Tokyo Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia


Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is situated in
the Kanto Region on the main island of Honsho. Tokyo’s greater metropolitan area has a
population of over 35 million, making it one of the largest and most exciting
megacities on the planet.  
Rocked by earthquakes and scorched by war, this centuries old city has refused to kneel.  Just like the sun, Tokyo has continued to
rise, blending the old with the new, and the new
with tomorrow.  
Tokyo is a spectacular matrix of villages, towns and cities, strung together by a subway
and train system that never rests. Just like the Japanese pop culture monster
Godzilla, Tokyo’s size and energy can intimidate first
time visitors. Yet despite the neon, noise and sheer volume
of people, Tokyo’s soul beats with a heart of zen. Tradition, ritual and respect are the hallmarks
of Japanese society. This is a place that cherishes its children, reveres its elderly, and treats visitors like
honored guests.  
Tokyo is a city of multiple personalities; whenever you pop up from the subway, it can feel as though you’ve arrived in
an entirely different city. Yet Tokyo is an incredibly well-ordered society, everything has its place and purpose, and this is especially true, of its neighborhoods.
  Begin your Tokyo journey gently, in the ancient
temple town of Asakusa. At the city’s oldest temple, Sensoji, pay
your respects to kannon, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy. The temple was built to house a golden statue
of the goddess, pulled from the nearby river by two fishermen
in the 7th century.   
Make an offering at the neighboring shrine, built to honor the brothers who found the
statue, and you too might receive some heavenly good
fortune.  
When you’re ready to brave the streets of Tokyo, head to Asakusa’s, Thunder Gate and explore Nakamise Dori, a market street where worshippers have been
buying religious charms and snacks for centuries. After the crowds, re-center yourself in Ueno
park, before delving into the cultural treasures
of the Tokyo National Museum. While conformity and tradition are two of the glues that bind Japanese society, Tokyo’s youth love to express themselves
too. And nowhere is this more evident than the
suburb of Harajuku, renowned throughout the world as a center
of youth culture and fashion.  
Harajuku is also home to one of Tokyo’s largest green spaces, Yoyogi Park. On Sunday’s, locals gather
to relax, rehearse and just hang out, making it the happiest 134 acres in Tokyo. Just to the north of Yoyogi Park, pass beneath a towering Torii gate and into
a forest of 100 000 trees, originally sent here as saplings from all
over Japan. and finally, pass through the main gates to
Meiji Shrine. Here, millions come each year to pay their
respects to Emperor Meiji, the beloved 19th century ruler who helped
Japan throw off its feudal cloak and grow into to the dynamic country it is
today.  
Just south of Yoyogi Park is Shibuya, home to one of the busiest pedestrian crossings
in the world. Every area of Tokyo dances to it’s own distinctive
beat,…in Shubuya the beat, is shopping.  
In nearby Ginza, huge department stores like the historic Wako Store await. On Saturday and Sunday afternoons, the main
street is closed to traffic giving Ginza a relaxed, and slightly surreal atmosphere. Ginza has
a grittier side too. Be sure to check out the tiny yakitori joints
and beer halls tucked away beneath the railway arches around
Yurakucho Station. For a change of pace, explore the downtown
business district of Marunouchi, whose wide tree-lined avenues and boutique
stores lend Tokyo a certain, New York touch.  If you’re into anime, manga, or gaming,
you’ll feel right at home in Akihabara Electric Town. As its name suggests, this area really lights
up after dark. As the sky glows in blaze of neon, head to
the restaurants and pubs in Shinjuku, one of the city’s main dining and entertainment
areas. Stay up late, and let the magical lights of
Tokyo’s nights, melt into your memory,…forever.  After exploring Tokyo’s neon forests, greet the new day at the Shinjuku Gyoen National
Gardens. Tokyo’s youth may take center stage at Yoyogi
Park, but at these quiet gardens, it is Mother Nature’s beauty that is honored.  The Japanese have a saying, “dumplings are
better than flowers”, so, no matter how much nature is revered, food comes first! Tokyo is one of the culinary capitals of the
world. The city’s restaurants have been awarded
more Michelin stars than any other city, and when the food’s this good, Tokyo residents
don’t mind waiting! For the freshest sushi and sashimi, head to
the Tsukiji Fish Markets, then after your meal, pick up some sushi knives
to take home.  
When it’s time to rise above Tokyo’s never-ending canyons of glass and steel, ride the elevator to the observatories of
Tokyo Tower. For even higher views, head to Roppongi Hills. From the 52nd floor of the Mori Tower, Tokyo
spreads out beneath you, all the way to Mt Fuji, Tokyo Bay and beyond.
  Set on the western banks of Tokyo Bay, the
city of Yokohama is only a half hour train ride from central Tokyo. This historic port became the first gateway
to Japan when the country opened itself to the West in 1854.  Compared to hyperactive Tokyo, life moves
a little slower here, making it the perfect place to catch your breath. Today, Narita is the gateway to Japan. When
most people think of Narita, they think of its international airport. However
this small city of winding streets, ancient temples and gardens is a fascinating
window into old Japan. Follow the Omotesando to the Naritasan Temple,
dedicated to the Buddhist god of fire. And before you depart, be sure to leave a
wish on the prayer wall.  
Because, whether you’re young at heart, or prefer things the old fashioned way, everything has it’s place in Tokyo, and
there’s a place here waiting, for you.

