Featuring on every traveller's wishlist, there are many tourist attractions in Tokyo that could keep a visitor busy for at least a couple of weeks! On your visit, you can explore places such as the Meiji Jingu Shrine, the lovely Ueno Park, the shopping and entertainment area of Roppongi, the Tsukiji Fish Market which is one of the largest fish markets in the world, the fascinating Tokyo National Museum and the opulent Tokyo Imperial Palace.
One of the things to do in Tokyo is going up the Tokyo Tower to its observation deck from where you will get to see stunning panoramic views of the city. And who can forget Disneyland?! If you are visiting the city with your kids, a visit to Tokyo Disneyland is a must. If museums intrigue you, the city plays host to a lot of them. You can plan a visit to either or all of the following museums- Edo- Tokyo Museum, Ghibli Museum, Subway Museum, National Museum of Nature And Science and the Mori Art Museum.
Other places of interest in Tokyo include the Ueno Zoo, the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, the Rainbow Bridge, the Sony Building shopping complex, the Asakusa District, the Sensoji Temple and the Zojo-ji temple.
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What to Do in and around Tokyo
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1-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-8557, Japan
05:00 am - 06:00 pm
Japan has a very special relationship with its royal family. The Japanese Diet (governing body) commemorated Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken by enshrining them at the Meiji Jingu Shrine. Emperor Meiji brought about wide-spread change in Japanese society and politics by opening up of trade and policies with other nations of the western world. The Meiji era is marked by the confluence of Western-meets- Eastern and rapid industrialization and growth. The shrine itself is a traditional Shinto shrine built in 1920. It was once destroyed in the World War II but was rebuilt after raising funds and completed in 1958. The garden grounds are spread over 700.000 square meters and has trees received as donations from all over the country! The most celebrated time to be at the shrine though is New Year's Eve, when thousands of people gather there to offer prayers and receive blessings for the year ahead! One other shrine that you must visit is Sensoji Temple, the oldest in Tokyo.
Meiji Jingu Shrine in Tokyo is one of the numerous places which take you closer to the Japanese culture. It is a great destination to visit for those who love the old world charm. Even though the tickets of Meiji Jingu Shrine are available free of cost, still you can give some donation here. Moreover, you can also opt for the Meiji Jingu Shrine tours to get the detailed tour of the shrine. Buy the Meiji Jingu Shrine tour tickets to get a detailed trip down the memory lane.
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110-0007 Tokyo Ueno Park, Taito-ku, 5-20
05:00 am - 11:00 pm
The Ueno park is officially called the “Ueno Imperial Gift Park “ because it was a gift from Emperor Taisho to Tokyo city as a place of public recreation. The park is rich with greenery and birds during winter. This park also includes many other attractions in it. A number of famous museums like the Tokyo National Museum, the National Museum of Nature and Science and the Shitamachi Museum to name a few. The park also has a shrine to Benzaiten and Tokugawa Ieyasu's Toshogu shrine. The Shinobazu Pond is a pretty sight with pink water lilies and a good photo spot. You can make it a trip full of photographs and also a place to calm your senses because just like other Japanese parks, this park will give you peace of mind. The best time to visit this park is in spring when the cherry blossoms or Sakura blossoms as they are called are in full bloom. The park is full of pretty shades of white and pink and the weather is perfect for picnicking. The Japanese call this "Hanami" or "Flower viewing". It is a time of celebration and relaxation and Ueno park is central to this activity in Tokyo.
This much-cherished gift from the then emperor of Tokyo City - Emperor Taisho is indeed priceless position of Taito-ku, however Ueno Park Tickets are absolutely free of cost. There in fact are no Tickets for Ueno Park, however you can avail a guided tour to get the best of the park. For this, Ueno Park ticket prices may be subjective to the guide’s prices. To buy tickets for Ueno Park guides, check out our Ueno Park Tours.
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Roppongi is one of Tokyo's high end shopping and nightlife areas. The name literally means "6 trees" and legend has it that 6 old, large trees were at the center of this area but have long been destroyed in World War II. Post-World War II, this area was inhabited by foreigners and business catering to them but Japanese customers followed soon after. This area is uber-hip and has dance clubs, restaurants and bars. For those of you who like darts and a game of pool, Roppongi's bars do arrange a wide range of competitions for the same. Roppngi Hills is a plush building complex with hotels, shops and a movie theater and even an art museum.
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5-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan
05:00 am - 03:00 pm
One of the largest fish markets in the world is the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo. This market has it's unique method of operation and is a must visit. The market starts early work very early- around 4 am and works till 8 am. They have a unique way of bidding for prices that is like an auction. The cutting of fresh fish from around the world takes place here and you can buy some delicious fish. The little shops just outside the main market area serve fresh sushi to give you a bite into the daily produce. You can buy special knives for cutting all sorts of Japanese fish and other accessories you'd need when working with fish. There are some shops selling angling gear as well. A treat for first-timers in Japan!
