The city of Tokyo is very unfortunate if you don’t visit it when we are on vacation in Japan. Tokyo, which is also famous for its center for anime, electronics, manga, and video games, offers a unique experience for tourists while on vacation to the largest metropolis in the world here are 15 tourist attractions in Tokyo that must be visited,
- Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea
This amusement park which has an area of approximately 115 hectares is very popular among tourists visiting Japan with their families. You will find attractions themed around famous characters from Walt Disney such as Mickey and Minie Mouse, Donald Duck, Toy Story, and many more. You can visit Tokyo Disneyland which starts operating from 08:30 am to 10:00 pm by using the Tokyo Metro train. Here you can also visit Tokyo DisneySEA which will give a different impression when you visit where the architectural design is Mediterranean-themed and different from Tokyo Disneyland, the attractions at DisneySEA are more attractive to young people and adults.
- Tokyo Tower
If you have Namsan Tower in Seoul, then in Tokyo you have Tokyo Tower which has become one of the city’s landmarks. In the tower which has a height of 332.9 meters, you can see the beautiful city of Tokyo from a height. Tokyo tower is open to the public every day and to get there you can use the Tokyo metro to Onarimon or Akabanebashi stations. The steel tower is also used to broadcast analog TV, local TV, and FM radio.
- Tokyo Skytree
The tower which was first opened in 2012 is the tallest in Tokyo today with a height of 634 meters. In addition to seeing the beautiful city of Tokyo from the observation deck, at the Tokyo Skytree tower you can also find restaurants, cafes, and souvenir shops. Next to the tower is the Tokyo Solamachi mall where you can find approximately 300 shops and restaurants and even an aquarium that you can visit after the Tokyo Skytree tower. For those of you who bring children, you can also visit the Pokemon Center which is located on the 4th floor of the Tokyo Solamachi mall.
Kaminarimon or “Thunder Gate” is the first gate to Senso Ji Temple, a famous temple in Asakusa which is also one of the symbols of the Asakusa region. At the Kaminarioman gate, you will see a statue of the God of Wind and God of Lightning and on the opposite side, there is a statue of the golden dragon god “Kinryou” and the sky dragon god “Tenryu” as well as a large lantern. This large lantern at the Kaminarimon gate is one of the 3 lanterns that adorn Senso Ji temple. After you pass the Kaminarimon gate you will walk on a small street called Nakamise where you will find various shops selling souvenirs and food. After walking for about 200m you will enter the Senso Ji Temple area.
- Senso-Ji Temple
Senso Ji Temple, which is one of the oldest temples in Japan, is very busy with visitors every year. Built in 1649 by Tokugawa Lemitsu, Senso Ji temple has quite an interesting history where it is said that there were two fisherman brothers named Hinokuma Hamanari and Hinokuma Takenari who found the golden statue of Kannon ‘The Merciful Nirvana Achiever’ on the Sumida River. The local village head at that time recognized the sacredness of the statue and tried to immortalize it by turning his own house into a small temple. The goal is for the villagers to worship Kannon.
- Nakamise Market
Nakamise Market is a market along the road that connects Kaminarimon Gate and Senso Ji Temple. Along this road, you will find shops selling souvenirs and Japanese specialties. Unfortunately, the shops on Nakamise Street are closed at night.
- Imperial Palace & East Garden
Imperial Palace East Gardens is part of the area within the Tokyo Imperial Palace which is the main residence of the Emperor of Japan. The complex is open to the public except on January 2 (New Year’s Day) and December 23 (Emperor’s Birthday) when the palace buildings and gardens are not open to the public. In this park which has an area of 7.41 square kilometers, every year various types of flowers will bloom to decorate this park.
- Hachiko Statue
The film “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale” starring Richard Gere was inspired by the story of the loyalty of a dog named Hachiko. Where Hachiko has a habit of waiting for his owner, a professor at the University of Tokyo who will get off at Shibuya station every day after teaching but at one time Professor Ueno suffered from a brain hemorrhage and died while working so he never returned to Shibuya station. Because of his loyalty, Hachiko always waited for the professor at Shibuya station for 9 years in 1935 Hachiko was found dead on a street in Shibuya. This story of Hachiko’s loyalty touched the hearts of many people and made his story famous in Japan and throughout the world, therefore this statue of Hachiko’s dog was made so that everyone remembers him and his loyalty.
This area which is famous for its street art and fashion is very busy with young Japanese and tourists. In this Harajuku area, you can find many shops selling unique clothes and accessories made by young Japanese designers. In addition, here you can find many young Japanese people who express themselves by wearing unique and quirky clothes and accessories.
- Gundam Museum
For those of you who are fans of Gundam toys, you shouldn’t miss this museum located at DiverCity Tokyo Plaza. With the Gundam robot statue that stands proudly in front of this museum, you can find various kinds of Gundam robot series that have been produced. Here you can also buy real Gundam robot toys and eat at a unique Gundam-themed restaurant.
- Akihabara Electric Town
Japan is already famous for its technological sophistication and electronic goods, so when you visit Akihabara, don’t forget to prepare a budget to buy Japanese-made electronics at a lower price than in regular stores. For those of you who are game fans, you can also buy game consoles at a more affordable price.
Shibuya first caught the eye in the 1970s when the SHIBUYA109 shopping center (department store) was built. Shibuya is also the birthplace of the Kogal subculture, which dates back to the 1990s. There are many shops in Shibuya that cater to the needs of fashionistas of all ages. If you have watched the movie “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” there is a scene located at the famous 4-way traffic crossing in Shibuya where if you cross the road where you will have a unique experience because there are so many people crossing at the same time from 4 direction.
Shinjuku is a commercial and government center and the location of one of the largest public transport interchange stations in Tokyo. Shinjuku can be said to be the capital of Tokyo where there are many department stores, cinemas, hotels, and bars in this area, making it a center of entertainment for the local community and residents of Tokyo. In the dense city of Shinjuku, there is a park that you can visit, namely Shinjuku Gyouen where in this park you can enjoy the scenery of each season because there planted various types of plants such as cherry blossoms that will bloom in spring.
Roppongi is one of the elite areas which is also famous for its nightlife where many restaurants, bars, and clubs are visited by many tourists and foreigners living in Tokyo. The National Art Center Tokyo Museum or NACT which is the largest museum in Japan is also located in this area. The NACT Museum always displays a collection that changes from time to time, so don’t miss this unique exhibition when you visit the Roppongi area.
Besides Roppongi, Ginza is also an elite area in Tokyo. There are many shopping places and luxury restaurants in this area, one of which you can shop at Ginza Wako, the oldest mall in Ginza, and shop for the latest clothing models at Uniqlo Ginza.