As the world’s most populous metropolis, Tokyo is a beacon of forward thinking innovation. Known for its gadgets, robots and gaming, Tokyo greets tourists with its frantic bright lights of Shinjuku, it’s unusual fashion of Harajuku and a whole host of palaces, temples, landmarks and parks to devour.
There is something for everyone in Tokyo. Those interested in history and culture can check out the many temples and shrines across the city, whilst those looking for great photos can head to one of the many skyscrapers for that perfect shot. There are plenty of parks in Tokyo, all lined with food vendors making many ideal spots for a picnic lunch.
Travel beyond Tokyo and see incredible cities like Osaka or discover the unreal Japan Art Islands.
Hostel/Budget rates – Dorms can be found at ¥2500 – ¥5000, with capsule hotels costing slightly more and private rooms starting at ¥3000.
Midrange Hotel rates – Nice but small rooms can be found from ¥5500 – ¥12000.
Luxury Hotel rates – Tokyo is expensive, so if you want the most luxurious hotel you will be paying upwards of ¥45000.
Transport – Rides on the Tokyo Metro cost ¥165 – ¥236 depending on distance whilst all day tickets can be purchased for ¥750.
Average cost of food – A bowl of noodles will cost you around ¥800 whilst Donburi stalls can cost as low as ¥300. Sushi bars will cost between ¥12- ¥700 per piece and Bento boxes are cheaper by up to half price at lunch time. A dinner for two at an Japanese style pub will cost upwards of ¥6000 and fast food starts at around ¥900.
Where to stay
Non-smokers : Remember to always check you have asked for a non-smoking room.
Hostel/Budget – Toco Tokyo Heritage Hostel is a traditional and atmospheric hostel just 1 few steps from Iriya station. Private rooms start at ¥3573, a great option for couples and families. For those looking for something different and unusual, check out Khasan Tokyo Samurai Capsule, with dorm beds starting also starting at ¥3573, linen curtains provide that extra bit of privacy.
Midrange – A new and modern hotel, The Richmond Hotel Tokyo Suidobashi is a clean and comfortable hotel just a ten minute walk to Suidobashi subway station and a 2 minute walk to Tokyo Dome, rooms starting at ¥10,700. Partner hotel; Richmond Hotel Asakusa offers comfortable beds and spacious rooms; difficult to find in an over populated city, rooms start at ¥12,000.
Top End – The Capitol Hotel Tokyu boasts 2 restaurants, an indoor pool and gives you direct access to 4 subway lines. Rooms are heavenly and offer great city views, starting at ¥58,212 a night. For those looking to mega splurge, even just for one night, check out The Peninsula Tokyo. Start at ¥121,716. The Peninsula pampers its guests with a spa and fitness centre, swimming pool and rooms to die for. Just a 2 minute walk from Ginza shopping district and is directly connected to Hibiya Subway station, this is a pricey hotel that I hope I can afford one day.
How to get there
Fly – Most major airports fly to Tokyo Narita International Airport, where you can get an express train or highway bus to central Tokyo taking 1-2 hours. Avoid getting a taxi as these can cost you upwards of ¥30000. Flights into Haneda Airport also gives you the option to catch a train or bus into central Tokyo costing between ¥400 – ¥1200.
Train – Trains to and from other major cities in Japan is also possible. Bullet (high-speed) trains are relatively cheap and get you to Osaka, Kyoto and Hiroshima.
Tokyo has arguably the best train system in the world, with workers having to show their boss a train note if they are late to work because of the trains; it is that incredibly uncommon! However, avoid the trains as much as you can during rush hour as it can be incredibly busy. Avoid catching taxis as this can be expensive across such a large city.