Culture / Tour 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.

    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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    4.5
    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.

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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    819 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.

  • Tokyo Sea Life Park
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    557 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.

    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 Metropolitan Art Museum
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    540 Reviews
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Uenokouen 8-36
    Located within Ueno Onshi Koen (Ueno Park) in Tokyo’s Taito City, this is Japan’s first national art museum and opened in 1926. With a goal of serving as an entrance to art for Tokyo’s citizens, it hosts numerous exhibitions throughout the year such as special exhibitions jointly sponsored with media outlets, competitions arranged through art organizations, and collection exhibits that primarily include works of calligraphy. The facility also includes a café where guests can enjoy beverages and light meals, a restaurant that takes pride in its authentic roast beef, and a museum shop.

    The special exhibit was the well-known Gustave Klimt. Id seen quite a few of his works before but this was extensive and very educational about his history and philosophy. Not all of his...

  • Shinagawa Aquarium
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    434 Reviews
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    Tokyo Shinagawa-ku Katsushima 3-2-1 Shinagawa ward park
    This is an “ocean and river” themed aquarium deeply tied to Shinagawa City, located in “Shinagawa Kumin Park” in Shinagawa City, Tokyo. The aquarium exhibits familiar fish and underwater creatures in a tank reproducing the nature along the stream of the rivers that flow into Tokyo Bay, the tidal flats and the sea of Tokyo Bay. In a tunnel tank with a total length of 22 meters, you can enjoy “a walk” in the ocean surrounded by 900 fish. Don't miss the performances at the stadium, including a comical sea lion show and a powerful dolphin show. The nearest station is Omorikaigan Station.

    Visited here on a rainy day and glad we did. Really enjoyed the dolphin and sea lion shows. And the shark tank was cool Didn’t cost much to enter either. We also visited the restaurant after...

  • Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Marunouchi 2-6-2
    Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum is a museum with exhibitions focusing on modern 19th century art from the West. Built in 1894, the building was Marunouchi’s first Western-style office building, the “Mitsubishi Ichigokan” which was designed by the English architect Josiah Conder has been restored. There is no permanent exhibitions but instead planned exhibitions are opened 3–4 times a year. In addition to the museum café and shop, there is also a space called “the Archive Room” where you can experience the history of Marunouchi.

    It is really nice building among the big skyscrapers. It is a nice museum but unfortunately I did not have much time.

  • Tokyo Tama Zoological Park
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    323 Reviews
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    Tokyo Hinoshi Hodokubo 7-1-1
    This zoo opened in 1958 and is one of the largest zoos in the country with approximately 320 species of animals kept on its expansive premises. A characteristic of the zoo is its spacious exhibits that make use of the area’s abundant nature. It is famous for its Sky Walk, a 150-meter rope set up high for orangutans to cross over. The park is divided up into four zones, the Asian Zone, African Zone, Australia Zone, and Insectarium, which are all connected by a shuttle bus. The closest station is Tama-dobutsukoen Station.

    Please help baby chimp Plum she needs some physical and mental rehabilitation. She is underdeveloped at her age. The hair on her stomach is worn off . And she is going to be very ill if something...

  • 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT
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    282 Reviews
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Akasaka 9-7-6 Tokyo Midtown/Garden
    Located in Tokyo Midtown, a multi-purpose complex directly connected to Roppongi Station, this museum holds exhibitions about design. Unlike traditional museums it was created to “think about daily articles from a design perspective, create objects and propose new ideas.” It is mainly host to organized exhibitions but also features talks and other events. The architecture of the building was designed by Tadao Ando and makes for a very unique exterior, such as with its roof made of one folded iron plate.

    Went there during a short walk around Roppongi. There was an exhibition, but due to time constrain, only managed a quick visit to the shop. Although small, but the design is nice and situated in a...

