Must-see attractions in Tokyo

  • Tenshudai


    Near the north exit of the Imperial Palace East Garden, all that remains of the main keep (donjon) of Edo-jō is its sloping stone base, which you can…

  • Kyū-Yasuda-teien

    Asakusa & Sumida River

    This late-17th-century stroll garden offers beautiful views across its central tidal pond and is well worth a visit if you're in the area. It used to take…

  • Bunkamura

    Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

    Meaning ‘culture village’, Bunkamura has a theatre, concert hall, cinema and museum. Offerings swing between commercial and artsy; the Tokyo Philharmonic…

  • Maman Spider Sculpture

    Roppongi, Akasaka & Around

    The most famous piece of public art scattered around Roppongi Hills is this 30ft-tall bronze spider sculpture by Louise Bourgeois. It's one of six…

  • Tod's Omote-sandō

    Harajuku & Aoyama

    Pritzker Prize–winner Itō Toyō designed the Tod's boutique (2004). The criss-crossing strips of concrete take their inspiration from the zelkova trees…

  • Nakano Sun Mall


    Nakano's vintage 1950s covered shopping arcade has a glass ceiling, which allows natural light to filter in; over 100 shops, ranging from family-run deli…

  • Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo

    Harajuku & Aoyama

    On the top floor of Aoki Jun's Louis Vuitton boutique, this light-filled gallery hosts contemporary exhibitions backed by the luxury brand's well-endowed…

  • Ōte-mon


    Ōte-mon, meaning 'great hand gate', was the main entrance to Edo-jō and would have had a guard of 120 men. It is now the main gate to the Imperial Palace…

  • Place M

    Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

    Run by four veteran artists (including pioneering street photographer Daido Moriyama), this gallery serves as a hub for the city's photography scene…

  • Gyokurin-ji

    Ueno & Yanesen

    One of Yanaka's many ambient temples, this is home to an ancient chinquapin tree that's been designated a national monument. Ask someone from the temple…

  • Tennō-ji

    Ueno & Yanesen

    This Nichiren-sect temple, on the edge of Yanaka-reien, is noteworthy for its minimalist, modern gate and its centuries-old big bronze Buddha statue.

  • Telecom Center

    Odaiba & Tokyo Bay

    Best visited around sunset, the 99m-high viewing deck in this landmark arch-shaped building allows views of both the Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower…

  • Hyokeikan

    Ueno & Yanesen

    Within the grounds of the Tokyo National Museum, this grand 1909 Western-style hall is only used for special exhibitions and events.

  • Higashi Hongan-ji

    Asakusa & Sumida River

    This large temple offers peace and quiet inside the main hall. The temple was founded in the 17th century; the current building is a reconstruction from…

  • Museum of Imperial Collections


    This small museum inside the Imperial Palace East Garden hosts changing exhibitions drawn from the 9500-plus artworks owned by the imperial family.

  • Tsukudako-bashi

    Ginza & Tsukiji

    This tiny, picturesque bridge with attractive red rails spans a tidal inlet and is a popular filming location for TV shows and movies.

  • Enju-ji

    Ueno & Yanesen

    The deity at this temple is Nichika-sama, also known as the 'god of strong legs'; for this reason the temple is popular with runners.

  • Chōan-ji

    Ueno & Yanesen

    This small, peaceful temple, one of many scattered around Yanaka, houses one of the seven gods of good fortune, Juro-jin.

  • Iwaida-bashi


    This bridge provides access to the south of the Kōkyo-gaien Plaza from Hibiya.

  • Kachidoki-bashi

    Ginza & Tsukiji

    Built in 1940, this is the only drawbridge over the Sumida-gawa, but it hasn't been raised since 1970.

  • Dōgenzaka

    Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

    Dōgenzaka, named for a 13th-century highway robber, is a maze of narrow streets. Home to one of Tokyo's largest clusters of love hotels (hotels for…

  • Meguro Gajoen

    Ebisu, Meguro & Around

    Tokyo's most over-the-top wedding venue is resplendent with indoor waterfalls and gilded friezes (which speaks to the fashion in Tokyo during the height…

  • Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower

    Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

    This Nishi-Shinjuku landmark building (completed in 2008) is a 50-storey webbed tower designed by Tange Associates. Easily identifiable among the blockier…

  • Asahi Shimbun

    Ginza & Tsukiji

    Get an insight into how newspapers are produced on a free tour of the Tokyo headquarters of this national newspaper. Reserve two days in advance; English…

  • Sakurada-mon


    Built in 1636 (and partially restored after the Great Kantō Earthquake in 1923), this is one of the Imperial Palace gates that was part of the original…

  • Tomio Koyama Gallery

    Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

    This is a branch of one of Tokyo's more influential contemporary-art galleries, which shows both Japanese and international artists.

  • Tsukuda Ohashi

    Ginza & Tsukiji

    Linking Tsukiji to the island of Tsukishima, this was the first bridge to be built over the Sumida-gawa after WWII.

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