Tokyo: Places to Explore


  • Akihabara and Jimbo-cho

    Akihabara is techno-geek heaven. Also known as Akihabara Electric Town, this district, which was once all about electronics, is becoming a wacky fetish district where otaku (nerds) can indulge in computer-game... Read more

  • Aoyama, Harajuku, and Shibuya

    As late as 1960, the area between Meiji shrine and the Aoyama Cemetery to the east was so boring that the municipal government zoned a chunk of it for low-cost public housing. Another chunk, called Washington... Read more

  • Asakusa

    If there is one must-visit neighborhood in Tokyo, this is it. Asakusa brings together cultural sites, dining, and entertainment in vibrant surroundings that are at once historic and modern. Cars make room... Read more

  • Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park

  • Greater Tokyo

    The size of the city and the diversity of its institutions make it impossible to fit all of Tokyo's interesting sights into neighborhoods. Plenty of worthy places—from Tokyo Disneyland to sumo stables to... Read more

  • Imperial Palace and Government District

    The Imperial Palace was built by the order of Ieyasu Tokugawa, who chose the site for his castle in 1590. The castle had 99 gates (36 in the outer wall), 21 watchtowers (of which 3 are still standing)... Read more

  • Kamakura

    40 km (25 miles) southwest of Tokyo... As a religious center, Kamakura presents an extraordinary legacy. Most of its temples and shrines are in settings of remarkable beauty; many are designated National... Read more

  • Nihombashi, Ginza, and Yuraku-cho

    Tokyo is a city of many centers. The municipal administrative center is in Shinjuku. The national government center is in Kasumigaseki. Nihombashi is the center of banking and finance, Marunouchi the city’s... Read more

  • Nikko

    "Think nothing is splendid," asserts an old Japanese proverb, "until you have seen Nikko." Nikko, which means "sunlight," is a popular vacation spot for the Japanese, for good reason: its gorgeous sights... Read more

  • Odaiba

    Odaiba is a man-made peninsula in Tokyo Bay. Its beginnings date back to the Edo period (1603–1868), when various fortifications were constructed for protection from attacks by ships.... As a result of Japan’s... Read more

  • Shinjuku

    If you have a certain sort of love for big cities, you're bound to love Shinjuku. Come here, and for the first time Tokyo begins to seem real: all the celebrated virtues of Japanese society—its safety... Read more

  • Tsukiji and Shiodome

    Although it's best known today as the site of the largest wholesale fish market in the world, Tsukiji is also a reminder of the awesome disaster of the great fire of 1657. In the space of two days, it... Read more

  • Ueno

    JR Ueno Station is Tokyo's version of the Gare du Nord: the gateway to and from Japan's northeast provinces. Since its completion in 1883, the station has served as a terminus in the great migration to... Read more

  • Yokohama

    In 1853, a fleet of four American warships under Commodore Matthew Perry sailed into the bay of Tokyo (then Edo) and presented the reluctant Japanese with the demands of the U.S. government for the opening... Read more