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Fascinating, fast-paced and multifaceted - Tokyo is an intriguing city of opposites. Take it slow with temples, tea ceremonies and deeply etched traditions or lean into the frenetic energy of crowded trains, loud Karaoke and epic advancements in, well, everything. Discover this wild, breathtaking, neon-filled city with our Tokyo travel guide.

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Places to stay

Kitsch or ultra-cool? Traditional or trendsetting? Tokyo’s accommodation options are as vast and endless as the skyrocketing sprawl of the city itself. Only two stops from Shinjuku, you’ll find plenty of boutique hotels.

Japan’s design heritage is a thing beauty with luxury hotels like Aman, The Peninsula and Park Hyatt Tokyo combining chic aesthetics with epic views of the city sprawl. In a city as expensive as Tokyo, there are plenty of great budget hotels, hostels and guesthouses, like Nui – all which are convenient, cool and cost-effective.

For unique stays in Tokyo, try Book and Bed Toyko to sleep in a bookstore, Henn na Hotel which is run by robots or The Nine Hours Hotel for spaceship style capsule rooms.

For a traditional experience, seek out one of the few Ryokans left in central Toyko, like the historical Homeikan, modern Sukeroku no Yado Sadachiyo or luxurious Hoshinoya Tokyo, where you can sleep in tatami-matted and bathe in communal Japenese style.

With everything for major international hotel brands to quirky and cool local boutique finds, Tokyo has places to stay for every style.

Things to do

Whether you’re spending a couple of days or a couple of weeks, Tokyo’s a morphing metropolis that has more to do than you’ll ever have time for. Calm gardens, cute cat cafes, contemporary museums and crazy activities - it’s all here.

Start your day with a visit to the dreamy interactive digital artworks at teamLab Planets which will have you questioning if you ever woke up. Once you emerge from this immersive wonderland, a stroll along the Meguro River to catch the magical cherry blossoms, a must-see in Spring.

For a traditional cultural expereince, visit Mori Art Gallery to see incredible pieces with one of the best views of the city, file into the staduim at Ryoguku Kokugikan for a sumo match or reserve your spot at the Tea Ceremony set in the serene surrounds of Happo-en Japenese Gardens. While you’re never far from exceptional eats in this city, just one bite at Sukiyabashi Jiro, Sushi Masuda or Sushi Yoshitake will make you question if you’ve ever actually eaten real sushi before. No matter what you want out of Tokyo, this is one city that’s best seen with a plan. 

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Food and drink

Tokyo is an endless parade on culinary delights where some of the best restaurants only specialise and serve up one type of dish like tempura and  ramen. Yakitori is easy to come by anywhere in Toyko, but Masakichi and the intricate alleyways of Omoide Yokocho are excellent spots for the scrummy sticks. For udon noodles try the menu at Shin Udon while Nunotsunesarashina serves up steamy fresh bowls of soba.

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Shopping

The creative hub of Nakameguro is a neighbourhood filled with eclectic eateries, chic shopping and intriguing sub-cultures, that’s super close to the cherry blossom lined Meguro River and crazy streets of Shinjuku. Excellent vintage shopping in the laid-back area of Koenji. Strolling around the trendy neighbourhood of Daikanyama, to find fashion boutiques and art supplies stores nestled next to conceptual coffee shops and small bars.

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Getting around

From Tokyo Haneda Airport: Haneda is located close to downtown Tokyo. The terminal connects directly to the underground Haneda Airport International Terminal Station.

From Tokyo Narita Airport: Narita is located 65km from downtown Tokyo. JR East and Keisei Railway trains depart regularly from Airport Terminal 2 Station to Tokyo city.

In and around the city: Tokyo has a comprehensive and excellent train network that is the most efficient and economical way to get around the city. Taxis are an option but can be expensive in peak hour traffic. Walking is easy within each district, too.

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