Welcome to MetroGuide Networks' overview of Tokyo-area attractions. The Tokyo area is renowned
worldwide for the quality and extent of its attractions. One of the top tourist destinations in
the world, Tokyo provides endless entertainment and sights to see.
Below is a list of some suggested things to do in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area,
with links to more details when available.
- Bonsai Park
See the best collection of miniature trees and landscaping in the world, founded after the earthquakes of the early 1920s.
Omiya (northeast Tokyo).
- Crafts Gallery
This collection of Japanese and foreign crafts dates back to the turn of the 20th century, and emphasizes creations with a practical every-day purpose, such as vases or serving trays, that also serve as unique and inspired works of art.
Kitanomaru Koen Park, Chiyoda-Ku. Phone: (81) 3211 7781
- Edo Tokyo Museum
Explore the lifestyle and history of the Edo period of Tokyo culture at this famous museum.
1-4-1, Yokoami, Sumida-ku. Phone: (81) 3626-9974
- The Ginza and the Sony Building
An area of town, as well as the name of the most popular shopping complex in Tokyo, the Ginza is where you will find the city's most expensive and contemporary shops, bars and restaurants. The Sony Building offers floor after floor of state of the art technology, set up much like an arcade.
- Hama Rikyu Garden
Relax and meditate in this landscaped garden and public park marking the entrance to the Sumida-Gawa River in the midst of metropolitan Tokyo.
1-1 Hamarikyuteien, Chuo-Ku. Phone: (81) 3541 0200
- Hara Museum of Contemporary Art
Japan's first museum of contemporary art, founded in the late 1970s, houses some of the best recent and most experimental works of artists from around the world.
4-7-25 Kitashinagawa, Shinagawa-ku. Phone: (81) 3445-0651
- The Imperial Palace
Several hundred square miles of parks and history are an oasis in one of the most densely populated and congested areas on the planet.
- International Aquarium
Unusual species, as well as the customary electric eels, seahorses and local tropical life, live in an unusual aquarium which may be the furthest off the ground of any in the world.
World Import art Building, 10th Floor, Sunshine City, 3-1-3 Higashi Ikebukuro. Phone: (81) 3989-3466
- Kite Museum
Marvel at Japanese kites of all description, including those of China and other oriental cultures, on the 5th floor of the Taimeiken restaurant building.
- Koishikawa Botanical Gardens
Wander among the rare and exotic plants in one of the oldest and most respected horticultural showcases in the world, at the Faculty of Science of the University of Tokyo.
3-7-1, Hakusan, Bunkyo-ku. Phone: (81) 3814-0138
- Meiji Jingu Shrine
Enjoy the beauty and serenity of this beautiful memorial constructed in 1920 to honor the Emperors Meiji and Shoken.
1-1 Kamizonocho, Yoyoi, Shibuya-Ku. Phone: (81) 3379-5511
- National Museum of Japanese History
From primitive artifacts to recent events, a variety of exhibits celebrates the entire history of Japanese civilization.
117 Jonai-cho, Sakura, Chiba Prefecture. Phone: (81) 3486-0120
- National Museum of Modern Art
Japan's first national art museum, opened in 1952, presents educational programs, film and craft works, as well as visual arts exhibitions.
Kitanomaru Koen Park, Chiyoda-Ku. Phone: (81) 3214-2561
- National Science Museum
Comprised of three separate buildings, the exhibits cover everything from the evolution of Japanese flora and fauna to the mysteries of the solar system and beyond.
Ueno Park, Taito-Ku. Phone: (81) 3822-0111
- Observatory of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices
Enjoy the view of Mount Fuji and metropolitan Tokyo from the tallest building in the city.
- Sensoji Temple
This structure dates back to the 7th century when, according to legend, fishermen built it to house a gold statue of Kannon they rescued from the sea.
2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-Ku. Phone: (81) 3842-0181
- Shin-Yokohama Ra-men Museum
Take a side trip to Yokohama, and sample the best of eight different Ramen (noodles) in Japan.
2-14-21 Shin-Yokohama, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama. Phone: (81) 5471-0503
- Shinagawa Aquarium
Enjoy a dolphin show at the Shinagawa Kumin Koen, in Minato City.
3-2-1, Katsushima, Shinagawa-ku. Phone: (81) 3762-3431
- The Shitamachi Museum
Japanese history, from the Meiji to Taisho periods, as well as the Edo period, is recreated in walk-through exhibits.
2-1,Ueno Koen,Taito-ku. Phone: (81) 3823-7451
- Subway Museum
Drive a subway train, see how one is built, and learn about the history and science of the subway.
6-3-1,Higashi-Kasai,Edogawa-ku. Phone: (81) 3878-5011
- Sugino Costume Museum
Sugino College, a clothing design school, maintains an excellent collection of clothing styles and exhibits depicting clothing manufacturing techniques through the ages.
4-6-19 Osaki, Shinagawa. Phone: (81) 3491-8151
- Sumo Museum
Explore this unique collection of artifacts, photographs, ancient scrolls and folding screens depicting this Japanese national sport.
1-3-28 Yokoama, Sumida-Ku. Phone: (81) 3622 0366
- TEPCO Electric Energy Museum (Denryokukan)
The Tokyo power company sponsors an excellent array of exhibits, including reviews of state of the art automotive and home design products.
1-12-10 Jinnan, Shibuya Sta. Hachiko Exit. Phone: (81) 3477-1191
- Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
Formerly the residence of Prince Asaka, this beautiful 1930s art-deco museum now is appointed by a Japanese garden, tea house and interior decor by French artists Rene Lalique and Henri Rapin.
5-21-9 Shirokane-dai, Minato-ku. Phone (81) 3443-0201
- The Tokyo National Museum
Japan's biggest and best museum, housing the largest collection of Japanese art held in any single location.
13-9 Ueno-Koen Daito-Ku. Phone: (81) 3822-1111
- Tokyo Opera City (Concert Hall)
Tokyo cultural complex offers something for everyone, including an art museum, symphony hall, performing arts theater and outdoor gardens.
3-20-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku. Phone: (81) 5353-0770
- Tokyo Disneyland
In addition to everything found at the original park in Anaheim, the state of the art Fantillusion fiber-optic evening parade is quite amazing.
1-1 Maihama, Urayasu-shi, Chiba Prefecture. Phone: (81) 7354-0001
- Tokyo Sealife Park and Kasai Seaside Aquarium
Have the unique experience of walking amongst the tuna in this unusually shaped aquarium.
6-2-3, Rinkai-cho, Edogawa-ku. Phone: (81) 3869-5152
- Tokyo Tower
Patterned after, but lighter and taller than the Eiffel Tower, this Tokyo landmark serves as a major broadcast tower and affords a unique view of the Tokyo area.
4-2 Shiba Koen, Minato-Ku. Phone: (81) 3433-5111
A German-carved, 19th century carousel highlights this old and traditionally Japanese amusement park.
3-25-1 Koyama, Nerima. Phone: (81) 3990-8800
- Transportation Museum
The history of Japanese railroads is emphasized, complete with operating model trains, but the automobile and air transportation exhibits also are worth viewing.
1-25, Kandasuda-cho, Chiyoda-ku. Phone: (81) 3878-5011
- Tsukiji Fish Market
This open-air, 24-hour retail and wholesale market has been around since the 1500s, and the sushi here is the freshest anywhere.
5-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku. Phone: (81) 3542-1111
- Ueno Park and Zoo
The giant Pandas live here, as do the traditional clown and balloon performances, and much of Japanese history from the late 19th century also is celebrated on the twice-daily tours.
Ueno Koen, Taito-ku. Phone: (81) 3828-5171