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Futuristic and fascinating, Tokyo is a world city that should be on everyone's travel agenda.

One of the world's largest cities – 30 million people call Tokyo home – is a city of contrasts. Few other places in the world are such a jumble of science-fiction-style skyscrapers bristling with modernity next door to narrow alleys packed with dark, smoky restaurants and ancient temples. Though Tokyo was shaken badly by the March 2011 earthquake, the city sustained remarkably little damage, and now life is fully back to normal.

The first Tokyoites settled here around 10,000 BC and Edo, as it was known, remained a sleepy fishing village for thousands of years. But Edo was to grow to become the world’s largest city. In 1868, Edo was renamed Tokyo, meaning Eastern Capital, as the country embarked on a massive round of empire building, which eventually led to the calamitous World War II. Half the city was completely destroyed in air raids, and what was left now coexists with a thoroughly modern city.

On arrival, the first thing you should do is head up to the top of a skyscraper to get the lay of the land. From the Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Tower, Mori Tower and Tokyo Skytree, you can admire the city's iconic landmarks and even see all the way to Mount Fuji.

Tokyo's fascinating street life is one of the city's highlights: head to the city's liveliest district Shinjuku to experience its atmosphere. The Roppongi Hills complex in the heart of the city is another unmissable sight with great nightlife and entertainment options galore.

Although thoroughly modern, Tokyo has not forgotten its past. The Tokyo National Museum has a vast collection with some artefacts dating back 12,000 years. Learn more about Japan's emperors at the Tokyo Imperial Palace, which has been home to shoguns and emperors for centuries. Visit the Yasukuni shrine, which commemorates the 2 million citizens who gave their lives for their country during the Meiji Restoration. Traditional Buddhist spirituality dates back thousands of years and can be explored at the Sensoji Temple

Despite its huge population, Tokyo has plenty of open spaces. The world-famous cherry blossoms are in bloom in late March and early April, and Shinjuku Gyoen is a popular destination if you want to admire the blooms.

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Top hotels in Tokyo

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
Free cancellation
The price is AU$93 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.

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! (2,300 reviews)

"All the stuff are very nice and kind, and also room was very clean. Hotel location was very convenient to go anywhere in Tokyo."…"

Reviewed on 14 Sep. 2020

The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
KOKO HOTEL Ginza 1chome
KOKO HOTEL Ginza 1chome
2.5 out of 5
1-9-5, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is AU$44 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.

Located in Ginza, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mitsukoshi and Kabuki-za Theatre. Tokyo International Forum and Ginza Six are also within 15 minutes. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (29 reviews)


Reviewed on 18 Dec. 2020

KOKO HOTEL Ginza 1chome
The Royal Park Hotel Tokyo Haneda
The Royal Park Hotel Tokyo Haneda
4 out of 5
2-6-5 Haneda International Airport, Ota-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is AU$132 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.

Located in Ota, this hotel is within 16 mi (25 km) of Toyosu Market, Tokyo Imperial Palace and Yokohama Cosmo World. Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Midtown are also within ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,711 reviews)

"It’s a beautiful hotel and conveniently located in the airport. It was perfect for my early flight from Haneda to Washington DC. Will definitely use it again."…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2021

The Royal Park Hotel Tokyo Haneda
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Holiday Rentals in Tokyo

Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
3.5 out of 5
1-28-13 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is AU$85 per night from 29 Jan. to 30 Jan.

Located in Shinjuku, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Isetan Department Store Shinjuku and Robot Restaurant. Omoide Yokocho and Tokyo Tower are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,058 reviews)
Best for foreigner! Price, comfort, convenience

"They were super accommodating and nice. Their friendliness made us feel comfortable and felt like we can ask any help. After two weeks of stay we moved to other housing but we missed them as we thought of them often. This doesn’t happen often. The space is very tight (typical Japanese size) but we ..."…"

Reviewed on 26 Aug. 2020

Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
Hotel MyStays Higashi-Ikebukuro
Hotel MyStays Higashi-Ikebukuro
3 out of 5
4-39-13, Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is AU$52 per night from 21 Feb. to 22 Feb.

Located in Toshima, this aparthotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Sunshine City Shopping Mall, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Yanaka Cemetery and Mandarake Complex. Tokyo ...

4.1/5Very Good! (710 reviews)

"It was good and nice views from top . I would like to go again if i get long vaccation again thanks to Hotel Mystays"…"

Reviewed on 15 Aug. 2020

Hotel MyStays Higashi-Ikebukuro
2.5 out of 5
3-3-11 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is AU$176 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.

Located in Shinjuku, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, The Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Tokyo Opera ...

5/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)


Reviewed on 16 Oct. 2020

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Reviews of Tokyo


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5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent 69.8547215496368%
4 - Good
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3 - Okay
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5/5 - Excellent

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30 Mar. 2020

Need at least six days to explore Tokyo.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Mar. 2020

The Asakusa area is great to stay. Metro very close

4/5 - Good

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12 Mar. 2020

Tokyo is a beautiful city - more than what we expected. So many things to see and do - highly recommend!

5/5 - Excellent

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4 Mar. 2020

Went to central. Walked through the shoguns grounds. Beautiful.

5/5 - Excellent

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2 Mar. 2020

In tokyo. I have walked

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 Feb. 2020

I love Tokyo. Always friendly great food and lots to do