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Tokyo
Travel Guide

Shibuya showing signage, street scenes and central business district

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

Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro
Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro
4 out of 5
1-6-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
Free cancellation
The price is AU$59 per night from 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
Located in Toshima, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Nekobukuro, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Robot Restaurant and Omoide Yokocho. Isetan Department Store Shinjuku ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,313 reviews)
"Amazing deal. Great hotel for a cheap price. Very clean. Friendly staff. Close to ikebukuro station"

Reviewed on 2 Jun. 2021

Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro
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$83 per night from 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
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! (2,264 reviews)
"Downtown Tokyo, near the station, near Japanese TV, good place👍👍👍, easy to find food ."

Reviewed on 9 Jun. 2021

The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
Shinagawa Prince Hotel
Shinagawa Prince Hotel
3.5 out of 5
4-10-30 Takanawa Minato-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is AU$113 per night from 25 Jun. to 25 Jun.
This family-friendly Tokyo hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo Bay and Happoen Garden. Sengakuji Temple and ...
4/5Very Good! (2,675 reviews)
"I hope to come back soon"

Reviewed on 30 May 2021

Shinagawa Prince Hotel
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30 Mar. 2020

Need at least six days to explore Tokyo.

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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!

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4 Mar. 2020

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

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2 Mar. 2020

In tokyo. I have walked

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24 Feb. 2020

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

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