Tokyo, Japan

Things to do


• Asakusa
Center of Tokyo's shitamachi (literally "low city"), one of Tokyo's districts, where an atmosphere of the Tokyo of past decades survives.

The Skytree is there: (GO THERE IN THE EVENING)
Kaminarimon (Kaminari Gate) leading to the Sensoji Temple (Hours: 6:00 to 17:00)

• Akihabara
Admission fee: 300 yen
Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Koishikawa Korakuen is a 5-10 minute walk from Iidabashi Station along the JR Chuo Line (local trains only) and the Tozai, Yurakucho, Namboku and Oedo Subway Lines, a 5-10 minute walk from JR Suidobashi Station along the JR Chuo Line (local trains only), or a 10 minute walk from Korakuen Station along the Marunouchi and Namboku Subway Lines.
Akihabara has gained recognition as the center of Japan's otaku (diehard fan) culture, and many shops and establishments devoted to anime and manga.

• Ginza
Tokyo's most famous upmarket shopping, dining and entertainment district, featuring numerous department stores, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, night clubs and cafes. A visit is most pleasant on weekend afternoons when the central Chuo Dori street is closed to automobile traffic and become a large pedestrian zone
The most convenient stations for accessing the Ginza district are Ginza Station on the Hibiya, Marunouchi and Ginza Subway Lines and Yurakucho Station on the JR Yamanote Line, JR Keihin-Tohoku Line and Yurakucho Subway Line.

  • Shibuya Crossing
    Rumoured to be the world’s busiest, this intersection in front of Shibuya Station is famously known as ‘The Scramble’. It’s an awesome spectacle of giant video screens and neon, guaranteed to give you a 'Wow – I'm in Tokyo!' feeling. People come from all directions at once – sometimes over a thousand with every light change – yet still manage to dodge each other with a practiced, nonchalant agility.


• Koishikawa Korakuen
Koishikawa Korakuen (小石川後楽園, Koishikawa Kōrakuen) is one of Tokyo's oldest and best Japanese gardens.

• Rikugien
5 minute walk from Komagome Station
Admission: 300 yen
One of the most beautiful, classic Japanese landscape gardens of Tokyo. Dating from the Edo Period, it reproduces landscape scenes from famous poems in miniature. Nice in all seasons.

  • Meiji Jingu
    Shinto shrine dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. Located in Shibuya-ku.

Museums in Tokyo
Museums in Tokyo are typically closed on one day of the week (usually Monday)

• Ghibli Museum

20 minute walk from Mitaka Station
Hours: 10:00 to 18:00
Admission: 1000 yen
The Ghibli Museum is home to all of the favorite characters of Studio Ghibli's films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Monoke, and Spirited Away. The museum features special animation exhibits and exclusive short films.

• Tokyo National Museum DONE

5 minute walk from Ueno Station in Ueno Park
Hours: 9:30 to 17:00 (extended hours on some Fridays and weekends)
Closed: Mondays (or following day if Monday is a holiday), New Year holidays
Admission: 620 yen
The oldest and largest museum in Japan, the Tokyo National Museum is made up of multiple buildings, each like a separate museum in itself. They house the largest collection of national treasures and important cultural items in the country.

• National Museum of Emerging Science

5 min walk from Funenokagakukan Station (Odaiba)
Hours: daily 10:00 to 17:00
Closed: Tuesdays and New Year's Holidays
Admission: 620 yen
Also known as Miraikan, this extremely interactive and bilingual museum has excellent exhibits about environmental issues, robots (including Honda's Asimo), information technology, biology and space exploration.

• National Science Museum DONE

5 min walk from Ueno Station in Ueno Park
Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (until 20:00 on Fridays)
Closed: Mondays (or following day if Mon is a holiday), Dec 28 to Jan 1
Admission: 620 yen
This museum covers both science and natural history with hands-on physics and robotics experiments, an impressive collection of mounted animals and a 360 degree virtual theater relocated from the Aichi Expo.

• Nezu Museum

10 minute walk from Omotesando Station
Hours: 10:00 to 17:00
Closed: Mondays (or following day if Mon is a holiday), New Year holidays
Admission: 1000 yen (regular), 1200 yen (special exhibitions)
This museum exhibits various Japanese and East Asian works of art with an emphasis on tea related art pieces and ancient Chinese bronzes. It also includes a spacious garden with a pond surrounded by a small forest and several tea houses.

• National Art Center

At Exit 6 of Nogizaka Subway Station
Hours: 10:00 to 18:00 (Fridays until 20:00)
Closed: Tuesdays (or following day if Tues is a national holiday), New Year holidays
Admission: Varies by exhibition (typically 1000 yen)
Rather than having an own collection, this large governmental art museum hosts various temporary art exhibitions of high profile. Designed by Kurokawa Kisho, the museum was opened in 2007.

For Yoni

• The Japanese Sword Museum

20 minute walk from Shinjuku Station
Hours: daily 10:00 to 16:30
Closed: Mondays and New Year holidays
Admission: 600 yen
The Japanese Sword Museum is a sword enthusiast's dream. Along with the countless blades on display, there are also exhibits on sword making and care as well as excellent English pamphlets.

• Institute for Nature Study

10 minute walk from Meguro Station
Admission: 310 yen
The nature reserve of the Institute for Nature Study is one of central Tokyo's best kept secrets: 200,000 square meters of forests and marshlands that make you believe you are in a national park of Hokkaido.

• Mount Mitake
Mitake Station, JR Ome Line
Admission: Free
Part of the Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park in western Tokyo. A shrine and hiking opportunities await visitors to the mountain, which can be reached in less than two hours from Shinjuku.

Getting around in Tokyo