TOKYO: Top Tourist Attractions and How to Get There

I’m not a fan of big cities, but when I set foot in Tokyo – one of the world’s largest cities – I knew he’s a cut above the rest. This booming capital of Japan is peppered with towering skyscrapers as if grasping into the future, blinding neon lights and jaw-dropping sci-fi streets. I find Tokyo bold, bright, innovative and evolving. Clad in dark colored coats, people here hurry like ants like there’s no more tomorrow.

 

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For first-timers in Tokyo, Japan,  getting around can be daunting because of the complex train system. But once you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to explore the top tourist attractions in Tokyo.  Don’t fret if you find yourself still lost from time to time because well, their train system is really pretty complicated just like your ex.

I myself is no expert, I was even scared to travel solo in Tokyo! I guess the only reason I survived my 5 days trip to Tokyo is because I have a travel buddy – Vins of The Poor Traveler who had traveled to Tokyo before. I made him decide where to stay in Tokyo, where to eat in Tokyo and what train routes to take. He served as my Tokyo travel guide, in short, inalila ko siya! LOL

 

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But because eventually I needed to write a Tokyo travel blog and Tokyo itinerary, I made my own research and the result is this Tokyo top tourist spots blog. I’ve rounded up the top Tokyo attractions here to help you decide what places to visit and help guide you in planning your Tokyo itinerary. I’ve listed and grouped them according to locations so you’ll know the nearby attractions as well.

 

 

OUTLYING AREAS
(ODAIBA AND TOKYO BAY)

1. TOKYO DISNEYLAND

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2. TOKYO DISNEY SEA

 

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How to get to Tokyo Disneyland:

FROM SHINJUKU STATION (By Bus): You may take a direct bus to Tokyo Disneyland Resort from Shinjuku Express Bus Terminal (Shinjuku Station). Travel time to Tokyo Disneyland is about 50 minutes and about 40 minutes to Tokyo Disney Sea. Bus fare is JPY 1,000/PHP 466 (USD 9/EURO 8/SGD 12/ MYR 39) for adults and JPY 500/PHP 233(USD 5/EURO 4/SGD 6/ MYR 19) for children.

FROM SHINJUKU STATION (By train): To get to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Sea by train from Shinjuku Station, ride the R Chuo/Sobu Line and alight at Ichigaya. Travel time is about 9 minutes and train fare is JPY 160/PHP 75 (USD 1.46/EURO 1.23/SGD 2/MYR 6. Transfer to Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line for SHIN-KIBA and alight at Shin-Kiba Station. Travel time is about 20 minutes and train fare is JPY 200/PHP 94 (USD 2/EURO 2/SGD 2/MYR 8). From Shin-kiba Station, transfer to JR Keiyo Line and alight at Maihama Station. Travel time is about 7 minutes, train fare is JPY 160/PHP 75 (USD 1.46/EURO 1.23/SGD 2/MYR 6).

Ride the Disney Resort Line  for RESORT GATE WAY. Travel time is roUghly 2 minutes ad fare is JPY 260/PHP 119 (USD 2.32/SGD 2/MYR 3)

FROM UENO STATION: To get to Tokyo Disneyland from Ueno Station, take the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line for NAKA-MEGURO and alight at Hatchobori (Tokyo). Transit time is about 10 minutes and fare is JPY 170/PHP 79 (USD 2/EUR 1.31/SGD 2/MYR 7). Transfer to JR Keiyo Line and alight at Maihama Station. Transit time is 11 minutes and fare is JPY 220/PHP 102 (USD 2/EURO 2/SGD 3/MYR 9). Exit the ticket gate at the JR Maihama Station South Exit and continue left to the Resort Gateway Station.

Ride the Disney Resort Line  for RESORT GATE WAY. Travel time is roUghly 2 minutes ad fare is JPY 260/PHP 119 (USD 2.32/SGD 2/MYR 3)

 

3. ODAIBA

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Odaiba is a collection of man-made islands in Tokyo Bay. It was originally constructed to protect Tokyo from possible attacks via sea but eventually went through a major facelift in the 80’s to make it as a futuristic island. Today, Odaiba is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Tokyo dappled with massive buildings and malls, wide streets and waterfront. Because of this, Odaiba became a local favorite for families and as teen dating spot.

Some of the must-see places to see in Odaiba are:

ODAIBA KAIHIN-KOEN: Odaiba Seaside Park
FUJI TV AREA: Fuji TV Building, Aquacity Odaiba, Decks Tokyo Beach, the Rainbow Bridge and Diver City Tokyo Plaza.
PALETTE TOWN: Venus Fort, Toyota Mega Web, Ferris Wheel and Leisureland.

