28 Nov 2016

Tokyo is a amazing capital city mixed of modern and old fashioned. It is also Japan’s leading city of new trends. Enjoy luxurious shopping in Ginza, or be a part of kawaii youth culture in Harajuku. Spend a day wandering around the shitamachi, immersing in historical Edo atmosphere in Asakusa. I am very sure that you will never get bored of visiting this city again and again.

Ready to have a fun adventure exploring the city that never sleeps?  Take a note, and here are the best 50 places to visit in Tokyo!

 

Meiji Jingu Shrine

The best 50 places to visit in Tokyo

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Feel the mystical energy of the Meiji Shrine
Meiji Shrine, located in the Shibuya district in Tokyo, attracts the greatest number of visitors from throughout Japan for hatsumode or the first shrine visit of the New Year. If you happen to be lucky enough on the day of your visit, you could catch a glimpse of a traditional wedding ceremony.

Meiji Jingu Every New Year’s Day on ‘hatsumode’, Meiji Jingu, which is over 700,000 square meters in size, receives around 3 million worshippers, reflecting its ability to attract the greatest amount of visitors in the nation. Considering the amount of lush greenery located inside the perimeters of Meiji Jingu, it is hard to believe that it is located in the same vicinity as bustling commercial centers such as Harajuku, Omotesando and Shibuya. To reach the shrine from JR Harajuku station is a mere 5 minutes away and one coul...

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Business hours
- Everyday (6:00 AM ~ 4:00 PM )
from dawn to dusk
Phone
03-3379-9281
Price
- Free
Website
www.meijijingu.or.jp

Sensoji Temple

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Get an impression of Japanese culture at Sensoji Temple, the oldest temple in Tokyo, and Nakamise-dori with its many shops
Sensoji Temple is Tokyo’s oldest temple and surrounding the main temple is a 5-story pagoda as well as various shops along Nakamise-dori leading up to the temple. The famous Sanja Festival, which snakes its way through the temple grounds, and the Hozuki Festival occur along with other events on a yearly basis at Sensoji Temple.

Sensoji at the centre of the Edo Period culture During the Edo period, Sensoji Temple was used as the main temple of prayer for the Tokugawa shogunate and resultantly, Sensoji Temple flourished in the city of Edo. Asakusa as a whole is representative of this shitamachi (downtown-style) culture during the Edo Period, and Sensoji Temple is the sightseeing spot that represents this history and culture of Asakusa largely due to the number of visitors it receives on a yearly basis. There are over a staggering 30 million worshippers whom visit t...

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Business hours
- Everyday (6:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM )
Phone
03-3842-0181
Price
- Free
Website
www.senso-ji.jp

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

Tsukiji Fish Market

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Satisfy your appetite with a delicious meal at Japan’s most famous fish market
Tsukiji, which has recently garnered the attention of many tourists, is the world’s largest fish market. The market not only deals in fresh fish but also fruits and vegetables, and at the outer retail market, you can purchase ingredients and there are a plethora of restaurants which serve fresh fish.

Tsukiji Fish Market Tsukiji is one of the world’s greatest fish markets in a nation whose fisheries industry is irreplaceable for the Japanese and in a world which has grown to love sushi and sashimi. But it’s not just fish…there are also many restaurants which take care of fruits and vegetables. The peak of this activity and business is also called Tokyo’s kitchen. You can get a close glimpse of things such as the wheeling and dealing between suppliers at the auctions at this commercial facility which has been so sinc...

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Business hours
- Monday (9:00 AM ~ 11:00 AM )
- Tuesday (9:00 AM ~ 11:00 AM )
- Thursday (9:00 AM ~ 11:00 AM )
- Friday (9:00 AM ~ 11:00 AM )
- Saturday (9:00 AM ~ 11:00 AM )
Phone
03-3541-2640
Price
- Free
Website
www.tsukiji-market.or.jp

Tokyo Government Building


View the nightscape of Tokyo for free! Relax and enjoy a glass of wine served 202 meters above ground in the Tokyo Government Building.
Shinjuku is one of the most bustling districts in Tokyo. With the emergence of skyscrapers, the view of Shinjuku has been changed dramatically. Enjoy a dynamic nightscape at the free observatories of Shinjuku’s landmark, the Tokyo Government Building.

Tokyo Government Building, the landmark of Shinjuku skyscrapers Upon its completion in 1990, people were astounded to see this towering ultra-modern building, appearing to pierce the sky. People felt like they had accidently come to the future. But no, this was the new Tokyo Government Building – the central administration building for the government of Tokyo. Planning for the construction began at the height of the Japanese bubble economy. The highest building in Tokyo at the time, the Tokyo Government Building was designed by a wo...

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Business hours
- Everyday (9:30 AM ~ 11:00 PM )
Phone
03-5320-7890
Price
- Free
Website
www.metro.tokyo.jp

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

Odaiba

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When it comes to Tokyo’s playground, there is Odaiba. It’s full of highlights from morning to evening!
For a fun-filled time in Tokyo, try Odaiba. From an amusement park and museum to an onsen, auto showroom and other attractions, there is so much to do that it’s difficult to get around in 1 day. It is one large entertainment facility on a huge tract of reclaimed land.

