The Complete Tokyo Guide: The 55 Best Places to Go in Tokyo

Tokyo, one of the largest cities in the world, is filled with so many different attractions that you will never have enough time to fully appreciate them. First-time visitors to Tokyo may be at a loss as to where to start. In this issue, we will introduce 55 sightseeing spots and ways to enjoy Tokyo in 19 different themes. If you are planning to visit Tokyo in the future, please read this article and use it as a reference for your planning!


First, go to a standard spot.

Here are some of the most popular tourist spots that you should keep in mind if you are traveling to Tokyo.

Tokyo Sky Tree (東京スカイツリー)

Tokyo Sky Tree (東京スカイツリー)

The Tokyo Sky Tree, a tourist facility located in the eastern area of Tokyo, is a landmark of Tokyo and a popular tourist spot along with Tokyo Tower. It is one of the tallest radio towers in the world, standing at 634 meters! Not only can you see it from below, but you can actually climb it and enjoy a spectacular view of Tokyo.

The building adjacent to the Tokyo Sky Tree includes a commercial facility called Tokyo Solamachi and the Sumida Aquarium, offering various ways to enjoy the view from the Sky Tree afterwards.

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Tokyo Tower (東京タワー)

Tokyo Tower (東京タワー)

Tokyo Tower is the symbol of Tokyo. With its beautiful red and white color scheme, it is loved by many as a landmark of the city of Tokyo. Many people think of the observation deck when they think of Tokyo Tower, but what is popular among tourists nowadays is to take pictures with Tokyo Tower in the background! There are even lines of people waiting in line at the most popular photo spots.

The 333-meter-high Tokyo Tower can be seen from both near and far. It is also illuminated at night, creating a different atmosphere than during the day. Please look for Tokyo Tower as you walk through the streets of Tokyo!

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Toyosu market (豊洲市場)

Toyosu market (豊洲市場)
Toyosu market (豊洲市場)

The Toyosu Market is the kitchen of Tokyo, where tuna and other marine products and vegetables are gathered. A variety of food products are sold and purchased here, and food and beverages are delivered to supermarkets and restaurants. Although it is basically a place for vendors, it has also become a popular tourist attraction in Tokyo, with restaurants, shopping spots, and programs for the general public to enjoy.

One of the main features of the Toyosu Market is that it opens early in the morning. Visitors can enter the market from 5:00 a.m., and some restaurants are open at the same time as the market. This is a recommended spot for those who want to do some sightseeing in the morning.

What can be done at the Toyosu Market

  • Tuna auction viewing (advance reservation required and lottery system if you wish to view tuna auction observation deck)
  • Observe the wholesale trade
  • Eat at a restaurant that serves the dishes with using fresh ingredients.
  • A store offering exclusive food items that are available only here and open to the general public
  • Enjoy the view of Tokyo’s bay from the rooftop
  • Enjoy the commercial facilities in the area

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Senso-ji Temple(浅草寺)

Senso-ji Temple is the oldest temple in Tokyo. A large gate called Kaminarimon, which is also the symbol of the temple, is located at the entrance, and the main hall and five-story pagoda are reached through Nakamise-dori. The temple’s blessing is “wish fulfillment. Therefore, it is the most powerful power spot where wishes in general are said to come true, not just specific benefits.

There are many ways to enjoy Senso-ji Temple besides visiting the temple and drawing fortunes. You can taste Asakusa’s gourmet food on Nakamise-dori lined with small stores, look for souvenirs, take a rickshaw ride in front of Senso-ji Temple to see the scenery of Asakusa, or have a drink on the nearby Hoppy Street. If you include a stroll around the area, you can spend the entire day here. It is one of the most popular tourist spots in Japan and should be visited at least once when you come to Japan.

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The Imperial Palace (皇居)

Scenery of the Imperial Palace Outer Gardens

The Imperial Palace, the residence of Japan’s symbolic “Emperor,” is a very large site in the center of Tokyo. The Imperial Palace is divided into four main areas.

  • East Gardens of the Imperial Palace: Admission is free except on holidays. Remnants of Edo Castle remain in various places.
  • Imperial Palace Outer Gardens: An open plaza in front of the Imperial Palace. It is home to the symbol of the Imperial Palace, the Nijubashi Bridge, and bronze statues of historical figures.
  • Kitanomaru Park: A park that is open 24 hours a day (lights out at 10:00 pm). Museums and other cultural facilities are located on the lush green grounds.
  • Fukiage Gardens: Where the Emperor’s residence is located. (Basically not open to the public, but you can visit a part of the grounds if you join the Imperial Palace General Visitor Tour.

The Imperial Palace is easily accessible from Tokyo Station! Even if you are not interested in Japanese history, it is a great place to stroll around and highly recommended.

