Culture / Tour Spots in Tokyo Area

  • Ueno Zoo
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    4.0
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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...

  • 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.

    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...

  • The National Art Center, Tokyo
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    1302 Reviews
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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...

  • 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.

  • 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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    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 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.

  • Edo-Tokyo Open-air Architectural Museum
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    350 Reviews
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    Tokyo Koganeishi Sakurachou 3-7-1 In the Metropolitan Koganei Park
    This is an outdoor museum that exhibits historical buildings reconstructed from the metropolitan Koganei Park. It was established as an annex of the Edo-Tokyo Museum. In this museum, there are more than 30 restored buildings that date back to the Edo and early Showa periods. In the Center Zone are several reconstructed buildings such as Jisho-in Mausoleum (Otama-ya) and the residence of Takahashi Korekiyo who was assassinated in the 2.26 Incident. There are also reconstructed houses from Yamanote at the West Zone and at the East Zone visitors can enjoy a traditional neighborhood atmosphere with stores, public baths, and bars.

    小金井公園の敷地内にある野外博物館。江戸時代から明治・大正時代の面影を遺す建物を移築し、保存することにより、その時代の建物の特徴や暮らしを身近に体験することが出来ます。都心から1時間程度で行けるところにあるため、気軽に行くことが出来ます。昔ながらの家屋や古民家が好き、そこにいるとホッとする、という、日頃のコンクリートジャングルに囲まれた生活の中で疲れを感じた人が行くには最適のところではないかと思い...

  • Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum
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    4.5
    435 Reviews
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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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    4.5
    322 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...

  • Tokyo National Museum
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    8 Reviews
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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.

    We came for the autumn maple leaves. It is a smaller garden behind the Tokyo National Museum inside the larger Ueno Park Complex. I do wish the quaint teahouses would have been open and serving...

  • Jindai Botanical Gardens
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    4.0
    233 Reviews
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    Tokyo Choufushi Jindaijimotomachi 5-31-10
    These botanical gardens in Tokyo’s Chofu City are located directly adjacent to Jindaiji Temple. They opened in 1961 as a nursery to cultivate Tokyo’s roadside trees and other plants. Although it is a famous place for plum and cherry blossoms, visitors can also enjoy a variety of flowers and trees throughout the year, such as a rose garden, azaleas featuring 280 varieties and 12,000 plants, and a large greenhouse where visitors can view approximately 1,300 types of plants. In the spring and autumn the gardens are bustling with many visitors that come for the Bara Festa, a rose festival with more than 5,000 roses on display.

    This is a nice and interesting garden with a great variety of landscapes, vegetation, and impressions. The greenhouse is providing a lot of interesting rare plants. Highly recommended!

  • 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT
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    283 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...

  • Inokashira Park Zoo
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    251 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.

  • Suntory Museum of Art
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    4.0
    194 Reviews
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Akasaka 9-7-4 Tokyo Midtown Galleria 3F
    This is an art gallery with a focus on Japanese ancient art located on the third floor of Tokyo Midtown Galleria Museum. Besides the National Treasure “Box with fusenryou design in mother-of-pearl inlay and maki-e”, the gallery is home to about 3,000 works of art. There is no permanent exhibition, but wonderful planned exhibitions not bound by the norms of regular exhibitions including paintings, ceramics, lacquer work, etc. are held. In addition, the tea room “Genchoan” offers Matcha green tea and seasonal Japanese sweets. The nearest station is Roppongi Station.

    Starting today (November 11) Suntory Museum is closed for renovation until May 12, 2020. 秀逸な日本美術のコレクションで知られているサントリー美術館です。残念ながら今日11月11日(月曜日)から来年2020年5月12日まで改修工事のために閉館とのことです。

  • Madame Tussauds Tokyo
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    255 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.

  • Science Museum
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    176 Reviews
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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...

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