City Guide Tokyo, Japan

Visiting Tokyo

It’s hard to think of a city as fascinating as Tokyo. And calling it a ‘city’ doesn’t do it justice. This is a metropolis that encompasses a collection of mini-cities, each with their own intriguing attributes. You have the bright lights of Shibuya, the eclectic people of Harajuku, the electronic gadgets of Akihabara, the hedonism of Roppongi, and the craziness of Shinjuku. This is one of the world’s great cities with more to offer than most places. And while some parts may not suit everyone’s taste, there isn’t an area that will fail to excite you.

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Tokyo Podcasts

The Old and the New

There are many things that you can only find in Japan, and two of these are types of accommodation - ryokans (traditional Japanese inns) and capsules. To learn more about them, Colm speaks to Kunio Koike of Homeikan, one of Tokyo's few traditional ryokans, and Toshikazu Odaijma of Capsule Inn Akihabara.

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In a capsule hotel

Get a feel of what it's like to stay in a capsule hotel

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Tokyo Pocket Guide

Tokyo Pocket Guide

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Tokyo City Reviews

  • 90%



    Loved Tokyo. Such an easy train system to get around in. Taking the Yamanote Line was the easiest thing to do. Top place was Harajuku and Shibuya. Harajuku has great shops for young people, particularly girls, and you must try the famous crepes! Shibuya is fantastic at nighttime and again has great shopping and lots of eateries. Akihabara is also entertaining and Asakusa too.

    Insider Tip:Get a Japan Rail Pass if you are visiting many cities in Japan and using the Shinkansen (Bullet Train)! No fussing with tickets and you can make it worth the money if you travel around enough. Try and get a backpackers near the Yamanote Line cause that has the most attractions. Visit KiddyLand Always see Shibuya at night

  • 60%


    Big City is Big

    Since I'm not the biggest fan of huge cities Tokyo wasn't my favorite part of Japan. The crowds were hard to stomach though the art galleries were extremely good. Difficult to find cheap accomodation and food!

    Insider Tip:The art gallery in Ropongi Hills on the 52nd floor and the Photography Art Gallery were my favorite parts of Tokyo. Since navigating the metro system can be tricky, just get the cheapest ticket option available and when you get off use the fare adjuster machine to pay the right amount!

  • 90%


    Best city I had ever been!

    Tokyo is a huge modern city and it's safe. The central part of tokyo seems never be empty, and you can find different styles of restaurant easily.

    Insider Tip:But! Japanese don't speak English - which is so bad... so have a sim card with internet could be super useful (I think you can the it from airport!!) And the transportation is expensive- I mean the metro and the JR line...., renting a bike is a good idea if you want to have a look at the central part. Cash machine doesn't work on my card, so please prepare enough cash. If you have luggage, not all the exit of station has a lift, so it's not that convenience, so check the lift on the map in the sta first

  • 90%



    Tokyo has been awesome, it is one of the places where you would wanna come back every 1 or 2 years and u would find new and interesting stuffs!

    Insider Tip:The train system might look awkward at first glance, however after awhile, you will get used it and would realise it is very convenience, there are virtually stops for every locations you could think off!

  • 80%


    It rained for probably 95% of the 72 hours I had in Tokyo. I'm not sure if it was just a particularly rainy month (June), but be prepared for inclement weather. Also, Tokyo is a very expensive city. Be prepared to shell out the cash for public transport, eating/drinking, and shopping.

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