Traditional Rice Paper Balloons, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo

Tokyo is an exciting and lively metropolis that thrives off people and life. It is futuristic yet charming and offers up excitement and energy at every turn with some truly weird and wonderful sites.

Tokyo is an example of modern Japan testing the boundaries of tradition. One of the largest and busiest cities in the world, visitors are greeted by buildings constructed in every available space and raised expressways winding across the urban landscapes high above crowded walkways.

The public transport system is bewilderingly efficient, eateries range from traditional street food to Michelin standard and skyscrapers and temples sit alongside picturesque waterways and parks.

Shibuya Shopping Street, Japan
Tokyo

What to do in Tokyo

Part of the joy of Tokyo is just wandering and soaking up the sights and sounds. A kaleidoscope of futuristic and ancient Tokyo is brimming with Japanese arts and cultures, museums, galleries, beautiful shrines and temples and a fabulous food scene. Use the amazingly efficient public transport to explore parks, palaces and waterways, from the Imperial Palace to the Senso-Ji Temple. At dusk, neon lighting brings a surreal glow to the city and dawn is the perfect time to experience Tsukiji Fish Market, the world’s largest seafood markets.

Experiences

Tell us what you love doing and we will curate a city experience that is perfect for you.

Sumo wrestling, Tokyo, Japan

Sumo Wrestling

Visit a sumo stable for a chance to see behind the scenes of this ancient sport. Spend a morning observing the wrestlers as they engage in training activities and learn about the customs, rituals and rules of Japans national sport.

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Cat Cafe, Tokyo

Quirky Tokyo

Experience some of Tokyo’s quirkier sites from cat café’s to pachinko parlours and capsule hotels.

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Sushi, Japan

Japanese Cuisine

Dine out on some of the world’s freshest sushi.

Cherry Blossoms, Sumida River

Sumida River Cruise

See Tokyo’s skyline from the water on a cruise along the Sumida river.

Streets at night, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Photography Tour

Photograph the futuristic, urban landscapes of Tokyo with a resident photographer.

Baseball Girl, Japan

Watch Baseball

See a baseball match, one of Japan’s most popular sports since it was introduced to the country in 1872.

Samurai training in a traditional dojo

Become a Samurai Warrior

Learn Samurai sword skills in Tokyo with Uma Thurman’s choreographer from Kill Bill. During an interactive workshop, learn about the history of samurai fighters and try your hand at some basic sword skills.

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Tea Ceremony, Japan

Japanese Tea Ceremony

Participate in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Sit on tatami mats and enjoy a slow paced hospitality steeped in history and tradition.

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Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo, Japan

Tsukiji Fish Market

Visit the world’s biggest seafood market where giant tuna can be sold at auction for thousands of pounds.

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Bullet Train, Japan

Bullet Train

Travel on the world famous Shinkansen bullet train reaching speeds of up to 300 kilometres per hour.

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Shibuya crossing at twilight, Tokyo, Japan

Shibuya crossing

Join the masses in Tokyo at one of busiest road junctions in the world, made famous by the film ‘Lost in Translation’.

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Conrad Tokyo £££££

  • Japan
  • City

Conrad Tokyo is located on the 28th floor of a skyscraper, situated opposite a beautiful park and a short distance from the vibrant Ginza district. Communal areas are modern, light and airy with floor to ceiling windows. Rooms are spacious and contemporary with traditional touches and all benefit from the stunning views of either the bay or the city. The hotel also boasts a spa and indoor heated pool which again make the most of the views.

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Aman Tokyo £££££

  • Japan
  • City

Aman Tokyo occupies the top six floors of the Otemachi Tower from where one can enjoy panoramic views of the sprawling metropolis below. The 82 rooms including 32 suites combine traditional materials with a clean, bright, contemporary feel and most overlook the Imperial Palace and gardens, as well as Mt Fuji in the distance on a clear day. The Aman spa and 30-metre pool also make the most of the wonderful views.

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Mandarin Oriental £££££

  • Japan
  • City

Mandarin Oriental blends contemporary and Japanese style with impeccable service. The 157 rooms and 22 suites are among the largest in Japan with floor to ceiling windows making the most of the wonderful city views, even stretching as far as Mount Fuji on a clear day. The extensive spa also benefits from the views and a stay here will ensure a fabulous gastronomic journey with restaurants serving Sushi, French and molecular cuisine to name a few.

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The Peninsula Hotel £££££

  • Japan
  • City

Superbly located opposite the Imperial Palace and Hibiya Park The Peninsula Tokyo offers commanding city views, luxurious comfort, sophisticated facilities, extraordinary dining options and the legendary Peninsula service.

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