Best Sightseeing Spots in Tokyo You Must Visit!
Today we would like to introduce you some of the best sightseeing spots that you must visit when you are in Tokyo! Tokyo is the biggest city in Japan, and you can find various sightseeing spots there, from modern business district to the Edo-style downtown. Last but not least, don’t forget to bring your camera to take some great pictures in Tokyo!
You must definitely visit Asakusa district of Tokyo for its great Edo period atmosphere and for Sensoji Temple, the most famous shrine in Tokyo. Asakusa district is a great place for shopping, as you can find many different shops selling masks, Japanese toys, kimonos, fabrics, carvings, wooden combs, and Japanese snacks and sweets, making it is a great place for you to buy souvenirs for your family back home. In addition to the shopping, you should definitely visit the great Sensoji Temple, established in AD645 and dedicated to Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of compassion. The temple has been rebuilt for several times, but it still retains its original apperance as of today. The most famous spots for taking pictures is the Kaminarimon Gate, with its huge “Thunder Gate” red paper lantern, so make sure you take pictures with your friends or family there.
2. The Imperial Palace
The Imperial Palace, established in 1457, is located in Marunouchi district of Tokyo. The palace has beautiful 17th Century parks, that are surrounded by walls and moats. The most famous parts of the palace are the Nijubashi Bridge and East Higashi Gyoen Garden. Nijubashi Bridge is a bridge leading to its interior, and the bridge is name as Nijubashi, which means double bridge, because of the reflection of it in the water. The Higashi Gyoen Garden is famous for its beautiful panorama. As of today, the palace is still in used by the Imperial family.
3. Tokyo Sky Tree
Tokyo Sky Tree is a 634-meter communications and observation tower located in Sumida district of Tokyo. The tower is the tallest skyscraper in Japan, and also the world’s tallest freestanding tower as well. The tower looks like a massive rocket ship, and it was opened for the first time in 2012. Tokyo Sky Tree is one of the most visited tourist spots in Tokyo for its breathtaking panoramic views from the restaurants and observation decks. There are several cylindrical observations levels in the tower, one at the 350-meter mark, and another one a the 450-meter point.
Ginza is one of the most famous shopping districts in Tokyo, and it is as iconic as the Time Squares of New York. The area has been the commercial center of Japan for centuries, and it is the main point where five ancient roads connecting Japan’s major cities all met. At Ginza, you can find many exclusive brand shops, luxurious tea and coffee shops, delicious restaurants, and many tempting sweets shops. You can also find the famous Kabuki-za that shows many traditional Kabuki performances and the Shimbashi Enbujo Theater, a good place for you to enjoy the Azumaodori dances and Bunraku performances. At night, enjoy the shining and colorful Ginza, as you can see many gigantic advertising panels on may buildings, bathing Ginza with bright neon lights.
5. Ueno Park and Zoo
Ueno Park is one of the biggest green space in Tokyo, and it looks like an oasis in the heart of Tokyo. Ueno Park is one of the most visited tourist spots in Tokyo, and it is famous for its huge zoo, aquarium, temples, and museums. You can also enjoy a trip on a small boat on Shinobazu pond, and you can also visit the 17th Century Toshogu Shrine as well. You can also stroll around Ueno Park Zoo, the oldest zoo in Japan, which is famous for its cute pandas from China.