A plan that might be too grandious even for Tokyo, SkyCity
is planned to cope with the challenge of showing even more
apartments and businesses right in the middle of Tokyo in
a single 1 mile high super-skyscraper. Watch the documentary
and join leading engineers from Japan, Taiwan and Canada
as they try to tackle the immense mechanical, structural
and logistical issues behind such an enormous project...
( from Discovery Channel )
(...) As every modern city, its an ocean of opportunities for
both locals and visitors, an ideal place to amuse yourself as
a tourist for weeks, or to find a lifestyle of your own pace for
months or years. There's plenty of historic sights both hyped
up and hidden in the shadows of major attractions, and a lot of
activities you could participate in from world debut of new technology,
conventions of nearly all kinds from anime through cars, fashion,
sports to health, and festivals for all seasons. You'll probably
need to offer something in exchange of course, but as opposed
to the common misrepresentation of Tokyo being overly expensive,
it's not necessarily money, but your own effort to give it your
best catching up with yourself and to find what you were looking
for. For more information on Tokyo flip through the rest
of the articles in the travel guide. Reading them while
browsing the photos might be entertaining as well. Not to mention
that both are much more informative if used together (...) For
more information on Tokyo visit the Tokyo
Guide in the Japan
Travel Guide section of the site. Reading the articles while
browsing the photos might be entertaining as well. Not to mention
much more informative at the same time.
Below is a list of interesting locations with the least possible
compromises towards our own preferences ( sorry ). Many of them
might ring a bell for people with some knowledge of history or
an eye out for Japanese entertainment, all of them are well known
town centers with a unique style... well basically cities within
the city. If it's not much to ask, for your own benefitdo take your time to browse through those short descriptions,
in which we tried to convey some of the atmosphere of the different
areas, and in case you still have no idea where to start... you
could still follow through the Tokyo
Scenes album series. Which is a heavily biased but quite
practical way to familiarize yourself with a certain kind of Tokyo,
for there are many, and follow up on the districts either on this
site, in a separate publication... or even in real life. Well
that's what we're hoping to get you into anyway.
Young and energetic entertainment, shopping and fashion district
with views everyone has seen at least once. Often the world debut
stage for music, movies, and games, vibrant and never boring.
Neighboring Shibuya, a relaxed option to dive into tokyoite culture
and shopping. Hosts modern galleries, design showrooms, cafes, boutiques
For those whom this name rings a bell no introduction is needed.
For those who don't know, they probably shouldn't go there. The
world center of Anime, Manga, Games and electronics with a strong
The heart of Tokyo, Japan, and probably one of the most famous cities
in the world. A more adult version of Shibuya, shopping, dining
and entertainment district, and home of the gigantic and calm imperial
Trendy and cult fashion district for everyone who likes to be stylish.
World famous for extravagance in people and even food, and the number
of boutiques per square meters is matched nowhere else in the world.
In between Shibuya, Harajuku and Shinjuku, home of the Meiji Jingu
shrine and its surrounding gardens, as well as the Yoyogi park,
the Yoyogi stadium and a colorful lot of people visiting.
Home of Senso-ji temple, Asakusa shrine and the Azumabashi bridge,
the most famous historic views of Tokyo. Also the ideal place to
buy classic souvenirs and see a wide variety of tourists.
Elite and somewhat snobbish shopping and entertainment district,
mainly for wealthier audience. Hidden in the smaller streets you
will find all the necessary scenes and stars for a movie about a
Scenes from Jinbocho, or "Book Town", and its more relaxed
surroundings, of universities and students in Kanda district.
Budokan, Kitanomaru Koen
Huge park in the heart of the city, only minutes away from the Imperial
Palace. Home of the Nippon Budokan national martial arts hall.
Rikugien, beautifully maintained historic traditional Japanese gardens
and strolls displaying famous scenes in all seasons. Located in
Travel back to the 20th century to see more relaxed but somewhat
late scenes of Tokyo. Ueno park is home to many museums, galleries
and a zoo, while the Ameya Yokocho shopping arcade gives you an
idea of the old fashioned downtown markets.
Shiodome is home to the recently completed project the SIO-SITE
with 21st century high-rise apartment complexes, hotels, media broadcast
centers and malls. At the Tokyo Bay end you'll find the Hama-Rikyu
gardens with breathtaking views.
The center of one of the largest districts in Tokyo, Setagaya-ku.
A nice and relaxed suburban feeling with a glimpse on how residential
areas live their lives on the streets everyday, all in the shadow
of the skyscraper of the Setagaya Business Center.
Tamachi, Tokyo Teleport
Another huge project of architectural wonders, populating the entire
Odaiba Bay. Home of the Rainbow Bridge, amusement parks, business
centers, clubs and the Fuji TV broadcast center.
The most famous icon of Tokyo, overlooking the city in all directions,
offering a perfect view on how vast it actually is.
Tokyo Dome City hosts more than the stadium itself, there are amusement
parks, the LaQua shopping complex, the Prism Hall, and a huge hotel
overlooking the area.
South of Shibuya, north of Ebisu, a relaxed residential area and
a trendy - if somewhat pricey - small shopping district. Refined
in taste both in fashion and food with many shops offering merchandise
imported from all around the world.
Home of Ebisu Garden place, a recently built very stylish looking
shopping, dining and business complex. Less busy than the neighboring
Shibuya, and hidden around the huge station the streets showcase
some of the best clubs and restaurants.
Hidden on the map but known to everyone who cares, the south gate
exit opens to streets with the best shops for high-school age
and young adults. A likable guide for fashion, music, books, clubs,
and independent theaters.
The north side is a colorful, cute and always crowded town of small
shops, restaurants and cafes, while the south exit runs into the
new PAL avenue shopping arcade. Further south you'll arrive to Look,
THE vintage fashion clothing street.
