Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Tokyo
If coaxed to pick one metropolis, just one, to serve as a poster child for urban drive and vigour, which city would you deign to choose over Tokyo? The prodigious capital of Japan takes on all comers and challengers and deftly flicks them aside (metaphorically and in our humble opinion, of course).
A Godzilla of a megalopolitan tract, Tokyo has more people than Australia and New Zealand together and, indeed, all of Oceania. Over 35 million people call the Greater Tokyo Area home and, from a random street corner in Shinjuku or Shibuya, it can often feel like a majority of them converge on one intersection at a time.
It is one thing to be big – an increasing number of metropolises top 15 or 20 million people – but quite another to brandish a proclivity for dynamism in the mold of a Tokyo. Ever the pacesetter, the city is fraught with economic thrust, cultural import, architectural élan and resonant subcultures. It all makes for one incomparable travel destination.
With that, discover the top 10 tourist attractions in Tokyo.
10. Meiji Shrine
1-1, Kamizono-cho, Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku
A foremost symbol of Tokyo, the Meiji Shrine is an oasis of calm in scintillating Shibuya.
9. Edo-Tokyo Museum
1-4-1, Yokoami, Sumida-ku
Travel back in time at the excellent Edo-Tokyo Museum in Yokoami and Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum in Koganei Park.
8. Mori Art Museum
6-10-1, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower (53F), Minato-ku
The cutting edge Mori Art Museum features a who’s who of leading lights from the contemporary art world.
7. The National Art Center, Tokyo
7-22-2, Roppongi, Minato-ku
Kisho Kurokawa, the godfather of the Metabolist Movement, capped his brilliant career with the National Art Center in 2007 and promptly died nine months after it opened to the public.
6. Ghibli Museum
1-1-83, Shimorenjaku, Mitaka
Studio Ghibli, the brainchild behind blockbusters like Ponyo, Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle, operates a whimsical fine arts museum in Inokashira Park.
5. Venus Fort
1 Aomi, Palette Town, Odaiba
Many malls and department stores evince the bloodsport and strange civic ritual that is the retail experience in Tokyo. Few, however, can compare with the oddity that is Venus Fort on the leisure island of Odaiba.
4. Design Festa
3-20-18, Jingumae, Haraja-ku
One of the most iconoclastic landmarks in the city, Design Festa is a leviathan gallery space that curates and organises a vital biennial art fair.
3. Asahi Beer Hall
Asakusa Station, Sumida
Philippe Starck is to extol for one of the most distinctive additions to the Tokyo skyline over the last thirty years. Decide for yourself: does the building’s signature feature, the Asahi Flame, suggest a foaming, frothy head of beer?
2. Ryogoku Kokugikan
Get in touch with sumo’s venerable roots at the superb linchpin arena of the sport, next to the Edo-Tokyo Museum.
1. Tokyo National Museum
Ueno Park, Taito
The oldest and largest museum in Japan contains dozens of National Treasures and 600 plus Important Cultural Property possessions.
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