The 35 best sights in Tokyo – descriptions and photos

Tokyo sights

The palace square Tokyo Disneyland Rainbow bridge Mount Fuji Avenue of Stars Koishikawa Garden Korakuen Park Ueno Tokyo subway

This site contains Tokyo attractions – photos, descriptions, and travel tips. The list is based on popular guidebooks and presented by type, name and rating. Here you will find answers to questions: what to see in Tokyo, where to go and where are the popular and interesting places in Tokyo.

Palace Square

Palace Square (photo)

Palace Square in Tokyo is the historical center of the city. It is located in front of the Kokyo Imperial Palace, the current residence of the emperor.

The square overlooks two bridges that connect the two parts of the palace – the outer and inner. The first bridge is called the “eye bridge” in Japanese because of its shape. The second is called “double bridge” because it has two levels.

The square in front of the palace is considered one of the most popular resting places of the citizens. Tourists are attracted by the small well in the center of the square where, according to legend, you need to throw a coin for good luck.

Coordinates: 35.68783600,139.75735500

Tokyo Disneyland

Tokyo Disneyland (photo)

The Tokyo theme park has an impressive, nearly 30-year history, as well as a DisneySea companion park, a shopping complex and several hotels located directly within Disneyland.

Once the park became the very first foreign copy of Disneyland in the United States, founded by Walt himself, and already in 1983 the first visitors flocked here, attracted by the fame of the famous animator combined with the exoticism of the Land of the Rising Sun.

Japanese Disneyland is so huge and full of entertainments that you should go here at least for a couple of days, and better – for a week at once in order not to hurry to try all the attractions of each thematic part (for example, Animal Land or Fantasy Land), ride the monorail train around the whole territory and surely (according to the old Disney tradition) take a picture with Mickey Mouse.

Coordinates: 35.63679000,139.88170000

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Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow bridge (photo)

The 798-meter-long suspension Rainbow Bridge at the north end of Tokyo Bay connects Odaiba Island to the Shibauri Shipyards.

The bridge’s two central towers hold up the 580-meter-long central span. The white color of the towers harmonizes with the panorama of Tokyo from the island of Odaiba.

The Rainbow Bridge got its name from the night lighting of white, green and red. Lamps placed on the frame of the structure, accumulate solar energy during the day in order to paint one of the most famous structures of the Japanese capital in bright colors at night.

Pedestrians can cross the bridge by two different passageways on the lower tier. One of them faces north and allows you to enjoy the scenery of Tokyo’s inner harbor, while on clear days you can see Mount Fuji from the south side.

Coordinates : 35.63638900,139.76361100

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Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji (photo)

Fuji used to be an active volcano, but eruptions stopped after 1708. In the past, it was believed that the mountain was inhabited by spirits and could only be climbed by performing religious rituals. And women and not at all allowed – at least until 1872. Now all these prohibitions and dangers are gone, so everyone must at least once in his life to see Japan from the edge of the crater.

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The graceful symmetrical shape of Mount Fuji has been a source of inspiration for many poets and artists. Who knows, maybe after climbing to the top you too can draw an engraving or write a poem, in no way inferior to recognized Japanese geniuses. Climbing to the top is possible only in July and August. It is not so easy, because the slopes of the mountain are strewn with volcanic ash, which is just striving to drag down after them. The trip takes five to seven hours. One can start in the afternoon and spend the night halfway there, but it’s better to start late at night and see the sunrise at the summit. Then you will see real beauty in the mirrors of mountain lakes, and iridescent morning haze will be the best reward.

Coordinates: 35.36326100,138.73159300

Alley of Stars.

Avenue of Stars (photo)

Just like Hollywood, Tokyo has its own Walk of Stars. It is located next to the local national museum. On the paving tiles are many casts of human hands. They are the prints of famous and prominent people of Japan.

Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

Koishikawa Korakuen Garden (photo)

Koishikawa Korakuen Garden is the oldest landscaped Japanese garden in Tokyo.

Its construction began in 1629 under the Shogun Tokugawa Yerifusa and was completed under his successor.

The garden reproduces Japanese and Chinese landscapes in miniature, using water bodies, stones, plants and creating artificial hills. Thus, as you stroll through the park, you can visit the sacred Mount Fujiyama, Kiyomizu-dera temple, and the famous Western Lake in China.

The garden is especially attractive during the second half of November when the leaves are falling, in February when the Plum Festival is held, and in April when the cherry blossoms are in bloom.

Coordinates : 35.70512300,139.74891900

Ueno Park

Ueno Park (photo)

Ueno is the most famous and most visited park in the Japanese capital and was established in 1873. It is the center of cultural and scientific life of the city.

