Tokyo

Travel Guide
Shibuya showing signage, street scenes and central business district

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

Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro
Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro
4 out of 5
1-6-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is NZ$74 per night from 27 Oct. to 27 Oct.
Located in Toshima, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Sunshine Aquarium, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Tokyo Dome and Sensō-ji Temple. Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Sky ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,300 reviews)
"Amazing service! thank you!"

Reviewed on 8 Sep. 2021

Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro
Shinagawa Prince Hotel
Shinagawa Prince Hotel
3.5 out of 5
4-10-30 Takanawa Minato-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is NZ$126 per night from 27 Oct. to 27 Oct.
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 Sengakuji Temple ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,333 reviews)
"Perfect spot to stay around Shinagawa station"

Reviewed on 24 Oct. 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 NZ$92 per night from 1 Nov. to 1 Nov.
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! (2,285 reviews)
"Bit outdated but well maintained"

Reviewed on 19 Oct. 2021

The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
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.
nine hours Suidobashi
nine hours Suidobashi
2.5 out of 5
3-10-1 Misaki, Kanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is NZ$55 per night from 27 Oct. to 27 Oct.
Located in Suidobashi, this cabin is within a 10-minute walk of Korakuen Hall and Tokyo Dome. Nippon Budokan and Yasukuni Shrine are also within 1 mile (2 km). ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (80 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
Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
3.5 out of 5
1-28-13 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is NZ$83 per night from 1 Nov. to 1 Nov.
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! (2,127 reviews)
"It was nice"

Reviewed on 17 Jul. 2021

Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
Section L Ginza East
Section L Ginza East
3 out of 5
Shintomi 1-14-5, Chuo, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is NZ$169 per night from 27 Oct. to 27 Oct.
Located in Chuo, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Kabuki-za Theatre and Shinbashi Theatre. Tokyo International Forum and Nakagin Capsule ...
Section L Ginza East
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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