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Tokyo

Travel Guide
Shibuya showing central business district, street scenes and a city

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

Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro
Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro
4 out of 5
1-6-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
Fully refundable
The price is £37 per night from 10 Aug to 10 Aug
Located in Toshima, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Nekobukuro, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Omoide Yokocho and Isetan Department Store Shinjuku. Yanaka Cemetery ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,329 reviews)
"Excellent service and friendly staff. Great view of Tokyo from room."

Reviewed on 12 Jul 2021

Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro
The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
4 out of 5
1-6-3 Higashi-Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is £46 per night from 22 Aug to 22 Aug
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! (2,320 reviews)
"Very comfortable stay with great service"

Reviewed on 6 Jul 2021

The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
Mitsui Garden Hotel Ginza Premier
Mitsui Garden Hotel Ginza Premier
4 out of 5
8-13-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is £54 per night from 9 Aug to 9 Aug
Located in Ginza, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Nakagin Capsule Tower and Ginza Six. Kabuki-za Theatre and Tokyo Takarazuka Theatre are also within ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (967 reviews)
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Reviewed on 18 Jul 2021

Mitsui Garden Hotel Ginza Premier
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HOTEL MYSTAYS Kiyosumi shirakawa
HOTEL MYSTAYS Kiyosumi shirakawa
3 out of 5
1-12-16, Tokiwa, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is £24 per night from 30 Aug to 30 Aug
Located in Koto, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Suitengu Shrine and Ryogoku Kokugikan. Akihabara Electric Town and Tokyo International Forum are also ...
4.1/5Very Good! (370 reviews)
"Quiet location, convenient to access Tokyo, Ginza or Tsukiji."

Reviewed on 2 Sep 2020

HOTEL MYSTAYS Kiyosumi shirakawa
Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
3.5 out of 5
1-28-13 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is £44 per night from 2 Sep to 2 Sep
Located in Shinjuku, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Isetan Department Store Shinjuku and Omoide Yokocho. Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Anime Center are also ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,104 reviews)
"It was nice"

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2021

Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
Oakwood Premier Tokyo
Oakwood Premier Tokyo
4.5 out of 5
1-8-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is £199 per night from 10 Aug to 10 Aug
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! (917 reviews)
"It was a nice upgrade of room"

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2021

Oakwood Premier Tokyo
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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