What to See in Tokyo – Tokyo City Attractions

Tokyo is the capital city of Japan, one of the most populous cities in the world and and the largest metropolitan area in the world. Tokyo is the center of the Greater Tokyo Area, is also the seat of the Japanese government and the Imperial Palace, and the home of the Japanese Imperial Family. The city is located in the Kant? region on the southeastern side of the main island Honshu and includes the Izu Islands and Ogasawara Islands.

Tokyo was originally a small village founded in the 12th century by Edo clan. Tokyo is without a shadow of a doubt the heart of Japan, a city which defines Japan and its culture. As one of popular tourist destination in Asia, millions of travelers from around the world visits Tokyo every year to see what the metropolis has to offer. We provide some guidance to travel around Tokyo below.

Tokyo Main Attractions

When it comes to attractions, Tokyo has something for everyone from cultural buildings and museums to shopping, dining and modern entertainment. The city’s history can be appreciated in districts such as Asakusa, and in many excellent museums, historic temples and gardens. Contrary to common perception, Tokyo also offers a number of attractive green spaces in the city center and its outskirts within relatively short train rides.

Central Tokyo (Chiyoda, Chuo)

  • Imperial Palace – Main residence of the Japanese Imperial Family.Tokyo Imperial Palace - Nijubashi
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  • Koishikawa Korakuen – Landscape garden next to Tokyo Dome.
  • Akihabara – also known as Akihabara Electric Town, a major shopping area for electronic, computer, anime, games and otaku goods.
  • Imperial East Gardens – Park on the former grounds of Edo Castle.

Western Tokyo (Shinjuku, Shibuya)

  • Shibuya – Popular shopping district among younger generations.
  • Shinjuku – Popular shopping district located near Japan’s busiest station
  • Harajuku – Center of teenage fashion and cosplay culture
  • Meiji Shrine – The Shinto shrine that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken.
  • Shinjuku Gyoen – City park in situated in Shinjuku
  • Yoyogi Park – Beautiful city park located in Shibuya district.

tokyo attractions - tokyo towerNorthern Tokyo (Ueno, Asakusa, Ikebukuro)

  • Tokyo Skytree – A 643 meter communication and observation tower located in Sumida, Tokyo. It is also known as Tokyo Tower
  • Asakusa – District with an atmosphere of old Tokyo
  • Sensoji Temple – An ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa. It is Tokyo’s oldest temple, and one of its most significant. Built sometime in the 7th century before Tokyo was even Edo to house the golden statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, which, according to legend was fished out of the nearby Simudagawa, by two local fisherman brothers. Despite their efforts to return Kannon to the river where she was found, the statue kept finding its way back to them. Subsequently a temple was built to house the goddess. Sensoji is Tokyo’s only agreed tourist attraction, and is visited daily by hundreds of tourists and worshipers from Japan and all over the world.
  • Rikugien – Japanese style garden.
  • Edo Tokyo Museum – A museum of the history of Tokyo during the Edo period, established in 1993. The museum is located in Ry?goku. The main features of the permanent exhibitions are the life-size replica of the Nihonbashi, which was the bridge leading into Edo; the Nakamuraza theatre; and scale models of towns and buildings from the Edo, Meiji and Sh?wa periods.
  • Ueno Park – city park with multiple museums including the National Museum of Nature and Science and a zoo

Southern Tokyo (Shinagawa, Minato)

  • Odaiba – A large artificial island in Tokyo Bay, Japan, across the Rainbow Bridge from central Tokyo.

Aqua City, Venus Fort, and Rainbow Bridge are the three attractions which have made Tokyo’s Odaiba one of the city’s most frequented destinations. Odaiba stands on two of six islands which the Togukawa shogunate built and fortified to protect Tokyo Harbor from Western intrusion, which arrived in the person of Commodore Matthew Perry in 1853.

  • Roppongi Hills – modern entertainment and shopping complex
  • Institute of Nature – Quiet nature reserve in the middle of Tokyo

Outskirts of Tokyo

  • Ghibli Museum – Animation and art museum of Ghibli Studio, one of Japan’s most famous animation studios.
  • Tokyo Disney Resort

Minnie Mouse @ Tokyo Disneyland

You will find many different areas to explore at Tokyo Disney Resort. You will enjoy the Ikspiari, which has over a hundred restaurants and little shops. There is a play and care center for children called Camp Nepos. You never have to worry about transportation since the monorail system runs around the entire Disney Resort stopping at every major facility.

There are seven different theme parks and each one has a new adventure than the last one, comprising World Bazaar, Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Toontown, Fantasyland, Westernland and Critter Country. For those are looking for Splash Mountain, they can go to Critter Country. If want to experience all the fantasies while enjoying a cheap holiday, Fantasyland is the best option.

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You will see the Mickey Mouse Revue, Peter Pans Flight and the Haunted Mansion plus all the rest of the fantasies that you love. This is a beautifully created theme park with a fantasy them for every occasion in the world of Walt Disney. If you are looking for a round up or a riverboat adventure, Westernland is where you need to be. This is a truly remarkable theme park. Of all the place to travel for a Disney vacation,

Tokyo is just spectacular. The resorts and the attractions are incredible. You will find the unforgettable vacation in Tokyo for the entire family.

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