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1-1 Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-8111, Japan
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
The sprawling three kilometer campus of the Imperial palace is at the heart of this old capital. With the resident royal family of Japan, the Tokyo Imperial palace is a piece of living history in Japan. The Eastern gardens are free to visit and have flowers blooming at all times of the year. This was the original location of the Edo castle but it was destroyed during World War II. It also has The Tokyo Budoukan – one of the largest indoor event halls that regularly holds events and performances. The Ninomaru garden has a pleasing waterfall feature and will bring peace and calm to your mind. The Sannomaru Shozokan is a museum of art and sculpture from the imperial collection. If you happen to be in Japan in March, the Imperial Palace is one of the best places to get a view of cherry blossoms in full bloom.
Visit this sites of historic importance in 4 days in Tokyo along with other attractions like Sensoji Temple.
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1-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida, Tokyo 130-0015, Japan
09:30 am - 05:00 pm
The Edo Museum in Tokyo is a window into the lives of the people who resided in the old capital from 1600s to late 1800s. The architecture, the culture and the rush of urbanization is visible in the exhibits at the museum. A replica of the Nihonbashi (literally meaning Japan Bridge) is placed at the entrance and this permanent exhibit is itself 400 years old! Edo is considered one of the golden periods of Japan and is a period where present- day Tokyo gained its importance through trade. You will be greeted by Gibochan- the museum's adorable mascot who is very popular with children. This is a generous dose of history with fun included! After Edo Museum visit the Sensoji Temple which the oldest temple in Tokyo and just about 2 Km from Edo museum.
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4-2-8 Shibakoen, Minato, Tokyo 105-0011, Japan
09:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tokyo Tower is the beacon of hope and a symbol that is instantly synonyms with the city of Tokyo. The tower is a transmission tower with observational decks with views of the cityscape. Modeled after the Eiffel Tower in Paris, this orange and white tower was built in 1958. This is the second tallest structure in the country and you can get a view right upto Mt. Fuji- another symbol that is very Japanese. The views during both day and night are captivating and if you visit during the day in fall, you'll be able to see the colors of the trees dotting the land. At the Information desk, there's a little gallery that will show you the history and the creation of the tower. Little shops at the base of the tower will give you cute souvenirs to take back home.
Other information:Wear comfortable footwear because you may have to climb up to the observational decks using stairs and you have to stand for a while. There is a considerable crowd so waiting time is around 30 minutes. Tickets can be bought online to save waiting time to get tickets. Western style toilets with handrails are available and bathrooms have a diaper-changing area. Wheelchair rental is available. Braille information is also available.
Who ever thought a transmission tower would possibly become one of the most popular attractions of Tokyo. Tokyo Tower Tickets are highly anticipated by Tokyo tourists. Often crowded, it will make much more sense to buy tickets for Tokyo Tower in advance. Tickets for Tokyo Tower can be purchased on our sight, but should you be looking for the best price head to our tickets sections to get the best Tokyo Tower ticket prices indeed.
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11 Naito-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0014, Japan
09:00 am - 04:30 pm
Originally the residence of a royal family during the Edo era, Shinjuku Gyoen is one of the most beautiful gardens in the country. The lawns are lush green and with trees that are changing color in fall or pink during spring. The garden is a blend of 3 landscaping styles of the French Formal Garden, English Landscape Garden and Japanese Traditional Garden that together bring in a flavour that is unique and a new level of relaxing. It is an oasis in the city of Tokyo. The Greenhouse as a collection of plants and trees from around Japan and has been contributing to a wide range of plant life in the city. See how you can accommodate this attraction in your tokyo itinerary 3 days.
It is the ideal place for Flower viewing season i.e. Spring when the Cherry blossoms are in full bloom and when the season change and the leaves change colour. It is relaxing with its water features. It is a good picnic spot and perfect for photography buffs. Another location worth taking photos in the Sensoji Temple.
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105-0000, Minato-ku, Tokyo Rainbow Bridge
The Rainbow Bridge is a suspension bridge joining Odaiba to the mainland. The bridge is 798 meters long and was completed in 1993.
This bridge is 2 tiered- the upper tier carries an expressway while the lower tier holds an express train! It is an Engineering marvel. There is a walkway provided on the lower level to enjoy a stroll along the bridge. The real magic of the bridge though starts after sundown. The lines holding the bridge up are fitted with lights so when it's dark the bridge is cast in rainbow shades that make the bridge stand-out against the Tokyo skyline. This is where it gains its name from and is a treat to see after sundown.
