Japan's capital, Tokyo is a vibrant city with a population of 38 million people! This bustling city is a hub of modern technology and old back streets. In Tokyo you can enjoy shopping, dining, nightlife, historic temples and beautiful Japanese gardens. This comprehensive list breaks down the best that Tokyo has to offer. So don't get lost in Tokyo and check out this list.
Feel the mystical energy of the Meiji Shrine
Meiji Shrine, located in the Shibuya district in Tokyo, attracts the greatest number of visitors from throughout Japan for hatsumode or the first shrine visit of the New Year. If you happen to be lucky enough on the day of your visit, you could catch a glimpse of a traditional wedding ceremony.
Meiji Jingu Every New Year’s Day on ‘hatsumode’, Meiji Jingu, which is over 700,000 square meters in size, receives around 3 million worshippers, reflecting its ability to attract the greatest amount of visitors in the nation. Considering the amount of lush greenery located inside the perimeters of Meiji Jingu, it is hard to believe that it is located in the same vicinity as bustling commercial centers such as Harajuku, Omotesando and Shibuya. To reach the shrine from JR Harajuku station is a mere 5 minutes away and one coul...
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The Tour of Old and New Japan in Asakusa
In Asakusa which is visited by more than half of the overseas tourists, you will encounter Tokyo’s oldest temple Sensoji Temple as well as the Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate), which is the outermost gate of Sensoji Temple as well as the street lined with old-school shops that lead to the inner precincts of the shrine. Many of the stores offer services in English.
Senso-ji Temple Senso-ji Temple, the oldest temple located in Tokyo, and Nakamise-dori connecting the Kaminarimon entrance to the main hall, are constantly crowded with sightseers on a yearly basis. Since the area has always had a large number of temples since the Edo Period, it has been called Teramachi, which translates to ‘City of Temples’. Asakusa Kokusai Avenue is where you can enjoy shopping while walking through this Teramachi. As soon as you exit Asakusa Station, there are many unique stores that sell goods such as Japa...
Shibuya, the Pulse and Heart of Tokyo’s Youth
The scramble intersection of the youth mecca of Shibuya is the world’s busiest, with 500,000 people crossing it daily. Besides the shopping and cuisine, enjoy the unique atmosphere of this neighborhood
The appeal of Shibuya Out of all of the areas in Tokyo, Shibuya is the city center with the largest number of young people. A trendy area, it is filled with many stores and cafes. Once you leave Shibuya Station and walk straight across the main crossing, you will hit the main shopping street in Shibuya. Once known as ‘Shibuya Centre Street’, it is a place where you can find anything from amusement centers to fast food chains to large-scale CD shops. From 2011 onwards however, there was a name change of the street to ‘Basketba...
4. Tokyo Tower
End your day of Tokyo sightseeing with the remarkable view from Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Tower has around 3 million visitors annually. More than half of the revenue generated by Tokyo Tower is due to its popularity as a tourist spot, and it remains to be a sought-after attraction for sightseers.
The History of Tokyo Tower Tokyo Tower was built as a radio broadcast tower in 1958, during a point in time when television began to spread throughout Japan. The construction costs of the tower were immense at over 3 billion yen. The tower was built during a time when Tokyo started flourishing economically, and since then, it has become a symbol and landmark for the rapid industrial growth of the city. Although the newly established Tokyo Skytree has garnered much praise and attained popularity due to its futuristic design, Tokyo Tower attr...
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Satisfy your appetite with a delicious meal at Japan’s most famous fish market
Tsukiji, which has recently garnered the attention of many tourists, is the world’s largest fish market. The market not only deals in fresh fish but also fruits and vegetables, and at the outer retail market, you can purchase ingredients and there are a plethora of restaurants which serve fresh fish.