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Harajuku/Takeshita Street

Takeshita Street is a 350-meter-long street that runs from Harajuku Station toward Meiji-dori. Lined with colorful, pop stores offering gourmet food, fashion, character stores, and knick-knacks, it has become a place where many young people gather as a source of “kawaii culture”.

Takeshita-dori is popular among foreign tourists these days. If you are looking for a unique and pop-up place, you have no choice but to come to Takeshita-dori! Don’t miss the unique apparel stores, colorful sundries, and high-impact gourmet food. If you are a fan of Japanese kawaii culture, you are sure to be satisfied with this spot.

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Akihabara, known as one of Japan’s best electric town, is an area lined with stores selling electrical and IT products. On the other hand, Akihabara is also a center of subculture where many people gather to store for manga, games, and anime.

It is also famous as a mecca for “cosplayers” dressed in costumes of popular idols and anime characters. If you want to meet cosplayers, try visiting cosplay cafes (con cafes) of various genres. Maid cafes are the most common, but there are also rare con cafes featuring ninjas and princesses.

Akihabara has a unique and distinctive culture. There are few similar places in Japan, so why not visit this one-of-a-kind place?

Tokyo Disney Resort (東京ディズニーリゾート)

Tokyo Disneyland Cinderella Castle

Tokyo Disney Resort, although technically located in Chiba Prefecture, is a major Tokyo tourist attraction, as it is only about a 15-minute train ride from Tokyo Station. There are two parks, Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, and each park requires its own admission fee. Most people choose one of the two parks and spend a whole day there.

Tokyo Disney Resort is a great place for families, with activities, shows, and parades for even the youngest children to enjoy, as well as diaper changing spots and stroller rentals.

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Shibuya Scramble Crossing (渋谷スクランブル交差点)

The Shibuya Scramble Crossing is a huge intersection where people come and go every time the light turns green. It is the most crowded intersection in Shibuya, one of the busiest areas in Tokyo.

The Shibuya Scramble Crossing is used by a staggering 500,000 people a day, and the number of people crossing at a single green light can reach 3,000! The scene of neon-lit buildings and many people crossing has become one of Tokyo’s most iconic locations, and has often appeared in movies both in Japan and abroad.

Shibuya Sky (渋谷スカイ)

Shibuya Sky is the highest observation deck in Shibuya, approximately 230 meters above ground. It is located on the rooftop of a commercial building called Shibuya Scramble Square.

Mt.Fuji, Tokyo Sky Tree, Tokyo Tower, and other famous landmarks of Tokyo, as well as overlooking the Shibuya Scramble Crossing at your feet. Various devices are set up in the space leading up to the observation deck, making it a recommended spot to enjoy the uplifting feeling of being invited to an extraordinary space.

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Go to the newest and hottest spots built in 2023 and 2024.

New spots are popping up one after another in Tokyo. Even in the past few years, many large-scale facilities have sprung up. Here are three of the newest spots that are popular among international travelers.

Toyosu Senkyaku Banrai (豊洲 千客万来)

Gourmet area of the Toyosu Senkyaku Banrai

Toyosu Senkyaku Banrai is a new area in Toyosu Market that opened in February 2024. This spot, which has been crowded since its opening, is a hot spot that you should definitely check out if you are visiting Tokyo.

The facility consists of two buildings, the Onsen Building and the Shokuraku Building. The Onsen Building is open 24 hours a day and features an open-air bath with a view of Tokyo Bay and a footbath garden with a 360-degree panoramic view of the waterfront. The Shokuraku building has a market where visitors can enjoy fresh seasonal ingredients and delicacies at the eatery or counter, a restaurant district with a concentration of famous restaurants, and popular local stores.

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Tokyu Kabukicho Tower (東急歌舞伎町タワー)

Entertainment Food Hall “Shinjuku Kabuki Hall – Kabuki Yokocho”

Tokyu Kabukicho Tower is a high-rise complex with 48 floors above ground and 5 floors below, consisting of a hotel and entertainment facilities such as a movie theater, theater, and live hall. Located in the Kabukicho area of Shinjuku, it is based on the concept of “mastering your favorite things. It is a facility that has attracted a great deal of attention in recent years.

The “THE TOKYO MATRIX,” a hands-on attraction facility where friends conquer dungeons together; “namco TOKYO,” an amusement center with the latest gashapon and claw machine, events, and shining neon lights; and “Shinjuku Kabuki Hall – Kabuki Yokocho,” an entertainment food hall where food, music, and video are combined under the theme of matsuri. It is a photogenic spot full of entertainment.

