Tokyo Places and Landmarks

Explore Tokyo's most interesting places and famous landmarks. Did you know that Tokyo Tower is actually taller than the Eiffel Tower, and that Shibuya Crossing is the world's busiest pedestrian crossing? Here you will also find information on the nightlife area of Golden Gai in Shinjuku, Tokyo Imperial Palace, and perhaps Tokyo's most famous landmark - the Hachiko Statue in Shibuya.

Akihabara

Akihabara, Tokyo Places and Landmarks, Japan

Akihabara - Tokyo's electronics mecca. Akihabara is the undisputed electronics and camera capital of the universe, it has the absolute latest in everything. Come see today what will be on the shelves in London and New York in a year or two and keep an eye out for the many tax-free shops in the area. However there is more to Akihabara than just bargaining and walking off with the latest. Akihabara is also the mecca of the weird and wonderful otaku and cosplay subculture. See Tokyo Areas - Akihabara for more information on Akihabara.

Nearest Station: Akihabara Station

Dogenzaka - Love Hotel Hill

Love Hotel Hill, Tokyo Places and Landmarks, Japan

The hillside to the left of Dogenzaka area in Shibuya is known as Love Hotel Hill due to its high concentration of so called love hotels. The main purpose of love hotels is to provide couples with a room to spend some undisturbed time together. A private room for a 2-3 hour "rest" during the day is usually around 5,000 yen; an overnight "stay" is usually around 10,000 yen. Love hotels are found all over Japan and they can usually be recognized because of their strange looks, with their mock, romantic, Italiano facades, and Verona style balconies.

Nearest Station: Shibuya Station (Hachiko exit)

Ginza

Ginza, Tokyo Places and Landmarks, Japan

Ginza, for Tokyo's ritziest shopping. The shopping and stomping grounds of the phenomenally wealthy since the early part of the 1900s, Ginza has lost a little of its luster as the locus of the city has moved west towards Shinjuku, Shibuya, and beyond. However it is still home to high-end stores catering to the Gold Card-carrying crowd. Mikimoto, Louis Vuitton, Apple, Sony, and many more big brands have mega-stores here along with branches of international and Japanese banks and a number of luxury hotels. See Tokyo Areas - Ginza for more information on Ginza.

Nearest Station: Ginza Station

Golden Gai

Golden Gai, Tokyo Places and Landmarks, Japan

Golden Gai is the name given to a few narrow alleys on the east edge of Kabukicho, with a plethora of tiny aging "hole-in-the-wall" bars. Each bar occupies only a few square meters, and some accommodate fewer than a dozen drinkers. Strolling through the district offers a sense of Tokyo in the 1970s, when young artists, writers and actors were drawn to the Bohemian atmosphere and cheap drinks of Golden-gai while they discussed art, life and their dreams. Even if the area now has become somewhat of a tourist attraction, many of the bars rely on their regulars, so casual visitors may receive a frosty reception, cover charge or both. Be aware that commercial photography in some parts of the Golden Gai is prohibited without permission.

Nearest Station: Shinjuku San-chome Station and JR Shinjuku Station (East Exit)

Hachiko Statue

Hachiko Statue, Tokyo Places and Landmarks, Japan

Hachiko Statue in Shibuya, one of Tokyo's most famous landmarks, is a statue of Hachiko the faithful dog of a Tokyo university professor, who kept waiting for his master outside the station, long after the professor had passed away. Hachiko's remains are now preserved in the National Museum of Nature and Science. Hachiko square with Hachiko Statue remains a popular rendezvous at Shibuya Station to this day, and this is also a good starting point for first time visitors who wish to explore the Shibuya area.

Nearest Station: Shibuya Station (Hachiko Exit)

Imperial Palace

Tokyo Imperial Palace, Tokyo Attractions, Japan

Home to Emperor Heisei and other members of the Japanese Royal Family, the Imperial Palace in Tokyo sits on land that was once occupied by Edo Castle. It became the official imperial residence in 1868, when Emperor Meiji transferred the seat of power from Kyoto to Edo and changed the name of the city to Tokyo.

Throughout history the palace has been rebuilt many times - most recently in 1968. In the raids of 1945 it was almost completely destroyed, and that was in spite of the popular belief that a pond full of goldfish would scare the bombs away.

Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Tokyo landmarks, Japan

To get the best view of the palace you need to stand close to Nijubashi Bridge. The palace itself is only open two days a year - January 2nd and on the Emperor's birthday, December 23rd. To find the bridge leave Tokyo station via the Maranouchi Exit, follow the broad avenue up to the Imperial Palace Plaza and cross over the moat. Next take the gravel roadway round to the left, Nijubashi Bridge is then close to the police box.

Nearest Station: Tokyo Station (Maranouchi Exit)

Kabuki-cho

Kabuki-cho, Tokyo Places and Landmarks, Japan

Kabuki-cho is Tokyo's most notorious red light district and was an aesthetic inspiration for the film Blade Runner. Strip clubs, hostess bars and pachinko parlors occupy the streets of Kabukicho. But you'll also find many restaurants and bars that cater to every taste, mainstream cinemas together with Koma Stadium, a venue for traditional music and dance (tickets available on the door). To get to Kabuki-cho, cross over Yasukuni Dori Avenue in the direction away from Shinjuku Station.

