Everything You Need to Know About Tokyo

Everything You Need to Know About Tokyo

Last Updated on June 22, 2020 by Amanda Stancati

Tokyo, a place of both enduring tradition and vivacious pop culture, is one of the most visited destinations by international guests. Everyday life moves quick, encompassing an energy inspiring to new visitors. Learn about traditional Japanese culture that manifests in symbols such as calligraphy, kimonos, public bathhouses, and temples. On the other hand, the latest in fashion and technology make their mark here too. Bookstores full of Japanese manga, karaoke bars, and street markets are bustling social centres. The contrasts are evident- so experience it all!

City Basics

From the Airport: Narita International Airport is Tokyo’s main airport. There are two metro stations at here, one for each of the terminals: Airport Terminal 2 Station and Narita Airport Station (Terminal 1). When leaving the airport, taxis and buses depart from the 1st floor of both terminals. Taxi fares into central Tokyo cost about 20,000 yen (about $213). A limousine bus can take you to central Tokyo for about 3000 yen ($32) per person.

Getting Around: The Tokyo Metro is coded by letters that represent each subway line. Fares depend on the distance travelled but range from 160 yen to 300 yen ($1.70-$3.20).

Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden

Where to Stay

Hyatt Regency Tokyo

This hotel is located in the shopping and entertainment district of Shinjuku, close to Shinjuku Central Park, Meiji Shrine, and the shopping district Shibuya. Enjoy the luxurious penthouse spa, gym, and pool.

The Strings By Intercontinental Tokyo

Indulge at this intimate hotel with only 205 guestrooms, each with a large window providing views of the busy metropolis. Located in downtown Shinagawa, it’s close to the Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo Conference Center, and Shinagawa Station.

Keio Plaza Tokyo

With over 1,400 elegant rooms and 12 world-class restaurants and bars, the Keio Plaza is located in Shinjuku, the heart of Tokyo.

The Westin Tokyo

Within walking distance of the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and the Tokyo Tower is The Westin Tokyo. Experience classic European décor, an award-winning spa, and a laid back, secluded atmosphere.

Shibuya Crossing; Photo by SeanPavonePhoto

Shibuya Crossing; Photo by SeanPavonePhoto


Japanese Gardens

Visit the Shinjuko Gyoen National Garden for a peaceful afternoon. Admire the cherry blossoms in March and April or pack a picnic to enjoy amongst the beautiful landscapes. At the Hama Rikyu Gardens, take a leisurely stroll throughout the gardens as you view the ducks and ponds. Then stop by the teahouse surrounded the plum trees for a warm, flavourful glass. At the lively Yoyogi Park, watch as talented musicians, dancers, and anime characters entertain crowds.


Tokyo’s National Sumo Hall, Kokugikan Stadium, hosts fifteen-day tournaments which take place six times per year. Visit the arena to view the competition during tournament days.

Tsukiji Fish Market

See fishmongers at work and taste truly fresh sushi at the world’s largest fish market. For an alternative to the pungent indoor smell, the outdoor section of the market sells other goods such as kitchenware, flowers, and vegetables.

Meiji Shrine

This 20th century Shinto monument is dedicated to the Emperor Meiji. You may simply appreciate the serene environment, visit the cleansing station for purification, or write a note for the prayer wall.

Roppongi Hills Complex

With movie theatres, shops, restaurants, and cafes, there is much to do in this part of town. Visit the observation deck at the Mori Tower for stunning views of the city, or visit the Mori Art Museum to view peculiar modern masterpieces.

Shibuya Station Intersection

Watch as crowds of pedestrians fill the intersection when the lights turn red. These few energetic moments are a sight to see. Then discover the boutiques in Shibuya Mall for some shopping time. This area is a major fashion and nightlife district.

Ebisu Neighbourhood

Sample sake, sashimi, tempura, and grilled meats in this trendy area. Foodies will love the small, local eateries full of Japanese delicacies.

Are you one of the travellers dreaming about Tokyo?  There’s so much to see! You can discover the city with the help of our travel agents!  Call 1-800-665-4981.

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