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

  • 80%


    Great choice for a great price

    I was finishing my last 2 days in Tokyo and I wanted a place that was close to the JR line so I could get to Narita airport quickly. The Ninja was the perfect spot (2 min from the JR line) and close to shopping and area attractions. The staff was knowledgeable about which train I needed to take to go to certain areas (I went to Disney) and were able to help me with questions I had.

  • 90%


    Tokyo is known for being expensive. However, if you eat the right places, you can really stretch your budget yet still have delicious food. The only thing I would warn anyone about is how cute everything is, because you will want to buy everything. Also, I collect a lot of anime merchandise, and I saw that the prices in Japan were much lower than in the U.S., so I ended up spending a lot of money on that. It's so easy and convenient to get around.

    Insider Tip:Watch out for rush hour on weekday mornings for the Sobu line. Get ready to get packed like sardines!

  • 80%


    Its Tokyo. You're going to visit.

    Its one of the largest and most cosmopolitan cities in the world. I think you already know if you're going to visit. Just visit, even if its only for a short time.

    Insider Tip:Its not as expensive as most people would have you believe. Many things are cheaper than (in my case, at least) US counterparts.

  • 100%


    Very busy city~ Always things to do

    It is one of the biggest cities in the world! There are so many things to do during the day and even late at night! It is very convenient for foreigners to navigate, and you can see foreigners everywhere :) It is a very lively city, very modern, and the same time, you can experience traditional Japanese culture at the old part of town. I would definitely like to visit the city again!

    Insider Tip:Buy a three-day subway pass at the airport! It will make your trip so much easier!

  • 90%


    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.

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