Leisure / Outdoors Spots in Tokyo Area

  • 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.

    This beautiful palace, which is surrounded by lush gardens, is incongruously set in bustling Tokyo, yet it evokes a tranquility and calm thats hard to find elsewhere. Its a beautiful place to go...

  • 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.

    An old fashioned type of zoo. Even the rhinoceros had a very small, concrete enclosure. The queue to see the pandas was an hour and a half long but it was a public holiday.

  • Ghibli Museum, Mitaka
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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.

    See and collect some of your favorite Ghibli creations/characters. Caution:No photography within the museum. You can buy sets of post cards and photobooks Let your inner-child out to enjoy a...

  • Roppongi Hills
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Roppongi 6-10-11
    Roppongi Hills is an integrated property development that has become synonymous with the Roppongi district of Tokyo. Centered around the 238-meter-high Mori Tower, the Roppongi Hills complex includes a movie theatre, art gallery and television studio, as well as a wide range of gourmet restaurants and boutiques. The Tokyo City View observation deck on the 52nd floor of the Mori Tower offers spectacular views of the Tokyo cityscape; in good weather, Mt. Fuji is visible in the distance.

    Roppongi has so much to offer - eating out, clubbing, shopping - it is indeed the lively heart of the city. Must visit for tourists and those looking for the taste of the night life.

  • 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.

    We came here one evening to get something to eat and the place is buzzing with Japanese’s teenagers. The food court sends to be a great place to hang out with free WiFi and plenty of choices food...

  • Samurai Museum
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    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Kabukichou 2-25-6 Yongwa 6th Building 1F
    This museum is dedicated to generals and samurai of the Warring States period. There are displays of armor and swords by period, and explanations of the origins of the samurai. You can also rent armor to get your picture taken as a samurai! It's very popular with tourists from overseas. They also have an attraction letting you join in a sword battle, as well as lots of events like sword preparation and calligraphy classes. They also sell souvenirs and gifts like replica armor.

    Our guide was awesome. She spoke perfect english, knew her history and made the tour alive with samurais in the room with us. A history lesson not to be missed.Everything was so captivating and...

  • Hibiya Park
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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.

    Came here by train and was hoping to see cherry blossoms. Looks like we were too early and not much cherry blossoms. Near Imperial Palace.

  • Mori Art Museum
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Roppongi 6-10-1 Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 53F
    This international modern art gallery is located on the 53rd floor of the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower. A variety of planned exhibits are hosted throughout the year during which times the gallery remains open until 10 p.m. (excluding Tuesdays), allowing one to casually stop by after work or dinner. The 52nd floor, Tokyo City View, cafes and restaurants offer a panoramic view of Tokyo while enjoying a meal or tea. The closest station is Roppongi Station.

    The Tokyo city night view of observation deck on Mori Tower at Roppongi Hills is astonishingly beautiful but the price is kind of high compared to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building which is free...

  • National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan)
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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.

    We visited Miraikan on a weekday, so it was not as crowded as we had expected. There are many hands-on activities that all visitors, from children to the elderly, could enjoy. The highlight of our...

  • 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...

  • Showa Kinen Park
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    Tokyo Tachikawashi Midorichou 3173
    Established to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Emperor Showa's reign, this is a national park built on the grounds of the former Tachikawa Airport with an area of 180 hectares (approximately 40 times the size of Tokyo Dome). Visitors to the spacious park can view various flowers and plants throughout the year, and in spring guests can enjoy more than 1,500 cherry trees in bloom. Rainbow Pool, available only in summer, is a wide water space some 1.4 times the size of Tokyo Dome. In winter, there is also a Christmas illumination. The Green Cultural Zone is not only used as an event space but also for a fireworks festival in summer.

    There are some great bike baths there. Also, the pool is excellent. I would go again. You should really go.

  • Nezu Museum
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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...

  • Aqua Park Shinagawa
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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.

  • 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...

  • Shibuya Hikarie
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    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Shibuya 2-21-1
    This is a multi-purpose high-rise building near Shibuya Station. Opened in 2012, a collection of approximately 200 shops, including fashion, household goods, and food stores catering to people of all ages, are assembled in the ShinQs shopping area. The building houses, in addition to cafes and restaurants, a musical theater, the Tokyu Theater Orb, and an event hall. The many upper level office floors are home to global businesses. It is one of Shibuya's landmark towers, attracting many visitors.

    Cool place, on a high end side. Accross from new Shibuya Scramble Square. Few shops and restaurants. Right above the station

  • 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...

  • Yebisu Garden Place
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    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Ebisu 4-20
    This is a complex in Shibuya City housing office buildings, shopping facilities, restaurants, the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Museum of Yebisu Beer, and the Westin Hotel Tokyo etc. Among the restaurants, the French restaurant “Gastronomy Joel Robuchon” is famous for being awarded three stars in the Tokyo Michelin Guide. It is about a five-minute walk on the “Ebisu Skywalk”—a moving footpath from the east exit of Ebisu Station.

    Love this place especially the trek from Ebisu station as it offers a different view of modern Tokyo. The Illumination and the chandelier are worth visiting and best to visit this at night. Ebisu is...

  • Haneda Airport International Terminal
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    Tokyo Ota-ku Hanedakukou 2-6-5
    This terminal located in Tokyo’s Ota City is just for international flights arriving to and departing from Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport). This airport is used by many tourists as an entrance to the metropolis of Tokyo. The arrival lobby is on the second floor while the departure lobby is on the third floor. Inside the building are various facilities such as a foreign exchange booth, a luggage storage service, a clinic, and a kids’ corner, as well as a complete assortment of shops and restaurants. Edo Ko-ji on the fourth floor is a commercial area that replicates the townscape of the Edo period, while the fifth floor is occupied by popular character shops. Visitors can take in the dramatic sight of airplanes landing and taking off from the free observation deck.

    This is a copy of the original bridge in Nihombashi. From here you can overlook the International terminal

  • Tokyo Sea Life Park
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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.

    My younger kids (10 and 12) love sea life. For around $15, we spent around two hours checking out a wide variety of animals. Highly recommended for families. Great value!

  • Tokyo Joypolis
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Daiba 1-6-1 Dex Tokyo Beach 3-5F
    Located in DECKS Tokyo Beach on the Daiba island in Minato City, Tokyo, this is one of the Japan's largest rooftop indoor theme park. Combining digital and real mediums, attractions and stage shows are created around the concept of 'not your everyday experience.' Along with the most popular attraction, the Half-Pipe Tokyo ride, are many other famous game and animation character-themed collaboration attractions.

    The largest indoor theme park in Odaiba DECKS Tokyo Beach. The fee is not too expensive and you can bring you kid to this theme park

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