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Area Guide

The area guide introduces the features and attractions of various areas in Tokyo, events staged in waterfront areas, and for your convenience also, tourist information on the Greater Tokyo Area.
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  • Tourist spots in central Tokyo
  • Waterfront areas
  • Tourist spots in suburban Tokyo

Ikebukuro Kichijoji Harajuku,Omotesando Shibuya Daikanyama Odaiba Roppongi Shinjuku Ginza Marunouchi Ueno Asakusa,Sumida,Oshiage Shimokitazawa Tama Tosho Akihabara Yanaka

Yanaka

ueno

akihabara

marunouchi

ginza

odaiba

shinjuku

harajuku

shibuya

roppongi

daikanyama

asakusa

kichijoji

ikebukuro

shimokitazawa

tama

tosho

Akihabara

Akihabara

For personal computers and Internet-related products, look no further. Also a destination for subcultures, the district attracts anime fans from all over the world.

Asakusa/Sumida/Oshiage

Asakusa/Sumida/Oshiage

A hot spot where Tokyo’s old and new meet, the area’s landmarks are the world’s tallest free-standing broadcasting tower TOKYO SKYTREE, and Kaminari-mon Gate featuring a giant red lantern.

Roppongi

Roppongi

The stylish district with many commercial complexes and restaurants is a standard sightseeing spot. The many foreigners lend an air of international sophistication.

Ueno

Ueno

The attractive area represents a blend of culture and vitality, with its many museums and art museums, and the Ameyoko shopping street and wholesale district.

Shibuya

Shibuya

The hub of youth culture offers an array of kawaii Japanese items. Sights include the statue of Hachiko (a popular meeting spot) and the famous scramble crossing.

Ginza

Ginza

The world-renowned shopping street comparable with London’s Oxford Street and New York’s Fifth Avenue is also celebrated for its offerings of fine dining.

Harajuku/Omotesando

Harajuku/Omotesando

The area offers the best of both worlds with the affordable stylish items of youthful Harajuku and the high-end fashion brands of mature Omotesando.

Kichijoji

Kichijoji

The energy of shopping streets and yokocho alleys and the lush greenery of Inokashira Park mingle to create an air of tranquility popular with men and women of all ages.

Daikanyama

Daikanyama

The stylish area features a scattering of smart, unique boutiques and restaurants around the symbolic presence of the Hillside Terrace complex.

Odaiba

Odaiba

The open waterfront area immensely popular with families and couples has grown into one of Tokyo’s top tourist destinations.

Marunouchi

Marunouchi

The heart of Tokyo continues to evolve with the 2012 renovation of Tokyo Station and the myriad new commercial facilities and restaurants around it.

Shinjuku

Shinjuku

The diverse district spreads from Shinjuku Station, which serves the most passengers in Japan everyday, to the shopping area of the East Exit and the business area of the West Exit.

Yanaka/Nezu/Sendagi

Yanaka/Nezu/Sendagi

Known collectively as Yanesen, from the first syllables of the three neighborhoods, the district is loved for the shitamachi feel of good old Tokyo.

Ikebukuro

Ikebukuro

From the landmark Sunshine City to shopping and amusement facilities with direct access to the station, the district is fun for men and women of all ages.

Shimokitazawa

Shimokitazawa

Often shortened to Shimokita, the neighborhood popular with youths invites a walk among the myriad unique shops offering fashion, secondhand clothes, and miscellanea.

Tama

Tama

On top of the vast nature of Mt. Takao and the tasteful cityscape, the inviting area offers a plethora of entertainment destinations.

Islands of Tokyo

Islands of Tokyo

A less known facet of Tokyo is its outlying chain of islands. Japan’s capital has many destinations for lovers of marine sports and birdwatching.

 

This section highlights the charms of Tokyo’s waterfront areas. Click a name on the map to display tourist information on that waterfront area.

About Tokyo’s waterfront areas

Tokyo has inherited the infrastructure of the castle-town Edo up to the present day.
In the central Edo, the Shogunate built a city by reclaiming swamps and cutting the canals. An extensive network of waterways was laid out inside the city, and the water area accounted for 18 percent of the total area of land, creating an urban space as the Water Capital. As a result, goods were actively transported from across the country by ships and boats. Many warehouses with a pier were built along the river such as the Nihombashigawa River, and Edo developed into one of the biggest cities in the world with population over one million. Diaries and travelogues were written by foreign travelers visiting Edo/Tokyo from the last days of the Shogunate to the Meiji era, comparing Edo/Tokyo to Venice, the water capital in Western Europe.

Over 130 years after the Meiji era, the Edo region achieved economic growth by filling in part of these inland waterways to make way for new roads, etc., evolving into the central city area of the greater Tokyo region consisting of the metropolis of Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures. On the other hand, Tokyo has the Sumidagawa River and other diverse and rich waterfront areas across the city, including the Kandagawa River, the Nihombashigawa River, the moat around the Imperial Palace and the waterways in the Koto area and the port district. Today, Tokyo functions as a transport interchange city for a nationwide network of railways and roads, and also has extensive waterfront spaces ranging from the inland areas with many inner rivers to the newly constructed port districts. It is not exaggeration to say that Tokyo is one of the world's largest waterfront cities.

Waterfront area map

Waterfront area map Sumidagawa River Area Koto Inner River Area Lower Kandagawa River and Nihombashigawa River Area Seaside Area Canal Area

Enjoy the waterfront!

  • Water bus
  • Yakatabune houseboat
  • Tokyo Bay cruise

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