The Top 14 Attractions in Tokyo

Tokyo provides an endless array of things to see and do
Tokyo provides an endless array of things to see and do | © PixHound / iStock
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Tokyo Writer18 March 2020

With so much to see and do in Tokyo, the list of must-sees is potentially endless. Narrow your search with these top 14 Tokyo attractions.

Senso-ji

Buddhist Temple
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The big red lantern of Sensoji Asakusa temple in Tokyo, Japan stock photo
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Senso-ji is one of Tokyo’s most-visited temples. Not only because of its sheer size and cultural significance, but because it claims to be the oldest of the city’s temples. The surrounding historic district and shopping street, Nakamise-dori, also contribute to Senso-ji’s popularity.

Meiji Shrine

Shinto Shrine
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Prayer Plaques at Meiji Shrine
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This shrine was built in honour of the Meiji Emperor and his wife, Empress Shoken. With its thickly wooded grounds, sky-scraping torii and proximity to Harajuku, Omotesando and Shibuya Stations, it’s easy to see why it remains one of the city’s most popular Shinto shrines.

Tokyo Dome

Sports Center
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Tokyo Dome Blue
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The Yomiuri Giants, Japan’s oldest professional baseball team, call the Tokyo Dome home, but the multipurpose structure also hosts concerts and other sporting events. Catch a game rain or shine, or spend an hour browsing the nearby Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame.

Oedo Onsen Monogatari

Spa
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Oedo Onsen Monogatari, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan.
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If you’re happily tattoo-free, make your way to Oedo Onsen Monogatari for a traditional-meets-modern onsen (hot spring) experience. This Edo-themed onsen park lends out colourful yukata to all guests and invites visitors to experience Old Japan in their wading pools, hot springs, dining halls and festival atmosphere.

Golden Gai

Architectural Landmark
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Golden Gai at Night Shinjuku Tokyo Japan
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Golden Gai is a collection of narrow alleys and two-storey bars, a rare sight in the metropolis of Shinjuku. Most are so small that they can only accommodate a handful of customers, which is the reasoning behind the hefty seating charges. It has mostly been taken over by visitors in recent years, but you’ll still encounter the odd locals-only signage or chilly reception now and then.
These recommendations were updated on March 18, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.