The Kagurazaka District is a great first excursion. It is a traditional Tokyo shopping street about half a mile long, filled with an eclectic mix of the new and old. For those adventurous and fully insured souls, one of Tokyo’s famous blowfish restaurants is located here. The tiny side streets and alleys that branch off the main street hold restaurants, traditional hotels, temples, and residences. Kagurazaka is the place to shop, eat, and people watch.
Imperial Palace Eastern Garden
Only a quarter of the palace is open to the public. The garden itself lies in what was once the heart of the old castle. The Eastern Garden is open to the public every day except Mondays and Fridays.
Perhaps the most visited site in Tokyo. Here, you can step back in time and experience old Tokyo.
The renowned Sensoji, the oldest temple in Tokyo, is said to have been built in 628.
The street leading to the temple is lined with shops selling traditional Japanese goods,
such as yukata (Japanese-style robe), chopsticks, fans, and Japanese paper. It is an ideal place for souvenir shopping.
Kappabashi is the home of hundreds of professional kitchen and cooking supply stores. Whether you’re looking for a great set of knives or a kitchen utensil that serves no definable purpose, this is the place for you.
Electronics Market (Akihabara)
Officially nicknamed “Electric Town,” Akihabara delivers a sensory overload of lights, sounds, and shoppers – with a whole lot of electronics thrown in.
Considered the most notable shopping area in Japan.
The main street, Chuo-dori, is lined with department stores and boutiques including famous brands such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel and so on.
Marunouchi Building and newly opened Shin-Marunouchi Building, famous for their restaurants and shops, stand right in front of the Tokyo Central Station.
Odaiba (or Daiba), built on reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay, is a new high-tech shopping, restaurant and entertainment area in south-west Tokyo. You can catch Japanese TV dramas in the making at the Fuji TV studio, meander through Venus Fort: a "theme park for ladies" built in the style of an eighteenth century European city, or pay a visit to the Maritime Museum, housed in a reproduction of a cruise ship, where there's a great view of Tokyo Tower and the Rainbow Bridge. Not surprisingly, Odaiba is popular with young couples. It is accessible by the Rinkai Line to Tokyo Teleport Station or by the Yurikamome monorail to Daiba Station, across Rainbow Bridge from Shinbashi Station. There are buses from Shinagawa Station or a ferries from Hinode Sanbashi.
Omotesando / Shibuya / Harajuku
The area offers famous brand shops, cafes, and stylish restaurants in Omotesando Hills (shopping mall)
Harajuku and Shibuya are targeted to the younger generation and always crowded with teenagers. Highly recommended, within walking distance of this area, is the Meiji Shrine.
This is a sacred shrine to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken, It was built in 1920.
Shinto is the indigenous religion of Japan, and it, along with Buddhism, widely influences the daily lives of Japanese people.
This is the busiest train station in Tokyo. Millions of commuters travel through this area all day long.
The West side is lined with skyscrapers and the East side is good for shopping.
The historical aspects of Tokyo are represented by Asakusa and Meiji Jingu, while the modern side of Tokyo can be seen in Ginza, Omotesando and Shinjuku.