Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is located in the southwestern part of the Kanto region on the island of Honshu.
It is one of the busiest cities in the world, with about 12 million inhabitants.
Tokyo's history doesn't date back as far as Kyoto and Osaka's history does, but what became today's largest metropole in the world started out as a small town in the 13th century, and became a still small castle town in the 15th century.
Shinjuku is known for its impressive streets full of neon signs. Throughout the territory, there is a wide variety of international cuisine and hundreds of department stores ranging from clothing stores to high-tech devices.
Right after crossing the scramble crossing, you will find the birthplace of many Japanese fashion trends, Center Gai. This is a pedestrian zone located in the heart of Shibuya, lined with shops, boutiques, and game centers. At night, the street is filled with young people heading to restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. This is the nightlife district for those aged around 16-25.
The complex is home to Louise Bourgeois's giant alfresco spider sculpture, and the area is delightfully landscaped with trees that are illuminated at night. The Mori Garden is a gorgeous modern version of a Japanese garden and a welcome strip of greenery in this concrete jungle.
Ginza is a district in central Tokyo, and its name means 'silver place' when translated to English. That still holds true today, as it is one of the most high-end shopping districts of Japan.
The island became very popular with young people, especially young couples who flock to shopping and amusement treats like Joypolis, a virtual reality emporium, Oedo Monogatari onsen, a theme park with...
The Izu Seven Islands
Izu Seven Islands is a chain of volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean. You can enjoy hiking, ocean activities and fresh sea food there.
North-west of central Tokyo is one of the most active centers in the city. Being the third busiest station in Tokyo, Ikebukuro is an area that offers a variety of activities for all audiences. Ikebukuro is one of the meeting places for young people, so you can see groups of friends walking through the district.
Akihabara is a place where people from all over the world come to see the new subcultures of Japan. It is a must-see area if you are traveling to Tokyo because of its social and cultural impact in present-day Japan.
Harajuku is home to some of the city's best art galleries, museums and design book stores, but let's start with the area's most famous highlight, Takeshita Street.
Today Asakusa is festive and quaint. The crowds are drawn by Sensoji Temple, the Five Storied Pagoda, and the traditional Nakamise shopping arcade. But for visitors between the sixteen and eighteen hundreds...
Mt. Takao was introduced in the Michelin Green Guides for Travel and Tourism as a place that is relatively close to the center of Tokyo where you can discover the 'real Japan', and it is quite a popular destination among foreigners, especially for those who live in Japan long term.
Narita Airport is located about 60 km outside of Tokyo, in the city of Narita. If you have a layover in Narita of at least 4 hours you can visit nearby Narita city which is only a train ride of 15 minutes away.
Haneda airport is located less than 30 minutes and 15 km south-east of central Tokyo. The airport is well linked to central Tokyo...
Hamamatsucho Station Area
Hamamatsucho station in Tokyo is a big station on the JR Yamanote and Keihin-Tohoku lines, Toei Oedo and Asakusa lines, and the Tokyo Monorail to go to Haneda Airport, so it is a well-connected area.
The Tokyo Sky Tree is the holder of the record for the world's tallest tower. Along with becoming a major tourist attraction, the structure's main purpose is as a television and radio broadcasting tower.
In the traditional area of Asakusa in Tokyo, about 20 minutes walk from the famous Sensoji temple, you can reach the Yoshiwara Shrine. This small but beautiful sanctuary is one of the few things left from the past that characterized this section of Tokyo.
Oedo Onsen Monogatari Bathhouse
Oedo Onsen Monogatari is an onsen theme park and was created to resemble a bathhouse in the Edo period (1603-1868). Upon arrival, you choose a design of yukata (summer kimono) and...
Henn Na Hotel
Henn Na Hotel, meaning 'Strange Hotel', is one of the most innovative franchises in the hotel industry in the world. It does not require people to man the reception since the entire process of check-in and check-out is done by robots and an electronic tablet.
Tokyo Tower is the highest construction in Tokyo (333m). It has two observatories, one at 150m, and the other one at 250m. Adults will pay 820 to access the first one, and additional 600 to reach the second.
Tsukiji and Toyosu Markets
In 2018, the fish market (including the famous tuna auction) and the wholesale markets moved from Tsukiji to Toyosu. Some of the restaurants and shops stayed behind in Tsukiji...
The Imperial Palace
One of the most important visits on the journey through the metropolis of Tokyo is the imposing Imperial Palace. Situated near the newly renovated Tokyo station, it is a nice walk...
Nakamise in Asakusa
Nakamise is one of the oldest shopping centers in Japan. Since Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu established Edo Shogunate (1603), the population in Edo (old Tokyo) grew as well the visitors to Sensoji Temple.
Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa
Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa is an aquarium located in the Shinagawa area in Tokyo. It has many exhibitions of marine species and several rooms with special illuminations, which makes this aquarium different from the others.
Tokyo Mitama Matsuri
During the hot summer days, one of the most spectacular Obon festivals in Japan is celebrated in central Tokyo. For the Mitama Festival, the Yasukuni Shrine is decorated with more than 30,000 traditional Japanese lanterns, running all the way from the great torii gate to the main gate of the sanctuary.