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Tokyo Holiday Guide

Experience the energy of one of the largest cities in the world; a city where tradition meets the future with neon lights, robotics, arcades and skyscrapers sitting alongside ancient art and beautiful cherry blossom.

With over 30 million inhabitants, the metropolitan area of Tokyo has the largest population centre in the world. This is made more impressive by the fact that half of Tokyo was reduced to rubble during the air raids in World War II. The city that arose after 1945 is a fascinating mix of ancient tradition and modern innovation.

If you go to the top of a skyscraper you can enjoy impressive views over this seemingly endless city. Climb Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Tower, Mori Tower or Tokyo Skytree Tower and you’ll see all the iconic landmarks that make up the modern skyline of Tokyo - and you can even see in the distance the grand silhouette of Mount Fuji. Back at street level you’ll experience the atmosphere of city’s most lively district, Shinjuku. Here is where many of the tallest buildings in Tokyo can be found, along with the city's busiest railway station.

Although Tokyo is a modern city, tradition and history is still very important. In the National Museum of Tokyo you can peruse art and objects from ancient Japan and historic pieces from other Asian countries. The collection includes ancient objects that are up to 12,000 years old. There’s also the Imperial Palace where for centuries the powerful Shoguns lived and which has housed the Emperor since the time of the Meiji Restoration.

In the Sensoji Temple you will discover traditional Buddhist spirituality that goes back to the year 645. At the controversial Yushukan Museum and Shrine you’ll find a memorial and exhibits that commemorate the more than 2 million people in the last century and a half that have fallen in the service of their country – including during World War II.

Tokyo is constantly working to build itself again and again. The versatile Roppongi Hills complex was built in 2003 in the heart of the city and is one of the trendiest entertainment centres in the city, particularly popular among expats.

Although Tokyo is densely populated, counting the 23 districts, the city still has many green areas. In late March and early April the famous Japanese cherry blossom start to bloom and folks head to Shinjuku Gyoen, one of the most popular places to picnic and enjoy the flora. A great way to relax in this face-paced city.


Guide to Exploring Tokyo


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Shinagawa Prince Hotel

4-10-30 Takanawa Minato-ku, Tokyo
4.0
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Shinagawa Prince Hotel is located in central Tokyo, a 2-minute walk from Shinagawa Station which offers direct connections to Narita and Haneda airports. Tokyo Tower, the bars of Roppongi, and shopping in Ginza are all a few stops away on the metro. It's a 10-minute cab ride to Sengaku-ji Temple.

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1/3rd Residence Serviced Apartments Akihabara

4-6-10 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
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Located in Akihabara, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of National Museum of Western Art, Akihabara Electric Town, and Ueno Park. Tokyo National Science Museum and Tokyo Dome are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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Hotel Route-Inn Tokyo Toyocho

2-3-12, Toyo, Tokyo
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Located in Koto, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2 km) from Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Edo-Tokyo Museum. KidZania Tokyo and Tokyo Stock Exchange are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£54
APA Hotel Shinjuku Gyoemmae

APA Hotel Shinjuku Gyoemmae

2-2-8 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
3.8
of 5, from 371 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shinjuku-gyoen, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. Meiji Jingu Shrine and Prada are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£75
Hotel Villa Fontaine Tokyo-Shiodome

Hotel Villa Fontaine Tokyo-Shiodome

1-9-2 Higashi-shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
4.3
of 5, from 577 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Minato, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Nakagin Capsule Tower and Tsukiji Fish Market. Tokyo Tower and Kabuki-za Theatre are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£93
Hotel Gracery Shinjuku

Hotel Gracery Shinjuku

1-19-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
4.4
of 5, from 1,598 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Kabukicho, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Omoide Yokocho, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Meiji Jingu Shrine and Prada are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£97
Royal Park Hotel THE Haneda

Royal Park Hotel THE Haneda

2-6-5 Haneda International Airport, Tokyo
4.4
of 5, from 761 reviews
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Located in Ota, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Kawasaki Daishi, Statue of Liberty, and Shinagawa Aquarium. Joypolis and Madame Tussauds Tokyo are also within 9 mi (15 km).

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APA Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho Tower

APA Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho Tower

1-20-2 Kabukicho, Tokyo
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of 5, from 868 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Kabukicho, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Omoide Yokocho, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Meiji Jingu Shrine and Prada are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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