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Japan's capital is home to over 13 million people and a variety of diverse districts, making it one of the world's most intriguing megacities. Its blend of old-world charm and new-age innovations means it has something for everyone.

To soak up Tokyo's traditions and culture, there's no better place to start than the ancient temples of Asakusa, the Meiji Shrine (in Harajuku) and Chiyoda's Imperial Palace. Tsukiji Market is a sight to behold for its vast amount of seafood with close to 2,000 tonnes being traded daily. It's also a great place to enjoy a sushi breakfast, while meat, fruit, vegetables and flowers are also for sale.

The city is home to some stellar museums like Tokyo's National Museum, which houses a large collection of Japanese art, as well as samurai swords and colourful kimonos. Film lovers will appreciate the Ghibli Museum, showcasing the work of world-renowned animator Miyazaki Hayao. Pieces includes original sketches, a rooftop garden and life-size recreations of film sets.

To take in the best views over the city, take a trip up the Tokyo Skytree – one of the tallest structures in the world. The observation deck offers a 360-degree view, while other floors offer a restaurant and shopping mall. If you've got time to do more, catch a sumo wrestling show in Ryōgoku, or visit Tokyo Disneyland, which features a huge selection of rides and attractions.

Tokyo is served primarily by Narita Airport, located 70 kilometres north-east of the city. The quickest way to travel between there and the city is by taking the Skyliner electric railway, with journeys taking less than 45 minutes. Some international flights operate from Haneda Airport but most flights are domestic.


From £23 per night

This weekend

From £70 per night

Next weekend

From £69 per night

Most popular time to visit March–May
Cheapest time to visit June–August
Local currency ¥1,000 = £7.32
Language Japanese
Average weekend price £116 per night
Average weekday price £115 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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Tokyo is everything i was expecting and dreaming of since i...

16 June 2019

Tokyo is everything i was expecting and dreaming of since i was a kid. I really do feel like i belong in there. The people, the food, the shops, the city and the culture itself is very suitable to my standard. I wish to comeback many more time! My favorite is the shinjuku area where people at night are wild awake and just having so much fun! I had ramen and yakitori style dinner in the heart of shinjuku. As expected the food is everything i was hoping for! Very cheap and deliciou, i love Japanese food! I walked around and travel around without any cellphone connection or wifi to depend on map but didnt get lost and people were very helpful. Shopping, food trip, onsen and exploring the city itself.

Nhicolai Jhon
Nhicolai Jhon Philippines

Japan is a place to visit and absorb the culture of the...

15 June 2019

Japan is a place to visit and absorb the culture of the Japanese. People there are out of the world. Very very honest people. They are also very helpful and take great pains to keep visitors to their county happy and comfortable. The country is also know for its cleanliness.

Anonymous India

Very busy.

15 June 2019

Very busy. The public transport can be quite overwhelming. I would recommend to do your research before arrival. I was glad I had my maps prepared from home. People are really friendly, which helps a lot to get around.

Elke Australia

The cosmopoliton make up and the variations and enigmas make...

15 June 2019

The cosmopoliton make up and the variations and enigmas make it a special city. The trains are amazing and make getting around major points very easy. REstaurants are always busy and bustling with noise and excitment.

Lloyd New Zealand

Tokyo is love!

14 June 2019

Tokyo is love! a bit expensive city for long stay..we stayed for 9 days and i could say that its just enough to go around the city. Weather is pleasant, it was rainy in some days but the rest of our stay is sunny but still cold.

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Irene de los reyes United Arab Emirates

My advice for Travellers which visit tokyo is that organize...

14 June 2019

My advice for Travellers which visit tokyo is that organize your time and what you want to visit. I was in tokyo 5 days and it was not enough. Be prepare to walk a ot and open to new experiences. What it was really helpful was getting a Pocket Wifi. I got Foxwifi, and they delivered the device to my hotel and once I finished, I only had to deposit it into a tokyo mailbox to return it. Everything is included even the envelope to send it back. You pay online for the services. So simple and having internet and google maps helps a lot to move around tokyo. The metro it is the best transportation. It is really easy. I got a Pasmo Card, and it is really easy to obtain the machine at the metro station due to you can select the language and recharge as many times. For eating to enjoy the local cuisine it is not easy if you are going to the main attractions. I ate where I could due to what I wanted to visit. What I recommend it is to get one day a food tour (normally they starts around 16:30-17:00) and they explain and show the most traditional places. I used Arigato Food Tours and I had a great experience, but there are plenty of companies.

Francisco United Arab Emirates

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