Tokyo Tower is a communication and observation tower which opened for operation in 1958. The tower is 333 meters high and is the second tallest free-standing steel tower in Japan. The tower is illuminated every day from sunset to midnight. The Foot Town at Tokyo Tower features galleries, restaurants and shops. According to urban legend, any couple that sees the lights go out will see their love remain strong.
Asakusa is Tokyo’s No.1 “Retro Town” that preserves the spirit of the Edo Era. Among Asakusa’s most famous sites is a beautiful temple called Senso-ji with a 1400-year history. When approaching the temple, visitors first enter through the Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate) entering a shopping street of more than 200 meters in length.
Asakusa is also a popular neighborhood for budget travelers looking for affordable accommodations.
Kabuki-za is name to Kabuki, an art form rich in showmanship. It involves elaborately designed costumes, eye-catching make up, outlandish wigs and, arguably most importantly, the exaggerated actions performed by the actors. A day’s performance is usually divided into two or three segments and each segment is further divided into acts.
Tokyo Imperial Palace is the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan and was built on the site of Edo Castle. The palace grounds feature a large, park-like area that contains the main palace, the private residences of the Imperial Family, an archive, museums, administrative offices and more.
Odaiba is a very popular hangout spot for shopping and dining which features views of the Rainbow Bridge, which connects Odaiba to the rest of Tokyo and has to be one of Tokyo’s most recognizable landmarks. There’s also a big anime shop, The Jump Shop, which is perfect for fans of anime such as One Piece, Naruto, Bleach and Gundam!
Tokyo Skytree is a new broadcasting and sightseeing tower opened in 2012. The tower’s height is 634 meters, making it the tallest free-standing steel tower in Japan. The facility called “Soramachi”, around Skytree is a nice place for shopping and dining. There’s also a creatively designed aquarium called the Sumida Aquarium which makes a good add on to your admission if you have extra 30 to 90 minutes.
Ryogoku is a district of Tokyo where the sumo stadium, chanko restaurants and other sumo related attractions can be found. The sumo stadium Kokugikan seats more than 10,000 visitors and hosts three of the six annual sumo tournaments in January, May and September. On non-tournament days, there is a shop selling various sumo goods and a small sumo museum is open to visitors.
Sumo-Beya is a place where sumo wrestlers practice. Some Sumo-Beya welcomes visitors to watch them practice. Observing a sumo morning practice is possibly one of the most underground and fascinating thing to do in Tokyo.
Tokyo Disney Resort is a theme park and vacation resort which is also the first Disney theme park opened outside the United States. It has three main entertainment sections: Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo Disneysea and Ikspiari, which is a variation of the Downtown Disney shopping, dining and entertainment area.
Shibuya is known as one of the fashion centers of Japan, particularly for young people and as a major nightlife area. The furious scramble crossing is one of the world’s most heavily used pedestrian crosswalk. Shibuya is also known for the statue of Hachiko.
Ginza is a popular upscale shopping area of Tokyo, with numerous internationally renowned department stores, boutiques, restaurants and coffee houses located in its vicinity. Ginza is recognized by many as one of the most luxurious shopping districts in the world, attracting visitors and regulars alike from across the globe.
Harajuku is a place of youth culture, where stylish items are readily available. They are Jam packed with stores selling assorted goods, accessories and clothing. Takeshita-Dori street is constantly crowded with shoppers.
Omotesando is just a short walk away from Harajuku and is more upscale and sophisticated. Uniquely designed stores and galleries line up along the zelkova tree-lined street where you can enjoy shopping, gourmet food and art.
Akihabara is the largest tech-centered neighborhood in the world, featuring a wide range of electronics and appliances. This place is also famous for the center of Japan’s otaku (diehard fan) culture with many shops and establishments devoted to anime/manga which is dispersed among the electronic stores in the district.
Shinjuku has the world’s busiest railway station. Some of the most popular attractions in this area are Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and the entertainment district called Kabukicho. There are many shopping places as well.
Mount Fuji is Japan’s highest and most famous mountain. If you want to enjoy Mount Fuji at a leisurely pace with beautiful natural surroundings you should go to the Fuji Five Lake (Fujigoko) region at the northern foot of the mountain, or to Hakone, a nearby hot spring resort. Mount Fuji is officially open for climbing during July and August via several routes.
Kamakura is a coastal town in Kanagawa Prefecture less than an hour south of Tokyo, also called the Kyoto of Eastern Japan. Kamakura offers numerous temples, shrines and other historical monuments for visitors to explore. In addition, Kamakura’s sand beaches attract large crowds during the summer months.
Yokohama is the first harbor city introduced to the world as the entrance to Japan. Many hotels, department stores and restaurants are located around Yokohama station. They also feature in one of the largest and best Chinatown. It is a city of art and culture where new urban values and fascination continue to be generated through creativity.