Know before you go

Don’t believe the myth that Tokyo is a hard destination to visit : it’s one of the best-organized cities in the world, and everything is at your fingertips. Start here, with this collection of useful facts and tips.

Flight Access

Narita International Airport and Tokyo International Airport(Haneda) together handle all major carriers, providing great access for visitors from around the globe.
These airports serve as a key travel hub for the region as well, connecting to about 120 cities around the world.

Area Guide

*Please click on the area names below for more information.
Central Tokyoopen
  • For centuries, central Tokyo has been Japan's seat of political and economic power - a legacy that lives on today. Close to the Otemachi and Marunouchi business districts is the Imperial Palace, with a tranquil garden that's open to the public. Luxury brands and some of Tokyo's oldest shops coexist at Nihonbashi and Ginza.
Eastern Tokyoopen
  • Elegant attractions both old and new rub shoulders in eastern Tokyo. From Asakusa’s ancient temples to the majestic Kokugikan sumo stadium, the area is a bastion of traditional culture. Meanwhile, developments like teamLab Planets in Toyosu, TOKYO SKYTREE, and the coffee scene in Kiyosumi-Shirakawa bring an influx of youthful energy.

    Access from Tokyo Station :
    To Asakusa : approx. 14 minutes by car
    To Toyosu : approx. 10 minutes by car
Northern Tokyoopen
  • At the crossroads of modernity and tradition is northern Tokyo. At old-school districts like Ueno, Yanaka, and Shibamata, close to historic temples and shrines are stylish cafes and bustling shopping streets with an eclectic mix of long-running shops and newer players.

    Access from Tokyo Station :
    To Ueno : approx. 8 minutes by car
    To Ikebukuro : approx. 16 minutes by car
Western Tokyoopen
  • From Aoyama’s high-end boutiques to the youth culture heaven of Harajuku, western Tokyo is the place to be for those on the cutting edge of culture. Find rare collectables in Nakano, popup art installations in Shibuya, and much more in the beating heart of the metropolis.

    Access from Tokyo Station :
    To Shibuya : approx. 14 minutes by car
    To Shinjuku : approx. 14 minutes by car
Southern Tokyoopen
  • Anchored by the landmark Tokyo Tower, modernity takes on many facades in southern Tokyo. Futuristic Odaiba is delightfully odd, Roppongi has a classy, cosmopolitan charm, while Ebisu and Jiyugaoka both tuck generous green spaces within their stylish streets. Even the busy transportation hub Shinagawa offers chic modern art entertainment at the artsy Tennozu Isle.

    Access from Tokyo Station :
    To Roppongi : approx. 8 minutes by car
    To Shinagawa : approx. 15 minutes by car
Tama Areaopen
  • Out west from the bustling mayhem of Shinjuku and Shibuya is the Tama area: the city's verdant playground that you'd scarce believe was a part of Tokyo. Rushing rivers, hidden temples, and forested mountain trails are surprisingly close to the concrete jungle - a whole other world within Tokyo's bounds.

    Access from Tokyo Station :
    To Okutama : approx. 2 hours 40minutes by car
    To Mt.Takao : approx. 2 hours by car
Tokyo Islandsopen
  • For a getaway from urban Tokyo, recharge at Tokyo's 11 islands*. From volcanic Oshima's unique geography to Chichijima and Hahajima's tropical charms, each island has its own distinctive appeal. Kick back and enjoy the village life, let the unspoiled nature and warm crystal-clear waters draw you in, and gaze at the night sky before you call it a day.

    *Oshima, Toshima, Niijima, Shikinejima, Kozushima, Miyakejima, Mikurajima, Hachijojima, Aogashima, Chichijima, and Hahajima.

    Access :
    To Oshima :
    approx. 1hour 45minutes by a high-speed ferry from Tokyo's Takeshiba Ferry Terminal
    approx. 6hours by large passenger ship from Tokyo's Takeshiba Ferry Terminal
    approx. 25minutes by plane from Tokyo's Chofu Airport
    To Hachijojima :
    approx. 10hours 20minutes by large passenger ship from Tokyo Takeshiba Pier
    approx. 55minutes by plane from Haneda Airport
    To Ogasawara :
    approx. 24 hours by large passenger ship from Tokyo Takeshiba Pier

Time Zone

+9 hours (GMT) (+14 hours from EST and +17 hours from PST). Tokyo does not observe daylight savings time.


Popular seasons to visit Tokyo remain spring, from March to May, and autumn, from September through November. While cherry blossoms bloom from the end of March to the beginning of April, the leaves change colors from mid to late November. The rainy season lasts from early June to mid July.


The Japanese yen (¥) is the official currency, coming in denominations of 10,000, 5,000 and 1,000 yen bills as well as 500, 100, 50, 10, 5 and 1 yen coins.


There is a 10% consumption tax on goods.


It is not necessary to tip for service in Japan, such as at restaurants, bars, taxis, airports and hotels. However, hotels and some restaurants indicate an additional service charge on their bills or menus, respectively.

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