Travel / Tourism Spots in Tokyo Area

  • Tokyo Tower
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Shibakouen 4-2-8
    This is a full-purpose radio tower in Shiba Park in Minato City, Tokyo. The tower began operating in 1958, and has remained as a landmark symbol of Tokyo, receiving many tourists from both in and out of Japan every year. Reaching 333 meters at its apex, the tower has a main observation deck at 150 meters, and a top deck at 250 meters, providing a panoramic view of the greater Tokyo area. The lighting of the tower, changed seasonally in various colors, is popular with many. A commercial complex, the Foot Town, is arrayed with souvenir, character goods, and eatery shops at the base of the tower.

    I did enjoy going up this tower to the top. The views were very impressive. It is well run with many friendly staff. A must do in Tokyo.

  • Ameyoko Shopping Street (Ameyoko)
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Ueno 6-10-7
    Located in Tokyo’s Taito City, this is an approximately 500 meter-long market street along the Yamanote Line tracks between Okachimachi and Ueno Stations. The street is lined with all types of shops including grocery stores, clothing stores and miscellaneous good stores, and is well-known for being crammed with people buying goods for the New Year’s holidays during the year-end season.

    A very busy area with lots of shopping, eating and drinking places, Pachinko parlours. We found a bar up steep stair for couple of beers. Walk around soak up atmosphere. We found a reasonably priced...

  • 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.

    A must-visit for Ghibli fans!! We were extremely excited to visit this museum! You have to purchase the tickets online and collect them from the konbini. You can take a bus to the museum from...

  • Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo International Exhibition Center)
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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.

    Currently visiting this wonderful structure for a lengthy work assignment and Im blown away by how large, impressive and well-run it is.

  • Zojoji Temple
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Shibakouen 4-7-35
    This temple that belongs to the Jodo sect is located in Shiba Park in Tokyo’s Minato City and is situated close to the base of Tokyo Tower. Zojoji Temple was founded by the monk Yuyo Shoso shonin in 1393 as an orthodox and fundamental nembutsu seminary for the Jodo sect. It used to be a large-scale temple with more than 120 buildings and more than 100 dormitories, and structures such as the Important Cultural Property Sangedatsumon (Three Gates of Liberation) that escaped damage from the war and the reconstructed main hall give an indication of the temple’s former glory. Tokyo Tower can be seen in the background behind the main hall, making this a popular photo spot. Inside the temple is the mausoleum of the Tokugawa family which contains six of the 15 Tokugawa shoguns.

    A temple that is far from all the attractions in the city In my opinion it is worth a visit not only because of its days but because of its place and its message The temple is dedicated to babies...

  • Hama-rikyu Gardens
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    Tokyo Chuou-ku Hamarikyuteien
    This is a traditional garden located in the Chuo City of Tokyo with a unique Shioiri-no-ike (pond). “Shioiri” is a technique of drawing in sea water and using its tidal movements to change the shape of the pond. Hama-rikyu is one of the most famous Edo period gardens with its Shioiri-no-ike and its two goose-hunting places. On the island in the middle of the pond is the “Nakajima-no-ochaya (central island teahouse)” where guests can have tea and traditional cakes. The gardens are a nine-minute walk from Shiodome Station. In spring, visitors can enjoy the cherry blossoms, while in autumn cosmos flowers and colorful fall foliage make for splendid sights.

    Our private guide took us here as part of our day exploring Tokyo. Its a beautiful walk through the old hunting grounds of the Shogun. Today, the gardeners do a fabulous job of maintaining the...

  • Yasukuni Shrine
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Kudankita 3-1-1
    This shrine located in Kudankita of Chiyoda City mainly enshrines soldiers and civilians related to the military who died in service of the country. From patriots at the end of the Edo period and the Meiji Restoration to soldiers that died in combat during the Pacific War, Yasukuni enshrines over 2,466,000 spirits without distinction as to social status, merits or gender. About 400 cherry trees have been planted on the premises, making it a famous spot for hanami (cherry blossom viewing).

    Interesting place despite its controversial aspects it is beautiful and serene and presented a perspective that is interesting

  • Tokyo Skytree (R)
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    Tokyo Sumida-ku Oshiage 1-1-2
    Located in Oshiage, Sumida City, this is a 634-meter tall broadcasting tower with an observatory that became Tokyo's new symbol when it opened in 2012. There are actually two observatories, the Tembo Deck at 350 meters above ground and the Tembo Galleria that is 450 meters high. The Tembo Galleria has tube-shaped glass walls, giving you the sensation that you are strolling through the sky as you gaze out at Tokyo's daytime and night-time scenery. At the base of the tower is Tokyo Skytree Town, a facility that is more like a shopping mall with stores and restaurants.
  • Asakusa Shrine
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Asakusa 2-3-1
    This shrine is located next to the main hall of Senso-ji. Since it primarily enshrines the three deities Hinokuma-hamanari-no-mikoto, Hinokuma-takenari-no-mikoto, and Hajin-matsuchi-no-mikoto, it is referred to as “Sanja Gongen Shrine” and “Sanja Sama.” The hall of worship, the hall of offerings and the inner sanctuary of the current shrine, completed in 1649, have all been designated by the Japanese government as Important Cultural Properties. The Sanja Matsuri held regularly every year on the third Friday, Saturday and Sunday in May is famous for its dynamic mikoshi (portable shrine) and long procession of people.

