Tokyo

Travel Guide
Shibuya showing a high rise building, street scenes and modern architecture
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

Shinjuku Washington Hotel Main
Shinjuku Washington Hotel Main
3.5 out of 5
3-2-9 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to, 160-0023
Fully refundable
The price is $64 per night from Jan 9 to Jan 10
$64
per night
Jan 9 - Jan 10
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Tokyo. Enjoy free WiFi, 15 restaurants, and in-room massages. Our guests praise the restaurant and the property ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,003 reviews)
"Great staff who are always helpful 24 hours. Convenient location, only 10 minutes walk to Shinjuku Station and there is a wide tunnel that enables guests to walk from hotel to Shinjuku Station during raining days. Rooms are too small. We reserved a Superior Double Room plus Twin Room (Superior Twin ..."

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2022

Shinjuku Washington Hotel Main
Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo
Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo
4.5 out of 5
2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to, 160-8330
The price is $266 per night from Jan 8 to Jan 9
$266
per night
Jan 8 - Jan 9
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Tokyo. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and 10 restaurants. Popular attractions Tokyo Dome and Shibuya Crossing are located ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,006 reviews)
"Upgraded to newly renovated room. Service is excellent and non intrusive. I love it. Can’t wait to be back"

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2022

Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo
Shinagawa Prince Hotel
Shinagawa Prince Hotel
3.5 out of 5
4-10-30 Takanawa Minato-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to, 108-8611
The price is $81 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
$81
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12
Stay at this 3.5-star golf hotel in Tokyo. Enjoy free WiFi, 13 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,911 reviews)
"Perfect location"

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2022

Shinagawa Prince Hotel
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Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
3.5 out of 5
1-28-13 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to, 160-0022
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Tokyo. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,286 reviews)
"Hotel staff are very friendly and care their customers well."

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2022

Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
Mimaru Tokyo Shinjuku West
Mimaru Tokyo Shinjuku West
3 out of 5
3-3-11 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo, 160-0023
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly apartment in Tokyo. Enjoy free WiFi, laundry facilities, and a kitchen. Popular attractions Tokyo Dome and Shibuya Crossing ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (36 reviews)
"I can’t recommend any better place than this hotel. The staff were all friendly and helpful. The room were very clean and equipped for a family with a baby."

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2022

Mimaru Tokyo Shinjuku West
MIMARU TOKYO IKEBUKURO
MIMARU TOKYO IKEBUKURO
3 out of 5
2-chome-61-1 Ikebukuro, Tokyo, Tokyo, 171-0014
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Tokyo. Enjoy free WiFi, laundry facilities, and a flat-screen TV. Popular attractions Tokyo Dome and Tokyo Imperial Palace ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (6 reviews)
"Excelent good for family"

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2022

MIMARU TOKYO IKEBUKURO
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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