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Tokyo, Japan Hotels and City Guide

Tokyo Hotels and Tokyo Guide with Tokyo maps, top attractions, room reservations and hotel deals at a wide range of the best Tokyo hotels

Tokyo - Travel Tips

When To Visit
Local Customs & Language (including Tipping)
Local Holidays
Health and Safety Advice
Tax Refunds


When To Visit

Seasons
Blooming cherry blossoms should be reason enough to visit Tokyo in spring. Likewise, the mellow hues of autumn also provide a poignant example of the Japanese aesthetic. The muggy summer is not for everyone; just remember there's roughly 5500 persons per sq km (over 14,000 per sq mi)! It might also be wise to avoid an even more crowded Tokyo during the Golden Week national holiday, from 29 April to 5 May. 



Annual Events
As any visitor to Tokyo will soon discover, festivals play an enormous part in Japanese life. Known as matsuri, the majority of these celebrations have Shinto origins, and range from frenetic street dancing to enjoying a glass of sake under the new cherry blossoms. As a rule, the more significant the festival, the more popular it is, which can make transport and accommodation scarce and more expensive. Those planning to visit Tokyo during New Year (28 December to 4 January) and Golden Week (29 April to 5 May) would be strongly advised to make arrangements well in advance. Tourists are also warned that during these times most shops, restaurants and attractions will close. You can view a Tokyo annual events calendar here.


Local Customs & Language (including Tipping)

Local Customs
he Japanese are formal and reserved and visitors are expected to behave politely. Their system of etiquette is one of the most complex in the world, with a strict code of conduct for almost every situation. It is important to avoid causing 'loss of face' by insulting or criticising someone in front of others. Bowing is the customary greeting. The possession of common prescription, or over the counter medicines, particularly for allergies and sinus problems, are forbidden under Japanese law, and it is highly advisable to check with a Japanese embassy before travel.

Language
Japanese is the official language. Most Japanese people will have studied English at school, but few can speak it well or understand what is said to them.
Editor's Advice: When needing directions or catching a taxi always write down your destination in English as well as the local language script.

Tipping Advice
The Japanese do not give or expect tips. To them it is a Western tradition that is considered a little vulgar. Service charges tend to be included in the bill - a 5% consumer tax and a service charge of around 10–15% may be added in pricier restaurants. The Japanese often insist on picking up the tab for their foreign friends. It's polite to refuse three times, then let them pay, promising to get the next one. At table, guests should wait for their host to indicate where they should sit. It's the Japanese custom to place guests in the most comfortable chairs facing the best view.


Local Holidays

January 1: Ganjitsu (New Year's Day)
January, 2nd Monday: Seijin no Hi (Coming of Age Day)
February 11: Kenkoku Kinen no Hi (National Foundation Day)
Late March (around 21): Shumbun no Hi (Vernal Equinox Day)
April 29: Midori no Hi (Greenery Day)
May 3: Kenpo Kinembi (Constitution Memorial Day)
May 4: Kokumin no Kyujitsu (National Holiday)
May 5: Kodomo no Hi (Children's Day)

July 20: Umi no Hi (National Maritime Day)
September 15: Keiro no Hi (Respect for the Aged Day)
Late September (around 23): Shubun no Hi (Autumnal Equinox Day)
October, 2nd Monday: Tai-iku no Hi (Sports Day)
November 3: Bunka no Hi (Culture Day)
November 23: Kinro Kansha no Hi (Labour Thanksgiving Day)
December 23: Tenno Tanjo Bi (Emperor's Birthday)


Health and Security Advice

Health
No vaccination certificates are required for entry to Japan. There have been recent outbreaks of the deadly bird flu, but no human infections have been reported. Travellers to Japan are unlikely to be affected, but live animal markets and places where contact with live poultry is possible should be avoided, and all poultry and egg dishes well cooked. Medical facilities are very good, but medical assistance in Japan can be very expensive and visitors have to pay the whole cost up front. Travellers should ensure that they have adequate medical insurance before travelling. The possession of Vicks inhalers and other common medications used for allergies and sinus problems are banned under the strictly enforced anti-stimulant drugs law, and visitors are advised to check with the Japanese embassy if in doubt.

