Travel Guide to Tokyo

Where to stay in Tokyo - the vastness of Tokyo as seen from above at sunset

Tokyo is the capital and the largest city in Japan. It’s also the most populous metropolitan area in the world. Seeing the ultramodern Tokyo today makes it hard to believe that it was once a fishing village named Edo.

By the mid-18-century, Edo became one of the most populous cities in the world and following the end of the shogunate in 1868, the capital moved from Kyoto to Edo and was renamed Tokyo. Tokyo literally means the eastern capital.

Visit Tokyo and marvel at the unique contrast of modern city life and peaceful nature. The heart of Tokyo is a bustling hub of buildings, pocked with tranquil areas of nature. Yoyogi park sits between Shinjuku and Shibuya with the majestic Meiji shrine at its centre. On a clear day, you can spot the epic peak of Mount Fuji from the tallest skyscrapers.

There are few places on Earth like Tokyo. A cornucopia of vibrant lights, cloud-piercing skyscrapers and a constant buzz of energy. East meets West in a synergy that bonds the spiritual history of Japan with its enigmatic future. A visit to the world’s most animated metropolis will have you hooked, and you’ll never want to leave.

Prefecture: Tokyo Metropolis
Region: Kanto, on Honshu Island
Climate: Humid subtropical with hot summers and mild winters
Major Festivals: Tokyo Marathon, Sumida River Fireworks Festival
Local Food & Drinks: You’ll find every type of Japanese food here

Tokyo Itineraries

View from Roppongi in Tokyo

3 days in Tokyo itinerary

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5 days in Tokyo itinerary - beautiful Tokyo from above as seen from Omohara Garden at sunset

5 days in Tokyo itinerary

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Places to visit in Tokyo

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Watanabe Sahei Sake Brewery Nikko

Day trips from Tokyo

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Cory and G seeing Mount Fuji during their 2 weeks in Japan itinerary

Tokyo to Mount Fuji Day Trip

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Tokyo local in front of an intersection at night

7 Day Tokyo Itinerary

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Places To Visit Outside Tokyo

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Japanese salaryman passing a local coffee joint in Shibuya

1 day Tokyo Itinerary

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Where to stay in Tokyo

Tokyo Shibuya crossing from Shibuya Hikarie

Where to stay in Shibuya

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Where to stay in Tokyo - the vastness of Tokyo as seen from above at sunset

Where to stay in Tokyo

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Things to do in Tokyo

Local wearing cool and trendy clothes in front of Takeshita street Harajuku

Things to do in Harajuku

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Tokyo nightlife

Authentic Tokyo nightlife

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Red Store Shibuya Tokyo

Things to do in Tokyo at night

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Drinking Tokyo Pub Crawl

Tokyo Pub Crawl Experience

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Cory seeing the Sumo Players Morning Practice - one of the unique things to do in Tokyo

Sumo Wrestling in Tokyo

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People crossing the famed Shibuya Crossing at night

things to do in Shibuya, Tokyo

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Bird's eye view of the Shinjuku Train Station from the Shinjuku Southern Terrace (Penguin Square)

Things To Do In Shinjuku, Tokyo

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Tokyo Ginza at night

Things to do in Ginza, Tokyo

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Salaryman entering a Yokocho in Tokyo at night

Things to do in Tokyo, Japan

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Kyobashi matsuri held in Nihonbashi, held October in Tokyo

Free Things To Do in Tokyo

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spiritual sensoji tokyo

Must Do Guide in Tokyo

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View of Tokyo from above

Tokyo From Above

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Shinjuku skyscrapers from Shinjuku National Park

Get Lost in Shinjuku

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Beautiful round Moon Pine tree in Ueno Park

Things To Do in Ueno, Tokyo

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Tsukiji Market stalls at night when it's closed and quiet

Tsukiji Fish Market

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Tokyo Neighbourhoods

Shibuya Crossing at night from Hikarie building Tokyo

Complete Shibuya Area Guide

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Views of Nakameguro Rooftops

Guide to Nakameguro, Tokyo

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View from Roppongi in Tokyo

Roppongi Guide – Nightlife, Art, Dinning & Events

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Entrance to Ame Yokocho in Ueno Park

Ameyoko Shopping Street

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View of Tokyo from the lobby of Bills Ginza

Guide to Ginza, Tokyo

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Streets of Golden Gai at night

Shinjuku Golden Gai Guide

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The distinctive mirrors at Tokyu Plaza Omotesando

Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku

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Memory Lane in Tokyo at night

Guide to Omoide Yokocho

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Shibuya Crossing at night from Hikarie building Tokyo

Guide to Tokyo Neighborhoods

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Incense and visitors enjoying the beautiful Senso-ji in Asakusa

Guide to Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo

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Tokyo Food & Drinks

The barista counter at Tokyo Saryo

Tokyo Saryo Experience

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High tea at Palace Lounge Tokyo

Best High Tea in Tokyo

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Master at work shaking cocktails at Sakurai Japanese tea experience

Sakurai Japanese Tea Experience

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Entrance to Ogawa Coffee Laboratory

Ogawa Coffee Laboratory

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Shibuya Yokocho red lanterns at night

Best Yokocho: Tokyo alleys guide

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Japanese Gyoza Tokyo challenge

Essential Tokyo Restaurants

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Tsuta Michelin Star Restaurant Ramen

Enjoying Tsuta, Tokyo

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Chocobanana served on a stick as street food

Tokyo Streetfood

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Mochi Tokyo Japan

Tokyo Streetfood

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Tokyo Things to Know

Cory and Greg Wearing a traditional Japanese Kimono in Japan

Wearing a traditional Japanese Kimono

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Woman walking in front of the Tokyo Akihabara Station on a rainy evening

Tokyo Adult Guide: 18+ activities in Japan

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Tokyo Subway Train Station

Guide to the Tokyo Subway Map

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Ginza

Why is Tokyo so unique

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Akihabara Tokyo

Strange Akihabara

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Tokyo Shopping and Souvenirs

The lattice entrance to Sunny Hills Aoyama

SunnyHills Aoyama, Tokyo

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Where to Buy Engagement Rings in Tokyo Japan

Where to buy engagement rings in Tokyo, Japan

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