 

4. DRIVER CITY TOKYO PLAZA

 

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Driver City Plaza is a shopping mall in Odaiba largely known for the 18 meter statue of Gundam robot – Gundam RG 1/1 RX-78-2 Ver. GFT, a perfect spot for photo op. It was April 1979 when Mobile Suit Gundam was first shown, a Japanese television series. Interestingly, the Gundam robot statue in Odaiba lights up every day from 5:00pm to 11:00pm with steam spewing from its chest. And around 7:30pm, 8:30pm and 9:30pm daily, visitors can watch him test his pilot skills against the backdrop projected on the Diver City Tokyo wall behind the Gundam. While you are at it, don’t miss the Gundam Front Tokyo, an exhibition about this popular anime.

The gigantic model of Gundam was on top of my list when we planned a trip to Tokyo, unfortunately, during our visit, it was removed because a new model was being built.

 

5. ODAIBA KAIHIN-KOEN (Odaiba Seaside Park)

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Just about 3 minute walk from New Transit Yurikamome Odaiba-kaihinkoen or Daiba is the Odaiba Seaside Park where visitors can enjoy windsurfing and other past times by the man-made azure beach. But more than the beach, Odaiba Seaside Park draws tourists for its beautiful view of Tokyo, especially at night. Head to the seaside park’s promenade and elevated walkways. Don’t miss the Statue of Liberty, a famous photo op with the Rainbow Bridge as the background.

 

How to get to Odaiba:

To get to Odaiba, you can ride the Yurikamome Train for Toyosu and alight at Odaiba-kaihinkoen Station. Travel time is roughly 13 minutes and fare is JPY 320/PHP 149(USD 3/EURO 2.47/SGD 4/MYR 12).

 

FROM SHINJUKU STATION: If coming from Shinjuku Station (New Line/Toei), you can take Toei Subway Oedo Line and alight at Shiodome, transit time is about 18 minutes and fare is JPY 220/PHP 102(USD 2/EURO 2/SGD 3/MYR 9). Transfer to the Yurikamome Train and alight at Odaiba-Kaihinkoen, transit time is 12 minutes and fare is JPY 320/PHP 149 (USD 3/EURO 2.47/SGD 4/MYR 12).

FROM UENO STATION: To get to Odaiba from Ueno Station, take either JR Keihin-Tohoku/Negishi Line or JR Yamanote Line and get off at Shimbashi. Transit time is about 12 minutes and fare is about JPY 160/PHP (USD /EURO /SGD /MYR). Transfer to Yurikamome Train for TOYOSU and alight at Odaiba-Kaihinkoen. Transit time is about 13 minutes and train fare is JPY 320 /PHP 149 (USD 3/EURO 2.47/SGD 4/MYR 12).

Travel tip: Yurikamome train is driverless/automated train that connects Shimbashi Station to all of Odabai’s tourist spots. The train will pass by towering buildings before crossing the Rainbow Bridge. If you plan to take the Yurikamome train more than twice, best to get a 1 day pass for JPY 820/PHP 382 (USD 7/EURO 6/SGD 10/MYR 32). Take note that the Yurikamome train is not covered by JR Pass.

 

 


NORTHERN TOKYO

(UENO AND YANAKA)

Our hotel in Tokyo is near Ueno Park, Vins wanted to stay near this area because of its strategic location. And I couldn’t agree more, it’s near Ueno Park, which is oozing with attractions, and it has a good airport access too.

 

6. UENO PARK (Ueno-koen)

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Undoubtedly, Ueno Park is Tokyo’s most famous park, and it’s easy to understand why. There’s a plethora of things to do in Ueno Park because this sprawling park is home to several museums, shrines, temples, buildings and natural attractions. Ueno Park is peppered with over 8,000 cherry blossoms that makes it a favorite spot for hanami during spring. And it’s pretty accessible too, another reason why this is a top attraction in Tokyo.

Travel Tip: You can catch the Megurin Bus that has 3 routes around Ueno and Asakusa. Single bus fare is JPY 100/PHP 47(USD 1/EURO 0.78/SGD 1/ MYR 4) and day pass is JPY 300/PHP 141(USD 3/EURO 2/SGD 4/ MYR 12).

Entrance Fee: Free
Open Hours: 5:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Nearby Attractions:
Kiyomizu Kannon Temple, Kaneiji Temple, Toshogu Shrine, Bentendo, Tokyo Museum, National Science Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, National Museum of Western Art, Shitamachi Museum, and Ueno Zoo.