Safety and Security
The vast majority of visits to Japan are trouble-free. It is generally a very safe country with low levels of common crime, and is stable, highly developed and modern. Travellers should, however, still be vigilant about personal safety and belongings. Typhoons are common particularly from June to October and travellers should take note of storm warnings along the coastal regions if travelling during this period. Japan is in a major earthquake zone, and earthquakes of varying sizes occur very frequently.


Tax Refunds

A 5% consumption tax is included in the price of marked goods, but all major department stores in Tokyo will refund the tax to foreign visitors if total purchases amount to more than ¥10,001 ($95) on that day. Exemptions include food, beverages, tobacco, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, film, and batteries. When you've completed your shopping, take the purchased goods and receipts to the tax refund counter in the store. There are forms to fill out (you will need your passport). Upon completion, a record of your purchase is placed on the visa page of your passport and you are given the tax refund on the spot. When you leave Japan, make sure you have your purchases with you (pack them in your carry-on); you may be asked by Customs to show them





Hotels in Tokyo, Japan

InterContinental Ana Ana Tokyo

InterContinental Ana Ana Tokyo

1-12-33 AKASAKA MINATO-KU TOKYO 107 0052 JAPAN

ANA InterContinental Tokyo is located right in the heart of Tokyo in Ark Hills, with Akasaka, Roppongi and Kasumigaseki close by. Access by car is extremely convenient with expressways near by, and easily accessible to the 'HOT' areas such as Roppongi,...




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InterContinental Tokyo Bay

InterContinental Tokyo Bay

1-16-2 Kaigan, Minato-Ku, Tokyo 105-8576, Japan

Located in the heart of Tokyo, one of the greatest cities in the world InterContinental Tokyo Hotel is one of the most impressive hotels in the city. Haneda International Airport is conveniently situated just six kilometres from the InterContinental Tokyo...




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Four Seasons Tokyo at Marunouchi

Four Seasons Tokyo at Marunouchi

1-11-1 Marunouchi Chiyoda-KU, Tokyo, Japan

The hotel's 57 rooms, including nine suites, achieve new standards in the heart of Tokyo. Guest quarters are remarkably spacious, with meticulous appointments and contemporary furnishings befitting a hotel in one of the world's...




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Four Seasons Tokyo Chinzan-so

Four Seasons Tokyo Chinzan-so

2-10-8 Sekiguchi, Tokyo, Japan

Hotel Description Neighbouring Tokyo's main buisiness and financial centers, yet idyllically situated is an historic and peaceful 7-hectare (17-acre) Japanese gargen, Four Seasons is an innovative blend of classic european decor, distinctive...




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Grand Hyatt Tokyo

Grand Hyatt Tokyo

6-10-3 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032, Japan

Better known as a famous landmark of Tokyo, Grand Hyatt Tokyo Hotel sets new standards in hotel culture. Offering excellent entertainment, lodging, and dining, the Grand Hyatt Tokyo... more
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Park Hyatt Tokyo

Park Hyatt Tokyo

3-7-1-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo 163-1055, Japan

Located on the top 14 floors of the 52-storey Shinjuku Park Tower, Park Hyatt Tokyo Hotel offers the unmatchable views of Tokyo and the Kanto Plain all the way to Mount Fuji. Renowned as a haven of peace and comfort, Park Hyatt Tokyo Hotel... more
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Shangri-La Hotel

Shangri-La Hotel

Marunouchi Trust Tower Main Building, 1-8-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda ku, Tokyo, 100-8283, JP

Guests will appreciate Shangri-Las unique brand of hospitality and service, as well as the very finest facilities and amenities while staying within the comfort and warmth of this luxurious Tokyo hotel more
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Tokyo Hilton