Tsukiji Fish Market Tsukiji is one of the world’s greatest fish markets in a nation whose fisheries industry is irreplaceable for the Japanese and in a world which has grown to love sushi and sashimi. But it’s not just fish…there are also many restaurants which take care of fruits and vegetables. The peak of this activity and business is also called Tokyo’s kitchen. You can get a close glimpse of things such as the wheeling and dealing between suppliers at the auctions at this commercial facility which has been so sinc...
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When it comes to Tokyo’s playground, there is Odaiba. It’s full of highlights from morning to evening!
For a fun-filled time in Tokyo, try Odaiba. From an amusement park and museum to an onsen, auto showroom and other attractions, there is so much to do that it’s difficult to get around in 1 day. It is one large entertainment facility on a huge tract of reclaimed land.
A new amusement area for Tokyo Bayside The area is now 18 years old. A long time ago, it functioned as a distribution facility and an industrial site. It gained attention with the opening in 1993 of the Rainbow Bridge, a suspension bridge drawing a 798m smooth streamline over Tokyo Bay. Odaiba continues to put up facilities with the theme of recreation centering on Rainbow Bridge. MEGA WEB is an automobile theme park operated by Toyota. You can check out the showroom and its history. It was renovated in 2013, and the place introduces technolo...
An Unbroken View of Tokyo from Japan’s Highest Tower
In 2012, the Tokyo Skytree took the place of Tokyo Tower, which had been serving as Tokyo’s main radio tower since 1958, and has received recognition by the Guinness Book of World Records for its height. Not only does the Tokyo Skytree serve as a radio tower, it is also incredibly popular for the views from its observatory.
Tokyo Skytree Tokyo Skytree was constructed in 2012 and since then, it has become a new symbol for Tokyo. Not only does it serve a functional purpose as a radio tower, but since its opening, it constantly attracts a steady stream of tourists and visitors who seek out the splendid view of Chiba and Mount Fuji on a clear day. The Tokyo Skytree has also garnered attention for its modern design, resembling the structure of a five-story pagoda from ancient Japanese times. Perhaps it is the fact that the masterminds behind the construction of the...
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- Adult: 2060 JPY
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Enjoy your time at Tokyo’s Disneyland
Tokyo Disney Resort is comprised of both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Sea. Tokyo Disney Resort is Japan’s leading amusement park.
Tokyo Disneyland Modeled after the Magic Kingdom in America’s Disneyland, there is also Cinderella’s Castle as the symbol of Tokyo Disneyland. The entire area is divided into seven theme parks with a total of 43 different attractions, 53 merchandise shops and 53 food and beverage outlets. Near the main entrance of the park, you can find the World Bazaar, which has souvenir shops lined up as an arcade street and is modeled to replicate the atmosphere of the early 20th century in the United States. Thrilling Theme Park Rides At th...
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- Adult: 6400 JPY
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An incredible 90-minute experience with robots, tanks and fighters
Robot Restaurant has garnered immense popularity from overseas tourists. Enjoy the world’s only collaboration of robots, dancing and live music.
An absolutely new show experience At the Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku, foreign tourists are just flooding in. Inside, there are also plenty of famous personalities including overseas celebrities. The Robot Restaurant is located in a corner building within the neon streets of Kabukicho, Tokyo’s premier entertainment district for the night life. The total cost for the restaurant was about 100 million dollars which explains its opulent design. The show continues to surprise and impress. The 90-minute show which interweaves robots, dancers a...
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The basic performance schedule is below
1st show: Doors open at 3:10pm～ Performance begins at 4:00pm～
2nd show: Doors open at 5:00pm～ Performance begins at 5:55pm～
3rd show: Doors open at 7:00pm～ Performance begins at 7:50pm～
4th show: Doors open at 9:00pm～ Performance begins at 9:45pm～
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Meals require a separate charge of 1000 yen
Experience the unique atmosphere of old Japan at Shinjuku’s Golden Gai
In the midst of the bustling commercial district of Shinjuku is Golden Gai, which has recently seen a surge in the number of foreign tourists. At Golden Gai, it feels as if you’ve taken a trip back in time to the Showa period and you can enjoy the atmosphere of what it would have been like in old-time Japan.
