Destination guide

Time travel into Tokyo

Entering the buzzing, seething, sprawling megacity of Tokyo can feel like time traveling. Overhead are neon-shimmering skyscrapers, steel-clad and cloud-piercing. At ground level, streams of people and bright lights converge on Shibuya Crossing – one of the busiest intersections in the world. But delve deeper or pick yourself Tokyo vacation rentals in more ancient corners of the town, and you'll find another, more mysterious place. You can wander the pine-shaded citadel at the Imperial Palace, spark incense in mystical Shinto shrines and taste ramen from nocturnal street stalls. It's seriously fun.

Things to do

Balancing the itinerary in Tokyo

It's easy to divide your days in Japan's capital between culture and good old fun. You could stick a trip to the Meiji Shrine, the Imperial Palace or the Mori Art Museum in the morning plans. They promise to be a medley of enthralling Shinto temples, elegant shogun court rooms and avant-garde sculptures. Then come the twirling roller coasters and leafy parks of Bunkyo, Dome City, or the fairy-tale castle turrets and shopping malls of Tokyo Disney Resort, heralding plenty of adrenaline-pumping, smile-inducing attractions for the whole crew.


Seeing the sights in Tokyo

Exploring a city as vast as Tokyo can be a daunting prospect. There are activities that can help, though. Hop-on, hop-off buses – also known as Sky Buses – will whizz you beneath cherry blossom blooms, out to Odaiba island and under the mighty Tokyo Tower, all with a multi-lingual guide to reveal tales of the metropolis. Jet-setters could take to the skies for a heli-tour, to see the UFO-like cityscape and its concealed shrines from above. After that lot, how about a trip to a local sento bathhouse to sooth the muscles with a hot spa?


Timing your Tokyo adventure

Tokyo is certainly at its most Instagram-worthy in spring – March, April, May – when the world-famous cherry blossom brings the parks to life in a pinkish hue. That's also one of the top times to come and explore this sprawling capital. You might need to book your Tokyo vacation rentals early, but you should get to enjoy mild daytime temperatures and plenty of dry weather. Summertime, from June to August, can get really hot and humid, while winter, from November to February, means lows in the 30s – just be sure to bring a coat if you're planning on coming then.

Natural features

Island beaches and misty hills in Tokyo

Japan's huge capital encompasses Pacific archipelagos and rising hills within its city limits, and has plenty to keep outdoorsy types entertained. You could bag Tokyo vacation rentals on the Izu Islands. They are hardly in the city at all, set out in the ocean with their rugged cliffs, soaring volcanic domes and dolphin-ringed waters. Going inland means hitting the Kanto region, where pine forests and bubbling hot springs emerge from the earth at Hakone. Or it means scaling Mount Odake, which has crashing waterfalls and misty hiking paths unfolding on its slopes.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Tokyo

Fly into Tokyo (HND-Haneda), the closest airport, located 8.8 mi (14.1 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Tokyo (NRT-Narita Intl.), which is 35.9 mi (57.8 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, Tokyo Yurakucho Station, Tokyo Station and Tokyo Shimbashi Station are the main stations that serve the city. It's easy to get around Tokyo by catching a ride on the metro at Hibiya Station, Yurakucho Station or Ginza-Itchome Station.

Where to stay around Tokyo?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 633 vacation rentals near Tokyo. From 439 Condos/Apartments to 143 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Tokyo for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Tokyo?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Tokyo:

  • Shinjuku: 214 vacation rentals
  • Shibuya: 215 vacation rentals
  • Ueno: 23 vacation rentals
  • Shinagawa: 29 vacation rentals
  • Ohashi: 40 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Tokyo?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Tokyo. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Tokyo Shinjuku Station: 601 vacation rentals
  • Tokyo Station: 602 vacation rentals
  • Tokyo Shibuya Station: 601 vacation rentals
  • The Tokyo Metropolitan Government: 602 vacation rentals
  • Tokyo Akihabara Station: 601 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Tokyo listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Tokyo?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 439 Condos/Apartments in Tokyo. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Tokyo include:

  • Houses: 143 rentals available
  • Studios: 435 rentals available
  • Villas: 5 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Guest houses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with internet/wifi in Tokyo?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with internet/wifi among our 511 vacation rentals with internet/wifi available in Tokyo. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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