Central Tokyo

This area covers Shinjuku, Chiyoda, Chuo, Shibuya, and Minato. Unsurprisingly, these wards are the most expensive in the capital and home to a huge array of shopping districts, fashion centers, city landmarks, and night districts.

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Akagi Shrine
Kagurazaka was once the playground of Tokyo’s political elite and the role of Akagi Shrine…
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Akasaka Sightseeing Guide
Located north of Roppongi, Akasaka is another well-known nightspot and, like its neighbor, it has…
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All Roads Lead to Nihombashi
If you had to mark the heart of Tokyo, and thus the heart of Japan,…
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Daikanyama: Quaint Residential Area Near Shibuya
Sedate but fashionable shopping district near Shibuya
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Ebisu Sightseeing Guide
From contemporary izakaya and Spanish wine bars to burger joints and Michelin starred French restaurants,…
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Ginza Sightseeing Guide
Ginza is to Tokyo what Regent Street is to London or Fifth Avenue is to…
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Hamarikyu Gardens
Hamarikyu Gardens lie on land that was reclaimed in the late 17th century by Tokugawa…
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Hanazono Shrine
Tucked in behind the buildings of Yasukuni Dori, Hanazono is an Edo period shrine that…
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Harajuku: Cosplay & Crepes in Central Tokyo
Fashionable district for teenagers famous for the cosplay sub-culture
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Hie Shrine
Hie Shrine was established in 1478 by the regional lord, Ota Dokan—best known as the…
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Imperial Palace East Gardens
Opened to the public in 1968, the Imperial Palace East Gardens sit at the north-east…
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Kagurazaka: Tokyo’s Old Pleasure Quarter
Pleasure quarter for the rich and powerful during the Edo period
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Kanda Myojin: Akihabara’s Most Famous Shrine
Beautiful 1,300 year-old shrine where two of the Seven Gods of Fortune are enshrined
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Kyu Shiba Rikyu Garden
Like Rikugien and Koishikawa Korakuen, Kyu Shiba Rikyu Garden was once a private garden of…
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Meiji Jingu: The Shrine Honoring Emperor Meiji
Famous shrine with a beautiful gravel path with trees either side
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Minami-Aoyama Sightseeing Guide
The fashionable districts north-east of Shibuya are difficult to separate into distinct areas because they are all…
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Nogi Shrine
Small shrine made famous by the suicide of General Nogi Maresuke and his wife Nogi Shizuko
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Odaiba Sightseeing Guide
Odaiba is an entertainment and shopping district which offers something for everyone (a small beach,…
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Omotesando: Tokyo’s Champs-Élysées
See also Harajuku and Aoyama—the two areas that Omotesando Dori connects. Sometimes referred to as…
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Roppongi: Tokyo’s Nightlife Spot
Tokyo’s main nightlife district and an up-and-coming center for arts
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Shibuya: Tokyo’s Youth Mecca
Shibuya encapsulates the stereotypical image of Tokyo better than any other area. No self-respecting travel…
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Shimbashi: Tokyo’s Salaryman District
Shimbashi is known as a sarariiman district. Here you will find taverns and yakitori restaurants…
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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Famous gardens in central Tokyo covering an area of almost 60 hectares
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Shinjuku Sightseeing Guide
Shinjuku is a major transportation hub and commercial district in western Tokyo and, along with Shibuya,…
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Tokyo Imperial Palace
Located to the west of Tokyo Station and occupying some of the most expensive real…
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Tsukiji Fish Market
At some point in the future Tsukiji Fish Market will move to new facilities located…
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Yasukuni: Japan’s Most Political Shrine
Yasukuni’s history as a site of enshrinement for the war dead extends all the way…
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Zojoji: Tokugawa’s Family Temple
The main temple of the Buddhist Jodo sect, Zojoji’s origins actually date back to the…
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