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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.

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Where to stay in Tokyo

Shinjuku showing night scenes, a city and nightlife

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 central business district, street scenes and a city

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
Akihabara, Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Akihabara

When in Akihabara, you can plan a visit to Akihabara Electric Town and Ueno Park, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Akihabara
Ueno, Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Ueno

4.5/5Wonderful!(87 area reviews)

Travellers choose Ueno for its ample dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Ueno-okachimachi Station or Ueno-hirokoji Station and check out top sights like Ameya-Yokochō.

Ueno
Ikebukuro, Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Ikebukuro

You might appreciate the shopping and restaurants in Ikebukuro, and if you're interested in seeing more of the area, Sunshine City Shopping Mall and Sunshine Aquarium are just a few notable stops.

Ikebukuro
Sensoji Temple which includes religious aspects, signage and a city

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

Top hotels in Tokyo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
BESPOKE HOTEL Shinjuku
BESPOKE HOTEL Shinjuku
3.5 out of 5
2-2-17 Kabukicho, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is £36 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! (610 reviews)

"Clean, nice modern room and lounge. Hotel is within walking distance of central Shinjuku and close to a train station. Good access. The only negative was that the hallway smelled like smoke."…"

Reviewed on 14 Jul 2020

BESPOKE HOTEL Shinjuku
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 £45 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! (2,659 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
Grand Hyatt Tokyo
Grand Hyatt Tokyo
5 out of 5
6-10-3 Roppongi, Minato-Ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is £272 per night

Located in Minato, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tokyo Midtown and Nezu Art Museum. Tokyo Tower is 1.2 mi (2 km) away. Roppongi Station is 7 minutes ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (555 reviews)
Outstanding hotel in every way. A don't miss.

"Outstanding hotel, the service was impeccable, the workout room and pool beautiful and the various food outlets amazing. A wonderful experience. I believe this hotel to have the worlds best toilets, absolutely the Michelin three star experience of Asia except BETTER!"…"

Reviewed on 8 Apr 2020

Grand Hyatt Tokyo

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 DisneySea®
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Tokyo DisneySea®

4.5/5(38 reviews)

Enjoy the rides and games at Tokyo DisneySea® and see why people love this theme park in Urayasu. Visit the notable monuments and temples in this vibrant area.

Tokyo Dome
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Tokyo Dome

4.5/5(67 reviews)

Catch an event at Tokyo Dome during your trip to Tokyo.Amble within picturesque gardens or visit the notable monuments in this vibrant area.

Tokyo Sky Tree
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Tokyo Sky Tree

4.5/5(269 reviews)

Marvel at the views from the top of the tallest self-supporting tower in the world then enjoy the shops, restaurants, aquarium and planetarium at its base.

Tokyo Tower
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Tokyo Tower

4.5/5(222 reviews)

Appearing as if a Paris landmark has been teleported to Tokyo, this Eiffel-inspired structure offers great daytime or evening 360-degree views of the city.

Tokyo Imperial Palace
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Tokyo Imperial Palace

4/5(276 reviews)

This site was first a shogun residence, then the home for Japan’s emperor. Destroyed in World War II, it was reconstructed to its original splendor.

Top things to do in Tokyo

Sumo Practice Spectating at Sumo Stable
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Sumo Practice Spectating at Sumo Stable

£95
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Go-Kart Experience on Tokyo Roads
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Go-Kart Experience on Tokyo Roads

£24
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Shibuya Bar Hopping Night Tour in Tokyo
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Shibuya Bar Hopping Night Tour in Tokyo

£81
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Japanese Traditional Costume Rental
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Japanese Traditional Costume Rental

£36
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Sumo Demonstration & Chankonabe Hotpot Lunch
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Sumo Demonstration & Chankonabe Hotpot Lunch

£84
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
1 Day Charter Tour to Mt Fuji View
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1 Day Charter Tour to Mt Fuji View

£632
Per adult

Reviews of Tokyo

4.7

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
959
5 - Excellent 71.5137956748695%
4 - Good
358
4 - Good 26.69649515287099%
3 - Okay
23
3 - Okay 1.715137956748695%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.07457121551081283%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0%

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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