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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 Market in Ginza & Tsukiji

Tsukiji Market

Fruit, vegetables, flowers and meat are sold here, but it's seafood – around 2000 tonnes of it traded daily – that Tsukiji is most famous for. The frenetic inner market (jōnai-shijō) is slated to move to Toyosu in 2…
Top Choice Shinto Shrine in Harajuku & Aoyama

Meiji-jingū

Tokyo’s grandest Shintō shrine is dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and Empress Shōken. Constructed in 1920, the shrine was destroyed in WWII air raids and rebuilt in 1958; however, unlike so many of Japan’s postwar re…
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 Spectator Sport in Asakusa & Sumida River

Ryōgoku Kokugikan

If you’re in town when a tournament is on – for 15 days each January, May and September – catch the big boys in action at Japan’s largest sumo stadium. Doors open at 8am, but the action doesn’t heat up until the sen…
Top Choice Kaiseki in Roppongi, Akasaka & Around

Kikunoi

Exquisitely prepared seasonal dishes are as beautiful as they are delicious at this Michelin-starred Tokyo outpost of a three-generation-old Kyoto-based kaiseki (Japanese haute cuisine) restaurant. Kikunoi’s chef Mu…
Top Choice Kaiseki in Roppongi, Akasaka & Around

Tofuya-Ukai

One of Tokyo’s most gracious restaurants is located in a former sake brewery (moved from northern Japan), with an exquisite traditional garden, in the shadow of Tokyo Tower. Seasonal preparations of tofu and accompa…
Top Choice Museum in Ueno, Yanesen & Komagome

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 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 Theatre in Ginza & Tsukiji

Kabuki-za

The flamboyant facade of this venerable theatre, which was completely reconstructed in 2013 to incorporate a tower block, makes a strong impression. It is a good indication of the extravagant dramatic flourishes tha…