Sights of Tokyo
Map of Tokyo Attractions
Top 17 Sights in Tokyo
There is a place in Tokyo, which is simply breathtaking and "dazzled". It is a stunningly colorful Tsukiji Market. It can be called a true cornucopia. There you can buy a huge variety of products, from vegetables to meat. Tsukiji market is worldwide famous and popular for its seafood. It is worth noting that during one day they sale about 2 thousand tons of fish and other seafood, and the cash equivalent of the entire range of products is about 5.5 US dollars. In the market you can see and buy more than 400 varieties of seafood.
Tsukiji Market is an advantage of Tokyo, which tourists from around the world rush to look first of all. Entering its territory, you will realize how much the underwater world is diverse – there you can find the usual sardines, all kinds of seaweed, eggs of different fish, and tuna of more than 300 kg. This place is visited annually by millions of people, and most of them come there not for shopping, but simply to "have a look". In addition, there are lots of cozy restaurants and cafes in the territory of the Tsukiji market, where you can enjoy huge number of incredibly delicious seafood.
Tokyo National Museum
Tokyo is full of all kinds of museums and institutions of this type. This is a paradise for those who have a weakness for history and culture, because nothing can be funnier, more informative and interesting than the history and culture of Japan. It is worth noting that nothing will give you a complete picture of the city as museums will. Thanks to them, you can see all its essence and feel its spirit.
National Museum is the place in Tokyo, which every tourist should visit. It is a whole ensemble of buildings, each of which stores its own collection. Besides the fact that there are more than 120 thousand exhibits from different eras, the Museum is the oldest and the largest cultural center in Japan. Tokyo National Museum holds many unique and priceless works of art, works of wood and metal, ancient manuscripts, old books, vestments of samurais, samples of Japanese calligraphy and a lot of other things that can delight by its magnificence and beauty. All the exhibits are imbued by a history of Japan. This place is a must to visit. In addition, there is a lush green landscape around the Museum.
Meiji Shrine is the most magnificent building in Tokyo, which fully shows to everyone all respect and love of all the Japanese to their history. This shrine was built back in 1920 in honor of the great Emperor Mutsuhito, who was beloved in Japan for his enormous contribution to the history and culture of the country. Since its construction and up to now this sanctuary has been one of the most iconic and famous places in Tokyo. In addition, the Meiji Shrine is located in the stunningly beautiful Yoyogi Park, which is covered the year round by flowers or fallen leaves. A lot of ancient trees and shrubs create a virtually eternal shadow, which gives a certain mystique to the place.
The Meiji Shrine is surrounded on every side by a magnificent fence with skilful carving. Entrance to the sanctuary is framed by the wooden gate that is largest in Japan. It invites "guests" of the beautiful garden of iris, pleasing by its flowering in June. Surrounded by more than 80 varieties of delicious irises, there is a picturesque pond with white lilies. A little behind of this the composition there is an elegant "tea" house that attracts visitors to its tea ceremony. This place has lots of wonderful and surprising things.
The Shrine itself can be called a real treasure, which keeps the unique items and things of the imperial family. You should definitely see this exposure. In addition to everything, each guest of the Shrine can get own Omikudzi, which means a small prediction on paper. Fee for the prediction is little - only a Japanese coin.
Sensoji temple was built in honor of a very respected and beloved goddess Kannon, who was a symbol of compassion, mercy, care of all suffering and endless kindness. A statue of Kannon takes a special place in the temple, which was found in 628 in the Sumida River. It is worth noting that Sensoji is not a single structure, but a complex, which is grandiose and incredible beautiful. The same beautifully sounds the name of the ensemble - "Temple of fine grass on the mountain Golden Dragon". And the Japanese name of the monastery is Konryudzan Sensoji.
During its existence the complex Sensoji suffered a few changes both negative and positive. During bombing of US army the building was almost fully burned, but after the War it was fully restored in the old style. To date, the temple composition consists of ten buildings, which are located on a fairly large area of a square shape. A special attention in this temple requires the main entrance that leads into the courtyard with five magnificent pagodas and the main hall. "Thunder Gate" is a bright example of the traditional Buddhist and magnificent architecture, which is decorated with black and red paper lanterns.
Before entering the Sensoji temple, all visitors should go through a ceremony - washing hands with holy water and fumigation of palms with a large censer.
