Welcome to the city from the future: welcome to Tokyo! This city is so unique that appears to be from another galaxy. It combines the long history of Japanese culture and modern hi-tech society in unmatched fusion that gives visitors once in a lifetime experience. From busy urban streets, fast, crowded trains, robots in all places, to peaceful, unearthly beautiful gardens, spiritual sceneries and delicious food, this place will give you the most colorful and exciting memories.

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When to Visit

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December – February Low season but hotel prices remain stable and expensive throughout the year.

March – May Comfortable temperatures with colorful scenery. Get ready for crowds due to the Golden Week, a succession of four public holidays within seven days.

June – August Big crowds and really high temperatures. The Sumida River Fireworks Festival is a revival of celebrations and annually attract million of visitors.

September – November Best time to visit; pleasant and slightly cool temperatures. Shichi-Go-San is a festival day for three and seven-year-old girls and five-year-old boys who celebrate the coming of age.



Tokyo Skytree

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This is the most famous landmark of Tokyo, as well as the tallest structure in Japan and a television broadcasting tower. It is a very popular sightseeing spot because it offers two observation decks at head-spinning heights (350 and 450m) where visitors can enjoy breathtaking panorama views of Tokyo, where the sight can reach to Fuji Mountain on a clear day. There are also shops, cafes and restaurants with a view, as well as planetarium, restaurant, shopping mall and aquarium at its base. For more information check the website www.tokyo-skytree.jp/en/

Open: Daily 08:00AM-10:00PM (Last entry at 09:00PM)

Price:

Fast Skytree Single Ticket (first observatory): 3000 yen

Fast Skytree Combo Ticket (first and second observatories): 4000 yen


Tokyo Tower 

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Tokyo Tower is the Eiffel Tower of Tokyo, although it is 13m taller than the French one, and it was the tallest tower in Japan until the Tokyo Skytree was completed in 2012. It was actually built to resemble Eiffel Tower, and it serves as a broadcasting tower as well. Similar to Skytree, it has two observatory decks (at 150 and 250m height) that offer view of the Skytree itself and Fuji Mountain on a clear day, as well as souvenir shop and café with the most wonderful view. There are also attractions such as see-through floor windows, and an amusement park at the bottom of the tower.

Open: Daily 09:00AM-11:00PM (Last entry at 10:30PM)

Closed: Upper deck is currently closed for renovation until spring 2019.

Price: 900yen (main observation deck); 1600yen (both observation decks)


Imperial Palace

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Word “Tokyo” means “Eastern capital” because feudal government was moved here at early 17 th century. Imperial palace is the best place to enjoy the glimpse of Japanese history, especially Edo period architecture (Edo was old name for Tokyo) and scenery of bridges, walls, moats and towers from outside, since this is the private residence of emperor since 19th century. Public area, though, has to offer many sightseeing places such as beautiful gardens, museums and galleries.

Open: 
09:00AM-04:30PM (Until 05:00PM April-August; Until 04:00PM November-February) (Admissions are until 30 min before closing time)

Closed: Monday, Friday, New Year (December 28th-January 3rd); (If Monday or Friday is a national holiday, the gardens are closed on the following day instead)

Price: Free


   Imperial Family makes public appearances on a balcony at January 2 nd and December 23rd, when visitors can enter the inner palace premises; otherwise you can take a 75 minutes guided tour Tuesday to Saturday at 10am and 1:30pm but without entering the buildings. For more information visit  http://www.kunaicho.go.jp/eindex.html

Ueno Park

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Ueno Park is an ideal place to enjoy Sakura – cherry blossom, or magnificent autumn colors, as well as visit numerous temples, museums, art galleries, try delicious traditional snacks or light dishes and even visit zoo, famous for its pandas. You can also take a photo in front of the statue of one of the most famous and popular characters in Japanese history Saigo Takamori, who led the imperial troops against the shogunate, and was an inspiration for the character of Katsumoto from “The Last Samurai” Hollywood blockbuster.

Open: 24h daily

Price: Free 



National Museum 

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This richest and largest collection that witnesses Japanese history was moved from Yushima Seido Shrine (where it was founded) to Ueno area during the 1970ties. Nowadays it is spread throughout 4 major galleries, and it has the oldest archeological findings and artifacts from Japanese history, treasures that speak of its trading times, as well as collection of religious artifacts, a traditional Japanese garden and teahouses, and famous Kuroda Memorial Hall that exhibits the largest collection of artist’s work. Museum also houses various themes exhibitions, so for more information check the official website www.tnm.jp

Open: 09:30AM-05:00PM
(Until 08:00PM on most Fridays, until 06:00PM on most weekends and holidays; last entry 30 minutes before closing)

Kuroda Memorial Hall is open until 05:00PM (Last entry 04:30PM)

Closed: Mondays, New Year holidays

Price: Adults 620yen/University students 410yen

    Special exhibitions may have longer opening hours and a special admission price, so make sure to check all the information before visiting.

Asakusa 

This district has the vibe of old Tokyo, since it is the best preserved quarter of old town that used to be the outskirts of the city during Edo period (1603-1867). The oldest part of it is the famous Sensoji Buddhist temple, but during Edo period this was a place for entertainment, with kabuki theaters and a red light district. Nowadays, you can explore this neighborhood on foot and enjoy wearing kimono, visiting temples and shrines, taking a walk through Sumida Park, trying delicious traditional dishes, watching Tokyo Skytree across the river, or embark on a Sumida River Cruise.

