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Welcome to Tokyo

Neon lights and cherry blossoms. Sacred tea ceremonies and robot cabaret shows. Buddhist temples and high-octane sumo matches. The Japanese capital of Tokyo is a city of contradictions, where ancient traditions coincide with modern culture. Sightseeing tours help travelers get oriented with the sprawling metropolis and visit sights such as Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Meiji Jingu Shrine, and Senso-ji Temple. Dinner at a robot cabaret and a tour of Kabukicho offer a taste of the city’s eclectic nature. And food and market tours show off the best of Tokyo’s cuisine. Tokyo is also home base for day trips to Lake Ashi, Mt. Fuji, and Kyoto.

Top 10 attractions in Tokyo

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Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower

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At 1,092 feet (333 meters) tall, Tokyo Tower is an impressive Japanese landmark offering 360-degree views of the city from its two observation decks. Built in 1958 from red and white latticed steel, the Eiffel Tower-inspired structure houses a wax museum, a Shinto Shrine, an aquarium, restaurants, and other entertainment spots.More
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Senso-ji Temple (Asakusa Temple)

Senso-ji Temple (Asakusa Temple)

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The must-see Senso-ji Temple (also known as Asakusa Temple or Asakusa Kannon Temple) combines architecture, centers of worship, Japanese gardens, and traditional markets to offer visitors a modern-day look at Japan’s rich history and culture. Erected in AD 645 in what was once an old fishing village, Senso-ji Temple was dedicated to Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy. Stone statues of Fujin (the Shinto wind god) and Raijin (the Shinto thunder god) guard the entrance, known as Kaminarimon or the Thunder Gate. Next is Hozomon Gate, which leads to Nakamise’s shopping streets, filled with vendors selling handicrafts and Japanese snacks. Don’t miss the Asakusa Shrine or Kannon-do Hall.More
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Shibuya

Shibuya

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The area surrounding Shibuya Station—famous for its busy streets, flashing neon advertisements, trendy boutiques, and teeming malls—ranks among Tokyo’s most energetic neighborhoods. Shibuya Crossing, one of the world’s busiest pedestrian intersections, has become somewhat of a tourist attraction in its own right.More
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Roppongi

Roppongi

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A decade ago, going to Roppongi meant you were either visiting an embassy or out to party with the expat community. While Roppongi remains one of Tokyo’s best nightlife districts, it has successfully broadened its appeal with a wider variety of cultural and entertainment options.More
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Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingu)

Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingu)

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The Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingu) is the most important and popular Shinto shrine in Tokyo. Dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken, in 1926, the shrine comprises buildings of worship, gardens, and a forest where each tree was planted by a different citizen of Japan wanting to pay respects to the emperor. A highlight of the shrine is the Meiji Memorial Hall, where visitors find more than 80 murals dedicated to the emperor.More
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Tokyo Imperial Palace

Tokyo Imperial Palace

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Home to Japan’s Emperor, the Tokyo Imperial Palace occupies the site of the original Edo Castle (Edo-jō), the Tokugawa shogunate's castle, which was once the largest fortress in the world. Located in the center of Tokyo, the palace is surrounded by moats and serene gardens.More
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Mt. Fuji (Fuji-san)

Mt. Fuji (Fuji-san)

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As Japan's highest mountain, the legendary Mt. Fuji (Fuji-san) stands 12,388 feet (3,776 meters) tall. Travelers from around the world head to Hakone National Park to see the mountain, and over 1 million of them hike all the way to the top each year for the 360-degree views of Lake Ashi, the Hakone mountains, and the Owakudani Valley.More
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Ginza

Ginza

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With its neon lights, towering department stores, and trendy nightclubs, Tokyo’s upscale shopping district of Ginza is a chic, cosmopolitan adventure. You can catch a Kabuki performance, check out the latest Japanese film or art exhibition, and dine at some of Tokyo’s best restaurants. And, then, of course, there’s the shopping.More
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Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree

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Since opening in 2012, the Tokyo Skytree has taken the title of Japan’s tallest building—and one of the tallest in the world—measuring an incredible 2,080 feet (634 meters) high. In addition to serving as a TV and radio broadcast tower, it has two observation decks affording spectacular views across Tokyo and the distant Mount Fuji.More
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Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

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With a long history dating back to 1063, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is the most important Shinto shrine in Kamakura, and the spiritual and cultural heart of the city. Dedicated to Hachiman, the patron saint of samurais, the complex contains several shrines and museums, and is a popular venue for festivals, weddings, and other events.More

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Know Before You Go: Visiting Mt. Fuji

Know Before You Go: Visiting Mt. Fuji

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Don’t-Miss Dishes in Tokyo

How to Get Around in Tokyo

How to Get Around in Tokyo

Top activities in Tokyo

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Recent reviews from experiences in Tokyo

