Must-see attractions in Tokyo

  • Tokyo, Ueno, Taito-ku: Tokyo National Museum, Honkan

    Tokyo National Museum

    Ueno & Yanesen

    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…

  • April 29, 2018: The Robot statue in an open garden space at the Ghibli museum.

    Ghibli Museum


    This museum is the heart of the Studio Ghibli world, a beloved (even 'adored') film studio responsible for classic, critically-acclaimed animated titles…

  • Shinjuku, Tokyo, Kanto region, Japan. Tiny alleys crowded with night bars and clubs at Golden Gai district.

    Golden Gai

    Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

    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…

  • Tokyo, Japan view of Shibuya Crossing, one of the busiest crosswalks in the world.
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    Shibuya Crossing

    Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

    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…

  • teamLab Borderless


    Digital-art collective teamLab has created 60 artworks for this museum, open in 2018, that tests the border between art and the viewer: many are…

  • Tokyo Imperial Palace, tokyo, japan
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    Imperial Palace


    The Imperial Palace occupies the site of the original Edo-jō, the Tokugawa shogunate's castle. In its heyday this was the largest fortress in the world,…

  • Exterior of the Sensouji Temple.
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    Asakusa & Sumida River

    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…

  • TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 23: Meiji-jingu in Tokyo, Japan on November 23, 2013. The shrine officially designated one of Kanpei-taisha, the 1st rank of government supported shrines.
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    Harajuku & Aoyama

    Tokyo’s grandest Shintō shrine is dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and Empress Shōken, whose reign (1868–1912) coincided with Japan's transformation from…

  • Rikugi-en

    Ueno & Yanesen

    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…

  • Tokyo, Japan - October 3, 2016: View at modern skyscrapers and  Hamarikyu Gardens in Tokyo. It is a public park opened April 1, 1946.
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    Hama-rikyū Onshi-teien

    Ginza & Tsukiji

    This beautiful garden, one of Tokyo’s finest, is all that remains of a shogunate summer villa next to Tokyo Bay. There's a large pond with an island,…

  • Autumn in Japan is very attractive season for its beautiful colors of Japanese maple, gingko and other trees.

    Koishikawa Kōrakuen

    Kōrakuen & Akihabara

    Established in the mid-17th century as the property of the Tokugawa clan, this formal strolling garden incorporates elements of Chinese and Japanese…

  • A chef at a street kitchen on the famous fish market Tsukiji in Tokyo, Japan, preparing seafood on a grill

    Tsukiji Market

    Ginza & Tsukiji

    Tokyo's main wholesale market may have moved to Toyosu, but there are many reasons to visit its old home. The tightly packed rows of vendors (which once…

  • yoyogi park in Tokyo, Japan


    Harajuku & Aoyama

    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'll…

  • Omotesando Dori


    Harajuku & Aoyama

    This broad, tree-lined boulevard is lined with boutiques from the top European fashion houses. More interesting are the buildings themselves, designed by…

  • Exterior of the 'Asakura Choso Museum' (Museum of Sculpture) in Yanaka, Tokyo.  This was the home and studio of sculptor Fumio Asakura and now exhibits his work.

    Asakura Museum of Sculpture, Taitō

    Ueno & Yanesen

    Sculptor Asakura Fumio (artist name Chōso; 1883–1964) built his home studio in the early 20th century and it's very much representative of architecture of…

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    Dedicated to interdisciplinary experimentation, Intermediatheque cherry-picks from the vast collection of the University of Tokyo to craft a fascinating,…

  • Nezu Museum

    Harajuku & Aoyama

    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…

  • TOKYO, JAPAN - 2023/03/22: Visitors of Tokyo's Inokashira Park enjoy the blooming Sakura trees on a rowing boat. The traditional Cherry tree blooming season reaches its peak on March 23rd this year. For the first time after the Covid-19 pandemic, picnics are allowed in public parks where people can enjoy themselves together in large crowds. (Photo by Stanislav Kogiku/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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    One of Tokyo's best parks, Inokashira-kōen has a big pond in the middle flanked by woodsy strolling paths. A highlight is Inokashira Benzaiten, a shrine…

  • Tokyo, Japan - April 08, 2023: park in front of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, a 54-story mixed-use skyscraper in Roppongi, Minato. Completed in 2003 it is the 6th-tallest building in Tokyo at 238 meters
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    Roppongi Hills

    Roppongi, Akasaka & Around

    Roppongi Hills sets the standard for 21st-century real-estate developments in Tokyo. The centrepiece of the office, shopping, dining and entertainment…

  • National Museum of Modern Art (MOMAT)


    Regularly changing displays from the museum's superb collection of more than 12,000 works are shown over floors 2 to 4; special exhibitions are mounted on…

  • Statue of Liberty and Rainbow bridge in Tokyo Japan

    Statue of Liberty

    Odaiba & Tokyo Bay

    A very popular photo-op, with the Rainbow Bridge in the background, is this 11m-tall replica of Lady Liberty, a fixture on Odaiba's waterfront since 2000.

