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Understanding Tokyo
Tokyo is a truly modern megacity with the greater urban area having a population of 35 million, making it the most populous city in the world. (See Tokyo population)

Left: Ginza, Tokyo Japan

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BEST TOKYO HOTEL LOCATIONS
Generally we suggest staying in Shinjuku or Shibuya as these are centrally located with excellent transport. Shinjuku offers the greatest selection of hotels and is therefore normally the better option.

TOKYO HOTELS BY LOCATION


TOKYO ATTRACTIONS

Listed below are just the main Tokyo attractions. We have a more extensive list on our Tokyo attractions page.

TOKYO ATTRACTIONS - LANDMARKS

Edo Castle

Edo Castle
Edo Castle was the castle that was located were the Imperial Palace is located today. Today there still remain some walls, moats, turents and ramparts. Some of these are original and others are reconstructions.

National Diet Building

National Diet Building
National Diet Building is the place in which both the houses of the Diet of Japan are held. It is located in 1-chome, Nagatacho, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo.

Fuji TV Building

Fuji TV Building
Fuji TV studios with a distinctive building designed by Kenzo Tange is a major land mark of Odaiba.

Ginza 4-chome Intersection

Ginza 4-chome Intersection
Ginza 4-chome Intersection is basically the heart or center of the up market fashion district of Ginza.

Harajuku Bridge

Harajuku Bridge
A famous fashion location in Tokyo, where on a Sunday you can see some outstanding Harajuku Fashion worn by Harajuku Girls and boys.

Omotesando

Omotesando
Omotesando is a broad, tree-lined avenue leading to Meiji Jingu shrine located in Harajuku which is part of Shibuya. Omotesando is full of cafes and international brand clothing boutiques along with the up market Omotesando Hills shopping complex.

Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow Bridge
Rainbow Bridge is a suspension bridge over the Tokyo Port, located on the northernmost part of Tokyo Bay, connecting the Shibaura Wharf and the new waterfront development area, known as Odaiba in Minato-ku ward, Tokyo.

Shibuya Crossing

Shibuya Crossing
Shibuya Crossing is an extremely busy and famous pedestrian scramble crossing in front of Shibuya Station with the Tokyu department above the station.

Takeshita Dori

Takeshita Dori
Takeshita Dori is a narrow pedestrian only street packed with young fashionable people and lined with fashion boutiques and cafes.

Tokyo Imperial Palace

Tokyo Imperial Palace
Tokyo Imperial Palace is the home of the Emperor of Japan (the Japanese head of state). It is surrounded by a moat and a high wall and occupies the most expensive square kilometre in the world. The Tokyo Imperial Palace is located within the Chiyoda ward.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
Located in Shinjuku, it is the tallest building in Tokyo at 248 meters (814 feet) from base to top, and the third-tallest structure after Tokyo Tower. The two top-floor observation decks are free of charge to the public. It is only a short walk from Shinjuku Station.

Tokyo Sky Tree

Tokyo Sky Tree
Tokyo Sky Tree at 634m is the tallest tower in Japan and the second tallest structure in the world. It features a restaurant and obervation deck. Tokyo Sky Tree is effectively the functional replacement for Tokyo Tower with most of the major tv and radio broadcasters moving their transmitters to Tokyo Sky Tree. Tokyo Sky Tree located in Sumida, is part of a major commercial development. Tokyo Sky Tree opens to the public in May 22 2012.

Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Tower is in Minato-ku, Tokyo. Its design is based on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. The Tower is 333 meters tall (9 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower, or 33 if the latter's TV Antenna is not included) making it the world's highest self-supporting iron tower.

Tsukiji Fish Wholesale Market

Tsukiji Fish Wholesale Market
Tsukiji fish market. The Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market, commonly known as Tsukiji fish market is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world.

TOKYO ATTRACTIONS - AMUSEMENT PARKS

 

Tokyo DisneySea
Tokyo DisneySea and its companion theme park Tokyo Disneyland. One of the most popular theme parks in the world.

 

Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo Disneyland is one of the most popular theme parks in the world.

Tokyo Dome City Attractions

Tokyo Dome City Attractions
Tokyo Dome City Attractions amusement park includes Thunder Dolphin, a Steel roller coaster 80m tall which pass through a building and the centerless ferris wheel, the Big-O.

TOKYO ATTRACTIONS - PARKS AND GARDENS

Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

Koishikawa Korakuen Garden
Koishikawa Korakuen Garden is a historical Japanese garden located close to Tokyo University (who now owns the park).

