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Tokyo Metropolis Overview

One of the world’s largest metropolitan areas, Tokyo is the beating heart of central Japan. Excitement lies down every street where flashing neon lights lead to bustling bars, eateries, and karaoke boxes, while skyscrapers towering into the clouds offer views of the Tokyo skyline against a backdrop of Mt. Fuji, one of the world’s most iconic mountains and volcanoes.

Tokyo Metropolis Overview
  • Whether standing at Shibuya Crossing surrounded by twinkling lights and hurried crowds, visiting the animated Tsukiji Outer Market for the first time, or just riding the metro, there’s an indescribable atmosphere in Tokyo that gives the city a unique charm. Although the huge city doesn’t have just one central area, its most central districts are connected by the circular Yamanote Line on the metro: Ebisu, Shibuya, and Shinjuku, where every flavor of restaurant, fashion shop, and business thrive; Harajuku, Ikebukuro, and Akihabara, where wacky pop and anime culture dominate the streets; and Tokyo and Yoyogi where the parks take center stage at the Imperial Palace and Yoyogi Park.

    Best known for its sky-high buildings, Tokyo has a large mass of business districts including Roppongi, which is also known as a hub for art and culture. Among the most famous of its galleries is the Mori Art Museum found on the 53rd floor of the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, the National Art Center, and the 21_21 Design Sight modern art gallery. Museum buffs should continue the search outside of Roppongi slightly west to the Nezu Museum, east to Ryogoku for the Edo-Tokyo Museum, andーas long as you’re willing to book a couple of weeks in advanceーthe Ghibli Museum in Inokashira Park in Kichijoji.

    Winding down the east of central Tokyo, the Sumida River is home to some of the oldest parts of the city including Asakusa and Ueno. Asakusa was a flourishing entertainment district in the Edo period which, despite both natural and anthropogenic disasters destroying much of the original architecture, has managed to preserve the atmosphere and traditional style. Asakusa is home to the city’s largest, oldest, and most visited shrine, Sensoji Temple, which is surrounded by a plethora of food stalls and souvenir shops notably along Nakamise which leads up to the Kaminarimon Gate. Not far away lies Ueno, known for its park that puts on an impressive display of white and pink during the sakura season, and Tokyo Skytree, the world’s tallest tower at 634 meters.

    Tokyo Bay lines the coast of southern Tokyo and is the proud home of Tsukiji Market, one of the most talked about fish markets in the world. Within walking distance of the upmarket Ginza area, Tsukiji Market is a treat for all the senses with the excitement starting early with the tuna auction at 6am and gradually dying down over the morning when visitors start making their way to the surrounding sushi shops to sample the fresh fish. Heading south into Tokyo Bay, Odaiba sits on an island which houses a day out of activities including a scenic artificial beach which overlooks the Rainbow Bridge, the Miraikan science museum, and its own version of the Statue of Liberty.

    While central Tokyo offers endless excitement, the west of Tokyo is not to be missed as the center of cool. To name just a few of West Tokyo’s most popular destinations, Shimokitazawa, Koenji, and Sangenjaya draw in hipsters from far and wide for their vintage clothes shops, cheap record stores, and quirky cafes. Not just for a vibey day out, an evening in West Tokyo promises trendy bars, affordable eating, and live music at every turn.

    Tokyo is one of those places you’ll leave promising yourself you’ll visit again - expansive and varied, and with an atmosphere as addictive as the sugar loaded cans of coffee you can pick up from the vending machines, there is no city quite as unique as Tokyo.

    Shibuya
    Address
    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Shibuya 2 chome
    Phone
    Roppongi
    Address
    Tokyo Minato-ku Roppongi 4 chome
    Phone
    Asakusa
    Address
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Kaminarimon 2 chome
    Phone
    Ginza
    Address
    Tokyo Chuou-ku Ginza 4 chome
    Phone
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