A new amusement area for Tokyo Bayside The area is now 18 years old. A long time ago, it functioned as a distribution facility and an industrial site. It gained attention with the opening in 1993 of the Rainbow Bridge, a suspension bridge drawing a 798m smooth streamline over Tokyo Bay. Odaiba continues to put up facilities with the theme of recreation centering on Rainbow Bridge. MEGA WEB is an automobile theme park operated by Toyota. You can check out the showroom and its history. It was renovated in 2013, and the place introduces technolo...

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Phone
03-5579-2680
Website
en.wikipedia.org

Shibuya Crossing


The crossing in front of Shibuya Station is a landmark of the area where 3000 people cross en masse at one time on weekends
Shibuya is the neighborhood where fashion buildings stand close to each other and advertisements are shown on giant LCD screens. The main intersection has groups of 3000 people cross simultaneously on the weekends.

The starting line for a tour of Shibuya Shibuya is the youth mecca. And there is a scramble crossing right in front of the entrance that is Shibuya Station. In front of your eyes, a huge LCD screen soars on which ads endlessly get shown. Surrounding you are fashion buildings, CD shops and other structures that symbolize youth culture, along with the many garish signboards standing about, and the pop songs or commercials that keep getting played; all of these make up a vista that is characteristic of Shibuya. Shibuya Crossing in front of Shibu...

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Tokyo Skytree


An Unbroken View of Tokyo from Japan’s Highest Tower
In 2012, the Tokyo Skytree took the place of Tokyo Tower, which had been serving as Tokyo’s main radio tower since 1958, and has received recognition by the Guinness Book of World Records for its height. Not only does the Tokyo Skytree serve as a radio tower, it is also incredibly popular for the views from its observatory.

Tokyo Skytree Tokyo Skytree was constructed in 2012 and since then, it has become a new symbol for Tokyo. Not only does it serve a functional purpose as a radio tower, but since its opening, it constantly attracts a steady stream of tourists and visitors who seek out the splendid view of Chiba and Mount Fuji on a clear day. The Tokyo Skytree has also garnered attention for its modern design, resembling the structure of a five-story pagoda from ancient Japanese times. Perhaps it is the fact that the masterminds behind the construction of the...

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Business hours
- Everyday (8:00 AM ~ 10:00 PM )
Phone
03-5302-3470
Price
- Adult: 2060 JPY
- Child: 930 JPY
Website
www.tokyo-skytree.jp

Chidori-ga-fuchi

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The cherry blossom-lined path created from a filled-in moat is a must-see at the former Edo Castle and current Imperial Palace
A moat built to surround Edo Castle during the age of the Tokugawa shoguns. Currently, it encircles the Imperial Palace. When the cherry blossoms of Chidori-ga-fuchi open en masse, it’s enough to forget the hustle and bustle of the city.

The moat surrounding the Imperial Palace is a famous place for cherry blossoms   This area has a moat which surrounds the Imperial Palace. Part of the moat resembles the shape of a plover (chidori) which is the reason behind the name of Chidori-ga-fuchi. During the Edo Era which lasted from the 17th century to the latter half of the 19th century, there was Edo Castle where the shoguns lived which is now the Imperial Palace. To prevent invasion by foreign enemies and to secure drinking water for Edo, a moat was constructed by damming up a ri...

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Phone
03-3213-0095
Website
www.env.go.jp

Shinjuku


Experience the unique atmosphere of old Japan at Shinjuku’s Golden Gai
In the midst of the bustling commercial district of Shinjuku is Golden Gai, which has recently seen a surge in the number of foreign tourists. At Golden Gai, it feels as if you’ve taken a trip back in time to the Showa period and you can enjoy the atmosphere of what it would have been like in old-time Japan.

Shinjuku Station Shinjuku Station has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as having the most number of train passengers congregated in one place. It’s no surprise that a station that has over 3,000,000 or more people pass through it on a daily basis has received such recognition. The principal reason for such a large number of commuters is the easy accessibility to the various major areas throughout Tokyo such as Shibuya, Ikebukuro and Tokyo Station. This accessibility and convenience is largely influenced by the fact t...

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Website
www.kanko-shinjuku.jp

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. 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

Tokyo DisneySea

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Enjoy the world’s only Disney nautical theme park
DisneySea is a theme park which opened within Tokyo Disney Resorts in 2001. It is the first of the world’s Disney resorts to have an oceanic concept.

The seven theme parks DisneySea was originally meant to be built in Long Beach, Los Angeles, but the plans were actually realized in the Tokyo area. DisneySea is divided into 7 smaller theme parks. Going off the arcade from the entrance, there is Mediterranean Harbor which expands along a canal, American Waterfront which has the theme of an American port town of the early 20th century, the near-future urban port of Port Discovery, Lost River Delta where you can get a feel of the Caribbean Sea of the 1930’s, the Arabian Coast which was c...

