Tokyo

Tokyo is an enormous city, but in a few days you can get a great feel for life here by exploring a few key areas. My top picks for first timers would be Asakusa and then the Harajuku, Omotesando, Shibuya area which is easily walked.
Andrea Selig
Product Manager - Switzerland & Asia
Tokyo is an enormous city, but in a few days you can get a great feel for life here by exploring a few key areas. My top picks for first timers would be Asakusa and then the Harajuku, Omotesando, Shibuya area which is easily walked.
Andrea Selig
Product Manager - Switzerland & Asia

Summary

Tokyo is the capital of Japan and the largest metropolitan area in the world.

Home to the Imperial family since the 19th century, it is a city full of culture and history that runs alongside its reputation for being incredibly modern and home to ground-breaking technology and off the wall fashion.

There is an unlimited amount of shopping, dining, culture and entertainment on offer and so below we have listed some of the most popular things to see and do during your stay. However, with huge amounts of street level detail there is always something to catch your attention, and you won't struggle for ways to fill your time. The city is incredibly easy to navigate using the train or metro network but do be a little careful about taking taxis as distances can be deceptive - its a big city!

Tying in a city stay with your ski trip works really well as the winter months are never too cold in Tokyo. If you mange to be there in March then you may even get to see some of the stunning displays of cherry blossoms. Flights back to the UK often leave in the morning, meaning that it is difficult to get there from the ski resorts in time. It therefore makes perfect sense to take a night or two here and experience one of the most unique cities in the world.

Every holiday is tailor-made, just for you.

Call 01273 224067 for advice from our ski specialists.

Attractions

  • Tsukiji Fish Market - make your way to the market early in the morning to see the famous tuna bidding which runs from 5am-7am. The sushi restaurants in this area offer the freshest and tastiest fish you’ll ever eat.
  • Akihabara - the electronics district of Tokyo and centre of Otaku (anime, cartoon) culture. The brightly lit area has a huge range of large department stores for any gadget needed, or head to the back streets for older models or second hand bargains.
  • Asakusa and Senso-ji Temple - the old entertainment district of the city and home of the Senso-ji, a Buddhist temple. This is a great place to get a feeling of old Japan and there are plenty of souvenir shops to pick up gifts. This is a famous area for tempura (battered prawns and vegetables) – go for a tendon which is tempura on rice with a yummy soy sauce marinade.
  • Shinjuku - the new entertainment district of Tokyo (Kabukicho), the major commercial and administrative centre, and the busiest train station in the world! For the best views over Tokyo head up to the free observation deck on floor 45 of the Tokyo Metropolitian Government Building.
  • Shibuya - this is a major shopping, dining and entertainment district for the Tokyo youth. The infamous Shibuya crossing is located by the main entrance of the Station, and for the best pictures of the crossing head to the Starbucks across the street. The trend-setting 109 ladies' department store is a fun place to buy some zany fashion - across eight whole floors!
  • Harajuku & Omotesando - take a quick walk through Yoyogi Park to see the Meiji Shrine, and then go from Harajuku Station down the Takeshita Street. You may even spot a Harajuku girl! The wide pavements and carefully landscaped Omotesando Street is lined with all the big name designers and more familiar shops such as Zara and even a Topshop. In the trendy Jingumae area you’ll find cutting-edge boutiques and vintage shops.
  • Disneyland - just outside the city centre, this makes a fun family outing!

City Map

Price Guide

A 2 night Tokyo add-on starts from just £100pp at the 3* Shiba Park Hotel.Transfers from Narita Airport by bus cost approximately £20pp and from Haneda Airport by train cost approximately £4pp.

Request a quotation or call 01273 224060 for a price that’s tailored to your requirements.

Accommodation

We have access to a huge number of hotels from small boutique properties through to luxury big names so please do get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Hotel Niwa Tokyo Exterior
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The Hotel Niwa Tokyo celebrates the minimal Japanese design aesthetic without sacrificing quality or forfeiting the mod-cons.
Shiba Park Hotel
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Just 4 minutes from the nearest subway station and with sites such as the Zojo-ji Temple a ten minute walk away, the hotel is in a really convenient location.

Reviews

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23/02/2017 David Lewis

Andrea organised our trip to include 2 days in Tokyo and Koyoto including a stay in a Ryokan which added to our great experience. The ski trip to Niseko was also great

05/01/2016 Alun Griffiths

The trip was trouble-free and everyone enjoyed the day or so that we spent in Tokyo at the end – a completely different cultural experience.

02/03/2015 Claire

Vibrant, busy city, sightseeing amazing - slightly surprised that smoking is still permitted in hotels, cafes bars etc. Metropolitan Maranouchi - lovely hotel in a perfect location for getting around Tokyo being next to Tokyo station. Really nice staff who catered for your every need.

Every holiday is tailor-made, just for you.

Call 01273 224067 for advice from our ski specialists.

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