Tokyo is Japan’s largest city, and a true metropol with a capital M. The city offers world class shopping - especially for fashion and electronics. The fantastic food culture is exotic and includes a lot more than sushi, and you will be surrounded by beautiful Japanese gardens and historical palaces and temples.
Furthermore, the peculiar lifestyle of the Japanese and the many cultural attractions will both astound and impress.
Tokyo is an all-year destination. The winter is the driest season with most sun hours, and the weather won’t be in your way. The Japanese often prefer the spring weather, where it gets warmer and trees are blooming. During April and May there are quite a few holidays which can be interesting, but also could mean higher prices.
Cityhotels has a broad selection of good and cheap hotels in the pulsating heart of Tokyo, and in its diverse and cozy neighborhoods. Whether you are searching for a regular hotel room, B&B, pension, boutique- or luxury hotel, we have offers that fit your needs and desires, whether you are planning a brief weekend trip or a longer stay in Tokyo.
Shopping in Tokyo
Since Tokyo is one of the largest cities of the world, there are plenty of shopping areas to be discovered here, each having its peculiar characteristics , but no matter where you go the service throughout Tokyo is eminent
The area Ginza is famous for flagship stores of all the world-renowned luxury brands , of which many has several floors. There are also several huge department stores where European brands exist side by side with the Japanese brands. If you are into electronics, the huge Sony Center is a must, where, in addition to visiting coffee shops and showrooms, you can buy products that are not yet on the world market. On weekends the main streets of Ginza are closed to cars.
We have many good hotel options in Ginza at very reasonable prices. For example, we recommend Hotel New Otani Tokyo Garden Tower.
In central Shinjuku there are also plenty of luxury shops, but also shopping options in the cheaper scale.
Harajuku offers shopping in a relaxed setting with smaller shops and teenagers in outré clothes you won’t see elsewhere in the world.
Moreover, many of the largest metro stations have shopping malls with brand stores - for example by Ebisu Station in Shibuya where the whole area around the station is interesting for its shopping opportunities.
Where to stay in Tokyo?
If you want to stay centrally, close to the Imperial Palace, with great shopping and easy access to the rest of the city
via metro Shinjuku
is a hit. The station here is the world's busiest, but thanks to the Japanese’s efficiency and their polite behavior it is not as chaotic as one would think. The area also has a large and beautiful park, Shinjuku Gyoen Park, suitable when you need a respite from the big city bustle. We have many good offers in Shinjuku, of which we for example recommend Hotel Monterey Ginza
Centurion Hotel Grand Akasaka
If you would like to stay reasonably centrally, but also feel the atmosphere of the traditional Tokyo you will appreciate the district Ueno with low houses, beloved temples and some of Tokyo's best museums. Here we recommend for example Centurion Hotel Ueno.
For further inspiration for areas to stay in Tokyo we recommend this guide.
Tokyo with children
Tokyo has several attractions for families that can not be found anywhere else. For example the seven floor National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in the Koto district close to the city center, where large and small can observe, experience and play with robots
Japan is known to be the motherland of manga cartoons, and there is not one child who hasn’t seen, for example Pokemon or Dragon Ball. Nakano Broadway is a four-story must for children and other manga lovers .
Another museum that surely will interest children is the Ghibli Museum, where comic-inspired exhibitions are shown between mazes, leaning towers and fantastic and imaginative murals.
To get more tips for family-friendly activities, check out this good overview.
We can help you find kid-friendly hotels. Many of the hotels we offer in Tokyo are suitable for families , and it will be no problem to find accommodation for the whole family.
The metro network of Tokyo is used by millions of people every day, and it operates surprisingly well
, so although it is teeming with people at stations and on trains, thanks to the Japanese politeness and respectable manners
it is comfortable to travel underground. It is undoubtedly the most effective way to get around this city. The network consists of three different private companies, which can be confusing if buying one-day tickets, since they basically have each their own ticket system, and you risk buying several different kinds daily. Therefore we recommend to save a lot of time
by purchasing the Suica Card. This card works for all lines, and can also be used if it at some point becomes necessary to take a bus or taxi. Read more about tickets and routes on this page.
If Tokyo is the first stop on a tour around Japan’s it is advisable to consider a Japan Rail Pass. Be aware that this card must be purchased before arriving.
How to get to Tokyo?
Tokyo International Airport Haneda (HND) is less than half an hour from the city center by train. It is tempting after a long flight to book a taxi, but it's not only much cheaper to take the train
, but often also faster than by taxi.
Sights and attractions
One of Japan's most famous and visited Shinto shrines is located in the large forest-like park Meiji Jingu in Shibuya
and besides the holy temple
the park is in itself worth a visit. Here you can spend some peaceful time after a day in Tokyo’s people-packed streets.
Another large and beautiful park which is a classic Japanese garden is located in the central Shinjuku district , and here it’s easy to spend half or a whole day enjoying the Japanese garden.
When you’re ready to explore the urban life again, an evening stroll in Asia's largest entertainment district , Kabuki, is an interesting experience with its’ colourful nightlife. The area - also placed in Shinjuku - is dominated by the Japanese mafia, but it’s safe for visitors.
The fish market Tsukiji Ichiba is the world's largest fish market with more than 1,500 stalls supply tuna, octopus and hundreds of other kinds of fish and shellfish to Tokyo's many restaurants - including the world famous sushi places. Fish fanatics are recommended to get up very early in the morning. For those who are not big fish enthusiasts, it’s definitely still worth the trip, even without getting up super early when the auctions begin.
In a city with the size of Tokyo's there is always something exciting happening. It’s recommendable to get an overview or inspiration, if you would like to experience something cultural with this official event calendar.
With high-speed train Japan's second largest city Yokohama is not more than half an hour away. If you want to experience this city and maybe stay a night or two, we also have many bargains there.
Recommendations and hotel tips
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