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TokyoJapan

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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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. Ginza Six 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
APA Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho Tower
APA Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho Tower
3 out of 5
1-20-2 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo
The price is AU$69 per night

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! (5,688 reviews)

"Very good hotel. Woukd definitely recommend this location."…"

Reviewed on 26 Mar. 2020

APA Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho Tower
BESPOKE HOTEL Shinjuku
BESPOKE HOTEL Shinjuku
3.5 out of 5
2-2-17 Kabukicho, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is AU$89 per night

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! (559 reviews)

"Such a great hotel. The rooms are relatively large compared to 2 other central Tokyo hotels we stayed on this trip. Even though bespoke was our cheapest hotel during our stay, this was by far our favourite one. Lovely free breakfast, accommodating staff and rooms are perfectly designed to make the ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar. 2020

BESPOKE HOTEL Shinjuku
RIHGA Royal Hotel Tokyo
RIHGA Royal Hotel Tokyo
4 out of 5
1-104-19 Totsuka-machi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is AU$378 per night

Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Tokyo Dome, Togenukijizo Kogan Temple and Mandarake Complex. Meiji Jingu Shrine and Yanaka Ginza Shopping ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,790 reviews)

"The property was in a great location with a shuttle to the train station. The staff was friendly and always willing to assist and help you. I would return again!"…"

Reviewed on 6 Mar. 2020

RIHGA Royal Hotel 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.

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.

Shibuya Crossing
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Shibuya Crossing

4.5/5(390 reviews)

Guaranteed to overload the senses, this intersection teeming with people is considered to be a symbol of modern Tokyo.

Top activities in Tokyo

TOKYO SKYTREE® Ticket (ONE TIME USE-Valid for 7 days)
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TOKYO SKYTREE® Ticket (ONE TIME USE-Valid for 7 days)

90% of travellers recommend
AU$30
Per adult
Go-Kart Experience on Tokyo Roads
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Go-Kart Experience on Tokyo Roads

82% of travellers recommend
AU$48
Per adult
Unlimited Prepaid Nano SIM Card for Japan
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Unlimited Prepaid Nano SIM Card for Japan

AU$55
Per adult
Spring 2020 Tokyo Evening Hanami (Cherry Blossom) Experience
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Spring 2020 Tokyo Evening Hanami (Cherry Blossom) Experience

100% of travellers recommend
AU$262
Per adult
Full-Day City Tour with Admission to Tokyo Tower
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Full-Day City Tour with Admission to Tokyo Tower

92% of travellers recommend
AU$202
Per adult
TOKYO SKYTREE® & Sumida Aquarium Admission
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TOKYO SKYTREE® & Sumida Aquarium Admission

86% of travellers recommend
AU$69
Per adult

Reviews of Tokyo

4.7

Top Destination

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5 - Excellent 69.8547215496368%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 26.876513317191282%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 2.9661016949152543%
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2 - Disappointing 0.18159806295399517%
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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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