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Warner Bros. Studio Tour Tokyo – The Making of Harry Potter (ワーナー ブラザース スタジオツアー東京 – メイキング・オブ・ハリー・ポッター)

Opening in June 2023, “Warner Bros. Studio Tour Tokyo – The Making of Harry Potter” is an interactive entertainment facility where visitors can experience behind-the-scenes production of the popular “Harry Potter” and “Fantastic Beasts” film series. It is the first of its kind in Asia and the second to be built after London, UK.

The expansive grounds are filled with numerous movie sets, allowing visitors to explore the world they saw on the screen in a realistic way. There are also exhibits of props and costumes actually used in the movies. This is a must-see spot for fans.

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Tokyo is all about shopping! Let’s go to large-scale commercial facilities!

Tokyo is home to numerous attractive commercial facilities. Even in the past few years, major commercial facilities have sprung up, and more are expected to follow.

Azabudai Hills(麻布台ヒルズ)

Azabudai Hills(麻布台ヒルズ)

If you want to go to the hottest commercial center of the moment, Azabudai Hills is the place to be, a compact city newly created in 2023. Surrounded by greenery despite its central location in the heart of the city, the entire town is home to about 150 stores offering a variety of restaurants, sweets, lifestyle, beauty, and other services. Team Lab Borderless, a dedicated museum by TeamLab, which has been attracting attention both in Japan and abroad, is also located in this facility and attracts many visitors.

Access is directly connected to Kamiyacho Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line from Exit 5 on the basement floor, so it is not affected by weather conditions!

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Roppongi Hills (六本木ヒルズ)

Roppongi Hills (六本木ヒルズ)

Roppongi Hills is a large-scale commercial complex that includes a 238-meter-tall office building, a hotel, a movie theater, museums, and commercial facilities, and more than 200 restaurants and stores.

If you are visiting Roppongi Hills for sightseeing, check out the Mori Art Museum on the 53rd floor of Mori Tower, the Tokyo Citu View observation deck on the 52nd floor, public art scattered throughout the grounds, and the Mori Garden, a Japanese-style garden.

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Miyashita Park (ミヤシタパーク)

Miyashita Park (ミヤシタパーク)

Miyashita Park is a commercial facility that opened in 2020, featuring a park (Shibuya Miyashita Park), commercial facility (RAYARD MIYASHITA PARK), and hotel (sequence MIYASHITA PARK) all in one. The facility is filled with popular gourmet spots, stores, and places where you can play all night long.

When you visit Miyashita Park, check out the rooftop park “Shibuya Miyashita Park” and “Shibuya Yokocho” lined with izakaya (Japanese-style pubs). The park has an expansive lawn where you can relax and enjoy takeout food. In Shibuya Yokocho, there are many restaurants offering local gourmet foods and soul food, and you can taste dishes from all over Japan, from Hokkaido to Okinawa. Hashigo-zake (barhopping)” is also recommended as a casual way to enjoy a little bit of each.

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If you want to feel the history, visit shrines and temples.

Tokyo is not just about the latest and greatest. There are also shrines and temples where you can experience history and culture.

Meiji Jingu(明治神宮 )

Approach to Meiji Jingu

Meiji Jingu is located near Harajuku Station. It is also known as the shrine with the largest number of visitors for Hatsumode in Japan. Meiji Jingu is unique in that it is surrounded by a vast forest. The shrine, which is peaceful and pleasant to walk around, has long been a favorite place of rest and relaxation for the people of Tokyo.

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Nezu Jinja Shrine(根津神社)

Nezu Jinja Shrine(根津神社)
Torii of Nezu Shrine

This shrine is located in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, and has many red Torii gates lined up in a row, making it a wonderful place to take pictures. It is a power spot that offers many blessings such as protection from bad luck and good luck in marriage. It is also famous for its beautiful azalea blossoms in spring, and the azalea festival in April is a must-see.

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Zojoji Temple and Tokyo Tower

Zojoji Temple is located in Minato Ward, Tokyo, and is famous as a power spot for “luck in winning” and “luck at work. Its location near the Tokyo Tower makes it a popular tourist spot among visitors. Although the temple is located in an urban area surrounded by buildings, its spacious grounds allow visitors to enjoy a quiet time.

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From cutting-edge art to traditional art! Art Museums in Tokyo

There are more than 100 art museums in Tokyo, and the sheer number of museums makes it difficult to choose where to visit. We would like to introduce three art spots that are unique to Japan.

TeamLab Planets TOKYO DMM Toyosu (チームラボプラネッツTOKYO DMM 豊洲)

teamLab, Moss Garden of Resonating Microcosms – Solidified Light Color, Dusk to Dawn © teamLab

TeamLab is a digital content production company that uses advanced technology to create immersive works of art. In recent years, the company has gained popularity by operating dedicated museums around the world.

