Tokyo Japan Travel Guide for Digital Nomads

Our Tokyo, Japan, travel guide for digital nomads includes everything you need for a rewarding trip to “The Big Mikan.” Tokyo’s metropolitan backdrop and unique blend of ancient and modern traditions make it a must-see for digital nomads planning their next adventure. The city offers an urban core, green space, diverse culinary experiences, cultural gems, and plenty of day trips worth the time and effort. Here’s a look at what to expect and how to make the most of your next trip to Tokyo.

Why Tokyo, Japan, is Ideal for Remote Workers

Image of tokyo japan cherry blossoms - odyssey appTokyo’s advanced infrastructure and robust internet connectivity provide the home base you need for a digital nomad adventure. There’s no specific digital nomad or working visa for remote workers, but Japan offers enough short-term visas suitable for  a temporary stay that blends work and exploration.

As with any trip abroad, it’s always advisable to research the most current visa options to determine which is the best choice for your stay. Make sure to give yourself plenty of lead time. Visa applications in Japan are usually processed expeditiously, but time tables can always change.

Top Co-Working Spaces in Tokyo

Tokyo is home to a wealth of diverse neighborhoods with comfortable co-working spaces that cater to digital nomads, remote workers, and travelers looking for a productive spot within a local community. Here are some of our top picks to add to your list:

Shibuya Co-working Hub: Nestled in the heart of Shibuya, this namesake co-working space is bustling with digital nomads looking for flexible desk options, private booths, and vibrant community events. It’s an ideal spot to catch up on work or network and collaborate on your next project.

Roppongi Creative Loft: This stylish co-working space in Roppongi is designed with a mix of open desks and private offices to meet your needs. It’s set against a backdrop of artistic décor and panoramic city views to keep you inspired during your digital nomad journey.

Asakusa Traditional Workspace: This co-working space in Asakusa is more traditional than others on the list and integrates classic Japanese aesthetics with modern amenities. Asakusa offers a calm environment for productive work sessions if the bells and whistles of contemporary co-working spaces are distracting you.

Shinjuku Green Terrace: Located near Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, digital nomads gather at this co-working space for a more tranquil setting with indoor and outdoor work areas. It allows visitors to enjoy Tokyo’s natural beauty while staying productive.

Many of Tokyo’s co-working spaces also offer flexible membership plans that can reduce your costs. Look for weekly and monthly memberships that align with your budget. Or, you can skip the day pass and monthly costs altogether and settle into a cafe instead with reliable WiFi, such as Blue Bottle Coffee and Tully’s Coffee.

The Best Time to Visit Tokyo

Tokyo is a year-round destination for digital nomads and travelers looking for a bucket-list-worthy trip. The best time to visit depends on what you’re looking for. Visit during spring, from March through May, to see the country’s famous cherry blossom trees blooming. Booking your stay in autumn, from September to November, provides pleasant temperatures and colorful foliage. You’ll also find festivals and outdoor activities during both of these seasons, making them a vibrant way to experience Tokyo’s culture.

If pleasant weather is a priority, avoid June to mid-July, when the rain season sweeps through Tokyo. Japan’s “Golden Week” of national vacations runs from April 29th to May 5th, which can be thrilling but an expensive and crowded time to travel. Winter could prove to be the best time to go if you don’t mind the weather, with average temperatures in the mid-40s. It’s less crowded and prices will prove a little cheaper to keep your budget in check.

Must-See Attractions for Digital Nomads in Tokyo

Tokyo Skytree - Odyssey AppIf you’re not sure where to start with your Tokyo, Japan, travel guide, here are some experiences to add to your must-do list.

Tokyo Skytree

Head to the top of the Tokyo Skytree, a broadcasting and observation tower in Sumida, Tokyo. It stands as one of the world’s tallest towers. You’ll be rewarded with dazzling views and several floors of food options across several floors. There’s also a glass floor to make the most of the views and create a sensation that you’re walking across the sky.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Built on the site of a private mansion belonging to Lord Naito, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden was completed in 1906 as an imperial garden and later designated as a national garden. Save this spot for a peaceful park walk and watch the cherry blossoms bloom in the springtime. There’s also a restaurant and cafe on site to spend the afternoon strolling and snacking for a rewarding and relaxing day.

Meiji Shrine

Situated outside of the bustling Harajuku neighborhood, the Meiji Shrine Imperial Garden is a tranquil spot featuring a garden and a beautiful lake filled with lotus. An older Japanese garden with flowering plants, there are a few trails around the garden to soak up some nature.

Senso-ji Temple

Sensoji, also known as the Asakusa Kannon Temple, is a colorful Buddhist temple and one of the city’s most memorable. It’s also located along a traditional Nakamise shopping street for more opportunities to soak up  Japan’s culture.

TeamLab Borderless

A group of stunning artwork, watch as each piece moves in and out of rooms freely and focuses on the connection formed with others. Visitors wander in and out of exhibits in a fresco discovery experience.

Where to Stay in Tokyo for Digital Nomads

Tokyo’s diverse neighborhoods offer plenty of accommodations to choose from and suit your budget. Tokyo is expensive, so nothing is going to be cheap, but staying on the outskirts of the city will fetch better prices. Consider staying in Shibuya or Shinjuku for a lively atmosphere with easy access to nightlife and shopping. For a more laid-back vibe, Nakameguro and Ebisu offer trendy cafes and boutiques. For longer-term stays, there are also serviced apartments, boutique hotels, and hostels like K’s House Tokyo Oasis and CITAN Hostel. All provide comfortable rooms and beds for short-term and extended-stay options.

Tokyo Safety and Transportation Tips

Tokyo is one of the safest cities in the world and enjoys a low crime rate and a respectful culture. Despite its reputation for safety, don’t throw caution to the wind just yet. Stay aware of your surroundings, wallet, and belongings in crowded areas or late at night. The city’s efficient public transportation system, including subways and trains, makes navigating Tokyo straightforward and affordable. The Pasmo or Suica card is convenient and available at a variety of vending machines.

Excursions and Day Trips from Tokyo

Image of Hakone and Mt. Fuji - odyssey appTokyo’s location offers easy access to exotic day trips and excursions. Hakone has long been a famous destination for its desirable hot springs, stunning beauty, and views of Mount Fuji for a quintessential Japanese excursion. Check the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Nikko off your bucket list with stunning shrines, temples, and a national park for a blend of culture and nature.

For a coastal adventure, Kamakura features beautiful temples, shrines, and an iconic Great Buddha statue that’s a must-see on your wish list. If you enjoy hiking and scenic views, Mount Takao is filled with trails to snap eye-watering selfies.

For a long weekend or extended stay option outside of Japan, try Seoul. The flight is around 2 1/2 to 3 hours from Tokyo and opens up a whole new culture and culinary experience. Look for options on Air Busan, Jin Air, or Jeju Air for reasonable fares.

Start Planning Your Next Trip to Tokyo

Tokyo’s fusion of traditional charm and modern innovation is the perfect backdrop for digital nomads looking to mix business with pleasure. Make the most of your Tokyo, Japan, travel guide by downloading the Oyddsey App for updated information on all the best things to see and do for digital nomads.

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