    The area around the shrine is filled with shops and food in a market like setting. It was fun to wander around. It was very crowded and hard to navigate. It was raining and everyone had an umbrella...

  • 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.

    Very engaging and interactive experience at this museum! The guides were very knowledgeable on the history but also had really cool activities at the end (ninja and samurai) to make it a good...

  • Tokyo City View
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Roppongi 6-10-1 Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 52F / rooftop
    This is an observation deck in Roppongi Hills Mori Tower. It overlooks TOKYO SKYTREE, Tokyo Tower, the Odaiba area, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, etc., and Mt. Fuji and Boso Peninsula in Chiba can also be seen when the weather is fine. It has varying charm from day, sunset and at night, and many visitors return time and again. Exhibitions and events are also held in the indoor observation gallery space, “Sky Gallery”, on the 52nd floor. The nearest station is Roppongi Station.

    Really nice view. If your into art, get a combination ticket with the Mori Art Museum. Just to note, there is an Indoor Observation Deck with events and exhibitions which is what I did. There is...

  • Tokyo International Forum
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    943 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...

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Edo-Tokyo Museum
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    Tokyo Sumida-ku Yokoami 1-4-1
    Located near Ryogoku Kokugikan, the museum has been popular since its opening in 1993 as a place to reflect on the history and culture of Edo Tokyo and to consider the future of the city and people's lives. Many foreign tourists visit this facility to enjoy learning about the city, its culture, and the lives of the people of Edo Tokyo.

    Well worth a trip - lovely exhibition, amazing building. I spent around 3 hours looking at the various displays. Truly fascinating and gives a great understanding of the Edo period. Staff were...

  • 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.

    If you come expecting a museum of emerging science and technology, you might be a tad disappointed. This really is more of a set of more or less sophisticated art pieces and exhibits showcasing...

  • Ryogoku Kokugikan
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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.

    This is the center of the Sumo Universe. Best venue to watch Sumo. The seating is traditional Japanese downstairs and western actual chair seats upstairs. If you enjoy being folded up like a lawn...

  • 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 museum itself is lovely, if small-ish. But the real treasure here are the gardens and tea room! So thoughtfully designed, quiet, and wonderful to walk around—you’ll forget you’re in the middle of...

  • Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens
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    667 Reviews
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    Tokyo Bunkyou-ku Kouraku 1
    This is a traditional Japanese garden that was constructed on grounds belonging to the Mito Tokugawa clan in the early Edo period, and is designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty and a Special Historic Site. With an area of more than 70,000 square meters, various seasonal flowers and trees including plum and cherry have been planted around the Daisensui Pond that represents Lake Biwa. It is characteristic for its Chinese references such as scenery named after places in China. In the northern side of the garden visitors can appreciate a tranquil rural landscape that even includes rice paddies. Free guides are available depending on the schedule.

    Koishikawa Korakuen is a beautiful, peaceful spot - I thoroughly enjoyed wandering and sitting there, even in August when theres little colour or flowers. It would be magical in autumn. Lots of...

  • Hie Jinja Shrine
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Nagatachou 2-10-5
    This shrine located in the Nagatacho district of Tokyo’s Chiyoda City is considered to have begun when Ota Dokan constructed the Edo Castle in 1478 and transferred the guardian deity of Kawagoe Hie Jinja Shrine. After that, it became the tutelary shrine of Edo Castle and the deity was revered as the guardian of the Imperial Palace. Since the current shaden (main building) has been reconstructed, there are 123 works of art on the ceiling of the haiden (worship hall) to commemorate the 50th anniversary since reconstruction. The Sanno torii gate built in the direction of Akasaka is also famous for its unusual shape. Every year in June the Sanno Festival is held which is one of the big three Edo festivals, and the approximately 300-meter long festival procession is quite a sight.

    It was different to other temples and shrines (different colours), it´s beautiful and the torii gates path is also beautiful and great for pictures. Loved the monkey statues and it has an authentic...

  • The National Museum of Western Art
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Uenokouen 7-7
    This art museum, located in Ueno Onshi Park in Tokyo's Taito Ward, preserves and displays Western art. Designed by French architect Le Corbusier, the museum building, which has been designated a World Heritage site, is a highlight in itself. The Matsukata Collection, which was assembled by businessman Kojiro Matsukata and donated and returned to Japan by the French government, forms the foundation of the museum's standing exhibition, which also includes paintings from the end of the Middle Ages to the early 20th century by artists like Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, as well as modern French sculptures. In addition, the museum holds special exhibitions several times a year.

    The museum is an UNESCO world heritage site itself and outside are several large Rodin sculptures. Some more in the lobby as well Inside, there is the regular collection and special Picasso...

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
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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...

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