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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.

Tokyo Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Tokyo

Shinjuku featuring street scenes, a city and nightlife

Shinjuku

4.5/5Wonderful!(751 area reviews)

Known for its fantastic nightlife and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Shinjuku. Check out top attractions like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, and jump on the metro at Higashi-shinjuku Station or Nishi-waseda Station to see more of the city.

Shinjuku
Shibuya showing signage, street scenes and central business district

Shibuya

5/5Exceptional!(173 area reviews)

Shibuya is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Yoyogi Park and Meiji Jingu Shrine. See more of Tokyo by jumping on the metro at Yoyogi-koen Station or Meiji-jingumae 'Harajuku' Station.

Shibuya
Sensoji Temple featuring a temple or place of worship, religious aspects and a city

Asakusa

5/5Exceptional!(47 area reviews)

Asakusa is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Sensō-ji Temple or Asakusa Shrine.

Asakusa
Maihama featuring interior views as well as a large group of people

Maihama

4.5/5Wonderful!(71 area reviews)

Ample dining options, beautiful seaside views, and thrilling amusement parks are just a few top things to explore in Maihama. A visit to Tokyo DisneySea® or Disneyland® Tokyo might round out your trip, and you can jump aboard the metro at Tokyo Disneyland Station or Resort Gateway Station to get around town.

Maihama
Ginza showing a city, modern architecture and signage

Ginza

4.5/5Wonderful!(100 area reviews)

Enjoy the popular shops in Ginza. Kabuki-za Theatre is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Ginza Station or Higashi-ginza Station to see more of Tokyo.

Ginza
Roppongi featuring a city, signage and night scenes

Roppongi

4.5/5Wonderful!(30 area reviews)

Travellers choose Roppongi for its abundant dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Roppongi Station or Roppongi-itchome Station and check out top sights like Roppongi Hills.

Roppongi

Top hotels in Tokyo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
BESPOKE HOTEL Shinjuku
BESPOKE HOTEL Shinjuku
3.5 out of 5
2-2-17 Kabukicho, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is AU$67 per night

Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Robot Restaurant and Isetan Department Store Shinjuku. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (610 reviews)

"Clean, nice modern room and lounge. Hotel is within walking distance of central Shinjuku and close to a train station. Good access. The only negative was that the hallway smelled like smoke."…"

Reviewed on 14 Jul. 2020

BESPOKE HOTEL Shinjuku
APA Hotel Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
APA Hotel Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
3 out of 5
2-2-8 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is AU$88 per night

Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Isetan Department Store Shinjuku. Robot Restaurant and Samurai ...

4/5Very Good! (2,659 reviews)
Good and quiet location at Shinjuku!

"I love the location of this hotel, near to train station or walkable to Shinjuku station. Also very near to Gyoen park. It's also in a quiet area of Shinjuku. Lots of cafes and food around the area. The room was smaller than I expected. If you're coming from a long flight and have big luggage, it ..."…"

Reviewed on 26 Mar. 2020

APA Hotel Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Grand Hyatt Tokyo
Grand Hyatt Tokyo
5 out of 5
6-10-3 Roppongi, Minato-Ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is AU$480 per night

Located in Minato, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tokyo Midtown and Nezu Art Museum. Tokyo Tower is 1.2 mi (2 km) away. Roppongi Station is 7 minutes ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (556 reviews)
Outstanding hotel in every way. A don't miss.

"Outstanding hotel, the service was impeccable, the workout room and pool beautiful and the various food outlets amazing. A wonderful experience. I believe this hotel to have the worlds best toilets, absolutely the Michelin three star experience of Asia except BETTER!"…"

Reviewed on 8 Apr. 2020

Grand Hyatt Tokyo

Popular places to visit in Tokyo

Disneyland® Tokyo
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Disneyland® Tokyo

4.5/5(183 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 Sky Tree
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Tokyo Sky Tree

4.5/5(261 reviews)

Find yourself wowed by stunning 360-degree panoramic views of Tokyo from its newest and highest tower.

Tokyo Tower
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Tokyo Tower

4.5/5(208 reviews)

No, you're not in Paris, though this Eiffel-inspired structure and Tokyo landmark might make you think you've been transported to Europe.

Tokyo Imperial Palace
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Tokyo Imperial Palace

4/5(373 reviews)

Home to Japan's Imperial Family, the grounds of the Royal Palace make for a peaceful break from urban life.

Toyosu Market
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Toyosu Market

4/5(82 reviews)

Don't miss the chance to experience the sights and smells on offer at the world's biggest fish market.

Ueno Park
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Ueno Park

4.5/5(334 reviews)

Home to important museums, shrines and one of the city’s most photographed ponds, this public park is a perfect one-stop destination for culture and tranquility.

Top activities in Tokyo

Go-Kart Experience on Tokyo Roads
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Go-Kart Experience on Tokyo Roads

AU$43
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Spring 2020 Tokyo Evening Hanami (Cherry Blossom) Experience
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Spring 2020 Tokyo Evening Hanami (Cherry Blossom) Experience

AU$235
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Unlimited Prepaid Nano SIM Card for Japan
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Unlimited Prepaid Nano SIM Card for Japan

AU$51
Per adult
Day Tour to Mt. Fuji 5th Station, Oshino Hakkai & Shopping
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Day Tour to Mt. Fuji 5th Station, Oshino Hakkai & Shopping

AU$111
Per adult
Full-Day City Tour with Admission to Tokyo Tower
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Full-Day City Tour with Admission to Tokyo Tower

AU$192
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
1 Day Private Mt Fuji Tour (Charter) - English Speaking Driver
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1 Day Private Mt Fuji Tour (Charter) - English Speaking Driver

AU$875
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Tokyo

4.7

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
1154
5 - Excellent 69.8547215496368%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 26.876513317191282%
3 - Okay
49
3 - Okay 2.9661016949152543%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.18159806295399517%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.12106537530266344%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

4 Mar. 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

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

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