Tokyo, officially called the Tokyo Metropolis, is the capital city of Japan. With roughly 14 million habitants, it is one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world. The city is full of surprises - ancient temples amongst modern skyscrapers, busy fish markets and the beautiful cherry blossoms all contribute to the fascinating place, which attracts millions of tourists every year.
When should I visit Tokyo?
The best time to visit Tokyo is in the spring, when the cherry blossoms bloom (typically March to April) and in the autumn, when the weather cools and fall colors pop (September - November).
How do I get around in Tokyo?
Trains are the perfect method of transportation, which can access every part of the city. The system can be fairly overwhelming at first, however, you can easily download the Tokyo Subway Navigation for Tourists app. Because of the comprehensive train system, most people skip the bus, nonetheless, the Toei Bus runs in and around Tokyo. Additionally, Taxis and Ubers are available everywhere.
Where should I stay in Tokyo?
Tokyo has numerous hostels and hotels, which can accommodate anyone’s needs. Check out this list of the 31 Best Hotels in Tokyo by the Condé Nast Traveller magazine.
What to do in Tokyo?
There will never be enough time to experience “everything” Tokyo has to offer in one trip, however, here are our favorite finds you should definitely check out:
- Sensō-ji - Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple offers more history than you can imagine. It is located in the Asakusa neighborhood (, which you can easily reach by taking the train!). You should be mindful of the sacred environment and historic practices, so be aware of your behavior to not disrespect the culture.
- Tsukiji Market - Tsukiji is the world’s largest fish market, where endless vendors serve fresh sushi and delicacies. A tasty afternoon that you should not miss out on when visiting the city!
- Shibuya Crossing - A crosswalk as a tourist attraction might seem weird, however, Shibuya Crossing does not disappoint whatsoever. Tokyo’s busiest intersection truly is worth the trip as you can observe selfie-taking tourists in a scrambled mix with local commuters and curious travelers.
- Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden - These gardens (especially beautiful during cherry blossom season!) allow you to drift away and enjoy a dreamy day in nature. Native, traditional gardens are also accompanied by French as well as English inspirations and the prettiest water features.
- Sumo - If you can still spare some time: go watch a sumo tournament! Japan is known for this sport, which attracts many fans from all around the world.
What else should I remember (when in Tokyo)?
- Currency: Yen (convert your money using our currency exchange calculator!)
- Calling Code: +81
- Capital City: Tokyo (of course!) - Tokyo was originally called “Edo”