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is a large park with an eminent garden in Shinjuku and Shibuya (Tokyo, Japan). It is under the management of the Imperial Household Agency of Japan.

Tokyo Imperial Palace East Gardens

Tokyo Imperial Palace East Gardens
Imperial Palace East Gardens are open to the public daily except Mondays and Fridays. Kept in impeccable shape, the gardens are particularly beautiful during the March and April plum and cherry blossom seasons. Entrance is free through a number of gates; most visitors use the Otemachi gate near the subway station of the same name.

Ueno Park

Ueno Park
Ueno Park adjacent to the station, is home to most of the attractions in the area, including the Ueno Zoo and a concentration of Japan's best museums. In cherry blossom season, Ueno Park is Tokyo's most popular spot for outdoor hanami parties.

TOKYO ATTRACTIONS - MUSEUMS AND ART GALLERIES

Edo Tokyo Museum

Edo Tokyo Museum
Edo Tokyo Museum is a museum of the history of Tokyo. The main features of the permanent exhibitions are the life-size replica of the Nihonbashi, which was the bridge leading into Edo.

Nissan Gallery

Nissan Gallery
Nissan Gallery is located on the corner of the famous Ginza 4 Chome intersection which is essentially the heart of Ginza. The Nissan Gallery displays new and classic automobiles, art and designs. The building also serves as Nissan's head office.

Tokyo National Museum

Tokyo National Museum
Tokyo National Museum is the top museum in Japan and exhibits fine Japanese artefacts including pre-historical ones, plus artefacts from Asia. It is sited in the Ueno Park.

TOKYO ATTRACTIONS - TEMPLES AND SHRINES

Meiji Jingu Shrine

Meiji Jingu Shrine
Meiji Jingu Shrine is one of the most popular shines in Tokyo. Meiji Jingu Shrine is located in the middle of large evergreen forest of 120,000 trees which is surprising given it is located in Harajuku (Shibuya) central Tokyo. Meiji Jingu Shrine was built to enshrine Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken.

Sensoji Temple Asakusa

Sensoji Temple Asakusa
Sensoji Temple is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, Taitō Ward, Tokyo. Sensoji Temple is sometimes referred to as Asakusa Temple. It is Tokyo's oldest, and one of its most significant, temples.

Yasukuni Shrine

Yasukuni Shrine
Yasukuni Shrine is a controversial shrine to Japan's war dead, housing the souls of some 2.5 million people killed in Japan's wars — including convicted war criminals executed by the Allies.  The Yasukuni Shrine is located in Chiyoda ward Tokyo.

TOKYO ATTRACTIONS - SPORTING VENUES

Ryogoku Kokugikan

Ryogoku Kokugikan
Ryogoku Kokugikan is the largest sumo arena in Japan with a capacity for 10,000 spectators and where grand tournaments or basho are held in January, May and September.

Tokyo Dome

Tokyo Dome
Tokyo Dome is a 55,000-seat stadium located in Bunkyo Ward of Tokyo, Japan. Tokyo Dome is used for a range of sporting events including basketball, football and martial arts.

Yoyogi National Gymnasium

Yoyogi National Gymnasium
Yoyogi National Gymnasium is an arena in Yoyogi Park, Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan which is famous for its suspension roof design. It was designed by Kenzo Tange and built between 1961 and 1964 to house swimming and diving events in the 1964 Summer Olympics.

TOKYO ATTRACTIONS - THEATERS

Kabukiza Theater

Kabukiza Theater
Kabukiza Theater in Ginza is the principal theater in Tokyo for the traditional kabuki drama form. The Kabukiza Theater first opened on this site in 1889.

Nippon Budokan

Nippon Budokan
Nippon Budokan functions as a venue for big musical events, its primary purpose is for Japanese martial arts. It contains three halls, the largest of which holds 14,000 people. Nippon Budokan is located within Kitanomaru Park, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo.

Tokyo International Forum

Tokyo International Forum
Tokyo International Forum is an important urban landmark in Tokyo with a very distinct design internally and externally. One of its halls seats 5,000. In addition to seven other halls, it includes exhibition space, a lobby, and other facilities.

TOKYO - DISTRICTS

Listed below are the most popular Tokyo districts. We have a more extensive list on our Tokyo districts page.

Akihabara

Akihabara
Akihabara is famous for its high tech shopping (electric town), entertainment and meido café. Akihabara is in the eastern part of Chiyoda Ward.

Asakusa

Asakusa
Asakusa is a district in central Tokyo to the north east of Tokyo center. Asakusa is most famous for Sensoji Temple (sometimes referred to as Asakusa Temple), a long with the surrounding temples and shrines.

