Tokyo Destination guide

As the world leader in travel experiences since 1947, we connect you to the real Tokyo in a way like no other.
A hive of color and energy, Tokyo’s blend of ancient culture and fast-moving futurism is absolutely captivating. When you travel Tokyo with Trafalgar, we’ll dive into this unique world where centuries-old temples, historic arts, tranquil parks and mom-and-pop noodle houses, sit right next to sleek skyscrapers, whizzing trains, robot restaurants and exquisite fine dining. We’ll show you all the very best things to do in Tokyo, from the famous shopping streets of Ameyoko and Nakamise and the world’s busiest street crossing at Shibuya, to the quieter cracks like the Buddhist shrines, Zen-style gardens and peaceful teahouses. Head to new heights at the Tokyo SkyTree for stunning city views, then feel the pounding rhythm of traditional Taiko drumming. Whether you’re drawn to the glowing lanterns of old, or the neon lights of the now, you’re sure to be dazzled by Tokyo. 
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"Tokyo is like nowhere else on earth, and I love revealing the city's incredible diversity to our guests. Whether you want to explore ancient temples or check out the shopping mecca of Shibuya, there's something for everyone in Tokyo."
Travel Director
Tokyo at a glance
From centuries-old temples and steaming noodle houses, to dazzling skyscrapers and robot restaurants, Tokyo is an ancient blend of ancient culture and fast-paced futurism. Join your expert Trafalgar Travel Director and go from the world's busiest street crossing to the tranquil Buddhist shrines and Zen-style gardens, all in one captivating city.
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What to pack for Tokyo

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Japanese phrasebook

You’ll find it easier to connect with the locals after learning a few Japanese phrases, and you can start with simple words like konnichiwa (hello) and arigatō (thank you).

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Digital maps

Tokyo is an absolute maze of bustling streets and secret alleyways, so download some maps to your phone so you can access them any time you’re exploring the city.

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Comfortable slip-ons

In Japan, you must take off your shoes when entering homes, temples, ryokans and traditional restaurants, so bring a pair of sandals you can easily slip in and out of.

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Reusable bags

From Nakamise and Ameyoko, to the mega-malls and upmarket boutiques, Tokyo is a shopper’s delight, so bring some reusable bags to carry all your souvenirs.

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Japanese yen

The national currency of Japan is the Japanese yen, so come prepared for your Tokyo trip with some cash on hand.

Other things to know before you go

Depending on your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter. Please check this well in advance of your trip departure date here. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

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