Tokyo Tourism Guide

Tokyo Tourism Guide

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Language
Japanese

Currency
Japanese Yen (¥)

Visa
No Visa needed for a stay of less than 90 days

Cost of a beer
18MYR

Cost of a Meal
189MYR

Average Room Rate
579MYR / night (3* hotel)

1MYR = 26.43¥ (Exchange rates can vary)

Japan’s capital city is a haven for both modern and traditional architecture. Discover the new side of Tokyo, with neon-lit skyscrapers and anime shops and then step back into the traditional side with cherry blossom trees and temples.

Tokyo is the largest metropolitan area in the world, housing over 35 million people and it is also home to the world’s highest skywalk. Tokyo is a huge area made up of many different cultures and styles. If you feel like trying out a new area, jump on a train to the next stop to find something completely different. Fashion is a hot topic, where teenage girl:  known as Harajuka are the epicentre of Tokyo’s teen fashion.

“No matter in which metropolis in the world you currently are, if you’re trying to imagine how it will look like in ten years, you must visit Tokyo. Tokyo is a city of contrast that is culturally rich, futuristic, modern and diverse. It’s a city buzzing with movement and one of which you’ll never see the end.”

By Nisa, http://www.cookiesound.com

“For the techies and fans of Japanese anime and manga culture, a visit to Tokyo’s Akihabara district, also called Electric City, is a must! Expect a visual spectacle of neon signs, a plethora of curious gadgets, retro video games, anime/manga collectibles and intriguing ‘maid cafés’.”

By Keith, http://velvetescape.com/

Top Attractions

If there’s one tourist destination that towers above the rest, and we mean that literally, it’s Tokyo Tower. Formally the largest building in the world until 2012, it stands at an incredible 333 metres: just nudging past its inspiration, the Eiffel Tower, by a few dozen metres. It has become almost as iconic as its European counterpart too, standing as a symbol of the ambition in this great city. Here you’ll enjoy some of, if not the most, breath-taking views in the city, or anywhere.

It’s such a vital piece of Tokyo’s, and indeed Japanese history in general, that it wouldn’t feel like a complete trip to the capital without a visit to the world famous Imperial Palace. The building and its surroundings more than live up to its lofty expectations, with a past as large and impressive as its stone walls. The building fell after World War II but was later rebuilt to match its old majesty as best as could be recreated. If you see it for yourself, we think you’ll agree they did an incredible job. The history of the imperial family and the palace itself might not always be a pleasant one, but this building has an importance in understanding how Japan came to be what it is today.

Part of the beauty of Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is that it feels like a place of tranquillity within the frantic pace of Tokyo. Don’t get us wrong, that’s part of the reason so many love this city: that pulsating energy that seems completely unique. However, it can get a touch exhausting, particularly if you’re not used to it, which is why this garden is more than just a beautiful place to visit. It feels like Shinkjuku Gyoen gives the city a sense of balance and lightness. It’s the best way to end any particularly hectic day.

Things to do in Tokyo

Tokyo is home to a vast choice of attractions and, depending on your interests, you will not be short of things to see and do. From architecture and parks to museums and shopping, Tokyo is a magnificent city full of awe-inspiring sights.

Sensoji Temple

Sensoji Temple, also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple is a Buddhist temple located in Asakusa. Legend has it that in the year 628AD, two fishermen pulled a statue of Kannon, Goddess of Mercy, out of the river. Even though they returned the statue to the river, they believed she always returned to them. The Sensoji Temple was built in 645AD, close to the river where the fishermen found the Goddess of Mercy, making it the oldest temple in Tokyo. A shopping street of over 200 metres can be found as you approach the temple, which has spanned several centuries.