Chiyoda

Chiyoda
Chiyoda is the central ward of Tokyo which is famous for the Tokyo Imperial Palace, Tokyo Station and National Diet Building.

Ginza

Ginza
Ginza is an up market shopping area in central Tokyo featuring major department stores, international fashion brand stores, galleries, restaurants and some distinctive architecture.

Harajuku

Harajuku
Harajuku is a significant fashion and shopping region, but it also includes Tokyo's most popular shine, Meiji Jingu Shrine and one of the most signficant parks in Tokyo, Yoyogi Park. Harajuku is part of Shibuya Ward.

Narita

Narita
Narita is located 70km from central Tokyo and is the location of the main international airport, Narita Airport.

Odaiba

Odaiba
Odaiba (sometimes known as Daiba) is a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay, connected to the mainland by the scenic Rainbow Bridge. Odaiba features many modern sporting and cultural complexes.

Roppongi

Roppongi
Roppongi is a district in central Tokyo famous for its nightlife and very popular with foreigners. Roppongi also features many of the embassies.

Shibuya

Shibuya
Shibuya is a central ward of Tokyo famous for its fashionable shopping district, with department stores and shopping malls filled with boutiques. Shibuya also includes Harajuku with its shopping area and Tokyo's most popular shine, Meiji Jingu Shrine.

Shinjuku

Shinjuku
Shinjuku is one of the key parts of central Tokyo which features Tokyo's main sky scrapper area, significant shopping and entertainment areas, plus the world's busiest train station.

Ueno

Ueno
Ueno is located north east of the center of Tokyo. Ueno is most famous for Ueno Park which is Tokyo's most popular location for viewing cherry blossom. Ueno Park also features museums and a zoo. Ueno Station is also a major transport hub.

TOKYO MAP

Tokyo Map Ueno Tokyo Shinjuku Tokyo Harajuku Tokyo Chiyoda Tokyo Imperial Palace Tokyo Ginza Tokyo Shibuya Tokyo Tokyo Station Tokyo Tower

Here is a simplified Tokyo map with the key locations.

See our detailed interactive Tokyo map to help you plan your time in Tokyo. Our detailed Tokyo map highlights all the main tourist destinations and links through to their detailed pages.


TOKYO ITINERARIES

To help plan your trip to Tokyo we have put together

TOKYO SURROUNDING ATTRACTIONS

There are many great locations to visit while in Tokyo. Most of these are day trips from Tokyo.

Mt Fuji

Mt Fuji
Mt Fuji, one of the main icons of Japan. Mt Fuji is a near symmectrical volcanic cone and Japan's tallest mountain at 3776 metres.

Hakone

Hakone
Hakone is resort town in the mountains close to Tokyo and thus very popular with foreigners and Japanese alike. Hakone features many onsen, ropeways, museums, mountain forrest views, lake cruises and a historic shrine.

Kamakura

Kamakura
Kamakura is famous for its many beautiful temples and shrines including the statue of the Great Buddha. Kamakura is a very popular tourist destination for both Japanese and foreigners as it located 50 km south-west of Tokyo.

Nikko

Nikko
Nikko is famous for its temples and shrines including three which are World Heritage sites. The township of Nikko is surrounded by beautiful forrest. Located nearby is Nikko National Park with its famous waterfalls.

Yokohama

Yokohama
Yokohama is a fashionable port town with much of Western influence. Yokohama used to be a small fishing village until 1859, when Japan abolished the policy of national seclusion which had been in place for over 200 years. This policy change resulted in Yokohama opening its port for trading with foreigners. Since then, many Western influence first reached Japan via Yokohama, such as daily newspapers and railway. Nowadays, Yokohama is deemed to be a fashionable city for shopping and outings.

TOKYO TOURS

Tokyo TOURS

Tokyo tours are a great way to see the most of Tokyo and its surrounds in a limited time. These Tokyo tours allow you to see far more in a day than you can by yourself.

Most Popular Tokyo Tours:
Mt Fuji and Hakone Day Tour returning to Tokyo by bullet train.
Mt Fuji, Hakone and Onsen 2-Day Tour: Return to Tokyo by Bullet Train
Tokyo Tour - Seaside Afternoon in Odaiba
Panoramic Tokyo Tour - Meiji, Asakusa, Tokyo Bay Cruise, Odaiba
Kyoto 1-Day Sunrise Express Tour By Bullet Train from Tokyo

More information and online bookings for Tokyo Tours here.

TOKYO FORUM

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