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Tokyo
Travel Guide

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

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 NZ$107 per night from 26 Apr. to 27 Apr.

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 within ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,213 reviews)

"Despite booking a late check in rate, they allowed me to book in a couple of hours earlier due to my Expedia gold status"…"

Reviewed on 26 Mar. 2021

The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
Shinagawa Prince Hotel
Shinagawa Prince Hotel
3.5 out of 5
4-10-30 Takanawa Minato-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is NZ$163 per night from 11 Apr. to 12 Apr.

This family-friendly Tokyo hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo Bay and Happoen Garden. Sengakuji Temple and ...

4/5Very Good! (2,818 reviews)
Good

"Very good from Haneda"…"

Reviewed on 31 Dec. 2020

Shinagawa Prince Hotel
Shinjuku Granbell Hotel
Shinjuku Granbell Hotel
4 out of 5
2-14-5 Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is NZ$70 per night from 11 Apr. to 12 Apr.

Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Samurai Museum and Isetan Department Store Shinjuku. Omoide Yokocho and Shinjuku Gyoen National ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,514 reviews)

"it was very pretty the view was nice the decorations on the ceiling were nice too"…"

Reviewed on 2 Jan. 2021

Shinjuku Granbell Hotel
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.
Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
3.5 out of 5
1-28-13 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is NZ$88 per night from 11 Apr. to 12 Apr.

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! (2,075 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 26 Aug. 2020

Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
Hotel MyStays Higashi-Ikebukuro
Hotel MyStays Higashi-Ikebukuro
3 out of 5
4-39-13, Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is NZ$57 per night from 25 Apr. to 26 Apr.

Located in Toshima, this aparthotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Sunshine City Shopping Mall, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Yanaka Cemetery and Mandarake Complex. Tokyo ...

4.1/5Very Good! (710 reviews)

"It was good and nice views from top . I would like to go again if i get long vaccation again thanks to Hotel Mystays"…"

Reviewed on 15 Aug. 2020

Hotel MyStays Higashi-Ikebukuro
nine hours Suidobashi
nine hours Suidobashi
2.5 out of 5
3-10-1 Misaki, Kanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is NZ$64 per night from 11 Apr. to 12 Apr.

Located in Suidobashi, this cabin is within a 10-minute walk of Tokyo Dome and La Qua Tokyo Dome City. Nippon Budokan and Akihabara Electric Town are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (69 reviews)
So so

"So so. Design is cool and room is clean. This hotel locates near train rail so it is not silent. No TV in capsule."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar. 2020

nine hours Suidobashi
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.

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Reviews of Tokyo

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30 Mar. 2020

Need at least six days to explore Tokyo.

5/5 - Excellent

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15 Mar. 2020

The Asakusa area is great to stay. Metro very close

4/5 - Good

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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

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4 Mar. 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

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2 Mar. 2020

In tokyo. I have walked

5/5 - Excellent

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24 Feb. 2020

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

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