Price: Admission is free
Opening Hours:
Daily: 06.30 – 17.00
Address:
2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito 111-0032, Tokyo Prefecture

Meiji Jingu

meiji jingu

Meiji Jingu is a Shino Shrine, which is Japan’s ancient original religion. It is deeply rooted in the Japanese way of life and its values are for harmony and nature. The Meji Shrine was donated to Emperor Meji and his consort Empress Shoken, whose tombs can be found in Kyoto. After the passing of the Emperor and Empress, people wished to commemorate their virtues and as such, donated over 100,000 trees from all over Japan and overseas to create the forest that surrounds the temple. Thanks to the hearts of the people, the Meji Shrine was established on November 1, 1920. The shrine and forest covers 700,000m squared and is perfect for a day exploring history and nature.

Price: Free
Opening Hours:
Opening hours differ each month, as the temple opens with sunrise and closes with sunset
Address:
1-1 Yoyogi Kamizonocho, Shibuya 151-0052, Tokyo Prefecture

Imperial Palace

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The Imperial Palace is located on the former site of the Edo Castle in a large park, surrounded by moats and huge stone walls in the centre of Tokyo. It is the residence of the Imperial family. The palace was constructed in 1888 but was then destroyed during World War II: later to be rebuilt in the same style. Parts of the grounds are only available for visitors on special occasions, such as the New Year’s Greeting on January 2nd and the Emperor’s birthday on December 23rd. During these celebrations, visitors are able to enter the grounds and see the Imperial family, who appear several times on the balconies. The Imperial Palace East Gardens are open to the public throughout the year, except on Monday and Friday.

Price: Admission to the gardens is free
Opening Hours:
Opening times vary throughout the year so please check the website before visiting
Address:
1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda 100-8111, Tokyo Prefecture

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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Shinjuku Gyoen is one of Tokyo’s largest and most popular gardens and is a welcome reprieve to the hustle and bustle of the city that surrounds it. With meandering pathways and tranquil scenery, the park is one of the best places to come and see cherry blossoms in bloom. During the Edo period, the park was once residence to a feudal lord and was later turned into a botanical garden but was destroyed during World War II. The park was eventually rebuilt and reopened in 1949 as the public park it is to this day. The park features ponds and bridges, along with a huge selection of horticulture. The greenhouse is where you will find an exhibit of beautiful tropical and subtropical flowers.

Price: Admission is 200Yen
Opening Hours:
Monday: Closed, Tuesday – Sunday: 09.00 – 16.30 (last admission at 16.00). Howver, the park stays open every day during cherry blossom season (late March to late April)
Address:
11 Naitocho, Shinjuku 160-0014, Tokyo Prefecture

“I love Tokyo for its culture and beautiful parks. The Yoyogi park is a beautiful place and popular during the Sakura season. It’s also close to Meiji Shrine where you can write down your wishes on pieces of paper and tie them onto the prayer wall.“

By Yafieda, http://travelchameleon.net/

Ueno Park

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Located in the Taito area of Tokyo, Ueno Park is a large public park that houses several museums, temples, galleries and a zoo. During cherry blossom season, the park becomes more popular, as it homes the Hanami parties, which is known as ‘flower viewing’. When the cherry blossoms begin to flower, people come to the park with home cooked food, BBQs or a take away to enjoy the stunning setting beneath the trees.

Within Ueno Park you will find Ueno Zoo, Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, National Museum of Western Art, Shitamachi Museum and the National Museum of Nature and Science. Temples found in the park are Keneiji Temple, Kiyomizu Kannon Temple, Bentendo Temple and Ueno Toshogu Shrine. Ueno Park also has its very own theatre called Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. With so much to see in just one park, it’s best to plan a full day visit, if not two.

