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  • 1. Decks Tokyo Beach

    Odaiba | Amusement Park/Water Park

    Overlooking the harbor, this seven-story complex of shops, restaurants, and boardwalks is really two connected malls: Island Mall and Seaside...Read More

  • Edo-Tokyo Museum

    2. Edo-Tokyo Museum

    Greater Tokyo | Museum/Gallery

    A replica of the Edo-period Nihombashi Bridge takes you to a remarkable collection of dioramas, scale models, and cutaway rooms where you can...Read More

    Edo-Tokyo Museum
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  • Imperial Palace East Garden

    3. Imperial Palace East Garden

    Imperial Palace | Garden/Arboretum

    Tokyo's most central yet most overlooked oasis of green and quiet is more a relaxed, spacious park than a traditional Japanese garden, making...Read More

    Imperial Palace East Garden
  • Meiji Shrine

    4. Meiji Shrine

    Harajuku | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This shrine honors the spirits of Emperor Meiji, who died in 1912, and Empress Shoken. It was established by a resolution of the Imperial Diet...Read More

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  • Nezu Museum

    5. Nezu Museum

    Aoyama | Museum/Gallery

    On view are traditional Japanese and Asian works of art owned by Meiji-period railroad magnate and politician Kaichiro Nezu. For the main building...Read More

    Nezu Museum
  • 6. Sengaku-ji

    Greater Tokyo | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    In 1701 a young provincial baron named Asano Takumi-no-Kami attacked and seriously wounded a courtier named Yoshinaka Kira. Asano, for daring...Read More

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  • Senso-ji Complex

    7. Senso-ji Complex

    Asakusa | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Even for travelers with little interest in history or temples, this complex in the heart and soul of Asakusa is without a doubt one of Tokyo...Read More

    Senso-ji Complex
  • Tokyo National Museum

    8. Tokyo National Museum

    Ueno | Museum/Gallery

    This four-building complex is one of the world's great repositories of East Asian art and archaeology. The museum has some 87,000 objects in...Read More

    Tokyo National Museum
  • 9. Tosho-gu

    Ueno | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This shrine, built in 1627, is dedicated to Ieyasu, the first Tokugawa shogun. It miraculously survived all major disasters that destroyed most...Read More

  • 10. 21_21 Design Sight

    Roppongi | Museum/Gallery

    This low-slung building hosts rotating exhibitions focused on cutting-edge art and design. Designed by architect Tadao Ando, the subdued exterior...Read More

  • 11. Advertising Museum Tokyo

    Shiba-Shiodome | Museum/Gallery

    The unique Japanese gift for graphic and commercial design comes into historical perspective in these exhibits featuring everything from 18th...Read More

  • 12. Ame-ya Yoko-cho Market

    Ueno | Market/Bazaar

    The sprawling stalls are famous for the traditional prepared foods of the New Year celebrations; during the last few days of December, as many...Read More

  • 13. Asakura Museum of Sculpture

    Yanaka | Museum/Gallery

    Reopened in 2014 after years of renovation, the museum houses the most famous works of local sculptor Fumio Asakura. Formerly Asakura's home...Read More

  • 14. Asakusa Jinja

    Asakusa | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Several structures in the famous Senso-ji shrine complex survived the bombings of 1945. The largest, to the right of the Main Hall, is this...Read More

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  • 15. Asuka-yama Oji Paper Museum

    Greater Tokyo | Museum/Gallery

    The original paper mill that once stood here (Japan's first) is long gone, but the memory lingers on through exhibits that cover 2,000 years...Read More

  • Backstreet shops of Tsukiji

    16. Backstreet shops of Tsukiji

    Chuo-ku | Market/Bazaar

    If you have time for only one market, this is the one to see. The three square blocks between the former site of Tokyo Central Wholesale Market...Read More

    Backstreet shops of Tsukiji
  • 17. Bank of Japan

    Nihombashi | Museum/Gallery

    The older part of the complex is the work of Tatsuno Kingo, who also designed Tokyo Station. Completed in 1896, on the site of what had been...Read More

  • 18. Belfry

    Asakusa | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The tiny hillock Benten-yama, with its shrine to the goddess of good fortune, is the site of this 17th-century belfry. The bell here used to...Read More

  • 19. Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery

    Imperial Palace | Cemetery

    High on the edge of the Imperial Palace moat, this cemetery holds the remains of thousands of unknown soldiers and is famous for its springtime...Read More

  • 20. Cospa Gee Store

    Akihabara | Store/Shop/Mall

    Fans of anime will enjoy this zany Japanese costume-shop experience. It's like no other in the world and a good place to pick up an original...Read More

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