  • Madame Tussauds Tokyo
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    254 Reviews
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Daiba 1-6-1 Dex Tokyo Beach Island Mall 3F
    Located inside the DECKS Tokyo Beach in Odaiba, Minato City, Tokyo, this is an annex of the Madame Tussauds wax museum in London. Various celebrities and famous people from around the world such as Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, the UK’s Prince William, former President Barack Obama and Mao Asada are reproduced in life-like form. Part of the appeal is that beyond merely looking at the forms, you can rest your arm on their shoulder and take photographs with them.

    This Madame Tussauds is MUST place to visit when you come here. You will meet a lot of world celebrities.

  • Inokashira Park Zoo
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    250 Reviews
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    Tokyo Musashinoshi Gotenyama 1-17-6
    This is a zoo occupying approximately one-third of Inokashira Onshi Koen (Inokashira Park) in Tokyo’s Musashino City. It is famous for its elephant Hanako, who had lived for a long time, passed away in 2016. Inside the park are small paths where the squirrels roam free, a petting corner, and a square where visitors can search for wildlife (Sundays 11 am-12 pm. Second Sunday only from January-March and November-December) and displays for the very popular capybara. In the separate zoo are exhibits of aquatic animals such as fish, amphibians, insects and waterfowl. Altogether both zoos keep more than 200 species of animals.

    The zoo itself isnt anything special but, a nice place to pass the time, a surprising thing was that there is an statue museum inside.

  • Tokyo Photographic Art Museum
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    184 Reviews
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    Tokyo Meguro-ku Mita 1-13-3 In Yebisu Garden Place
    This general photography and video museum opened in 1995. In addition to photograph and video displays, they also offer classes and community outreach. The facility was renovated in 2016. Every floor offers exhibits on a different theme. Admission depends on the current exhibitions on each floor. They host the Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions every year in February, and also offer regular photography and film workshops.

    A real modern and very nice museum dedicated to the art of photography located in Yebisu, Tokyo. An easy to reach area in Tokyo. I especially went there to see the exhibition of photographs of...

  • Tokyo National Museum
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Uenokouen 13-9
    This is a national museum located within Ueno-onshi-koen Park that was established in 1872. Five buildings including the main building serve as exhibit halls, although it has several other facilities such as archives. With an enormous number of collections, it has accumulated over 116,000 items of Oriental art and ancient relics, mostly from Japan. A great number of National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties are also included inside. The museum also holds special exhibitions that run three to five times a year.

    「春草廬(しゅんそうろ)」をご存じでしょうか?昨年の秋の庭園開放の折、本館の北側に緑豊かな庭園に庭園とお茶室など公開され庭園茶室ツアーに参加しました。 毎年春と秋に行われているようです。伊勢出身の江戸時代御用商人として海運航路の開拓や大阪淀川河口治水工事や越後鉱山開発などに功績をあげた河村瑞賢(かわむらずいけん)により淀川河口治水工事の休憩所として建てられ、その後横浜三渓園に移築され、昭和34年に...

  • Science Museum
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Kitanomarukouen 2-1
    The Science Museum Science Hall is a full-fledged theater-style hall able to accommodate 410 people. This facility is perfect for hosting lectures, seminars, symposiums, and presentations of all kinds.

    To be fair, we were not that disappointed that it is a museum designed for children. If you analyze each exhibit, youll realize that it is very well presented, it engages a childs curiosity and at...

  • Meguro Parasitological Museum
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    Tokyo Meguro-ku Shimomeguro 4-1-1
    This museum is dedicated to the subject of parasites. It features some 300 specimens and other related exhibits including an 8.8-meter-long tapeworm specimen illuminated with LED lights. The first floor of the museum, which has a theme of ''diversity of parasites,'' presents the diverse shapes and appearances of parasites through specimen, video, and other exhibits. The second floor, which has a theme of ''human and zoonotic parasites,'' covers topics including the symptoms that parasite infections cause in humans as well as the history of parasitology in Japan. The museum's shop offers a selection of original goods including t-shirts featuring detailed illustrations of parasites.

    Only two small floors, but a lot of interesting info. There are QR-codes that give you english info. Some of the tablets have an english option too. Theres a small museum shop...

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