Price: Admission to the park and the temples are free. However, admission into the museums and zoo ranges from 300Yen – 620Yen
Opening Hours:
Daily: 05.00 – 23.00. Attractions within the park have varying opening times.
Address:
Uenokoen, Taito 110-0007, Tokyo Prefecture

Tokyo has many more gardens to be explored and if you wish to see more, Yoyogi Park (2-1 Yoyogi Kamizonocho, Shibuya 151-0052, Tokyo Prefecture), Hama Rikyu Gardens (1-1 Hamarikyu Teien, Chuo 104-0046, Tokyo Prefecture), Chidorigafuchi (1-1 Kitanomarukoen, Chiyoda 102-0091, Tokyo Prefecture) and Happoen Gardens (1-1-1 Shirokanedai, Minato 108-8631, Tokyo Prefecture) are also worth a visit.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

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The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is a popular attraction because of the two observation decks, which provide visitors with the best views of Tokyo and beyond. The 243 metre high building has two towers and both include an observation deck at 202 metres high where you can enjoy views of Mount Fuji, Skytree, Tokyo Tower, Meji Shrine and Tokyo Dome. The towers both have cafés and souvenir shops and the north tower has the added bonus of a later opening time, which makes it popular for night time views.

Price: Free
Opening Hours: North tower: 09.30 – 23.00, South tower: 09.30 – 17.30 (The north tower is closed every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month and the south tower is closed every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month)
Address: 2-8-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku 160-0023, Tokyo Prefecture

Price: Free, except for specific exhibitions, donations are welcome.

Opening times: Open daily from 10.00-18.00 except for Thursdays and Fridays when it closes at 21.00.

Tokyo Tower

tokyo tower

In the centre of Tokyo stands the 333 metre high Tokyo Tower, which is a self-supported steel tower and is 13 meters taller than its model, the Eiffel tower. Until 2012, the tower was the tallest in Tokyo before the Skytree was built and took the title. Tokyo Tower is a popular tourist attraction but also serves as a broadcast antenna. The tower’s main observatory is at 150 feet, which can be accessed by lift or stairs and a further observatory deck is at 250 feet, where on a clear day, you can see the Skytree and Mount Fuji. Below the tower stands the ‘Foot Town’ building, where you will find many souvenir shops, cafes, restaurants and an indoor amusement park. The park offers a variety of performances and shows featuring the characters of Manga.

Price: Admission is 900Yen to go to the first observation deck or 1600Yen for both decks
Opening Hours: Daily: 09.00 – 23.00 (last admission is at 22.30)
Address: 4-2-8 Shiba-koen, Minato 105-0011, Tokyo Prefecture

Tokyo Skytree

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Tokyo Skytree is a 634 meter high television tower and landmark of Tokyo. It forms the centrepiece of Tokyo Skytree Town in the Sumida City Ward not far from Asakusa. The Skytree features two observation deck: one at 350 meters high and the second at 450 meters, which makes them the highest observation decks in Japan. The top deck has large windows where you get the best 360° view of the city and on the middle section of the tower, you will find souvenir shops and the Mushasi Sky restaurant. The lowest level features glass flooring where you can see all the way down to the base of the tower. At 451.2 meters high, you will find the highest deck: the Tempo Gallery. You can access the gallery by a sloping ramp that gains height as it circles the tower.

Price: Admission to the first observatory is 2060Yen or 2820Yen for a fast ticket. To reach the second observatory, it is a further 1030Yen
Opening Hours: Daily: 08.00 – 22.00 (last admission at 21.00)
Address: 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida 131-0045, Tokyo Prefecture

Edo-Tokyo Museum

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Edo-Tokyo Museum can be found in the Ryogoku district. The museum displays images of Tokyo’s history, ranging from the Edo Period up until more recent years. Visitors are able to learn about the Edo Period through interactive displays and models of villages and figurines. In addition to the permanent exhibitions, they also hold special exhibitions periodically. The museum also has a sister museum called the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Museum, which preserves and exhibits multiple historic buildings.

