Attractions

Top Choice Notable Building in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

Tokyo’s seat of power, designed by Tange Kenzō and completed in 1991, looms large and looks somewhat like a pixelated cathedral (or the lair of an animated villain). Take an elevator from the ground floor of Buildin…
Top Choice Park in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

Shinjuku-gyoen

Though Shinjuku-gyoen was designed as an imperial retreat (completed 1906), it’s now definitively a park for everyone. The wide lawns make it a favourite for urbanites in need of a quick escape from the hurly-burly …
Top Choice Museum in West Tokyo

Ghibli Museum

Master animator Miyazaki Hayao, whose Studio Ghibli produced Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, designed this museum. Fans will enjoy the original sketches; kids, even if they’re not familiar with the movies, will…
Top Choice Notable Building in West Tokyo

Nakano Broadway

This vintage 1960s shopping mall – at the end of the equally vintage Nakano Sun Mall covered arcade – helped cement Nakano's reputation as an underground Akihabara. It's filled with small shops aimed at collectors o…
Top Choice Street in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Shibuya Crossing

Rumoured to be the busiest intersection in the world (and definitely in Japan), Shibuya Crossing, is like a giant beating heart, sending people in all directions with every pulsing light change. Perhaps nowhere else…
Top Choice Area in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Shibuya Center-gai

Shibuya's main drag is closed to cars and choc-a-block with fast-food joints and high-street fashion shops. At night, lit bright as day, with a dozen competing soundtracks (coming from who knows where), wares spilli…
Top Choice Area in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Shimo-Kitazawa

The narrow streets of ‘Shimokita’ are barely passable by cars, meaning a streetscape like a dollhouse version of Tokyo. It’s been a favourite haunt of generations of students, musicians and artists. If hippies – not…
Top Choice Park in West Tokyo

Inokashira-kōen

One of Tokyo's best parks, Inokashira-kōen has a big pond in the middle flanked by woodsy strolling paths. You can rent row boats and swan-shaped pedal boats to take out onto the water (¥700 per hour). On weekends p…
Top Choice Park in Harajuku & Aoyama

Yoyogi-kōen

If it’s a sunny and warm weekend afternoon, you can count on there being a crowd lazing around the large grassy expanse that is Yoyogi-kōen. You can also usually find revellers and noisemakers of all stripes, from h…
Top Choice Museum in Harajuku & Aoyama

Nezu Museum

Nezu Museum offers a striking blend of old and new: a renowned collection of Japanese, Chinese and Korean antiquities in a gallery space designed by contemporary architect Kuma Kengo. Select items from the extensive…