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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Garden
“This Beautiful park is located in Shinjuku, it is also one of Tokyo's most popular tourist spots. I highly recommend you to visit this park, during the different seasons, you are able to see the Cherry blossoms and Autumn red leaves !”
  • 367 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Tallest observation tower in Japan . Located away 15minutes for walk from Asakusa. Can observe the best view of the city on the 450 meters~. Access: NishiNippori stn(Yamanote line)--Ueno stn(Ginza line)--Asakusa station. ”
  • 289 locals recommend
Premise
“Bearing a significant resemblance to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, this bright orange tall radio tower was built in 1958 to symbolize the country's recovery after the destruction of World War Two. Rising up to 333 meters, Tokyo Tower used to be the tallest tower in Japan until the completion of Tokyo Skytree in 2012. You can choose to take the elevator or walk up 600 steps to the main deck, located 150 meters above the ground. If you are lucky, on sunny days you can even catch a glimpse of Mt. Fuji rising in the distance. If you are not afraid of heights, try standing on the glass floor sections and look directly down to the ground—almost 145 meters under your feet. ”
  • 179 locals recommend
Buddhist Temple
“Sensoji is perhaps the most famous and photographed of Tokyo's temples. It is the oldest Buddhist temple in the capital, and the five-story pagoda, trails of incense and vast eaves will take you back to a Tokyo of time gone by. The approach to Sensoji, known as Nakamise Dori, is lined with about a hundred shops selling crafts, souvenirs and plenty of sweet and savory snacks. Throughout the year you can come across seasonal events held on the temple grounds. Some of the most popular include Asakusa-jinja Shrine’s Sanja Festival collaboration event in May, the hozuki (Chinese lantern plant) market in July and the photogenic hagoita decorative paddle market in December.”
  • 244 locals recommend
Park
“Yoyogi Park is one of the largest parks in Tokyo. In spring, thousands of people visit the park to enjoy the cherry blossom during hanami. Access: Nippori stn(JR Yamanote line)--Harajuku stn.”
  • 235 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Tokyo Disneyland is a theme park based on the films produced by Walt Disney. It was opened in 1983 as the first Disney theme park outside of the United States. Modeled after Disneyland in California and the Magic Kingdom in Florida, Tokyo Disneyland is made up of seven themed lands and features seasonal decorations and parades.”
  • 91 locals recommend
Theme Restaurant
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“It's a mechanical show restaurant with Japanese dancers! It's a seemingly crazy shop, but it's all about the details. Tension goes up abnormally because it is in the middle of the genre town. Maybe this kind of blown-out sensibility will play a role in Japan! 機械仕掛けのショーと思いきや、日本人ダンサーによるエンターテイメントレストラン!一見クレイジーな店内だが、細部にまでこだわり抜かれています!様々なお店のある歌舞伎町のど真ん中にあり、テンションも異常に上がるかも!”
  • 206 locals recommend
Shrine
“Meiji Shrine, is the Shinto shrine that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken. Getting There By Train: Tokyo Yamanote Line - Harajuku Station Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line – Meiji Jingu Mae Station Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line – Meiji Jingu Mae Station Fee: Meiji Shrine is free. Treasure House and Inner Garden costs 500 yen each. Hours: From sunrise to sunset. For New Years eve, it specially opens for all night for Hatsumode. Treasure House and Inner Garden is open 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.”
  • 223 locals recommend
Donburi Restaurant
“Tsukiji Market is Japan's Food town, where one can encounter all kinds of Japanese traditional foods! If you want to eat sushi, I recommend to go Tsukiji!!”
  • 210 locals recommend
Department Store
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“Actually this is a department store but there is a good roof top garden here. If you want to take a break with green in heart of Shinjuku,it would be nice. Also,there is a beer garden in Summer.”
  • 155 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“This is one of the hottest area in Japan. Especially, in the night, there are a lot of place to visit. (Izakaya, night club, restaurant etc...)”
  • 172 locals recommend
City Hall
“Golden Gai is a few minutes walk from the East Exit of Shinjuku Station, between the Shinjuku City Office and the Hanazono Shrine.[5] Its architectural importance is that it provides a view into the relatively recent past of Tokyo, when large parts of the city resembled present-day Golden Gai, particularly in terms of the extremely narrow lanes and the tiny two-story buildings. Nowadays, most of the surrounding area has been redeveloped: The street plans have been changed to create much wider roads and larger building plots, and most of the buildings themselves are now much larger high- or medium- rise developments. This has left Golden Gai as one of a decreasing number of examples of the nature of Tokyo before Japan’s “economic miracle”, that took place in the latter half of the 20th century. 今人気の東京都新宿区の飲食店街です。およそ2000坪ほどの狭い区画に低層の木造長屋が連なっており、200軒以上の小さな飲食店が密集していいるので、飲み歩きにもできます!以前は文壇バーなど個性豊かな店も多く、常連客として作家、編集者、映画監督、俳優といった文化人が多く集まることで知られていました。このような背景から、東京におけるサブカルチャーやアングラ芸術の発信地のひとつとなっています。”
  • 142 locals recommend
Café
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“The Ghibli Museum (三鷹の森ジブリ美術館, Mitaka no Mori Ghibli Bijutsukan) is the animation and art museum of Miyazaki Hayao's Studio Ghibli, one of Japan's most famous animation studios. They have produced many feature-length films with worldwide distribution such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away and Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea. Located in Mitaka, just outside of central Tokyo, the museum is a must-see for fans of the films. The museum itself is whimsically designed in the distinct style of the studio's films, and many of their famous characters are there, including a life-sized robot from "Castle in the Sky" in the rooftop garden. The first floor of the museum exhibits the history and techniques of animation and has as a small theater which shows short movies by Studio Ghibli that are exclusive to the museum. The second floor houses special temporary exhibitions. The museum also has a cafe, children's play area, a rooftop garden, and a gift shop.”
  • 97 locals recommend
Park
“ Ueno Park, a famous cherry blossom spot in Tokyo. Shinobazuike is a popular spot where you can feel nature in the city center, with lots of water birds such as ducks, and lotus flowers in summer. The Starbucks Coffee concept store in the park, one of the few in the country, is also recommended.”
  • 139 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“The building, located just across the street from Shibuya Station, opened in April 1979. The architect was Minoru Takeyama. Tokyu, the building's operator, designed the building as a "Fashion Community" containing small retail stores targeting the early-30s female consumer. Tokyu intended the store to compete with Seibu Department Stores, which was making inroads into the Shibuya area. 開業当初は20代後半から30代の女性に人気でしたが、現在では店内のほとんどが10代後半から20代前半の女性の支持を集めるショッピング施設!「マルキュー」の略称で呼ばれ親しまれ、渋谷のランドマーク!”
  • 143 locals recommend
History Museum
“ Opened in 1993, this facility introduces the history and culture of Edo and Tokyo in Ryogoku. The large two-floor permanent exhibition room is divided into the Edo and Tokyo zones, and exhibits many restored models and duplicated materials. The magnificent diorama is so sophisticated that not only children but also adults can enjoy it.”
  • 115 locals recommend