There are many sightseeing spots in Tokyo. In the downtown areas of Ueno and Asakusa, you can visit Ameyoko, Senso-ji temple, and Tokyo Skytree®; and in Ginza and Shinjuku areas, you can enjoy shopping. In Akihabara area, you can experience “Otaku (geek) culture,” the most well-known Japanese culture in the world. In addition, this city is packed with a lot of seasonal events.
Around the areas surrounding Senso-ji temple, there are many unique streets such as Nakamise-dori that lead to Kaminarimon. You can not only worship at Senso-ji temple but also enjoy Japan’s traditional gourmet foods and souvenirs along the streets. At Oshiage station, three minutes from Asakusa station by subway, Tokyo Skytree® was opened in 2012 as a radio tower and sightseeing facility. Its height is 634 m, and it was awarded a Guinness record as the tallest radio tower in the world. Illumination, which will change in accordance with seasons and events such as the Olympics and the New Year, is beautiful. Tokyo Skytree® also has a commercial complex called “Tokyo Solamachi” in which gigantic shopping areas and Sumida Aquarium exist.
As an activity spot, “Takao-san (Mt. Takao),” 50 minutes by train from the city center, is one of the popular spots to enjoy nature closest to cities in Japan. You can enjoy nature of each season; and at the top of the mountain, there is a temple whose name is Yakuo-in having more than 1,000 years of history.
How about going for enjoying fresh green leaves in early summer or colorful leaves in autumn?
Shopping & Gourmet
Shinjuku is one of the recommended spots that you can enjoy shopping. In this energetic town, “Shinjuku,” you can feel Tokyo’s fashion. There are as many as five department stores around Shinjuku station, and you can get richly varied commodities. In a sophisticated town, “Ginza,” recommended is Ginza Chuo Dori (Ginza central street) along which old brands or high brands stand in a row. Because this street becomes a pedestrian precinct on Sundays, you can enjoy shopping calmly.
In Tokyo, you can enjoy nightlife in various areas. Especially in Shibuya and Roppongi, there are many nightclubs and bars, and these areas are crowded with young people on weekends.
If you want to enjoy “Kabuki,” Japanese traditional performance art designated as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO, please visit Kabukiza (Kabuki Theatre). It was renewed in 2013 to be directly connected with Higashi-Ginza station of subway, and became more convenient. In addition, you can watch “Sumo (Sumo wrestling),” national sports of Japan, at the Ryogoku Kokugikan (the Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Arena), two minutes on foot from the west exit of JR Ryogoku station. Ghibli Museum, Mitaka, is a museum where you can experience the work of world famous Studio Ghibli. Even if you walk slowly, it is fifteen minutes on foot from the south exit of JR Mitaka station.