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

  • 80%


    Best city in the world

    In Tokyo everything functions perfectly and everything is clean. People are extremely considerate here so you better mimick their behaviour asap. It's a capitalists paradise you can buy anything you want, everywhere and even things you didn't even thing that existed. There isn't much to sightsee except some parks and maybe museums if you like that. You just watch the city and go shopping or dining here. You need at least 5 full days here, don't even bother with less.

    Insider Tip:COME WITH AN EMTPY SUITCASE. You will regret if you don't have enough space to bring home stuff. Also get an "IC" card (Suica or passmo) it will save you a lot of time and trouble.

  • 90%


    a Fabulous city you must visit

    Tokyo is surrounded by railways. however, it will always surprise you at some time during your journey, it could be waitress's warm welcome and farewell. a delicious meal you have never tried, just walk in Tokyo, and you will always find what you want.

    Insider Tip:take care of the local weather

  • 70%


    Tokyo by vegetarian

    Tokyo is a very interesting place to have a trip, but it's kinda expensive all the time. The transportation, food and sightseeing places, always get a lot of yout money. For vegetarians it's kinda too difficult, since everything has some piece of fish or any animal. So please, come to Japan with this in mind.

    Insider Tip:For vegetarians the food options are not so many, but you can usually ask food without meat "niku to ebi to sakana nashi de onegaishimasu" it means "make it without meat, fish or shrimp please"

  • 100%



    Definitely my new favourite city! So much for a visitor to do there, if you're a keen explorer this is the city for you, every train station is like a new city each with a different purpose. Ginza for the shopping, Akihabara for all your gadget needs, Shibuya for the nightlife and everything else in between. If you're a typical tourist there are lots of attractions including the famous Shibuya crossing, Odaiba (the man made island), the robot restaurant and plenty more!

    Insider Tip:Get a Pasmo or Suica card for the trains (both do the same thing), these allow you to load cash on them to use on any train in Tokyo (and many other Japanese cities for that matter) regardless of the line. This saves you from having to buy an individual ticket each time you ride the train which will be a lot!

  • 100%



    As the city capital it has a lot to see and do, my only regret is that I went to Hakkone instead of Kamikakuri on my spare and Hakkone outside the open museum felt like a tourist trap.

    Insider Tip:if you plan to travel a lot buy the subway daily pass you'll save lots of time and money

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