 

How to get to Ueno Park:

FROM SHINJUKU STATION: If coming from Shinjuku (JR) take JR Yamanote Line to Ueno Station. Train fare is JPY 200/PHP 94 (USD 2/EURO 2/SGD 2/MYR 8) and travel time is 25 minutes. Alternatively, you may also take the JR Chou Line to Kanda Station. Transit time is 11 minutes. Change train (take JR Yamanote Line) at Kanda Station to Ueno Station, transit time is 6 minutes. Train fare is JPY 200/PHP 94 (USD 2/EURO 2/SGD 2/MYR 8) and travel time is 11 minutes. Take Ueno Park (Ueno-koen) Exit. Ueno Park is adjacent to JR Ueno Station.

FROM TOKYO STATION: To get to Ueno Park. From Tokyo Station, take the JR Takasaki Line or JR Joban Line and alight at Ueno Station. Transit time is bout 5-7 minutes and train fare is JPY 160/PHP 75 (USD 1.46/EURO 1.23/SGD 2/MYR 6).

 

7. TOKYO NATIONAL MUSEUM

 

If you only plan to visit one temple in Tokyo, make it the Tokyo National Museum, situated inside Ueno Park, a mere 5-10 minute walk from Ueno Station. Why is it one of the top tourist attractions in Tokyo? Well, simply because this museum houses the largest collection of Japanese arts in the world housed in 6 different buildings. Displayed here are samurai swords, beautiful kimonos, pottery, maps, ceramics, ancient scrolls and Buddhist sculptures.
While you are at it, make time to check the Gallery of Eastern Antiquities at the 3-storied Toyokan where you can find age-old ceramics and a collection of Buddhist sculptures from around Asia.

 

Address: 13-9 Uenokoen, Taito, Tokyo 110-8712, Japan
Open Hours: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Entrance Fee:
Adult: JPY 620/PHP 290 (USD 6/EURO 5/SGD 8/MYR 24)
Children: JPY 410/PHP 192(USD 4/EURO 3/SGD 5/MYR 16)
Senior: Free

How to get to Tokyo National Museum:

See instructions above for Ueno Park. Tokyo National Museum is inside Ueno Park.

 

8. YANAKA

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Just a stone’s throw away from Ueno is Yanaka, sprinkled with traditional wooden structures that survived World War II bombings and the great earthquake. But what really makes it one of the top attractions in Tokyo is it is dappled with several shrines and temples that were transferred from all over Tokyo during the Edo era.

Nearby Attractions:
SCAI the Bathhouse, Allan West Studio, Himalayan cedar tree, Enjuji and Yanaka-reien

 


 

EASTERN TOKYO
(ASAKUSA & SUMIDA-GAWA)

 

9. ASAKUSA

 

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Call it a tourist trap, I don’t care, Asakusa for me is still a must-visit. Located on the eastern side of Tokyo, Asakusa still blissfully exudes the old atmosphere of Edo period, fringed by age-old temples and craft shops where merchants and artisans used to reside. I find this preserved neighborhood still a delight, crowned by the soaring Tokyo Sky Tree. I actually liked our leisurely stroll here because I enjoyed observing the locals doing their daily chores.

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Another way to explore Asakusa is by rickshaw tour.

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How to get to Asakusa:

FROM UENO STATION: From Ueno Station, we took the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line for Asakusa Station from there. Train fare is JPY 170 /PHP 80 (USD 2/EURO 1.32/SGD 2/MYR 7) and transit time is 6 minutes. I recommend taking Exit 1, which is near Kaminari Gate of Sensoji Temple so you can explore the temple and shrines there first.

FROM TOKYO STATION: If you are near Tokyo Station, you can take JR Yamamoto Line and change train at Kanda Station (JPY 140, 2 minutes) to Asakusa (Tobu/Subway) Station (JPY 170, 11 minutes). Total train fare is JPY 310 /PHP 145 (USD 3/EURO 2/SGD 4/MYR 12) and total transit time is about 13 minutes.

FROM SHINJUKU STATION: If you are near Shinjuku (JR Line), take the JR Chou Line for Tokyo and get off at Kanda Station to change train to Asakusa Station (Tobu/Subway). Total train fare is JPY 340 /PHP 159 (USD 3/EURO 3/SGD 4/MYR 13) and total travel time is 22 minutes.

 

10. SENSOJI TEMPLE

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While in Asakusa, make time for the popular Sensoji Temple. It was Golden Week when we visited, so imagine the crowd. I can’t walk without bumping another tourist. The entrance is flanked by a colossal gate – Kaminarimon (Kaminari Gate) that was built over 1,000 years ago. This red Chinese-inspired gate with a massive red chochin lantern hanging is the symbol of Asakusa.