TeamLab Planets TOKYO DMM Toyosu is one of the most popular of TeamLab’s facilities. The facility is open until the end of 2027 in Toyosu, a bay area of Tokyo, and is dedicated to the enjoyment of digital art that engages all five senses.

Inside the large building, there are exhibits of different types of artwork, each with its own unique features and ways to enjoy them. Inside the building, including the corridors, the entire area is dimly lit, and like a maze, you will be thrilled and excited to see what is about to happen.

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The Sumida Hokusai Museum (すみだ北斎美術館)

Exterior view of the Sumida Hokusai Museum

The Sumida Hokusai Museum, located in the Ryogoku area, introduces a wide range of works by the world-famous ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai and his students, and provides easy-to-understand information about Hokusai’s life and his relationship with Yasuda. It is a recommended spot for sightseeing in the Ryogoku area.

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Ghibli Museum, Mitaka(三鷹の森ジブリ美術館)

Ghibli Museum, Mitaka(三鷹の森ジブリ美術館)
Ghibli Museum, Mitaka(三鷹の森ジブリ美術館)

The Ghibli Museum is a museum where visitors can experience the world of Studio Ghibli, the well-known animation film studio.The museum is headed by Hayao Miyazaki, the creator of Studio Ghibli.

As the slogan “Let’s get lost together!” suggests, visitors can tour the museum in any order they like. the visitors can tour the museum in any order they like, getting lost along the way. The buildings in the museum are all uniquely designed, and even the information signs are works of art. The playful Ghibli Museum is a must-visit for Ghibli lovers and non-Ghibli lovers alike.

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If you want to know about Japanese history and culture, go to the museum.

Tokyo has an abundance of museums that deal with a variety of themes and have interesting exhibits and collections.

Tokyo National Museum (東京国立博物館)

Tokyo National Museum

Founded in 1872, the Tokyo National Museum is the oldest museum in Japan and is located in Ueno Park. It is located in Ueno Park. The six buildings are divided according to the exhibits: Honkan (Japanese art), Heiseikan (Japanese archaeology), Toyokan (Oriental art), Horyuji Treasures (treasures donated by Horyuji Temple), Omokei (special exhibition and event space), and Kuroda Memorial Hall (exhibiting works by Western-style painter Kuroda Seiki). Almost every week, one of the exhibition halls changes its exhibits, so visitors can make new discoveries no matter how many times they visit.

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The Japanese Sword Museum (刀剣博物館)

Sword Museum Entrance

The Japanese Sword Museum is a museum specializing in Japanese swords with a long history of more than half a century since 1968. The museum was opened to maintain and promote the Japanese sword culture. The Sword Museum houses and exhibits many masterpieces and famous swords, and is a facility where visitors can deepen their knowledge of traditional Japanese sword culture and proper swordsmanship. The museum is recommended for those who are interested in swords and wish to learn basic knowledge about them.

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Edo-Tokyo Open-Air Architectural Museum (江戸東京たてもの園)

Edo-Tokyo Open-Air Architectural Museum is an open-air museum that opened in 1993 in the vast Koganei Park. Within the park are restored, preserved, and exhibited buildings of high historical value constructed from the Edo period to the early Showa period. There is also a building whose design was used as the model for the Ghibli movie “Spirited Away”. Visitors can enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere as if they have stepped back in time.

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Entertainment Facilities

Tokyo offers a wide variety of entertainment facilities, including spots where you can enjoy various characters and Japanese culture.

Tokyo Character Street(東京キャラクターストリート)

Tokyo Character Street
Tokyo Character Street

Tokyo Character Street is an area lined with character stores. Located on the first basement floor of Tokyo Station, the area is home to more than 30 stores. There are many popular Japanese character stores such as Pokemon, Rilakkuma, Ghibli, and One Piece! You are sure to be able to purchase your favorite character goods here.

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Pokémon Center Shibuya(ポケモンセンターシブヤ)

Pokémon Center Shibuya
Pokémon Center Shibuya

Pokémon Center Shibuya is an official store of Pokémon (=Pokemon). It is located on the 6th floor of Shibuya PARCO. The store was created based on a different concept from previous Pokémon Centers, including the use of cutting-edge technology to create a space with a next-generation feel, making it an exciting place to visit for both children and adults. There are several Pokémon Centers in Tokyo, so please choose the one that best suits your sightseeing route.

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NINJA TRICK HOUSE IN TOKYO(手裏剣道場 新宿忍者からくり屋敷)

Located a 7-minute walk from Shinjuku Station, this entertainment facility allows visitors to experience being a ninja. Visitors can learn ninja skills through animation and participate in demonstrations using swords and shurikens. You can also experience ninja house tricks and shuriken throwing, and take pictures, making this a great place to create memories with family and friends.