Nearest Station: Shinjuku Station and Seibu Shinjuku Station

Okubo

Okubo, Tokyo Places and Landmarks, Japan

Located just one station west of Shinjuku on the Chuo-Sobu line, Okubo is one of the truly international districts around Tokyo. With a large Korean, Chinese and South-East Asian community, the atmosphere here is definitely closer to Seoul or Bangkok than Shinjuku. If you are looking for a Korean restaurant, you will find plenty of good ones here. Although much quieter than the red-light district of Kabukicho, Okubo also has an extensive range of love hotels and adult entertainment venues.

Nearest Station: Okobu on Chuo-Sobu Line and Shin-Okubo on Yamanote Line

Roppongi

Roppongi, Tokyo Places and Landmarks, Japan

Roppongi, one of Tokyo's livelier scenes, is still the place that Japanese and foreign celebrities go for fun and scandal. US servicemen (and women) fill certain bars, though other nationals dominate the street scene. Located on the Hibiya and Toei Oedo Lines, Roppongi contains 69 of the 127 embassies in Japan as well as a lot of extremely expensive housing monopolized by people "in finance". The night time dazzle all happens around Roppongi Crossing, near Roppongi Station. See Tokyo Areas - Roppongi for more information on Roppongi.

Nearest Station: Roppongi Station

Roppongi Crossing

Roppongi Crossing, Tokyo Places and Landmarks, Japan

Roppongi Crossing, the big intersection of Roppongi-dori and Gaien-higashi-dori, is the center of night life area in Roppongi. The famous Almond Coffee Shop is located here, and is a great place to meet up with your friends before a night exploring Roppongi's nightlife. Gaien-higashi-dori is lined with bars, restaurants and nightclubs to cater to the party crowd.

Nearest Station: Roppongi Station

Saigo Takamori Statue

Saigo Takamori Statue, Tokyo Places and Landmarks, Japan

Saigo Takamori Statue, the best-known monument in Tokyo, is located in Ueno Park, near the southern entrance of the park. This famous bronze statue was made by Takamura Koun and unveiled on 18 December 1898. The statue portraits the samurai Saigo Takamori walking his dog. Saigo Takamori led the Satsuma Rebellion against the Meiji government, which later was depicted in the 2003 film The Last Samurai. Saigo Takamori Statue is an important Tokyo landmark and serves as a popular meeting point in Ueno Park.

Nearest Station: JR Ueno Station

Shibuya

Shibuya, Tokyo Places and Landmarks, Japan

The center of Japanese youth culture, Shibuya, is best experienced in small doses. Although there are department stores that draw the more matronly set, it is teenagers who dominate the scene. If you need to know which cell phone has the latest gadgets, and who of the younger generation are causing consternation among their elders, and how, then this is the place for you. In addition to youth culture, the NHK Museum is a fun day out. Also of note is Bunkamura, a department store/art gallery/cinema complex. See Tokyo Areas - Shibuya for more information on Shibuya.

Nearest Station: Shibuya Station

Shibuya Crossing

Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo Places and Landmarks, Japan

The five-way scramble crossing in front of Shibuya Station (Hachiko Exit) is another of Shibuya's landmarks. The Shibuya Crossing is the world's busiest pedestrian crossing and the location is famous for having the highest density of cell phones anywhere on earth. It is a remarkable view, each time the traffic light turns green, to see the amazingly large crowds of pedestrians from every direction scramble across madly until the light goes red again. Neon advertisements and giant video screens are mounted on the nearby buildings overlooking the crossing.

Nearest Station: Shibuya Station (Hachiko Exit)

Shinjuku

Shinjuku, Tokyo Places and Landmarks, Japan

Shinjuku, on the western edge of the Yamanote Line, is truly a city in itself. It is divided into Higashi (east) and Nishi (west) Shinjuku by the train lines that run through Shinjuku Station. Nishi Shinjuku in particular exudes wealth and power with its towering skyscrapers. One of the most eyecatching is Tokyo's city hall building, the Tocho, daily home to 13,000 bureaucrats. Nearby is the Hyatt Park Hotel (venue for the film Lost in Translation) occupying the top 14 floors of Shinjuku Park Tower. See Tokyo Areas - Shinjuku for more information on Shinjuku.

Nearest Station: Shinjuku Station

Shinjuku Ni-chome

Shinjuku Ni-chome, Tokyo Places and Landmarks, Japan

Located just south of Kabuki-cho is Shinjuku Ni-chome, the heart of Tokyo's gay scene, with bars, dragshows and discos that stay open until the wee hours. There are also lots of restaurants, cafés and shops as well as small music stores that specialize in alternative music styles. Shinjuku Ni-chome is also the site of some of the festivities related to Tokyo's gay pride parade and various other gay festivals and activities.

Nearest Station: JR Shinjuku Station, Shinjuku-san-chome Station and Shinjuku Gyoen Station

Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Places and Landmarks, Japan

Walking east of Roppongi along the route of the Hibiya Line brings you to the 333 m high Tokyo Tower - one of Tokyo's major landmarks. Taller than the Eiffel Tower by just thirteen meters, Tokyo Tower gets into the record books as the tallest self-supporting steel tower in the world. The tower has two observation decks with the "Main Observatory" at 150 meters and the "Special Observatory" at 250 meters. The observation decks afford spectacular views of Tokyo below and under good weather conditions, Mount Fuji can be seen in the distance. One of the best vantage points for viewing Tokyo Tower itself is the Roppongi Hills complex.

Address: 4-2-8 Shiba-Koen, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Akabanebashi Station (Akabanebashi Exit) or Onarimon Station (Exit A1)
Telephone: +81 3-3433-5111
Website: http://www.tokyotower.co.jp/english/
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 22:00 daily
Admission: 1,420 yen (to Special Observatory), 820 yen (to Main Observatory)