Tokyo attractions

Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Asakusa & Sumida River

Sensō-ji

Tokyo’s most visited temple enshrines a golden image of Kannon (the Buddhist goddess of mercy), which, according to legend, was miraculously pulled out of the nearby Sumida-gawa by two fishermen in AD 628. The image…
Top Choice Shinto Shrine in Harajuku & Aoyama

Meiji-jingū

Tokyo’s grandest Shintō shrine is dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and Empress Shōken, whose reign (1868–1912) coincided with Japan's transformation from isolationist, feudal state to modern nation. Constructed in 192…
Top Choice Museum in Ueno & Yanesen

Tokyo National Museum

If you visit only one museum in Tokyo, make it the Tokyo National Museum. Here you'll find the world's largest collection of Japanese art, including ancient pottery, Buddhist sculptures, samurai swords, colourful uk…
Top Choice Gardens in Ueno & Yanesen

Rikugi-en

Considered by many to be Tokyo's most elegant garden, Rikugi-en was originally completed in 1702, at the behest of a feudal lord. It is definitely the most highbrow, designed to evoke scenes from classical literatur…
Top Choice Area in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

Golden Gai

Golden Gai – a Shinjuku institution for over half a century – is a collection of tiny bars, often literally no bigger than a closet and seating maybe a dozen. Each is as unique and eccentric as the ‘master’ or ‘mama…
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 Museum in Asakusa & Sumida River

Edo-Tokyo Museum

Tokyo's history museum documents the city's transformation from tidal flatlands to feudal capital to modern metropolis via detailed scale recreations of townscapes, villas and tenement homes, plus artefacts such as …
Top Choice Museum in Odaiba & Tokyo Bay

teamLab Borderless

Digital art collective teamLab has created 60 artworks for this new museum that tests the border between art and the viewer: many are interactive. Not sure how? That's the point – go up to the artworks, move and tou…
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 Buddhist Temple in Asakusa & Sumida River

Fukagawa Fudō-dō

Belonging to the esoteric Shingon sect, at this active temple you can attend one of the city's most spectacular religious rituals. Goma (fire rituals) take place daily in an auditorium in the Hondō (Main Hall) at 9a…