Entrance Fee: Free
Open Hours: 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Nearby Attractions: Dempoin Temple, Asakusa Shrine Nakamise, Shopping Street and Shin-Nakamise Shopping Street

 

How to get to Sensoji Temple:

FROM UENO STATION: Because our hotel is near Ueno Station, we took the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line for Asakusa Station from there. Train fare is JPY 170 /PHP 80 (USD 2/EURO 1.32/SGD 2/MYR 7) and transit time is 6 minutes. Take Exit 1, near the Kaminari Gate of Sensoji Temple.

 

FROM TOKYO STATION: If you are coming from Tokyo Station, you can take JR Yamamoto Line and change train at Kanda Station (JPY 140, 2 minutes) to Asakusa (Tobu/Subway) Station (JPY 170, 11 minutes). Total train fare is JPY 310 /PHP 145 (USD 3/EURO 2/SGD 4/MYR 12) and total travel time is 13 minutes. Take Exit 1 to Kaminari Gate of Sensoji Temple.

FROM SHINJUKU STATION: If coming from Shinjuko (JR Line), you can take the JR Chou Line for Tokyo and alight at Kanda Station to change train. Travel time is 11 minutes and fare is JPY 170 /PHP 80 (USD 2/EURO 1.32/SGD 2/MYR 7). Change train to Asakusa Station (Tobu/Subway). Travel time is 11 minutes and fare is JPY 170 /PHP 80 (USD 2/EURO 1.32/SGD 2/MYR 7). Total train fare is JPY 340 /PHP 159 (USD 3/EURO 3/SGD 4/MYR 13) and total travel time is 22 minutes.

 

11. NAKAMISE SHOPPING STREET AND SHIN-NAKAMISE SHOPPING STREET

 

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Once you enter the Kaminari Gate to Sensoji Temple you’ll pass by the Nakamise Shopping Street that leads to Sensoji Temple. This street is flanked by souvenir shops and food stalls, this is where I purchased some souvenirs. Perpendicular to it is the covered shopping area of Shin-Nakamise Shopping Street where you can dine (as it is fringed by restaurants) and buy all kinds of Japan souvenirs (as it is lined with shops).

Open Hours: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Nearby Attractions: Dempoin Temple, Sensoji Temple and Asakusa Shrine

How to get to Nakamise Shopping Street and Shin-Nakamise Shopping Street:

Follow the directions above on how to get to Sensoji Temple.

 

12. TOKYO SKYTREE

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One of the most familiar tourist spots in Tokyo is the Tokyo Sky Tree, which is actually a broadcasting tower, said to be the tallest structure in Japan. Tourists flock here for its 2 observation decks that offer a scenic view of Tokyo City. The line for the ticket can be quite long though, so buying a ticket online in advance to skip the lines is recommended.

You can purchase the Tokyo Sky Tree Ticket through the link below and skip the lines.

Open Hours: 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM (last entry is 9:00 PM)

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FROM UENO STATION: If coming from Ueno Station, take the Tokyo Metro Hinza Line for Asakusa. Transit time is 5 minutes and fare is JPY 170 /PHP 80 (USD 2/EURO 1.32/SGD 2/MYR 7). Change train at Asakusa Station, take Tobu Express train to Tokyo Sky Tree. Travel time is 2 minutes is JPY 150/PHP 70(USD 1/EURO 1/SGD 2/MYR 6). Total train fare is JPY 320/PHP 150(USD 3/ EURO 2/SGD 4/MYR 13) and total transit time is roughly 7 minutes.

 


 

 

CENTRAL TOKYO

13. AKIHABARA

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Akihabara is my 2nd favorite place in Tokyo after Meiji Shrine. I am not otaku (a fan of anime/manga but can also refer to Japanese video games or Japanese culture in general), but for some reason I like the atmosphere here. When I was planning a trip to Japan a few years ago, the images of Tokyo in my mind was that of Akihabara and I blame the anime series I used to watch as a kid. So when I visited Osaka, Kyoto and Nara, imagine my disappointment when I didn’t find that place. Thankfully, Vins was a huge fan of this Japanese culture, so it’s the first place we visited in Tokyo. I think we entered all the huge malls and stores here to find the robot he was looking for.

For the uninitiated, Akihabara (also Akiba) was known as a black market place for radio parts and electronics during the post-World War II. But due its decline because of discount shops in other parts of Tokyo, Akihabara later on reinvented itself as the center of otaku culture. Today, this carefully planned district is peppered with high-rising buildings, shops, restaurants and cafes that never stopped expanding.