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Only in Tokyo! Unique and cool spots

Tokyo is a city full of “unique” and “cool” attractions. The spots that make up this city are nature, the latest fashionable spots, historical places unique to Japan, places where you can experience entertainment unique to Japan, and more…. Here we introduce a selection of unique and cool spots in the city of Tokyo.

Shinjuku Gyoen(新宿御苑)

Shinjuku Gyoen, a 10-minute walk from the South Exit of Shinjuku Station, is a spot in Tokyo where you can experience “Wa”. The park is designed with a Japanese garden, a formal garden, a landscape garden, and one of the best modern Western gardens in Japan.

There are about 10,000 trees in Shinjuku Gyoen, and it is designated as one of the 100 best cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan. The park is crowded with visitors from late March to early April, when the cherry blossoms are at their best.

Although it is located in the heart of the city, you can enjoy a stroll with birds chirping in the distance, making it a recommended spot for relaxation and refreshment. The view of skyscrapers through the trees is also a sight unique to Shinjuku.

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Ryogoku Kokugikan (両国国技館)

The Kokugikan in Ryogoku, the sacred site of sumo, is a must-visit spot for all sumo enthusiasts. During the main sumo tournaments, many visitors come to watch the matches and enjoy the museum exhibits of materials related to sumo and the past sumo wrestlers. Since sumo is a representative of Japanese culture, the Kokugikan is a great place to learn about the history of Japan through sumo. In addition, there are many places to enjoy Japanese culture around the Kokugikan, such as the Edo-Tokyo Museum and the Sumida Hokusai Museum, so if you are interested in Japanese culture, please stop by.

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Yayoi Kusama Museum (草間彌生美術館)

Opened in Shinjuku in October 2017, this museum exhibits a collection of works by the leading Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama as well as other valuable related materials. Through the exhibition, the museum aims to convey to the world at large the message of world peace and love for humanity that Kusama has repeatedly appealed for.

The elevator is also polka-dot patterned, making it a very cute museum. Admission is by advance reservation only, and tickets purchase are made only through the museum’s website, so please make an online reservation in advance before visiting. *Entry is timed and only valid for a specific 90min time slot.

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Gotokuji Temple (豪徳寺)

Gotokuji Temple, located in a quiet residential area in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo, is a famous temple said to be the birthplace of “Maneki Neko (Lucky Cat),” which have long been popular as one of the most popular good-luck charms.

More than several thousand Maneki Neko, from large to small, are lined up in the main hall and precincts of the temple, and the sight is truly breathtaking! Maneki Neko placed in the dedication hall are for people who have made a wish on a Maneki Neko and brought it home to return it after their wish has been fulfilled.

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Gashapon Department Store Ikebukuro Sohonten (ガシャポンのデパート 池袋総本店)

Gashapon Department Store Ikebukuro Sohonten (ガシャポンのデパート 池袋総本店)

Located in the Sunshine City shopping center in Ikebukuro, the Gashapon Department Store houses approximately 3,000 Gashapon machines, one of the largest in the world. You will find an incredible variety of toys, including figures from Pokemon, Gundam, Doraemon, and many more.

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Capsule toys are an activity that has many fans in Japan because of the excitement of not knowing what will come out. The capsule toys are easy to carry around and make great souvenirs or mementos of your trip. This is a spot where children will surely be very excited.

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Nakano Broadway (中野ブロードウェイ)

Nakano Broadway Entrance

Nakano Broadway, located just a short distance from JR Nakano Station, is a building that is considered the “mecca of subcultures” and the source of the latest culture.

The B1 to 4F floors are filled with a variety of stores, where enthusiasts in various fields gather daily for rare bargains and other items that cannot be found even on the Internet.

As Japanese pop culture, anime and manga, have become popular in countries around the world, more and more tourists from abroad are coming to Japan and enjoy this place!

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A fun place to experience

We have collected spots where you can enjoy Japanese culture.

Samurai Armor Photo Studio (サムライアーマーフォトスタジオ)

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Samurai Armor Photo Studio is a photo studio where you can have your picture taken wearing armor. Armor is the traditional Japanese protective gear worn by soldiers in battle. Reflecting the power and technological development of the samurai, these pieces of equipment were made using techniques from diverse fields at the time, blacksmithing, leatherworking, painting, metalworking, weaving.

The armor that can be worn at Samurai Armor Photo Studio is a reproduction by craftsmen of the techniques of the time. The ability to wear authentic armor and have one’s picture taken in it is gaining popularity. This is a must-do activity for those who want to feel like a samurai. Reservations can be made through the official website.

