2.2 miles from city centre
Chiyoda-ku is both bureaucratic and historical. Look at the sprawling Imperial Palace or National Diet Building. The Shin Marunouchi Building and the Akihabara Denki-gai are modern shopping and dining areas. Walk past the East Garden to Kitanomaru Park and the National Museum of Modern Art.
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2.3 miles from city centre
With its enormous crossing, Shibuya is a complete sensory overload – and a major commercial and entertainment hub. The area is loaded with mid to high-end shopping, restaurants and clubs. Buy an anime costume and join the youth wearing outlandish fashion at Shibuya 109 and Center-gai, or head to Hikarie's shops and restaurants.
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1.7 miles from city centre
Shinjuku is a major commercial and entertainment hub. Head to Takashimaya Times Square for shopping. The Metropolitan Government Office's free observation decks have amazing city vistas overlooking Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. By night, Kabukicho is Tokyo's wildest red light district.
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Japan's capital is home to over 13 million people and a variety of diverse districts, making it one of the world's most intriguing megacities. Its blend of old-world charm and new-age innovations means it has something for everyone.
To soak up Tokyo's traditions and culture, there's no better place to start than the ancient temples of Asakusa, the Meiji Shrine (in Harajuku) and Chiyoda's Imperial Palace. Tsukiji Market is a sight to behold for its vast amount of seafood with close to 2,000 tonnes being traded daily. It's also a great place to enjoy a sushi breakfast, while meat, fruit, vegetables and flowers are also for sale.
The city is home to some stellar museums like Tokyo's National Museum, which houses a large collection of Japanese art, as well as samurai swords and colourful kimonos. Film lovers will appreciate the Ghibli Museum, showcasing the work of world-renowned animator Miyazaki Hayao. Pieces includes original sketches, a rooftop garden and life-size recreations of film sets.
To take in the best views over the city, take a trip up the Tokyo Skytree – one of the tallest structures in the world. The observation deck offers a 360-degree view, while other floors offer a restaurant and shopping mall. If you've got time to do more, catch a sumo wrestling show in Ryōgoku, or visit Tokyo Disneyland, which features a huge selection of rides and attractions.
Tokyo is served primarily by Narita Airport, located 70 kilometres north-east of the city. The quickest way to travel between there and the city is by taking the Skyliner electric railway, with journeys taking less than 45 minutes. Some international flights operate from Haneda Airport but most flights are domestic.
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|Most popular time to visit||March–May|
|Cheapest time to visit||December–February|
|Local currency||¥1,000 = £6.65|
|Average weekend price||£55 per night|
|Average weekday price||£51 per night|
|Typical stay||2 nights|
Tokyo is not just one city - it is many citys. Therefor I stayed 4 different hotels in 4 different areas to get to know more. And in this way you are closer to the different tempel parks or museum that you want to experience. The public transport system is cheap - and fast when you get to knor how it work. I can also recommend renting a bike - as Tokyo streets are very quiet - most cars are on the highways and not on the local streets. Bikes also drive on pavements - in all directions, so it is fun and you can relax you feet while biking. At Okachima station (just south of Ueno) at the underground bike parking you can rent bike for just 300yen a day - or 3 days for 600 yen from some very nice elderly men.
we stayed 2 weeks in Tokyo. With a trip to Hakone for one day (if you do take the bus to the lake first on the roundtour - if you want to see Fuji on a sunny day, and try to stay for two days) and to KAMAKURA which I really can recommend - rent electric bikes - and you will have a fantastic trip. TOKYO is amazing - we stayed in 4 different hotels - in 4 different areas to learn more. In Ueno - Ikeburo - Nihombashi and Shimbashi. And dont forget Shinjuku (the Metropolitan) and the garden and Harajuku - and Roponggi Hills(museum and look out) and the National Art Center. Try the SKYtree and cruising the river. Tokyo is really easy to come around by public - and renting bike can be fantastic as Tokyo streets have very few cars. (Bike rental at Okachimachi underground station bike parking - just 600yen for 3 days). Cars are on the highways and not on local streets. - And remember plan your trip ahead - I have seen more than I could imagine.
Staff was really friendly and helpful providing instructions on public transit system. Room was clean despite we already know hotel rooms are usually small in Japan. Great location to shopping, department stores, restaurants and rail. Would definetly return in the near future. Travel light would be wise!
Akihabara 3000 is very near to Akihabara station, which makes it easy access to all destinations in Tokyo. Near the hotel there is a Family mart, 7-11, a small supermarket, a kebab stand, near to Akihabara electrical town too..all just within walking distance.
So much to see and do and people are helpful and friendly. The APA kodenmachi was difficult to find but does have stations and convenience stores near. The hotel has no facilities to offer (bar/ lounge etc). Staff are reasonably polite and helpful but there are better places to stay. No obvious emergency exits. One elevator and one washing machine. Comfy bed but pokey room and worse pillows in the world.
Huge metropolis, but still very clean and safe. Think about the things you want to see and then find their localization on the map. It will help you to find a hotel situated near to your places of interest. Try to get information about closest neighbourhood of your hotel - loud parties in the nearby clubs or huge crowds during the daytime may not be what you are actually looking for!
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