  • April 25, 2018: Exhibitions at the Edo Tokyo Museum, which illustrates Tokyo's past.
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    Edo-Tokyo Museum

    Asakusa & Sumida River

    Tokyo's history museum documents the city's transformation from tidal flatlands to feudal capital to modern metropolis via detailed scale re-creations of…

  • TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 07:     Some 10,000 crystal 'Gorinto', five-rings tower is arranged at the 'Corridor of Pray' at Fukagawa Fudodo Temple on March 7, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

    Fukagawa Fudō-dō

    Asakusa & Sumida River

    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)…

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office, Shinjuku

    Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

    Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

    Tokyo's city hall – a landmark building designed by Tange Kenzō – has observatories (202m) atop both the south and north towers of Building 1 (the views…

  • Ukiyo-e Ōta Memorial Museum of Art

    Harajuku & Aoyama

    This small museum (where you swap your shoes for slippers) is the best place in Tokyo to see ukiyo-e. Each month it presents a seasonal, thematic…

  • Kanda Myōjin

    Kōrakuen & Akihabara

    Tracing its history back to AD 730, this splendid Shintō shrine boasts vermilion-lacquered halls surrounding a stately courtyard. Its present location…

  • Advertising Museum Tokyo

    Ginza & Tsukiji

    If you see advertising as art, this museum is a spectacle. Run by Dentsu, Japan’s largest advertising agency, this fine collection runs from woodblock…

  • TOKYO, JAPAN - JANUARY 05: A general view of the first tuna auction of the New Year at Toyosu Wholesale Fish Market on January 5, 2024 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

    Toyosu Market

    Odaiba & Tokyo Bay

    In 2018, Tokyo's central wholesale market moved from its iconic Tsukiji location to this new facility in Toyosu, a structure clearly dreamed up by…

  • Gold & Silver

    Tokyo Skytree

    Asakusa & Sumida River

    Tokyo Skytree opened in May 2012 as the world’s tallest ‘free-standing tower’ at 634m. Its silvery exterior of steel mesh morphs from a triangle at the…

  • Japanese garden

    Imperial Palace East Garden


    Crafted from part of the original castle compound, these lovely free gardens allow you to get close-up views of the massive stones used to build the…

  • The shine of the Zōjō-ji Buddhist temple in Minato in the early evening.


    Roppongi, Akasaka & Around

    One of the most important temples of the Jōdō (Pure Land) sect of Buddhism, Zōjō-ji dates from 1393 and was the funerary temple of the Tokugawa regime. It…

  • Yasukuni Jinja.


    Kōrakuen & Akihabara

    Literally ‘For the Peace of the Country Shrine’, Yasukuni is the memorial shrine to Japan’s war dead, around 2.5 million souls. First built in 1869, it is…

  • Tokyo Tower and skyline at dusk, Tokyo, Japan

    Tokyo Tower

    Roppongi, Akasaka & Around

    Something of a shameless tourist trap, this 1958-vintage tower – painted bright orange and white in order to comply with international aviation safety…

  • TOKYO - June 2: Mori Tower stands at the center of Roppongi Hills on June 2, 2010 in Tokyo. Opened in 2003, this 54-floor building is 238 m high and houses stores, restaurants, offices and a museum. ; Shutterstock ID 167248913; Your name (First / Last): Josh Vogel; Project no. or GL code: 56530; Network activity no. or Cost Centre: Online-Design; Product or Project: 65050/7529/Josh Vogel/ Destination Galleries

    Mori Art Museum

    Roppongi, Akasaka & Around

    Mori Art Museum is one of Tokyo's leading spaces for contemporary art, taking up a whole floor at the top of Mori Tower. It has no permanent exhibition;…

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Godzilla at Hotel Gracery, Shinjuku.

    Godzilla Head

    Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

    Godzilla, a portmanteau of the Japanese words for gorilla (gorira) and whale (kujira), is king of the kaijū (strange beasts) that ruled Japanese popular…

  • Japan Edo-Tokyo museum plaza panorama modern city cultural landmark

    Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architecture Museum


    This fantastic yet overlooked museum is a preserve for historic buildings rescued from around Tokyo during the city's decades-long construction jag. Among…

  • TOKYO, JAPAN - APRIL 3 : Ueno Park in spring season with Cherry Blossom taken on April 3, 2007
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    Ueno & Yanesen

    Best known for its profusion of cherry trees that burst into blossom in spring (making this one of Tokyo's top hanami – blossom-viewing – spots),…

  •  Sumida Hokusai Museum designed by Sejima Kazuyo, Asakusa & Sumida River.

    Sumida Hokusai Museum

    Asakusa & Sumida River

    The woodblock artist Hokusai Katsushika (1760–1849) was born and died close to the location of this museum, which opened in 2016 in a striking aluminium…

  • Tokyo, Japan - September 12, 2014: Resting house at the Happo-en Garden in Tokyo. The garden is a beautiful exapmple of Japanese zen-style gardening with restaurant and teahouse facilities.
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    Ebisu, Meguro & Around

    Three centuries ago this garden, with strolling paths around a large pond (home to many carp), was the backyard of a vassal to the shogun. Today its the…

  • TOKYO, JAPAN:  Boats float on a pond surrounded by cherry blossoms at Kitanomaru Park in Tokyo 05 April as the flower-viewing season reaches its climax. The park is considered to be a prime site for enjoying cherry blossoms.   AFP  PHOTO (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)



    This large park north of the Imperial Palace is home to noteworthy museums as well as the Nippon Budōkan concert hall. The gate at the park’s northern end…

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