My Tokyo Guide
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Arriving in Tokyo can be both a thrilling and bewildering experience—especially if it is your first time to visit. To help you transition smoothly into the metropolis, familiarize yourself with the following basic information. Find out how to get around the city with ease with a Travel IC card and the easiest way to connect to the internet. Discover money-saving shopping tips, what to do in an emergency, what to pack in each season, and much more.
Wi-Fi & Connectivity
Free Wi-Fi is becoming increasingly available throughout the city. Many major hotels, coffee shops, restaurants and public facilities offer a free Wi-Fi service. However, for guaranteed internet access wherever you roam, rent a pocket- Wi-Fi from one of the kiosks at the airport or pick up a travel sim to fit into your existing phone.
Weather (When to Visit)
The seasonal weather in Tokyo generally follows the same annual patterns—bright and breezy springs, very hot and humid summers, crisp and cool autumns and cold and clear winters.
Cheap Tickets & IC Cards
Make the most of your time in Tokyo by learning how to move around cost-effectively and efficiently, using cheap tickets and IC cards.
Tips for budget travelers
Traveling Tokyo on a shoestring? Make the most of travel, accommodation and recreation deals to help you stretch your yen further.
The best time to visit Tokyo
For those planning their first trip to Tokyo, one of the most important decisions to make can be one of the most simple: when is the best time to come? The answer depends on you!
Take advantage of the special measures put in place for tourists from overseas and buy certain products minus the consumption tax. Certain procedures at department stores, home appliance stores, discount stores are necessary.
Tokyo’s distinctive shopping districts offer you everything from high-class department stores to bargain basement electronics. Search the shelves and browse the racks to find that perfect memento for your Tokyo trip.
An increasing number of stations are becoming wheelchair accessible and hotels, restaurants, and tourist attractions continue to develop their accessibility for those with disabilities and those traveling with children.
Have the contact details of your embassy in Tokyo to hand—it is an important point of contact in emergency situations.
Special dietary requirements
While it can be a challenge, it is still possible to navigate the Tokyo food scene even with special dietary requirements.
Tokyo has enjoyed a long history of prosperity as Japan’s capital since 1603, when Tokugawa Ieyasu established his shogunate and named the city Edo.
Customs & Manners
As with any country you travel to, understanding and respecting the local culture will ultimately lead to a more fulfilling trip. Learn how to blend in and act like the locals do.
Japanese Public Holidays
Japan currently has 16 public holidays each year. As you plan your travel itinerary, it is useful to know when these days fall and what exactly they celebrate.
Tourist Information Centers
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government operates the Tokyo Tourist Information Center at five locations in the metropolitan area to provide tourist information to visitors to Tokyo from other areas of Japan as well as overseas. Please feel free to stop by for your travel inquiries.
Tokyo Volunteer Guides
Not sure where to start? Talk to one of the Tokyo community tourist information service volunteers. These experienced guides provide directions, local information, and tours of some of Tokyo’s most popular areas.