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What we love

One of the largest cities in the world, the bright lights and skyscrapers of Tokyo are home to millions of people and attract millions more tourists each year. Visit one of the many museums, temples and shrines and indulge in some fantastic Japanese food.

The destination


Japan’s iconic capital city, Tokyo is the gateway to the country and is often the first choice on everyone’s Japan bucket lists. Home to over 30 million people across 47 neighbourhoods, Tokyo is one of the largest cities in the world, and its sheer size should be taken into consideration when planning your trip as it is impossible to see it all. Blending the city’s modern skyscrapers with its authentic ancient temples and shrines, Tokyo offers a real mix of culture and history combined with the cutting-edge technology we see in today’s modern world.

Where to stay

Tokyo has a wide variety of hotels to choose from, the most popular areas being the Shinjuku and Tokyo Station neighbourhoods, with a selection of our favourite hotels listed below. However, this is just a sample, so please don't hesitate to give us a call on 01993 899430, or email inspire@oxfordprivatetravel.com if you would like to find out more and we will be delighted to craft your own tailor-made trip.


Who should visit

Although extremely busy at times, Tokyo makes the perfect place for couples, groups of friends and families with children to explore. We think it is perfectly catered to all types of travellers, whether on a honeymoon, traveling solo, as a family or part of a group.

When to visit

March-April is a brilliant time to visit Tokyo, when the cherry blossom is out in force and the temperatures are pleasant. Alternatively, the autumnal months of October and November showcase the fantastic red hues of the trees as the leaves change colours with the seasons.

Passports and visas

A passport with at least six months validity is necessary as well as at least 2 blank pages when you present it at immigration. A visa is not required for stays up to 90 days.


Top tips

  • Visit the famous temples and shrines that attract thousands of visitors year after year
  • Check out the Tokyo National Museum, one of the best museum’s in Japan, with the world’s largest collection of Japanese art
  • Wander round Asakusa’s Underground Street, one of the oldest shopping streets in Japan, with the shops and restaurants lining the alleyway making it looks as if it is hasn’t changed since the 1920s.
  • Have a night out at Golden Gai, a collection of tiny bars in Shinjuku, ran by ‘masters’ or ‘mamas’ and seating no more than a dozen people at a time
  • Shibuya Station is one of the busiest thoroughfares in the world, with an average of 2500 pedestrians crossing the Hachiko Exit every time, and it’s certainly a commuting experience to remember!


Local currency: Japanese Yen 

Accepted credit cards: Visa and Mastercard (most places)

Time zone: GMT +9hours

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