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1-1 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture 279-0031, Japan
08:00 am - 10:30 pm
Who doesn't love the mouse with the black and white suit and his cute girlfriend with the polka dots? For Disney fans one and all, Tokyo Disneyland is sure to fill you up with fun up to your gills. Not only do you get to enjoy the fun rides and meet and greet with characters from your favorite animation films but you also get to see the Disney Sea world as well! It is a getaway into the world of fantasy and the rides are all filled with generous doses of cuteness and grandeur.
A ride around from a tea-cup in the mad world of Alice or a slow ride through the world of Ariel's world under the sea, will keep you wanting to stay there forever. Toy Story's Buzz Lightyear will take you on a journey through space and One Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives On will give you a chance to meet all the classic Disney characters!
Make a visit to Tokyo Disneyland along with other awesome attractions in the city with this Tokyo itinerary 3 days.
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Taito, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
Asakusa was the Harajuku of yester-years. It was the center of entertainment but Post World War II it now retains its old worldly charm. This district was famous of Geisha and has still 40 geisha in active. Apart from that, a old amusement park- claimed to be Japan's oldest is also found close to the Sensoji Temple which is perhaps the greatest feature of this area. Old movie theaters specializing in movies of the yester-years are also found here. This area also has the Kappa-bashidoori- a street selling fine quality kitchen wear. This Tokyo itinerary 5 days intoduces you to this amazing place.
As a memento you can take the plastic food called "Sampuru" or sample which looks nearly identical to the original back as gifts from your trip to Japan. This area is famous for its annual Samba carnival around the last Saturday of August of ever year. Samba lovers from all over Japan gather for this event which has a parade contest led by a Brazilian team. This is a refreshing cultural event in Shibuya is sure to leave you dancing!
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13-9 Uenokoen, Taito, Tokyo 110-8712, Japan
09:30 am - 05:00 pm
The Tokyo National Museum is the oldest museum in Japan. It was built in 1872 in the Ueno Garden. This museum has a vast breadth of artifacts from different periods of history in Japan. From Buddhism to Samurai to Noh (traditional theater), they have art and sculpture to leave you mesmerized. Not just history but modern art also has a special place at the museum. The museum is divided into section related to potter, the art of sword-making and sculpture among others. They have artifacts from around Asia that have influenced Japan and Japanese culture on the whole. A section on native ancient history is also a wonderful treasure. They also have short exhibitions with traveling exhibits to showcase different eras of history. Japan is an old culture and visit to this museum will grant you a new perspective into the lives of the Japanese.
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1-1 Furugome, Narita-shi, Chiba-ken 282-0004, Japan
06:30 am - 09:00 pm
The Observation Deck at Narita Airport Terminal 2 is another one of the attractions in the city loved for its relaxed feel and to simply spend some time watching airplanes come and go. This deck is smaller than the observation deck at Terminal 1 but is worth the pit-stop- especially if you love planes or simply want to take a break from shopping for duty-free products.
The fence holes are perfect to take seamless photos from your camera and you might just get a few spectacular pictures duirng sunset.
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1-1-83 Shimorenjaku, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-0013, Japan
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
A Ghibli studio is the home of Totoro- a character that is associated with nature and nostalgia that can only be the sweetness of our childhoods. Based on the movie “Tonari no Totoro” (the English title is My neighbor Totoro) has a world-wide fan following over a wide age-group. This museum has art and figurines inspired by the movies from the studio production and art work of creator Hayao Miyazaki. His animation films are known for their endearing quality and coming of age story-lines among others. The museum was also designed my Miyazaki and it shows how story-boarding and animation actually work. The building is a mini-maze with no specific sequence of what to look at first. For those who have not watched a Ghibli studio movie, it is still a wonderful experience because it has a retro theme worked in with the sweetness of an animated film for children. It will leave you starry-eyed and wanting to be part of a magical journey forever.
It has a cute cafe as well where you can enjoy a themed snack.
Do not miss a visit to the Ghibli Museum and follow this 3 days in Tokyo itinerary.
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Edogawa-ku, Higashi-Kasai 6-3-1.located underneath Kasai station (Tozai line)
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
Tokyo runs on tracks. The Edogawa Subway Museum gives you the ins- and outs of this fascinating mode of transport. It tell you about the when, where and how of subways in the capital. They also go into detailed explanations of tunnelling and safety measures of trains and building procedures. What most people will find best though is the train simulators in the subway playroom under supervision of staff that are trained. A model layout of the train will give you a memorable experience of the trains. This is a perfect destination for families because it can be a wholesome learning experience in science and urban planning. Have 3 Days in Tokyo? Take some time out to visit the Subway Museum.