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||October–December|
|Cheapest time to visit||June–August|
|Local currency||¥1,000 = £7.32|
|Average weekend price||£80 per night|
|Average weekday price||£73 per night|
|Typical stay||2 nights|
Tokyo has so much to offer everyone. No matter your interests, there is something for you! We visited the engineering museum, Disneyland, skytree, tokyo tower, Ueno zoo and park. We stayed in Narita, Kanda and Ueno while in Tokyo; all lovely places to stay. Transport is so easy to use and very convenient. Using the JR Rail Pass saved us a lot of money, especially as we used the Shinkansen to travel to destinations outside of Tokyo. A lot of transport options are covered by the JR Rail Pass (that are not mentioned on the pass) at many businesses discretion eg. Hiroshima Museum bus from Hiroshima Station. I recommend bring a small umbrella with you or a couple of ponchos just in case of rain (we visited in summer and still had a few rainy days - dont forget things on the Shinkansen like we did, luckily they were just the umbrellas we purchased, and no longer needed). Avoid travelling on trains during peak hours during the week, leave early if you can to avoid the congestion on trains.
My Favourite places where: Toyko Tower, Yoyogi Park, Harajuku, Shibuya, Sunshine City Mall, Asakusa, Akasaka. Ghibili Museum and Inokashira Park & Tokyo disney Land & Sea. Must visit places, Highly recommend! Ate at many places most Japanese food, great ramen all over and very cheap. My fav was going to Ichiban Coco Curry restaurants (great cheap curry and fully customisable). Also ate at the Akasaka Ninja themed Restaurant - Pricy but worth it, must make a reservation and choose a menu set but the experience and the food was great I wont spoil it but you should give it a try. Transportation around the city is so convenient especially as tourist as you can use the trains to get anywhere all station have english (platforms/ticket machines/staff) also you can purchase 24hr/48hr/72hr train pass for all train services around the city making it the perfect way to see the city as it is huge (this pass is for tourists only). Many great bars/izakayas/clubs on offer, many temples & shrines to see and great parks and coffee shops too. Perfect for shopping as many shops and malls - My fav Sunshine City in Ikebukuro. Great attractions parks all over the city - My Favourite is One Piece Tower at Tokyo Tower. Many Aquariums, Museums & Planetariums too Please visit as there is something for visitors here. Also Local are very friendly & Helpful
Indeed, a bustling world capital that has anything one could look for! Every district has its own unique attitude. Certainly different after the implementation of social distancing measures, gave some popular places and train stations, such as Shibuya, an eerie, deserted feel..!
Tokyo literally has everything you could ever want. Yes - you can take public transport but you can just as easily reach all the attractions by foot. Get lost in a sea of amazing food and don't be put off by the high rise dodgy looking lifts - some of the best restaurants are in the ugliest of buildings! Main tip - always look up! Take a risk on a strange looking place and it will be sure to deliver!
Tokyo is amazing city to visit, so different from Europe. I liked everything!!! Just a little bit expensive and difficult to find a proper food. Everything in the supermarkets was so expensive and eat in the restaurants also cost much money. But we didn't starve and enjoyed the city at maximum!
we didn't really spend time in Tokyo. We spent 2 days in Disneyland and Disneysea. My advice is that please do not go to these 2 places on weekends. We went to Disneyland on Thursday and enjoy our time there. Then we went to Disneysea on Saturday. The crowd was just too big. For whole day, we managed to play 5 rides only as each had queues as long as 3 hours
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