Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Tokyo Area

  • Ueno Zoo
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Uenokouen 9-83
    This urban zoo located in Taito City’s Ueno-onshi-koen Park is Japan’s oldest zoo, having opened in 1882. Inside are more than 500 types of animals, and it is most famous for giant panda in particular. The zoo is breeding and displaying the world’s three rarest animals that include the pygmy hippopotamus and okapi as well as the panda. From the 1990s the animal enclosures were refurbished to provide a space for patrons to see animals in more natural surroundings.

    Ueno zoo is located in a great area and easy to visit. It has so many animals and creatures you can see. However, the cage and the area for the animals are really small and I even can feel the...

  • Imperial Palace East Garden
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Chiyoda The Imperial Palace East Gardens
    The Imperial Palace East Garden was created on land that had formerly formed part of the Honmaru, Ninomaru and Sannomaru zones of Edo Castle, during the construction of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo; the East Garden is open to the public. A number of historical remains and vestiges of Edo Castle can be seen in the East Garden, including part of the Tenshu-dai (the foundation platform for the castle’s main tower), the Ote-mon Gate, the Hyakunin Bansho guardhouse, etc., and as a result the East Garden attracts large numbers of both overseas and domestic tourists. The East Garden also has a wealth of natural beauty, including the “Prefectural Trees” presented to the Garden by every prefecture in Japan, making it a popular place for a stroll or just to sit and relax.

    Better book ticket online in advance so you can go inside garden We didn’t know the ticket so just walked around & my child played with pebbles & jumped on rocks

  • Ghibli Museum, Mitaka
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    1897 Reviews
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    Tokyo Mitakashi Shimorenjaku 1-1-83 Metropolitan Inokashira Park In Saiten
    This is an animation art museum managed by Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki with a motto of “Let's get lost together.” In addition to displaying materials and storyboards of past Ghibli works, the museum always features various sections that will expand one's perception of animation such as the replicated animation studio and the screenings of short animated films made just for the museum. With a nostalgic building and a route that blends in greenery, this is a place that both adults and children can enjoy just as they please. Entry to the museum is only by reservation and the closest station is Mitaka Station.

    They wouldn’t let me mark earlier, but I actually went in fall of 2017. No photography allowed, which almost made the experience more special. There’s Ghibli themed food, and inside looks into the...

  • Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo International Exhibition Center)
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    679 Reviews
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    Tokyo Koutou-ku Ariake 3-11-1
    Located in the Ariake district of Tokyo's Koto City, this is Japan's largest convention center. It opened in 1996 and is used for various trade fairs and exhibitions throughout the year including business as well as cultural events. It is famous for hosting the Tokyo Motor Show and the Comic Market. The interior is mainly divided up into the Conference Tower, East Hall, East New Exhibition Hall, West Hall and Restaurant Avenue.

    Visited Tokyo Big Sight for a trade show and it is quite easily accessible on the Yurikanome line. The architecture is pretty interesting and worth a couple of photos. There is also a decent...

  • The National Art Center, Tokyo
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Roppongi 7-22-2
    This is a museum located in Roppongi with the largest floor area in Japan. It opened in 2007 as the fifth National Art Museum in Japan. A variety of exhibitions taking advantage of the exhibition space of 14,000 square meters are held here. It is famous as the last museum involving Kisho Kurokawa, a representative architect of Japan. A unique tea salon at the top of the inverted cone is a popular spot that also appears in movies, etc.

    First time for me but this is very much worth a visit if youre stuck in Toyko on a rainy day with nothing to do. There is also a nice lunch that can be enjoyed on the top level. Enjoy.... Ps the art...

  • DiverCity Tokyo Plaza
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    Tokyo Koutou-ku Aomi 1-1-10
    This commercial facility is located in Tokyo’s Odaiba area. It opened in 2012 as a new sightseeing place for sightseeing in Tokyo. It features fast fashion shops and popular brands from Japan and overseas as well as a restaurant floor and a food court containing branches of famous Tokyo stores. It also has the Zepp DiverCity entertainment facility that contains a Round 1 Stadium complete with bowling alley. The shopping complex is also famous for the life-size Gundam replica standing just outside.

    Its worth visiting. Since theres pandamic, we enjoyed the place to ourselves. Its a fun place to be with kids and kids at heart.

  • National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan)
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    1080 Reviews
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    Tokyo Koutou-ku Aomi 2-3-6
    This is a national science museum on Odaiba island. The permanent exhibits cover a broad range of subjects from the simple science questions to those regarding the latest technologies including the earth environment, space exploration, and the wonders of life. The dome shaped theater that plays 3D science films and other three-dimensional planetarium presentations is very popular. The director of this museum is the famous astronaut, Mamoru Mohri.

