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

THE KNOT TOKYO Shinjuku
THE KNOT TOKYO Shinjuku
3 out of 5
4-31-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is $52 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and Meiji Jingu Shrine. New National ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,379 reviews)
"Property was great. “Park view” was not worth any money or even request"

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2021

THE KNOT TOKYO Shinjuku
Shinagawa Prince Hotel
Shinagawa Prince Hotel
3.5 out of 5
4-10-30 Takanawa Minato-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $84 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
This family-friendly Tokyo hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Meiji Gakuin University and Happoen Garden. Tokyo Bay and Keio University ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,192 reviews)
"I enjoyed my stay"

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2021

Shinagawa Prince Hotel
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 $62 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
Located in Shiodome, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kabuki-za Theatre and Ginza Wako Building. Hibiya Park and Zojoji Temple are also within 1 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,237 reviews)
"Excellent staff and the room was great"

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
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Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
3.5 out of 5
1-28-13 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is $50 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Located in Shinjuku, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Isetan Department Store Shinjuku and Omoide Yokocho. Tokyo Anime Center and Tokyo Tower are also ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,131 reviews)
"It was nice"

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2021

Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
Section L Asakusa East
Section L Asakusa East
3 out of 5
4-chome-13-6 Higashikomagata, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is $51 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
Located in Sumida, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tokyo Solamachi, Tokyo Sky Tree, and Sensō-ji Temple. Ryogoku Kokugikan and Ueno Onshi Park ...
Section L Asakusa East
Section L Ginza East
Section L Ginza East
3 out of 5
Shintomi 1-14-5, Chuo, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is $99 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Located in Chuo, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kabuki-za Theatre and Tokyo International Forum. Tokyo Imperial Palace and Nakagin Capsule ...
Section L Ginza East
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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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