Tokyo | Travel Guide
Tokyo in Japan is one of the most cosmopolitan and exciting cities in the world, and visiting the metropole at least once in your life should be on everyone’s travel wish list. With 12 million inhabitants, there is always something going on here, but it is also very easy to seek out the city’s quiet and quaint neighborhoods. This travel guide will introduce you to the multiple-faceted city of Tokyo!
Whether you are looking to experience Japanese culture at its best, enjoy seasonal treats such as cherry blossoms and autumn leaves, discover Japan’s history, eat some of the most delicious foods you will have ever had, or dive into the exciting night scene, Tokyo has it all.
Check out our group package tour and private package tour in Tokyo if you are interested in discovering this exciting city!
3 Expat Friendly Areas in Tokyo
What do Roppongi, Hiroo, and Azabu have to offer the intrepid tourist who wants to veer a bit off the beaten path?
The History of Tokyo
What became today's largest metropole in the world started out as a small town in the 13th century and became a small castle town in the 15th century. Then the feudal lords started fighting out a war that would change the course of Edo's history forever.
Family Friendly Tokyo Tips
Tokyo is a great destination for families with kids. Our local experts give you a whole bunch of tips to have the best holiday you ever had with your family!
The Tokyo Station Area
Tokyo Station is not only a place where you go to catch the shinkansen, it is very much an area with plenty of dining, entertainment, and shopping options. Architecture fanatics will also have a field day in Marunouchi.
Nihonbashi & Ningyocho
Most Japan tours start in Tokyo. Even if you don't have much time here, Nihonbashi and Ningyocho will offer you a lot on the city's history and food culture. Find out what there is to discover in these historical areas!
Sugamo is a local Tokyo neighborhood that is especially popular with elderly ladies. Find out why you should include this area on your Japan tour itinerary if you like to see how the locals live.
Off the beaten path but full of history and picture-perfect vistas, that is Shibamata in Tokyo. How can you enjoy this area best? Find out where to go and what to eat in Shibamata.
Ryogoku Sumo Town
Ryogoku is known as Tokyo's sumo neighborhood. What is sumo about? Where can you go to see sumo wrestlers in action? Where can you eat a dish typically eaten by wrestlers? And what else is there to see in Ryogoku?
Daikanyama and Nakameguro
Got at least 3 days in Tokyo on your Japan tour? Find out where to go in hip neighborhoods Daikanyama and Nakameguro.
Tokyo Highlights and Hidden Gem Itinerary
Find out which 5 highlights and local areas should definitely be included on your Tokyo itinerary if you come here on your Japan tour.
Tokyo ‘s 5 Most Recommended Places
While planning a trip to Japan, it can be difficult to make a choice of where to go, due to the great number of interesting places to visit. Therefore, we made a list of the 5 best places to visit while traveling in Tokyo.
Shinjuku | Tokyo
Shinjuku is known for its impressive streets full of neon signs. Throughout the territory, there is a wide variety of international cuisine and hundreds of department stores ranging from clothing stores to high-tech devices.
Sunamachi Ginza Street Food
There are similar areas in Tokyo, such as the Yanaka Ginza during the day and Omoide Yokocho in Shinjuku, but especially the latter has been discovered by international tourists and can get crowded for that reason. If you are a bit adventurous, the Sunamachi Ginza is a great alternative to get your local streetfood fix.
Yanesen : Yanaka Tokyo
While most tourists stick to Tokyo's central and west areas, the eastern side of the city also has much to offer in terms of sightseeing for those who are interested in neighborhoods with a more 'local' feel to it. Yanesen is the perfect example of such an area.
While most tourists stick to Tokyo's central and west areas, the eastern side of the city also has much to offer in terms of sightseeing for those who are interested in neighborhoods with a more 'local' feel to it. Monzennakacho is the perfect example of such an area.
Right after crossing the scramble crossing, you will find the birthplace of many Japanese fashion trends, Center Gai. This is a pedestrian zone located in the heart of Shibuya, lined with shops, boutiques, and game centers. At night, the street is filled with young people heading to restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. This is the nightlife district for those aged around 16-25.
Roppongi Hills is home to Louise Bourgeois's giant alfresco spider sculpture, and the area is delightfully landscaped with trees that are illuminated at night. The Mori Garden is a gorgeous modern version of a Japanese garden and a welcome strip of greenery in this concrete jungle.
Ginza is a district in central Tokyo, and its name means 'silver place' when translated to English. That still holds true today, as it is one of the most high-end shopping districts of Japan.