    Riding a Robot chair machine & move around was so much fun &easy. You can’t miss it. Very clean place.

  • Tokyo International Forum
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    947 Reviews
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Marunouchi 3-5-1
    A multipurpose public culture facility with eight halls of various sizes as well as 34 meeting rooms. The facility frequently hosts cultural events that help share with the world the unique charms of Japan. The airy Glass Building hall, walled in by huge glass panels, has been awarded three Michelin stars, and is a popular tourist spot in and of itself. The entire facility is decorated with works of art, and visitors can come and enjoy the building like an art museum.

    The Tokyo International Forum truly is a photography wonderland. Head into the main building and take the elevator to the 7th floor. There are so many cool angles to shoot in this architectural...

  • Hibiya Park
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    1103 Reviews
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Hibiyakouen 1-6
    A metropolitan park opened in 1903 as Japan’s first modern Western-style park. The park’s spacious grounds are filled with a variety of trees and flowers and is a popular and well-known place to enjoy flowers. Events are held in the park year-round such as gardening shows and a Christmas market.

    Towards the end of our 2019 momiji trip, we were still looking for color in Tokyo. We were sent here by a TA friend. There was some color but it was not worth the aggravation of getting there...

  • Kabukiza Theatre
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    4.5
    1005 Reviews
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    Tokyo Chuou-ku Ginza 4-12-15
    This theater located in the Ginza area of Tokyo's Chuo City is dedicated solely to kabuki. The current building is the fifth iteration of the Kabuki-za, having undergone reconstruction and remodeling in accordance with destruction by fire, repairs, and changing eras since it opened in 1889. In addition to the many types of seats from the first floor box seats to the third floor seats, on the fourth floor are the popular “hito-maku miseki,” special seats that allow people to see any one act of a kabuki play. The building's Japanese-style exterior with its tiled roof and balustrades makes for a splendid balance with the Kabukiza Tower that stands behind it and the Ginza streetscapes. In the basement is the Kobikicho Plaza with souvenir shops and restaurants.

    Kabuki-za is to my understanding the most valued Kabuki theatre in Japan. The traditional art of kabuki is something unique and, of course, best appreciated by watching a play. The tickets can be...

  • Ryogoku Kokugikan
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    4.5
    873 Reviews
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    Tokyo Sumida-ku Yokoami 1-3-28
    Called the Ryogoku Kokugikan, this is widely known as a venue for sumo competitions. It can accommodate more than 10,000 spectators and hosts various events besides sumo including pro-wrestling, boxing and concerts. Inside the venue’s shop visitors can purchase sweets and original merchandise featuring sumo motifs even when an official sumo tournament is not being held. The facility also houses the Sumo Museum where visitors can see color prints and ornamental aprons, as well as photos of past yokozuna champions.

    If youre reading this and still undecided, then i urge you to attend! Its unique experience that you can only get in Japan. Currently the seating is limited due to Covid-19 and the viewing time is...

  • Aqua Park Shinagawa
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    821 Reviews
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Takanawa 4-10-30 within Shinagawa Prince Hotel
    This aquarium and urban entertainment facility is located inside the Shinagawa Prince Hotel in Minato City, Tokyo. The aquarium’s main attraction are its dolphin performances held in a circular pool in the center of the facility; ticket holders can enjoy a stunning show which interweaves light and sound with the sleek acrobatics of the dolphins. The aquarium’s jungle-themed zone houses exhibits presenting freshwater fish and reptiles as well as the park’s popular capybaras. The facility is filled with other interesting attractions, including the fantastical jellyfish zone and a 20 meter long tunnel aquarium.

    GREAT experience. The Dolphin show is awesome. I will highly recommend this place to all parents with young kids. I believe they will love it.

  • Mori Arts Center Gallery
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    1105 Reviews
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Roppongi 6-10-1 Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 52F
    An art gallery on the 52nd floor of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower built alongside a viewing deck. In addition to special exhibitions operated in cooperation with world-class art museums, the facility also hosts a variety of Cool Japan art shows covering topics such as anime, manga, and video games. Together with the Mori Art Museum on the 53rd floor, this popular tourism spot provides visitors with the chance to enjoy high quality art not beholden to any specific genre or existing framework.

    Great exhibitions at the top of Mori tower. No permanent collection but that doesnt seem to matter.

