RM224 per night from 22 Aug to 22 Aug
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! (2,321 reviews)
"Very comfortable stay with great service"

Reviewed on 6 Jul 2021

The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
Mitsui Garden Hotel Ginza Premier
Mitsui Garden Hotel Ginza Premier
4 out of 5
8-13-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is RM290 per night from 5 Sep to 5 Sep
Located in Ginza, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Nakagin Capsule Tower and Ginza Six. Kabuki-za Theatre and Tokyo Takarazuka Theatre are also within ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (967 reviews)
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Reviewed on 18 Jul 2021

Mitsui Garden Hotel Ginza Premier
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HOTEL MYSTAYS Kiyosumi shirakawa
HOTEL MYSTAYS Kiyosumi shirakawa
3 out of 5
1-12-16, Tokiwa, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is RM127 per night from 1 Sep to 1 Sep
Located in Koto, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Suitengu Shrine and Ryogoku Kokugikan. Akihabara Electric Town and Tokyo International Forum are also ...
4.1/5Very Good! (370 reviews)
"Quiet location, convenient to access Tokyo, Ginza or Tsukiji."

Reviewed on 2 Sep 2020

HOTEL MYSTAYS Kiyosumi shirakawa
Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
3.5 out of 5
1-28-13 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is RM216 per night from 2 Sep to 2 Sep
Located in Shinjuku, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Isetan Department Store Shinjuku and Omoide Yokocho. Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Anime Center are also ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,104 reviews)
"It was nice"

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2021

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 RM952 per night from 15 Aug to 15 Aug
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! (918 reviews)
"It was a nice upgrade of room"

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2021

Oakwood Premier 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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