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Tokyo (“Œ‹ž, Tōkyō) is Japan's capital and the world's most populous metropolis. It is also one of Japan's 47 prefectures, consisting of 23 central city wards and multiple cities, towns and villages west of the city center. The Izu and Ogasawara Islands are also part of Tokyo.

Prior to 1868, Tokyo was known as Edo. A small castle town in the 16th century, Edo became Japan's political center in 1603 when Tokugawa Ieyasu established his feudal government there. A few decades later, Edo had grown into one of the world's most populous cities. With the Meiji Restoration of 1868, the emperor and capital moved from Kyoto to Edo, which was renamed Tokyo ("Eastern Capital"). Large parts of Tokyo were destroyed in the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and in the air raids of 1945.

Today, Tokyo offers a seemingly unlimited choice of shopping, entertainment, culture and dining to its visitors. The city's history can be appreciated in districts such as Asakusa, and in many excellent museums, historic temples and gardens. Contrary to common perception, Tokyo also offers a number of attractive green spaces in the city center and within relatively short train rides at its outskirts.

Top attractions in Tokyo

Central Tokyo
Town/Neighborhood

Akihabara

District for electronic and otaku goods.
4.0 / 5
6,600
Garden

Hama Rikyu

Landscape garden next to Shiodome.
3.8 / 5
742
Town/Neighborhood

Ginza

Japan's premier shopping district.
3.5 / 5
5,560
Town/Neighborhood

Nihonbashi

Commercial district in central Tokyo.
3.1 / 5
2,510
Shrine

Yasukuni Shrine

Dedicated to the deities of Japan's war dead.
3.6 / 5
1,340
Town/Neighborhood

Tokyo Dome City

Entertainment district around Tokyo Dome.
3.5 / 5
1,915
Town/Neighborhood

Tsukishima

Man made island known for monjayaki.
3.4 / 5
725
Town/Neighborhood

Yurakucho

Atmospheric dining destination next to the Ginza.
3.2 / 5
438
Town/Neighborhood

Marunouchi

Business district in front of Tokyo Station.
3.0 / 5
2,140
Town/Neighborhood

Kanda

Central district dotted with minor sites of interest.
3.0 / 5
505
Show All Central Tokyo
Northern Tokyo
Town/Neighborhood

Asakusa

District with an atmosphere of old Tokyo.
4.2 / 5
6,023
Garden

Rikugien

Beautiful Japanese style landscape garden.
4.0 / 5
491
Park

Ueno Park

City park with multiple museums and a zoo.
3.9 / 5
5,125
Town/Neighborhood

Yanaka

District with a pleasant atmosphere of old Tokyo.
3.8 / 5
286
Zoo/Wildlife

Sumida Aquarium

Nice aquarium at the base of the Skytree.
3.7 / 5
211
Shopping

Ameyoko

Colorful market street in Ueno.
3.5 / 5
1,867
Town/Neighborhood

Ikebukuro

Commercial district around busy train station.
3.5 / 5
4,746
Town/Neighborhood

Ryogoku

Center of the sumo wrestling world.
3.4 / 5
1,111
Town/Neighborhood

Sugamo

A shopping district catering to the elderly.
2.9 / 5
372
Show All Northern Tokyo
Western Tokyo
Town/Neighborhood

Shibuya••

Popular district among younger generations.
4.2 / 5
6,898
Town/Neighborhood

Shinjuku••

District around Japan's busiest station.
4.0 / 5
7,052
Shrine

Meiji Shrine

Dedicated to the deity of Emperor Meiji.
4.1 / 5
4,144
Town/Neighborhood

Harajuku

Center of teenage fashion and cosplay culture.
4.0 / 5
6,125
Park

Yoyogi Park

Spacious city park in Shibuya.
3.9 / 5
3,368
Shopping

Nakano Broadway

Shopping mall with lots of anime related stores.
3.7 / 5
598
Town/Neighborhood

Kagurazaka

Trendy district along a sloping street.
3.5 / 5
286
Amusement Park

NHK Studiopark

Visit Japan's public television network.
3.1 / 5
975
Show All Western Tokyo
Southern Tokyo
Town/Neighborhood

