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

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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Shopping, Museums and Temples

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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
NT$1,733/night
Sep 1 - Sep 2
4.2/5Very Good! (2,015 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! (2,015 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 2019/8/16

APA Hotel & Resort Nishishinjuku Gochome Eki Tower
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APA Hotel Higashi Shinjuku Kabukicho Nishi
3 out of 5
2-31-17, Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
NT$1,733/night
Aug 25 - Aug 26
4.3/5Excellent! (25 reviews)

Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and within 3 mi (5 km) of Shibuya Crossing and Nippon Budokan. Tokyo Dome ...

4.3/5Excellent! (25 reviews)

"Very good location price and accommodations the room I had was for 2 people or for one forigener like myself as i thought but the bed was a very nice size and the room was very luxurious for the price I didnt expect much but was pleasantly surprised to see I could walk around easily due to my suit ..."…"

Reviewed on 2019/8/19

APA Hotel Higashi Shinjuku Kabukicho Nishi
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Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
4 out of 5
1-19-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
NT$4,396/night
Sep 8 - Sep 9
4.4/5Wonderful! (8,061 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! (8,061 reviews)

"Great location. Only complain was we found our clothes on the (carpeted) ground during one of the room service."…"

Reviewed on 2019/8/21

Hotel Gracery Shinjuku

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.

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

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7 floor plans of famous hotel rooms from film

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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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