Best 10 Tokyo Spots

by RICH - TripleLights travel specialist

Harajuku


Enjoy shopping in the neighborhood where ‘kawaii’ culture began
Harajuku’s Takeshita Street has recently been ranked as the most desired place to visit by visitors to Japan. Harajuku continues to broadcast its distinct fashion responsible for the ‘kawaii’ (cute) sub-culture.

Takeshita Street There has been recent data on TripAdvisor that Harajuku’s Takeshita Street is the number one attraction that tourists wish to visit when in Japan.

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Takeshita Street is Harajuku’s shopping area and the narrow street is dotted with shops selling clothes distinctive of “Harajuku-style”. While the Salon and Lolita styles are some of the most famous style trends in Harajuku, it cannot be so specifically characterized into one particular style. The reason for this is that Harajuku-style fashion is about re-...

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Website
www.takeshita-street.com

 

Asakusa


The Tour of Old and New Japan in Asakusa
In Asakusa which is visited by more than half of the overseas tourists, you will encounter Tokyo’s oldest temple Sensoji Temple as well as the Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate), which is the outermost gate of Sensoji Temple as well as the street lined with old-school shops that lead to the inner precincts of the shrine. Many of the stores offer services in English.

Senso-ji Temple Senso-ji Temple, the oldest temple located in Tokyo, and Nakamise-dori connecting the Kaminarimon entrance to the main hall, are constantly crowded with sightseers on a yearly basis. Since the area has always had a large number of temples since the Edo Period, it has been called Teramachi, which translates to ‘City of Temples’. Asakusa Kokusai Avenue is where you can enjoy shopping while walking through this Teramachi. As soon as you exit Asakusa Station, there are many unique stores that sell goods such as Japa...

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Website
wikitravel.org

 

Sumida Aquarium


Enjoy the view at Skytree and then enjoy the world of the sea at Solamachi.
Sumida Aquarium, which is located in the shopping mall at Tokyo Skytree, has been highly praised for its art-like beautiful exhibits as an urban aquarium. It is deeply interesting for its display of fish usually inhabiting the sea close to Tokyo.

An urban indoor aquarium Sumida Aquarium which is located inside Solamachi, the shopping mall for the metropolis’ new point of interest, Tokyo Skytree, utilizes various new approaches from suggestions for a new urban indoor aquarium. From its conversion to a complete artificial sea construction system, it is possible to maintain a fixed level of water quality throughout the year. Also, because of the environmentally-friendly LED lighting, it approaches close to natural light during the day and the lighting can be adjusted during the even...

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Business hours
- Everyday (9:00 AM ~ 9:00 PM )
Phone
03-5619-1821
Price
- Adult: 2050 JPY
- Child: 600 JPY
Website
www.sumida-aquarium.com

 

Tokyo Tower


End your day of Tokyo sightseeing with the remarkable view from Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Tower has around 3 million visitors annually. More than half of the revenue generated by Tokyo Tower is due to its popularity as a tourist spot, and it remains to be a sought-after attraction for sightseers.

The History of Tokyo Tower Tokyo Tower was built as a radio broadcast tower in 1958, during a point in time when television began to spread throughout Japan. The construction costs of the tower were immense at over 3 billion yen. The tower was built during a time when Tokyo started flourishing economically, and since then, it has become a symbol and landmark for the rapid industrial growth of the city. Although the newly established Tokyo Skytree has garnered much praise and attained popularity due to its futuristic design, Tokyo Tower attr...

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Business hours
- Everyday (9:00 AM ~ 10:00 PM )
Phone
03-3433-5111
Price
- Adult: 1600 JPY
- Child: 1000 JPY
Website
www.tokyotower.co.jp

 

Ryogoku


Ryogoku is the place for sumo. See the full intensity of the sumo wrestlers (rikishi) up close!
Encountering the many wrestlers during a sumo tournament in Tokyo feels like you’ve slipped back in time to the Edo Era. You can see their lifestyle and eat like them through the many haberdasheries for these king-sized men and restaurants with their huge portions.

Enjoy sumo in Ryogoku In the Edo Era, Ryogoku became an area comparable to Ueno and Asakusa due to the development of Ryogoku Bridge. Sumo started to flourish from Kanjin sumo (tournaments to raise the necessary funds to build and restore temple buildings) at Eko-in Temple. The major sumo tournaments are held in January, May and September at Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Arena. In addition, the 1st floor of the arena is a sumo museum where material on sumo such as woodblock prints, banzuke (rikishi rankings), and ornamental mawashi aprons (a type of...