The island became very popular with young people, especially young couples who flock to shopping and amusement treats like Joypolis, a virtual reality emporium, Oedo Monogatari onsen, an onsen theme park.
The Izu Seven Islands
What can you do on the Izu Seven Islands in Japan? A lot quieter than the usual beach resorts in Okinawa, you can enjoy hiking, ocean activities, and fresh seafood here.
Chidorigafuchi in Spring
If you are looking for cherry blossoms in Tokyo, Chidorigafuchi is one of the best places to go. You can see the beautiful moat with cherry blossoms and walk through the pink tunnels, or you can enjoy the sakura from a boat!
Meguro River in Spring
If you are looking for cherry blossoms in Tokyo, Meguro River in Tokyo is one of the best places to go. The cherry trees covering the river look like a pink tunnel for only a few short days per year.
Koishikawa Korakuen Garden in Autumn
Historical garden Koishikawa Korakuen is a beautiful place to visit for fall foliage and other seasonal treats. What is the meaning behind the garden's architecture? And what else is there to do in the area?
North-west of central Tokyo is one of the most active centers in the city. Being the third busiest station in Tokyo, Ikebukuro is an area that offers a variety of activities for all audiences. Ikebukuro is one of the meeting places for young people, so you can see groups of friends walking through the district.
Akihabara in Tokyo
Akihabara is a place where people from all over the world come to see the new subcultures of Japan. It is a must-see area if you are traveling to Tokyo because of its social and cultural impact in present-day Japan.
Harajuku | Tokyo
Harajuku is home to some of the city's best art galleries, museums and design book stores, but let's start with the area's most famous highlight, Takeshita Street.
Asakusa | Tokyo
Today Asakusa is festive and quaint. The crowds are drawn by Sensoji Temple, the Five Storied Pagoda, and the traditional Nakamise shopping arcade. But for visitors between the sixteen and eighteen hundreds...
Mt. Takao was introduced in the Michelin Green Guides for Travel and Tourism as a place that is relatively close to the center of Tokyo where you can discover the 'real Japan', and it is quite a popular destination among foreigners, especially for those who live in Japan long term.
Narita Airport is located about 60 km outside of Tokyo, in the city of Narita. If you have a layover in Narita of at least 4 hours you can visit nearby Narita city which is only a train ride of 15 minutes away.
Haneda airport is located less than 30 minutes and 15 km south-east of central Tokyo. The airport is well linked to central Tokyo...
Hamamatsucho Station Area
Hamamatsucho station in Tokyo is a big station on the JR Yamanote and Keihin-Tohoku lines, Toei Oedo and Asakusa lines, and the Tokyo Monorail to go to Haneda Airport, so it is a well-connected area.
The Tokyo Sky Tree is the holder of the record for the world's tallest tower. Along with becoming a major tourist attraction, the structure's main purpose is as a television and radio broadcasting tower.
In the traditional area of Asakusa in Tokyo, about 20 minutes walk from the famous Sensoji temple, you can reach the Yoshiwara Shrine. This small but beautiful sanctuary is one of the few things left from the past that characterized this section of Tokyo.
Oedo Onsen Monogatari Bathhouse
Oedo Onsen Monogatari is an onsen theme park and was created to resemble a bathhouse in the Edo period (1603-1868). Upon arrival, you choose a design of yukata (summer kimono) and...
Henn Na Hotel
Henn Na Hotel, meaning 'Strange Hotel', is one of the most innovative franchises in the hotel industry in the world. It does not require people to man the reception since the entire process of check-in and check-out is done by robots and an electronic tablet.
The Tokyo Tower
The Tokyo Tower is one of the highest constructions in Tokyo at 333m tall. It has two observatories, one at 150m, and the other one at 250m. Adults pay 1200 yen to access the first one, and an additional 1800 yen to reach the second observation deck.
The Tsukiji and Toyosu Markets
In 2018, the fish market (including the famous tuna auction) and the wholesale markets moved from Tsukiji to Toyosu. Some of the restaurants and shops stayed behind in Tsukiji...
The Imperial Palace
One of the most important visits on the journey through the metropolis of Tokyo is the imposing Imperial Palace. Situated near the newly renovated Tokyo station, it is a nice walk...
Nakamise in Asakusa
Nakamise is one of the oldest shopping centers in Japan. Since Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu established Edo Shogunate (1603), the population in Edo (old Tokyo) grew as well the visitors to Sensoji Temple.
Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa
Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa is an aquarium located in the Shinagawa area in Tokyo. It has many exhibitions of marine species and several rooms with special illuminations, which makes this aquarium different from the others.