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TokyoJapan

The world’s largest city is an experience in superlatives: stunning cherry blossoms and towering skyscrapers; ancient history and ground-breaking technology.

Ancient empire meets the latest technology in Tokyo, the largest city on the planet. It’s a city with a noble past, with poets, warriors, architects and artists taking inspiration from Mount Fuji, just a little to the south-west.

The sky really is no limit in Tokyo, and in this crowded city, the best way to build is up. From the Mori Tower, Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Skytree or Tokyo Tower, you can marvel at the sights of Tokyo and its unique skyline.

Technically speaking, Tokyo is not one single city but a metropolitan area made up of 23 different districts, all governed separately as cities. Each has its own atmosphere and special sights, but the most fascinating of all is Shinjuku district. This vibrant area in southwest Tokyo has trendy restaurants, the busiest train station in the world and the most beautiful gardens. For lively nightlife at the heart of the city,Roppongi Hills in the Roppongi district, is definitely the answer.

Despite the fact that much of Tokyo was rebuilt after the Second World War, there’s a huge wealth of history in the city too. Ancient Japanese art and artefacts dating back thousands of years are proudly exhibited in the Tokyo National Museum, and centuries-old traditional Buddhist spirituality is still practised at the Sensoji Temple. Tokyo’s ancient power dates back centuries, and the Tokyo Imperial Palace marks the very spot that has been home to long lines of shoguns and emperors.

There is more modern history at the Yasukuni Shrine and Yushukan Museum which honour over 2 million people who died in service to the empire.

In this fast-paced city, one of the surprising treasures is its beautiful parks. Springtime in Tokyo sees the world-famous cherry trees blossoming in delicate, foaming pinks and whites, and there are plenty of green parks to enjoy them in. Take a picnic to the Shinjuku Gyoen to admire the spring flowers. Every district there has carefully designed parks with exquisitely detailed landscapes that are welcome oases of calm for busy citizens and visitors.

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Where to stay in Tokyo

Shinjuku featuring street scenes, a city and nightlife

Shinjuku

4.5/5Wonderful!(751 area reviews)

Known for its fantastic nightlife and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Shinjuku. Check out top attractions like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, and jump on the metro at Higashi-shinjuku Station or Nishi-waseda Station to see more of the city.

Shinjuku
Shibuya showing signage, street scenes and central business district

Shibuya

5/5Exceptional!(173 area reviews)

Shibuya is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Yoyogi Park and Meiji Jingu Shrine. See more of Tokyo by jumping on the metro at Yoyogi-koen Station or Meiji-jingumae 'Harajuku' Station.

Shibuya
Sensoji Temple featuring a temple or place of worship, religious aspects and a city

Asakusa

5/5Exceptional!(47 area reviews)

Asakusa is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Sensō-ji Temple or Asakusa Shrine.

Asakusa
Maihama featuring interior views as well as a large group of people

Maihama

4.5/5Wonderful!(71 area reviews)

Ample dining options, beautiful seaside views, and thrilling amusement parks are just a few top things to explore in Maihama. A visit to Tokyo DisneySea® or Disneyland® Tokyo might round out your trip, and you can jump aboard the metro at Tokyo Disneyland Station or Resort Gateway Station to get around town.

Maihama
Ginza showing a city, modern architecture and signage

Ginza

4.5/5Wonderful!(100 area reviews)

Enjoy the popular shops in Ginza. Ginza Six is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Ginza Station or Higashi-ginza Station to see more of Tokyo.

Ginza
Roppongi featuring a city, signage and night scenes

Roppongi

4.5/5Wonderful!(30 area reviews)

Travellers choose Roppongi for its abundant dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Roppongi Station or Roppongi-itchome Station and check out top sights like Roppongi Hills.

Roppongi

Top hotels in Tokyo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
APA Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho Tower
APA Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho Tower
3 out of 5
1-20-2 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo
The price is NZ$74 per night

Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Omoide Yokocho and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and Meiji ...