Shinjuku Station Shinjuku Station has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as having the most number of train passengers congregated in one place. It’s no surprise that a station that has over 3,000,000 or more people pass through it on a daily basis has received such recognition. The principal reason for such a large number of commuters is the easy accessibility to the various major areas throughout Tokyo such as Shibuya, Ikebukuro and Tokyo Station. This accessibility and convenience is largely influenced by the fact t...
11. Ueno Park
A park filled with cherry trees where you can enjoy museums, a zoo and boat-riding
Ueno Park, a place also of culture and art where you can see popular art presentations and other exhibitions of note. Not only can you enjoy the turning of the seasons here but you can also tour some important historical buildings.
Experience history as well as culture in nature What makes Ueno Park special is that it is not just simply a park; you can experience history, science, and culture, and you can also spend time with animals. The park was originally part of the grounds of Kaneiji temple but was designated as one of the earliest public parks in Japan in the Meiji period (1868 – 1912). The park started out mainly as a place for viewing Kaneiji temple, Toshogu shrine and their cherry blossom trees. Subsequently, facilities were built one by one including muse...
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Enjoy your day at the Tokyo’s vast historical landmark, The Imperial Palace East Gardens
The Imperial Palace East Gardens is located on the inner east grounds of the Imperial Palaces and is reminiscent of New York’s Central Park. Although neighboring the bustling Tokyo Station, it is a miracle that you cannot feel the hectic energy of the metropolis when within the grounds of the garden.
Imperial Palace East Gardens On the grounds of the Imperial Palace East Gardens, which has been open to the public since 1968, stand the innermost circles of defense for old Edo Castle: the honmaru, ninomaru and sannomaru. At the sannomaru, there are also handicrafts that are open to the general public where you can gain insight into Japanese history. The castle tower also remains and visitors can climb up the stone-paved path. The tower was built to have a view of the entire area and so you can have a panoramic view of the Imperial Palace. C...
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Enjoy your day shopping for all things ‘Made in Japan’
Ginza is recognized as of one of Japan’s most sophisticated shopping districts. Lined with modern buildings, this neighborhood has many luxury brand stores and restaurants.
Shopping in Ginza Many of the tourists visiting Japan likely want to spend some time shopping. Nestled in Ginza’s central area is the Hattori Wako Clock Tower, which has become the neighborhood landmark. At the luxury department retailer Ginza Wako, you will find carefully selected luxury goods ranging from watches, accessories, to even baby gifts. You can also purchase quality products at famous established department stores such as Mitsukoshi, Matsuya, and Printemps Ginza. The Ginza chain of Uniqlo, a brand that has become hugely popul...
Shinjuku’s hole-in-the-wall, with 200 bars and restaurants squeezed into a maze of narrow streets
Golden Gai is a postwar black market and prostitution area that was transformed into a village of watering holes. Tiny shops are packed into the labyrinth of alleys. The dimly-lit neon brings a nostalgic air.
Shinjuku, a neighborhood where you can have fun in various places Tokyo’s busiest commercial district of Shinjuku is divided into various areas with their own character. There is the shopping area which attracts the young, the area of soaring office skyscrapers and the pleasure area of cabarets and clubs. Among them, on a side street a block away from the boulevard lined with showy buildings and department stores next to Hanazono Shrine at Kabukicho 1-chome lies Shinjuku Golden Gai. When you go past the arched signboard of Go...
Enjoy nature in the middle of the city at Tokyo’s version of Central Park
The term gyoen refers to a garden for the Imperial family. Only a 10-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station (South Exit), this quiet and lush garden is loved by many who head there to take a break from the city and indulge in some relaxation.
More about Shinjuku Gyoen Shinjuku Gyoen was originally created as a garden specifically for the Imperial family. The Old Western-style Imperial Rest House was build for recreation and guests of the family, and was designated as an Important Cultural Property. Shinjuku Gyoen boasts a size of 58 hectares and consists of 3 types of gardens: English Landscape Garden known for its spacious and flat lawns, French Formal Garden with sycamore trees and Japanese Traditional Garden with a central pond. Cherry blossoms at Shinjuku Gyoen Shinjuku Gyoen...