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Business hours
- Everyday (8:00 AM ~ 10:00 PM )
Dependent on the season so please check the homepage
Phone
0570 -088-632
Price
- Adult: 6900 JPY
- Child: 4500 JPY
Website
www.tokyodisneyresort.jp

Ueno Park

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A park filled with cherry trees where you can enjoy museums, a zoo and boat-riding
Ueno Park, a place also of culture and art where you can see popular art presentations and other exhibitions of note. Not only can you enjoy the turning of the seasons here but you can also tour some important historical buildings.

Experience history as well as culture in nature What makes Ueno Park special is that it is not just simply a park; you can experience history, science, and culture, and you can also spend time with animals. The park was originally part of the grounds of Kaneiji temple but was designated as one of the earliest public parks in Japan in the Meiji period (1868 – 1912). The park started out mainly as a place for viewing Kaneiji temple, Toshogu shrine and their cherry blossom trees. Subsequently, facilities were built one by one including muse...

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Business hours
- Everyday (5:00 AM ~ 11:00 PM )
Phone
03-3828-5644
Website
en.wikipedia.org

Robot Restaurant


An incredible 90-minute experience with robots, tanks and fighters
Robot Restaurant has garnered immense popularity from overseas tourists. Enjoy the world’s only collaboration of robots, dancing and live music.

An absolutely new show experience At the Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku, foreign tourists are just flooding in. Inside, there are also plenty of famous personalities including overseas celebrities. The Robot Restaurant is located in a corner building within the neon streets of Kabukicho, Tokyo’s premier entertainment district for the night life. The total cost for the restaurant was about 100 million dollars which explains its opulent design. The show continues to surprise and impress. The 90-minute show which interweaves robots, dancers a...

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Business hours
- Everyday (4:00 PM ~ 11:00 PM )
The basic performance schedule is below
1st show: Doors open at 3:10pm~ Performance begins at 4:00pm~
2nd show: Doors open at 5:00pm~ Performance begins at 5:55pm~
3rd show: Doors open at 7:00pm~ Performance begins at 7:50pm~
4th show: Doors open at 9:00pm~ Performance begins at 9:45pm~

Phone
03-3200-5500
Price
- Adult: 8000 JPY
Meals require a separate charge of 1000 yen
Website
www.shinjuku-robot.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

Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo

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A shop where you can get lost in the world of Pokemon
A shop where you can enjoy the world of Pokemon to your heart’s content. You can have fun in many ways such as purchasing limited goods and taking part in events.

A paradise for Pokemon fans The original game software was sold in 1996, and since then Pocket Monsters has become a huge sensation around the world with its anime and card games. Pokemon can be found in a spectacular shop in Ikebukuro that feels as if it has jumped out of the anime world and into the real one. Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo is located in the Sunshine City shopping complex that is right in the heart of Ikebukuro with excellent access. Even from a distance, the shop stands out for its near-future appearance, and there is a large gl...

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Business hours
- Everyday (10:00 AM ~ 8:00 PM )
However, please check the homepage since the shop corresponds with the operating times for Sunshine City
Phone
03-5927-9290
Website
www.pokemon.co.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

Ghibli Museum

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The Museum Dedicated to Your Ghibli Favorites Like Totoro and Laputa
The Ghibli Museum is dedicated to the animated films by the famed director Hayao Miyazaki such as My Neighbour Totoro and Spirited Away that have captured the attention and love of audiences worldwide.

Ghibli Animations Ghibli’s animations have become famous overseas but especially recognized and hugely popular are films such as “My Neighbor Totoro”, Castle in the Sky and Spirited Away, with the films screened in nations such as Italy, France and America. The films have won the hearts of the fan base worldwide, not simply just in Japan. At the Ghibli Mori Art Museum, visitors will be able to learn the principles behind how animation is created in the first place, learn about the Ghibli production landscape and view exhibit...

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Business hours
- Monday (10:00 AM ~ 6:00 PM )
- Wednesday (10:00 AM ~ 6:00 PM )
- Thursday (10:00 AM ~ 6:00 PM )
- Friday (10:00 AM ~ 6:00 PM )
- Saturday (10:00 AM ~ 6:00 PM )
- Sunday (10:00 AM ~ 6:00 PM )
Phone
0570-055-777
Price
- Adult: 1000 JPY
- Child: 400 JPY
Website
www.ghibli-museum.jp

Tokyo Dome City

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A stadium, an amusement park and a spa all rolled into one facility. Have fun on an urban holiday.
You can enjoy watching sports, an amusement park, restaurants, a spa and a hotel within the same area. Tokyo Dome City is a general amusement facility where you can enjoy a full day in the center of Tokyo.

What is Tokyo Dome City? In Tokyo Dome City, which started as an outdoor baseball stadium in 1937, there are many various kinds of facilities such as the main ones of Tokyo Dome, Japan’s first domed stadium, the amusement park Tokyo City Dome Attractions, the spa LaQua and the Tokyo Dome Hotel along with the multipurpose Meets Port with its concert hall and restaurants, the space museum TenQ and a bowling alley and roller skating rink. Tokyo Dome City is an urban entertainment facility where you can have fun for an entire day and not ge...

