Lights of Kabukicho © MAHATHIR MOHD YASIN / Shutterstock.com
Kabukicho, the nightlife zone in East Shinjuku, has that Blade Runner atmosphere that so many people associate with Tokyo. It’s a lot of fun to wander here in the evening, but think twice about bringing the kids.
Omotesando, the tree-lined street that runs through the heart of Harajuku, is one of the most pleasant streets for strolling in Tokyo. It’s lined with fashionable boutiques and cafes.
Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Skyline
Few people realize that Tokyo is indeed a waterfront city. The best way to check out this aspect of Tokyo is by taking the Yurikamome Line from Shimbashi across the Rainbow Bridge to the artificial island of Odaiba.
Main Hall of Yasukuni-jinja Shrine
Yasukuni-jinja Shrine is the most controversial shrine in Japan. It’s a hotbed of nationalism, but most days, you won’t notice anything particular. The adjoining Yushukan Museum is highly recommended for those interested in WWII history.
Institute for Nature Study
You’d hardly think this is Tokyo, but it is. The Institute for Nature Study, located in Meguro, is one of the best places in Tokyo to escape the crowds and concrete of the city.
National Art Center
The National Art Center in Roppongi holds some of the most interesting art shows in Tokyo. Check our Tokyo Events pages for upcoming shows.