Must-see attractions in Tokyo

  • Asia, Japan, Tokyo, Shibuya ward, Hachiko dog meeting point, Christmas lights

    Hachikō Statue

    Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

    Every evening, Akita dog Hachikō would go to Shibuya Station to greet his companion. It's a practice he kept up everyday for 10 years after the professor…

  • Tokyo, JAPAN:  Video portraits and photographs of French actress Isabelle Huppert are dispayed during a press preview of a photo exhibition "Woman of Many Faces" at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, 30 June 2006. Over 100 photographic and video portraits by legendary artists, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, will be held a montly exhibition until 06 August.  AFP PHOTO/Kazuhiro NOGI    (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

    TOP Museum

    Ebisu, Meguro & Around

    Tokyo's principal photography museum usually holds three different exhibitions at once, drawing on both its extensive collection of Japanese artists and…

  • Hotel New Ōtani Japanese Garden

    Roppongi, Akasaka & Around

    Nonguests are welcome to visit Hotel New Ōtani's beautiful 400-year-old Japanese garden, which once belonged to a Tokugawa regent. Including vermilion…

  • A giant female panda Shin Shin eats bamboo at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo on April 1, 2011. A pair of pandas, leased from China, arrived at Ueno Zoo on February 21, and are now displayed to the public after the zoo closed following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO/TOPSHOTS (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

    Ueno Zoo

    Ueno & Yanesen

    Japan’s oldest zoo, established in 1882, is home to animals from around the globe, but the biggest attractions are the giant pandas from China, Rī Rī and…

  • State Guest House, Akasaka Palace

    Roppongi, Akasaka & Around

    Check online for the opening schedule and somewhat complex admission details for this imperial palace and garden. Outside it's a dead ringer for London's…

  • TOKYO - APRIL 1 2012: People, mostly youngsters, walk through Takeshita Dori near Harajuku train station on Sunday April 1 2012. Takeshita Dori is considered a birthplace of Japan's fashion trends.; Shutterstock ID 113994796; 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


    Harajuku & Aoyama

    This is Tokyo’s famous fashion bazaar. It's an odd mixed bag: newer shops selling trendy, youthful styles alongside stores still invested in the trappings…

  • Shinjuku Gyoen Park, Tokyo, Japan in the spring cherry blossom season.; Shutterstock ID 245037472; 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


    Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

    Shinjuku-gyoen was designed as an imperial retreat (completed 1906); since opening to the public in 1951, it has become a favourite destination for…

  • Nihombashi over the Nihombashi River with the Tokyo Metropolitan Expressway overhead



    Guarded by bronze lions and dragons, this handsome 1911-vintage granite bridge over the Nihombashi-gawa is partly obscured by the overhead expressway…

  • April 26, 2018: Exterior of the national Art Center in Roppongi.
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    National Art Center Tokyo

    Roppongi, Akasaka & Around

    Designed by Kurokawa Kishō, this architectural beauty has no permanent collection, but boasts the country’s largest exhibition space for visiting shows,…

  • Namiyoke-jinja, Torii gate at the entrance to the shrine, Ginza & Tsukiji.


    Ginza & Tsukiji

    When Tsukiji's shrine was first built in the mid-1600s it was on the edge of the water – that's how much land reclamation has happened since. The name,…

  • TOKYO - DECEMBER 31:  A fishmonger sells seafood at a fish stall in the Ameya Yokocho street market on December 31, 2008 in Tokyo, Japan. People shop around in preparation to celebrate the New Year holidays at the market featuring over 500 stalls, which sell various products such as fresh fish, dried food, vegetables, fruits, spices, clothes, bags and cosmetics on the narrow street.  (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)


    Ueno & Yanesen

    One of Tokyo's few remaining open-air markets, Ameya-yokochō got its start as a black market, post-WWII, when American goods (which included ameya – candy…

  • Yebisu Garden Place in August 04 2013, Tokyo, Japan

    Beer Museum Yebisu

    Ebisu, Meguro & Around

    Photos, vintage bottles and posters document the rise of Yebisu, and beer in general, in Japan at this small museum located where the actual Yebisu…

  • Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan-September 18, 2018: Myth of Tomorrow: Myth of Tomorrow is a wall painting painted by Taro Okamoto in Shibuya station.
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    Myth of Tomorrow

    Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

    Okamoto Tarō's mural, Myth of Tomorrow (1967), was commissioned by a Mexican luxury hotel but went missing two years later. It finally turned up in 2003…

  • View of one of the alleys inside Harmonica-yokocho, West Tokyo.



    This covered market, with low ceilings and lots of aka-chōchin (red lanterns), began as a black market in the post-war days. these days the tenants are…

  • ODAIBA, TOKYO, JAPAN - October 18th, 2019: "The Life-Sized Unicorn Gundam Statue" in Odaiba, Tokyo. Unicorn Gundam is a fictional robot featured in one of the titles of a famous Japanese anime series.

    Unicorn Gundam

    Odaiba & Tokyo Bay

    This is truly an only-in-Tokyo sight: a 19.7m-tall model of an RX-0 Unicorn Gundam from the wildly popular Mobile Suit Gundam anime franchise. It…

  • View of Yanaka Ginza, Ueno, Yanesen & Komagome.

