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
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.

Takeshita-dori

Market, Shop
Takeshita Street
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Colourful and lively Takeshita Street is located in Harajuku and is one of the district’s most iconic attractions. The shopping area is packed with small shops and vendors selling offbeat fashions, quirky souvenirs and everything kawaii.
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Senso-ji

Buddhist Temple
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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.
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Meiji Shrine

Shinto Shrine
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.
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Tokyo Dome

Sports Center
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.

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Oedo Onsen Monogatari

Spa
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.
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Mount Mitake

Natural Feature
Mt.Mitake, Gifu Prefecture, Honshu, Japan
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Mount Fuji is beautiful from afar, but neighbouring Mitake-san is in a class of its own. Embark on a breathtaking hike to the summit, stopping to shop and dine at the nearby village, and pay your respects at the ancient Shinto shrine.
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Golden Gai

Architectural Landmark
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.
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Tokyo Skytree

Building
Tokyo Skytree is the tallest structure in the entire prefecture and a popular attraction among locals and visitors alike. Shop and dine at the Skytree Village, or make your way to the observatories for a new perspective on Tokyo. It’s located in Sumida Ward.
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These recommendations were updated on March 18, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.