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Tsukiji Outside Market (築地場外市場)

Tsukiji Outside Market is Japan’s “food town” where you can find fresh seafood, vegetables, processed foods, as well as restaurants and casual eateries. With a variety of stores lining the street, it is truly a treasure trove of food. Many stores are open early in the morning, so getting up early and using the market for breakfast is also recommended.

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A spot full of nature

Tokyo may have a strong image as a big city, but in fact there are many places where you can get in touch with nature.

Todoroki Valley (等々力渓谷)

Todoroki Valley (等々力渓谷)
Todoroki Valley (等々力渓谷)

Todoroki Valley is a spot where you can feel the great outdoors, just a 20-minute train ride from Shibuya. Many visitors are surprised when they go there for the first time to see so much nature that they cannot believe they are in Tokyo. Visitors can enjoy cherry blossoms in spring and autumn leaves in fall, and there is also a Japanese garden and a sweet shop.

Ueno Park (上野恩賜公園)

Ueno Park (上野恩賜公園)
Ueno Park (上野恩賜公園)

Ueno Park is a park in Tokyo that boasts a vast area. Within Ueno Park, there is the Ueno Zoo, famous for its pandas, as well as art galleries, museums, and other facilities where visitors can experience art and culture. In spring, the park is famous as a cherry blossom viewing spot with cherry trees in full bloom.

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Mt. Takao

Mt. Takao
Mt. Takao

Mt. Takao, located in Hachioji City, Tokyo, is one of Tokyo’s most famous mountains and can be reached by train from Shinjuku in about an hour. The number of annual climbers reaches approximately 3 million, making it the highest mountain in the world. The low elevation of 599 meters makes it easy to climb, and its natural beauty in each of the four seasons has made it a popular destination for many people.

In addition to its natural attractions, Mt. Takao offers well-maintained mountain trails, tourist facilities from the foot of the mountain to the summit, and gourmet cuisine. Takao has been awarded three stars in the Michelin Green Guide and has become even more popular in recent years.

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If you want to barhopping, go to Yokocho!

Many people want to enjoy drinking when they come to Japan. In Tokyo, there is a culture of “yokocho,” or side streets, where small restaurants and bars are gathered together for hashigo-zake (barhopping).

Shinjuku Golden Gai (新宿ゴールデン街)

Shinjuku Golden Gai is a restaurant district in Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo. It has been known as “Golden Gai” since around 1965. There are more than 200 stores lining the narrow alleys. It is popular as a deep drinking street for Japanese who are accustomed to drinking. All the stores are small in size, so it is recommended to drink alone or with a small group. It is recommended to visit with a minimum of luggage.

Shinjuku Omoide Yokocho (新宿思い出横丁)

Located at the west exit of Shinjuku Station in Tokyo, Omoide Yokocho is a good old drinking district that retains a nostalgic scene. About 60 restaurants, mainly yakitori restaurants, line the street. It is a deep spot with many hidden gems, where you can enjoy delicious food and drinks. The stores in Omoide Yokocho are all small, so dress lightly.

Shibuya Yokocho (渋谷横丁)

Shibuya Yokocho (渋谷横丁)

Shibuya Yokocho is a newer side street that was recently established. It is recommended for beginners than the Yokochoes introduced above. Many of the restaurants in Yokocho offer local gourmet foods, and you can taste dishes from all over Japan, from Hokkaido to Okinawa. Eating your way through the gourmet foods of various regions while drinking is probably the best way to enjoy Shibuya Yokocho.

For those who want to know more about Tokyo’s side streets ⇩
Tokyo Yokocho Guide: 8 of the best places to eat and drink in Tokyo

For Families! Spots for Kids to Have Fun!

There are many places in Tokyo that you can enjoy with your children.

Sanrio Puroland (サンリオピューロランド)

Sanrio Puroland (サンリオピューロランド)

Sanrio Puroland is an indoor theme park about a 10-minute walk from Keio-tama-center Station. Visitors can interact with many Sanrio characters, including the world-famous Hello Kitty. It is a spot where you can enjoy all day long with full-scale musical shows, parades, rides that even small children can enjoy, and meet and greets with the characters. Children who love cute characters will surely be excited.

Tokyo Dome City(東京ドームシティ)

Tokyo Dome City(東京ドームシティ)

Tokyo Dome City is an urban leisure complex filled with various entertainment facilities such as amusement parks, sports, spas, shopping, and dining, centering on Tokyo Dome where sports games and live events are held.

Tokyo Dome City Attractions

Tokyo Dome City offers a variety of ways to have fun, but the attractions at Tokyo Dome City Attractions are especially recommended for elementary school students. The attractions range from those for small children to those that will thrill even adults, and are suitable for various ages. There are also a variety of indoor attractions, so even rainy days can be a good time to play.

