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  • 1 Golden Gai Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The district of Golden Gai, which lies within frenetic Shinjuku, is so small you could easily miss it. Upon entering it you are immersed in unexpected calm, far from the neon lights and brothels. A little tree-lined street leads to this quiet haven w..

  • 2 Koishikawa Koraku-en Garden Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    1-6-6 Koraku Bunkyo-ku

    The oldest garden in Tokyo (1629), as well as the largest (7ha), was created by a Confucian scholar of the Chinese Ming dynasty. Here in the Koishikawa Koraku-en garden you will find Chinese and Japanese landscapes rendered in miniature. They feature..

  • 3 Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    1-13-3 Mita - Meguro-ku

    Anyone interested in photographic art should be sure to visit the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. It has no fewer than four floors of exhibition space, which take the visitor on an international tour of the masters of the art. Japanese phot..

  • 4 Aoyama Cemetery Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Aoyama Cemetery is very much alive with joggers, picnickers, and women in kimonos rehearsing traditional dances. You can even buy snacks here, at outlets among the cemetery's 100 000 tombs. All of Japan's elite is buried in this giant "park"..

  • 5 Ghibli Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    1-1-83 Shimorenjaku - Mitaka-shi

    This guided tour around the former studio of Japan's foremost animated filmmaker is an enchanting experience. The work of Miyazaki Hayao includes Porco Rosso (1992), Princess Mononoke (1997), Spirited Away (2001) and Howl's Moving Castle (2004). Afte..

  • 6 Senso-ji Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings


    Founded in the 7C and dedicated to Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy, the Buddhist temple of Senso-ji was toppled by the bombings of the Second World War. This reconstruction, identical to its 17C appearance, with its pagoda and Shinto shrine, provides a ..

  • 7 Tsukiji Jogai Market Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    5-2-1 Tsukiji - Chuo-ku

    Tsukiji Jogai Market wakes early, at 5am, and starts with the day's tuna catch being sold to the highest bidder. This is the world's largest fish market and it closes at 11am, leaving you ample time to wander through the piles of crates containing li..

  • 8 Roppongi Hills Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    6-10-1 Roppongi - Minato-ku

    Tokyo, which is on a par with Shanghai when it comes to architecture of gigantic proportions, has a liking for shopping complexes housed in skyscrapers. Roppongi Hills is a foremost example, with its innovative design esplanades, shops, cinemas, muse..

  • 9 Azumabashi Hall Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The Asahi Beer Hall is easy to identify by the golden flame hovering atop the opaque black sides of the building. It is said to represent the frothy golden head of a freshly poured Asahi beer. This wisp of blonde froth may look like a lock of hair bu..

  • 10 Fukagawa-Edo Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    1-3-28 Shirakawa - Koto-ku

    A fine reproduction of the Fukagawa district that flanked the left bank of the Sumida River in the 19C. Shops, warehouses and houses are scattered about this space dominated by wood, one of whose streets leads to the port.

  • 11 Ueno Park Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    The Japanese, who say that silence is filled with flowers, come here in April for the sight of the cherry trees in blossom, their petals swept along by the northerly wind. Ueno Park (85ha) lovingly maintains its thousand cherry trees, as well as the ..

  • 12 National Museum of Western Art Interesting

    Museums and art

    Parc de Ueno

    Swiss architect Le Corbusier designed the National Museum of Western Art. It was opened in 1959 to house the collection of Matsukata Kojiro (1865-1950), a shipbuilding entrepreneur who became fantastically wealthy during the First World War. The inve..

  • 13 Shitamachi Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    2-1 Ueno-koen - Taito-ku

    This museum takes you back to a lost world by recreating the working-class district of Shitamachi, which was razed to the ground by the 1945 bombings. It encompassess eloquent reconstructions of the homes of humble craftsmen: confectioners, coppersmi..

  • 14 Ameyoko Market Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    In this large market that runs along the railway line you can buy anything from shoes to smoked herring. Its eclectic nature is explained by its black market origins, which, here as elsewhere, developed in the capital to serve the needs of a populati..

  • 15 Mitsui Memorial Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi 2-1-1 - Chuo-ku - Mitsui Main Building - 7e étage

    The history of the Mitsui family is a long and edifying one. Their ancestors, who became rich from the sake and cloth trades, left behind them a fortune that was reinvested in banking. With one eye trained on the stock exchange and the other on art, ..

  • 16 Hamarikyu-teien Garden Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    1-1 Hamarikyu-teien - Chuo-ku

    The special thing about Hamarikyu-teien Garden, which is situated next to the ocean, is its pond, whose water level fluctuates with the tide. A welcome spot of green amid the skyscrapers of Shiodome and a typical example of an Edo period daimyo garde..

  • 17 Roppongi Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The district of Roppongi is the realm of the senses, known for its hostess clubs, massage parlours and, more recently "host clubs", where solicitous young men attend to more mature women. Now reduced to a crossroads, the district took on it..

  • 18 Tokyo Midtown Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    A serious rival for the Roppongi Hills complex. It has the same concept of a sprawling shopping precinct but this time it is spread across six buildings peaking at 248m. The spot is brightened up with trees growing beneath glass roofs as well as two ..

  • 19 Kagurazaka Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    A little restaurant transplanted from Lyon, a Breton crêpe restaurant, shops selling wine from Bordeaux and Burgundy: Kagurazaka has earned its nickname of "Little France". All that is needed to complete the picture is a little accordion mu..

  • 20 Shibuya Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    It would be easy to get lost in this train station out of which endless streams of people pour onto Shibuya junction. The staggering sight is calmly surveyed by Hachiko, a dog whose statue was erected in tribute to his loyalty. The dog used to wait f..

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