 



Edo-Tokyo Museum 

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As mentioned previously, Edo is an old name for Tokyo, so this museum is about history of Tokyo, and it is impressive both for its outside and architecture, as for its collection. This museum is the best place to learn everything there is to know about this amazing city, and throughout interactive exhibitions and vivid models you can easily imagine its development through history, everyday life of people, Edo period architecture, trading aspects, politics, culture, etc.

Open: 09:30AM-05:30PM
(Until 07:30PM on Saturdays; last entry 30 minutes before closing)

Closed: Mondays, New Year holidays;

From October 1 st 2017 until March 31st 2018 it will be closed for renovation.

Price: 600yen (some special exhibitions may have higher admission price)

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  If you plan to visit several museums, it is highly recommended to get Tokyo Grutto Pass which gives you opportunity to visit each one of over 70 museums, galleries and aquariums for reasonable price; it is valid for one entry to each place; for more information visit

http://www.rekibun.or.jp/grutto/english.html

Meiji Shrine 

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Meiji Shrine, as its name says, is dedicated to the spirit of Emperor Meiji, whom Japan owes its modernization and westernization. The shrine was destroyed during the Second World War, but it was rebuilt soon after, and nowadays it is still one of the most popular and visited Shinto shrines in Japan, especially during New Year celebrations. It is one of the most beautiful places for meditation and experiencing Japanese spirituality, since this shrine is located in the heart of the forest that hides behind massive torii gate, and it hides jewels such as Treasure House with some of the Emperor’s belongings, and Inner Garden with famous Kiyomasa's Well and iris’s bloom, the Emperor’s favorite place.

Open: 24h daily

Treasure House: 09:00AM-04:30PM (Until 04:00PM November-February; Last entry 30 minutes before closing time)

Inner Garden: 09:00AM-04:30PM (Until 04:00PM November-February; extended closing hours during the middle of June; Last entry 30 minutes before closing time)

Price: Free

Treasure House: 500yen

Inner Garden: 500yen

Tsukiji Fish Market 

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This is one of the busiest and biggest fish markets in the world, and besides fish, it sells fruits, vegetables and flowers. Here you can enjoy morning shopping frenzy by observing fascinating trade business at the tuna auction, try some shopping, have an amazing fresh sushi breakfast or early lunch and have an experience to remember. Market has strict rules, so make sure to follow them: don’t block the traffic; don’t touch anything; it is forbidden to smoke, carry suitcases, wear high heels or sandals; small children or pets aren’t allowed in the market.

Open:

Outer Market: varies by shop, typically 05:00AM-02:00PM

Wholesale Area: open to visitors after 10:00PM

Tuna Auction: open to visitors from 05:25AM-06:15AM (restricted to 120 visitors/day)

Closed: Sundays and national holidays; Tuna Auction is closed a few weeks around New Year

Price: Free

  If you wish to visit Tuna Auction you have to apply at the Osakana Fukyu Center (Fish Information Center) at the Kachidoki Gate before 5am, and it is on a first-come first-served basis, so if you are lucky you will catch a place among 120 members in two groups (60 people each)

Shibuya 

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Shibuya is the 5 th Avenue and Times Square of Tokyo: it is the busiest and the most popular shopping area in town, with numerous hip restaurants, clubs, fashion stores and shopping centers. It is especially famous for its crossroads, which amazes the foreigners, since it can be crossed in all possible directions, and you should be careful about not touching anybody on your way, which is quite challenging regarding crowds. Its illuminations and buildings covered in neon advertizing boards make it very popular for taking photos and filming videos and commercials.

For more information visit http://www.city.shibuya.tokyo.jp/eng/

Shinjuku

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Since the Tokyo is the Eastern World Trade center, Shinjuku is the Wall Street of Tokyo, and in the center of it there is the world’s busiest railway station that hosts more than two million passengers daily. This business district is built around the station; it is made up of steely-glass skyscrapers, luxurious hotels and restaurant. There are also subterranean passages and underground shopping malls that spread under the station, with numerous electronic shops and department stores.

Shinjuku Kabukicho

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Kabukicho is named after Kabuki, traditional Japanese theater, but it was never constructed here. Instead, this became the most famous district of Shinjuku area, being the Red Light District of Tokyo. In this part of the city you can find any kind of entertainment there is: from sex-themed entertainment, which is omnipresent in Japanese culture and art, to theaters, bars, nightclubs, love hotels, restaurants and shopping areas. Highlighting the nightlife, most of the places here have late working hours.

 

  Make sure to always have cash on you, Kabukicho is an expensive area, and most of the places accept cash only.

Roppongi Hills 

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Roppongi Hills is another popular shopping area in the city, and it is especially famous as home to numerous IT companies. In this area you can find one of the tallest buildings in Tokyo, Mori Tower, which has a very popular observation deck, several floors reserved for shopping center and restaurants, as well as modern art museum. You can also find hundreds of cafes, shops and restaurants all over area, and enjoy both Japanese and international cuisine, beautiful Mori Garden for enjoying cherry blossom, and numerous luxurious hotels.

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