It is a wonderful place to relax among traditional Japanese plants, as well as flora of other countries. On the territory of Ueno Park is the oldest zoo, which has more than a thousand animals.

Today, Ueno Park is a reserve of museums. Located here the Tokyo National Museum keeps amazing examples of Japanese art, a rich collection of works of European artists and sculptors is the National Museum of Western Art, within the walls of the Tokyo City Museum of Art held various exhibitions. There are also the National Museum of Nature and Science and the Metropolitan Festival Hall concert hall.

Among the famous structures of the park is also the temple of the goddess Kannon, to whom barren women pray. According to tradition, married couples who have a child bring a doll as a gift to the goddess. These dolls are burned once a year, on September 25th, as a sacrifice to the Goddess.

Coordinates: 35.71484500,139.77411100

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Tokyo Subway

Tokyo subway (photo)

The Tokyo subway is the largest subway in terms of passenger traffic per year.

Construction of the subway began in 1920, and in 1925 the first line was already working, which connected Asakusa and Ueno stations.

At present, the largest subway station is Shinjuku. It passes through more than two million people a day.

The Tokyo subway has two hundred and ninety stations operated by two major operators.

The subway cars have heated seats. Stops are announced in both Japanese and English.

An interesting fact is that because of the huge passenger traffic in the Japanese subway, there is a position of oshii. It is a special person who is trained to push passengers into overcrowded cars.

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Coordinates : 35.68937000,139.69110500

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Until this day I was under the impression of classic Japan in the general view – temples, geisha, kimono, sakura, onsen, Fujiyama, But today I saw a completely different Japan, Tokyo is a different country altogether. A country within a country! There’s not even a hint of provincialism and even the people here are different. I saw some absolutely stunning high-rises, cleanest streets and cleanest cars, more European-dressed people, although of course a lot of “Japanese girls” in stockings and short skirts, but still more or less decently dressed people prevail and even relatively often you can meet a pretty Japanese girl. In the morning we went to ttsukijo fish market, but it was closed because of the holidays,

Japan, Tokyo, ttsukijo market

Tokyo, near Ttsukijo Fish Market

Tokyo, near Ttsukijo Fish Market

Travel by subway.

Viewpoint at Tokyo City Hall ⇧

Then we went to the 45th floor to the observation deck of the City Hall.

Tokyo, near Ttsukijo Fish Market

Japan, Tokyo

View of the city from high above and a view of Mount Fujiyama in the distance.

Tokyo, view from the mayor’s office.

Route 7. Places of anime, manga, Star Wars, and Transformers in Tokyo.

The world owes Japan a lot to manga and anime. If you’re a fan of these trends, the following plan-excursion into childhood or with the kids-will come in handy.

We will start the day at the Ghibli Museum.

You can’t buy tickets at the ticket office, you can only buy them online in advance – starting from the 10th of the current month for the next month. The price of admission tickets for adults is ¥1000, for teenagers (13-18 years old) ¥700, for children 7-12 years old ¥400, for children 4-6 years old ¥100. You need to arrive at the museum half an hour before the time indicated on the ticket (10, 12, 14, 16 hours).

The Japanese say “Jiburi” instead of “Ghibli”.

If you have not been able to buy tickets in advance, you can do it through agents, overpaying for tickets by several times.

What is the Ghibli Museum? Designed by one of Japan’s most famous cartoonists, Hayao Miyazaki, it is populated by characters from the anime “The Walking Castle” and “Gone with Ghosts.”

No photos are allowed inside the museum. That’s the downside.

The anime museum is not in Tokyo, but in Mitaka. Take the Chou Line from Shinjuku or Kanda-Tokyo stations to Mitaka station. The fare is covered by the JR Pass.

Not far from the museum there is a very nice cafe in the style of a rabbit hole Cafe du Lievre

. There is a lot of green in the interior design and there is even real grass. The menu includes salads, sweets and coffee. Try the buckwheat flour cakes.

From Kichijoji Station, you can take the train to Nakano and walk about two hundred meters to Nakano Broadway

. Although a similar (or maybe better?) environment can be found in the Akihabara area. Go to Akihabara Station! You can go to Jchanomizu Station on the Chou Line (¥220) or change to Akihabara Station.

– A paradise for fans of anime, Star Wars, and Transformers. In addition to computer games and electronics, you can buy cosplay clothes and comics here. You can go to the café where waitresses dressed as maids spoon-feed visitors and talk to them in thin, childlike voices.

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Step into the Mandarake Complex.