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Adult: 200 JPY
Elementary and Junior high school student: 50 JPY
From Anime to Idols to electronics, Akihabara has it all
Akihabara is continuously abuzz with tourists from all over the world. Akihabara is a pop culture mecca representing anime and manga and is popular as a tourist sightseeing spot largely due to the concentration of stores specializing in Japanese electronics.
Akihabara Electric Town Akihabara has gained a widespread reputation as Japan’s largest area for electronics. Taking advantage of the period of rapid economic growth, stores dealing in software and parts were established and Akihabara progressed into one of the leading electronics areas in the world. Furthermore, there has been a steady increase of stores selling game software which, by no surprise, has occurred simultaneously with the rise of anime and game ‘otaku’ (enthusiast) culture. Recently, there have been many Chinese...
Fashion, entertainment, sub-culture and everything all wrapped into a prominent downtown area
Ikebukuro, which amasses a huge number of commuters through its 8 train lines, is the neighborhood which abundantly answers the cravings of young people from its plethora of fashion and dining establishments to its sub-culture.
Ikebukuro, a prominent bustling area of Japan Ikebukuro matches up with Shinjuku and Shibuya as a major entertainment area and has come alive as a neighborhood centering around a station whose east and west sides are bracketed by giant department stores. It has grown into a huge downtown district with the continuing rise in the number of commercial facilities such as department stores, electronics shops, dining establishments and theaters. JR Ikebukuro Station which is the center of the area is a transfer hub for the 8 lines that link to the...
A shop where you can get lost in the world of Pokemon
A shop where you can enjoy the world of Pokemon to your heart’s content. You can have fun in many ways such as purchasing limited goods and taking part in events.
A paradise for Pokemon fans The original game software was sold in 1996, and since then Pocket Monsters has become a huge sensation around the world with its anime and card games. Pokemon can be found in a spectacular shop in Ikebukuro that feels as if it has jumped out of the anime world and into the real one. Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo is located in the Sunshine City shopping complex that is right in the heart of Ikebukuro with excellent access. Even from a distance, the shop stands out for its near-future appearance, and there is a large gl...
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However, please check the homepage since the shop corresponds with the operating times for Sunshine City
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A truly inexpensive street where you can find everything from foods to miscellaneous goods.
After the war, Ameyoko, though it was called a black market, was a place that was indispensable for survival. From Narita, it’s the closest shopping district in Tokyo.
Since there were a lot of stores selling candy there, the area was called “Ame-ya Yokocho” (Candy Store Lane). It was also called “America Yokocho” because it sold contraband goods from the US army. The two names got confusing so it’s said that the name ended up as “Ameyoko”. In the past, there were markets in Shinjuku, Shibuya and Ikebukuro, but now there is only Ameyoko in Ueno. There are 520 stores selling everything from foods and products for everyday living to clothing, watches and health goods. A...
Feel at home in Roppongi. Get a taste of the extraordinary in an urban artistic space.
Roppongi had that image of a nighttime entertainment quarter for adults, but recently it has changed into a modern area. It has become a place to show Tokyo’s latest art by museums of art that have been going up one by one.
Notable museums of art on Embassy Row The embassies of every nation dot the surrounding area of Roppongi and there are many stores for foreigners. In the neighborhood, there are also plenty of notable art galleries. Let us introduce three of them with some special characteristics. Mori Art Museum Located on the 53rd floor of the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower. With an eye toward art from Japan and the rest of Asia, it’s a museum focused on modernity and internationality. Exhibitions of the world’s artists under the theme of contempor...
21. Yoyogi Park
After shopping in cute and poppy Harajuku, relax in Yoyogi Park.
An urban park that has been loved for years as a daily resting area for Tokyo citizens which holds concerts and many events. If you’re tired of the city’s hustle and bustle, take a break in this huge park.
