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A glittering, high-tech metropolis rising from an ancient stronghold, Tokyo offers a taste of modern-day Japan with a careful reverence for the past.
Located in the heart of the city, The Peninsula Tokyo's central location makes it a perfect hotel for exploring many popular nearby sites.
The largest metropolitan area in the world, Tokyo is brimming with lively energy and spirit. Though it houses the Imperial Palace and multiple ancient sites such as the Buddhist temple Sensō-ji, the city expertly combines its storied history with a culturally rich modern metropolis. Sleek, modern skyscrapers grace the skyline and unique neighborhoods house the heart of Japan’s fashion and food scenes including many sprawling markets. And a visit to the internationally renowned Harajuku district yields some of the most inventive street style available today. Tokyo is also home to 234 Michelin stars, more than any other city in the world. In the evening, head to the lively entertainment district of Roppongi for buzzy bars and clubs, plus the vast Roppongi Hills skyscraper complex with unbeatable observation deck.
Pay your respects at the grandest Shintō shrine in Tokyo. Constructed in 1920 and destroyed during WWII air raids, the shrine was rebuilt in 1958 in the same traditional style. Surrounding kiosks sell ema (wooden plaques for prayer) for visitors to purchase.
The primary residence of the Emperor of Japan, the Imperial Palace is located on the former site of Edo Castle. Visitors can explore the large, park-like area which also contains several buildings, an archive, museums, and administrative offices.
Take in the extraordinary panoramic views from the top of Tokyo Skytree, the tallest structure in Japan and the tallest free-standing tower in the world. Completed in 2012, the base of the tower also features many shops and restaurants to explore.
Tokyo’s oldest temple, this Buddhist center of worship was founded in 645 CE. Though it has been destroyed and rebuilt, the essence of the temple prevails. Sensō-ji is also the center of Tokyo’s largest religious festival, Sanja Matsuri, which takes place every spring.
The center of Japanese fashion trends and counterculture, Harajuku neighborhood’s focal point is Takeshita Dori, a street that houses stylish boutiques, trendy shops, and fast food restaurants. The district draws visitors from all over the world and can be especially crowded on weekends.
Wander through the city in search of the sakura, or cherry blossoms. These seasonal flowers signal the beginning of spring, and generally reach peak bloom in late March. One of the best places to experience this phenomenon is Shijuku Gyoen National Garden, which is home to 1,100 cherry trees.
The month of August is generally the warmest with temperatures in the mid 80s, while January cools significantly to the low 50s. The ideal time for a visit is in spring, when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, paving the streets in soft pink petals.