Tokyo

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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

Sotetsu Fresa Inn Higashi Shinjuku
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Higashi Shinjuku
3 out of 5
7-27-9 Shinjuku Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to, 160-0022
The price is £38 per night from 14 Sep to 15 Sep
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Tokyo. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and on-site parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,000 reviews)
"Great experience"

Reviewed on 7 Aug 2022

Sotetsu Fresa Inn Higashi Shinjuku
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, 105-8333
The price is £57 per night from 4 Sep to 5 Sep
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Tokyo. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,205 reviews)
Modern and superb hotel
"Great location. The facilities were superb, the service was outstanding, and the breakfast buffet had a great variety for everyone. I highly recommend this hotel."

Reviewed on 1 Aug 2022

The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel
Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel
4.5 out of 5
26-1 Sakuragaoka-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to, 150-8512
The price is £155 per night from 16 Aug to 17 Aug
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Tokyo. Enjoy free WiFi, 7 restaurants and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,002 reviews)
"Whilst the rooms maybe be a bit dated the experience is entirely made up via the attentive staff, impeccable location and extreme cleanliness thanks for the housekeeping team."

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2022

Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel
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.
Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
3.5 out of 5
1-28-13 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to, 160-0022
The price is £60 per night from 30 Aug to 31 Aug
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Tokyo. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a 24-hour fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,240 reviews)
"Staffs were extremely helpful and accommodating rooms etc. great location, close to subway and shopping and very safe and convenient location."

Reviewed on 2 Aug 2022

Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
Oakwood Hotel & Apartments Azabu Tokyo
Oakwood Hotel & Apartments Azabu Tokyo
3.5 out of 5
3-10-5 Higashiazabu, Minato, Tokyo, Tokyo, 106-0044
The price is £98 per night from 28 Aug to 29 Aug
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Tokyo. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Imperial Palace ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (55 reviews)
"Fantastic. Everything was clean and new."

Reviewed on 4 Aug 2022

Oakwood Hotel & Apartments Azabu Tokyo
Mimaru Tokyo Shinjuku West
Mimaru Tokyo Shinjuku West
3 out of 5
3-3-11 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo, 160-0023
The price is £103 per night from 13 Sep to 14 Sep
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly apartment in Tokyo. Enjoy free WiFi, laundry facilities and a kitchen. Popular attractions Meiji Jingu Shrine and Shinjuku ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (23 reviews)
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Reviewed on 4 Jan 2022

Mimaru Tokyo Shinjuku West
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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