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Fun Walking Tour
MaraSmithCapella, Nov. 2021
Tokyo Imperial Palace Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide
Really interesting to see the comparison of old and new in one place.
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Enjoyable tour
Hideo, Jun. 2021
Tokyo Virtual Tour
Very comprehensive tour of Tokyo to understand where to visit
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A wonderful day tour.
Roger_D, Aug. 2021
Private Full Day Sightseeing Tour to Mount Fuji and Hakone
The tour was a great way to see the area and Khizar made it easy and efficient.
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Tour review
carabarker, Feb. 2020
Tokyo Walking Tours with a Local Guide: Private & Tailored to You ★★★★★
She spoke great English.
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Perfect day
adono11, Jan. 2020
Private Tokyo Tour in chartered vehicle
Everything went smoothly and this was the best way to see Tokyo on our own.
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Super fun bar tour
Leesa P, Dec. 2019
Tokyo Bar Hopping Night Tour in Shinjuku
She gave us wonderful recommendations on what to do in other areas of Tokyo as well as where to get good Ramen and sushi.
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Great tour.
CheeJin_L, Dec. 2019
Private Full Day Sightseeing Tour to Mount Fuji and Hakone
Excellent service by the English speaking guide.
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Excellent
Robin_J, Nov. 2019
Private tour - All "Must-Sees"! Enjoy your First-Time Visit Tokyo!
It was a wonderful tour where we got to see everything we wanted to and at the pace we wanted.
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Tokyo Night Food Tour
Sandra_K, Nov. 2019
Tokyo by Night: Japanese Food Small Group or Private Tour
Great guide that spoke wonderful English.
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Excellent Driver and Service
Patricia_B, Nov. 2019
Tokyo Private Chauffeur Driving Sightseeing Tour - English Speaking Driver
Highly recommend the service and in particular our Spanish-english speaking driver Oriol He was well versed in the streets, parks and sights of Tokyo, often explaining the temples visited and the customs of the people of Japan.
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Fun, Good Food and Different
llsee, Nov. 2019
Sangenjaya Back-Alley Private Tour with Tokyo Local Guide
I really felt that we got to see a side of Tokyo that most tourists would not.
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Tokyo with a local
tony g, Nov. 2019
Tokyo Tours By Locals: Private & Tailored to You, See the City Unscripted ★★★★★
We had the great opportunity to see Tokyo and talk about the city, Japan and it’s people with a local.
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Tokyo bike tour
Christina_C, Oct. 2019
Enjoy local Tokyo E-bike tour, 3 hours of ride starts near Tokyo Station
This was great fun and a great way to see Tokyo when we first arrived in the city John our guide was really helpful - thanks!
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Great Day in Tokyo
Sykelly, Oct. 2019
Tokyo Private Chauffeur Driving Sightseeing Tour - English Speaking Driver
I can’t think of a better way to see Tokyo in one day.
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Amazing Tokyo
MaFlorentina_d, Sep. 2019
Tokyo Private Tour by Car / Van - Guide Option Available
We were able to see a lot of beautiful and amazing Tokyo sites.
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Tokyo full day tour
leszek w, Sep. 2019
Private Custom Tour: Tokyo in a Day
I highly recommend this as it was custom and we picked the top attractions to our liking.
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See a lot with a great guide
John_A, Jul. 2019
Small-Group Tokyo Biking Tour
Highly recommended way to see Tokyo.
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Great Tokyo Tour
Abraham_W, Jul. 2019
Private Custom Tour: Tokyo in a Day
This tour is a great way to see some of the major sites in Tokyo.
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worth every penny
SuhHui_C, May 2019
Private tour - All "Must-Sees"! Enjoy your First-Time Visit Tokyo!
great way to see tokyo especially when you do not speak japanese.
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It was the highlight of our trip!
Amy_B, Apr. 2019
Electric-Powered Biking Tour: Asakusa, Akihabara, and Imperial Palace
We recommend the electric bike tour and would do it again to see other places.

All about Tokyo

When to visit

Sakura (cherry blossom season) is indisputably the best, albeit busiest, time to visit Tokyo. The peak of the season varies each year according to the weather, but blooms are generally at their brightest from late March to early April. If you want to avoid the crowds, fall (September to November) is a great time to see Japan’s natural landscapes drenched in autumn colors.

Getting around

Due to its status as the world’s largest city, Tokyo doesn’t lend itself well to walking. The best method of getting around is the metro, an efficient yet mind-boggling transport system of multiple branches. Make your life infinitely easier by getting a PASMO, a prepaid travel card that will save you from lining up at ticket machines and trying to decipher Japanese characters to determine ticket costs.

Traveler tips

For a unique cultural experience, don’t miss an early-morning tuna auction at Tsukiji Fish Market, where colossal tuna fish are snapped up for sushi in seconds. Viewing the free public auction is on a strict first-come, first-serve basis, so ensure you arrive at least two hours early to register.

In Tokyo, tipping is not customary, even though excellent service comes as standard. In restaurants, bars, and taxis, don’t be offended if your tip is refused—profuse thanks receive much more of a warm welcome.

A local’s pocket guide to Tokyo

Claire Bourillon

While living in Tokyo, Claire spent her time exploring the traditional and modern streets of the city, shopping in Harajuku, and eating at izakayas (Japanese pub restaurants).

The first thing you should do in Tokyo is...

get an IC rechargeable card—it makes it easier to travel around the city’s public transport network and explore.

A perfect Saturday in Tokyo...

starts with a stroll in the East Garden of the Imperial Palace, followed by a visit to the National Museum, a shabu-shabu hotpot in Shinjuku, and karaoke to end the day.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

Shibuya Crossing. Wait to cross alongside thousands of pedestrians while staring wide-eyed at the flashing advert-filled screens.

To discover the "real" Tokyo...

wander the historic Asakusa district, take a tour of the Senso-ji Temple, and sample kibi dango (mini mochi balls) and taiyaki (fish-shaped pancakes).

For the best view of the city...

climb to the free observatories in the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building. On cloudless days you might be able to glimpse Mt. Fuji.

One thing people get wrong...

The language barrier is real but Tokyoites will do their best to help, so don’t hesitate to ask.

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