There are also hot spring facilities within Tokyo Dome City, so relaxing in a hot spring after a day of fun is a recommended way to spend time.

For those who want to know more about facilities for children in Tokyo ⇩
Tokyo Sightseeing: 20 Family-Friendly Activities for Kids

Children will also enjoy! Zoos and Aquariums

Tokyo offers a wide variety of zoos and aquariums. This is your chance to see creatures unique to Japan!

Ueno Zoological Gardens (上野動物園)

The Ueno Zoo (Ueno Zoological Gardens), opened in 1882, was the first zoo in Japan and is located in Ueno Park. It is located in Ueno Park and is home to 3,000 animals of approximately 300 different species.

The Ueno Zoo has two major features. The first is that it keeps and exhibits giant pandas. There are only three places in Japan where pandas are bred, and many people visit the Ueno Zoo for the pandas.

The second feature is that Ueno Park, where the zoo is located, is full of historical buildings such as Ueno Toshogu Shrine and other sightseeing spots. There are also art museums and cafes such as Starbucks, so even after enjoying the zoo, you can stop by the surrounding spots and have a good time. It is a perfect spot for a date or a stroll, so be sure to visit the zoo and the surrounding area together.

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Sumida Aquarium (すみだ水族館)


Located directly under the Skytree in Asakusa, Tokyo, Sumida Aquarium is a popular facility that has become a hot topic of conversation for its photogenic space and unique exhibition methods of penguins and chin sea eels. Since it is completely indoors, it is recommended even on rainy or bad weather days, and since it is not very large, it is easy to drop by.

Unlike ordinary aquariums, you can get very close to the creatures and learn about their ecology in detail. A particular highlight is the Penguin Zone, where penguins swim in one of the largest pools in Japan! Many Magellanic penguins live freely in an open-air indoor pool with a water volume of about 350 tons, and you can observe them up close and personal.

Alcohol is also sold at the aquarium, which is rare for an aquarium. There are plenty of chairs in the aquarium, so we recommend spending a leisurely time looking at the aquarium with a drink in hand.

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Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa (マクセル アクアパーク品川)


Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa is a state-of-the-art aquarium that fuses creatures with sound, light, and images. The museum is popular for its powerful dolphin performances, the theme of which changes with the seasons, and the photogenic space that extends throughout the building. Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa is located near Shinagawa Station, one of Tokyo’s most popular office districts, for easy access. Attached to the Shinagawa Prince Hotel, Shinagawa’s city hotel, the two-story facility features dynamic attractions and a stage for dolphin shows, making it hard to believe that it is indoors.

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For those who want to know more about Tokyo’s zoo and aquarium facilities ⇩
Top 10 Zoos and Aquariums in Tokyo

Recommended for couples! Romantic Spots

Many people want to visit romantic spots while traveling. Here are two spots that we particularly recommend.

Odaiba Marine Park (お台場海浜公園)

Daytime view

The Odaiba area is popular among couples for its openness along the coast and romantic atmosphere, despite being a staple of Tokyo sightseeing. Odaiba Kaihin Koen, located in the Odaiba area, is a must-visit spot when visiting Tokyo.

Odaiba Marine Park offers a beautiful view of the waterfront. The daytime scenery is lovely, but the atmosphere at sunset is especially perfect for couples. The park’s orange hue makes the scenery even more beautiful. At night, the Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower are illuminated, providing one of the best night views in Tokyo.

Commercial facilities are located in the immediate vicinity of the park, making it a great place to visit while dining or shopping!

Inokashira Park (井の頭恩賜公園)

Inokashira Park in summer

Inokashira Park, also known as the “Lover’s Mecca,” is located near Kichijoji and Mitaka Stations. Surrounded by a lot of greenery, you can take a stroll and enjoy nature, ride a boat, and have a fun and relaxing time. There is also a zoo on the premises, which is recommended. The park is also ideal for picnics, and can be easily visited by parents and children, lovers, friends, and any other people.

For those who want to know more romantic spots in Tokyo ⇩
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For those who want a non-standard trip! Holey Spots

There are many interesting and fun spots to visit, even if they are not on the main road!

Sugamo Jizo-dori Shopping Street (巣鴨地蔵通り商店街)

Sugamo Jizo-dori Shopping Street (巣鴨地蔵通り商店街)

Sugamo is called “Grandma’s Harajuku,” after the famous fashion and trend center of Harajuku. The name comes from the fact that Sugamo used to be an area loved by the older generation, but nowadays it is crowded with tourists of all ages.

The Sugamo Jizo-dori Shopping Street is one of the busiest shopping streets in Sugamo. The shopping street stretches for about 800 meters and is lined with about 200 stores. Walking along the shopping street, you will come into contact with the warmth of the locals and the shopping street, and you will notice the good things about this area. There are also many popular gourmet restaurants, making it a great place to eat and walk around.