Taking it easy just like a Tokyoite Since Yoyogi Park is close to Harajuku Station, getting there after a round of shopping is simple. Take a break there once your shopping in Harajuku is done. You can take it easy just like a resident of Tokyo by walking among the trees or lying down on the fields of grass. It is the perfect park after feeling the everyday of the metropolis. Yoyogi Park was once the parade grounds for the Imperial army, and then following World War II, it was used as the US military barracks known as Washington Height...
Enjoy shopping in the neighborhood where ‘kawaii’ culture began
Harajuku’s Takeshita Street has recently been ranked as the most desired place to visit by visitors to Japan. Harajuku continues to broadcast its distinct fashion responsible for the ‘kawaii’ (cute) sub-culture.
Takeshita Street There has been recent data on TripAdvisor that Harajuku’s Takeshita Street is the number one attraction that tourists wish to visit when in Japan. Takeshita Street is Harajuku’s shopping area and the narrow street is dotted with shops selling clothes distinctive of “Harajuku-style”. While the Salon and Lolita styles are some of the most famous style trends in Harajuku, it cannot be so specifically characterized into one particular style. The reason for this is that Harajuku-style fashion is about re-...
A trendy area. A neighborhood where you can encounter cutting-edge fashion and various other items
A sophisticated sense of high class engulfs the pedestrians walking there. From the main street to the back streets, there is a variety of shops. Even walking through the back alleys brings an air of celebrity
How Omotesando developed into a trendy area Its origins lay in the opening of an avenue leading to Meiji-Jingu Shrine in 1920. There are a number of reasons behind its birth as a trendy area. One reason is the appearance of the Doujunkai Aoyama Apartments where high-ranking officials and people of culture had resided and the Washington Heights (the facility that housed GHQ officers) that was constructed after the 2nd World War. The Washington Heights was then opened as the Athletes’ Village at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, and for other reas...
A park facing the Tokyo Bay with vestiges of an Edo period shogun’s hunting field
A garden uniquely designed to draw seawater from Tokyo Bay, Hamarikyu was built over a long period of time by successive shoguns of the Edo period. The garden appears dramatically different depending on the time of the day and the season.
A feudal lord garden designed with creative ideas and arrangements During the Edo period (1603 – 1868), feudal lords across Japan had second houses in the capital Edo (present day Tokyo) because they were obliged to be in Edo for certain periods to engage in public services (the sankin-kotai system). They built beautiful gardens for these second houses where they entertained guests. For this reason, much passion was put into these gardens by feudal lords who competed with each other to prove that their clan was the best by creating the...
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25. Sumida Aquarium
Enjoy the view at Skytree and then enjoy the world of the sea at Solamachi.
Sumida Aquarium, which is located in the shopping mall at Tokyo Skytree, has been highly praised for its art-like beautiful exhibits as an urban aquarium. It is deeply interesting for its display of fish usually inhabiting the sea close to Tokyo.
An urban indoor aquarium Sumida Aquarium which is located inside Solamachi, the shopping mall for the metropolis’ new point of interest, Tokyo Skytree, utilizes various new approaches from suggestions for a new urban indoor aquarium. From its conversion to a complete artificial sea construction system, it is possible to maintain a fixed level of water quality throughout the year. Also, because of the environmentally-friendly LED lighting, it approaches close to natural light during the day and the lighting can be adjusted during the even...
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- Adult: 2050 JPY
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26. Tokyo DisneySea
Enjoy the world’s only Disney nautical theme park
DisneySea is a theme park which opened within Tokyo Disney Resorts in 2001. It is the first of the world’s Disney resorts to have an oceanic concept.
The seven theme parks DisneySea was originally meant to be built in Long Beach, Los Angeles, but the plans were actually realized in the Tokyo area. DisneySea is divided into 7 smaller theme parks. Going off the arcade from the entrance, there is Mediterranean Harbor which expands along a canal, American Waterfront which has the theme of an American port town of the early 20th century, the near-future urban port of Port Discovery, Lost River Delta where you can get a feel of the Caribbean Sea of the 1930’s, the Arabian Coast which was c...