Price: Admission is 600Yen
Opening Hours: Sunday – Friday: 09.30 – 17.30, Saturday: 09.30 – 19.30
Address: 1-4-1, Yokoami, Sumida 130-0015, Tokyo Prefecture

Nezu Museum

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Built to conserve and exhibit a collection of pre-Japanese and East Asian art that Nezu Kaichiro so passionately created, Nezu Museum houses more than 7,000 pieces of work. He was famous among collectors for creating art of all different genres, from paintings, calligraphy, sculpture, metal works, ceramics and more. In addition to purchases made since Kaichiro’s death, the museum houses many pieces that were donated from individuals to demonstrate their trust in this private museum, making it one of the finest collections.

Price: Admission is 1000Yen per adult, 800Yen per student and children go free
Opening Hours: Monday: Closed, Tuesday – Sunday: 10.00 – 17.00
Address: 6-5-1 Minamiaoyama, Minato 107-0062, Tokyo Prefecture

There are many more great museums in Tokyo if you love learning about history and art. The Samurai Museum (2-25-6 Kabukicho | Eiwa Dairoku Bldg 1F, Shinjuku 160-0021, Tokyo Prefecture), Tokyo National Museum (13-9 Ueno Park, Taito 110-8712, Tokyo Prefecture), The National Art Centre (7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato 106-8558, Tokyo Prefecture) and Mori Art Museum (6-10-1 Roppongi | 53F, Minato 106-6150, Tokyo Prefecture) are other museums that we highly recommend.

Tokyo Disneyland

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For a fun family day out, Tokyo Disneyland has it all: rides, attractions, parades, evening shows, shops and places to eat. Look out for your favourite Disney characters as you walk around the park and be sure to get your pictures taken with them. The shops are stocked full of every type of Disney merchandise you can imagine to purchase a souvenir. There are four outdoor parades that take place throughout the day and reservations can be made for evening shows.

Price: Admission is 7400Yen for adults, 6400Yen for children aged 12-17 years and 4800Yen for children
Opening Hours: Daily: 09.00 – 22.00
Address: 1-1 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture 279-0031, Japan

Shopping in Tokyo

Tokyo offers a rich and varied retail experience, with stores suited to every taste and budget. Here are just a few places that we highly recommend visiting if you want to pick up that perfect souvenir.

Isetan Department Store Shinjuku

isetan department store shinjuku

If you fancy a little retail therapy and designers are your passion, Isetan Department Store is the place for you. With seven floors to explore, the top floor includes a restaurant for when you need a quick break from all the shopping. The department store covers women’s, men’s, kids and home wares, including top labels such as Anna Sui, Isetan Girl, Tokyo Closet and more.

Opening Hours: Daily: 10.00 – 20.00
Address:
3-14-1, Shinjuku, Shinjuku 160-0022, Tokyo Prefecture

Nakamise Shopping Street

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Said to be one of the oldest shopping streets in Japan, Nakamise Shopping Street leads up to the Sensoji Temple. The 250 metre street spans from the Kaminarimon Gate to Hozomon Gate. The market attracts a lot of travellers who come here to buy Japanese-style goods, such as hair accessories, style clogs, wooden dolls and much more.

Harajuku Takeshita-dori Street

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Teen fashion is high profile in Tokyo. Teenage girls can be seen dressing like the characters from the famous anime and manga illustrations in what is called Harajuku. Harajuku Takeshita-Dori Street houses every shop possible to create a unique look whilst enjoying the excitement of this shopping area.

Opening Hours: Varies depending on store
Address:
Jingumae 1 chome, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo Prefecture

“A metropolis bustling with possibilities, the city of Tokyo has it all – modern architecture and facilities, infused with touches of tradition that showcases Japan’s beautiful heritage. The Harajuku district is one that has to be visited as the fashion scene is beyond imagination and there’s always something new to discover. For a more personal approach to the city, visit places such as the Imperial Palace that is known for the beautiful view and surroundings.”

By Harmini,  https://deeperthanfashionmy.com

Nightlife in Tokyo

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From sipping cocktails, trying some craft beers to spending the night dancing until you drop, Tokyo’s nightlife has much to offer when it comes to entertainment. Here are just a few of our top spots to unwind on an evening in the capital.

