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Futuristic and fascinating, Tokyo is a world city that should be on everyone's travel agenda.

One of the world's largest cities – 30 million people call Tokyo home – is a city of contrasts. Few other places in the world are such a jumble of science-fiction-style skyscrapers bristling with modernity next door to narrow alleys packed with dark, smoky restaurants and ancient temples. Though Tokyo was shaken badly by the March 2011 earthquake, the city sustained remarkably little damage, and now life is fully back to normal.

The first Tokyoites settled here around 10,000 BC and Edo, as it was known, remained a sleepy fishing village for thousands of years. But Edo was to grow to become the world’s largest city. In 1868, Edo was renamed Tokyo, meaning Eastern Capital, as the country embarked on a massive round of empire building, which eventually led to the calamitous World War II. Half the city was completely destroyed in air raids, and what was left now coexists with a thoroughly modern city.

On arrival, the first thing you should do is head up to the top of a skyscraper to get the lay of the land. From the Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Tower, Mori Tower and Tokyo Skytree, you can admire the city's iconic landmarks and even see all the way to Mount Fuji.

Tokyo's fascinating street life is one of the city's highlights: head to the city's liveliest district Shinjuku to experience its atmosphere. The Roppongi Hills complex in the heart of the city is another unmissable sight with great nightlife and entertainment options galore.

Although thoroughly modern, Tokyo has not forgotten its past. The Tokyo National Museum has a vast collection with some artefacts dating back 12,000 years. Learn more about Japan's emperors at the Tokyo Imperial Palace, which has been home to shoguns and emperors for centuries. Visit the Yasukuni shrine, which commemorates the 2 million citizens who gave their lives for their country during the Meiji Restoration. Traditional Buddhist spirituality dates back thousands of years and can be explored at the Sensoji Temple

Despite its huge population, Tokyo has plenty of open spaces. The world-famous cherry blossoms are in bloom in late March and early April, and Shinjuku Gyoen is a popular destination if you want to admire the blooms.

Where to stay in Tokyo

Shinjuku showing night scenes, a city and nightlife

Shinjuku

4.5/5Wonderful!(477 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 central business district, street scenes and a city

Shibuya

4.5/5Wonderful!(101 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
Akihabara, Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Akihabara

When in Akihabara, you can plan a visit to Akihabara Electric Town and Ueno Park, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Akihabara
Ueno, Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Ueno

4.5/5Wonderful!(87 area reviews)

Travellers choose Ueno for its ample dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Ueno-okachimachi Station or Ueno-hirokoji Station and check out top sights like Ameya-Yokochō.

Ueno
Ikebukuro, Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Ikebukuro

You might appreciate the shopping and restaurants in Ikebukuro, and if you're interested in seeing more of the area, Sunshine City Shopping Mall and Sunshine Aquarium are just a few notable stops.

Ikebukuro
Sensoji Temple which includes religious aspects, signage and a city

Asakusa

5/5Exceptional!(62 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

Top hotels in Tokyo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
BESPOKE HOTEL Shinjuku
BESPOKE HOTEL Shinjuku
3.5 out of 5
2-2-17 Kabukicho, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is Rs3,054 per night

Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Robot Restaurant and Isetan Department Store Shinjuku. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (605 reviews)

"Clean, nice modern room and lounge. Hotel is within walking distance of central Shinjuku and close to a train station. Good access. The only negative was that the hallway smelled like smoke."…"

Reviewed on 14 Jul 2020

BESPOKE HOTEL Shinjuku
APA Hotel Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
APA Hotel Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
3 out of 5
2-2-8 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is Rs3,680 per night

Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Isetan Department Store Shinjuku. Robot Restaurant and Samurai ...

4/5Very Good! (2,680 reviews)
Good and quiet location at Shinjuku!

"I love the location of this hotel, near to train station or walkable to Shinjuku station. Also very near to Gyoen park. It's also in a quiet area of Shinjuku. Lots of cafes and food around the area. The room was smaller than I expected. If you're coming from a long flight and have big luggage, it ..."…"

Reviewed on 26 Mar 2020

APA Hotel Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Grand Hyatt Tokyo
Grand Hyatt Tokyo
5 out of 5
6-10-3 Roppongi, Minato-Ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is Rs19,830 per night

Located in Minato, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tokyo Midtown and Nezu Art Museum. Tokyo Tower is 1.2 mi (2 km) away. Roppongi Station is 7 minutes ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (555 reviews)
Outstanding hotel in every way. A don't miss.

"Outstanding hotel, the service was impeccable, the workout room and pool beautiful and the various food outlets amazing. A wonderful experience. I believe this hotel to have the worlds best toilets, absolutely the Michelin three star experience of Asia except BETTER!"…"

Reviewed on 8 Apr 2020

Grand Hyatt Tokyo

Popular places to visit in Tokyo

Disneyland® Tokyo
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Disneyland® Tokyo

4.5/5(122 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 DisneySea®
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Tokyo DisneySea®

4.5/5(38 reviews)

Enjoy the rides and games at Tokyo DisneySea® and see why people love this theme park in Urayasu. Visit the notable monuments and temples in this vibrant area.

Tokyo Dome
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Tokyo Dome

4.5/5(67 reviews)

Catch an event at Tokyo Dome during your trip to Tokyo.Amble within picturesque gardens or visit the temples in this vibrant area.

Tokyo Sky Tree
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Tokyo Sky Tree

4.5/5(269 reviews)

Find yourself wowed by stunning 360-degree panoramic views of Tokyo from its newest and highest tower.

Tokyo Tower
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Tokyo Tower

4.5/5(222 reviews)

No, you're not in Paris, though this Eiffel-inspired structure and Tokyo landmark might make you think you've been transported to Europe.

Tokyo Imperial Palace
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Tokyo Imperial Palace

4/5(276 reviews)

Home to Japan's Imperial Family, the grounds of the Royal Palace make for a peaceful break from urban life.

Reviews of Tokyo

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 May 2020

Loved every minute

5/5 - Excellent

M

21 Mar 2020

Tokyo's a great place.

5/5 - Excellent

Steve

12 Mar 2020

My 60th birthday wish list. A great place. Everything I thought it was. Also went to Hiroshima and Kyoto. Check the rail pass. Mine cost just over £200 but I spent over £600.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Mar 2020

Nothing to say. People knew that Tokyo is one of the best cities in this world.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Mar 2020

I love Tokyo. Good food and nice staff.

5/5 - Excellent

David

2 Mar 2020

Tokyo is a unique city for its size. I can’t imagine a European or US version of the city working as well as Tokyo does. It’s a place to allow the city channel you and follow how it’s set up.

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