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A holiday to Tokyo is not for the faint hearted. Sprawling and heaving, Japan’s ever-evolving capital launches an exciting assault on the senses. Nothing if not eclectic, it’s crammed with sleek, steel-clad skyscrapers, neon-lit shopping malls, top-class sushi joints and all-night karaoke bars. But in amongst them are idyllic gardens, centuries-old shrines, and fascinating museums documenting every era of Japanese history. With no shortage of things to see and do, your biggest challenge on a Tokyo holiday will be figuring out how to fit it all in.

Many of the city’s best hotels are situated in Shinjuku. Here, you’ll find some of the world’s largest and most architecturally striking skyscrapers, as well as the city’s foremost shopping area. And, as Tokyo’s leading entertainment district, it’s also got plenty going on when it comes to nightlife. Meanwhile, neighbouring Shibuya is the birthplace of Harajuku – the outrageous street style beloved by Japan’s fashion-forward youths. You needn’t go far here to find youngsters rocking a variety of remarkable outfits and hairstyles, all of which are bright, colourful and truly distinctive. The area’s also known for its Insta-worthy street art, quirky boutiques and trendy bars.

For a complete change of pace, head to Asakusa, one of Tokyo’s oldest neighbourhoods, famed for its historic temples. The most famous attraction here is Senso-ji – the most-visited temple in the city. You can continue your journey into Tokyo’s past with a visit to the Imperial Palace. Although much of it is off limits to visitors, as this is the Emperor’s home, tours of certain buildings are available. Or you can just stroll through the lovely East Garden, which provides a refreshing respite from the chaos of the city.

Of course not all of your Tokyo holiday need be spent in the city itself. There are plenty of daytrips to consider, too. You might want to visit mountainous Hakone, with its abundance of hot springs and incredible views of Mount Fuji, or spend some time at the beach in the seaside town of Kamakura. And if you’ve got kids with you on your Tokyo holiday, why not take them to meet Mickey and Minnie at Disneyland? Or, if you want to head even further afield, and spend some time exploring other parts of the country, you can always turn your Tokyo holiday into a multi-centre. Just give our travel experts a call and they can help you plan the perfect trip.

Things to do

Eating in Tokyo

Mount Fuji

Best time to go

Things to do in Tokyo

Japan’s exhilarating capital really does cater to all kinds of people, so you won’t have any trouble finding ways to fill your time on a Tokyo holiday. If you want to immerse yourself in history, book a tour of the Imperial Palace – the main residence of the Emperor of Japan – or head to the Senso-ji Temple, the oldest temple in Tokyo. And you can continue your cultural journey at one of the city’s many museums. There are tonnes to choose from, but the National Museum and the Edo-Tokyo Museum are amongst the very best.

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If you’re something of a shopaholic, you can browse designer boutiques in Ginza, or pick up artisanal goods in Kuramae. For electronics, make your way to Akihabara, while Shinjuku, with its extensive range of department stores, has a little something for everyone. A great way to see the city is from atop the towering Skytree or, for a moment of peace, take a stroll around the beautiful Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. And if you’re looking to experience some authentic Japanese entertainment, why not test your vocal chords at one of the city’s famous karaoke bars or book tickets to a sumo tournament?

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Eating in Tokyo

A holiday to Tokyo is a foodie’s dream. When it comes to gastronomic experiences, very few places on Earth can compare. Firstly, it has over 200 Michelin-starred restaurants – more than any other city in the world – so you’ll have no trouble finding somewhere fancy for dinner. And you can opt for pretty much any kind of cuisine imaginable.

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But really, it’s the local fare that should be top of your list. Whether you’re a fan of sushi, ramen, tonkatsu, yakitori or gyoza, you’ll be absolutely spoiled for choice – and there’s really no need to break the bank (unless, of course, you want to!). Casual restaurants, hole-in-the-wall joints, even the food courts in shopping centres, all offer top-notch grub. And izakaya – Japan’s answer to a tapas bar – are great places to sample a whole range of delicious snacks, and also try a glass or two of sake or soju.

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Mount Fuji

Located about 100 kilometres southwest of Tokyo, Mount Fuji serves as an impressive backdrop to much of the city. And you’ll no doubt spend at least part of your Tokyo holiday trying to find the best vantage points. On a clear day, observations decks – like those at Bunkyo Civic Centre and Tokyo Tower – offer reasonable views, while those from Mount Takao are even better. But to get the very best views of Japan’s most iconic landmark, you’ll actually need to travel a little way out of Tokyo.

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The Chureito Pagoda in Arakura Sengen Park, Lake Ashi and the northeastern shore of Lake Kawaguchiko are delightfully scenic spots, all of which make for exciting excursions. But perhaps the best daytrip of all is a visit to Mount Fuji itself. Accessible by train, car or bus, the famous snow-capped volcano can be climbed during July and August – or you might just prefer to soak in the hot springs nearby.

