Tokyo is Japan's capital and the world's most populous metropolis. It is also one of Japan's 47 prefectures, consisting of 23 central city wards and multiple cities, towns and villages west of the city centre. Tokyo offers a seemingly unlimited choice of shopping, entertainment, culture and dining to its visitors. The city's history can be appreciated in districts such as Asakusa, and in many excellent museums, historic temples and gardens. Contrary to common perception, Tokyo also offers a number of attractive green spaces in the city center and within relatively short train rides at its outskirts.
Things to Do in Tokyo:
Even if you're not a sushi connoisseur, the Tsukiji Market offers an unforgettable experience. While many claim it to be the largest fish market in the world, the handling of more than 2,000 tons of fish per day wows almost any traveler.
If you make it to one museum in Tokyo, this one had better be it. Japan's oldest and most expansive museum, the Tokyo National Museum hosts the largest collection of Japanese art and artifacts on the planet.
The Meiji Shrine is a Shinto shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. Japanese history credits Emperor Meiji for modernizing Japan in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Envision a mini Atlantis rising out of the water, conveniently right next to downtown Tokyo. That's Odaiba. This neighborhood/ mini-island is a hub of entertainment, eateries and architecture. You'll want to snap shots of the futuristic-looking Fuji TV Building and Tokyo Big Sight structures. And among other attractions, you'll find the Panasonic Center, Toyata Mega Web (the company's gigantic showroom), National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation and several shopping malls. But, aside from the distractions on Odaiba, the gorgeous views across the water have most eyes turned back toward downtown. And at night, the Rainbow Bridge electrifies the glittering skyline with glorious colors.
Tokyo boasts the über luxurious Ginza. Elite residents will tell you that you should head to this neighborhood to do your heavy-duty shopping. While mega department stores like Matsuya and Hankyu dominate the landscape, designer retailers like Chanel and Cartier also maintain a presence. We caution you against splurging on a shopping spree in Ginza because you'll find most of these fashions in the United States at cheaper prices. That said, visitors enjoy simply exploring this bustling neighborhood. Long boulevards of designer shops with Louis Vuitton and Cartier thrown in for good measure.
Just to the west of downtown Tokyo, the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is a gorgeous urban oasis. A popular site of blossoming cherry trees in the spring, this park packs in the tourists and residents alike year-round. Shinjukusanchome and Shinjukugyeonmae metro stations. You'll have to fork over a small fee (200 JPY or about $2.50 USD) to enter, but the fresh air is worth every yen. Come to recline on the grass between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and every day during the cherry blossom season.
At the entrance you'll be handcuffed, then the waitress dress in police outfit will bring you to the locked cell, it may not sound very appealing but locals and visitor actually like the experience of dining at The Lockup's, it's great success restaurant which they have now open in various location in Japan. Japan is home to a number of wacky and curious theme restaurants but The Lockup fits in a very particular genre, that of "haunted prison on the moon."
You'll have the best dining experienced in Tokyo
Remember to drop by 7Eleven when you're hungry in the middle of the night, food here is good!
Tube - faster and most convenient way to get around Tokyo
One of the most famous and most heavily used intersections. Adjacent to Hachikō Plaza is arguably one of the coolest intersections you will ever see in your life. Made famous in the West following Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation, Shibuya Crossing is remarkable for its throngs of people, blazing neon lights and enormous video screens, which sometimes display live videos of the street scene below. The sheer energy of the place is enough to stop you dead in your tracks while you loudly proclaim to yourself, ‘Wow – I’m in Tokyo!’ (according to Lonely Planet)
This techie nirvana is Akihabara. Tokyo's premier electronics district has gadgets of every kind in booths on side streets and mega department stores like Ishimaru Denki and Laox.
Tokyo Tower is the world's tallest steel tower at 333 meters—13 meters more than its Parisian counterpart. This Asian equivalent serves as a radio and television broadcasting structure as well as a tourist lookout. There are two observation decks, one at 150 meters and one at 250 meters.
Tokyo Sea Life Park
This well-designed aquarium features numerous habitats that mimic bodies of water from around the world, like the Caribbean Sea, Indian Ocean, and Atlantic Ocean. Kids will especially adore the penguin exhibit.
The museum showcases the work of Miyazaki Hayao's Studio Ghibli—the famous Japanese animation company that produced films like Spirited Away and Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea. Don't expect formal, indoor exhibits. The facility's quirky interior design mimics the actual animation studio. There's also a kid's play area, a brief history of anime and a rooftop garden that features character sculptures. You can even watch a short film that plays exclusively at the museum and rotates each month.
~ japan-guide.com ~
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