Chou douri is the main street in Akihabara, and this is where you can take stroll to familiarize yourself before exploring the alleys of Akiba. This area is for old school otaru. But I enjoyed seeing the plethora of UFO catchers at the game centers in Choud douri. They’re pretty expensive though, so take your money somewhere else.

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From Akihabara Station going to Chou douri, you will pass by the Akihabara Radio Center, the original heart of Akibahara. If you are into cameras, gadgets, computers, etc. head to Yodabashi Camera.

Take a leisurely stroll in Akihabara and you’ll see costumed girls working for maid cafes all over handing out coupons (especially to male passersby). If you want to experience entering a maid café (sub-category of cosplay restaurant), make sure your wallet is well-endowed as some have cover charges. The innocent-looking maids are usually wearing French waitresses costumes. I tried taking photos of them but they do get upset when you take their picture, they will cover their face. If you want a picture of them or with them, you need to pay and enter their maid café and pay extra for the photo op. If you’re not into maid cafes, you can try the robot restaurant. See the link below where you can purchase discounted tickets.

How to get to Akihabara:

 

FROM UENO STATION: To get to Akihabara Station from Ueno Station, you can take the train (JR Yamanote Line, JR Keihin-Tohoku/Negishi Line or Hibiya Line) to Akihabara Station. Transit time is about 3-4 minutes and fare is JPY 170/PHP 79 (USD 2/EURO 1.31/SGD 2/MYR 7).

FROM SHINJUKU STATION: To get to Akihabara from Shijuku (JR Line), ride the JR Chuo/Sobu Line and alight at Akihabara Station. Travel time is 18 minutes and fare is JPY 170/PHP 79 (USD 2/EURO 1.31/SGD 2/MYR 7). Alternatively, you can take JR Chuo/Ome Line and alight at Ochanomizu. Transit time is 9 minutes. Transfer to JR Chuo/Sobu Line and get off at Akihabara Station. Travel time is about minutes. Total train fare is about is JPY 170/PHP 79 (USD 2/EURO 1.31/SGD 2/MYR 7).

 

FROM TOKYO STATION: To go to Akihabara from Tokyo Station, take the JR Yamanote Line or JR Keihin-Tohoku/Negishi Line and alight at Akihabara Station. Travel time is about 4 minutes and fare is JPY 140/PHP 65 (USD 1.28/EURO 1/SGD 2/MYR 5).

 TRAVEL TIP: You can pick up a map at the Tokyo Anime Center Akiba Info located at the Akihabara UDX Building.

 

 

14. GINZA SHOPPING

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Ginza Station is Tokyo’s most popular upscale shopping district dapped with a couple of department stores, art galleries, boutiques and restaurants. If you don’t plan to shop here, it’s a good spot for people watching and window-shopping. Check out yon-chome where Harumi-dori and Chou dori intersect. Tsukiji Market is a few minutes on foot to the southeast.

 

Nearby Attraction: Tsukiji Market

How to get to Ginza Station:

FROM UENO STATION: To go to Ginza Shopping District from Ueno, take the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line for SHIBUYA and alight at Ginza Station. Travel time is about 12 minutes and train fare is JPY 170/PHP 79 (USD 2/EUR 1.31/SGD 2/MYR 7).

FROM TOKYO STATION: To get to Ginza Shopping District from Tokyo Station, take the okyo Metro Marunouchi Line ad alight at Ginza Station. Transit time is 2 minutes, train fare is JPY 170/PHP 79 (USD 2/EURO 1.31/SGD 2/MYR 7).

FROM SHINJUKU STATION: To get to Ginza from Shinjuku Station (New Line/Toei), take the Toei Subway Shinjuku Line and alight at Shinjuku-Sanchome Station. Transit time is 1 minute. Transfer to Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line and alight at Ginza Station. Train fare is JPY 280 /PHP 130(USD 1/EURO 1/SGD 2/MYR 5).

If using the Shinjuku Station (JR), take the JR Chuo Line and alight at Yotsuya. Transit time is roughly 4 minutes. Transfer to Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line and alight at Ginza Station. Travel time is 8 minutes. Fare is JPY 170/PHP 79 (USD 2/EURO 1.31/SGD 2/MYR 7).

 

15. TSUKIJI FISH MARKET

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Tsukiji Fish Market is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world. This alone is enough reason to draw hordes of tourists. Fortunately, they limit it to maximum 120 persons per day, which is the capacity of the infrastructure. So if you want to see the auction that runs between 5:25 AM and 5:50 AM, you must go there and line up by 5:00 AM and apply at Osakana Fukyu Center (Fish Information Center) at the Kachidoki Gate. First group will be admitted between 5:25 AM and 5:50 AM, while the 2nd group can enter the inner market to see the auction at around 5:50 to 6:15 AM.