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Dependent on the season so please check the homepage
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27. Tokyo Solamachi
Tokyo Solamachi, a new shitamachi. A place where you can get limited-edition goods as souvenirs sparkling with craftsmanship.
The commercial complex of Tokyo Solamachi opened in May 2012 together with Tokyo Sky Tree. Its 312 shops always provide the latest information while retaining the traditional culture of shitamachi (downtown).
A “new shitamachi style” is the concept. There are many kinds of facilities such as a shopping area, a museum and an aquarium. Together with Tokyo Sky Tree, the number of visitors has topped 100 million since its opening 2 years ago. It has become a new Tokyo landmark. Postal Museum Japan A 9th-floor museum that introduces and displays goods related to the postal service and communications. Along with a stamp display that numbers 330,000 which ranks as Japan’s largest collection, there are also about 400 exhibits relating...
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28. Tokyo Station
The terminus representing Japan, Tokyo Station is tops in the nation for scale and beauty.
Its exterior restored to its classical appearance from 100 years ago, it’s a highly popular terminal station. The shopping arcade inside the building has everything so it is very convenient. Travels within Japan start here.
Tokyo Station’s 100-year history Tokyo Station is a terminal whose history represents Japan. Not just for the tourists who are using it as the starting point for their travels, the station is also always bustling with people who are heading back to their hometowns and commuters going back to the suburbs. In particular, since the area around Tokyo Station is filled with office buildings, businessmen in their smart suits are all around on a regular basis. The station, which has had a century’s worth of history since its opening in...
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- Child: 70 JPY
Admission: adults 140 yen, children 70 yen
29. Sunshine City
Ikebukuro’s symbolic multipurpose complex within the metropolis
Plenty of facilities such as shops, restaurants and an aquarium. Families and couples can enjoy the fountain plaza for its many events held there.
Enjoy shopping at Shopping Street Alpa and ALTA At Sunshine City, there are various facilities such as a museum, a culture center at the Sunshine Theater, an observation deck (scheduled to be re-opened in 2016), the Sunshine 60 Building with its Sky Restaurant, the Prince Hotel, the World Import Building which has the aquarium and ALTA for shopping, and the Shopping Street Alpa with its casual brand stores and restaurants. For people who want to enjoy dining and shopping, Alpa and ALTA are recommended. Alpa has about 180 establishments while...
12 million visitors a year. Yebisu Garden Place has risen from the remains of a factory to become a sophisticated complex
While evoking nostalgia from its brick exterior, it has an urban atmosphere. It’s an open space with lots of greenery where you can spend a luxurious time tasting beer that is the pride of Japan.
Yebisu Garden Place originated from a beer brewery Yebisu Garden Place was born on the site of the former Sapporo Breweries. It is a multipurpose complex with a department store, a hotel, restaurants, movie theaters, a museum of art, etc. Yebisu beer is a premium beer with 100% malt developed by Sapporo Beer. Started over 100 years ago, it won the Gold Prize for excellence at the 3rd National Industrial Exhibition in 1890. After that, it brought so much influence that the area was called Ebisu. The beautiful brick exterior is a remnant of th...
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31. Tokyo Dome City
A stadium, an amusement park and a spa all rolled into one facility. Have fun on an urban holiday.
You can enjoy watching sports, an amusement park, restaurants, a spa and a hotel within the same area. Tokyo Dome City is a general amusement facility where you can enjoy a full day in the center of Tokyo.
What is Tokyo Dome City? In Tokyo Dome City, which started as an outdoor baseball stadium in 1937, there are many various kinds of facilities such as the main ones of Tokyo Dome, Japan’s first domed stadium, the amusement park Tokyo City Dome Attractions, the spa LaQua and the Tokyo Dome Hotel along with the multipurpose Meets Port with its concert hall and restaurants, the space museum TenQ and a bowling alley and roller skating rink. Tokyo Dome City is an urban entertainment facility where you can have fun for an entire day and not ge...