While in Tokyo, do not deprive yourself of pleasure to admire of the Imperial Palace, which currently is the residence of the imperial family. This is a delightful building surrounded by beautiful parks, which gives it even more splendor. Its existence began in 1457, gradually expanding from a small fortress, which over the centuries and after a series of destructions, renovations and transformations turned into a beautiful building, that always can impress by its beauty and grandeur.
The palace is surrounded by a wall with a thickness of up to 2 meters. There are three gates in the wall leading to excellent oriental garden, which is always open to public access. The inner chambers are accessible through is a "double" Nijubashi Bridge which got its name because of its reflection on the transparent canvas of water.
The Imperial Palace consists of a main building, several residential buildings and three buildings, each of which has its purpose. The imperial family has a hospital, a safe haven, stables, tennis courts, a small silkworm caterpillar factory and even its own cemetery. All this is placed on the palace’s area. Unfortunately, it is impossible to look through the beauty of the inner chambers as they are closed the same as all the parks, except for oriental. But it is worth checking out this ensemble from outside.
Odaiba is a young and progressive district in Tokyo that is located on artificial islands (Odaiba). These islands were sprinkled with a defensive purpose in the 50s of the 19th century. But after a few decades of "oblivion" this place has been transformed into a real huge shopping mall. Before that for a quite a long time there was a real dust hole. During the development of the area that garbage was compacted into blocks that filled the gaps between the islands. And on the place a huge dust hole "raised" tall skyscrapers and modernist buildings.
At Odaiba there are many shopping and entertainment complexes, which are worth visiting or admiring. For example, Aqua City is a paradise for gourmets and people who have a weakness for shopping. This complex includes more than 70 restaurants and countless boutiques and shops. Near this shopping center is a grand movie theater with 13 screens. A special attention deserves an amusement park, which has one of the tallest Ferris wheel in the world. It has a diameter of 115 meters, but the diameter is not so important when the lights turn on in the evening. It is a really stunning look.
Odaiba Island is a real treasure, which has everything to surprise and delight including Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Beach, "Little Hong Kong," Fuji TV, Statue of Liberty and more. While in Tokyo, you should visit Odaiba and its colorful and stylized Oedo Onsen Monogatari distinct, where all wear the traditional kimono.
National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
Tokyo National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation - it sounds promising! That's right; this Museum will not disappoint you. It is something really worth seeing. In addition, each exhibit is not only interesting but delightful.
National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation is a completely new type and style of museum, which is a sort of a real link between people and the high-tech 21 centuries. The Museum is obligated to its creation to Basic Law of 1995 year about engineering and science. It was built in 2001. It is a building with eight floors that expose a variety of Japanese advances and achievements of scientists in a variety of fields: physics, energetics, aerospace, automotive and many others. Some exhibitions are devoted to the genome study, its development and innovative technologies for genomic analysis. This exhibition is extremely interesting, because the study of the complex structure of the human brain is very exciting.
A special attention deserves a section "Create Your Future", where you can head into the world of innovation and technological developments and research. There are different robots presented, including humanoid ASIMO. Except for that, the Museum has quite a lot of 3-D movies and other items that are surely will surprise you.
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is a complex of three buildings - Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building №1, №2 and the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly building. All objects are interconnected by narrow "bridges" and form a sort of square, which has the area in the form of a fan in the center. Along the entire perimeter it is surrounded by beautiful park.
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building was built in the Shinjuku district in 1991 by a talented and famous architect Kenzo Tange. The building is of 243 meters and has two absolutely identical viewing platforms, which offer stunningly beautiful and breathtaking views of Tokyo and the majestic Fuji Mount. Each platform has an area of 1000 square meters and has souvenir shops and cafes. There is a rumor that the construction of this complex took more than 1 billion of dollars. It was really worth it, because the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is great. Experts and ordinary townsfolk call him Japanese "Notre Dame de Paris." Another funny fact about this building is a combination of incongruous - the overall look of the building resembles of a futuristic gothic cathedral. The interior has elements that resemble computer chips.
Ginza is the most prestigious and elite district of Tokyo, which is full of businessmen, politicians, dandies and ladies. Do not forget about tourists coming to this place to watch the, which are seen in every detail of this distinct. The first thing that distinguishes Ginza from other districts of Tokyo is its wide streets lined with clean and attractive boutiques and shops. The second feature of this fashionable distinct is that every weekend the main street is blocked, and the roadway is set with tables from the neighboring cafes and restaurants.