If you miss the auction, don’t fret as you can still explore the outer areas of the market. While you are there, have sushi breakfast or lunch at one of the local restaurants.

Travel Tip: Avoid entering the restricted areas and do not touch anything. Do not bring your large luggage or obstruct traffic. Wear closed shoes, not sandals or high heels.

Nearby Attraction: Ginza Shopping District

How to get to Tsukiji Market:

FROM UENO STATION: To get to Tsukiji Market from Ueno Station, take the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line for NAKA-MEGURO and alight at Tsukiji Station. Transit time is about 12 minutes and fare is JPY 170/PHP 79 (USD 2/EURO 1.31/SGD 2/MYR 7).

FROM TOKYO STATION: To get to Tsukiji Market from Tokyo Station, take the Marunouchi Line for OGIKUBO or SHINJUKU and alight at Ginza Station. Transit time is 2 minutes. Transfer to Metro Hibiya Line for KITA-SENJU or KITA-KOSHIGAYA and alight at Tsukiji Station. Transit time is about 3 minutes. Total fare is JPY 170/PHP 79 (USD 2/EURO 1.31/SGD 2/MYR 7).

FROM SHINJUKU STATION: To get to Tsukiji Market from Shinjuku Station (New Line/Toei), take Toei Subway Oedo Line for TOCHOMAE and get off at Tsukiji-shijo Station. Travel time is about 21 minutes and fare is JPY 270 /PHP 126 (USD 2.46/EURO 2/SGD 3.35/MYR 11).

 


 

 

WESTERN TOKYO

 

16. HARAJUKU

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Harajuku is another popular shopping district in Tokyo. If you are an architecture enthusiast, check out Omote-sando, the avenue fringed with stylish boutiques designed by Japan’s award-winning architects.

 

17. MEIJI SHRINE and MEIJI GARDEN

 

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Meiji Shrine is by far my favorite spot in Tokyo after Akihabara simply because I like walking its tree-lined road. It’s pretty accessible as it is situated beside Harajuku Station.

Situated in Shibuya, Tokyo, Meiji Shrine was built in honor of Emperor Meiji and the Empress Shoken. The soaring wooden tori gate at the main entrance is said to be built from a 1,500 year old Taiwanese cyprus tree. Along the forested road visitors will encounter the barrels of wine and barrels of sake donated to the shrine. A Japanese traditional wedding (Shinto wedding) is usually held at the main yard and we were lucky enough to witness one.

While you are at it, make time to also visit Meiji Garden. While the Meiji shrine has free entrance, the Meiji Garden charges JPY 500/PHP 234 (USD 5/EURO 4/SGD 6/ MYR 20) admission fee.

Open Hours: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Entrance Fee:
Free for Meiji Shrine
JPY 500/PHP 234 (USD 5/EURO 4/SGD 6/ MYR 20) for Meiji Garden

Address: 1-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya, Tokyo

Nearby Attractions: Yoyogi Park and Harajuku Shopping District

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How to get to Meiji Shrine:

To get to Meiji Shrine, ride the train to Harajuku Station. If coming from Ueno Station, take JR Yamanote Line and alight at Harajuku Station. Train fare is JPY 200/PHP 94 (USD 2/EURO 2/SGD 2/MYR 8) and travel time is 30 minutes. Take Omote-sando exit.

FROM AKIHABARA STATION: If coming from Akihabara, take JR Yamanote Line to Yoyogi Station (16 minutes). Change train to Harajuku Station (2 minutes). JPY 170 /PHP 80 (USD 2/EURO 1.32/SGD 2/MYR 7) and total travel time is 18 minutes. Take Omote-sando exit.

FROM SHINJUKU STATION (JR): To get to Meiji Shrine from Sinjuku Station (JR), take the JR Yamanote Line and alight at Harajuku Station. Travel time is about 4 minutes and fare is JPY 140/PHP 65 (USD 1.28/EURO 1/SGD 2/MYR 5.45)

FROM TOKYO STATION: From Tokyo Station to Meiji Shrine, take the JR Chuo/Ome Line and alight at Shinjulu Station. Transit time is about 13-14 minutes. Transfer to JR Yamanote Line and alight at Harajuku. Transit time is about 4 minutes. Train fare is JPY 200/PHP 93 (USD 2 /EURO 2/SGD 2.48/MYR 8.

 

18. YOYOGI PARK

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Address: 2-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Entrance Fee: Free
Open Hours: 24 hours daily

Nearby Attractions: Meijie Shrine, Meijo Garden and Harajuku Shopping District
How to get to Yoyogi Park:
Follow the above instruction to Meiji Shrine. Yoyogi Park is beside Meiji Shrine.

