Tokyo Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old tokyo quotes, tokyo sayings, and tokyo proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Tokyo would probably be the foreign city if I had to eat one city's food for the rest of my life, every day. It would have to be Tokyo, and I think the majority of chefs you ask that question would answer the same way.     

Anthony Bourdain

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

If you took the city of Tokyo and turned it upside down and shook it you would be amazed at the animals that fall out: badgers, wolves, boa constrictors, crocodiles, ostriches, baboons, capybaras, wild boars, leopards, manatees, ruminants, in untold numbers. There is no doubt in my mind that that feral giraffes and feral hippos have been living in Tokyo for generations without seeing a soul.     

Yann Martel

Tokyo is like the New York of Asia. Although the people there are all basically from Japan, they celebrate what they like about various cultures.     

Pharrell Williams

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

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

Rick Kennedy

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

The disadvantages of a decentralized, spread out urban area are tremendous, and the environmental damage of urban sprawl cannot be ignored. As a large city, Tokyo must be used more efficiently and the population density increased.     

Minoru Mori

In Tokyo, we have more three-star Michelin restaurants than Paris.     

Nobu Matsuhisa

Shibuya is a trendy part of Tokyo where young people come to meet and have a good time.     

Rebecca MacKinnon

Tokyo style is so specific. And I'm a very big fan of their history. It's pretty simple. A lot of the time, people expect to see the wild style that comes out of Japan, but I think, traditionally, the style is very simple.     

Thundercat

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

The best city for fashion is Tokyo. You see styles there you won't see in London, Paris, Milan or New York. I also like the fashion scene in Los Angeles - it has a unique look.     

Tommy Hilfiger