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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

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Tokyo City Reviews

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    The city of everything

    From high end restaurants, to budget shops, the tall Sky Tree, to the historic Sensouji in Asakusa, Tokyo is the centre of everything in Japan, be it economic and cultural. Having been to other Japanese cities, no other city matches the scale and vastness of it.

    Insider Tip:If shopping on a budget for daily necessities, supermarkets and Don Quijote ("Donki") can offer better value for money than convenience stores or 100 yen shops. Use Hyperdia to find the best route to get around Tokyo's vast and complicated train network that station maps may not tell you. You can use an IC card to pay slightly less than in cash. You can use it to purchase a ticket instead if you want to keep the card, but want as little balance when you leave. You can pay the balance in cash.

  • 90%

    MadScience

    The best city on Earth

    I stayed here for 6 weeks, walked in every cardinal direct for hours and hours. i explored from noon to am and i loved every second. i destroyed my all stars with the mileage. I was never bored in Tokyo. i parties, i ate, i explored, i made friends, i relaxed, and i shopped. I will return. i want to stay.

    Insider Tip:7/11 will feed you cheaply and with surprising quality.

  • 70%

    Anonymous

    My second time to go to Tokyo

    Yap! Tokyo is a very wonderful city certainly. However, if you want to experience the real Japan, you must go to Kanto area.

    Insider Tip:All good

  • 70%

    Anonymous

    Huge city which full of life, culture, and technology

    spend a few to explore tokyo and more 1-2 days to city nearby is a good idea for first visit to Japan

    Insider Tip:3 day open ticket for 1500yen is great for travel in Tokyo. This ticket is available for foreign visitor only. You can buy it at airport and some big-camera store

  • 100%

    Anonymous

    Best Place I stayed, best people and common space

    If you ever wanted to meet people this place is the best. the beds are huge, its super clean, and its super convenient

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