  • Nezu Museum
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    874 Reviews
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Minamiaoyama 6-5-1
    This art museum located in Minami Aoyama opened in 1941 to conserve and exhibit the collection of Kaichiro Nezu, whose career included being president of Tobu Railway Co., Ltd. The collection of over 7,400 items (as of March 2016) is mostly comprised of pre-modern Japanese and East Asian art, and encompasses many National Treasures, Important Cultural Properties, and important works of art. In addition to the galleries in the main building, visitors can also view the Japanese garden that includes a teahouse, a stone Buddhist image, and stone lanterns.

    the garden outside is definitely the highlight here for me. but of course the museum is enjoyable and informative. nice location, central to Omotesando where you can have a bite at cicada too. the...

  • Tokyo Dome
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    Tokyo Bunkyou-ku Kouraku 1-3-61
    The Tokyo Dome opened as Japan’s first covered stadium in 1988. With its dome shaped room and artificial turf field it’s the home stadium of the Yomiuri Giants. The Tokyo Dome is the core of the Tokyo Dome City urban entertainment area and doesn’t only host baseball games but also a variety of other events including concerts and exhibitions. Near entry gate 21 you’ll find the Baseball hall of fame museum where you can see uniforms of popular players and learn about the history of baseball.
  • Tokyo Sea Life Park
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    560 Reviews
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    Tokyo Edogawa-ku Rinkaichou 6-2-3
    This is an aquarium inside Kasai Rinkai Park where guests can see Bluefin tuna swimming around up close—an unusual feature by global standards. Said to be the most popular aquarium in eastern Japan, it recorded 3.55 million visitors when it opened in 1989. There are a main building with its glass dome, a freshwater fish exhibit and an external area, and many attractions such as the large donut-shaped tank where Bluefin tuna swim around and Japan’s largest penguin exhibit. The facility also displays countless varieties of unusual sea creatures such as fish from the coastal waters near Australia and the polar regions.

    Tokyo Sea life is a large sea aquarium with multitude of fish from all over the world. Shark and ray swim in huge tanks, exotic topical fish in small ones. There is an open air section with adorable...

  • SUMIDA AQUARIUM
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    850 Reviews
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    Tokyo Sumida-ku Oshiage 1-1-2 Tokyo Sky Tree Town/Sola Machi 5/6 F
    This aquarium is located in the 5th and 6th floors of Tokyo Soramachi(R) inside Tokyo Skytree Town(R). It has attracted attention for exhibits that break the mold of typical aquariums. These include the Tokyo Daisuiso, which recreates the waters of the Ogasawara Islands, a world heritage site. It also includes the Edorium, which displays goldfish in dreamlike Japanese-style spaces. At the Aqua Lab, visitors can watch the caretakers breed and research jellyfish. Visitors love watching the penguins swim in the aquarium's indoor open pool tank, one of the largest in Japan.

    Smaller than the one in Shinagawa and the ticket is quite expensive. Good for couples and families with kids

  • Sunshine Aquarium
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    721 Reviews
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    Tokyo Toshima-ku Higashikebukuro 3-1 Sunshine City World Import Mart Bill/rooftop
    "This aquarium was designed to be an ""oasis in the sky."" Located inside Sunshine City, an Ikebukuro landmark, in addition to being visited by tourists from across the country and the world, the aquarium is also a favorite destination for couples, friends, families, and people of all ages. Along with exhibits modeled after actual coral reefs, lakes, rivers, and other scenery, the aquarium's new atmospheric jellyfish exhibit, remodeled and reopened on July 9, 2020, is also popular. In the aquarium's outdoor area, visitors can see seals and penguins swimming overhead as if they were flying through the sky."

    A cool location for an aquarium and lots of different animals, both fishes and mamals. We visited in the evening which was nice because we were almost alone there, staff exepted.

  • Aqua City Odaiba
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Daiba 1-7-1
    A shopping mall adjoining Odaiba Seaside Park in the Daiba area of Minato City Tokyo. The mall hosts casual fashion and lifestyle goods shops, the largest restaurant zone in the area, a movie theater, and the Sony ExploraScience museum. The facility's ramen theme park and the Fuji TV Kid's Cafe Mamatoko are also popular.

    I had read about the restaurants here on trip advisor before I had left home and when we arrived at our hotel our rooms weren’t ready so I suggested we come here. Only a short walk from our hotel...

  • Shibuya109
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    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Dougenzaka 2-29-1
    This mall filled with shops on the cutting edge of youth fashion located in the Dogenzaka area of Shibuya City is popularly known as “Marukyu.” In addition to ladies fashion and cosmetic shops, here patrons can also find stores carrying unique items created in collaboration with famous young entertainers. Restaurants can be found on the seventh floor serving authentic Italian pasta and novel desserts. Known as a mecca for young people, this popular spot has come to be a symbol of Shibuya.

    If you consider yourself to be a ONE PIECE fanatic, then Mugiwara Store is the store for you. It is not a difficult place to spot, where simply search for the place with the most amazing collection...

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