Tokyo is one of the biggest cities in the world. Every corner of this place is very interesting and unique which I am sure that it will give you the feeling of “awe” at every degree
Somehow, this city is too big for those who just visited for the first time and they don’t even know where they should start.
So, I summarize all the information about things you need to know in order to explore whole Tokyo in the most economical and effective way possible. Let’s get started!!
Get to know more about Metro Subway Pass
First of all, I would like to introduce you to “Metro Subway Pass” which is the most important part as You can travel in Tokyo Metropolitan area by subway unlimited. Every sightseeing places by subway, so it can save you a lot of money.
*All information in this blog about Tokyo Subway belongs to Tokyo Metro Co., Ltd.
If you are new to this pass, you can check our previous blog out. You can purchase once you visit Tokyo at one of Tokyo Tourist Information Centers. Locations are as below.
Thinking of TIC! when visit Tokyo!!
Recommend Mobile Application (Free)
This mobile application will make your trip much easier. It is available on both ios and android phone. You can find the cheapest and fastest subway route (only) by just input the name of station. Download it before starting your trip (it is free anyway).
Official Website Click>>>
Sightseeing with Tokyo Metro Subway Pass
This blog is made for those who plan to visit Tokyo for the first time. In fact, it would take around roughly 3 days to explore the whole city (without rushing). Good news! there are passes that helps you travel unlimited (24hr/48hr/72hr) which is called Tokyo Metro Pass. They cover all subway routes as
Metro Line : Ginza Line, Marunouchi Line, Hibiya Line, Tozai Line, Chiyoda Line, Yurakucho Line, Hanzomon Line, Namboku Line, Fukutoshin Line
Toei Line : Asakusa Line, Mita Line, Shinjuku Line, Oedo Line
According to the city map above, we can divide Tokyo into 4-5 areas, such as
Cultural Zone (Purple Area)
the northeast part of city, there are mixtures of traditional Japanese sightseeing, fashion, electricity hardware store. It is also departure station for Narita Airport via Keisei Skyliner (Keisei Ueno Station) which takes only 41 minutes. It is like one stop service of travelers.
1. Sensoji Temple – Asakusa Station (Ginza Line, Asakusa Line)
One of the most famous temple in Tokyo, “Sensoji Temple” has a big red lantern which appeals all travelers. You will see traditional architectures that represent Japan and it is a good place to by souvenir as well. (Map)
2. Tokyo Skytree – Oshiage (Skytree) Station (Asakusa Line, Hanzonon Line)
The highest architecture of all in Japan, this latest city’s landmark will let you see all scenery of Tokyo. There is also huge department store on 1st~7th floor of the tower. Let’s experience the symbol of Tokyo!! (Map)
3. Ueno Park & Ueno Zoo & Ameyoko DIstrict – Ueno Station (Ginza Line, Hibiya Line)
Ueno Park – The famous city park, it is ranked as one the best spot during the Cherry Blossom Festival (March/April) in Tokyo. In fact, it is a nice place for you and your friends to hang out in any season. (Map)
Ueno Zoo – If you bring your kids to Tokyo or you are animal lovers, this place is just right for them. This zoo is known for having tons of animal, especially Panda which is quite rare for zoo in Tokyo. (Map)
Ameyoko DIstrict – this is a famous shopping street of the area. They have everything from sweets, snacks, grocery, clothes and souvenirs. Once you step into this street, you might spend too much money more that you think haha.(Map)
4. Takeya Building – Naka Okachimachi Station (Hibiya Line)
Known for another name as “Purple Building”, this place is like a heaven for those who love shopping. Of course, you can ask for Tax-Refund and you will find so many collections of brand name items here (Map)
5. Akihabara – Akihabara Station (Hibiya Line)
Capital city of Japanese comics (Manga), Animation, Toys, Games, Cosplay and Maid Cafe, if you are a fan of one of these, this is the place that you should not definitely miss.
If you don’t know what a maid cafe is, I recommend you to check our blog out. I will introduce you to a new world so called, Kawaii side of Japan (Map)
6. Tsukiji Fish Market – Tsukiji Station (Hibiya Line)
Who love Sushi and Sashimi? Freshly caught from the sea with the guarantee of taste and quality of sea food from Japanese ocean, you can witness the famous “Tuna Auction” at Tsukiji Market, the biggest sea food market of Tokyo. (Map) For more detail about the auction, please see our blog above.
PS. right now, situation of moving market to another area is not clearly decided (due to Tokyo Olympic 2020), so hurry up if you plan to visit this place.
Luxerious Zone (Brown Area)
Tokyo Station-Imperial Palace-Ginza
Next one, it is something about classy. I will take you to the most luxurious district and you might think you are in total different country.
1. Tokyo Station City – Tokyo Station (Marunouchi Line)
This is the center of train station in Tokyo. Main attraction is the build of Tokyo Station itself as one side is still preserved as gorgeous red brick building, on the other side it is renovated into modern Japanese style as we know. It is a good place to see a Light Up in the evening too. (Map)
2. Nijubashi Bridge/Imperial Palace – Nijyubashi Mae Station (Chiyoda Line)
This is the place where the emperor of Japan and his family live. Unfortunately, we are allowed to go inside only once or twice a year during some national holidays. However, many people usually visit here to see “Nijyubashi Bridge” right in front of the palace. When weather is fine, you can see reflection of the bridge on the pond, similar to “Glasses” which makes its nickname. (Map)
3. Ginza District- Ginza Station (Marunouchi Line, Ginza Line, Hibiya Line)
Last destination for luxurious zone, Ginza is the heart of shopping center in Tokyo. You will find all the international brand-name stores here. If you are looking for Kimono shop, there is one right next to our Information Center in Ginza. Click on our blog to see more details (Map)
Night Life Zone (Blue Area)
Similar to previous zone, it is quite luxurious district but also known for Night Club and Party. If you want to hang out with friends or join a party. This area is right for you. Moreover, there are also events and places which are recommended for couple to go on a date too.
1. Tokyo Tower – Akabanebashi Station (Oedo Line)
One of the most romantic landmark in Tokyo (in my opinion). It is like a symbol of Tokyo city from the old days. You can go up to the top and observe scenery of the city (much cheaper than Tokyo Skytree). In the evening, there will be light up which make the tower more beautiful. (Map)
2. Tokyo Midtown & Roppongi Hills – Roppongi Station (Hibiya Line, Oedo Line)
There are luxurious department stores and night clubs, waiting everyone to come and have fun. In addition, during November and December of every year, there will be Illumination Festival which I really recommend if you visit Tokyo during winter. It is the most romantic place for dating!!
Check out our blog for more detail of the latest Illumination Event and other things to do in Roppongi
That’s it for part 1, please stay tuned for part 2 as I will tell you how to plan the trip in Tokyo the most effective way!!
See you next blog.
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