Japan: 10 Best Places You NEED to Visit in Tokyo

 

Tokyo is Japan’s capital and very important city when it comes to Japan Tourism. In the 16th century it was a small castle town, it became Japan’s political center in 1603. During Meiji Restoration of 1868, the emperor decided to move the capital from Kyoto to Edo and renamed it Tokyo. This city is in possession of a calm and efficient rhythm that belies its sprawling dimensions. Checkout the best places to visit during your Tokyo trip.

1. Sensō-ji

Sensō-ji is Tokyo’s biggest ancient Buddhist temple and foremost Tokyo attractions for Japanese and foreigners located in Asakusa. This temple is dedicated to the Bodhisattva Kannon, it is also known as Guan Yin or the Goddess of Mercy. This is Tokyo’s oldest temple, and one of its very significant. Sensoji Temple is a few minute away from Asakusa Station;visitors can get there by the Ginza Subway Line, Asakusa Subway Line and Tobu Railways.

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2. Nakamise

Nakamise is known as one of the oldest shopping centers in Japan. It is located just before Sensoji after Kaminarimon or “Thunder Gate”; here the visitors can see a massive paper lantern dramatically painted in vivid red-and-black tones to suggest thunderclouds and lightning. Nakamise is few minute away from Asakusa Station; visitors can get there by the Ginza Subway Line, Asakusa Subway Line and Tobu Railways.

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Every day it opens at 10.00 A.M & close at 5.00 P.M.

3. Meiji Jingū

Meiji Shrine is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shōken. It is the Shinto shrine. At the Main Shrine building you should Bow twice and Clap your hands twice. Make your wish & Bow once again. Meiji Jingū is few minute away from Meiji Jingu Mae Station; visitors can get there by the Chiyoda Subway Line and Fukutoshin Subway Line.

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Meiji Shrine history and other details

4. Imperial Palace & East Garden

The main residence of the Emperor of Japan is Tokyo Imperial Palace. Every year only two days the palace buildings and inner gardens are open to the public, Jan 2 New Year’s Greeting and Dec 23 Emperor’s Birthday are the only occasion when public able to enter here. However the East Gardens are made accessible for guests year-round.

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Tokyo Imperial Palace history

5. Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo’s newest landmark & attraction is the Tokyo Skytree, with 634 meter height it is the tallest tower in Japan. It has two observation decks Tembo Deck &Tembo Gallery which offer magnificent views of Tokyo city skyline. There is a large shopping complex with aquarium is in the base. It is near the Kamiyacho, Akabanebashi and Onarimon Stations.

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More information on Tokyo Skytree

6. Tokyo Disneyland

Tokyo Disneyland is Disney’s first theme park outside the United States. It is the second most visited theme park in the world. The Tokyo Disneyland site covers 115 acres and incorporates seven themed areas. These areas are Adventure Land, Critter Country, Fantasy Land, Tomorrow Land, Toon Town, Western Land, World Bazaar, as well as hotels, shops and restaurants.

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Tokyo Disneyland

7. Kabukichō

Kabukichō is located in north east Shinjuku beyond Yasukuni-dōri Avenue, it is an entertainment and red-light district in Tokyo. It is well-known for hostess bars, host bars, love hotels, shops, restaurants, and nightclubs, and is called the “Sleepless Town”. It attracts many tourists to its vibrant nightlife. The streets are crammed with neon lights.

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8. Yasukuni Shrine

Yasukuni Shrine is dedicated to the soldiers and others who died fighting on behalf of the Emperor of Japan. It is a Shinto shrine. The Japanese imperial family has deep relationship with Yasukuni Shrine. It is known as a central institution for commemorating those who died in wars. Approximately five million people visit the shrine every year. Every day it opens from 06.00 A.M. to 06.00 P.M.

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Yasukuni Shrine

9. Tokyo National Museum

The Tokyo National Museum hosts the largest collection of Japanese art and artifacts on the planet. It is Japan’s oldest and most expansive museum. Going through the halls of its six buildings, visitors can spot samurai armor, ornate swords, delicate pottery, decorated tombs, kimonos, calligraphy, paintings, and much more.  All of these works and relics trace the history of the Japanese people.

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Tokyo National Museum

10. Tsukiji Fish Market

Tsukiji Market is one of the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world. It sells more than 400 different types of seafood from contemptible seaweed to the priciest caviar and from minuscule sardines to 300 kg tuna and highly controversial whale species. The most interesting part to see is the Tuna Auction. It only allows 120 visitors every day. Viewing tickets are issued at 4:30 AM at the market’s Fish Information Center; it is located near the Kachidoki entrance.

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Read more about Tsukiji Fish Market here

Tokyo is one of the world’s most densely populated cities, with an energetic skyline that changes as regularly as the sun rises and sets. It is home to a 13 million-plus population where trains run on time, with no public litter & near non-existent street crime. Hope you enjoyed reading this post!

Featured image courtesy: aotaro

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