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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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Tokyo Videos

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%

    Anonymous

    Lots of fun

    There is lots to do even if you are on a budget. The free walking tours starting from Tokyo station were really good. A pasmo ticket is a good idea, although you can get around really easily on foot.

  • 80%

    catherineannpulinec6715

    Tokyo

    Tokyo was a little bit too much of a big city for me, but that's my flaw, not Tokyo's. It's the cleanest huge city I've ever been to and I feel like everyone can find their niche there. I think mine would be in the Asakusa area or Harajuku. There is something for everyone in Tokyo and I really appreciated the range of international food there! Great city, just not for this small-big city girl! :)

    Insider Tip:Definitely get an IC card to make your travelling experience on the metro and the JR easier!

  • 50%

    Anonymous

    Coming from Jakarta, which is a very messy and chaotic city, I still find Tokyo very crowded and overwhelming (especially during rush hours). But thankfully they have a very efficient transportation system. Tokyo has everything for everyone: fashion, gadgets, anime / manga, food, night life, theme parks, old town, lush parks, etc.

  • 50%

    Anonymous

    Let Tokyo Explore You!

    Tokyo is full of surprises and for me everyday was an adventure! Just keep track of your spendings though as you can easily go overboard. Best way to explore is to wander the streets in different areas, mine was Shibuya, and come across random yet awesome things... Also be sure to check out any cool festivals that are on when you visit, I went to the Jamaican festival at Yoyogi Park when I first came at the end of May 2015 and it was a highlight of my trip :)

    Insider Tip:When shopping browse around for the best buys! Chances are other stores will have what you're looking for at cheaper prices, this happened when I bought some shoes at Shibuya 109 then saw them cheaper at a shop around the corner! Also if you are visiting Yoyogi park (or any other park) try to go on weekends as there are more shows, festivals and families out and about to see... :) Enjoy!

  • 60%

    Anonymous

    short stay in tokyo

    Tokyo was a bustling city, full of people who are always seem to be in a hurry catching the next available train in the subway. However no matter how busy they are, they are still polite and friendly. never cease to amaze me how friendly and helpful the people are. even if u are lost with a map, they will approach you and try to help. the Japanese people are amazing that way. food is great too however costly and transportation are costly too. subways can be a pain due to the cost.

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