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Experience the energy of one of the world’s largest cities, home to electronics shops and towering skyscrapers, ancient art and pretty cherry blossoms.

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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Where to stay in Tokyo

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
The price is $95 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,288 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 Sep 14, 2020

The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
4 out of 5
1-19-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is $99 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5

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! (4,489 reviews)

"Excellent hotel, great location, theatre adjacent"…"

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2020

Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Ginza-Nanachome
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Ginza-Nanachome
3 out of 5
7-11-12 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is $52 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5

Located in Ginza, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kabuki-za Theatre and Ginza Wako Building. Tokyo Imperial Palace and Tokyo Tower are also within 2 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (988 reviews)

"My room and bathroom was very clean. The air con was a little loud but overall it was a good stay."…"

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020

Sotetsu Fresa Inn Ginza-Nanachome
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation 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 $61 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5

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! (2,044 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 Aug 26, 2020

Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
Oakwood Premier Tokyo
Oakwood Premier Tokyo
4.5 out of 5
1-8-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is $335 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5

Located in Chiyoda, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bridgestone Museum of Art, Mitsui Memorial Museum, and Kite Museum. Nihonbashi Mitsui ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (899 reviews)

"Nice rooms fully equipped with excellent service. Property in a good location."…"

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2020

Oakwood Premier Tokyo
Minn Ueno
Minn Ueno
3 out of 5
Higashiueno 1-19-5, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is $63 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Located in Taito, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ameya-Yokochō and Ueno Park. Akihabara Electric Town and Ueno Zoo are also within 1 mi (2 km). ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)

"Everything you need is walking distance from the hotel."…"

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2020

Minn Ueno
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Tokyo

Tokyo is a vast metropolis, but every corner of it is accessible by public transportation. Look at the map of the sprawling subway and train system and you may at first feel intimidated, but it’s easier to get used to than it looks. There are buses within the city too, but these are mostly used by locals and are not recommended for first-time visitors as they are less user-friendly than the rail options. Visit the Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation website. Browse Tokyo rental cars.

Best time to visit

Tokyo has defined seasons but never gets extremely cold, with the coolest months, January and February, still registering daytime temperatures of around 41 F (5 C). The city is always busy, and that’s part of its charm, but is most popular with tourists during cherry blossom season in spring and fall foliage season. Visit during these beautiful natural spectacles and you won’t even mind the extra crowds.

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Top things to do in Tokyo

Reviews of Tokyo

4.7

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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3 - Okay 2.954873936084792%
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2 - Disappointing 0.4175365344467641%
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1 - Terrible 0.04817729243616509%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 3, 2020

Tokyo is beautiful, breathtaking place to visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 7, 2020

Loved Tokyo we did go to a lot more of locations. Can’t wait to be back.

5/5 - Excellent

AndreaF

Apr 1, 2020

Beautiful city. A lot of day and night activities to realize with great environment.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Apr 1, 2020

No place is without its faults, but Tokyo is certainly one of those that rank highly in general, in my opinion. Transportation is relatively easy, although it does take some getting used to. So many sites to see with usually not enough time for all

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 26, 2020

An amazing experience

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 26, 2020

Definitely will return

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