100 thoughts on “Tokyo Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia

  1. Seoul or Tokyo? I really can't make up my mind as both cities appeal to my taste of culture, glamour and lifestyle. Seoul is beautiful but a little tad cosmopolitan. Tokyo on the other hand has a more traditional setting amid the glitzy malls, shops and retail outlets. Together combined with beautiful parks, temples, museums, cultural centres, libraries, chic cafes, etc give both cities a youthful vibrant feel. Would love to visit either cities someday.

  2. I have seen Seoul Korea Expedia. I think Seoul is better and more unique than Tokyo. Actually, Tokyo is famous than Seoul. But Seoul is one of most beautiful city in the world. Look the Seoul vacation travel guide. Tokyo is fantastic too. I will visit both cities of Seoul and Tokyo someday.

  3. As a japanese, i think tokyo is a good place for trip and a place that provids work places but not for living.The overwhelming colors and noises makes me dizzy haha.

  4. Tokyo is way more better than any American, Canadian or British city whether it's the matter of area , sanitation, vandalism.The Japanese people are well discliplined, good civilians and hardworking rather than being racist or lavish like Americans

  5. I'm actually planning on moving there. Shinjuku would be the place there I would absolutely visit

    If only if I could learn Japanese fluently though

  6. is it too overwhelming because its a bit crowded? Because someday I want to go and possibly live there but the people just fascinates me heheheeh.

  7. How much money do I need for 5 days worth of nice meals? I have flights and hotel figured out, just want to know how much for 5 days of great food

  8. I am Thai. You should go to look at these cities again. You will find that Beijing, Shanghai and Seoul are all better than Tokyo where no new things are built for 20 years. The world largest subway is now in China. And all these Asian cities are still lag behind New York.

  9. i had been to tokyo at.3year age .i love tokyo very much .i love sushi. noodle and shopping.i favouit is skytree but this video no instrduct the skytree

  10. I'm an American, watching this video, thinking about how high tech the Opening ceremony of the Sunmer Olympics next year will be! Beijing was amazing but I bet that ceremony will be rivaled by what Tokyo has in store.

  11. 0:47 This is an object called MokumokuWakuwakuYokohamaYoyo in Minatomirai, Yokohama.
    To be exact, that's not Tokyo.

  12. I plan to become a successful musician, earn a good fare of money, and visit Japan eventually! Much love from Texas!

  13. はあ…今はなかなかにやばい国ですよ
    観光する分には最高の国だと思う

  14. 4:30 Walking in Shibuya is my weekly routine
    It’s still really hard to go across the scramble intersection lol

  15. Please visit my beautiful country Portugal , people are very kind ,understanding the guest well and very clean country..

  16. Love Japan, try to go as much as I can which is not enough. 2 or 3 times a year is not enough, passing on Tokyo in 2020 due to the Olympics and likely go to Osaka/Kyoto area. Osaka is so vibrant, Kyoto is so tranquil and very different when you get away from the crowds. I do hate the heat in Kyoto during the summer though. All who want to go to Japan and never been, it's better than you think. If I were only younger I would make the move and the US would be but just a memory. However please remember, Japan is a country of rules (said and unsaid) and you should always follow them. Be respectful.

  17. I traveled to Japan one month ago including Shizuoka, Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo. Everything was amazing especially incredible subway, clean road, tasty food and beautiful Sakura as well. They’re so fantastic. When I watched this video, I found that many things which I didn’t explore in Tokyo. Hope I‘ll be there again in the future. Love Japan from Vietnam 🇻🇳

  18. A weird tip I learned when I spent some time in Japan a couple years ago: There are virtually no trash cans on the streets. You'll want to carry a small bag of some type to collect your trash as you go about your day.

  19. Tokyo is a very beautiful city, i think its the best in Asia. Its vibrant, dynamic, modern, sophisticated etc.. people are nice polite, have discipline and well mannered. Hope to visit there again

  20. I am planing to go to japan with a friend next year I never been so excited!!! I can’t wait till go to the land of the raising sun !!

  21. 🇯🇵🇯🇵🇯🇵 what a beautiful city it is, i hope one day to visit this place. I love Japanese people, culture and cuisine, sushi 🍣 ramen 🍜.

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