My Tokyo Guide
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Updated: May 17, 2019
Tokyo is a vast metropolis made up of charming districts, each with its own character. If it's your first visit, spend a day exploring these must-see spots. From the vibrant fish markets to the chic streets of Ginza and the historic downtown neighborhood of Asakusa, you'll get a great sense of the city.
Away from the bustle of the markets, the area around Tsukiji Hongan-ji Temple is much calmer, with a retro atmosphere. In the 1870s, this was the area for foreign nationals to live. The temple itself is an eccentric mix of Indian and Roman architecture, with a German pipe organ inside.
The big names are all here, from Prada and Chanel to Uniqlo. Stop in at the new Ginza Six shopping mall for window shopping and people-watching, or explore the back streets for traditional restaurants, small galleries and kimono shops, as you head towards Ginza Station.
Take the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
From the main entrance to the Tokyo Station Hotel, you can follow the broad promenade to the palace gardens. Crossing Hibiya Street, you'll come to the grand moat and stone walls, spanned by stone and wooden bridges. While you can't visit the palace, you can tour the beautiful East Gardens, with remnants of the original castle.
Take the JR Yamanote Line, and transfer to Tokyo Metro Ginza Line at Kanda Station
Enter through Kaminarimon Gate, guarded by the fearsome gods of wind and thunder, and make your way down the lively Nakamise Shopping Street, full of snacks and souvenirs. The grand red Sensoji Temple and its towering pagoda are a must-visit for local and international visitors.
Walk to Tobu Asakusa Station, and take the Tobu Skytree Line to Tokyo Skytree Station
From Tokyo Skytree Station, you can go directly into the Solamachi shopping mall at the base of Tokyo Skytree. Get an express ticket exclusively for international visitors and zoom up to the observatory of this 634-meter high tower, for amazing views of this unforgettable city.