Tokyo is calling! Discover its temples, museums, culture and more.

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.

Known for

Shopping, Museums and Temples

Where to stay in Tokyo

Shinjuku
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Shinjuku

Urban, Shopping, Flowers

This major ward of Tokyo offers a variety of opportunities, from skyline views to trendy restaurants, to its large, peaceful park. 

Shibuya
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Shibuya

Shopping, Urban, Temples

Step from Tokyo’s busiest train station into streets filled with endless shopping and dining options and the largest concentration of “love hotels” in the city.

Ueno
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Ueno

Shopping, Museums, Sightseeing

You might take some time to check out the abundant dining options in Ueno. Spend some time visiting top spots like Ameya-Yokochō, and catch the metro at Keisei-Ueno Station or Ueno-okachimachi Station to see more of the area.

Ginza
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Ginza

Shopping, Architecture, Dining

Named after a silver-coin mint, this district has a long association with affluence. Today it’s where you’ll find some of Japan’s most upmarket labels, restaurants and galleries.

Shinagawa
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Shinagawa

Shopping, Dining, Skyscrapers

Spend some time visiting places like Tokyo Bay while getting to know Shinagawa, and be sure to check out the abundant dining options. You can hop aboard the metro at Osaki Station or Oi Keibajo Mae Station to see more of the area.

Maihama
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Maihama

Theme Parks, Sea, Shopping

This small area, located in Urayasu just outside of Tokyo, is best known as the gateway to Japan’s wildly popular Tokyo Disney Resort.

Top hotels in Tokyo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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APA Hotel & Resort Nishishinjuku Gochome Eki Tower
3 out of 5
3-14-1 Honmachi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
£54/night
1 Sep-2 Sep
4.2/5Very Good! (2,003 reviews)

Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Meiji Jingu Shrine. Tokyo Dome and Tokyo ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,003 reviews)

"Very convenient and clean. Though a bit small"…"

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2019

APA Hotel & Resort Nishishinjuku Gochome Eki Tower
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Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
4 out of 5
1-19-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
£137/night
27 Aug-28 Aug
4.4/5Wonderful! (8,052 reviews)

Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Robot Restaurant and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (8,052 reviews)

"This is my second time putting up with Hotel Gracery Shinjuku, the stay was a pleasant one, liked the fact that it is perfectly located, i could access to the shopping places and eating places so easily. The hotel staff were also very helpful. The ground staff actually helped me with my luggage onto ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2019

Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
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Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo
4.5 out of 5
2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
£173/night
26 Aug-27 Aug
4.3/5Excellent! (4,567 reviews)

This family-friendly Tokyo hotel is located in the shopping district, within a 10-minute walk of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, Shinjuku Central Park ...

4.3/5Excellent! (4,567 reviews)

"Amazing service provided by the staff members. Get close proximity to shinjuku station and all the fun that surrounds it."…"

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2019

Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo

Popular things to do in Tokyo

Disneyland® Tokyo
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Disneyland® Tokyo

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 Sky Tree
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Tokyo Sky Tree

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

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

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.

Sensō-ji Temple
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Sensō-ji Temple

Tokyo’s oldest temple was built centuries ago to honor the goddess of mercy. It now draws thousands daily for Buddhist prayer or cultural observation.

Meiji Jingu Shrine
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Meiji Jingu Shrine

Set within a large park filled with thousands of trees from all over Japan, this shrine is dedicated to a much-loved emperor and offers tranquility to visitors.

Top activities in Tokyo

Robot Restaurant Show
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Robot Restaurant Show

£34

Get ready for a night of eye-popping entertainment like nothing you've seen at the Robot Restaurant, where bright lights, techno music, dinosaurs, and dancers combine with—of course—robots for a sensory spectacle in the heart of the Kabukicho red-light district.

Full-Day Sightseeing Bus Tour in Tokyo with Cruise
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Full-Day Sightseeing Bus Tour in Tokyo with Cruise

£73

Discover Tokyo's top attractions by bus. In morning you can feel the Japanese history going through Meiji Shrine, the imperial palace and Sensouij temple in Asakusa. In afternoon you will experience modern Japan at the Tokyo Sky Tree tower and Tokyo Bay Cruise.

Full-Day Mt. Fuji Bus Tour:4D Flight Experience-Fuji Airways
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Full-Day Mt. Fuji Bus Tour:4D Flight Experience-Fuji Airways

£101

Best bus tour to visit Mt. Fuji! Focused on taking the best view of Mt.Fuji as stayingat Fuji area all day! Visiting Oshino hakkai, traditional villadge famous for 8 beatiful ponds, Oshino Ninja Villadge to do unique ninja activities.

TOKYO SKYTREE® Ticket (Valid for 7 days)
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TOKYO SKYTREE® Ticket (Valid for 7 days)

£16

Visit the tallest structure in Japan and enjoy views of sprawling Tokyo City from the towering observation decks of TOKYO SKYTREE®. Skip past the lines and go straight up to the 1,150-foot (350-m) Tembo Deck or 1,475-foot (450-m) Tembo Galleria to relish the breathtaking panorama.

Mount Fuji, Lake Ashi & Hakone National Park by Bullet Train
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Mount Fuji, Lake Ashi & Hakone National Park by Bullet Train

£120

Leave the hustle and bustle of Tokyo behind on this escape to Japan’s highest mountain and volcano—Mount Fuji. Enjoy a scenic cruise on the immaculate Lake Ashi, and then take in stunning sights while soaring on the Hakone Komagatake Ropeway before returning to Tokyo by bullet train.

Hop-On / Off Bus Tour in Tokyo
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Hop-On / Off Bus Tour in Tokyo

£27

Discover the metropolis of Tokyo with convenience and ease on the Sky Hop bus. Over the course of a day, hop on and off at 9 stops along 2 routes for a comprehensive tour of the city. Listen to informative commentary as you ride, and jump off for a closer look at landmarks and lively neighborhoods.

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Best places to shop in Tokyo
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Best places to shop in Tokyo

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Top hotels in Tokyo
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Top hotels in Tokyo

Expedia’s top Tokyo hotels as ranked by 2013 Insiders’ Select™ List of The World’s Best-Reviewed Hotels

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