. It’s an eight-story collectibles store. You’ll find second-hand manga (all the magazines and books are boxed, but you can look at the covers), DVDs, CD games, collectible cards, and figurines. You can easily be “transported” back to the 1980s.

Fans of the robot Gundam just need to stop by the Gundam Cafe.

. Waitresses in uniform from the cartoon, food and drinks with the characters of the series.

Not tired of cartoon characters? Let’s go to Tokyo Character Street

and the TOKYO ONE PIECE TOWER theme park!

Tokyo Station has Tokyo Character Street with stores dedicated to Japanese cartoon characters – Pokémon, Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Hello Kitty, Rilakkume …

Tokyo One Piece Tower is located inside the Tokyo Television Tower. The price of admission to the popular One Piece manga museum is ¥2,000 for adults, ¥1,600 for teens 13-18, and ¥500 for children ages 4-12. Open from 10 to 22 hours. If you want to get to the show as well, buy the appropriate ticket.

Every adult has a child in them.

We ended up with seven itineraries that can be done in a week or, rearranged and combined, done faster. We built them with family travel in mind. It’s easier to walk without kids, of course.

But you don’t think a week is enough time to see all the sights in Tokyo. We haven’t yet told you about the authentic places in Japan near Tokyo.

Shibuya district ⇧

The famous ⇧ crossroads.

Next we went to Shibuya and saw the famous crossroads, with a crowd of Tokyo people.

Monument to Hachiko the Dog ⇧.

Tokyo, Hachiko Monument

Tokyo, Shibuya District

Stores ⇧

The shopping center 109 is quite impressive: an eight-story women-only department store, crowds of shoppers, and consultants luring you to their section plus the music, which makes you feel like you’re in a “Chinese” market. In the dressing room queue at the “vouchers” to the cashier too, on the top floor at the DJ panel played three schoolgirls painted as Barbie (as from an anime cartoon).

The clothes are in sizes ⇧.

Also in the store they mostly hang size M (but in our size it’s S) and S (=XS), but more often only M, young Japanese women mostly have one size)))

Japanese women ⇧

I think japanese barbies are a cult in clothes and makeup, a lot of girlie dolls.

Tokyo, Barbie Shop 109

Shibuya in the evening ⇧ A bunch of Barbies in Tokyo.

Went for a walk in Shibuya in the evening, nice and crowded, then went to bed, very tired.

Tokyo, Shibuya District

Tokyo, Shibuya District

Tokyo, Shibuya District

Tokyo, Shibuya District

Vlada fell asleep while still walking on her schedule.

What to see in Ueno?

1. Ueno Zoo

On every trip with a child we visit at least one zoo. For the Japanese trip we chose, of course, the oldest zoo in Japan, Ueno. Here live pandas and more than 2600 animals, including rare Sumatra tigers, western lowland gorillas, great cormorants… The zoo was opened in the spring of 1882! You can ride the monorail on the territory of the park which was launched in 1958! There’s also a science and nature museum, an old five-story pagoda, and a tea house. Picturesque pond in the summer is covered with lotuses. The area of the park is 14 hectares.

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Once a year, the zoo holds an exercise in catching escaped animals. It is a funny spectacle. Sometimes such exercises are not funny at all.

The price of admission tickets is nice – children under 12 years old can visit the animals for free, adults just pay ¥600, the children’s ticket (13-15 years old) costs ¥200.

Check the zoo map beforehand so you have time to see all the interesting places. You should also check if it is open on the right day. The day off is Monday but sometimes the park is closed on Tuesday. At the pandas you need to stand in line. It is reasonable to start the acquaintance with the animals with them.

Ueno Zoo in Tokyo. Price, how to get there, map . on the official site

2. Ueno Park

– one of the largest and most popular parks in the capital. You can admire cherry blossoms in April, hydrangeas in June, red maples in autumn. On the territory of the park is a large pond Shinobazu. It imitates the largest Japanese lake Biwa. On the shores, picturesque avenues of cherry trees delight the eye. Walking through the park, you will see the Ueno-Toshogu Shrine – a tribute to the great Shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa, Kiyomizu pavilion dedicated to the goddess Kannon, the Shinto altar Fushimi-inari with a characteristic corridor of red gate-ori.

3. There are several museums in the Ueno district. We suggest exploring the culture and history of Japan at the Tokyo National Museum

. Tickets cost only ¥650. Under 18 years old free admission.

4. the Ameyoko Authentic Market is interesting

/ Ameya yokotyo, which stretches from Ueno Station to the Okachimachi Circle. The name of the market is related to America. The market appeared after the war, when a surplus of U.S. military warehouses was traded here.