 

19. SHIBUYA

Shibuya is actually a center for youth fashion and culture, the birthplace of Japan’s fashion trends. This city ward is peppered with department stores, boutiques and restaurants.

20. HACHIKO

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I cried so hard when I watched the movie Hachiko. It’s a story featuring a loyal Akita dog named Hachiko who waited for his master – Eizaburo Ueno, a professor in agriculture science at Tokyo University, every day in front of Shibuya Station. Unfortunately, the professor suffered cerebral hemorrhage and died at work. Hachiko, not knowing what happened kept going back to the station for 10 years until his own death even if his master never showed up. The story was picked up by a Japanese newspaper and Hachiko became a celebrity. During a grand ceremony in 1934, a statue of Hachiko was unveiled in front of Shibuya train station with Hachiko himself present as the main guest. Hachiko died near Shibuya Station in 1935. He is now on display at the National Science Museum in Ueno, Tokyo. There is also a huge beautiful mosaic art work of Hachiko at Shibuya Station.

21. SHIBUYA CROSSING

 

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Shibuya Crossing is probably one of the top attractions in Tokyo known to Filipinos. It’s a famous landmark in front of Hachiko Station exit that is fringed by colossal neon advertisements and giant video screens. This intersection is believed to be the world’s busiest, known for “The Scramble”. It’s crowded by pedestrians coming from all directions when the light turns green, making it a popular photo op and filming spot.

Best spots to photo/video the Shibuya Scramble:

 

2nd floor Starbucks
Excel Hotel elevator

But we actually took it from the pedestrian walkway to Inokashira Line Shibuya station (see building here http://goo.gl/Z4M4mP), problem is the glass has some meshed wires, but if you are using a zoom lens, it’s not that obvious. There are areas near the JR station without meshed wires.

 

How to get to Shibuya:

FROM UENO STATION: To get to Shibuya from Ueno Station, take the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line for SHIBUYA and alight at Shibuya Station. Travel time is about 28 minutes and train fare is JPY 200/PHP 93 (USD 2 /EURO 2/SGD 2.48/MYR 8).

FROM TOKYO STATION: To get to Shibuya from Tokyo Station, take the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line for SHINJUKU or OGIKUBO and alight at Atsaka-Mitsuke. Transit time is about 8-9 minutes. Transfer to Tokyo Metro Ginza Line for SHIBUYA and alight at Shibuya Station.

Travel time is about 7 minutes and total train fare is JPY 200/PHP 93 (USD 2 /EURO 2/SGD 2.48/MYR 8).

If you have a JR Pass, you can take the JR Yamanote Line for OSAKI and alight at Osaki. Travel time is about 14 minutes. Transfer to JR Yamanote Line and alight at Shibuya. Travel time is about 10 minutes, Train fare is JPY 200/PHP 93 (USD 2 /EURO 2/SGD 2.48/MYR 8).

FROM SHINJUKU STATION: To get to Shibuya from Shinjuku Station, take the R Yamanote Line for OSAKI or JR Saikyo Line Local for SHIN-KIBA and alight at Shibuya Station. Travel time is about 5-7 minutes. Train fare is JPY 160/PHP 75 (USD 1.46/EURO 1.23/SGD 2/MYR 6)

 


 

 

SOUTHERN TOKYO

 

22. ROPPONGI HILLS

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Address: 6 Chome-11-1 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo
Open Hours: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM”>
Entrance Fee: Adult – JPY 1,800/PHP 839 (USD 16 /EURO 14/SGD 22/MYR 70)
Seniors JPY 1,500/ PHP 699 (USD 14 /EURO 12/SGD 19/MYR 58)
Students – JPY 1,200/PHP 559 (USD 11 /EURO 9/SGD 15/MYR 47)
Children – JPY 600/PHP 280 (USD 5/EURO 5/SGD 8/MYR 23)

 

 

23. TOKYO TOWER

 

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Ask the Japanese what are the top attractions in Tokyo and Tokyo Tower will most likely make it on the list. Built in 1958, this Eiffel-tower inspired structure is the symbol of Tokyo’s post-World War II renaissance. The main reason tourists flock here is the observatory tower that offers a scenic view of Tokyo City.

You can purchase the Tokyo Tower Observatory Ticket below to skip the lines.

