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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

Top hotels in Tokyo

The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
4 out of 5
The price is RM387 per night from 3 Dec to 4 Dec

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! (2,289 reviews)

"All the stuff are very nice and kind, and also room was very clean. Hotel location was very convenient to go anywhere in Tokyo."…"

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2020

The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
4 out of 5
The price is RM404 per night from 3 Dec to 4 Dec

Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Robot Restaurant and Isetan Department Store Shinjuku. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (4,515 reviews)

"Excellent hotel, great location, theatre adjacent"…"

Reviewed on 24 Mar 2020

Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Ginza-Nanachome
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Ginza-Nanachome
3 out of 5
7-11-12 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is RM213 per night from 3 Dec to 4 Dec

Located in Ginza, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kabuki-za Theatre and Ginza Wako Building. Tokyo Imperial Palace and Tokyo Tower are also within 2 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (988 reviews)

"My room and bathroom was very clean. The air con was a little loud but overall it was a good stay."…"

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2020

Sotetsu Fresa Inn Ginza-Nanachome
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Vacation Rentals in Tokyo

Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
3.5 out of 5
1-28-13 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is RM250 per night from 3 Dec to 4 Dec

Located in Shinjuku, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Isetan Department Store Shinjuku and Robot Restaurant. Omoide Yokocho and Tokyo Tower are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,044 reviews)
Best for foreigner! Price, comfort, convenience

"They were super accommodating and nice. Their friendliness made us feel comfortable and felt like we can ask any help. After two weeks of stay we moved to other housing but we missed them as we thought of them often. This doesn’t happen often. The space is very tight (typical Japanese size) but we ..."…"

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2020

Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
Oakwood Premier Tokyo
Oakwood Premier Tokyo
4.5 out of 5
The price is RM1,361 per night from 4 Dec to 5 Dec

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! (899 reviews)

"Nice rooms fully equipped with excellent service. Property in a good location."…"

Reviewed on 25 Feb 2020

Oakwood Premier Tokyo
Minn Ueno
Minn Ueno
3 out of 5
The price is RM256 per night from 14 Dec to 15 Dec

Located in Taito, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ameya-Yokochō and Ueno Park. Akihabara Electric Town and Ueno Zoo are also within 1 mile (2 km). ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)

"Everything you need is walking distance from the hotel."…"

Reviewed on 25 Oct 2020

Minn Ueno
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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Reviews of Tokyo


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21 May 2020

Loved every minute

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21 Mar 2020

Tokyo's a great place.

5/5 - Excellent


12 Mar 2020

My 60th birthday wish list. A great place. Everything I thought it was. Also went to Hiroshima and Kyoto. Check the rail pass. Mine cost just over £200 but I spent over £600.

5/5 - Excellent

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6 Mar 2020

Nothing to say. People knew that Tokyo is one of the best cities in this world.

5/5 - Excellent

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4 Mar 2020

I love Tokyo. Good food and nice staff.

5/5 - Excellent


2 Mar 2020

Tokyo is a unique city for its size. I can’t imagine a European or US version of the city working as well as Tokyo does. It’s a place to allow the city channel you and follow how it’s set up.