3.9/5Good! (5,696 reviews)

"Very good hotel. Woukd definitely recommend this location."…"

Reviewed on 26 Mar. 2020

APA Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho Tower
BESPOKE HOTEL Shinjuku
BESPOKE HOTEL Shinjuku
3.5 out of 5
2-2-17 Kabukicho, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is NZ$85 per night

Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Robot Restaurant and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (560 reviews)

"Such a great hotel. The rooms are relatively large compared to 2 other central Tokyo hotels we stayed on this trip. Even though bespoke was our cheapest hotel during our stay, this was by far our favourite one. Lovely free breakfast, accommodating staff and rooms are perfectly designed to make the ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar. 2020

BESPOKE HOTEL Shinjuku
RIHGA Royal Hotel Tokyo
RIHGA Royal Hotel Tokyo
4 out of 5
1-104-19 Totsuka-machi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is NZ$428 per night

Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Tokyo Dome, Togenukijizo Kogan Temple and Mandarake Complex. Meiji Jingu Shrine and Yanaka Ginza Shopping ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,792 reviews)

"The property was in a great location with a shuttle to the train station. The staff was friendly and always willing to assist and help you. I would return again!"…"

Reviewed on 6 Mar. 2020

RIHGA Royal Hotel Tokyo

Popular places to visit in Tokyo

Disneyland® Tokyo
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Disneyland® Tokyo

4.5/5(183 reviews)

Ride roller coasters and watch theatrical shows as you witness the magic of Disney come to life at this family-friendly amusement park and resort.

Tokyo Sky Tree
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Tokyo Sky Tree

4.5/5(261 reviews)

Reach for the stars, walk in the clouds and explore the depths of the ocean from the tallest self-supporting tower in the world.

Tokyo Tower
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Tokyo Tower

4.5/5(208 reviews)

A little piece of Paris in Tokyo, this 333 metre-high landmark offers fantastic views over the city and is a striking part of the skyline.

Tokyo Imperial Palace
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Tokyo Imperial Palace

4/5(373 reviews)

Dating back to the seventeenth century, this impressive seat of power lies at the centre of Tokyo amid gardens and splendid architecture.

Ueno Park
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Ueno Park

4.5/5(334 reviews)

Home to important museums, shrines and one of the city’s most photographed ponds, this public park is a perfect one-stop destination for culture and tranquility.

Shibuya Crossing
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Shibuya Crossing

4.5/5(390 reviews)

Guaranteed to overload the senses, this intersection teeming with people is considered to be a symbol of modern Tokyo.

Top activities in Tokyo

TOKYO SKYTREE® Ticket (ONE TIME USE-Valid for 7 days)
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TOKYO SKYTREE® Ticket (ONE TIME USE-Valid for 7 days)

90% of travellers recommend
NZ$32
Per adult
Go-Kart Experience on Tokyo Roads
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Go-Kart Experience on Tokyo Roads

82% of travellers recommend
NZ$52
Per adult
Spring 2020 Tokyo Evening Hanami (Cherry Blossom) Experience
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Spring 2020 Tokyo Evening Hanami (Cherry Blossom) Experience

100% of travellers recommend
NZ$283
Per adult
Full-Day City Tour with Admission to Tokyo Tower
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Full-Day City Tour with Admission to Tokyo Tower

92% of travellers recommend
NZ$225
Per adult
TOKYO SKYTREE® & Sumida Aquarium Admission
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TOKYO SKYTREE® & Sumida Aquarium Admission

86% of travellers recommend
NZ$75
Per adult
Unlimited Prepaid Nano SIM Card for Japan
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Unlimited Prepaid Nano SIM Card for Japan

NZ$61
Per adult

Reviews of Tokyo

4.7

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 69.8547215496368%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 26.876513317191282%
3 - Okay
49
3 - Okay 2.9661016949152543%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.18159806295399517%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.12106537530266344%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

30 Mar. 2020

Need at least six days to explore Tokyo.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Mar. 2020

The Asakusa area is great to stay. Metro very close

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

12 Mar. 2020

Tokyo is a beautiful city - more than what we expected. So many things to see and do - highly recommend!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Mar. 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Mar. 2020

In tokyo. I have walked

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 Feb. 2020

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

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