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Travel Guide

Shibuya showing street scenes, signage and modern architecture

Experience the energy of one of the world’s largest cities, home to electronics shops and towering skyscrapers, ancient art and pretty cherry blossoms.

With more than 30 million residents, Tokyo’s metropolitan region is the largest population center in the world. This position is especially impressive given that half of Tokyo was destroyed during World War II air raids. The city that was rebuilt after 1945 presents a fascinating blend of ancient tradition and modern leadership.

Go to the top of a skyscraper for impressive views of this seemingly endless city. From the Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Tower, Mori Tower and Tokyo Skytree, you’ll see iconic landmarks in Japan’s modern skyline and even beyond to Mount Fuji. Back on street level, experience the atmosphere of the city’s liveliest district, Shinjuku, home to many of Tokyo’s tallest buildings and the city’s busiest rail station.

Although a modern city, Tokyo maintains its links to the past. See art and artifacts from ancient Japan and other Asian countries in the Tokyo National Museum. Its collection includes items up to 12,000 years old. The Tokyo Imperial Palace sits on the site that has been home to shoguns and emperors for centuries.

Learn about traditional Buddhist spirituality dating back to 645 at the Sensoji Temple. The Yasukuni Shrine and Yushukan Museum showcase Shinto efforts to commemorate the services of the more than 2 million citizens who died in service to their country over the last century and a half.

Tokyo is constantly rebuilding and reinventing itself. The Roppongi Hills multi-use complex was created in 2003 in the heart of the city and provides some of the trendiest scenes for nighttime entertainment. It’s especially popular with expats.

Although Tokyo is densely populated, it has plenty of green space throughout its 23 wards. Late March and early April feature the famous Japanese cherry blossoms. One of the most popular places to enjoy the flora with a picnic lunch is Shinjuku Gyoen. Parks in every district are carefully designed with detailed landscape architecture to provide oases for Japan’s citizens and visitors to relax and refresh.

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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
The price is HK$483 per night from 17 May to 17 May
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! (2,217 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
APA Hotel Akihabaraeki Denkigaiguchi
APA Hotel Akihabaraeki Denkigaiguchi
3 out of 5
3-11-4, Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is HK$275 per night from 19 May to 19 May
Located in Chiyoda, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kanda Shrine and Ueno Onshi Park. Tokyo Dome and Tokyo Imperial Palace are also within 3 mi (5 km). ...
4.3/5Excellent! (973 reviews)
"Perfect english and 11:00 AM checkout. Loved it"

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2020

APA Hotel Akihabaraeki Denkigaiguchi
Citadines Central Shinjuku Tokyo
Citadines Central Shinjuku Tokyo
3.5 out of 5
The price is HK$341 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Robot Restaurant, Isetan Department Store Shinjuku and Omoide Yokocho. Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Anime ...
4.3/5Excellent! (994 reviews)

Reviewed on 18 Jan 2021

Citadines Central Shinjuku Tokyo
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21 May 2020

Loved every minute

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21 Mar 2020

Tokyo's a great place.

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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.

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6 Mar 2020

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

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4 Mar 2020

I love Tokyo. Good food and nice staff.

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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.