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Business hours
- Everyday
Phone
03-5800-9999
Website
www.tokyo-dome.co.jp

The Imperial Palace East Gardens

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Enjoy your day at the Tokyo’s vast historical landmark, The Imperial Palace East Gardens
The Imperial Palace East Gardens is located on the inner east grounds of the Imperial Palaces and is reminiscent of New York’s Central Park. Although neighboring the bustling Tokyo Station, it is a miracle that you cannot feel the hectic energy of the metropolis when within the grounds of the garden.

Imperial Palace East Gardens On the grounds of the Imperial Palace East Gardens, which has been open to the public since 1968, stand the innermost circles of defense for old Edo Castle: the honmaru, ninomaru and sannomaru. At the sannomaru, there are also handicrafts that are open to the general public where you can gain insight into Japanese history. The castle tower also remains and visitors can climb up the stone-paved path. The tower was built to have a view of the entire area and so you can have a panoramic view of the Imperial Palace. C...

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Business hours
- Tuesday (9:00 AM ~ 4:00 PM )
- Wednesday (9:00 AM ~ 4:00 PM )
- Thursday (9:00 AM ~ 4:00 PM )
- Saturday (9:00 AM ~ 4:00 PM )
- Sunday (9:00 AM ~ 4:00 PM )
Phone
03-3213-1111
Price
- Free
Website
www.kunaicho.go.jp

Shinjuku Golden Gai (Golden Street)


Shinjuku’s hole-in-the-wall, with 200 bars and restaurants squeezed into a maze of narrow streets
Golden Gai is a postwar black market and prostitution area that was transformed into a village of watering holes. Tiny shops are packed into the labyrinth of alleys. The dimly-lit neon brings a nostalgic air.

Shinjuku, a neighborhood where you can have fun in various places   Tokyo’s busiest commercial district of Shinjuku is divided into various areas with their own character. There is the shopping area which attracts the young, the area of soaring office skyscrapers and the pleasure area of cabarets and clubs.   Among them, on a side street a block away from the boulevard lined with showy buildings and department stores next to Hanazono Shrine at Kabukicho 1-chome lies Shinjuku Golden Gai.   When you go past the arched signboard of Go...

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Phone
03-3209-6418

VenusFort


It’s not just for shopping and dining…there are plenty of amusement facilities including a casino
A shopping mall with the air of a theme park, VenusFort is a hybrid mall that can be enjoyed by the whole family. With many duty-free shops, even foreign tourists can enjoy plenty of shopping here.

A large mall with ideal shopping Tokyo’s Odaiba district is a popular tourist area with plenty of facilities to enjoy shopping and dining for couples and families. Among the many facilities which include Diver City and Aqua City Odaiba, there is the hugely popular and large-scale VenusFort. It is a 3-story indoor mall where the 1st and 2nd floors are built in an atrium style for that feeling of openness. Also the 3rd floor has the image of streets of southern France and northern Italy in the 17th-18th centuries. On this 3rd floor which...

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Business hours
- Everyday (11:00 AM ~ 9:00 PM )
Shopping 11:00am-9:00pm Dining 11:00am-11:00pm
(however, this will vary depending on the establishment)

Phone
03-3599-0700
Price
- Free
Website
www.venusfort.co.jp

Rainbow Bridge


The landmark for the Tokyo waterfront. The night view is spectacular!
Redevelopment of a seaside city center began in 1989 with the No. 1 highlight being Rainbow Bridge with its freely curving design.

The landmark for the new Tokyo Bay Area   Rainbow Bridge is a suspension bridge that links Shibaura Wharf by Tokyo Bay to Daiba, and was opened in 1993 to connect the seaside city center with the center of the metropolis as a basic transportation facility. In the form of a suspension bridge with the design of a free and graceful curve and an arch that seems to cut through Tokyo Bay, its appearance has made the bridge a beloved sight for many people as a landmark for the new Tokyo Bay area. The bridge is not only a traffic route with an expr...

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Business hours
- Everyday (10:00 AM ~ 6:00 PM )
Phone
03-5442-2578
Price
- Free

Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

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The feeling of a lord at the most fashionable garden in the Edo Era, Koishikawa Korakuen Garden
In the ever-changing international metropolis of Tokyo, there is Koishikawa Korakuen Garden which has preserved its serenity. The garden of the illustrious family of the Mito branch of the Tokugawas, which has received both Special Historic Site and Special Place of Scenic Beauty status, was the most fashionable green space.

Korakuen, the garden for the Edo (Tokyo) residence of the Mito Tokugawas (Ibaraki Prefecture) Take a step outside and you’ll see Korakuen Amusement Park and Tokyo Dome. Inside this bustling and lively area for young people and families, there is Koishikawa Korakuen which was built in the Edo Era. It was built in 1629 in the early Edo Era as the Edo residence garden for the Mito Tokugawas, one of the three branch families retaining status just under the Tokugawa shoguns. Afterwards, under the aegis of the second leader of the Mito Tokuga...

