Tokyo Sights

Lights, sushi, manga! Sprawling, frenetic, and endlessly fascinating, Japan’s capital is a city of contrasts. Shrines and gardens are pockets of calm between famously crowded streets and soaring office buildings. Mom-and-pop noodle houses share street space with Western-style chain restaurants and exquisite fine dining. Shopping yields lovely folk arts as well as the newest electronics. And nightlife

kicks off with karaoke or sake and continues with techno clubs and more. Whether you seek the traditional or the cutting edge, Tokyo will provide it.

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Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park 33

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Fuji Go-ko (Fuji Five Lakes) 9

Fuji-san (Mt. Fuji) 1

Hakone 12

Izu Peninsula 11

Nikko 23

Yokohama 22

Ueno 20

Kamakura 17

Imperial Palace and Government District 13

Greater Tokyo 12

Aoyama, Harajuku, and Shibuya 10

Roppongi and Azabu Juban 8

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Roppongi 8

Nihombashi, Ginza, and Yuraku-cho 8

Akihabara and Jimbo-cho 8

Tsukiji and Shiodome 6

Shinjuku 5

Mt. Takao 1

Odaiba 1

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Amusement Park/ Water Park 7

Arts/ Performance Venue 5

Bath/ Hot Spring 1

Beach–Sight 1

Body Of Water/ Waterfall 12

Bridge/ Tunnel 3

Building/ Architectural Site 3

Cemetery 2

Commercial District 2

Educational Institution 1

Film Studio 1

Forest 2

Garden/ Arboretum 8

Government Building 2

Historic District/ Site 2

House/ Mansion/ Villa 1

Island 2

Local Interest–Sight 1

Market/ Bazaar 4

Memorial/ Monument/ Tomb 3

Military Site 1

Mountain–Sight 3

Museum Village 1

Museum/ Gallery 45

Nautical Site/ Lighthouse 3

Neighborhood/ Street 5

Park (National/ State/ Provincial) 3

Park/ Playground 4

Plaza/ Square/ Piazza 1

Public Art (Mural/ Sculpture/ Statue) 4

Religious Building/ Site/ Shrine 50

Resort–Sight 1

Restaurant–Sight 1

Scenic Drive/ Tour 1

Spa–Sight 2

Store/ Shop/ Mall 9

Tour–Sight 3

Town/ Village 1

Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train) 1

Viewpoint/ Scenic Overlook 8

Zoo/ Aquarium 5

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Ame-ya Yoko-cho Market

  • Market/Bazaar

The sprawling stalls have become especially famous for the traditional prepared foods of the New Year, and, during the last few days...

Benzaiten

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Perched in the middle of Shinobazu Pond, this shrine is dedicated to the goddess Benten, one of the Seven Gods of Good Luck that evolved...

Kan-ei-ji

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

In 1638 the second Tokugawa shogun, Hidetada, commissioned the priest Tenkai to build a temple on the hill known as Shinobu-ga-oka in...

Kannon Hall

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

This National Treasure was a part of Abbot Tenkai's attempt to build a copy of Kyoto's magnificent Kiyomizu-dera in Ueno. His attempt...

Nakata Shoten Okachimachi

  • Store/Shop/Mall

This store probably has more shades of green than the average Tokyo park. Stuffed with cargo pants, camouflage jackets, military uniforms,...

National Museum of Western Art

  • Museum/Gallery

Along with castings from the original molds of Rodin's Gate of Hell, The Burghers of Calais, and The Thinker, the wealthy businessman...

National Science Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

The six buildings of the complex house everything from fossils to moon rocks—the 30-meter (98-foot) model of a blue whale perched at...

Roots Shakuhachi: The Bamboo Way

  • Museum/Gallery

Once carried by itetarant Buddhist priests, the shakuhachi , a long bamboo flute, is one of Japan's most hauntingly soothing musical...

SCAI the Bathhouse

  • Museum/Gallery

A contemporary art gallery housed in a 200-year-old building, SCAI is a symbol of Yanaka's blend of old and new. The exterior of the...

Shinobazu Pond

  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

When an inlet of Tokyo Bay receded around the 17th century, Shinobazu became a freshwater pond. Abbot Tenkai, founder of Kan-ei-ji on...

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