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Tokyo (東京, Tōkyō) is Japan's capital and the world's most populous metropolis. It is also one of Japan's 47 prefectures, consisting of 23 central city wards and multiple cities, towns and villages west of the city center. The Izu and Ogasawara Islands are also part of Tokyo.

Prior to 1868, Tokyo was known as Edo. A small castle town in the 16th century, Edo became Japan's political center in 1603 when Tokugawa Ieyasu established his feudal government there. A few decades later, Edo had grown into one of the world's most populous cities. With the Meiji Restoration of 1868, the emperor and capital moved from Kyoto to Edo, which was renamed Tokyo ("Eastern Capital"). Large parts of Tokyo were destroyed in the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and in the air raids of 1945.

Today, Tokyo offers a seemingly unlimited choice of shopping, entertainment, culture and dining to its visitors. The city's history can be appreciated in districts such as Asakusa and in many excellent museums, historic temples and gardens. Contrary to common perception, Tokyo also offers a number of attractive green spaces in the city center and within relatively short train rides at its outskirts.

Top attractions in Tokyo

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Central Tokyo
2
Neighborhood

Akihabara

District for electronic and otaku goods.
4.0 / 5
7,007
4
Garden

Hama Rikyu

Landscape garden next to Shiodome.
3.9 / 5
829
7
Neighborhood

Ginza

Japan's premier shopping district.
3.5 / 5
5,831
8
Neighborhood

Nihonbashi

Commercial district in central Tokyo.
3.1 / 5
2,633
9
Shrine

Yasukuni Shrine

Dedicated to the deities of Japan's war dead.
3.6 / 5
1,415
10
Neighborhood

Tokyo Dome City

Entertainment district around Tokyo Dome.
3.5 / 5
1,977
11
Neighborhood

Tsukishima

Man made island known for monjayaki.
3.4 / 5
761
12
Neighborhood

Yurakucho

Atmospheric dining destination next to the Ginza.
3.2 / 5
535
13
Neighborhood

Kanda

Central district dotted with minor sites of interest.
3.1 / 5
586
14
Neighborhood

Marunouchi

Business district in front of Tokyo Station.
3.1 / 5
2,238
15
Historic Site

State Guest House

Grand Western-style palace with Japanese-style annex
7
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Northern Tokyo
2
Viewpoint/Tower

Tokyo Skytree••

634 meter tall tower with observation decks.
4.1 / 5
1,695
3
Neighborhood

Asakusa

District with an atmosphere of old Tokyo.
4.2 / 5
6,396
6
Garden

Rikugien

Beautiful Japanese style landscape garden.
4.0 / 5
565
7
Park

Ueno Park

City park with multiple museums and a zoo.
4.0 / 5
5,363
9
Neighborhood

Yanaka

District with a pleasant atmosphere of old Tokyo.
3.9 / 5
355
10
Garden

Botanical Garden

Botanical garden of the University of Tokyo.
3.8 / 5
577
12
Zoo/Wildlife

Sumida Aquarium

Nice aquarium at the base of the Skytree.
3.6 / 5
235
13
Shopping

Ameyoko

Colorful market street in Ueno.
3.5 / 5
1,985
14
Neighborhood

Ikebukuro

Commercial district around busy train station.
3.5 / 5
4,977
15
Neighborhood

Kappabashi Street

Shopping street for restaurant owners.
3.4 / 5
1,086
16
Neighborhood

Ryogoku

Center of the sumo wrestling world.
3.3 / 5
1,184
17
Neighborhood

Sugamo

A shopping district catering to the elderly.
2.9 / 5
414
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Western Tokyo
1
Neighborhood