East of Shinjuku, north of Shinjuku Gyoen ( the imperial park )
is Yotsuya station. Even though not much of an attraction, offers
lots of calm strolls by the side of typical Tokyo buildings, without
A famous residential area and its "open air shopping mall",
a town center with classy and stylish food, fashion, and other lifestyle
related shops from overseas cosmetics to Nihon ningyo ( Japanese
doll ) crafts.
The station is built together with two of the world's largest department
stores, which get extremely crowded during seasonal sales. Also
home of the Sunshine 60 complex. Catering to shopping people of
all ages and style its closest relative in Tokyo would be Shinjuku.
Home of Hie Jinja ( shrine ) and its famous torii, or shrine gates,
that lead up to the top of the hill. Mainly a business center
with an atmospheric entertainment and dining district for the
nearby residents - thus somewhat close to Roppongi in feeling.
Located at the southwestern prefectural boundary it's the furthermost
end of Tokyo, offering a one-of-a-kind view from Asama Jinja ( shrine
) to the other side of the Tamagawa river.
One of the busiest, largest and most advanced stations in Tokyo,
with platforms for all Shinkansen trains that head west. Outside
it's a business center with glass and chrome colored high-rise buildings.
A nice and calm area with a typical university on one end, and a
typical relaxed shopping street on the other end of the station.
Roppongi is not Japan. It's a business, residential and entertainment
district for foreigners, thus has a definite unpleasant feel for
Map of Tokyo
by Google Maps
Albums by Scenes
selected photos from entire Tokyo
Scenes 1 : Tokyo Guide, Sightseeing
If you only have a day, and want some pictures of Asakusa...
A tour around some of the, if not the most famous historic
sights in Tokyo, often seen on the first page of travel guides,
the beautiful temple complex of Senso-Ji in Asakusa, the Asakusa
Jinja ( shrine ), Azumabashi and the gates of the Hie Jinja
Scenes 2 : Tokyo City Downtowns
Old & Modern markets, buildings, gardens in Shinjuku,
Images on the real downtown's of the city, centers for
and of all ages older than Shibuya and Harajuku. Scenes from
classic shitamachi arcades, and the world famous views in
Shinjuku. A collection on both the sometimes overly busy shopping
streets and all the nearby gardens and parks, beautifully
maintained traditional escapes once only for the imperial
family, now open to everyone.
Scenes 4 : Tokyo Travel Guide
for Tourists who stay (shopping and dining). Ginza,
Tokyo Tower... More famous town centers in Tokyo, both historic and modern,
with the elite shopping and entertainment district of Ginza,
which name would probably ring a bell to anyone, the Tokyo
Tower and the view it offers on the city, the innermost of
Tokyo, Yurakucho station and the Tokyo Forum in the Marunouchi
district. ( With but a glimpse on Mori Tower, the icon of
the (in)famous high-tech business and tourist center, Roppongi.
Tokyo Scenes 5 : Tokyo
Tour through atmospheric areas, visit the Budokan, take
a walk in Kanda...
A closer look at some of the most unique and atmospheric districts
of Tokyo, including Kitanomaru Koen, the park which gives
home to the Nippon Budokan national martial arts hall, Jinbocho
or "Book Town" in the middle of the university district
of Kanda and some nice views on how spacious Tokyo can be,
near the Ochanomizu station.
Scenes 6 : Tokyo Shop, Fashion Guide
Clothing and food stores in Jiyugaoka, Shimokita and Koenji. Open air town centers with great atmosphere, a different
view on how Tokyo can be much more cozier if you take the
effort to find the right place for you. Shimokita is the young
oriented small center for fashion, music, clubs and theater
or just hanging around aimlessly, browsing a much more calm
neighborhood than of the downtown's Koenji with its atmospheric
shotengai of small shops, restaurants and cafes to the north
and the PAL avenue shopping arcade to the south. And Jiyugaoka,
the most popular among people who don't mind higher prices
for the right surroundings, gourmet cuisine, fashion or home
Tokyo Scenes 7 : Tokyo
Bay, Tokyo Architecture
Modern Tokyo in contrast with the suburbs and age old gardens.
A quick tour round the 21st century complex of SIO-SITE,
a fine collection on modern architecture, coexisting with
the graceful gardens of Hama Rikyu in Shinbashi. Also featured
is the Rainbow Bridge passing over the entire Odaiba Bay area
directly to the parks and amazing structures of Tokyo Teleport,
and finally some additional scenes from Shinagawa, Tokyo Dome
City, Mejiro, and suburban Tokyo life in Yoga.
Hama Rikyu Garden
Shinbashi, Odaiba bay, Shinagawa, Tokyo
Dome, Tamagawa, Yoga, Mejiro
Nikko and Nikko National Park, Kamakura, Narita, Yokohama
South of Tokyo, with a population of 3 million people. A huge
port city with a gigantic collection of 21st century architecture
at the Minato Mirai complex. Also hosts many museums and parks
by the bay, and the main attraction, a sparkling gold, red and
blue chinatown catering to the entire Kanto region.
The nicest place to get faraway yet stay close. Two hours north
of Tokyo, with world heritage Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines
surrounded by breathtaking mountain views and the forests of the
Nikko national park.
Narita is not a part of Tokyo, in fact it is about two hours away
by train if you don't pay for the express. But nonetheless well
worth a visit by everyone for its relaxed countryside streets
and alleys. Home of a beautiful, large Buddhist temple-complex
on Narita-san, and a tourist-oriented but cute all the same main
A popular field trip destination with lots of historic temples
and shrines... of which none are covered here. Since it's also
at the ocean-side with a well-equipped beach offering views you
just can't catch deep inside the mainland.