There are lots of shops and shopping complexes, but the most popular is eight-story center Sony, boutique Hermès, respectable store of jewelry and watches Wako, Mitsukoshi, and Tsukiji - the world's largest fish market. One of the most beautiful and majestic sights is the Imperial Palace that is famous for its world-famous theater Kabuki-za and famous Shimbashi Enbujo Theatre that is worth visiting even if you do not speak Japanese at all.
There is the main business center of all capital located in Ginza. This is place where the most successful business deals are made and a big money circulation is created.
Before the beginning of Meiji era, Tokyo city was called Edo. So, Edo-Tokyo Museum tells the story of its history and culture. This Museum was built in 1993 in Ryogoku distinct. It is of 62.2 meters, which is comparable with the height of the ancient castle Edo. The outer facade of the building is made in an extraordinary futuristic style, and it is worth noting that it resembles a bit of the old warehouses that have been there for many centuries and have seen firsthand the history of the city.
The exposition of the Museum is divided into two parts, dedicated to the ancient and the modern city. Its permanent exhibitions present a unique collection of scrolls, manuscripts, kimonos, different maps, as well as full-scale copy of the traditional kabuki theater, old houses of ordinary citizens and even the layout of the city in a very different era. After seeing all the exposition, it is easy to trace the evolution and transformation of the tiny fishing village into a luxurious and high-tech modern metropolis.
When in Tokyo, you should definitely check out the Museum. Its exhibition will tell you about the rich history of the city and will allow you to truly feel the spirit of the metropolis, as well as to see what it was before the appearance of huge skyscrapers and high-tech buildings.
National Museum of Nature and Science
National Museum of Nature and Science is probably the most versatile and multi-faceted museum in Tokyo. Its exposition is simply amazing, because it consists of more than 14 thousand exhibits that are divided into separate exhibitions and tell about the environment, about the cosmos, about the sound and light as integral phenomena of our Universe. A special attention deserves an exhibition devoted to the fauna and flora of the Japanese archipelago, and exhibition telling about the origin and structure of the Earth and the Universe, as well as about the evolution of life on Earth, and scientific and technical progress. These two exposures are given separate sections.
One of the most popular among visitors of the museum is "Cinema 360", which is a spherical structure, the facade of which is the projection screen.
Among other things, in the Museum you can see incremental progress of agricultural machinery, various decorations and ancient pottery and other things associated with the evolution of science and technology in Japan. There you can in detailed and incredibly interesting way learn about the physical nature of phenomena like electricity, magnetism, motion, force, light, sound, etc. Visiting this museum in Tokyo will be a very useful, fun and informative.
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
One of the most beautiful and largest parks in Tokyo is Shinjuku Gyoen, which has earned the name "green artery." In the spring, when cherry gives enjoy with its fragrance and magnificent flowering, this garden is especially beautiful and perfect. But it is worth noting one fact that Shinjuku Gyoen has not been opened always. As it relates to the area of the Imperial Palace, the entrance to it was closed some time ago. Only in the mid of 20th century it became accessible to locals and visitors. To date, this park is the most popular green area in the capital, which attracts crowds of tourists to admire of the fifteen hundred cherry trees and excellent landscape that deserves a special attention.
The whole area of park is divided into three conventional landscape areas. The brightest of them is a Japanese garden with a cozy tea house. The air here is literally permeated with peace, tranquility. The scenic panoramas simply immerse in a meditative mood. The second landscape zone is made in the style of classic French garden, where regular planning and symmetry is dominated. The third area is devoted to English landscape garden, which gives the whole ensemble of the park a special elegance and charm.
Akihabara is translated from Japanese as "Valley of autumn leaves," but under such a beautiful and romantic name a practical nature is concealed. Akihabara is the most popular and largest trading platform for the sale of computer, electronic equipment, goods for otaku, anime. There you can buy new products, and used products. The latter is located on the back streets. It is worth noting that Akihabara occupies an entire distinct and is a real exhibition of the latest models of electrical household appliances and some "museum" of the evolution of technological progress.