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Business hours
- Everyday (9:00 AM ~ 4:30 PM )
Phone
03-3811-3015
Price
- Adult: 300 JPY

Nakano Broadway

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A labyrinth chock-filled with Japanese sub-culture
The area boasts a deep array of products including manga, anime figures, and rare toys that will satisfy collectors. Nakano Broadway is the new base for Japanese sub-culture.

Nakano Broadway, the mecca for sub-culture after Akihabara After passing through Sun Mall Shopping Arcade accessible from the north exit of Nakano Station, Nakano Broadway is immediately ahead. Formerly, there were apartments on the upper floors and it was once a large shopping center but with the launch of Mandarake, a famous manga shop which has everything from specially-priced items to expensive rarities, other related stores gradually came in which sparked a change in the center. Accompanying the success of Mandarake, aside from the manga...

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Phone
03-3388-7004
Website
www.nbw.jp

Ginza

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Enjoy your day shopping for all things ‘Made in Japan’
Ginza is recognized as of one of Japan’s most sophisticated shopping districts. Lined with modern buildings, this neighborhood has many luxury brand stores and restaurants.

Shopping in Ginza Many of the tourists visiting Japan likely want to spend some time shopping. Nestled in Ginza’s central area is the Hattori Wako Clock Tower, which has become the neighborhood landmark. At the luxury department retailer Ginza Wako, you will find carefully selected luxury goods ranging from watches, accessories, to even baby gifts. You can also purchase quality products at famous established department stores such as Mitsukoshi, Matsuya, and Printemps Ginza. The Ginza chain of Uniqlo, a brand that has become hugely popul...

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Website
www.ginza.jp

Ikebukuro

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Fashion, entertainment, sub-culture and everything all wrapped into a prominent downtown area
Ikebukuro, which amasses a huge number of commuters through its 8 train lines, is the neighborhood which abundantly answers the cravings of young people from its plethora of fashion and dining establishments to its sub-culture.

Ikebukuro, a prominent bustling area of Japan Ikebukuro matches up with Shinjuku and Shibuya as a major entertainment area and has come alive as a neighborhood centering around a station whose east and west sides are bracketed by giant department stores. It has grown into a huge downtown district with the continuing rise in the number of commercial facilities such as department stores, electronics shops, dining establishments and theaters. JR Ikebukuro Station which is the center of the area is a transfer hub for the 8 lines that link to the...

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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

TOKYO ONE PIECE TOWER

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Take an adventure at Tokyo Tower which has been converted into the domain of Luffy and his comrades
The first large-scale theme park dedicated to the history of ONE PIECE. Enjoy a day of being immersed in the world of ONE PIECE through live performances, attractions, restaurants, shops and other features.

Attractions to experience an adventure with the gang from ONE PIECE At TOKYO ONE PIECE TOWER, there are plenty of attractions re-enacting scenes from the anime and attractions with the atmosphere of enjoying an adventure with the popular characters. The myriad attractions where you can play around in the world of the characters include LUFFY’S ENDLESS ADVENTURE which you can walk through to find out what Luffy fights for, ZORO’S SOUL OF EDGE which is Zoro’s swordsmanship training ground where each visitor gets a sword to bra...

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- Everyday (10:00 AM ~ 10:00 PM )
Phone
03-5777-5308
Price
- Adult: 3200 JPY
- Child: 1600 JPY
Child admission applies to 4-12 years of age. Children 3 and below are free. (※Accompaniment by parent or guardian is required)
Website
onepiecetower.tokyo

Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo Garden

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Relax at the Japanese garden at the historic Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo.
This garden, built in the 19th century, is a different world. You spend an elegant time here where you can feel as if you aren’t in the city at all

The Chinzanso garden   Care to spend an elegant day at your own pace within the metropolis? You can spend that day by choosing the Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo. Despite its location within the heart of Tokyo, the hotel has been praised for its quiet environment filled with nature atop a hill. In fact, in 2013, it was awarded as The Best Luxury Hotel in Japan by the UK publication, “Business Destinations” and in the following year, it was judged to be The Best Business Hotel in Japan at the 2014 MICE Report Awards.  The hotel has a J...

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Business hours
- Everyday (9:00 AM ~ 10:00 PM )
Phone
03-3943-1111
Price
- Free
Website
www.hotel-chinzanso-tokyo.com

Kagurazaka


Kagurazaka retains that scent of an entertainment quarter from the good old days. Strolling along the stone-paved roads, it’s something out of the Michelin guide.
Kagurazaka, which still has the stone-paved roads from long ago, not only has that spirited scenery of an entertainment quarter, but it also has that charm for many people as a gourmet town rich in international flavor.

Kagurazaka scenery The area once had that background of being a lively geisha district of old, and even now it is a unique neighborhood that hints at a Japanese chic and gaiety. Recently, a lot of foreigners have come to live in the area, and a certain liveliness has risen with the younger generations coming to visit. Leaving the main avenue and going into the side streets, there is the scenery of the stone pavements along with the classy ryotei restaurants hidden away here and there. The streets are just like a maze, and it’s fun to ta...

