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Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo Firefly Fantasy

Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo Firefly Fantasy

The Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo opens their luxurious doors during the summer to welcome guests into their garden for a special firefly viewing event. Running annually until early-to-mid July, the event is free of charge and well worth a trip to see, even ..

Shitamachi Tanabata Matsuri 2018

Shitamachi Tanabata Matsuri 2018

The Shitamachi Tanabata Matsuri is the most well-known Tanabata festival celebrations. This four-day festival runs from Ueno to Asakusa. It is to celebrate the meeting of two deities: Orihime and Hikoboshi, star-crossed lovers who are only allowed to..

Odaiba Lantern Festival

Odaiba Lantern Festival

Marine Day or umi no hi (literally ‘day of the sea’), is celebrated every third Monday of July. While there aren’t any traditional ceremonies (being a newer national holiday), many people choose to visit the beach on this day. Parks..

Areas

Machida

Machida

A 35-minute train ride away from Shinjuku, Machida provides a respite from the chaos in downtown Tokyo. The town offers a mix of traditional charms and modern entertainment to keep visitors busy. Animal lovers can head straight for Squirrel Park, where 100 squirrels roam and can be fed. For farming ..

Harajuku

Harajuku

Step into the world of youth subculture and quirky fashion in Harajuku, where you will be greeted by groups of teenagers in the wildest outfits. This is one of Tokyo's vibrant towns — a combination of an urban facade and traditional attractions. There is much to do in Harajuku, starting fr..

Shinagawa

Shinagawa

Once the first stop on the long road from Tokyo to Kyoto, today Shinagawa is one of Japan's busiest neighborhoods, filled with shopping, entertainment and activities. Located in the heart of Tokyo near Haneda Airport with direct connections to Narita Airport, Shinagawa is much more than a conven..

Dining

Tokyo's Cafe Habana

Tokyo's Cafe Habana

If you've seen the 2014 movie "Chef" starring Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara and Scarlett Johansson amongst others, it's likely that you've heard of the Cubano sandwich. Introduced to the United States by Cuban immigrant workers in ..

Melting in the Mouth

Melting in the Mouth

Anyone who has visited Japan in the height of summer knows that the season is hot and humid. There are ways and means to make the heat more bearable, though - and one of the best has to be enjoying a frozen sweet treat. There are plenty of great spot..

Vegan Tokyo: Organic Table by Lapaz

Vegan Tokyo: Organic Table by Lapaz

If you’re a vegan and headed to Tokyo, it may come as a pleasant surprise that more and more eateries are popping up with entirely vegan menus. There are spots dedicated to vegan ramen, vegan burgers, vegan desserts and more, so you’re no..

Places to stay

Do C Capsule Hotel in Ebisu

Do C Capsule Hotel in Ebisu

Faced with a late night and early next-day departure from Tokyo one time, I decided (as I often do) that it would be easier to stay in town rather than go home then get up early and come back in again for my bus. Not needing luxury I looked for somew..

Nine Hours Takebashi

Nine Hours Takebashi

Located minutes from the Imperial Palace grounds near Takebashi station, Nine Hours opened its sixth location in March 2018 continuing the expansion of this capsule hotel chain. The capsule hotel concept has fascinated yet also bemused many a travele..

Guesthouse Sensu in Ota City

Guesthouse Sensu in Ota City

Guesthouse Sensu is a fascinating and cozy place, and its owner, who goes by the name Toshi, has a rather interesting background. He was born and raised in Ota City and has been practicing tea ceremony—known in Japanese as ‘sado’ (t..

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Tokyo Station

Tokyo Station

Tokyo Station is the main train terminal and a major bus terminal in Tokyo bringing people to other cities in Japan. It is also the busiest, with over 3,000 trains per day for the many passengers, both local and foreign, that go through this beautifu..

Tea Sampling at Tokyo Saryo

Tea Sampling at Tokyo Saryo

Situated in the Tokyo suburb of Sangenjaya is Tokyo Saryo, which could be described as a modern take on a traditional Japanese tea house. If you’re a fan of chic, minimalist design, you'll feel right at home as soon as you arrive. The brigh..

Escape to Ome

Escape to Ome

From Tokyo Station, the Chuo main line whisks you from station to station, with skyscrapers eventually giving way to the suburban expanse. Following the line out of central Tokyo is an important part of understanding the city. Even as the views chang..

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About tokyo

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
RegionKanto
IslandHonshu
CapitalTokyo (Shinjuku)
Population13,159,388
Area2190.90 sq. km

The nation’s capital, the site of the 2020 Summer Olympics and the most populous city in the world – there’s no shortage of places to see and things to do in Tokyo. While that means you’ll inevitably have to leave some things off your itinerary, it also means that there’s something for everyone.

Tokyo’s center, the 23 wards, combine some of the world’s busiest areas with remnants of old Japan; not far from Shibuya is the holy Meiji Jingu, while the 634-meter tall Tokyo Skytree and the iconic Senso-ji in Asakusa are within walking distance of each other. Shinjuku and Roppongi are two vibrant nightlife spots, yet they’re a short train ride away from Ueno Zoo and the Tsukiji Fish Market.

Right in the middle of it all is the Imperial Palace, a popular jogging route. Beautiful nature in the Okutama area and the Izu and Ogasawara Islands will make you forget that you’re still in Tokyo.

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