Everything you Need to Know about Tokyo

The ten areas of Tokyo listed in this guide fall roughly into three regions; Northern Tokyocontains Ueno, a premier historical site, once the heart and soul of the Edo period. 

The history continues in central Tokyo, home to the Imperial Palace and Ginza district which was the focal-point of western influence after the 1872 fire. The fascinating electronics Mecca of Akihabara is also in central Tokyo. 

In western Tokyo you’ll find Japanese culture in all its myriad forms, from the haute couture of Harajuku, to the techno clubs of Roppongi, the upper echelon in Aoyama and Akasaka and the working masses streaming through Shibuya and Shinjuku stations.

Akasaka Akasaka

The corridors of power course through Akasaka streets. Located adjacent to the Kasumigaseki political nerve centre of Japan, Akasaka is home to the Prime Minister’s official residence and the National Diet Building which houses the legislature of the Japanese government. Numerous ministries and embassies also inhabit the area. Read More...

Akihabara Akihabara

In one of the world’s most technologically advanced cities Akihabara is the a technological mecca teeming with shops and sound rooms selling all the latest electronic gizmos and gadgets. Referred to as ‘Electric Town’ the electronics businesses surround Akihabara station and offer everything from the very simple to the ultra hi-tech. Read More...

Aoyama Aoyama

Popular with artists, writers and Tokyo’s creative types, Aoyama lies between Akasaka and Shibuya. Known for its iconic architecture in the form of chic boutiques, large department stores and shopping malls, Tokyo’s high-street Omotesando crosses Aoyama in the middle and drips with extravagance on either side. Read More...

Ginza Ginza

Named after a silver coin mint established in 1612, Ginza has the reputation of being one of the world’s most extravagant and luxurious shopping districts. Stories of apples costing $50 and the world’s most expensive cup of coffee emanate from Ginza. Read More...

Harajuku Harajuku

Positioned between chic Aoyama and the lively Shibuya, Harajuku with it’s labyrinth of back streets is a kaleidoscope of youth culture. Take a stroll down Takeshita Street and be witness to the hottest emerging fashion trends from retro to hip, bohemian to gothic, Harajuku is the epicenter of Japanese fashion and haute-couture. Read More...

Odaiba Odaiba

Odaiba, also known simply as Daiba, is an island situated in the mouth of Tokyo Bay. During the 1980s when the Japanese economy was at its peak Odaiba was the scene of a massive redevelopment project that turned the man-made island into Tokyo’s premier tourist site. Read More...


Roppongi Roppongi

Since war times Roppongi has been the centre of international diversity in Tokyo. The heavy US military presence after the war prompted the first western oriented shops and bars and a flourishing red-light district. Today the area is home to many resident expatriates and foreign embassies and by day is a thriving business centre. Read More...

Shibuya Shibuya

After the 1964 Olympics the Shibuya area really began to grow into the party town it is today. Popular with Tokyo’s young and trendy set, Shibuya is the place to see fashion, food, music and gadgets all in one vibrant, hip and happening place. Read More...

Shinjuku Shinjuku

To stand in a thoroughfare of Shinjuku Station is a surreal experience. With over 2 million passengers passing through the station every day, it is a constant sea of people busily heading to work in one of the towering skyscrapers above street level. Read More...

Ueno Ueno

Occupying the north regions of the city, historically Ueno was the first port of call for people from the north to enter the city. Today it is the historic and educational quarter of Tokyo with the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, The National Science Museum, the Royal Museum, plus the Tokyo National Museum all within walking distance. Read More...

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