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Tokyo

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.

Tokyo Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Tokyo

Shinjuku showing a city, nightlife and night scenes

Shinjuku

4.5/5Wonderful!(477 area reviews)

Known for its fantastic nightlife and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Shinjuku. Check out top attractions like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, and jump on the metro at Higashi-shinjuku Station or Nishi-waseda Station to see more of the city.

Shinjuku
Shibuya showing street scenes, a city and cbd

Shibuya

4.5/5Wonderful!(101 area reviews)

Shibuya is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Yoyogi Park and Meiji Jingu Shrine. See more of Tokyo by jumping on the metro at Yoyogi-koen Station or Meiji-jingumae 'Harajuku' Station.

Shibuya
Sensoji Temple which includes a city, signage and a temple or place of worship

Asakusa

5/5Exceptional!(62 area reviews)

Asakusa is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Sensō-ji Temple or Asakusa Shrine.

Asakusa
Maihama which includes interior views as well as a large group of people

Maihama

4.5/5Wonderful!(12 area reviews)

Ample dining options, beautiful seaside views, and thrilling amusement parks are just a few top things to explore in Maihama. A visit to Tokyo DisneySea® or Disneyland® Tokyo might round out your trip, and you can jump aboard the metro at Tokyo Disneyland Station or Resort Gateway Station to get around town.

Maihama
Ginza featuring skyline, modern architecture and a city

Ginza

4.5/5Wonderful!(84 area reviews)

Enjoy the popular shops in Ginza. Kabuki-za Theatre is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Ginza Station or Higashi-ginza Station to see more of Tokyo.

Ginza
Roppongi which includes signage, street scenes and shopping

Roppongi

4/5Very Good!(14 area reviews)

Travellers choose Roppongi for its abundant dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Roppongi Station or Roppongi-itchome Station and check out top sights like Roppongi Hills.

Roppongi

Top hotels in Tokyo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
APA Hotel Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
APA Hotel Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
3 out of 5
2-2-8 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is RM197 per night

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

4/5Very Good! (2,700 reviews)
Good and quiet location at Shinjuku!

"I love the location of this hotel, near to train station or walkable to Shinjuku station. Also very near to Gyoen park. It's also in a quiet area of Shinjuku. Lots of cafes and food around the area. The room was smaller than I expected. If you're coming from a long flight and have big luggage, it ..."…"

Reviewed on 26 Mar 2020

APA Hotel Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
BESPOKE HOTEL Shinjuku
BESPOKE HOTEL Shinjuku
3.5 out of 5
The price is RM170 per night

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! (593 reviews)

"Such a great hotel. The rooms are relatively large compared to 2 other central Tokyo hotels we stayed on this trip. Even though bespoke was our cheapest hotel during our stay, this was by far our favourite one. Lovely free breakfast, accommodating staff and rooms are perfectly designed to make the ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2020

BESPOKE HOTEL Shinjuku
APA Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho Tower
APA Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho Tower
3 out of 5
1-20-2 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo
The price is RM197 per night

Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Omoide Yokocho and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and Meiji ...

3.9/5Good! (3,455 reviews)

"Very good hotel. Woukd definitely recommend this location."…"

Reviewed on 26 Mar 2020

APA Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho Tower

Popular places to visit in Tokyo

Disneyland® Tokyo
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Disneyland® Tokyo

4.5/5(122 reviews)

Ride roller coasters and watch theatrical shows as you witness the magic of Disney come to life at this family-friendly amusement park and resort.

Tokyo Sky Tree
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Tokyo Sky Tree

4.5/5(269 reviews)

Find yourself wowed by stunning 360-degree panoramic views of Tokyo from its newest and highest tower.

Tokyo Tower
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Tokyo Tower

4.5/5(222 reviews)

No, you're not in Paris, though this Eiffel-inspired structure and Tokyo landmark might make you think you've been transported to Europe.

Tokyo Imperial Palace
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Tokyo Imperial Palace

4/5(276 reviews)

Home to Japan's Imperial Family, the grounds of the Royal Palace make for a peaceful break from urban life.

Toyosu Market
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Toyosu Market

4/5(42 reviews)

Don't miss the chance to experience the sights and smells on offer at the world's biggest fish market.

Ueno Park
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Ueno Park

4.5/5(334 reviews)

Home to important museums, shrines and one of the city’s most photographed ponds, this public park is a perfect one-stop destination for culture and tranquility.

Top things to do in Tokyo

Hop-On / Off Bus Tour in Tokyo
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Hop-On / Off Bus Tour in Tokyo

RM140
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend
Go-Kart Experience on Tokyo Roads
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Go-Kart Experience on Tokyo Roads

RM128
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Day Tour to Mt. Fuji 5th Station, Oshino Hakkai & Shopping
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Day Tour to Mt. Fuji 5th Station, Oshino Hakkai & Shopping

RM333
Per adult
Airport Meet & Greet Service & Wi-Fi Router Rental
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Airport Meet & Greet Service & Wi-Fi Router Rental

RM506
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Tsukiji Fish Market Food and Cultural Walking Tour
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Tsukiji Fish Market Food and Cultural Walking Tour

RM378
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
1 Day Private Mt Fuji Tour (Charter) - English Speaking Driver
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1 Day Private Mt Fuji Tour (Charter) - English Speaking Driver

RM2,818
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Tokyo

4.7

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 71.5137956748695%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 26.69649515287099%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 1.715137956748695%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.07457121551081283%
1 - Terrible
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 May 2020

Loved every minute

5/5 - Excellent

M

21 Mar 2020

Tokyo's a great place.

5/5 - Excellent

Steve

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

Verified traveller

6 Mar 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Mar 2020

I love Tokyo. Good food and nice staff.

5/5 - Excellent

David

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.

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