Tokyo Travel Guide & Information

Tokyo, the capital of Japan is known as a vast, wealthy and fascinating city, highlighting high-tech visions of the future, paired with historic Japan. Tokyo was originally known as Edo, meaning estuary. Its name was changed to Tokyo when it became the imperial capital in 1868. The city is one of the three world finance "command centers", along with New York and London.

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Travel to Tokyo, the hub of Japan’s political, economic and cultural center. Book flights to Tokyo and visit a city that symbolizes harmony, a city that strongly embraces, both its past and future. Tokyo is a place where youth culture affects world trends; yet it’s rooted in age-old traditions. Tokyo has many commercial centers for shopping, eating and simply wandering around. The sheer quantity and variety of food in Tokyo will amaze you. With these remarkable shopping opportunities, great food to relish and unique architectural displays, Tokyo has become a favorite vacation destination.

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Things to do in Tokyo

Museums:

The city is overflowing in museums, large and small, with numerous exhibits on a variety of topics.

Tokyo National Museum: was established in 1872, located inside Ueno Park in Taito. It is the oldest and largest museum in Japan. The museum collects and preserves a comprehensive collection of art works and archaeological Asian objects, focusing on Japan. The museum holds over 110,000 works of art, which includes 87 Japanese National Treasure holdings and 610 Important Cultural Property holdings.

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Museum of Advertising and Marketing: is the only museum in Japan dedicated to the promotion of studies of advertising and marketing. The Museum possesses approximately 150,000 pieces of digitally archived advertisements, ranging from the Nishiki-e and dating back to the Edo period, to the latest TV commercials.

Edo Tokyo Museum: is a museum depicting the history of Tokyo, established in 1993. The main features of the permanent exhibits are the life-size replica of the Nihonbashi, formerly the bridge leading into Edo, the Nakamuraza theatre, scale models of town and buildings from the Edo, Meiji and Showa periods.

Prominent Landmarks:

The city of Tokyo boasts several sights and attractions.

Senso-ji: is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa. It is Tokyo's oldest temple and one of its most significant. Dominating the entrance to the temple is the Kaminarimon or "Thunder Gate". This imposing Buddhist structure features a massive paper lantern dramatically painted in vivid red-and-black tones to suggest thunderclouds and lightning. The area surrounding the temple is lined with traditional shops and eateries that feature traditional dishes.

Meiji Shrine: is the Shinto shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken. The forest is visited by many people as a recreation and relaxation area in the center of Tokyo. The Naien is the inner precinct, centered on the shrine buildings and includes a treasure museum that houses articles of the Emperor and Empress.

Akihabara Electric Town: is a major shopping area for electronic, computer, anime, and otaku goods, including new and used items. New items are mostly found on the main street, Chuodori, with many types of collectibles found in the back streets of Soto Kanda 3-chome. The area gained fame through being home to one of the first stores devoted to personal robots and robotics.

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Where to Stay in Tokyo:

Though room size might be smaller compared to other cities due to space constraints, Tokyo has numerous cheap hotels and 4 star hotels under $99 to ensure a comfortable stay.

Roppongi: The area features numerous bars, nightclubs, restaurants, cabarets, and other forms of entertainment. This neighborhood caters to a younger crowd. One can find numerous luxury hotels in the area, including world renowned hotel chains.

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Shinjuku: Shinjuku is major commercial and administrative center, housing the busiest train station in the world. Surrounding Shinjuku Station are department stores, specialist electronic and camera shops, cinemas, restaurants and bars. The area boasts several renowned hotel chains, like the Hyatt and Park hotels, which are sure to exceed your expectations for service and amenities.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

For US Citizens:

As per the latest travel information available to Tokyo, here are some guidelines that will help visitors.

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* A valid passport and an onward/return ticket are required for tourist/business "visa free" stays of up to 90 days.

* Passports must be valid for the intended period of stay in Japan.

* For more information about the Japanese visa waiver program for tourists, Japan's rules on work visas, special visas for taking depositions and other visa issues, visit the Japanese Embassy’s website for more information.

For Canadian Citizens:

* A valid Canadian passport is required for Canadians intending to visit Japan.

* The passport must be valid for at least the expected duration of your stay in the country.

* Travelers should check the passport validity requirements of the countries they will transit on their way to Japan as well as the countries they will visit beyond Japan.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We recommend that you check the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, so that you do not miss out on any of the fun while visiting Tokyo.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit Tokyo

Tokyo is a popular year-round destination. The most popular time to go is during the summer, when families are on vacation.

Those travelling on a budget can choose to visit during the winter months. Budget travelers will find discounts on hotels and flights during this season.

Planning your Visit:

High season: (March to early May, July to August, Late December to Early January)

Low season: (Mid-January to February)

Tokyo Weather

Tokyo is classified as having a humid subtropical climate with four distinct seasons.

* Summers are usually hot and humid.

* Winters are usually mild.

Currency and Language:

Currency:

ATMs are available throughout Tokyo. Before departure, be sure to let your bank know when you’re traveling and what the rate is for cash withdraws.

Languages:

* The official language of Tokyo is Japanese.

* Many Japanese in Tokyo speak English.