This route is less than two kilometers, not counting the walk through the zoo. The ticket price for an adult is ¥1,250.

Ahikabara district ⇧

Hotel ⇧

This morning we went to a hotel in Ahikabara (near the Electric Market) and realized we were too tired to go to Ginza (a boutique street and the main street of Tokyo in general).

Tokyo, Akihabara Hotel

Electronics Market ⇧ A visit to an electronics market.

I went to an electronics market but there’s nothing much to do there, we should have stayed in a hotel there for nothing, it would have been better on Ginza. The room itself isn’t bad though. I feel lazy after such a fast pace of going somewhere in the subway.

Route 4. An island of garbage – a new experience.

We noticed that in several programs of tours to Japan, tour operators included a visit to the new island of Odaibo.

Why do we say “new”? Odaibo or Daiba is a man-made island. Some people call it an island of garbage. But that’s not exactly true. In the 19th century, the island was built to protect Tokyo from enemy ships. On it were artillery batteries. Then the area was used as a garbage dump. At the end of the 20th century, it was decided that it was necessary to build a residential and business district. Residential houses were never built here. But there are a few hotels on Odaiba…

…there are. And a lot of entertainment nearby. By the way, some people call Odaibo “the island of the future. See for yourself which description suits it best!

Before we tell you about the things to see and do in the area, let’s take a look at the options for getting there.

Ginza ⇧

We snoozed for 2 hours and drove to Ginza at 6pm.

Ginza is remembered for its boutiques and beautiful buildings. Compared to Shibuya there are no people in Ginza))

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Tokyo, Ginza

Tokyo, Ginza

Had dinner at a beer restaurant. Walked back through the cobblestone streets with houses in the 60’s style, the only thing missing was a team of horses. And still amazed by the lack of cars and traffic jams on the roads. When we got home we were already tired, we were tired, but we were not tired after two hours of sleep.

Tokyo sights

May 7

:-(

Here came the last day of our trip. On leaving the hotel in the morning we saw a completely different picture of the city: a huge number of Tokyo employees in the same dark clothes, rushing to work. On our trip it happened to be that we hit the golden week and therefore the vacations for the Japanese, so the crowds were mostly at the sights and relatively few in the subway and trains.

Odaibo. How to get to the island

You can either drive to the island, or come by the Sumida River in a “space saucer”, or walk across the Rainbow Bridge.

Rainbow Bridge is a two-tiered bridge, the symbol of Tokyo Bay, especially beautiful at night. Its length is 918 meters.

1. The train goes on the route Shimbashi/Shimbashi – Toyosu (line Yurikamome / Yurikamome). It is remarkable because it is fully automated and runs without a driver. If you can take the “driver’s seat”, it is the best place to admire the surroundings. Monorail train on rubber wheels. Departs every 10-15 minutes. The cost is 320 ¥.

Another option for getting to the island is the Rinkai Line. But on the island the stations are underground – no views.

Japan Rail Passes are not valid for this route!

2. We were more interested in the Odaiba Island excursion option with delivery one way by water and the other way by monorail. To get on the “space” ship, check out the water streetcar schedule and pricing on the Tokyo Cruise Company’s website

. On some routes you can buy tickets in advance online.

In our opinion, the more interesting models of the ships are the Himiko and Hotaruna. The famous Japanese manga artist, Leiji Matsumoto, was involved in the design of the ships. Himiko was the first “spaceship. Eight years later came the Hotaruna, which has a walking deck on the roof.

3. You can cross the Rainbow Bridge on foot in 30-45 minutes, admiring the wonderful views.

You can’t ride a bicycle across the bridge.

The bridge is closed to pedestrians at night (November-March – 6:00-10:00 pm, in summer – 9:00-9:00 pm), on New Year’s holidays (December 29-31), during the fireworks festival, in bad weather, every third Monday of the month.

4. There is a free tourist bus running around the island of Odaibo from 11.30 am to 7.30 pm at 20 minute intervals.

Special Situation

Tokyo has 23 special districts that form the basis and most populated area of Japan’s capital city. In the entire Land of the Rising Sun, only Tokyo has such a distinction.

These districts vary greatly in area. It can range from 10 to 60 km2. The number of inhabitants, too, in districts is different – from 40 to 830 thousand people. Some districts of Tokyo are expanding due to artificial islands. About this we will talk below.

The population of special districts a little more than eight million people. This is about 2/3 of the population of Japan’s capital and about 25% of the inhabitants of Greater Tokyo. Neighborhoods have a population density of almost 14 thousand residents per square kilometer.

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