Hamarikyu Gardens (浜離宮庭園)

Hamarikyu Gardens has a long history, dating back to the Edo period. Visitors to Hama Rikyu Gardens will see traditional Japanese garden styles such as the only seawater pond in Tokyo and the “duck place” used to lure ducks to the garden. There are also flower gardens, teahouses, and a variety of other attractions for those who are interested in visiting. The natural beauty of Hamarikyu Gardens is the perfect spot for those who want to spend a relaxing time away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

For those who want to know more about Tokyo’s hidden gems ⇩
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I want to travel at a great price! Free spots to enter

From those who just want to travel cheaply to those who are looking for free spots that are easy to get into. Here are some recommended spots.

Meguro Parasitological Museum (目黒寄生虫館)

A museum recommended for those seeking an unusual Tokyo attraction is the Meguro Parasitological Museum in Meguro-ku, Tokyo! This spot is one of the few museums in the world specializing in parasites and attracts many visitors from overseas. The permanent exhibition features about 300 specimens and related materials collected from Japan and abroad. Admission is free (Donations are welcomed). There is also a museum store in the museum where you can buy original goods, so please stop by together!

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KITTE Garden (KITTEガーデン)

KITTE is a commercial facility located in front of the Marunouchi South Exit of JR Tokyo Station, and the KITTE Garden on the 6th floor is an open-air rooftop garden of approximately 1,500 square meters. It is a relaxing space with lush greenery and a night view. The night view of the red-brick Tokyo Station Marunouchi and the lights of the Marunouchi buildings in the background is particularly breathtaking. Crowded with shoppers and diners, it is a popular place to enjoy the beauty of nature and history in the heart of the city. Especially on weekday evenings, the many lights leaking from the surrounding office buildings create a more luxurious atmosphere!

*May be closed due to weather conditions.

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For those who want to know more free spots in Tokyo ⇩
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If you have trouble sightseeing on a rainy day! Indoor Spots to Visit on a Rainy Day

Rainy weather can be a problem for sightseeing. But don’t worry! There are many places in Tokyo where you can enjoy yourself indoors.

Tokyo Joypolis (東京ジョイポリス)

Tokyo Joypolis is one of Japan’s largest indoor theme parks located in Odaiba, featuring more than 20 different attractions that offer a thrilling, realistic, and innovative entertainment experience. The park also features a variety of events in collaboration with popular animations, and since re-entry is possible with a ticket issued on the day of your visit, you can spend the entire day in Odaiba. The closest stations are Odaiba Kaihin Koen Station and Tokyo Teleport Station, and both stations are within a 5-minute walk for easy access.

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Shibuya Scramble Square (渋谷スクランブルスクエア)

Shibuya Scramble Square (渋谷スクランブルスクエア)

Shibuya Scramble Square, a landmark tower directly connected to Shibuya Station, is a shopping spot with more than 210 of the world’s latest stores. Particularly popular is SHIBUYA SKY, the highest observation deck in Shibuya. Although the rooftop is closed in the event of rain, the SKY GALLERY, an indoor observation corridor on the 46th floor, is also recommended for its beautiful views. Also recommended are the food areas specializing in takeout that extend from the first floor to the basement, and the restaurant zones on the 12th and 13th floors.

For those who want to know more about the best spots for rainy days in Tokyo ⇩
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Sightseeing in Tokyo on a Rainy Day: You can fully enjoy your visit even in the rain! 8 Museum Facilities

Enjoy gourmet food unique to Tokyo

Ramen, sushi, Japanese food, Japanese sweets… there are many things you will want to eat when you come to Japan, but we encourage you to pay attention to the unique gourmet foods of each region.

In Tokyo, you should definitely check out chanko-nabe, Edomae sushi, Fukagawa-meshi, monjayaki, and dozeu-nabe. All of these gourmet foods originated in Tokyo, and there are many restaurants in the city.

Among them, monjayaki, which is easy to eat and can be made by yourself, is especially recommended! At Tsukishima station, there is a street called “Monja Street” lined with about 60 monja restaurants, which looks like a theme park. Monja can be enjoyed as an experience, and we encourage you to try it!

For those who want to know more about Tokyo local gourmet ⇩
Five local foods in Tokyo: Edo-mae sushi, monjayaki, chanko-nabe, Fukagawa-meshi, dozeu-nabe

Discover how to enjoy each season.

Japan has four distinct seasons, each with different scenery and things to do and enjoy. Each time you visit Tokyo, you can enjoy different attractions. If you are wondering which season to visit, here is an article that explains in detail how to enjoy each season.

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