The feeling of a lord at the most fashionable garden in the Edo Era, Koishikawa Korakuen Garden
In the ever-changing international metropolis of Tokyo, there is Koishikawa Korakuen Garden which has preserved its serenity. The garden of the illustrious family of the Mito branch of the Tokugawas, which has received both Special Historic Site and Special Place of Scenic Beauty status, was the most fashionable green space.
Korakuen, the garden for the Edo (Tokyo) residence of the Mito Tokugawas (Ibaraki Prefecture) Take a step outside and you’ll see Korakuen Amusement Park and Tokyo Dome. Inside this bustling and lively area for young people and families, there is Koishikawa Korakuen which was built in the Edo Era. It was built in 1629 in the early Edo Era as the Edo residence garden for the Mito Tokugawas, one of the three branch families retaining status just under the Tokugawa shoguns. Afterwards, under the aegis of the second leader of the Mito Tokuga...
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Kagurazaka retains that scent of an entertainment quarter from the good old days. Strolling along the stone-paved roads, it’s something out of the Michelin guide.
Kagurazaka, which still has the stone-paved roads from long ago, not only has that spirited scenery of an entertainment quarter, but it also has that charm for many people as a gourmet town rich in international flavor.
Kagurazaka scenery The area once had that background of being a lively geisha district of old, and even now it is a unique neighborhood that hints at a Japanese chic and gaiety. Recently, a lot of foreigners have come to live in the area, and a certain liveliness has risen with the younger generations coming to visit. Leaving the main avenue and going into the side streets, there is the scenery of the stone pavements along with the classy ryotei restaurants hidden away here and there. The streets are just like a maze, and it’s fun to ta...
34. Yasukuni Shrine
A shrine dedicated to the war dead which is also a famous place for cherry blossoms. The festival stalls are a must-see.
During the sakura season, the area surrounding Yasukuni Shrine becomes the most beautiful famous place in Tokyo for cherry blossoms. Although there is also the controversy of the war dead enshrined at Yasukuni, the shrine, where you can experience traditional events every season, has plenty of things to see.
The spirits of people ranging from the upheaval after the end of the Edo Era to World War II are enshrined Yasukuni Shrine had its origins as Tokyo Shokonsha Shrine when it consecrated all those who had fallen in battle during the period of revolution (the Meiji Restoration) as the age of the samurai changed from 1869 to a time of modern nation-building. Afterwards, it was re-named Yasukuni Shrine, and it was there that the dead from the end of the Edo Era in 1853 to the Second World War were also enshrined. At the shrine, please appreciate...
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Admission to Yushukan: adults 800 yen
35. Tokyo Water Bus
The water bus, another way to enjoy your time in Tokyo
There are many tourist spots along the Arakawa and Sumida Rivers. Moving by train is fine, but how about going by water bus while viewing the scenery from the river?
TOKYO CRUISE There are 6 lines in operation. The pleasure boat, Atake Maru , used by the feudal lords of the Edo Era as a personal luxury passenger vessel, has been re-created. Among the 10 types of water bus, this one gets a lot of looks. It has a strong sense of entertainment, and the onboard meals and shows have an elegant atmosphere. Travel time is about 40 minutes. Also, there are a variety of events throughout the year such as a New Year’s cruise, a night cherry blossom-viewing cruise, cruises through Sumida River and Tokyo Bay to...
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Yurakucho is a place for adults, that is both reasonable and expensive. Enjoy it as much as you like.
Yurakucho is a laid-back district close to both the Tokyo Station and Ginza areas. You can get a close sensation of the new and old through the newest fashion buildings and the energetic restaurant row under the railway crossing.