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Ameyoko(Ameya-Yokochō)

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A truly inexpensive street where you can find everything from foods to miscellaneous goods.
After the war, Ameyoko, though it was called a black market, was a place that was indispensable for survival. From Narita, it’s the closest shopping district in Tokyo.

Since there were a lot of stores selling candy there, the area was called “Ame-ya Yokocho” (Candy Store Lane). It was also called “America Yokocho” because it sold contraband goods from the US army. The two names got confusing so it’s said that the name ended up as “Ameyoko”. In the past, there were markets in Shinjuku, Shibuya and Ikebukuro, but now there is only Ameyoko in Ueno. There are 520 stores selling everything from foods and products for everyday living to clothing, watches and health goods. A...

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Phone
03-3832-5053
Website
en.wikipedia.org

Tokyo Disneyland

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Enjoy your time at Tokyo’s Disneyland
Tokyo Disney Resort is comprised of both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Sea. Tokyo Disney Resort is Japan’s leading amusement park.

Tokyo Disneyland Modeled after the Magic Kingdom in America’s Disneyland, there is also Cinderella’s Castle as the symbol of Tokyo Disneyland. The entire area is divided into seven theme parks with a total of 43 different attractions, 53 merchandise shops and 53 food and beverage outlets. Near the main entrance of the park, you can find the World Bazaar, which has souvenir shops lined up as an arcade street and is modeled to replicate the atmosphere of the early 20th century in the United States. Thrilling Theme Park Rides At th...

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Business hours
- Everyday (8:00 AM ~ 10:00 PM )
Phone
045-330-5211
Price
- Adult: 6400 JPY
- Child: 4200 JPY
Website
www.tokyodisneyresort.jp

Tsukiji Outer Market

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Japan’s incredible kitchen with its fresh ingredients and the enthusiasm of the many visitors
The world’s largest fish market. Starting with the restaurants where you can sample a variety of seafood from the market, there is also an array of stores where you can purchase fish, produce, groceries and kitchen utensils.

A market buzzing with activity and presence Tsukiji Market is the world’s largest when it comes to the amounts transacted in seafood. As a fish market, it has the greatest activity not just in Japan but anywhere on the planet. Unlike the Inner Market where the professionals come and go, the Outer Market is open to everyone. In this Outer Market, approximately 400 establishments, including restaurants, are crowded in here selling seafood of course, but also fruits, vegetables, groceries and other products. Along with the large scale of t...

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Phone
03-3541-9466
Price
- Free
Website
www.tsukiji.or.jp

Kappabashi


Kappabashi, the Kingdom of Cooking. Japan’s No. 1 street for kitchen utensils
Kappabashi is the street located between Ueno and Asakusa with shops dealing in cookware. With over 100 years of history, customers from all over Japan, whether they be amateur cooks or professional chefs, come to the street. And even in recent years, it has become a hit with the overseas tourists as well.

How to enjoy Kappabashi There are 170 shops spanning a distance of approximately 800 meters which sell anything having to do with cooking. The Western tableware store, Niimi, has a huge model of a cook at the entrance to the street which has become a landmark. The store itself has amassed just about everything that has to do with cooking including Western and Japanese tableware, bar utensils, cookware and bakeware. At Kama-Asa Shoten, which deals in knives and Nambu ironware, there are English explanations for the knives, and there is also a...

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Business hours
- Everyday (9:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM )
Phone
03-3844-1225
Price
Depending on the store
Website
www.kappabashi.or.jp

Roppongi

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Feel at home in Roppongi. Get a taste of the extraordinary in an urban artistic space.
Roppongi had that image of a nighttime entertainment quarter for adults, but recently it has changed into a modern area. It has become a place to show Tokyo’s latest art by museums of art that have been going up one by one.

Notable museums of art on Embassy Row The embassies of every nation dot the surrounding area of Roppongi and there are many stores for foreigners. In the neighborhood, there are also plenty of notable art galleries. Let us introduce three of them with some special characteristics. Mori Art Museum Located on the 53rd floor of the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower. With an eye toward art from Japan and the rest of Asia, it’s a museum focused on modernity and internationality. Exhibitions of the world’s artists under the theme of contempor...

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Phone
03-3433-7355
Website
en.wikipedia.org

Yasukuni Shrine


A shrine dedicated to the war dead which is also a famous place for cherry blossoms. The festival stalls are a must-see.
During the sakura season, the area surrounding Yasukuni Shrine becomes the most beautiful famous place in Tokyo for cherry blossoms. Although there is also the controversy of the war dead enshrined at Yasukuni, the shrine, where you can experience traditional events every season, has plenty of things to see.

The spirits of people ranging from the upheaval after the end of the Edo Era to World War II are enshrined Yasukuni Shrine had its origins as Tokyo Shokonsha Shrine when it consecrated all those who had fallen in battle during the period of revolution (the Meiji Restoration) as the age of the samurai changed from 1869 to a time of modern nation-building. Afterwards, it was re-named Yasukuni Shrine, and it was there that the dead from the end of the Edo Era in 1853 to the Second World War were also enshrined. At the shrine, please appreciate...

