Going around Tokyo

Recommended places to visit for foreign residents in Tokyo

Tokyo, the capital of Japan, a city full of skyscrapers, nature, and steeped in history. The first time you come to Tokyo you may visit Tokyo Tower, Sky Tree, and the Imperial Palace. While that may make for an event-filled weekend on your first visit to Japan, this barely scratches the surface of things to do in Tokyo. Tokyo has many things to offer for people of all ages and you'll find that being bored in Tokyo is a difficult task. 

Below are guides with recommended places to visit during your stay in Japan. The guides include Art and Science museums, places for families with children, old shopping streets, Japanese gardens, destinations to visit during the summer, and more.

Hiking Around Tokyo: Great Spots for Peak Outdoor Fun

When most people think of good places to hike near Japan's capital city, the uber-famous Mount Fuji usually comes to mind. But did you know that there are actually a lot of spots great for hiking around Tokyo? From relative beginners to those seeking a steeper course, these 6 mountains promise some…

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Late Night Cafes in Tokyo: Great Caffeine Haunts for Night Owls

In addition to traditional kissaten (traditional Japanese coffee and tea houses) and ubiquitous chain cafés like Doutor and Starbucks, cafés in Tokyo run the gamut from cozy living room-like coffee havens to unique cafés. If you are wondering what to do in Tokyo at night, and for those whose love o…

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Tokyo Art Exhibitions: 7 Inspired Events for Culture Lovers

The kaleidoscopic cultural canvas of Tokyo is home to a range of multi-disciplinary art festivals. For visitors, this means the opportunity to see works from emerging and established artists across a range of mediums and subject areas. From innovative ideas about home and lifestyle to modern interp…

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Best Art Museums & Galleries in Tokyo

Are you looking for a good way to introduce a little culture by way of art into an upcoming weekend or holiday? If you live in or near the center of Tokyo, there are a lot of great options for you. There are numerous art museums and galleries throughout Tokyo that are all easily accessible. Check o…

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Yoyogi Park, Tokyo Then and Now

Located in the Yoyogi area, Yoyogi Park is a very large green tract of land in the center of Tokyo and it provides Tokyo residents with a place of relief by acting as an urban oasis. Yoyogi Park is the 4th largest park within the 23 wards of Tokyo. It’s size is roughly the equivalent to the space o…

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Tokyo Cinema Options: 9 Fabulous Film Haunts in the City

From ultra-modern theaters with the latest shows to grungy cinemas showcasing indie movies, the Tokyo cinema scene is sure to satisfy both cinephiles and casual moviegoers alike. While most Tokyo movie theaters do not have English listings, screenings can be checked in The Japan Times. For films in…

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Classical Music in Tokyo - Suntory Hall, New National Theatre and Other Noted Venues

It is said that classical music first arrived in Japan in the later part of the Edo-era (circa 1862) by way of the earliest western entrepreneurs to settle in Yokohama. Entertainment was limited, and those that could play instruments set up small ensembles for their fellow settlers. A century and a…

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7 Family-Friendly Tokyo Parks for Fun

It is always nice to get familiar with a few good family-friendly parks where one and all can run in the sun, play in the sand, and frolic in the fields. You’ll be surprised by the amazing range of family-friendly parks in Tokyo and surrounding areas, both themed and otherwise. For affordable fun b…

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Best Tokyo Views: 5 Great Sky-high Hangouts in the City

With its sea of undulating, shiny skyscrapers, two soaring towers, and the natural magnificence of Mount Fuji on a clear day, Japan's renowned capital of Tokyo offers no shortage of breathtaking city views. While one of the best ways to take in the sights may be to take a helicopter ride around the…

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Tokyo Planetariums Offer a Truly Out of This World Experience in Japan

Japan’s many planetariums are a great attraction for both locals and sightseeing visitors alike. A type of “star theater” for learning about astronomy and the universe around us, planetariums allow visitors to enjoy the beauty of the stars even in a large metropolis like Tokyo where the city’s light…

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