Top attractions in Tokyo
Tokyo is the economic, political and cultural center. With its 12.5 million inhabitants, it is the largest city in Japan and also the most expensive city in the world after Moscow.
The city awaits you with excellent museums and numerous typical Japanese attractions! Within the 23 neighborhoods you’ll find something for every taste. The best way to get to know Tokyo is to behave like the locals, eating sushi, hunting down Karaoke bars and following the latest trends.
1. The Tokyo Skytree
The Skytree, with its 634 meters, is the tallest self-supporting radio tower in the world and is found in the midst of a spectacular shopping and entertainment center.
There are two observation decks, one at 350 meters and the other 450 meters high. With good weather you can see as far as 70 kilometers.
2. National Museum
If you only visit one museum in Tokyo, this is the one. The National Museum in Tokyo is the largest and oldest museum in Japan, displaying some 110,000 exhibits of Japanese art and archeology.
3. Tokyo Tower
The 332 meter high tower is a symbol of the Japanese reconstruction and western orientation of the country after the Second World War. Like the Eiffel Tower, the Tokyo Tower has a similar landmark character due to its popular use in the scenes of films.
4. City Hall
Monumental - describes this 243 meter high building made of granite and reinforced concrete best. Japan’s legendary architect, Kenzo Tange, apparently wanted to erect a monument to himself and the Japanese capital. This construction of the tallest town hall in the world has cost one billion euros.
5. Fish Market
You should get up at least once at the crack of dawn to experience one of the grandest spectacles Tokyo has to offer - the fish market in Tsukiji. Here the vendors begin their day at 2 am and at 5:30 am will open for selling. From dainty crabs to giant tunas, everything goes on the counter.
6. Central Railway Station
In you go to the fray. All the major railway stations of the capital are an absolute experience, especially the Tokyo-eki: The crowds at rush hour, the kilometers of underground shopping centers on the Yaesu side of the station - here you can undergo a kind of crash course in capital life.
The Amsterdam Central Station served as a model for Tatsuno Kingo who in 1914 built the station at Tokyo (Tokyo-eki). Unfortunately, the former four-storey building lost the top two floors and its winged towers in the American air raids in 1945, the remains have suffered greatly.
7. Imperial Palace
The Imperial Palace is the residence of Tenno, the Japanese emperor. Most of the palace is guarded by the imperial palace police and generally inaccessible to the public. Only the eastern gardens are open to visitors. The inner palace is accessible to the people only two days a year: the Emperor's Birthday (December 23) and New Year (January 2).
Ginza is Tokyo's first shopping district and even if other parts have caught up, it is still regarded as a figurehead to which all other shopping districts are measured. Do not miss out on the grand department stores of the 1950s, a time when shopping was a real ritual that was staged with much fanfare.