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Business hours
- Everyday (6:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM )
Phone
03-3261-8326
Price
- Free
Admission to Yushukan: adults 800 yen
Website
www.yasukuni.or.jp

Yoyogi Park

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After shopping in cute and poppy Harajuku, relax in Yoyogi Park.
An urban park that has been loved for years as a daily resting area for Tokyo citizens which holds concerts and many events. If you’re tired of the city’s hustle and bustle, take a break in this huge park.

Taking it easy just like a Tokyoite   Since Yoyogi Park is close to Harajuku Station, getting there after a round of shopping is simple. Take a break there once your shopping in Harajuku is done. You can take it easy just like a resident of Tokyo by walking among the trees or lying down on the fields of grass. It is the perfect park after feeling the everyday of the metropolis.   Yoyogi Park was once the parade grounds for the Imperial army, and then following World War II, it was used as the US military barracks known as Washington Height...

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Business hours
- Everyday
Phone
03-3485-4090
Price
- Free
Website
en.wikipedia.org

Omotesando

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A trendy area. A neighborhood where you can encounter cutting-edge fashion and various other items
A sophisticated sense of high class engulfs the pedestrians walking there. From the main street to the back streets, there is a variety of shops. Even walking through the back alleys brings an air of celebrity

How Omotesando developed into a trendy area Its origins lay in the opening of an avenue leading to Meiji-Jingu Shrine in 1920. There are a number of reasons behind its birth as a trendy area. One reason is the appearance of the Doujunkai Aoyama Apartments where high-ranking officials and people of culture had resided and the Washington Heights (the facility that housed GHQ officers) that was constructed after the 2nd World War. The Washington Heights was then opened as the Athletes’ Village at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, and for other reas...

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Website
www.gotokyo.org

NHK Studio Park

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Take a behind-the-scenes look at television production at Studio Park in Shibuya.
At the Japanese national broadcaster’s NHK Studio Park, you can find out about the production studio for TV programs. You can look at live broadcasts and encounter popular characters.

What is NHK Studio Park? At the end of the shopping street on the gentle slope in Shibuya, there is the headquarters of the national television broadcaster, NHK. NHK. Studio Park which is located at one corner of the station is a facility where you can witness studio recording that you wouldn’t normally be able to see, see post-recording of animation, try your hand at being a newscaster and see exhibitions of popular characters from TV among other things. It is a facility where you can enjoy and learn about the work at a broadcaster and...

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Business hours
- Everyday (10:00 AM ~ 6:00 PM )
Phone
03-3485-8034
Price
- Adult: 200 JPY
Website
www.nhk.or.jp

Shibuya Center Gai

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The shopping street for the youth mecca of Shibuya which is just beyond the famous scramble intersection
Center Gai is right by the crossing for Shibuya where the young get together. Along the narrow street, there are stores and signboards attracting youth. Among the crowds and noise, a unique atmosphere is created.

The distinct feeling of Shibuya’s Center Gai is a highlight of touring Tokyo   Going from the plaza where the statue of Hachiko stands in front of JR Shibuya Station and across the scramble intersection, you will find the gateway to Center Gai in the corner. Right at the front of the crossing, there is a huge display screen showing electronic advertising. To the left side of this, there is a road extending off to the west which happens to be Center Gai. You will find it easily since there is an arch at the entrance.   Long ago, there...

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Price
- Free
Website
en.wikipedia.org

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

Yanaka


Experience a bit of old Japan in Yanaka which has more than 70 temples
The high-tech image of Tokyo is turned on its ear here in Yanaka. The low buildings and narrow winding streets retains that air of the Showa Era. This is an area where you can take a leisurely stroll

A temple town since the Edo Era Yanaka is a temple town. For various reasons such as protecting Edo Castle, escaping from fire and quakes, alleviating the overpopulation of people and stores in the central area, this area was naturally established. While walking or dining in Yanaka, get that feeling of the good old days of Japan. In Yanaka Ginza which is the center of the area, there are about 70 private stores, and since it is a matter of course to eat and walk while in the neighborhood, it’s fun to try out reasonable and delicious foo...

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www.gotokyo.org

Mori Art Museum

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Take a close look at art and life at a place touching the sky
The Mori Art Museum on the 53rd floor of Roppongi Hills is a place where you can enjoy the latest contemporary art and Tokyo City View from a 360-degree observation deck. You can feel that the streets of Tokyo is art in itself.

The new symbol of Roppongi   Recently, Roppongi has been turning into a hotbed for art. There is the National Art Center Tokyo nearby, along with the Suntory Museum of Art within Tokyo Midtown. Inside the buildings and in the surrounding park, there are numerous small art galleries, so the area is no longer just for shopping and nightlife; it has also become an exciting place for art lovers. In this neighborhood, on the 53rd floor of Roppongi Hills right near the top is the Mori Art Museum. At this art museum which opened in 2003, the motto...

