In a city as dynamic as this, it can be daunting to come up with a short list of attraction to focus on. Tokyo’s visitors find there are just as many storied temples and enchanting, historic neighbourhoods in city as there are breathtaking feats of modern architecture.
Culture is the finest asset of Tokyo; and with its rich historical past, Tokyo has produced several sights and landmarks that attract tourists from around the world. Backed by institutes like the Edo-Tokyo and Tokyo National museums, Tokyo boasts the country's finest collections of artistic, cultural and historic artifacts. In between, there are ruins of the old capital (Edo), a grand palace and dozens of shrines and temples.
Whisking visitors on a fascinating journey through ancient Tokyo, the Edo-Tokyo Museum begins with the late 16th century and expertly covers the cultural, architectural and historical changes Japan went through in the following centuries. This Tokyo attraction exhibits are beautifully crafted, and visitors can join volunteer-led tours (one to two hours) from late morning until mid-afternoon.
Imperial Palace – Landmark in Old Tokyo
The Imperial Palace landmark in Tokyo is the residence of Japan's 125th emperor. Access to the grounds is restricted to guided tours which are held most mornings, however the Imperial Palace Tokyo. Guests must register for these at least a day in advance. Near the palace in East Garden (Higashi Gyoen) are the ruins of old Edo Castle.
Tokyo National Museum
Home to the world's definitive collection of Japanese Art, this notable attraction located in Ueno Park and is easily accessed by metro. The emphasis of each gallery ranges from archaeological findings in Japan (and abroad) to artistic periods in Japanese history. Exhibits rotate periodically, but expect to see beautiful kimonos, delicate ceramics, samurai weapons and woodblock printings.