20 Inspiring Tokyo Quotes, Japan

Inspiring quotes about Tokyo

In need of some inspiration about Tokyo? Then why not check out those 20 inspiring quotes about Tokyo, Japan. The vibrant capital of Japan has a lot to offer and those travel quotes might give you some serious wanderlust to plan a trip to Tokyo in the future or inspire your next Instagram travel caption!

Or maybe just remind you of some good memories about a previous trip if you’ve already been to Tokyo!

Those quotes as I said aren’t only inspirational but they will also show you some aspect of the Japanese culture you may did not know before.

Either way they are the perfect escapism!

20 Inspiring Tokyo Quotes, Japan

I love quotes, I love Tokyo so it was pretty obvious for me to list up some amazing travel quotes about this city!

You might think that Tokyo is like any other big cities and in a sense yes it is a big city but it nothing like Paris, London or New-York.
Tokyo has a charm and uniqueness that can’t be find anywhere else in the world.

In my opinion Tokyo is one of those cities that you must visit at least once in your life, and Japan as well in general.

Tokyo is great but it’d be a shame to stop just at the capital as the whole country has so much to offer, an unique culture, delicious dishes and stunning landscapes!

1. “I love Tokyo. If I had to eat only in one city for the rest of my life, Tokyo would be it. Most chefs I know would agree with me.”

Anthony Bourdain

This one is pretty popular, I mean, food in Tokyo and Japan altogether is so delicious that it just makes sense.

2. “If Japan is enigmatic, then Tokyo is the heart of that riddle, its rhythm and essence so utterly alluring that it demands to be explored. It has a depth that keeps travellers in a constant state of rapture and delight. Whatever your vice, Tokyo has you covered.”

Michael Ryan, Luke Burgess

3.” Japan is the most intoxicating place for me. The Japanese culture fascinates me: the food, the dress, the manners and the traditions. It’s the travel experience that has moved me the most.”

Roman Coppola

4. “There are so many more people in Tokyo than in New York, but it’s pristine. It’s so organized, and yet the address system is in complete chaos.”

Nick Wooster

5. “Tokyo was an origami city folded over and over until something was made of virtually nothing.”

Christopher Barzak, The Love We Share Without Knowing

6.  “I always had a sense that I would fall in love with Tokyo. In retrospect I guess it’s not that surprising. I was of the generation that had grown up in the ’80s when Japan was ascendant (born aloft by a bubble whose burst crippled its economy for decades), and I’d fed on a steady diet of anime and samurai films.”

Junot Diaz

7. “Maybe vagueness has been good for me. The word means two different things in Tokyo and Osaka, you know. In Tokyo it means stupidity, but in Osaka they talk about vagueness in a painting and in a game of Go.”

Yasunari Kawabata

8. “Shibuya is a great place to start your trip, as it offers you a taste of every stereotype you could hope to see in Tokyo”

Brian Flynn, Josh Bernard and Jeff Day in Tokyo Underground

Shibuya is always bustling and colourful, you can find about anything and everything there, it’s definitely a great way to taste the water!
Although it can be a little overwhelming.

9. “I sometimes wonder why the Japanese went to all the trouble of franchising a Disneyland in the suburbs when the capital itself is in many ways so superior a version”

Donald Ritchie in “Tokyo”

10. “Tokyo may have more money and Kyoto more culture; Nara may have more history and Kobe more style. But Osaka has the biggest heart. “
Vikas Swarup

best tokyo quotes

11. “Tokyo is a very safe city. At night it becomes quiet the way New York never does.”

Rick Kennedy

There is no city that I felt that safe walking around alone with my wallet at night in my hand, even on my first trip at 18 years old.
I don’t even like to simply walk alone at night in Paris.

Tokyo just hits different, that’s why it is one of the safest destinations to travel even solo.

12. “The best city for fashion is Tokyo. You see styles there you won’t see in London, Paris, Milan or New York”

Tommy Hilfiger

13. “It is useless to even try to answer the question I’ve been asked at least once a week over the past three years: ‘Okay, which are, hands down, the three best restaurants in Tokyo?’… asking this question about Tokyo is like asking which three websites are the best on the internet.”

Jonas Cramby, Tokyo for Food Lovers

14. “If you go to Tokyo, I think it becomes very obvious that there’s this almost seamless mixture of popular culture and Japanese traditional culture.”

Kazuo Ishiguro

This is something everybody always says; and while it might gets old it’s true!

Tokyo really is the perfect mix between tradition and modern culture.

15. “Japan, not only a mega-busy city that thrives on electronics and efficiency, actually has an almost sacred appreciation of nature. One must travel outside of Tokyo to truly experience the ‘old Japan’ and more importantly feel these aspects of Japanese culture.”

Apolo Ohno

16. “Working in Tokyo has convinced me that, contrary to what people think, it is actually one of the world’s most beautiful cities.”

Tadao Ando

17. “Tokyo – still – offers the most tightly integrated infrastructure, where smooth, technology-driven experiences take place when engaging in everyday actions, such as verifying personal identity, paying for goods, and buying tickets”     

Jan Chipchase

18. “Japan, and Tokyo in particular has been my muse for decades. Every trip brings a little more depth to my understanding of this complex, multi-layered city. But it is enormous, and spatially in can be confusing, particularly when you travel mostly underground. A more manageable way of comprehending Tokyo is to think of it as a number of smaller cities merged into one – Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Ginza…Each one has its own feel, its own personality.”

Michael Ryan, Luke Burgess, Only in Tokyo: Two Chefs, 24 hours, The Ultimate Food City

19. Tokyo is too close up to see, sometimes. There are no distances and everything is above your head – dentists, kindergartens, dance studios. Even the roads and walkways are up on murky stilts. An evil-twin Venice with all the water drained away.”

David Mitchell, Number9Dream

20. “Here in Tokyo they’re not just hard working but almost violently cheerful. Down at the Peacock, the change flows like tap water. The women behind the registers bow to you, and I don’t mean that they lower their heads a little, the way you might if passing someone on the street. These cashiers press their hands together and bend from the waist. Then they say what sounds to me like “We, the people of this store, worship you as we might a god.”

David Sedaris, When You Are Engulfed in Flames

And that’s a wrap on my 20 Inspiring Tokyo Quotes! Hopefully they will make you want to add Tokyo on your travel bucket list if it wasn’t there on it already!

Or simply help you daydream to escape the reality!

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  1. Francesca
    23/05/2020 / 20:35

    Love these quotes! They make me want to go to Tokyo so much. I like Anthony Bourdain’s quote the best because Japanese food is just the best!

  2. 23/05/2020 / 22:00

    I feel so inspired to visit Tokyo after reading all of these. What an amazing city it must be! What is your favorite thing about Tokyo?

  3. 24/05/2020 / 03:43

    Great quotes! I love Tokyo and all of Japan, it’s one of my favorite places in the world.

  4. josypheen
    24/05/2020 / 04:03

    “An evil-twin Venice with all the water drained away.” Bwahahaha. I love Tokyo, but that is an awesome description too!

  5. 24/05/2020 / 19:56

    Love, love, love this! I especially like the one from David Sedaris.

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