Bar Candy

There’s no shortage of great reviews from visitors for this venue. The friendly bar staff are a real talent when it comes to mixing drinks. Their friendly welcome, along with the fantastic music, makes this a great place to visit, whether it is for one or two drinks, or to stay until late into the night.

Entry Fee: No entry fee
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 19.00 – 01.00, Saturday: 19.00 – 00.00, Sunday: Closed
Address: 3-35-12 Shinjuku | B1F, Shinjuku 160-0022, Tokyo Prefecture

The Peak Bar

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For a quieter occasion with beautiful views over the twinkling lights of the city, The Peak Bar offers a more intimate setting. Here you can enjoy one of the many delicious cocktails from their extensive menu, while unwinding in one of the finest cities in the world.

Entry Fee: No entry fee
Opening Hours:
Daily: 17.00 – 23.30
Address:
Park Hyatt Tokyo 41F, 3-7-1-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku 163-1055, Tokyo Prefecture

Ben Fidditch

Located within an office block, Ben Fidditch is like many other cocktails bars when you enter, except for one big difference. Your host, Hiroyasu Kayama, is considered an absinthe master and alchemist. When you order your drink, Hiroyasu will produce something you have never tasted before, using a pestle and mortar to crush together fresh herbs and spices to create a taste unlike any other.

Entry Fee: No entry fee
Opening Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 18.00 – 03.00, Sunday: Closed
Address:
1-13-7 Nishishinjuku | 9F Yamatoya Bldg., Shinjuku 160-0023, Tokyo Prefecture

Rock Bar Mother

Rock Bar Mother offers something different to most other bars in Tokyo. Go down the stairs to find a dark bar lit with candles where you can enjoy music of your own choosing. The bar only holds around 10 people, so it is ideal if you prefer smaller and more intimate settings. Choose your favourite music from the endless CDs on offer and talk the night away with the owner about music.

Entry Fee: No entry fee
Opening Hours:
Daily: 19.00 – 05.00
Address:
1-11-1 Kabukicho | Nakano Bldg. B1, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture

Womb Tokyo

The most popular nightclub in Tokyo, Womb Tokyo sees flocks of both locals and travellers from around the globe. Playing advanced electronic music, the DJs keep the music spinning and the lights flashing under the largest mirror ball in Asia.

Price: Varies depending on event
Opening Hours:
Varies depending on event
Address
2-16 Maruyama-cho, Shibuya 150-0044, Tokyo Prefecture

Other bars that we highly recommend you visit whilst you’re in Japan include:

Kirin City- Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture

ZATTA – Bar & Lounge – 6-6-2 Nishishinjuku | 2F Hilton Tokyo, Shinjuku 160-0023, Tokyo Prefecture

The Dubliner’s Irish pub – Shinjuku, Shinjuku 160-0022, Tokyo Prefecture

JIP Wine Bar & Wine Shop – 2-7-1 Shinjyuku 1F, Shinjuku 160-0022, Tokyo Prefecture)

Fun Facts

It’s one of the fashion centres of the world:
Although not as quite known for its fashion scene as some other major cities, Tokyo shows that its ability to innovate doesn’t stop in the technological realm. On Sundays in particular, teenagers appear to invade the city with an incredible variety of wacky and bizarre fashion choices, from Goth to cosplayers. Whatever you feel of their sense of style, it certainly is different.

One of the cleanest cityies in the world:
Another thing you’ll likely notice if you pay attention is that, despite the amount of people living here, there’s hardly any vandalism at all. It’s one of the cleanest places on earth, which is quite remarkable for a city this busy.

There’s plenty of festivals:
Depending on when you visit Tokyo, you might be treated to one of the various festivals that take place throughout the year: many of which have been going on for hundreds of years. They usually take place in early April, during cherry blossom season, which is the national symbol of Japan.

