There is much to share with first time visitors readying to experience this densely populated city of mind boggling sky scrapers and seemingly future focused, fast pace lifestyle. The first is that the capital of the land of the rising sun does not have to be the expensive holiday destination many believe it to be. Before paying too much for your Tokyo Japan hotel booking, use our search box to the left of your screen to sift through the many accommodation options we offer, get a clearer picture of what's available and you will find that often the best hotels to stay might not necessarily be luxury 5 star accommodation venues, but rather something typically Japanese hidden in a quiet lane with a traditional feel.
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The Japanese capital with its neon flashing bill boards and high-rise buildings may at first glance seem to have all but abandoned its heritage and traditions. The reality is this city is as much the past as it is the future. Festivals celebrate ancient traditions, in the middle of all the advancement stands Japan's most revered link to the past namely the Imperial Palace and outside the flickering lights a different Tokyo unfolds.
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Outside the fierce city pace friendly people live in traditional styled homes along narrow streets where you can mingle with locals in an atmosphere of pure hospitality over steaming noodle soup. The countless shrines, temples and lanes in the embrace of cherry blossoms is a far cry from the image most of us have of this metropolis that never sleeps.
Best Areas to Stay +
Making sure you are booking a hotel to stay in the best part of Tokyo for your specific requirements and whether it should be traditional Japanese Ryokan accommodation or modern and western can be a challenge. Often the solution is to go with the advice of seasoned travelers and according to them the most recommended places for tourist consist of 8 areas with Shinjuku and Shibuya taking top positions.
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Shinjuku and Shibuya personifies big city life in Japan with its dazzling lights an assault on your senses. But it is also exciting just to be there and stare at life going by. The best place to do this is sitting down at an Izakaya, a pub come restaurant where the Japanese prefer to socialize. Both areas offer easy access to transport and entertainment and, though you might not even see it, also has its red-light district.
Ginza is up-market and an entertainment heaven. The Kabukiza Theater is located here, it is home to the signature Sony building and Ginza station makes travel easy. It is also where you can spend a day just amusing yourself with the latest designer wear parading past. Ginza is less crowded, though you need to see this statement relative to where you are. It is Japan after all.
If booking the best hotels in Tokyo is your first consideration, consider Hibiya as your base, since you are unlikely to go wrong in this area as far as accommodation is concerned. It is upscale and brings a little of nature into the concrete jungle with a huge tranquil park and also feature historical attractions. It is well served by public transport and near Ginza's mega shopping district.
Get a historic glimpse into the past in this older part of the city for a more authentic, cultural and traditional experience. The area feature two nice shopping streets and markets, historically important temples including the 1000 year old Kaminari Gate through which you access the Sensoji Temple, the most famous in the city.
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