Tokyo has served as the Japanese capital since 1869. Starting with 2014, Tokyo is the most populated area in the world.
In 1603, the city was formerly named Edo when Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu made the city as his headquarters. Starting with 1868, after Emperor Meiji moved his seat from Kyoto to Edo, the city became capital and changed the name in Tokyo.
From 1943 Tokyo became Metropolis after merger between Tōkyō-fu and Tōkyō-shi
Going back to the touristic part of Tokyo, let’s talk about touristic attractions:
Because the city is huge (believe me, you can spend even 2 hours to cross the city), we will try to point the main important attractions in Tokyo, but as personal advice, don’t rush to see a lot of attraction, try to enjoy the city’s vibe.
Tokyo is amazing and we are taking 2-3 free days to get lost on small streets, markets, shops and sometimes train stations . Yes, I know, it is strange, but in Tokyo, almost every big train station is a real mall, you can spend 1 day in the train station without being bored!
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building – free entrance and panoramic view
– Imperial palace – book your tour in advance and bring your passport with you. The security here is very strict, as this is the real house of the emperor.
– The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin)
– Ginza District: Shop ’til you Drop
– Kabuki-za in Ginza the principal theater in Tokyo for the traditional kabuki drama form.
– The Sensō-ji Temple – dress decently
– Ueno area with National Museum of Nature and Science, Ueno Park and Zoo, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo National Museum and Ueno Market – popular for street food and shopping
– The Meiji Shrine
– The Miraikan and Edo-Tokyo Museums
– The Tokyo Skytree – check the weather before to book your ticket
– Tokyo Tower – check the weather before to book your ticket
– The National Art Center
– Akihabara – Electric Town and the world of game – take at least half day for this district!
– Shibuya Pedestrian Crossing and Hachikō Statue
– Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
– Shinjuku train station – market and shopping
– Kabukichō entertainment and red-light district
– Tsukiji Market
– Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySEA – book in advance your tickets and go there at first hour in the morning to avoid the crowds
– Yasukuni Shrine
– Roppongi well known as the city’s most popular nightlife district among foreigners
– Sanrio Puroland, home of Hello Kitty, My Melody is the 2nd theme park in Japan featuring characters, following Disneyland.
– Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo
Restaurants and bars: try to taste the real street food and small restaurants. Tokyo is full of restaurants and bars. If you are in rush, go to 7/11 and buy some hot drinks and hot snack and run to visit the city.
Shopping: depending on your budget you can find here whether you want, from label brands in Giza to normal shops everywhere. I recommend you to try Uniqlo for clothes and Muji for small accessorise for home.