Tokyo is one of the most vibrant cities I’ve ever been to. There is so much going on at all times of the day and night. It can be chaotic and crazy, but fun and exciting all at the same time. There are so many great restaurants and izakayas to try, and the food is more varied and exciting in Japan than almost anywhere else in the world.
Visiting Tokyo is something everyone should do at least once, but planning for the trip can be very overwhelming, due to the language barrier and the sheer amount of things to do. You have to sift through so many things to find the gems and the must-dos.
If you’re thinking about a trip to Tokyo, check out our one-stop travel guide to Tokyo for the best places to stay, things to do, and places to eat and drink. We aim to make your planning a little bit easier!
Where to Stay in Tokyo
We found that staying in Shinagawa was a fantastic location. We did stay in other locations throughout the city, but none of them was as convenience as Shinagawa. It’s on the JR Yamanote line that circles the city, and is the easiest way to get around.
We recommend the Intercontinental The Strings Tokyo Hotel. It’s a large hotel with nice rooms. And it couldn’t be in a better location. They have everything you could need there and it’s really convenient. (Read reviews on Trip Advisor or click here to book your stay.)
For more hotel options, check these Hotels in Tokyo, Japan.
Guided Tour of Japan
The language barrier in Japan can be quite daunting. Guided tours are a great way to experience a country you’re not completely comfortable in. If you think you’d feel more comfortable in the hands of an experienced guide, you might want to check out one of the tours operated by Japan and More.
For more information, visit the Japan and More’s website. You’ll get $100 off the cost of your tour by using our coupon code.Use coupon code: SAJN for $100 off
What to Do in Tokyo
Want to plan ahead and book some of the activities in our guide so you’re ready to hit the ground running when you get to Tokyo? You can use the links below to pre-book activities on Viator or GetYourGuide. Save time and money! (Disclaimer:
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- Tokyo Bar Hopping Food Tour by Magical Trip – BOOK HERE
- Tokyo Day Tour: Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Temple and Tokyo Bay Cruise – BOOK HERE
- Tokyo by Night: Japanese Food Tour – BOOK HERE
- 1-Day Tokyo Bus Tour – BOOK HERE
- Tokyo Tower, Tea Ceremony and Sumida River Cruise Day Tour – BOOK HERE
- Tsukiji Fish Market Visit with Sushi Making Experience – BOOK HERE
Check out this quick guide for other great things to do in Tokyo.
Travel Guide to Tokyo
Laura Lynch, creator and writer of Savored Journeys, is an avid world traveler, certified wine expert, and international food specialist. She has written about travel and food for over 20 years and has visited 70+ countries.