Introduction

When it comes to visiting Japan, one place that can never be ignored is Tokyo. Ever since the Edo Period ruled by the Tokugawa family, Tokyo has been the country’s capital and gradually developed into Asia’s largest city. Tokyo is a massive prefecture comprised of 23 special districts, 26 cities, five towns, and eight villages—including the Izu and Ogasawara Islands. It integrates outlandish fashion with restrained traditional culture, exhibiting its unique and diversified charm.

On your first visit to Tokyo, you can go up the Tokyo Tower, which appears quite often in Japanese TV shows and movies. A “must” on your itinerary is Shibuya, also known as the world's busiest intersection. Visit the entertainment and red-light district of Shinjuku Kabukicho, or stand in front of Sensō-ji and take a photo with the renowned Kaminarimon or “Thunder Gate.” Of course, the world’s only Tokyo DisneySea should also be on your list.

For architecture fans, a visit to Tokyo the second-time around should involve taking a stroll in Omotesando, also referred to as Tokyo’s Champs-Elysees. Otaku must trek to the manga paradise Akihabara, while vintage fanatics can find great treasures in Shimokitazawa. There are also a great number of art galleries and museums with various themes, which are sure to captivate individuals who love culture and the arts. To put it simply, Tokyo is irresistible for anyone and everyone—no matter how many times you have visited.

In the eyes of many, Tokyo is an oversized shopping mall. Ginza and Omotesando are ideal shopping destinations for those that love luxury brands, while Harajuku and Shibuya represent the high street fashion that Japan is known for. Shinjuku and Tokyo Station are known for all kinds of delicacies and attractions. In Tokyo, you can purchase the latest and most fashionable products but also find rare and interesting goods. You’re sure to find what you want or need, if your budget permits.

Tokyo has four distinctive seasons with equally charming landscapes. Whether it involves seeing sakura dancing in the spring, enjoying huge fireworks in yukata during summer nights, appreciating yellow ginkgo biloba and red maple leaves in autumn, or attending the Winter Illuminations during the Christmas season, all visitors are sure to have a grand time.

In addition, Tokyo at night is even more intriguing than it is in the daytime. With rich surroundings, nightscapes of its peculiar beauty, and the flood of crowds and traffic, you may accidentally get lost in the space that is unique to Tokyo.


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Akihabara is called Tokyo’s Electric Town, as you can easily find all kinds of digital gadgets and accessories. You can find household appliances, digital products and cameras. However, it is also often the best place to find obscure and highly specialized items, like computer transistors and cab...
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Shibuya is considered the center of Japanese youth fashion and culture. In Shibuya, you are free to wear whatever you like. No one will pass judgment, or treat you like an alien based on how you dress. There are several famous fashion department stores in Shibuya including the Tokyu department ...
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Shinjuku is the most popular and prosperous commercial area in Tokyo. It is a transportation hub with several traffic lines. There is an underground complex. High-end department stores including the Odakyu Department Store, the Keio Department Store and Isetan are located here. The deluxe fruit d...
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Harajuku, which is between Shinjuku and Shibuya, it is also known as a ‘teen’ street. However, the style of Harajuku is even more bizarre than that seen in Shibuya. The outfits here will surpass anything you could imagine. The shops are decorated in bright colors, adding to the candy-land vibe. T...
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Asakusa is a pocket of tradition and home to Tokyo Sensoji, the oldest and most popular temple. If you want to visit, avoid the first few days of the new year as queues will be several hours long. In front of the temple, there is a shopping street – Nakamise. This street has been providing templ...
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Located on a man-made island in Tokyo Bay, Odaiba is a spacious and modern district that is excellent for shopping and entertainment. Due to its newness, it is popular amongst young people. You could spend a whole day on the island, indulging yourself in recreation, shopping and gourmet food. Oda...
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Ginza is the most famous, old-style commercial district in Tokyo. It is said that this region was part of the ocean, but that after Tokugawa Ieyasu’s land reclamation it became the site of a silver coin mint. Ginza means "silver mint" in Japanese, thus the name Ginza. The Ginza district is hailed...
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Ikebukuro is another well-known business district and fashion hub in Tokyo. One of the three “capital centers”, Ikebukuro has the largest number of Chinese residents in Tokyo. The streets that connect the east exit of Ikebukuro Station and Sunshine City are lined up with countless department stor...
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Roppongi literally means ‘six trees’. It is said that there were six families who lived in the area during the Edo Period, the: Aoki’s, Ichiyanagi’s, Uesugi’s, Katagiri’s, Kuchiki’s and Takagi’s. These surnames all refer to wood, thus the six trees. Roppongi is in the Tokyo harbor district. The...
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Shinagawa ward lies on Tokyo Bay, with Mount Fuji to the west. It is a traditional area, founded in 1947, and was the first area to be developed by the Japanese government. It is also home to the very beginning of Japan’s Keihin Industry. The Shinagawa ward combines business, living and traveling...
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Koenji is a comfortable residential area, well-known for small bars and live music. When walking the shopping streets of Koenji, you will find snacks, vegetables, furniture, beddings, office supplies, electric products and all kinds of clothes including Kimono and western style clothes. This shop...
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Kichijoji is the most desirable residential area in Tokyo. One reason for this popularity is location. There is an abundance of stores around Kichijoji Station, as well as many other small shops, cafes, restaurants and bars in the area. The buildings in Kichijoji have their own character, and the...
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Ebisu, located in the Shibuya area, is close to Daikanyama. This was a small, country area in the Edo Period. However, now it is the same size as Daikanyama, and like Meguro is primarily a business district. Near Ebisu station, you will find the Ebisu garden palace – this consists of roughly a do...
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Akasaka is a town in Minato, Tokyo. It is to the north of Roppongi. In the southwest corner, you will find the Tokyo Imperial Palace. Akasaka, was once the Samurai’s residency in the Edo era but it has been transformed by high buildings, hotels and fancy restaurants. While predominantly designed ...
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Kitazawa is often called “Shimokita”. Often favored by young people, it is a great place for wandering and shopping. This street offers a refreshing break from the mainstream, and is the first stop for many stage actors and costume designers. It is also a great place to find many underground ba...
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Ueno is in Taito, with Ueno Station sitting in the center. Ueno is the starting point of railway networks linking Tokyo and northeast Japan, hence the nickname “the North Gate”. As the hub of over 6 railway lines including JR Shinkansen, Ueno is known for the convenience factor. In Ueno, you wi...
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Omotesando is known for its impeccably dressed and coiffed residents. With so many elegant beauties walking the streets, many scouts and hair stylists visit the area to look for potential models. Omotesando, along with Harajuku, Shibuya and Daikanyama, is known for its street fashion. As well as ...
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Yoyogi Park acted as the Olympic village for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 1964. Now it is fully accessible to the public. Meiji Shrine, a must-visit in Tokyo, sits in the center of the park. There is no shortage of towering old trees, rendering Yoyogi Park a favorite weekend picnic spot for Japanes...
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Tokyo Station is the most time-cherished business district in Tokyo. Giant enterprises, with admirable histories and powerful influence, have emerged here as a jungle of office buildings. Tokyo Station is also the transport hub of Tokyo, from which numerous trains and shinkansen lines connect all...

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