Shibuya••

Popular district among younger generations.
4.2 / 5
7,272
2
Neighborhood

Shinjuku••

District around Japan's busiest station.
4.0 / 5
7,419
3
Shrine

Meiji Shrine

Dedicated to the deity of Emperor Meiji.
4.1 / 5
4,448
4
Neighborhood

Harajuku

Center of teenage fashion and cosplay culture.
4.0 / 5
6,446
6
Park

Yoyogi Park

Spacious city park in Shibuya.
3.9 / 5
3,557
7
Shopping

Nakano Broadway

Shopping mall with lots of anime related stores.
3.7 / 5
702
8
Viewpoint/Tower

Government Building

Twin tower with two free observation decks.
3.7 / 5
1,312
9
Neighborhood

Kagurazaka

Trendy district along a sloping street.
3.6 / 5
332
11
Neighborhood

Daikanyama

Hip neighborhood near Shibuya.
15
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Southern Tokyo
1
Neighborhood

Odaiba

Futuristic architecture on a man made island.
4.0 / 5
4,365
3
Shopping

Roppongi Hills

Modern entertainment and shopping complex.
3.3 / 5
2,166
4
Shopping

Toyosu Market

New fish market replacing Tsukiji Market.
2.9 / 5
20
5
Viewpoint/Tower

Tokyo Tower

333 meter tall symbol of Tokyo.
3.9 / 5
4,904
7
Temple

Zojoji Temple

Buddhist temple at the base of Tokyo Tower.
3.8 / 5
1,201
8
Scenic Ride

Tokyo Water Bus

A network of pleasant sightseeing boat lines.
3.7 / 5
496
10
Shopping

Tokyo Midtown

City within the city complex in Roppongi.
3.3 / 5
790
11
Neighborhood

Roppongi

Multifaceted district in central Tokyo
3.3 / 5
4,605
12
Neighborhood

Akasaka Sacas

City within the city around TBS headquarter.
3.2 / 5
984
13
Neighborhood

Shiodome

Recently redeveloped commercial district.
3.1 / 5
1,406
14
Neighborhood

Shinagawa

Major transportation hub in southern Tokyo.
3.0 / 5
2,621
15
Neighborhood

Toyosu

District on a man-made island in Tokyo Bay.
2.5 / 5
242
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Outlying Areas
3
Neighborhood

Shibamata

Old-fashioned neighborhood centered around a temple.
4.5 / 5
31
4
Manga and Anime

Ghibli Museum

Museum of the Ghibli animation film studio.
4.4 / 5
1,604
6
Temple

Takaosan

Temple mountain near central Tokyo.
4.0 / 5
840
12
Shopping

Ikspiari Mall

A shopping mall in Tokyo Disney Resort.
2.9 / 5
395
13
Neighborhood

Makuhari Messe

Modern convention center just outside Tokyo.
2.8 / 5
751
14
Neighborhood

Kichijoji

Trendy neighborhood west of central Tokyo.
18
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Events
1
Festival

Sanja Matsuri

Tokyo's most popular annual shrine festival.
4.3 / 5
218
2
Festival

Kanda Matsuri

One of the three great festivals of Tokyo and Japan.
3.8 / 5
86
4
Manga and Anime

AnimeJapan

Large trade show of the anime industry.
4.1 / 5
487
5
Industry/Commerce

Tokyo Game Show

Trade show of the computer gaming industry.
4.0 / 5
412
6
Festival

Sanno Matsuri

One of Japan's three largest festivals.
3.7 / 5
76
7
Event

Tokyo Marathon

Annual large scale city marathon.
3.6 / 5
155
8
Industry/Commerce

Ceatec Japan

Japan's largest IT and electronics trade show.
3.3 / 5
59
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Side Trips from Tokyo
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Nikko•••

Site of Nikko Toshogu, Ieyasu's mausoleum.
4.3 / 5
3,204
2

Kamakura••

Small city full of historic treasures.
4.4 / 5
4,117
4

Hakone

National park with views of Mount Fuji.
4.1 / 5
3,284
6

Yokohama

Japan's second largest city.
4.0 / 5
4,651
8

Chichibu

Rural city known for its festival and shrines.
3.8 / 5
59
9

Minakami

Popular hot spring and outdoor resort.
3.5 / 5
283
10

Kawagoe

Former castle town known as the Little Edo.
3.4 / 5
962
11

Ikaho Onsen

Hot spring resort famous for its stone stairs.
3.2 / 5
341
12

Tomioka

Site of a Japan's first modern silk factory.
3.1 / 5
47
13

Kawasaki

Sandwiched between Tokyo and Yokohama.
2.8 / 5
614
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Hotels around Tokyo