Tax free shopping:
In an incentive to get foreign shoppers to spend more while in Japan, the government has introduced tax exemptions for visitors on a wide variety of items. These can be easily recognised by signs indicating that a shop is tax free. To take advantage, simply show your passport at the checkout.

Food In Tokyo

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Japan is famed for its intricate and flavourful culinary creations. Here are just a few restaurants and eateries to help you tantalise all your senses during your Tokyo adventure.

Tapas Molecular Bar

This is a Michelin star restaurant with only eight seats. Located on the 38th floor of the Oriental Lounge, you can enjoy views that reach out to the Imperial Palace and Shinjuku District while the chefs intricately prepare bite sized delicacies of sushi before your very eyes.

Opening Hours: Daily: 13.00 – 15.30, 18.00 – 00.00
Address:
2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi | 38F, Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, Chuo 103-8328, Tokyo Prefecture

Cedros

Cedros is an American-style seafood restaurant inspired by traditional West Coast fish house cuisines. All the fish served is bought that morning and sourced locally for the freshest of fish on your plates. You won’t find better ocean flavours anywhere else.

Opening Hours: Daily: 18.00 – 22.00
Address:
1-32-3 Ebisunishi | D Tradgard Daikanyama, Shibuya 150-0021, Tokyo Prefecture

Ichiran, Shibuya

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Ichiran, Shibuya is the most famously known restaurant in Japan for their ramen noodles. Founded in the 1960s, customers return to Ichiran time and time again for their delicious creamy smooth classic pork-based tonkotsu soup, which is used to make the ever popular dish.

Opening Hours: 24-hour
Address:
1-22-7 Jinnan | Iwamoto Bldg. B1F, Shibuya 150-0041, Tokyo Prefecture

Tonki

Famed for their Tonkatsu (deep-fried pork cutlets) since 1939, Tonki is one destination that you simply must visit. On entering the building and ducking under the short indigo curtains, you find yourself inside a large spacious restaurant surrounded by timber furnishings. You can choose from rosu, which is fatty pork or hire, which means lean and then sit back and watch the chefs create your meal.

Opening Hours: Monday – Tuesday: Closed, Wednesday – Sunday: 16.00 – 22.45
Address:
1-1-2 Shimomeguro, Meguro 153-0064, Tokyo Prefecture

Other fantastic restaurants you may wish to try whilst staying in Japan include:

Kaikaya – 23-7 Maruyamacho, Shibuya, Tokyo Prefecture

Sushidai – 5-2-1 Tsukiji | Tsukiji Fish Market 6th Bldg., Chuo 104-0045, Tokyo Prefecture

Tsukiji Kiyomura Sushi-Zanmai Higashi Shinjuku – 1-1-13 Okubo, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture

Umegaoka Sushi No Midori Sohonten Shibuya- 1-12-3 Dogenzaka | Shibuya Mark City East 4F, Shibuya 150-0043, Tokyo Prefecture

“Tokyo is the city where the bright lights and high tech of the hyper modern world still blend seamlessly with the traditions that shape its culture, ethics and its people. Between towering skyscrapers, mingle along century old cobbled streets to shop for high-end fashion and Michelin Star food.  Best tips?  Learn the basic Japanese language and if you’re a first time tourist, download the APP for Tokyo subway navigation”.

By Kach and Jonathan, http://twomonkeystravelgroup.com

Top Tips

You may have to get used to things being smaller:
Despite being a large city, Tokyo is also one of the most densely populated. They’ve therefore come up with a large number of ingenious ways of dealing with this issue. However, the fact remains that everything being so scaled down compared to what most people are used to can come as a bit of a shock. Instead, think of it as a quirk of this strange and wonderful city.

Food can be cheap, so take advantage:
The best thing about the culinary scene in Tokyo isn’t just how little you can pay for food: it’s that the quality of the food remains incredibly high despite this. Don’t get us wrong, if you pay for a five-star dining experience, it will probably be better than a street vendor. But it is still remarkable just how great a lot of the food is considering its price, especially when you think about how much any meal out can cost you in other major cities. So, if you want to save a little cash, don’t be afraid to try out some of the cheaper eats.