This "electric town" is stuffed with TVs, refrigerators, tape recorders, vacuum cleaners, clocks, computers, circuits, batteries, electronic games and other electronics that are sold forty percent cheaper than at any other place. Moreover, in addition to such enticing prices, sellers can still give a discount of another 20%. Such "unrealistic" prices are due to the fact that technology comes right from the factory.
But, in addition to "kaleidoscope" of electronics, this distinct is famous for its Maid café. There are more than forty of them in this distinct. The peculiarity of such Maid cafés is that you will be served by the Japanese girls dressed as maids and servants of the Europe as well as dressed as different anime characters. You should visit Akihabara even if you are not going to buy anything.
Tokyo Sea Life Park
Aquarium, which is among the three most ambitious and large aquariums in the world, is located in Tokyo. It was built in the early '90s, and today it is one of the most visited and most popular places in the capital. It is an interesting fact that every 5 years it adds a new department in honor of the anniversary. To date, aquarium complex consists of a section dedicated to the penguins, giant sharks, sea animals and fish from Tokyo Bay. It is worth noting that all the inhabitants of the aquarium live in very good conditions that are maintained by countless aquarium workers and specialists in different fields.
There is a perfect diversity of fish and other marine inhabitants in this Aquarium. This "range" you are unlikely to see anywhere else. The main "highlight" of the Aquarium in Tokyo can be called its structure itself. The Aquarium is equipped with a special transparent tunnel, passing through which you can enjoy stunning views and feel the spirit if the ocean. Believe us; it is simply impossible to forget the feeling that comes over you when a huge shark swims over your head.
Another feature of the Tokyo Sea Life Park is a marine stadium, which hosts incredibly interesting performances of various inhabitants of the Aquarium.
Ghibli Museum is an extraordinary institution of the museum type, which does not correspond to generally accepted canons of museum standards. This structure is a kind of innovation in the world of culture. The complex is devoted to animated works of talented and well-known Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki.
Even adults plunge into the world of childhood, fairy tales and cartoons in this place. The diving starts at the entrance to the museum. When you just step on the threshold of this institution, you feel the spirit of the magic touch of mystery and a huge ball of fire. The main hall of the museum takes you inside the animated film "Spirited Away". This is one of the most famous works of cartoonist and filmmaker. This interior is thoroughly planned and seen just enthralls all "guests" of the museum. There is everything to do with the world of fairy tales – s small room under the stairs, and a garden with a column where you can quench your thirst, and roof with grass growing in man, and much more. A cinema, where you can watch short works, is another special place here.
It should be noted that Ghibli Museum is a kind of amazing and mysterious cartoon world, in which you can touch and explore everything, and go on a real journey.
In Tokyo, in Shiba Park, there is the TV tower, which rises above all other urban facilities in Tokyo. But apart from this, it is the highest telecommunications towers in Japan. The height of this structure reaches 333 meters. The basis for the design of this tower was taken from magnificent Eiffel Tower, one of the symbols of Paris.
Nowadays, the Tokyo TV tower is not only the most important and popular tourist attraction in the city, but also a kind of Tokyo "business" card. The "highlight" of this structure is the "grass town", which is a four-storey building. Each floor has its purpose. For example, there is an aquarium gallery on the first level. On the higher floors there are a variety of shops, restaurants and mini-museums. On the roof of this building there is a real amusement park, which consists of several attractions for children.
While in Tokyo, do not miss the opportunity of enjoying the stunningly beautiful panoramas that open from the perfect lookouts of Tokyo television tower.
Ueno Zoo is the oldest zoo in Japan and one of the most beloved places for recreation and leisure activities among the locals. It was founded in 1882, and since that time it has become a real home to more than 400 species of fauna. Totally, the zoo has sheltered two thousand species. The park area is divided into two zones, which are interconnected by monorail. On this vehicle, you can make the whole trip, moving from the western part of the zoo to the eastern zone.
Its popularity and worldwide fame Ueno Zoo has obtained due to two pandas – female Shin Shin and male Ri Ri, who were brought here after the tragic death of a panda Lin-Lin. We should admit that the Japanese are so fond of these animals that the queue to the cage with new pandas on the first day consisted of three thousand people.
This zoo has a special place where children can get acquainted with the different animals more closely. Some animals can even be fed. In addition to a huge number of animal species, there is Tokyo City Art Museum, National Museum of Nature and Science, The National Museum of Western Art are located on the territory of Ueno Zoo.