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Visit Tokyo

Experience the energy of one of the world’s largest cities, home to electronics shops and towering skyscrapers, ancient art and pretty cherry blossoms.

With more than 30 million residents, Tokyo’s metropolitan region is the largest population center in the world. This position is especially impressive given that half of Tokyo was destroyed during World War II air raids. The city that was rebuilt after 1945 presents a fascinating blend of ancient tradition and modern leadership.

Go to the top of a skyscraper for impressive views of this seemingly endless city. From the Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Tower, Mori Tower and Tokyo Skytree, you’ll see iconic landmarks in Japan’s modern skyline and even beyond to Mount Fuji. Back on street level, experience the atmosphere of the city’s liveliest district, Shinjuku, home to many of Tokyo’s tallest buildings and the city’s busiest rail station.

Although a modern city, Tokyo maintains its links to the past. See art and artifacts from ancient Japan and other Asian countries in the Tokyo National Museum. Its collection includes items up to 12,000 years old. The Tokyo Imperial Palace sits on the site that has been home to shoguns and emperors for centuries.

Learn about traditional Buddhist spirituality dating back to 645 at the Sensoji Temple. The Yasukuni Shrine and Yushukan Museum showcase Shinto efforts to commemorate the services of the more than 2 million citizens who died in service to their country over the last century and a half.

Tokyo is constantly rebuilding and reinventing itself. The Roppongi Hills multi-use complex was created in 2003 in the heart of the city and provides some of the trendiest scenes for nighttime entertainment. It’s especially popular with expats.

Although Tokyo is densely populated, it has plenty of green space throughout its 23 wards. Late March and early April feature the famous Japanese cherry blossoms. One of the most popular places to enjoy the flora with a picnic lunch is Shinjuku Gyoen. Parks in every district are carefully designed with detailed landscape architecture to provide oases for Japan’s citizens and visitors to relax and refresh.

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Where to stay in Tokyo

Shinjuku featuring a city, street scenes and night scenes

Shinjuku

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,977 area reviews)

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

Shinjuku
Shibuya showing a high rise building, street scenes and modern architecture

Shibuya

4.5/5Wonderful!(536 area reviews)

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.

Shibuya
Ueno

Ueno

4.5/5Wonderful!(165 area reviews)

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.

Ueno
Akihabara

Akihabara

While Akihabara isn't home to many top sights, Akihabara Electric Town and Ueno Park are some notable places to visit nearby.

Akihabara
Ikebukuro

Ikebukuro

Well-liked for its shopping and restaurants, you might stop by Sunshine City Shopping Mall and Sunshine Aquarium while you're exploring Ikebukuro and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Ikebukuro
Sensoji Temple featuring religious elements, a city and a temple or place of worship

Asakusa

5/5Exceptional!(144 area reviews)

Follow the footsteps of centuries of worshippers along a street filled with traditional snack stalls and through the gates of one of Tokyo’s most popular temples.

Asakusa

Top Hotels in Tokyo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
APA Hotel & Resort Nishishinjuku Gochome Eki Tower
APA Hotel & Resort Nishishinjuku Gochome Eki Tower
3 out of 5
3-14-1 Honmachi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
NT$1,430
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

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 Midtown and Tokyo ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,839 reviews)

"Extremely nice and clean hotel. It is location right above Nishi-Shinjuku go-chome station. Hotel rooms also have a nice view."…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/19

APA Hotel & Resort Nishishinjuku Gochome Eki Tower
Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
4 out of 5
1-19-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
NT$4,088
per night
Feb 10 - Feb 11

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

4.4/5Excellent! (8,939 reviews)

"We had a great stay with our 2 young boys! Plenty to do in the area, easy access to Shinjuku station, and the boys loved Godzilla. The room was spacious and clean, and staff were great. I would stay here again and recommend it to friends visiting Tokyo with or without kids."…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/23

Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
APA Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho Tower
APA Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho Tower
3 out of 5
1-20-2 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo
NT$1,635
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

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

3.9/5Good! (5,307 reviews)

"Room is a bit small but is very clean & tidy. Is located in the heart of Shinjuku where it is convenient to the food & everything."…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/21

APA Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho Tower

Popular things to do in Tokyo

Disneyland® Tokyo
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Disneyland® Tokyo

4.5/5(606 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 Dome
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Tokyo Dome

4.5/5(374 reviews)

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

Tokyo DisneySea®
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Tokyo DisneySea®

4.5/5(240 reviews)

Have a fun-filled day at Tokyo DisneySea® and find out why this is a popular theme park in Chidori. Discover the fascinating museums and notable monuments in this vibrant area.

Tokyo Sky Tree
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Tokyo Sky Tree

4.5/5(1,337 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(1,220 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

4.5/5(1,417 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.

Reviews of Tokyo

4.7

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 2.954583825763971%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 25, 2020

So clean. Very packed full of people but everyone is super kind and helpful. Love being here!

5/5 - Excellent

Lehia

Jan 25, 2020

Great food, fun and lots to do.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 24, 2020

Tokyo is my second home...

4/5 - Good

Jackie

Jan 24, 2020

Crowded, lots of people, but the locals are courteous and all follow the roles so things are amazingly in order. Annoying ones are visiting foreigners. If you visit Japan, study their rules & culture and respect them. Don't be an annoying Gaijin!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 23, 2020

I fell in love with Tokyo immediately and would go back in a heartbeat.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 22, 2020

Tokyo is an awesome place, be prepared to walk and make sure to have internet access for your navigation app, awesome food, great place overall.

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Best Tours in Tokyo for Anime Fans
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Best Tours in Tokyo for Anime Fans

Discover the best places in Japan for otaku on an anime tour of Tokyo. Go shopping in Akihabara, get tickets to the Ghibli Museum, and cosplay in Tokyo.

Rugby World Cup Japan: Things to Do Between Matches
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Rugby World Cup Japan: Things to Do Between Matches

Crouch, bind, set for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan! With matches spread over 12 venues in cities across the country, traveling for the Rugby World Cup lets you experience Japanese culture and hospitality beyond the usual tourist cities.

Sustainable Travel & Ecotourism in Japan
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Sustainable Travel & Ecotourism in Japan

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