    • Sancoinn Grande Tokyo Hamamatsucho
      Enjoy each room's luxurious furnishings and attached bath/vanity in one of Tokyo's premier hotels. Just 25 minutes from Haneda Airport and also minutes from Tokyo Tower and Odaiba.
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    • Mokkoan
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring free WiFi and a hot tub, Mokkoan offers accommodation in Kita Ward, Tokyo. Private parking is available on site. Every room comes with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Certain units have a seating area where you can relax. For your comfort, you will find slippers and free toiletries. You will find a shared kitchen at the property. The guest house also offers free use of bicycles. Yokohama is 37 km from Mokkoan, while Chiba is 41 km away. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 24 km from Mokkoan.
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    • HISAYO'S INN
      Budget-friendly
      Set in the Ota Ward district in Tokyo, 5 km from Tokyo International Airport Terminal No2 Observation Deck, HISAYO'S INN features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi throughout the property. Each room has air conditioning and a safety deposit box. A shared kitchen comes with a refrigerator, stovetop, microwave, toaster and electric kettle. Bathrooms are shared and include free toiletries, towels, hairdryer, mouthwash and toothpaste. You will find a washing machine, tumble dryer and electrical adapter. Guests can try Japanese traditional haori jacket and have their photos taken free of charge. Rental bikes are available, and the staff can assist guests try on a yukata robe for female at a fee. Free luggage storage service is offered. Bike hire is available at this guest house and the area is popular for cycling. Oedo Onsen Monogatari is 8 km from HISAYO'S INN, while Fuji TV Odaiba is 9 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 3 km from HISAYO'S INN.
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    • SOLA HOTEL
      Mid-range
      Located in Tokyo, near Kamejimashogakko Memorial Park, Kameido Tenjin Shrine and Umeyashiki Monument, SOLA HOTEL features free WiFi, and guests can enjoy a shared lounge and a terrace. Accommodation is fitted with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bidet, a hairdryer and free toiletries. A fridge and kettle are also provided. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Olinas Kinshicho Shopping Mall, Tobacco & Salt Museum and Gokinimono Museum. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 17 km from SOLA HOTEL.
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    • The Hideout Tokyo
      Mid-range
      The Hideout Tokyo is set in Tokyo. In a prime location in the Taito district, this cosy hotel is located 1.5 km from Sensoji Temple. JR Yamanote Uguisudani Station is just a 4-minute walk away. The compact rooms at The Hideout Tokyo are equipped with a seating area and a flat-screen TV. Rooms come with a private bathroom. Complimentary breads, banana and coffee are served every morning. Tokyo Skytree is 2.9 km from The Hideout Tokyo, while Edo Tokyo Museum is 2.9 km from the property. Tokyo Haneda International Airport is 18 km away.
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    • Sumida Nagaya
      Budget-friendly
      Sumida Nagaya is situated in Tokyo, an 18-minute walk from Tokyo Skytree. Well situated in the Sumida Ward district, this guest house is set 2.6 km from Sensoji Temple. The property is 3.4 km from Edo Tokyo Museum and 7 km from Marunouchi Building. The guest house is equipped with a kitchenette with an electric kettle, microwave, toaster and fridge. Every room comes with a shared bathroom with a bath. An simple Japanese breakfast with rice balls and miso soup or a simple cereal is available daily at the property upon prior reservation. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 18 km from Sumida Nagaya.
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    • The Barn Tokyo
      Mid-range
