City of Tokyo / 東京.

Tips for your trips. Tourist information. Official websites.

Tokyo, the capital city of Japan, is a vibrant and bustling metropolis that offers a blend of traditional and modern attractions. Tokyo is vast: it’s best thought of not as a single city, but a constellation of cities that have grown together.

Top Attractions. Tokyo Tower (map) stands as a prominent landmark, featuring observation decks that provide sweeping panoramic views of the city. Meiji Shrine (map), located in a serene forested area, is a tranquil Shinto shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. Senso-ji Temple (map), situated in Asakusa, is Tokyo’s oldest and most renowned Buddhist temple, known for its lively shopping street.

Imperial Palace (map) serves as the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan, surrounded by exquisite gardens and historic structures. Shibuya Crossing (map), a famous intersection in the *Shibuya district (map), is internationally recognized as one of the busiest pedestrian crossings worldwide.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden offers a serene escape with its breathtaking gardens, walking paths, and a charming greenhouse. Odaiba (map), an artificial island, boasts futuristic architecture, shopping malls, museums, and picturesque views of Tokyo Bay.

Also сheck оut мore info: Tokyo Area GuideBest things to doPlan Your Trip

If you don’t like what you see, hop on the train and head to the next station, and you will find something entirely different.

Serious collectors should head for the Antique Mall in Ginza (map) or the Antique Market in Omotesando (map), which despite the rustic names are collections of small very specialist shops (samurai armor, ukiyo-e prints, etc.) with head-spinning prices. Mere mortals can venture over to Nishi-Ogikubo (map), where you can pick up scrolls of calligraphy and such for a few thousand yen.

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The Antique Festival (全国古民具骨董祭り, map) is held over the weekend about 5-6 times a year at the Tokyo Ryutsu Center.

Chiyoda (map) – The seat of Japanese power (both political and economic), the Imperial Palace (map), and the electronics mecca of Akihabara.

Chuo (map) – The famed department stores of Ginza (map) and the outer market of Tsukiji (map).

Minato (map) – The business centers of Akasaka (map) and Shinbashi (map) and the neighbouring nightclub district of Roppongi (map), the artificial island of Odaiba (map), and the skyscrapers of Shiodome (map).

*Sumida (map) – It is home to a famous cherry blossom viewing area (along the Sumida River near Asakusa Station, map) in spring. The Edo-Tokyo Museum (map), an excellent and large museum on the history of Tokyo. Tokyo SkyTree (map)

*Taito (map) – The heart of Old Tokyo featuring the temples of Asakusa (map) and National Museums in Ueno (map), as well as some of Tokyo’s cheapest accommodation.

*Bunkyo (map) – Home to Tokyo Dome (map) and the University of Tokyo.

Shinjuku (map) – Home to luxury hotels, giant camera stores, futuristic skyscrapers, hundreds of shops and restaurants, and *Kabukichō (map), Tokyo’s wildest nightlife and red-light district.

*Shibuya (map) – The fashionable shopping district which also encompasses the teenybopper haven of *Harajuku (map),  home to the Meiji Shrine, map) and the nightlife of Ebisu (map).

Shinagawa (map) – A major train hub (Shinagawa Station, map). Historically, parts of this ward were known as Shimazuyama. Many feudal lords (daimyo) maintained estates in this area during the Tokugawa Shogunate.

*Toshima (map) – Including Ikebukuro (map), another giant train hub.

Meguro (map) – A residential area with a few nice parks and museums.

Much of Tokyo’s budget accommodation can be found in the Taito area, especially Asakusa and Ueno. One of the cheapest ways to stay can be also a youth hostel, prices start at ¥1200, e.g. in the Shinjuku area.

Food and Dining. Explore Tsukiji Fish Market (map), one of the world’s largest seafood markets, and savor fresh sushi and sashimi. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony or enjoy matcha-flavored treats. Visit depachika, the basement food floors in department stores, for an incredible selection of gourmet food and sweets.

 

Public transport.

Information about all types of public transport.

Metro | Subway Navigation for Tourists APP | Toei

Also сheck оut мore info: Getting Around (gotokyo.org) • Transportation in Japan (japan.travel) • Transportation (japan-guide.com)

BUS: Japan Bus Online is a comprehensive website that allows you to search for and book bus tickets across Japan. Willer Express is a major bus company in Japan that offers long-distance bus services. + Highway Bus / JR Bus / kate.co.jp.

TRAIN: JR-EAST – operates largest railway network, including the Yamanote Line loop that circles the center of downtown (Rail Map).

Japan Railways (JR): The official website of Japan Railways provides information about train routes, schedules, fares, and services offered by JR. + Central JRWest JREast JR

AIRPORT: Most international flights arrive at either Narita Airport near Tokyo or Kansai Airport near Osaka; a smaller number use Chubu International Airport near Nagoya.

WATERWAYS: The Cruise Ship Company operates a series of Water Bus ferries along the Sumida River and in Tokyo Bay, connecting Asakusa, Hinode, Harumi and Odaiba. Port Ferry Terminal (map), Takeshiba Terminal (map)

Direct Ferries • Ferry Sunflower • Willer Ferry

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Useful websites.

Links to additional resources with useful information for planning your trip.

VISAS & IMMIGRATION.

Foreign Residents Support Center (FRESC) MOFA Visa Information. + JAPAN eVISA – for online visa application to visit Japan.

HyperDia.Com

HyperDia is a service which offers the route of the railway and the aviation within Japan. Rental car and hotels etc around the station.

Tokyo Cheapo.

A website focused on budget travel in Tokyo, providing tips on affordable accommodation, dining, transportation, and free/cheap activities.

HyperDia – A website for checking train schedules, routes, and fares in Japan. It’s particularly helpful for planning your train travel.

Japan Rail Pass – If you plan to explore Japan using the Japan Rail Pass, their official website provides information on pass types, eligibility, prices, and how to purchase.

Tokyo Cheapo – A website focused on budget travel in Tokyo, providing tips on affordable accommodation, dining, transportation, and free/cheap activities.

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Food

Just One Cookbook – A popular website featuring authentic Japanese recipes, including traditional dishes, street food, and regional specialties.

Savor Japan – An online guide to Japanese food and dining, featuring information on traditional cuisine, sushi, sake, local specialties, and more. It includes restaurant listings and articles.