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Best time to visit Tokyo

The best time for a Tokyo holiday is either spring or autumn. If you visit between late March and the end of May, you’ll enjoy pleasant weather, with top temperatures usually somewhere in the high teens or low twenties. Plus, this is when the cherry blossoms are out, enveloping the city in a soft pink hue. Likewise, October and November also see warm days and cool, comfortable evenings – and colourful bursts of autumn foliage appear in Tokyo’s parks and gardens.

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If you book your holiday to Tokyo during the summer months, be prepared for a somewhat sweaty experience. From June to September, daytime temperatures get up into the high twenties, or even low thirties, with night time temperatures rarely dropping below 20°C. Humidity levels at this time of year are also extremely high, and mid-June to mid-July is particularly rainy. And then in September, typhoons have been known to make an appearance.

Conversely, the winter months are cold, with lows hovering close to freezing. But the skies are usually clear, and rarely disturbed by rain or snow. You’ll need to pack warm clothes, but if you do book your holiday to Tokyo sometime between December and early March, you’re unlikely to encounter crowds – and you might get a great deal on accommodation.

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Things to do

Things to do in Tokyo

Japan’s exhilarating capital really does cater to all kinds of people, so you won’t have any trouble finding ways to fill your time on a Tokyo holiday. If you want to immerse yourself in history, book a tour of the Imperial Palace – the main residence of the Emperor of Japan – or head to the Senso-ji Temple, the oldest temple in Tokyo. And you can continue your cultural journey at one of the city’s many museums. There are tonnes to choose from, but the National Museum and the Edo-Tokyo Museum are amongst the very best.

Show More
Show Less

If you’re something of a shopaholic, you can browse designer boutiques in Ginza, or pick up artisanal goods in Kuramae. For electronics, make your way to Akihabara, while Shinjuku, with its extensive range of department stores, has a little something for everyone. A great way to see the city is from atop the towering Skytree or, for a moment of peace, take a stroll around the beautiful Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. And if you’re looking to experience some authentic Japanese entertainment, why not test your vocal chords at one of the city’s famous karaoke bars or book tickets to a sumo tournament?

Show More
Show Less

Eating in Tokyo

Eating in Tokyo

A holiday to Tokyo is a foodie’s dream. When it comes to gastronomic experiences, very few places on Earth can compare. Firstly, it has over 200 Michelin-starred restaurants – more than any other city in the world – so you’ll have no trouble finding somewhere fancy for dinner. And you can opt for pretty much any kind of cuisine imaginable.

Show More
Show Less

But really, it’s the local fare that should be top of your list. Whether you’re a fan of sushi, ramen, tonkatsu, yakitori or gyoza, you’ll be absolutely spoiled for choice – and there’s really no need to break the bank (unless, of course, you want to!). Casual restaurants, hole-in-the-wall joints, even the food courts in shopping centres, all offer top-notch grub. And izakaya – Japan’s answer to a tapas bar – are great places to sample a whole range of delicious snacks, and also try a glass or two of sake or soju.

Show More
Show Less

Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji

Located about 100 kilometres southwest of Tokyo, Mount Fuji serves as an impressive backdrop to much of the city. And you’ll no doubt spend at least part of your Tokyo holiday trying to find the best vantage points. On a clear day, observations decks – like those at Bunkyo Civic Centre and Tokyo Tower – offer reasonable views, while those from Mount Takao are even better. But to get the very best views of Japan’s most iconic landmark, you’ll actually need to travel a little way out of Tokyo.

Show More
Show Less

The Chureito Pagoda in Arakura Sengen Park, Lake Ashi and the northeastern shore of Lake Kawaguchiko are delightfully scenic spots, all of which make for exciting excursions. But perhaps the best daytrip of all is a visit to Mount Fuji itself. Accessible by train, car or bus, the famous snow-capped volcano can be climbed during July and August – or you might just prefer to soak in the hot springs nearby.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Tokyo

The best time for a Tokyo holiday is either spring or autumn. If you visit between late March and the end of May, you’ll enjoy pleasant weather, with top temperatures usually somewhere in the high teens or low twenties. Plus, this is when the cherry blossoms are out, enveloping the city in a soft pink hue. Likewise, October and November also see warm days and cool, comfortable evenings – and colourful bursts of autumn foliage appear in Tokyo’s parks and gardens.

Show More
Show Less

If you book your holiday to Tokyo during the summer months, be prepared for a somewhat sweaty experience. From June to September, daytime temperatures get up into the high twenties, or even low thirties, with night time temperatures rarely dropping below 20°C. Humidity levels at this time of year are also extremely high, and mid-June to mid-July is particularly rainy. And then in September, typhoons have been known to make an appearance.

Conversely, the winter months are cold, with lows hovering close to freezing. But the skies are usually clear, and rarely disturbed by rain or snow. You’ll need to pack warm clothes, but if you do book your holiday to Tokyo sometime between December and early March, you’re unlikely to encounter crowds – and you might get a great deal on accommodation.

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