Avoid the train if you are claustrophobic:
While it is a cheap and convenient way of getting around, Tokyo’s trains are also incredibly busy. Seriously, if you are from somewhere that is not exceptionally crowded, it will come as quite a surprise to you. With that in mind, if you aren’t good with tight spaces, then these might be best avoided, even if it does cost you a little extra cash.

Don’t tip:
While tipping is standard practise in many parts of the world, this is not the case in Japan. In fact, due to a cultural dedication to hospitality, which is known as omotenashi, your tip will almost certainly be refused.

Where to Stay in Tokyo

Luxury Hotels in Tokyo

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Whether you want to treat yourself to a luxury hotel or are just looking for somewhere to use as a base whilst you stay in Tokyo, you really will be spoilt for choice. With all of the luxury hotels in Tokyo, offering great amenities for the perfect stay, we’ve made a list of just some of our favourites.

The Palace Hotel is a five-star hotel that is elegant and stylish with a host of amenities to help make your stay relaxing and enjoyable. The hotel is within a 10-minute walk of the Imperial Palace and the palace gardens and has seven restaurants onsite. Pamper yourself in the full service spa after a workout in the fitness centre or cool off in the indoor pool. Each of the rooms includes bathrobes and slippers, free Wi-Fi, television with a DVD player, 24-hour room service, a minibar and free bottled water.

The Capitol Hotel Tokyo is located just a 10-minute walk from Tokyo Midtown and the Imperial Palace. Along with three restaurants on their site, they also offer a fitness centre and spa facilities to enjoy during your stay. Each of the soundproofed rooms include a deep soaking bathtub, MP3 docking stations, free toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, minibar and drink making facilities.

Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi is located in central Tokyo and provides a quiet paradise in amongst a busy city. The hotel is just a 10-minute walk from the Ginza area and takes just 20 minutes by train to arrive at Harajuka or the historical sites of Asakusa. Guests can enjoy dinner in the grill restaurant onsite and take advantage of the spa and fitness facilities. Each room has a television with Blu-ray player and games console, free Wi-Fi, drink making facilities and a daily housekeeping service. Prices range from 60-177MYR per night.

Mid-Range Hotels in Tokyo

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Daiichi Hotel Tokyo will leave you feeling like you have stepped back in time to old world Europe. The hotel features stunning interiors that will make for many-a photo opportunity. The hotel is located just 10 blocks from Ginza and is close to the transportation hub for getting around the city. The hotel doesn’t have any restaurants but is close to some of the nicest restaurants in Tokyo. They also offer a fitness centre, indoor pool and spa facilities. In the rooms, you will find free Wi-Fi, bathrobes, toiletries, minibar and air conditioning.

Hilton Tokyo Odaiba is located on the waterfront of the shopping area of Odaiba, making it the perfect base for those visiting Tokyo for a shopping break. Enjoy a 180° view of the ocean from this hotel, which also looks out onto Tokyo Tower. The hotel offers a health spa with yoga instruction, outdoor spa tub, an indoor pool and a business centre. Room amenities include a pillow menu to ensure you get the perfect night’s sleep, air conditioning, LCD TV and your own private balcony.

Grand Pacific Le Daiba is located on Odaiba Island and offers its guests the Gallery 21 art and photography exhibition, as well as a seasonal outdoor pool. The hotel offers free shuttle buses to both Tokyo DisneySea® and Tokyo Disneyland®. Each of the rooms boast air conditioning, free bottled water, refrigerator, drink making facilities and daily housekeeping. Prices range from 50 – 73MYR per night.

Budget Hotels in Tokyo

 

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Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo is located in Shinjuku and is just 2km from some of our top sites, including Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Meiji Jingu Shrine and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. This suburban hotel offers a 24-hour fitness centre, self-parking, dry cleaning, a laundry service and free newspapers. Each of the rooms include a kitchenette complete with microwave and refrigerator, free Wi-Fi, TV and DVD player and free bottled water.