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Phone
03-5608-6951
Website
visit-sumida.jp

 

Roppongi Hills


An example of an urban multipurpose complex, Roppongi Hills has plenty of services for people to enjoy with their children.
Roppongi Hills is now the face of Roppongi. It is a place connected directly to subway stations where you can enjoy an entire day with family and children.

Meet here for anything from the observation deck to movies and a hotel Half of the complex is open space. Along with a garden and outdoor space, there is the observation deck, a museum of art, movie theaters, shopping, a hotel and every other sort of facility. The Sky Deck of Tokyo City View at the top of Roppongi Hills has plenty of that feeling of openness. The air up there feels exhilarating! Every fourth Friday, there is a meeting of the Roppongi Astronomy Society. On New Year’s Day, there is a raffle to see the first sunrise of the...

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Business hours
- Everyday (11:00 AM ~ 9:00 PM )
Phone
03-6406-6000
Price
- Free
Website
www.roppongihills.com.e.nt.hp.transer.com

 

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden


Enjoy nature in the middle of the city at Tokyo’s version of Central Park
The term gyoen refers to a garden for the Imperial family. Only a 10-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station (South Exit), this quiet and lush garden is loved by many who head there to take a break from the city and indulge in some relaxation.

More about Shinjuku Gyoen Shinjuku Gyoen was originally created as a garden specifically for the Imperial family. The Old Western-style Imperial Rest House was build for recreation and guests of the family, and was designated as an Important Cultural Property. Shinjuku Gyoen boasts a size of 58 hectares and consists of 3 types of gardens: English Landscape Garden known for its spacious and flat lawns, French Formal Garden with sycamore trees and Japanese Traditional Garden with a central pond. Cherry blossoms at Shinjuku Gyoen Shinjuku Gyoen...

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Business hours
- Tuesday (9:00 AM ~ 4:30 PM )
- Wednesday (9:00 AM ~ 4:30 PM )
- Thursday (9:00 AM ~ 4:30 PM )
- Friday (9:00 AM ~ 4:30 PM )
- Saturday (9:00 AM ~ 4:30 PM )
- Sunday (9:00 AM ~ 4:30 PM )
Last entry 4:00 PM
Phone
03-3350-0151
Price
Adult: 200 JPY
Elementary and Junior high school student: 50 JPY
Infant: Free

Akihabara


From Anime to Idols to electronics, Akihabara has it all
Akihabara is continuously abuzz with tourists from all over the world. Akihabara is a pop culture mecca representing anime and manga and is popular as a tourist sightseeing spot largely due to the concentration of stores specializing in Japanese electronics.

Akihabara Electric Town Akihabara has gained a widespread reputation as Japan’s largest area for electronics. Taking advantage of the period of rapid economic growth, stores dealing in software and parts were established and Akihabara progressed into one of the leading electronics areas in the world. Furthermore, there has been a steady increase of stores selling game software which, by no surprise, has occurred simultaneously with the rise of anime and game ‘otaku’ (enthusiast) culture. Recently, there have been many Chinese...

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Website
akiba.or.jp

 

Shibuya


Shibuya, the Pulse and Heart of Tokyo’s Youth
The scramble intersection of the youth mecca of Shibuya is the world’s busiest, with 500,000 people crossing it daily. Besides the shopping and cuisine, enjoy the unique atmosphere of this neighborhood

The appeal of Shibuya Out of all of the areas in Tokyo, Shibuya is the city center with the largest number of young people. A trendy area, it is filled with many stores and cafes. Once you leave Shibuya Station and walk straight across the main crossing, you will hit the main shopping street in Shibuya. Once known as ‘Shibuya Centre Street’, it is a place where you can find anything from amusement centers to fast food chains to large-scale CD shops. From 2011 onwards however, there was a name change of the street to ‘Basketba...

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Website
shibuyakukanko.jp.e.ea.hp.transer.com

 

Imperial Palace


Take a moment to refresh yourself in the midst of the greenery of the Imperial Palace
The current Imperial Palace was once called Edo Castle and has been the residence of the Emperor since the Meiji Era. There is a tranquility within the palace grounds that belies its location in central Tokyo

The Charm of the Imperial Palace As you make your way from Tokyo Station to Marunouchi, you will quickly notice that the area is occupied with tall office buildings. Neighboring this building-dense area is the Imperial Palace. The Imperial Palace’s surroundings are enveloped in lush greenery and is almost a parallel universe. It is located on the same site where the Tokugawa shogunate’s Edo Castle was back in the Edo Era. The entire area is over a million square meters and the palace is encircled with a moat with a plentiful water...

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Phone
03-3213-1111
Price
- Free
Website
sankan.kunaicho.go.jp

 

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