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Business hours
- Monday (10:00 AM ~ 10:00 PM )
- Tuesday (10:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM )
- Wednesday (10:00 AM ~ 10:00 PM )
- Thursday (10:00 AM ~ 10:00 PM )
- Friday (10:00 AM ~ 10:00 PM )
- Saturday (10:00 AM ~ 10:00 PM )
- Sunday (10:00 AM ~ 10:00 PM )
Phone
03-5777-8600
Price
- Adult: 1800 JPY
- Child: 600 JPY
Seniors over 65 years of age: 1500 yen
Students (high school/university): 1200 yen
The above prices include both the art exhibitions and Tokyo City View.

Website
www.mori.art.museum

Tokyo Water Bus

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The water bus, another way to enjoy your time in Tokyo
There are many tourist spots along the Arakawa and Sumida Rivers. Moving by train is fine, but how about going by water bus while viewing the scenery from the river?

TOKYO CRUISE There are 6 lines in operation. The pleasure boat, Atake Maru , used by the feudal lords of the Edo Era as a personal luxury passenger vessel, has been re-created. Among the 10 types of water bus, this one gets a lot of looks. It has a strong sense of entertainment, and the onboard meals and shows have an elegant atmosphere. Travel time is about 40 minutes. Also, there are a variety of events throughout the year such as a New Year’s cruise, a night cherry blossom-viewing cruise, cruises through Sumida River and Tokyo Bay to...

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Phone
0120-977-311
Price
Differs depending on the facility
Website
en.wikipedia.org

Edo Tokyo Museum


A museum where you can thoroughly learn about Edo and Tokyo
Edo refers to the former name for Tokyo. It is at the Edo Tokyo Museum where various documents relating to the culture of the Edo period and Tokyo’s history are located.

Edo Tokyo Museum At this museum, there are replicas dedicated to exhibiting the landscape of the common people who lived in the castle town during the Edo Period. There are a total of 7 floors above ground and 1 floor underground in the museum, with permanent exhibition and temporary exhibition rooms and special events and exhibitions which take place 5 times a year. There is an exhibition room that is partitioned according to the ‘Edo Zone’ and ‘Tokyo Zone’. In the ‘Edo Zone’, you will find models of ukiyo...

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Business hours
- Everyday (9:30 AM ~ 5:00 PM )
April-September 9:30am~5:30pm
October-March 9:30am~4:30pm
Phone
03-3626-9974
Price
- Adult: 600 JPY
- Child: 0 JPY
Website
www.edo-tokyo-museum.or.jp

Diver City Tokyo Plaza

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A facility where you can feel the enjoyment of a new sensation under the concept of a theatrical city space
A commercial facility filled with new discoveries in a wide entertainment space with popular domestic and overseas brand-name shops and restaurants.

Individualistic shops abound The extremely popular Odaiba area of Tokyo has many commercial facilities for couples and families. Diver City Tokyo Plaza, under its concept of a theatrical city space, was opened in 2012 as a new popular spot in Tokyo for not just shopping but also for entertainment and surprises. Once you go through the atrium-like entrance, you will find shops such as Japan’s first Old Navy store and Honolulu Coffee, a coffee shop from Hawaii. As well, there are many shops and restaurants that have become the talk of Tok...

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Phone
03-6380-7800
Price
- Free
Website
www.divercity-tokyo.com

Nezu Museum

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Indulge quietly in old Asian art near fashionable Omotesando
Nezu Museum is located in the fashionable and refined neighborhood of Minami-Aoyama. Don’t just go to see the famous collection of old Asian art but also view the Japanese garden there.

Take a breather while enjoying old Asian art In Tokyo, there is Minami-Aoyama which attracts the most refined and fashionable people. Nezu Museum is located at the back of a street which has all of the high-brand stores such as Cartier and Chloe. A long straight corridor reminiscent of a bamboo forest will take you into the museum where you will experience a tranquil and gentle space. The museum is an urban art gallery where you can appreciate old Asian art while relaxing. It is here that old works of art from Japan and Asia collected by in...

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Business hours
- Everyday (10:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM )
Phone
03-3400-2536
Price
- Adult: 1200 JPY
- Child: 0 JPY
Website
www.nezu-muse.or.jp

National Museum of Nature and Science

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Past and modern science of world-leading Japan can be found in this museum
This is Japan’s oldest and largest museum pursuing natural history and science. Let’s avidly learn about science under the theme of “humanity and nature co-existing”. The popular attractions on a 360-degree screen are also a hit.

The trajectory of the kingdom of science and Japanese scientific technology Japan is a world leader in scientific research, technology, mechanical engineering, medicine and various other fields, and has the largest number of Nobel Prize winners in Asia. The trajectory of this kingdom of science and Japanese scientific technology is seen in full detail in this museum. The National Museum of Nature and Science, under its theme of “humanity and nature co-existing” was established in Ueno, Tokyo in 1877, and is the country’s ol...

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Business hours
- Tuesday (9:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM )
- Wednesday (9:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM )
- Thursday (9:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM )
- Friday (9:00 AM ~ 8:00 PM )
- Saturday (9:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM )
- Sunday (9:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM )
Phone
03-5777-8600
Price
- Adult: 620 JPY
- Child: 0 JPY
Website
www.kahaku.go.jp

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