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Things to see and do in Tokyo

As the world's largest metropolitan center, Tokyo can be an intimidating place for first-time visitors. But behind the skyscrapers, crowds and bustling streets is a charming cultural hub with enough sights and activities to thrill visitors for days on end.

Popular attractions in Tokyo

Tokyo Sky Tree

Enjoy panoramic views from 450 meters above the ground

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  • Tower
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Tokyo Skytree, at 634 meters (2,080 ft), is the highest point in Tokyo. You can see this broadcast tower from anywhere in the city, and the 2 observation decks, fine-dining restaurant, and cafe it contains make it a tourist hotspot. The tower is especially beautiful at night, being illuminated in different patterns on different days.

The highest point visitors can access is 451 meters high, where you'll find a special stage that has been built to replicate the feeling of floating. Solamchai shopping mall is at the base of Tokyo Skytree, containing over 300 shops, restaurants, an aquarium, and a planetarium.

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Sensoji Temple

Explore one of Tokyo's best-preserved Buddhist temples

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Sensoji Temple is one of the most significant among Tokyo's many ancient temples. The Buddhist temple is the centerpiece of the history-rich Asakusa district, northeast of the city center, and is nearby other notable landmarks such as the Asakusa Shrine.

Start your visit at the magnificent Kaminarimon Gate, also known as the Thunder Gate, with its giant red lantern. Between the gate and Sensoji Temple, you can browse along the centuries-old Nakamise shopping street, where you can pick up traditional Japanese souvenirs and taste some exotic snacks. At the temple, admire the sheer beauty of its main hall, and the elegant 5-story pagoda.

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Asakusa Shrine

Say a prayer for your loved ones at Asakusa Shrine

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Asakusa Shrine is also known as the Shrine of the 3 gods, in honor of the 3 men who built the nearby Buddhist temple, Sensoji. It's common to visit both monuments, one after the other. At Asakusa, you'll see many worshippers praying for health, wealth, and good luck in love.

A 200-meter pedestrian street leading to the shrine is lined with rows of souvenir shops and snack stalls before it passes under a stone gate. There are several important festivals that take place around Asakusa Shrine, including Sanja Matsuri in May, held in honor of the 3 founders of the temple.

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Disneyland® Tokyo

See your favorite Disney characters at the Nighttime Parade

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  • Kid friendly
  • Amusement parks
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Tokyo Disneyland, located in Chibu Prefecture, on the outskirts of Tokyo, is a very popular family amusement park. Open since 1983, there are 4 lands to explore: Adventureland, Westernland, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland. The focal point of the theme park is the towering Cinderella Castle, and popular rides include Splash Mountain and Star Tours.

In 2001, Tokyo Disneyland was joined by a sister resort, Tokyo DisneySea, which has a nautical theme. It's possible to explore both parks in 1 day, but most people choose to visit the parks separately. You'll see Micky, Minnie, and the crew in many spots throughout the park.

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Tokyo National Museum

Check out the largest selection of Japanese artefacts in the world

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  • Art museums
  • History museums
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The Tokyo National Museum immerses you in a wide-ranging assortment of historical art pieces and archaeological objects, housed within its 5 exhibition buildings. There's well over 100,000 items in its collection, including some of Japan's most cherished national treasures, such as the masterpieces of Unkei, Japan's celebrated Buddhist sculptor.

You'll find the Tokyo National Museum in the northern grounds of Ueno Park in Taito, just a short walk out of Uguisudani Station. After browsing through the ancient statues, masks, ceramics, paintings, swords, and sets of armor, you can grab lunch at one of several restaurants or poke around the souvenir shops.

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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Explore beautifully maintained gardens in the center of Tokyo

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  • Park
  • Relax in a park
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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden covers an area of 144 acres between Shibuya and Shinjuku wards in the center of Tokyo. Opened to the public in 1949, this former private garden features 3 different styles: French, English, and traditional Japanese. The park is blanketed in over 20,000 trees, including about 1,500 cherry trees, which bloom between late March and late April.

A greenhouse built in the 1950s houses over 1,700 tropical and subtropical species, and drinks and snacks can be purchased from stalls scattered throughout the grounds. Getting to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is fairly easy, as it's located within walking distance from at least 3 Tokyo Metro stations.

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Meiji Jingu Shrine

Receive a morning blessing at Meiji Shrine

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Meiji Shrine lies at the heart of one of Tokyo's green oases, Yoyogi Park, and can be reached by walking from Harujuku Station. This Shinto shrine dates back to 1915, following the death of Emperor Meiji, and is dedicated to his and his wife's deified spirits.

Entering through Yoyogi Park's 40-foot-tall torii gate, you'll pass through cool and tranquil forest paths before reaching the Meiji Shrine. Here, you can write down your wishes on wooden Ema tablets, which are then hung around a tree and blessed during a morning ceremony in front of the main temple.

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Shibuya Crossing

Witness the iconic 6-lane Shibuya intersection when the green man flashes

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Shibuya Crossing is one of the most iconic places in Tokyo. Located directly outside Shibuya station, it's rumored to be the busiest intersection in the world. Like a choreographed ballet, as soon as cars stop at the red lights, hundreds, if not thousands, of people break out in all directions to cross this bustling intersection.

Often featured in magazines, movies, and television, it really encapsulates the busy nature of Tokyo, especially after dark. A recommended venue to watch the scene unfold is the Starbucks coffee shop, which overlooks the intersection from the second floor of the Q Front Building.

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Roppongi Hills

Enjoy Tokyo's skyline from the rooftop observation deck

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Tokyo's Roponggi Hills is a city within a city; a mega complex of high-rise buildings, containing offices, apartments, shops, restaurants, and movie theatres. The centerpiece is the 54-story Mori Tower, with its famous Tokyo City View observation deck. The complex is ringed by the Yamanote railway line in the Minato ward.

For some retail therapy, Roponggi Hills is home to many designer fashion stores, and if you're an art buff, the Mori Art Museum's innovative exhibits are worth seeing. Between the high-rise buildings, you'll find the green, open-air oasis of the Mori Garden, designed with traditional Zen landscaping in mind.

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Takashimaya Times Square

Enjoy 15 floors of shopping at Takashimaya Times Square Shinjuku

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  • Department store
  • Shopping
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Takashimaya Times Square Shinjuku is one of the biggest shopping malls in Tokyo. With a total of 15 floors of shopping, it's practically guaranteed they'll have what you're looking for. You'll find fashion, health and beauty, travel gear, homeware, and 3 floors of dining.

If you're looking for kitsch souvenirs from your time in Japan to take back home, don't miss the cavernous Tokyu Hands, a famous DIY store that stocks an amazing range of products at usually cheap prices. Takashimaya Times Square is located just a short walk from Shinjuku Station's south exit.

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