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Must See Places in Tokyo, Japan

Updated on July 23, 2012

Tokyo is not a single city, but a constellation of cities that have grown together. With a total population exceeding 13 million in the official metropolitan area alone, it is the most populated urban area in the world.

The city of Tokyo has many places preserving their tradition, culture and beautiful nature, although following the latest trends at the same time.


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Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

Koishikawa Korakuen is one of the oldest and most beautiful Japanese landscape gardens in Tokyo. The Garden attempts to reproduce famous landscapes from China and Japan in miniature, using a pond, stones, plants and a man made hill. This garden is attractive during all seasons, but particularly in November, when the fall colors appear or during the plum festival in late February.

The Koishikawa Korakuen is open daily from 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30) and admission is 300 yen. They are closed from December 29 to January 1.

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Imperial Palace

Imperial Palace (Kokyo) is located on the former site of Edo Castle, a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls in the center of Tokyo. This palace is the residence of Japan's Imperial Family.

The palace buildings and inner gardens are not open to the public, but on January 2 (New Year's Greeting) and December 23 (Emperor's Birthday), visitors are able to enter the inner palace grounds and see the members of the Imperial Family, who make several public appearances on the palace's balcony.

The rest of the year guided tours are offered, but must be reserved in advance.

The Ginza

The Ginza is the most famous upmarket shopping, dining and entertainment district in Tokyo, featuring numerous department stores, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, night clubs and cafes.

Every square meter of land in this area is worth more than ten million yen, making it one of the most expensive real estate in Japan. At The Ginza you will be able to find virtually every leading brand name in fashion and cosmetics.

Most of the shops in the district are open everyday of the week and on weekends it becomes a pedestrian zone. The central Chuo Dori street gets closed to traffic, taking place from 14:00 to 17:00 on Saturdays and from 12:00 to 17:00 on Sundays (until 18:00 from April through September).

Yasukuni Shrine

Yasukuni Shrine, meaning "peaceful country", is a Shinto shrine that commemorates the deities of about 2.5 million people who died for Japan. It was built in order to commemorate and worship those who have died in war for their country and sacrificed their lives to help build the foundation for a peaceful Japan.

The shrine is open from: 6:00 to 17:00 in November to February - 6:00 to 18:00 in March, April, September and October and 6:00 to 19:00 in May to August. There are no closing days and submission is free.


Shibuya

Shibuya is one of Tokyo's most colorful and busiest areas. The district is packed with shopping, dining and nightclubs serving plenty of visitors that come to the district daily. It is the center for youth fashion and culture and the streets are the origin of many of Japan's fashion and entertainment trends. A great variety of major department stores can be found around the area catering to all types of shoppers of different ages.

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Yoyogi Koen / Park

Yoyogi Koen is one of the largest city parks in Tokyo and features wide lawns, ponds and forested areas. The park is known as a great place for jogging, picnicking and other outdoor activities.


The park is known as a nice cherry blossom viewing spot in spring as well as its ginko tree forest, which turns intensely golden in autumn.

Admission to the park is free and they are open daily. The visiting hours are from 5:00 to 20:00 but from mid October to April the park closes at 17:00.

Tokyo Disneyland

Tokyo Disneyland is a theme park based on the films produced by Walt Disney. The theme park was opened in 1983 and was the first Disney theme park outside of the United States.

Tokyo Disneyland is made up of seven themed lands and features seasonal decorations and parades. The opening hours vary throughout the year, but the park typically open from 9:00 to 22:00 and opens at 8:00 on weekends. They have no closing days and admission is around 6000 yen.

Travel Guide to Tokyo, Japan

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      7 years ago from Whistler Canada

      Great hub. Lots of information and pictures. I've never been to Japan but would love to go. Thanks for the great hub.

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