Tokyo’s Top 10: Must-See in the City

Things to Do, Travel Tips — By Alex Resnik on March 18, 2010 at 6:43 am

Sashimi, world-class technology, pagodas, and parks. As one of the world’s major metropolises, Tokyo is not lacking in must-see spots, iconic monuments, and world-class markets. From the tip of Tokyo Tower to the depths of Shinjuku station, here’s a list of the top ten sites every traveller will want to see.

  1. Tokyo Tower: To the Japanese, nothing says Tokyo more than this red Eiffel look-alike smack dab in the middle of town. The observation deck offers great views of the city, and of Mt. Fuji on clear days.
  2. Shinjuku Station: It’s a modern marvel of subterranean engineering: endless corridors and wide passageways leading commuters and travelers alike to every point imaginable in Tokyo and beyond. Not to be left off the tech-geek’s itinerary.
  3. Tsukiji Central Fish Market: It’s no surprise that the world’s largest fish market can be found in a country of sea-foodies. The surprise may come at seeing the price tags at the pre-dawn tuna auctions.
  4. Meiji Shrine: Tokyo’s not the first place to go to see impressive shrines or traditional architecture. That’s why stately Meiji should be on the list of anybody seeking such and not able to leave the city.
  5. Asakusa: Catch a glimpse of quickly receding old Edo before it’s gone completely. The main draw here is big-scale Senso-ji temple, another example of traditional architecture.
  6. Ueno Park: A one-stop destination to fill your cultural quota. Not only is this expansive park home to the National Museum, it also pleases the soul with manicured grounds and lovely greenery, especially in the spring.
  7. Yoyogi Park: Bordering Harajuku and Shibuya, Tokyo’s largest park is the place to catch the city’s alternative scenesters in their natural habitat.
  8. Akihabara: An endless array of electronics shops to sate any geek’s tech-tooth. Duty-free department stores tower over a gritty underbelly of street stalls hawking off-brand goods, and maid cafes catering to the hardcore otaku.
  9. Shibuya: The neighborhood is an attraction in itself, if only to take in the crowds of Tokyo hipsters flooding the crossing.
  10. Imperial Palace: A testament to the Japanese adoration for the emperor, this patch of traditional gardens and architecture takes up a huge swath of some of the most expensive real estate in the world.
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