How to enjoy Yurakucho Among the entertainment areas of Tokyo, Yurakucho is a place for adults. Close to Ginza and Tokyo Station, the neighborhood is dotted with playhouses and movie theaters. Shops of high fashion and the latest shopping towers are all lined up along with high-class restaurants and reasonable food stands to create an area with a wide range of variety. During the day, Yurakucho is filled with businesspeople but on the weekends, there are plenty of folks going shopping and catching movies, and on the way home, they finish off...
Kabuki-za, the world’s foremost theater for kabuki
Renovated in 2013, Kabuki-za has become more enjoyable than ever for the world of kabuki. You can enjoy not just watching the Japanese dramatic form, but also souvenirs, sweets and exhibits associated with kabuki.
“First Time Kabuki” for newcomers The traditional Japanese cultural form of kabuki has that high-class image at a glance, but at Kabuki-za, there are many services to help those who are seeing kabuki for the first time. First off, there is special seating for those customers who want to just see the scene of their choice. There are 150 of these seats on the 4th floor of the theater, so it’s recommended for those people who want to see that scene many times or for those first-timers in the world of kabuki. Those tickets are a...
Ticket prices will differ depending on the performance
The souvenir shop and restaurants inside the theater can be entered for free
The evolved business district with an eye for a fine view and enjoyment
Marunouchi, the heart of the Japanese economy, is filled with businessmen from sunrise to sunset. However, because of redevelopment, there is now also plenty of fashion and cuisine, and the area is popular as a sophisticated business district.
The new and improved Marunouchi Marunouchi is the office area of buildings for big banks and big business. This is ground zero for Japan’s finance and economy where businessmen smartly walk to and fro. This area which spans between the outer gardens of the Imperial Palace and Tokyo Station once had the image of a stuffy and dreary business area, but going into the 21st century, there has been a period of redevelopment which has led to it becoming not just an area for businessmen but also a posh and fashionable place where average people...
39. Mori Art Museum
Take a close look at art and life at a place touching the sky
The Mori Art Museum on the 53rd floor of Roppongi Hills is a place where you can enjoy the latest contemporary art and Tokyo City View from a 360-degree observation deck. You can feel that the streets of Tokyo is art in itself.
The new symbol of Roppongi Recently, Roppongi has been turning into a hotbed for art. There is the National Art Center Tokyo nearby, along with the Suntory Museum of Art within Tokyo Midtown. Inside the buildings and in the surrounding park, there are numerous small art galleries, so the area is no longer just for shopping and nightlife; it has also become an exciting place for art lovers. In this neighborhood, on the 53rd floor of Roppongi Hills right near the top is the Mori Art Museum. At this art museum which opened in 2003, the motto...
- Monday (10:00 AM ~ 10:00 PM )
- Tuesday (10:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM )
- Wednesday (10:00 AM ~ 10:00 PM )
- Thursday (10:00 AM ~ 10:00 PM )
- Friday (10:00 AM ~ 10:00 PM )
- Saturday (10:00 AM ~ 10:00 PM )
- Sunday (10:00 AM ~ 10:00 PM )
- Adult: 1800 JPY
- Child: 600 JPY
Seniors over 65 years of age: 1500 yen
Students (high school/university): 1200 yen
The above prices include both the art exhibitions and Tokyo City View.
40. Roppongi Hills
An example of an urban multipurpose complex, Roppongi Hills has plenty of services for people to enjoy with their children.
Roppongi Hills is now the face of Roppongi. It is a place connected directly to subway stations where you can enjoy an entire day with family and children.
Meet here for anything from the observation deck to movies and a hotel Half of the complex is open space. Along with a garden and outdoor space, there is the observation deck, a museum of art, movie theaters, shopping, a hotel and every other sort of facility. The Sky Deck of Tokyo City View at the top of Roppongi Hills has plenty of that feeling of openness. The air up there feels exhilarating! Every fourth Friday, there is a meeting of the Roppongi Astronomy Society. On New Year’s Day, there is a raffle to see the first sunrise of the...
- Everyday (11:00 AM ~ 9:00 PM )
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