Think of modern day Japan and you'll likely picture Tokyo - a sprawling metropolis of gleaming skyscrapers, cosmopolitan entertainment districts, fashionable citizens, punctual public transport and neon-lit streetscapes. Hurtling towards the future with an obsession for new technology and the latest pop culture, Tokyo somehow manages to retain traces of the shogun's capital from the quiet alleys lined with charming wooden shanty bars to cobblestone lanes, kabuki theatres and sumo stadiums.Read More
Tokyo is an assault on the senses and one of the best ways to experience the hyperactive energy is simply to walk around. There are a number of sights to earmark for a visit including Senso‐ji Temple in the old downtown area of Asakusa and the fashion hub of Shibuya where all new trends spring from. Head to the Tokyo Sky Tower for panoramic views over the city or immerse yourself in the crowds at Shibuya crossing. Early risers should head to the frenetic Tsukiji Market where over 2000 tonnes of produce is traded daily.
Dining in Tokyo is an experience in itself and the city claims not only recognition from UNESCO for its cuisine, it also boasts more Michelin stars than any other city in the world, even surpassing Paris. Legendary chefs prepare the freshest sushi whilst street stalls serve simple noodle dishes from recipes that have been passed down through generations. It's in Tokyo where tempura was refined, hot pot dishes known as chankonabe was developed for hungry sumo wrestlers and various sweets turned into miniature works of art. Tokyo also offers a healthy selection of international cuisine with a Koreatown, Chinatown and France Town feeding expats, locals and visitors with tasty dishes from around the world.
Planning a longer visit to Japan?
Browse some of our popular multi-day trips that spend a day or more in Tokyo. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Tokyo on a bespoke touring itinerary to Japan, take a look at our tailor-made holiday planning section.
Japan Day Tours and Excursions
Experience the best that Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima have to offer on our wide selection of day trips and excursions from watching Sumo practice, visiting Mt Fuji, walking tours of the best sites and lots more.