    Yanaka Ginza

    Ueno & Yanesen

    Yanaka Ginza is pure, vintage mid-20th-century Tokyo, a pedestrian street lined with butcher shops, vegetable vendors and the like. Most Tokyo…

  • 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT

    Roppongi, Akasaka & Around

    An exhibition and discussion space dedicated to all forms of design, the 21_21 Design Sight is a beacon for local art enthusiasts, whether they be…

  • Graves are pictured in the Yanaka Cemetery in Tokyo's Taito district on March 26, 2019. (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP)        (Photo credit should read CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty Images)
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    Ueno & Yanesen

    One of Tokyo’s largest graveyards, Yanaka-reien is the final resting place of more than 7000 souls, many of whom were quite well known in their day. It’s…

  • Tokyo Station


    Tokyo Station celebrated its centenary in 2014 with a major renovation and expansion. Kingo Tatsuno's original elegant brick building on the Marunouchi…

  • Reversible Destiny Lofts


    Designed by husband and wife Arakawa Shūsaku (1936–2010) and Madeleine Gins (1941–2014) and completed in 2005, this housing complex certainly strikes…

  • Boutiques along narrow, winding Harajuku street Cat Street  (south side of Omote-sando), Harajuku & Aoyama

    Cat Street

    Harajuku & Aoyama

    Had enough of the Harajuku crowds? Exit, stage right, for Cat Street, a meandering car-free road with a mishmash of boutiques and a little more breathing…

  • Shibuya Sky

    Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

    From below, Shibuya Sky, the rooftop observatory atop Shibuya's newest tower, Shibuya Scramble Square, looks like one of those harrowing infinity pools –…

  • Aoyama Reien

    Roppongi, Akasaka & Around

    The cherry-tree-lined paths of Japan’s first public cemetery are used by locals as shortcuts through the neighbourhood and as a place for picnics during…

  • Terrada Art Complex

    Odaiba & Tokyo Bay

    Part of the re-fashioning of the Tennōzu Isle warehouse district, this charcoal-grey warehouse contains six contemporary galleries: Kodama Gallery (www…

  • Hie-jinja

    Roppongi, Akasaka & Around

    Enshrining the deity of sacred Mt Hiei, northeast of Kyoto, this hilltop shrine has been the protector shrine of Edo-jō (Edo Castle), now the Imperial…

  • Tomioka Hachiman-gū

    Asakusa & Sumida River

    Founded in 1627, this shrine is famous as the birthplace of the sumo tournament. Around the back of the main building is the yokozuna (sumo grand…

  • Canada Garden

    Roppongi, Akasaka & Around

    Bring photo ID, sign in and take the escalator up to the entrance of the Canadian embassy, which is fronted by this stark and brilliant stone sculpture…

  • Japan Folk Crafts Museum

    Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

    The mingei (folk crafts) movement was launched in the early 20th century to promote the works of artisans over cheaper, mass-produced goods. Central to…

  • Nogi-jinja

    Roppongi, Akasaka & Around

    This shrine honours General Nogi Maresuke, a famed commander in the Russo-Japanese War. Hours after Emperor Meiji's funerary procession in 1912, Nogi and…

  • Sengaku-ji

    Ebisu, Meguro & Around

    The story of the 47 rōnin (masterless samurai) who (cleverly, murderously) avenged their master, Lord Asano – put to death after being tricked into…

  • Myōnichikan

    Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

    Lucky are the girls who attended the Frank Lloyd Wright–designed 'School of the Free Spirit' (Jiyū Gakuen; 自由学園). Built in 1921, Myōnichikan functioned as…

  • Kyū Iwasaki-teien

    Ueno & Yanesen

    This grand residence offers a Western-style mansion designed by Josiah Conder in 1896, connected to a Japanese house built by Ōkawa Kijuro at the same…

  • Ichō-namiki

    Harajuku & Aoyama

    This boulevard inside Jingū-gaien (the public outer gardens of Meiji-jingū) is lined with gingko trees. For a couple of weeks around late November and…

  • Chidori-ga-fuchi


    This section of the moat surrounding the Imperial Palace is one of the city's most popular hanami (cherry blossom viewing) spots. There's a 700m-long…

  • Shimo-Kitazawa

    Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

    The narrow streets of ‘Shimokita’, barely passable by cars, create a streetscape like a dollhouse version of Tokyo. It’s been a favourite haunt of…

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum

    Ebisu, Meguro & Around

    Although the Teien museum often hosts excellent exhibitions – usually of decorative arts – its chief appeal lies in the building itself: it's an art deco…

  • Origami Kaikan

    Kōrakuen & Akihabara

    This exhibition centre and workshop is dedicated to the quintessential Japanese art of origami, which you can learn to do yourself in classes here. There…

  • Suntory Museum of Art

    Roppongi, Akasaka & Around

    Since its original 1961 opening, the Suntory Museum of Art has subscribed to an underlying philosophy of lifestyle art. Rotating exhibitions focus on the…

  • Tokyo Garden Terrace Kioi-chō

    Roppongi, Akasaka & Around

    This mixed-use development, on the site of the old Akasaka Prince Hotel and opened in 2016, is best visited for its pleasant surrounding gardens and…

  • Yayoi Kusama Museum

    Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

    Kusama Yayoi (b 1929) is one of Japan's most internationally famous contemporary artists, particularly known for her obsession with dots and pumpkins. She…

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