Tokyo (, 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
2
Town/Neighborhood

Akihabara

District for electronic and otaku goods.
4.0 / 5
6,810
4
Garden

Hama Rikyu

Landscape garden next to Shiodome.
3.9 / 5
788
7
Town/Neighborhood

Ginza

Japan's premier shopping district.
3.5 / 5
5,681
8
Town/Neighborhood

Nihonbashi

Commercial district in central Tokyo.
3.1 / 5
2,566
9
Shrine

Yasukuni Shrine

Dedicated to the deities of Japan's war dead.
3.6 / 5
1,375
10
Town/Neighborhood

Tokyo Dome City

Entertainment district around Tokyo Dome.
3.5 / 5
1,939
11
Town/Neighborhood

Tsukishima

Man made island known for monjayaki.
3.4 / 5
737
12
Town/Neighborhood

Yurakucho

Atmospheric dining destination next to the Ginza.
3.2 / 5
476
13
Town/Neighborhood

Kanda

Central district dotted with minor sites of interest.
3.0 / 5
537
14
Town/Neighborhood

Marunouchi

Business district in front of Tokyo Station.
3.0 / 5
2,188
15
Historic Site

State Guest House

Grand Western-style palace with Japanese-style annex
1
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Northern Tokyo
2
Viewpoint/Tower

Tokyo Skytree••

634 meter tall tower with observation decks.
4.1 / 5
1,571
3
Town/Neighborhood

Asakusa

District with an atmosphere of old Tokyo.
4.2 / 5
6,205
6
Garden

Rikugien

Beautiful Japanese style landscape garden.
4.0 / 5
528
7
Park

Ueno Park

City park with multiple museums and a zoo.
3.9 / 5
5,230
9
Town/Neighborhood

Yanaka

District with a pleasant atmosphere of old Tokyo.
3.9 / 5
311
10
Garden

Botanical Garden

Botanical garden of the University of Tokyo.
3.8 / 5
551
11
Zoo/Wildlife

Sumida Aquarium

Nice aquarium at the base of the Skytree.
3.7 / 5
224
13
Shopping

Ameyoko

Colorful market street in Ueno.
3.5 / 5
1,913
14
Town/Neighborhood

Ikebukuro

Commercial district around busy train station.
3.5 / 5
4,855
15
Town/Neighborhood

Kappabashi Street

Shopping street for restaurant owners.
3.4 / 5
1,040
16
Town/Neighborhood

Ryogoku

Center of the sumo wrestling world.
3.3 / 5
1,136
17
Town/Neighborhood

Sugamo

A shopping district catering to the elderly.
2.9 / 5
387
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Western Tokyo
1
Town/Neighborhood

Shibuya••

Popular district among younger generations.
4.2 / 5
7,079
2
Town/Neighborhood

Shinjuku••

District around Japan's busiest station.
4.0 / 5
7,224
3
Shrine

Meiji Shrine

Dedicated to the deity of Emperor Meiji.
4.1 / 5
4,284
4
Town/Neighborhood

Harajuku

Center of teenage fashion and cosplay culture.
4.0 / 5
6,280
6
Park

Yoyogi Park

Spacious city park in Shibuya.
3.8 / 5
3,448
7
Shopping

Nakano Broadway

Shopping mall with lots of anime related stores.
3.7 / 5
642
8
Viewpoint/Tower

Government Building

Twin tower with two free observation decks.
3.7 / 5
1,216
9
Town/Neighborhood

Kagurazaka

Trendy district along a sloping street.
3.5 / 5
301
11
Amusement Park

NHK Studiopark

Visit Japan's public television network.
3.1 / 5
984
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Southern Tokyo
1
Town/Neighborhood

Odaiba

Futuristic architecture on a man made island.
4.0 / 5
4,238
3
Shopping

Roppongi Hills

Modern entertainment and shopping complex.
3.3 / 5
2,068
5
Viewpoint/Tower

Tokyo Tower

333 meter tall symbol of Tokyo.
3.9 / 5
4,812
7
Temple

Zojoji Temple

Buddhist temple at the base of Tokyo Tower.
3.8 / 5
1,154
8
Scenic Ride

Tokyo Water Bus

A network of pleasant sightseeing boat lines.
3.7 / 5
469
10
Shopping

Tokyo Midtown

City within the city complex in Roppongi.
3.3 / 5
749
11
Town/Neighborhood

Roppongi

Multifaceted district in central Tokyo
3.3 / 5
4,506
12
Town/Neighborhood

Akasaka Sacas

City within the city around TBS headquarter.
3.2 / 5
967
13
Town/Neighborhood

Shiodome

Recently redeveloped commercial district.
3.1 / 5
1,375
14
Town/Neighborhood

Shinagawa

Major transportation hub in southern Tokyo.
3.0 / 5
2,545
15
Town/Neighborhood

Toyosu

District on a man-made island in Tokyo Bay.
2.4 / 5
217
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Outlying Areas
3
Manga and Anime

Ghibli Museum

Museum of the Ghibli animation film studio.
4.4 / 5
1,545
4
Temple

Takaosan

Temple mountain near central Tokyo.
4.0 / 5
786
6
Town/Neighborhood

Shibamata

Old-fashioned neighborhood centered around a temple.
11
12
Shopping

Ikspiari Mall

A shopping mall in Tokyo Disney Resort.
2.9 / 5
379
13
Town/Neighborhood

Makuhari Messe

Modern convention center just outside Tokyo.
2.8 / 5
733
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Events
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Festival

Sanja Matsuri

Tokyo's most popular annual shrine festival.
4.3 / 5
201
2
Festival

Kanda Matsuri

One of the three great festivals of Tokyo and Japan.
3.9 / 5
79
4
Manga and Anime

AnimeJapan

Large trade show of the anime industry.
4.1 / 5
468
5
Industry/Commerce

Tokyo Game Show

Trade show of the computer gaming industry.
4.0 / 5
406
6
Festival

Sanno Matsuri

One of Japan's three largest festivals.
3.7 / 5
72
7
Event

Tokyo Marathon

Annual large scale city marathon.
3.6 / 5
145
8
Industry/Commerce

Ceatec Japan

Japan's largest IT and electronics trade show.
3.3 / 5
55
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Side Trips from Tokyo
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Nikko•••

Site of Nikko Toshogu, Ieyasu's mausoleum.
4.3 / 5
3,074
2

Kamakura••

Small city full of historic treasures.
4.4 / 5
3,978
4

Hakone

National park with views of Mount Fuji.
4.1 / 5
3,166
5

Yokohama

Japan's second largest city.
4.0 / 5
4,538
8

Chichibu

Rural city know for its festival and shrines.
3.6 / 5
37
9

Minakami

Popular hot spring and outdoor resort.
3.5 / 5
270
10

Kawagoe

Former castle town known as the Little Edo.
3.4 / 5
919
11

Tomioka

Site of a Japan's first modern silk factory.
3.3 / 5
43
12

Ikaho Onsen

Hot spring resort famous for its stone stairs.
3.2 / 5
328
13

Kawasaki

Sandwiched between Tokyo and Yokohama.
2.8 / 5
588
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Access and Orientation

Hotels around Tokyo

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

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