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Ueno & Yanesen
If you visit only one museum in Tokyo, make it the Tokyo National Museum. Here you'll find the world's largest collection of Japanese art, including…
This museum is the heart of the Studio Ghibli world, a beloved (even 'adored') film studio responsible for classic, critically-acclaimed animated titles…
Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo
Golden Gai – a Shinjuku institution for over half a century – is a collection of tiny bars, often literally no bigger than a closet and seating maybe a…
Odaiba & Tokyo Bay
Digital-art collective teamLab has created 60 artworks for this museum, open in 2018, that tests the border between art and the viewer: many are…
Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa
Rumoured to be the busiest intersection in the world (and definitely in Japan), Shibuya Crossing is like a giant beating heart, sending people in all…
The Imperial Palace occupies the site of the original Edo-jō, the Tokugawa shogunate's castle. In its heyday this was the largest fortress in the world,…
Asakusa & Sumida River
Tokyo’s most visited temple enshrines a golden image of Kannon (the Buddhist goddess of mercy), which, according to legend, was miraculously pulled out of…
Harajuku & Aoyama
Tokyo’s grandest Shintō shrine is dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and Empress Shōken, whose reign (1868–1912) coincided with Japan's transformation from…
An insider’s guide to getting around in Tokyo
Sep 19, 2022 • 11 Min read
The world’s most populous city, Tokyo has a public transport system that’s efficient, reliable and clean. Here are the best ways to get around Tokyo.
Top things to do with kids in Tokyo, from Disneyland to the Ghibli Museum
Jun 7, 2022 • 8 Min read
Tokyo is famously crowded, colorful and charismatic; it's also great fun for families. Here are the best things to do in Tokyo with kids in tow.
14 top things to do in Tokyo, from sushi to kabuki
Jun 6, 2022 • 10 Min read
Tokyo is one of the world's most fascinating cities, and there's more to see than you could fit into a lifetime. Here are our 14 favorite things to do.
8 unique places to stay in Tokyo
Jun 6, 2022 • 7 Min read
Japan's capital has plenty of ordinary hotels – but who comes to Tokyo for ordinary?
Art and Culture
The 7 best museums in Tokyo (that even Tokyoites are waiting in line to visit)
May 11, 2022 • 7 Min read
From cutting-edge digital art to a world-renown animation museum, Tokyo's art scene has something for everyone.
Swap the big city for scenic views on these 5 top day trips from Tokyo
May 2, 2022 • 6 Min read
After enjoying Tokyo's charms, we recommend a day trip to see temples and mountains and bathe in hot springs. Here are the top day trips from Tokyo.
Tokyo's most essential neighborhoods
Apr 27, 2022 • 18 Min read
More than any single sight, it’s Tokyo itself that enchants visitors. From Ginza to Shinjuku, here's a guide to Tokyo's diverse, atmospheric neighborhoods.
A budget traveler's guide to Tokyo: how to make your yen go further
Apr 20, 2022 • 7 Min read
Traveling in Tokyo can be expensive, but our thrifty guide will help cut down the costs.
The 7 best beaches near Tokyo: sand, surf and summer fireworks just two hours from the capital
Apr 19, 2022 • 5 Min read
Within two hours of Tokyo are some thriving beach towns, with cafe culture and vibrant surf scenes. Here are the very best.
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