Tokyo Hilton

6-2 Nishi-Shinjuku 6-Chome, Tokyo, Japan

Hilton Tokyo in Shinjuku is part of Tokyo's dynamic new business, shopping and entertainment centre, which pulsates with a vibrancy that typifies modern Japan. The hotel is a landmark building and an oasis of hospitality, comfort and style, with 806 luxurious rooms,... more
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Crowne Plaza Metropolitan

Crowne Plaza Metropolitan

1-6-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro,Toshima-Ku, ,Tokyo,171-8505 Japan

The vibrant Crowne Plaza Metropolitan Tokyo Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of bustling Tokyo. This Crowne Plaza hotel is perfectly positioned to offer both the business and the leisure traveller comfortable and convenient stay. Towering 25... more
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Grand Pacific Le Daiba

Grand Pacific Le Daiba

2-6-1 Daiba Minato-Ku Tokyo 135-8701 Japan

Minutes from central Tokyo, Le Meridien Grand Pacific Tokyo Hotel is situated in Rainbow Town, Tokyo's waterfront area. Overlooking picturesque Tokyo Bay, the Le Meridien Grand Pacific Tokyo Hotel is within close proximity to major Tokyo attractions such as Joy Polis,... more
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Hilton Tokyo Bay Hotel

Hilton Tokyo Bay Hotel

1-8 Maihama, Tokyo, Japan

The official hotel of Tokyo Disneyland, the Hilton Tokyo Bay hotel is just 30 minutes from central Tokyo. De-stress in the Grand Phyto aromatherapy salon, work out in the Bay Breeze Club fitness center or swim in the indoor and outdoor pools. Kids will love the video... more
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Hotel New Otani Tokyo

Hotel New Otani Tokyo

4-1 Kioicho,Chiyoda-ku,Tokyo 102-8578,Japan

Hotel Location The Hotel New Otani Tokyo is conveniently located in the center of Tokyo yet surrounded by a ten-acre Japanese garden dating back to the 16th century. The Main and Tower buildings provide world-class services for business executives.... more
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Hotel Pacific Tokyo

Hotel Pacific Tokyo

3-13-3 Takanawa, Tokyo, 108-8567, Japan

The Le Meridien Pacific Tokyo hotel is ideally located within close proximity to Tokyo's famous shopping and entertainment areas and the Shinagawa station. This lovely Le Meridien hotel is surrounded by several beautiful... more
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Hyatt Regency Tokyo

Hyatt Regency Tokyo

2-7-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo 160-0023, Japan

Century Hyatt Tokyo Hotel is located in the heart of Shinjuku, one of the most vibrant areas of Tokyo. True Japanese culture and hospitality are veiled by Century Hyatt Tokyo Hotel's westernised demeanour featuring stained glass windows and splendid European chandeliers.... more
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Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo

Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo

2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku,Shinjuku,Tokyo,160-8330,Japan,

Description The Keio Plaza InterContinental Tokyo hotel is an oasis in the middle of the bustling city of more
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Royal Park Hotel

Royal Park Hotel

2-1-1 Nihonbashi, Kakigara-cho, Chuo-Ku, Tokyo, 103-8520, Japan

Royal Park Tokyo Hotel is located near Marunouchi and Otemachi business districts and neighbouring the Tokyo City Air Terminal. Suitengu-mae subway station is directly underneath Royal Park Tokyo Hotel and New Tokyo International (Narita) Airport... more
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Mercure Hotel Ginza Tokyo

Mercure Hotel Ginza Tokyo

2 9 4 Ginza, Chuo Ku, 1040061 Tokyo, Japan

Hotel IntroductionThe hotel is in the heart of Tokyos shopping area, within walking distance from Ginza dori and Harumi dori shopping streets, Kabuki Theatre and Tsukiji fish markets. The subway station underneath the hotel provides access to all attractions... more
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New Otani Inn Tokyo (Osaki)

New Otani Inn Tokyo (Osaki)

1-6-2 Osaki Shinagawa-ku Tokyo 141-0032 Japan

Hotel Location The New Otani Inn Tokyo is directly connected with Osaki Station on the JR Yamanote line, which links the major business, shopping, and entertainment districts of Tokyo, providing convenient access to all points of the city. Tokyo... more
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