      Well situated in the Taito district of Tokyo, The Barn Tokyo is set 300 metres from Shikian, 300 metres from Calligraphy Museum and 400 metres from Tokugawa Tsunayoshi Mausoleum Imperial Scroll Gate. With a garden, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The property is close to popular attractions like Kanei-ji Temple, Chosho-ji Temple and Kemmyo-in Temple. All guest rooms in the hotel are fitted with a kettle. The units in The Barn Tokyo are equipped with a flat-screen TV and a hairdryer. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Nippori South Park, Tokugawa Ietsuna's Mausoleum Gate Plaque and Kuroda Memorial Hall. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 19 km from The Barn Tokyo.
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    • Resol Poshtel Tokyo Asakusa
      Budget-friendly
      Ideally set in Tokyo, Resol Poshtel Tokyo Asakusa offers air-conditioned rooms, a shared lounge and free WiFi. The property is around 400 metres from Asakusa Public Hall, 500 metres from Edo Taito Traditional Crafts Center and 600 metres from Sogenji Temple. The property is close to popular attractions like Kinryu Park, Hozomon Gate and Honpo-ji Temple. Popular points of interest near the capsule hotel include Asakusa ROX Shopping Center, Drum Museum and Kappabashi-dori Shopping Street. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 18 km from Resol Poshtel Tokyo Asakusa.
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    • Hostel Chapter Two Tokyo
      Budget-friendly
      Conveniently situated in the Taito district of Tokyo, Hostel Chapter Two Tokyo is located 60 metres from Komagatado, 500 metres from Kaminarimon Gate Senso-ji and 500 metres from Ekimise Asakusa. With a shared lounge, the 1-star hostel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. The accommodation provides a shared kitchen, and luggage storage for guests. The hostel offers a terrace. Popular points of interest near Hostel Chapter Two Tokyo include Hozomon Gate, Chiisanagarasunohonno Museum and World Bags and Luggage Museum. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 17 km from the accommodation.
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    • No Borders Hostel
      Budget-friendly
      Located in Tokyo, 700 metres from Togoshi-ginza Shopping Street, No Borders Hostel provides air-conditioned rooms and free bikes. Among the facilities at this property are a shared kitchen and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The property is close to popular attractions like Meguro Fudoson Ryusen-ji Temple, Kaifukuji Temple and Yakushi-ji Tokyo Annex Temple. All guest rooms in the guest house are fitted with a kettle. The shared bathroom is equipped with a shower and a hairdryer. Guest rooms will provide guests with a microwave. Popular points of interest near No Borders Hostel include Remy Gotanda Shopping Mall, Anyo-in Temple and Musashi Koyama Shopping Street Palm. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 9 km from the accommodation.
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    • Palace Hotel Tokyo
      Luxury
      Situated right in the heart of Marunouchi business district, Palace Hotel Tokyo is 5-star luxury accommodation boasting 7 restaurants, a spa and a free-access fitness centre and indoor swimming pool. It is directly connected to Otemachi Subway Station and an 8-minute walk from JR Tokyo Station. Free WiFi is provided in the entire area. Offering elegant and chic ambience, each spacious room comes with a large LCD TV, a blu-ray/DVD player and a safety box. A fridge and an electric kettle are also provided. The en suite bathroom includes a small TV, a bath tub and toiletries. While staying at Tokyo Palace Hotel, guests can enjoy a workout at the fitness gym, or receive rejuvenating treatments at the on-site Evian Spa Tokyo. The concierge desk can arrange various services for guests including mobile phone rentals. Tablet rentals, copy and fax services are available for an extra charge upon request at the front desk or club lounge. Guests can enjoy authentic Japanese culinary experiences in Wadakura restaurant, Tatsumi tempura restaurant and Kanesaka sushi restaurant. Crown offers exquisite French cuisine and the city views, while Grand Kitchen serves international dishes throughout the day. Located right next to the Imperial Palace, the hotel is a 10-minute walk from Ginza shopping area, and a 5-minute train ride from Akihabara electric town. Popular Tsukiji Fish Market can be reached within a 10-minute taxi ride. Airport limousine buses are available to/from Narita and Haneda airports at an extra charge.
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