The 13 best places to visit in Tokyo

 

Completed in 1972 in the Shimbashi District is the Nagagin Capsule Tower, one of the last remaining examples of Japanese Metobolism style architecture. The worlds first example of capsule architecture, it is a uniquely Japanese building for one of the most populated cities in the world.

13. Nakagin Kapuseru Tawā

 

Displayed at the Nittele Tower in the Shiodome District is the NI-TELE Really Big Clock, better known as the 'Giant Ghibli Clock'. Designed in what is regarded a Victorian-Steampunk cuckoo clock style, it weighs over 20 tons, measures 18 metres (60 ft) wide and around 9 metres (30 ft) high. Every day at noon, 3pm, 6pm and 8pm it bursts into life with mechanical movements and chimes, with an extra morning chime at 10am on Saturdays and Sundays. 

12. NI-TELE Really Big Clock

 

Erected in 2017 on Odaiba Island, replacing an older slightly smaller Gundam Statue is The Life Sized Unicorn Gundam Statue, a 1:1 scale model from the Japanese science fiction media franchise of the same name. Standing 19.7 metres (64.5 ft) high, this huge modern statue can be found outside the DiverCity Tokyo Plaza shopping mall.

11. Life Sized Unicorn Gundam Statue

 

Completed in 1920 in the Shibuya District is the Meiji Shrine, a Shinto shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken. Located adjacent to Yoyogi Park, together they make up a large forested area and tranquil recreation site in the centre of Tokyo.

10. Meiji Jingū

 

In 1998 the Île aux Cygnes Statue Of Liberty from Paris, France was brought to Odaiba Island to commemorate the French Year In Japan. Due to its popularity, when the French statue returned home the Japanese erected their own permanent display in the year 2000. Standing around 12 metres (40 ft) high, it is beautifully back dropped by the Rainbow Bridge and a huge stretch of the Tokyo skyline.

9. Odaiba Statue Of Liberty

 

Opened to the public in 1949, crossing Shinjuku and Shibuya Districts is the Shinjuku Gyo-en, a large park and garden that was once the residence of the Naito family in the Edo period. Made up of English and French landscape gardens as well as traditional Japanese style gardens, the Shinjuku Gyo-en is arguably the most beautiful green space in the city, even more so when the cherry trees blossom from late March to April.

8. Shinjuku Gyo-en

 

Completed in 1993 on the site of the old Edo Castle is the Tokyo Imperial Palace, the primary residence of the Emperor Of Japan and the Imperial Family. This large park like area contains a number of gardens, archives, museums and the main palace itself. Not created for tourism, visitors can reserve guided tours from Tuesday to Saturday.

 

Pictured is the Seimon Ishibashi Bridge.

7. Kōkyo

 

Completed in 2003 is the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, a 54 storey skyscraper that as of 2019 was the sixth tallest building in the city. Mainly used as offices, the first few floors occupy shops and restaurants, while the top six floors house an art museum and observation decks. For two of the best views in the city, the Tokyo City View is an indoor observation deck 250 metres (820 ft) above the ground and the Sky Deck outdoor observation deck is a slightly higher 270 metres (886 ft) above ground level.

6. Tokyo City View & Sky Deck

 

Dating from 645 AD in the Asakusa District is the ancient Buddhist Senso-ji, the oldest and most significant temple in Tokyo. Dedicated to the Bodhisattva Kannon, the most significant structures in the complex include the Kaminarimon or 'Thunder Gate', the large Hozomon or 'Treasure House Gate' housing a number of ancient treasures, and the traditional five storey pagoda. The most visited spiritual site in the world, the grounds hold a number of traditional eating places and shops selling anything and everything.

Pictured is the Hozomon or 'Treasure House Gate' & Pagoda.

5. Sensō-ji

 

Completed in 2012 in the Sumida District is the Tokyo Skytree, with a height of 634 metres (2,080 ft) it is the tallest structure in Japan, the tallest tower in the world and the second tallest structure on the planet after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. With two different viewing decks, visitors are able to access the Tembo Deck, 350 metres (1,148 ft) above ground level, or the even higher Tembo Galleria, a whopping 450 metres (1,476 ft) above the ground, offering some of the best views over a huge area of the city.

4. Tōkyō Sukaitsurī

 

Completed in 1958 in the Shiba-koen District is the Nippon Denpato, meaning 'Japan Radio Tower', better known as the Tokyo Tower. Inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris, it stands 333 metres (1,092 ft) high making it the second tallest structure in the city after the Tokyo Skytree. Like the Skytree, visitors have the choice of two observation decks. The main deck sits 150 metres (492 ft) above ground level, whilst the top deck stands 250 metres (820 ft) above the ground, both giving excellent views over the city. Distinctly painted white and international orange to comply with air safety regulations, the Tokyo Tower is today the most well known structure in the city, and to many it is the symbol of Tokyo.

3. Tōkyō Tawā

 

Often called the 'Sleepless Town', Kabukichō is an entertainment and red light district that has become one of the most well known locations in Tokyo thanks to its large number of neon advertising signs. The location is home to many host and hostess clubs, love hotels, shops, restaurants, nightclubs and movie theatres. Once riddled with crime and controlled by the Yakuza, Kabukichō today is a much more tourist friendly destination.

2. Kabukichō

 

And finally, probably the most famous sight in Tokyo, the Shibuya Crossing. Located in front of Shibuya Station, this simple pedestrian crossing is always busy, with hundreds of people crossing in all directions at every light change. Surrounded by three large TV screens mounted on nearby buildings, as well as a number of bright advertising signs, the sheer number of people, noise , lights and movement adds to the perceived mayhem.

1. Shibuya Crossing

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