Tokyo can be overwhelming for first-time visitors. But with a little planning and this helpful Japan Traveller Guide, you can make the most of your trip to Japan’s vibrant capital city.
Start by getting oriented with a guided tour of Tokyo’s must-see sights, from the neon-lit skyscrapers of Shinjuku to the tranquil gardens of Hamarikyu.
Then get off the beaten path with our insider tips on where to find Tokyo’s best-hidden gems. From there, sample some of the delicious local cuisine, shop till you drop at the city’s many markets and malls, and take a traditional performance or two.
Planning your trip:
Planning your trip to Tokyo? Here’s what you need to know!
With so much to see and do in Tokyo, it’s no wonder that this bustling metropolis is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. But before you start packing your bags, you should know a few things about planning your trip.
First and foremost, Tokyo is a huge city, so you’ll want to give yourself plenty of time to explore its many neighborhoods and attractions. From the lively Shinjuku district to the historic temples of Asakusa, there’s something for everyone in Tokyo.
Another important thing to remember when planning your trip is that Japan is a relatively expensive country. While you can find affordable accommodation and meals if you plan, expect to spend more than you would in other Asian countries. Where to stay: the best hotels and neighbourhoods.
Tokyo is a city that has it all–and then some. From world-renowned museums and historic temples to cutting-edge fashion and delicious cuisine, there’s something for everyone in Tokyo. And with so much to see and do, you’ll want to ensure you’re staying in a comfortable hotel in a convenient location.
How to get around:
In a country where mass transportation is the norm, getting around Tokyo can be daunting for first-time visitors. But with a little planning, it can be a breeze. Here are the best ways to see this bustling metropolis:
The easiest way to get around Tokyo is by train. The city has an extensive railways network connecting all of its major districts. The Japan Rail Pass is the best option for visitors as it allows unlimited travel on all JR trains, including high-speed bullet trains.
Taxis are another convenient way to get around Tokyo. They are relatively inexpensive and can be found at any time of day or night. Please have your destination written down in Japanese, as most taxi drivers do not speak English.
While plenty of guidebooks and websites can help you plan your trip, nothing beats talking to someone who’s already been there. That’s why we talked to Melissa Kwan, a Canadian living in Tokyo for four years. She was kind enough to share her insider knowledge, and we’ve compiled it into this handy Japan Traveller Guide.