Sakura Hotel Jimbocho boasts a fantastic location, close to the hear of Tokyo’s city centre. Just a stone’s throw away from major tourist attractions, including Imperial Palace Garden and Tokyo Dome, this modest riverfront hotel is ideal for guests who plan on exploring through their days. The rooms are limited in size but the amenities more then make up for this, with an onsite bar and 24-hour café, along with free Wi-Fi, TVs and comfortable beds.

Hotel Bellclassic Tokyo is located in Ikebukuro and is close to many local attractions, such as the Ancient Orient Museum and the Tokyo Dome: both of which are less than 1km from the hotel. Services provided by this hotel include a 24-hour front desk, free Wi-Fi, a free computer station and free newspapers. Room amenities include daily housekeeping, air conditioning, free bottled water and free toiletries.  

Hotel Hokke Club Asakusa is located in Asakusa close to the Sensoji Temple, Asakusa Shrine, Tokyo Skytree and the Edo-Tokyo Museum, making it the perfect location for those visiting Tokyo for the sights. The smoke free hotel includes an onsite restaurant as well as dry cleaning/laundry service and free Wi-Fi. Each air conditioned room has its own deep soaking bathtub, digital TV, hairdryer and slippers. Prices range from 20 – 35MYR per night.

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Getting Around Tokyo

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The train and subway system in Tokyo can be a little complicated to use but is by far the cheapest method of transport in the city. There are two subway operators called Tokyo Metro and Toei, as well as a major rail operator called JR. The best way to use these systems is to invest in a Suica travel pass, which is a credit card sized pass that can be topped up when needed and is usable on all lines.

Buses are very useful when you are trying to travel between short distances, although working out the bus routes and times can be quite challenging. Be sure to ask the locals and let the driver know where you wish to travel to make it easier and this will save you some time and money.

Taxis are best avoided, if possible, as the starting rate of any journey is 710Yen and once you reach this threshold, the meter starts to climb at an alarming rate. We recommend you only use taxis if you are in a group.

“Hightech high speed bullet trains are operating by several lines such as Tokaido, Hikari and Nozomi depending on the outbound destinations. A typical amazing ride would be from Tokyo to Kyoto covering over 500km in about 2hours with magnificent view of Mount Fuji. Reasonable fees imposed with no compromise on safety, comfort and punctuality.”

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Best Time to Visit Tokyo

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Tokyo is a wonderful city to visit all year round and can be the most beautiful during spring when the cherry blossom is in bloom or in winter, when the ground is lightly dusted with snow.

Springtime has a little more rain but can be the best time to travel to avoid the high temperatures that occur during the summer months. March-May stay at moderate temperatures of between 10-20°C and is also when the famous cherry blossom season takes place.

June-August is when Tokyo reaches its highest temperatures of between 20 -30°C, which in the city, can become humid. Therefore, if you prefer a milder temperature, it’s perhaps better to visit in Spring or Autumn.

September-November is also another great time to visit for those milder temperatures, with temperatures close to that of springtime and with plenty of sunshine, making it a much more comfortable climate if you are visiting a lot of sites.

December- February is when you will need to wrap up warm. Temperatures do not usually drop below freezing during the day, staying between 5-10°c and there isn’t much rainfall. If you’re lucky, snow will have frosted Tokyo, turning it into a winter wonderland.

Flights to Tokyo

Japan’s capital city boasts two different airports: Tokyo International Airport, which is also known as Haneda Airport, as well as Narita International Airport. The former is located in Ota Tokyo and the latter is situated in Chiba.

Flights from Malaysia are commonly bound for the Narita airport, with 25 flights taking holidaymakers from Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo Narita every week. The average flight time of this 3,358-mile journey is 6 hours and 40 minutes.

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