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Visit Tokyo

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!(703 area reviews)

This vibrant area in southwest Tokyo has the best of the city’s skyline, trendy restaurants, the busiest train station in the world and the most beautiful gardens.

Shinjuku
Shibuya showing signage, street scenes and central business district

Shibuya

4.5/5Wonderful!(164 area reviews)

Step from Tokyo’s busiest train station into streets filled with endless shopping and dining options and the largest concentration of “love hotels” in the city.

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

Asakusa

5/5Exceptional!(44 area reviews)

Follow the footsteps of centuries of worshippers along a street filled with traditional snack stalls and through the gates of one of Tokyo’s most popular temples.

Asakusa
Ginza showing a city, modern architecture and signage

Ginza

4.5/5Wonderful!(91 area reviews)

Named after a silver-coin mint, this district has a long association with affluence. Today it’s where you’ll find some of Japan’s most upmarket labels, restaurants and galleries.

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

Maihama

4.5/5Wonderful!(70 area reviews)

This small area, located in Urayasu just outside of Tokyo, is best known as the gateway to Japan’s wildly popular Tokyo Disney Resort.

Maihama
Roppongi featuring a city, signage and night scenes

Roppongi

4.5/5Wonderful!(27 area reviews)

In the past this was one of Tokyo’s infamous nightlife areas, but its now an entertainment district known for tourist-friendly restaurants, bars, clubs and a gigantic spider. 

Roppongi

Top hotels in Tokyo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
APA Hotel & Resort Nishishinjuku Gochome Eki Tower
APA Hotel & Resort Nishishinjuku Gochome Eki Tower
3 out of 5
3-14-1 Honmachi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
Free Cancellation
NZ$87
per night
Jan 26 - Jan 27

Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Meiji Jingu Shrine. Tokyo Midtown and Tokyo ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,818 reviews)

"Extremely nice and clean hotel. It is location right above Nishi-Shinjuku go-chome station. Hotel rooms also have a nice view."…"

Reviewed on 19 Jan. 2020

APA Hotel & Resort Nishishinjuku Gochome Eki Tower
Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
4 out of 5
1-19-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
NZ$247
per night
Jan 22 - Jan 23

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! (8,913 reviews)

"It’s convenient located with many restaurants and bars around. The breakfast on the 1st floor is good. My room was clean and I don’t mind the size as it was to be expected. I would book again."…"

Reviewed on 20 Jan. 2020

Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
APA Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho Tower
APA Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho Tower
3 out of 5
1-20-2 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo
NZ$124
per night
Feb 3 - Feb 4

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! (5,288 reviews)

"Location was good. Lack of business office was challenging"…"

Reviewed on 14 Jan. 2020

APA Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho Tower

Popular things to do in Tokyo

Disneyland® Tokyo
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Disneyland® Tokyo

4.5/5(180 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(254 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(200 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(359 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(323 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(331 reviews)

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

Top activities in Tokyo

Robot Restaurant Show
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Robot Restaurant Show

NZ$64

Get ready for a night of eye-popping entertainment like nothing you've seen at the Robot Restaurant, where bright lights, techno music, dinosaurs, and dancers combine with—of course—robots for a sensory spectacle in the heart of the Kabukicho red-light district.

Full-Day Sightseeing Bus Tour in Tokyo with Cruise
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Full-Day Sightseeing Bus Tour in Tokyo with Cruise

NZ$165

Discover Tokyo's top attractions by bus. In morning you can feel the Japanese history going through Meiji Shrine, the imperial palace and Sensouij temple in Asakusa. In afternoon you will experience modern Japan at the Tokyo Sky Tree tower and Tokyo Bay Cruise.

Mount Fuji, Lake Ashi & Hakone National Park by Bullet Train
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Mount Fuji, Lake Ashi & Hakone National Park by Bullet Train

NZ$212

Leave the hustle and bustle of Tokyo behind on this escape to Japan’s highest mountain and volcano—Mount Fuji. Enjoy a scenic cruise on the immaculate Lake Ashi, and then take in stunning sights while soaring on the Hakone Komagatake Ropeway before returning to Tokyo by bullet train.

TOKYO SKYTREE® Ticket (Valid for 7 days)
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TOKYO SKYTREE® Ticket (Valid for 7 days)

NZ$29

Visit the tallest structure in Japan and enjoy views of sprawling Tokyo City from the towering observation decks of TOKYO SKYTREE®. Skip past the lines and go straight up to the 1,150-foot (350-m) Tembo Deck or 1,475-foot (450-m) Tembo Galleria to relish the breathtaking panorama.

Full-Day Mt. Fuji Bus Tour:4D Flight Experience-Fuji Airways
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Full-Day Mt. Fuji Bus Tour:4D Flight Experience-Fuji Airways

NZ$192

Best bus tour to visit Mt. Fuji! Focused on taking the best view of Mt.Fuji as stayingat Fuji area all day! Visiting Oshino hakkai, traditional villadge famous for 8 beatiful ponds, Oshino Ninja Villadge to do unique ninja activities.

Taste Traditional Japanese Kaiseki Cuisine with explanation of private guide
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Taste Traditional Japanese Kaiseki Cuisine with explanation of private guide

NZ$538

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Ginza, Chuo 104-0061 Tokyo Prefecture You would have lunch at my restaurant “Ginza Yamaji”. Duration: 2 hours

Reviews of Tokyo

4.7

Top Destination

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4 - Good 27.430779137153895%
3 - Okay
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4/5 - Good

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Jan 21, 2020

Very busy foot traffic in Shinjuku, as expected. Subway systems were good, but can be hard to find the right stations, especially in the shinjuku area. But overall enjoyed our stay, people and culture.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 18, 2020

Tokyo is a world city. Keep going and there is always something in front if you or at the next subway stop

4/5 - Good

Jeffrey

Jan 18, 2020

Tokyo was alright. Some of the attractions like Team Lab and Disneyland Tokyo were great. It was a great base to do a day trip to the snow using a JR Rail pass. Tokyo is good for shopping and dining.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 17, 2020

It would be good if the check-in process is a bit quicker

3/5 - Okay

Mr.Kim

Jan 9, 2020

Japanese tend to be a little xenophobic to foreigners. Also, if you do not speak Japanese, you are going to face a lot of problems. It is extremely difficult to make Japanese friends. In my opinion, my trip to Seoul was more memorable and enjoyable.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 9, 2020

Truly international city. Everything works, good is great, easy to get around.

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Best Tours in Tokyo for Anime Fans
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Best Tours in Tokyo for Anime Fans

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Rugby World Cup Japan: Things to Do Between Matches
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Rugby World Cup Japan: Things to Do Between Matches

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Sustainable Travel & Ecotourism in Japan

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