 

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Open Hours: 9:00 AM -11:00 PM
Nearby Attractions: One Piece Tower and Zozoji Temple

How to get to Tokyo Tower:

FROM UENO STATION: If coming from Ueno Station, you can ride Hibiya Line and alight at Hibiya Station, transit time is 17 minutes. Then transfer to Toei Subway Mita Line and get off at Onarimon Station, transit time is 3 minutes. Total train fare is JPY 280 /PHP 130 (USD 3/ EURO 2/SGD 3/MYR 11″>.

 


24. ONE PIECE TOWER (THEME PARK)

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While you are at Tokyo Tower, don’t miss the One Piece Tower, an indoor theme park for Manga series. If you are a fan of the One Piece anime, this is for you. This theme park was just opened 2 years ago, in time for the 15th anniversary of the One Piece Anime. There are cool One Piece sculptures and displays as well as carnival-type games. You can also go inside a Thousand Sunny recreation, watch the live action stage show that uses projection mapping, or dine on, you guessed it, One Piece food or buy souvenirs at the merchandise shop. To skip the line, book a discounted One Piece ticket below.

 

Address: 4 Chome-2-8 Shibakoen, Tokyo
Open Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Nearby Attractions: Tokyo Tower and Zozoji Temple

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How to get to One Piece Tower:

Follow instructions above for Tokyo Tower. One Piece Tower is located inside Tokyo Tower.

 

24. ZOZOJI TEMPLE

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Address: 4 Chome-7-35 Shibakoen, Minato, Tokyo
Open Hours: 9:00 AM -5:00 PM
Entrance Fee: FREE

Nearby Tourist Spots: Tokyo Tower and One Piece Tower Theme Park

How to get to Zozoji Temple:

Follow the Getting There information on Tokyo Tower above. Zozoji temple is just beside the Tokyo Tower.

 


 

 


HOW GET AROUND TOKYO:

 

First off, Google Maps and Hyperdia.com are your best friends in Tokyo. Both of them will make your life easier when touring Tokyo DIY style, so always consult them.

TOKYO HOP ON HOP OFF BUS TOUR

 

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BOOK HOP ON HOP OFF

 

TOKYO SUBWAY TICKET

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BUY TICKETS

HOW TO GET TO TOKYO CITY FROM TOKYO AIRPORT (NARITA AIRPORT)

TOKYO SKY LINER

 

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BOOK BUS

TOKYO NARITA AIRPORT LIMOUSINE BUS

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BOOK BUS

 

TOKYO WI-FI

 

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BOOK RESERVE
TOKYO SIMCARD

 

BOOK RESERVE

 

WHERE TO GET DISCOUNTED TOKYO TICKETS:

 

TOKYO TOWER MAIN OBSERVATORY

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BUY TICKETS

 

 

 

Sanrio Puroland Admission Ticket

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BUY TICKETS

 

 

ROBOT RESTAURANT

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BOOK RESERVE

TOKYO KIMONO EXPERIENCE

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BOOK RESERVE

 

TOKYO SKYTREE

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BUY TICKETS

 

AFFORDABLE TOKYO TOURS:

 

TOKYO MORNING TOUR

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BOOK TOUR 4

Tour includes a visit to the following: Tokyo Tower, Imperial Palace Plaza
Sensoji Temple and Nakamise Shopping Center, Ueno and Akihabara. Tour package is inclusive of entrance fees, hotel pick up, Enlish speaking guide and transportation.

 

Tokyo Afternoon Tour

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BOOK TOUR 4

TOKYO WALKING TOUR

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BOOK TOUR 5

TOKYO DYNAMIC TOUR

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BOOK TOUR 4

 

Tokyo Asakusa Rickshaw Tour

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BOOK TOUR 4

Tour includes a visit to the following: Tokyo Tower, Imperial Palace Plaza
Sensoji Temple and Nakamise Shopping Center, Ueno and Akihabara. Tour package is inclusive of entrance fees, hotel pick up, Enlish speaking guide and transportation.

 

 

WHERE TO STAY IN TOKYO

If you are looking budget hotels in Tokyo, Ueno has a good number of budget options and they are situated in quiet neighborhoods. It’s also near the airport.

 

Centurion Hotel Ueno

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2-3-4 Taito-ku, Ueno, Tokyo, Japan

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HOTEL MYSTAYS Ueno-Iriyaguchi

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5-5-13, Higashi-ueno, Taito-ku, Ueno, Tokyo, Japan

This is where we stayed at.

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Hotel Sardonyx Ueno

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6-6-7 Ueno Taito-ku, Ueno, Tokyo, Japan

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ALSO READ:

NAGOYA TRAVEL GUIDE (Budget +Itinerary)
NAGOYA ITINERARY + CENTRAL JAPAN
NARA TRAVEL GUIDE
OSAKA TRAVEL BLOG
KYOTO TRAVEL BLOG

 

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