Tokyo consists of about 14 urban hubs, each of which is like a small city. Here, I'll introduce each of these districts and the sights they contain to help you plan your trip.
This page lists all of the Tokyo districts of interest to travelers. I start with the Tokyo Station and Marunouchi Area and then work out from there. Click any of the districts listed below to visit the main page for that district. Each main district pages contain full lists of sights, hotels, restaurants, shops and nightlife.
The Tokyo Station Area is where most visitors arrive in the city. Nearby is the Marunouchi Area, an office district with lots of good restaurants and two good museums. Read more
A green oasis in the center of the city, the Imperial Palace is surrounded by several interesting parks, gardens and shrines. Read more
Tokyo's first Western-style shopping district, Ginza is still a major retain hub, with the best department stores, boutiques and great restaurants. Read more
Tsukiji is where you'll find the awesome Tsukiji Fish Market and lots of great sushi restaurants for a sushi brunch. Read more
These four working districts south of Ginza contain some interesting gardens and parks, along with heaps of great hotels and restaurants. Read more
Between Tokyo Station and Shibuya, these two fashionable districts are the city's dining and nightlife centers, along with some great sights to see in the day. Read more
A huge hub on the west side of the city, Shinjuku has it all: interesting sights, shopping, dining, nightlife, and plenty of great hotels. Read more
Harajuku is home to the city's best shrine, Meiji-jingu Shrine, and the fashionable Omotesando shopping street. Nearby Aoyama is home to one of its best museums: the Nezu Museum. Read more
Another huge hub on the west side, Shibuya is a huge youth-oriented shopping district with great restaurants, bars and hotels. Read more
These three fashionable districts south of Shibuya offer some low-key sights and plenty of great shops and places to eat and drink. Read more
Just north of Tokyo Station, Kanda is a working area with some great dining and bars, while Akihabara is geek central – Tokyo's pop culture paradise. Read more
Ueno is home to a huge park, Ueno-koen Park, where you'll find some of the city's best museums, a zoo and a shrine. It's also a center for budget accommodation. Read more
Near Ueno, Asakusa is home to the city's most popular Buddhist temple: Senso-ji Temple. It's also a budget accommodation center. Read more
Out in Tokyo Bay, Odaiba is a man-made island that is home to several big attractions like a science museum, a giant Ferris wheel, shopping centers and exhibition halls. Read more
Where Are These Places Located?See these places on the Truly Tokyo Google map:
- Open the Tokyo map
- You will see the list of places on the left hand side. (Click the 3-line icon in the top left corner if not). Scroll down or use the map search (the magnifying glass icon) to find the place you want.
- Click the name of the place in the list. Its location pin will be highlighted on the map.
- Map pins are color coded - BLUE: Hotels / Ryokan / Guesthouses | VIOLET: Ryokan | PINK: Places to Eat | GREEN: Shops | YELLOW: Things to See and Do
- If you're using the map on your phone, open the map and then search for the name of the place. The map will then zoom in on its location.
Tokyo Vacation Checklist
- For all the essentials in a brief overview, see my First Time In Tokyo guide
- Check Tokyo accommodation availability and pricing on Booking.com - usually you can reserve a room with no upfront payment. Pay when you check out. Free cancellations too.
- Need tips on where to stay? See my one page guide Where To Stay In Tokyo
- You can buy a Japan SIM card online with Klook for collection on arrival at Tokyo Narita or Haneda airports. Or rent an unlimited data pocket wifi router.
- See my comprehensive Packing List For Japan
- Compare airline flight prices and timings for the best Japan flight deals.
- If you're visiting more than one city, save a ton of money with a Japan Rail Pass - here's why it's worth it
- It's essential you have travel insurance for Tokyo - we recommend World Nomads