Odaiba

Futuristic architecture on a man made island.
4.0 / 5
4,121
Viewpoint/Tower

Tokyo Tower

333 meter tall symbol of Tokyo.
3.9 / 5
4,706
Temple

Zojoji Temple

Buddhist temple at the base of Tokyo Tower.
3.8 / 5
1,115
Scenic Ride

Tokyo Water Bus

A network of pleasant sightseeing boat lines.
3.7 / 5
446
Shopping

Tokyo Midtown

City within the city complex in Roppongi.
3.3 / 5
729
Town/Neighborhood

Roppongi

Multifaceted district in central Tokyo
3.3 / 5
4,441
Town/Neighborhood

Akasaka Sacas

City within the city around TBS headquarter.
3.2 / 5
953
Town/Neighborhood

Shiodome

Recently redeveloped commercial district.
3.1 / 5
1,347
Town/Neighborhood

Shinagawa

Major transportation hub in southern Tokyo.
3.0 / 5
2,492
Town/Neighborhood

Toyosu

District on a man-made island in Tokyo Bay.
2.3 / 5
203
Show All Southern Tokyo
Outlying Areas
Manga and Anime

Ghibli Museum

Museum of the Ghibli animation film studio.
4.4 / 5
1,490
Temple

Takaosan

Temple mountain near central Tokyo.
4.0 / 5
755
Shopping

Ikspiari Mall

A shopping mall in Tokyo Disney Resort.
2.9 / 5
370
Town/Neighborhood

Makuhari Messe

Modern convention center just outside Tokyo.
2.8 / 5
721
Show All Outlying Areas
Events
Festival

Sanja Matsuri

Tokyo's most popular annual shrine festival.
4.4 / 5
194
Festival

Kanda Matsuri

One of the three great festivals of Tokyo and Japan.
3.9 / 5
72
Manga and Anime

AnimeJapan

Large trade show of the anime industry.
4.1 / 5
449
Industry/Commerce

Tokyo Game Show

Trade show of the computer gaming industry.
4.0 / 5
394
Festival

Sanno Matsuri

One of Japan's three largest festivals.
3.8 / 5
69
Industry/Commerce

Ceatec Japan

Japan's largest IT and electronics trade show.
3.3 / 5
53
Show All Events
Side Trips from Tokyo

Nikko•••

Site of Nikko Toshogu, Ieyasu's mausoleum.
4.3 / 5
2,974

Hakone

National park with views of Mount Fuji.
4.1 / 5
3,067

Minakami

Popular hot spring and outdoor resort.
3.5 / 5
258

Kawagoe

Former castle town known as the Little Edo.
3.4 / 5
893

Ikaho Onsen

Hot spring resort famous for its stone stairs.
3.2 / 5
320

Tomioka

Site of a Japan's first modern silk factory.
2.9 / 5
36

Kawasaki

Sandwiched between Tokyo and Yokohama.
2.8 / 5
562
Show All Side Trips from Tokyo

Access and Orientation

Hotels around Tokyo

Recommended Hotels
Backpackers Hostel K's House Tokyo
One of the most popular hostels in Tokyo.
Book:
Hostelworld
Hotel Century Southern Tower
The most conveniently located hotel in Shinjuku, just a few steps from the station entrance.
Book:
Japanican
Hotel Metropolitan Marunouchi
Adjacent to Tokyo Station, this is one of the city's most convenient and comfortable hotels.
Book:
Agoda Booking
Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku
Just a few steps from Shinjuku Station, this hotel ranks among Tokyo's best values.
Book:
Agoda Booking
Keio Plaza Hotel
One of Tokyo's most popular hotels and best values, a 5-10 minute walk from the station.
Book:
Agoda Booking
Ritz Carlton Tokyo Hotel
Leading 5-star hotel on the top floors of Tokyo Midtown.
Book:
Agoda Booking
Shangri-La Hotel
Adjacent to Tokyo Station, this is the city's most conveniently located 5-star hotel.
Book:
Agoda Booking

Tours and Experiences

Page last updated: August 19, 2016