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

  • 100%


    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

  • 90%


    So much to do in this city!

    This is by far the largest city that I have ever been to. There is so much to do and see in this city, and even more neighbourhoods in which to explore. I highly recommend visiting Asakusa, Ginza, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Roppongi Hills and the Tusjiki Fish Market.

    Insider Tip:I recommend staying in a ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn) and visiting an bathing in an onsen (natural hotspring). Wonderful and unique experiences. Also, definitely try the sushi - it is simply amazing.

  • 90%


    Tokyo feast

    An excellent city for food, shopping, and night life. If you want a leisure trip, go to the countryside (i.e. Kichijoji, Hakone). People speaks better English now than a few years ago.

    Insider Tip:Go to Satou Steak House in Kichijoji to have the best beef of your life. Go Ueno Ameyoko to find the cheapest deal. Go to the Ghibli museum and you could be a kid there. Go to Asakusa, there you will find the best souvenir (ningyo yaki) and tempura available. Go to Ginza and Rippongi to shop for the luxuries. Go to Harajuku and Shinjuku to experience the culture of Tokyo youngster. Go to Tsukiji Fish Market to have the best sushi, sashimi, seafood don and try the tamogoyaki (Japanese sweet egg roll)!

  • 80%



    it's a shopping haven. some cheap finds if you explore further. a guide book can help you maximize your tokyo trip as well those train rides.

    Insider Tip:stay in hostels to save money for shopping. there's a tokyo guide book that provides discount to parks and other tourist spots. better get suica or pasmo card - convenient for train rides and when buying in convenience stores like family mart.

  • 80%



    Tokyo is amazing. There are so many things to experience. It is easy to get around via the public transit and the people are welcoming and amazing.

    Insider Tip:The food is amazing.

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