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Tokyo city guide

To say Tokyo is a 'city like no other' would be an understatement. The largest and most technologically advanced in the world, this futuristic metropolis still manages to hold onto its delicate and downright gorgeous Japanese cuture. Dip in and out of bars and eateries in Shibuya, let the lights of Shinjuku dazzle you, or head to the district's extensive Gyoen to find some serious zen...

Top things to do in Tokyo

  • Mount Fuji
    Probably the most iconic image associated with Japan, Fuji volcano is located about 100 kilometers southwest of Tokyo and is well worth a visit for a day or overnight trip. You can trek to the top, or simply around Hakone National Park at its feet. 
  • Shibuya crossing
    Known as one of the busiest intersections in the world, the Shibuya crossing encompasses everything Tokyo is all about: bright lights, craaazy human traffic and an atmosphere almost as electric as the millions of signs around it. ...Wait for the green man!
  • Sensō-ji
    Sensō-ji is a bright and bold Buddhist temple surrounded by stunning gardens - and is one of the oldest in Japan. Head there at sunset to see its dashing red colours slowly become illuminated as the sun sets.
  • The Meiji Shrine
    The Meiji Shrine is considered one of Tokyo's most important religious sites. Although you are not allowed to take photos from the inside, you are allowed to explore its grand halls.
  • Tsukiji fish market
    Head to this huge historic market at dawn to catch the popular tuna auctions, then ramble around the dizzying array of delicious/interesting seafood. Sushi for brunch, anyone?
  • Tokyo Tower
    So big and bold, it has its own emoji. Yep, that giant white and red tower is right in the centre of Shibakoen, and offers amazing views. Visiting this city and not climbing this thing is like seeing new York and not going up the Rock. Our tip? Visit at night!

Tokyo Neighbourhoods

As capital of Japan, its fair to say that Tokyo has some pretty amazing neighbourhoods to explore. Check out our top recommendations below!
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Ginza
The ultimate fashion hub in Tokyo. Think luxury shopping and flagship department stores! Top tip: The best time to visit is in the afternoon when the centrally located Chuo Dori street is closed from all traffic.
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Harajuku
This neighbourhood is the birthplace of the kitsch, colourful Harajuku girl trend, but this doesn't mean you've got to be a slave to fashion to appreciate it. A trip around the Harajuku neighbourhood will take you around a a range of vintage stores, quirky cafés and fashion boutiques. Prepare yourself for heaps of fluffy accessories and crazy hairstyles! 
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Shinjuku
Don't be fooled by Shinjuku's bustling and busy exterior! Get ready for authentic Japanese cuisine and hours of shopping 'til you drop. West of Shinjuku Station you will also find the Skyscraper District, which is home to many of Tokyo's tallest buildings.
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Asakusa
The Asakusa area is considered by many as Tokyo's 'old town'. It's known for its traditional events, and the nearby Senso-ji Temple - Tokyo's oldest. Stroll down the Nakamise towards the temple to shop for cool souvenirs and interesting street food.

Our top Tokyo hotels

Changtee hotel
Grand House Chang Tee (1*)
A budget base for Tokyo explorers. Just a ten-minute walk from Ikebukuro Station, the hotel has simple interiors and friendly staff. Maximum comfort and easy on a shoestring!
From $55
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Grand Arc Hanzomon (3*)
It's centrally located, steps from Tokyo National Theatre, close to Tokyo Imperial Palace, Tokyo Tower and Meiji Jingu Shrine. With rooms to suit most budgets, this is the perfect spot for a few days in Japan's frenetic capital. Rock Solid!
From $91
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Shinkjuku hotel
Shinjuku Granbell Hotel (4*)
Located nearby to Omoide Yokocho and Meiji Jingu Shrine. Also close proximity of Tokyo Toy Museum and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Pristine and confortable, with a sky-high bar that'll give you your very own Lost in Translation moment...
From $96 
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When is the best time to visit Tokyo?

The great thing about visiting Tokyo is that it's pretty much a year-round destination. Springtime is usually between March-May with the national holiday (also known as Golden Week) running from 29 April - 5th May. To catch Tokyo's famously beautiful cherry blossoms, head there between late March and early April. For the best of the summer, visit between June to August - things can get pretty toasty!

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