Ryogoku Kokugikan

1. Ryogoku Kokugikan

  • ¥2,200 (arena seats) - ¥14,800 (ringside seats)
  • 1-2 hours
  • +81-3-3623-5111
  • Ryōgoku Kokugikan, Yokoami, Tokyo, Japan
  • 10am - 4:30pm

For visitors who know little of the Japanese sport of sumo, the only thoughts they may have is that it consists of rather large obese men in diapers pushing at each other like toddlers in a daycare — a rather simplistic interpretation of a tradition that started over 1500 years… Read more…

Ghibli Museum

2. Ghibli Museum

  • Adults: ¥100, Children(13-18): ¥700, Children (7-12): ¥400, Children (4-6): ¥100
  • 2 hours
  • +81 570-055-777
  • Ghibli Museum, Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan
  • 10am-6pm

Nothing compares to the influence and effect on international audiences than the animated movies that Ghibli Studios has produced over the years. Read more…

Meiji Shrine

3. Meiji Shrine

  • Free
  • 1-2 hours
  • +81 3-3379-5511
  • Meiji Shrine Gyoen, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
  • 5:45 am- 5:00 pm daily

Tickets & Tours

As the native religion of Japan, Shinto, (which translates to the “Way of the Gods”) it plays a prominent role in many aspects of Japanese society, particularly with its interactions with the natural world where various Gods abound. Read more…

Ueno Park

4. Ueno Park

  • Free to enter
  • 4+ hours
  • +81-3-3828-5644
  • Ueno Park, Taito, Tokyo, Japan
  • 5:00am-11:00pm

Tickets & Tours

Ueno Park is one of Japan’s first public parks and offers nice peaceful scenic walks for those weary of the big lights and loud sounds of Tokyo. Read more…

Ueno Zoo

5. Ueno Zoo

  • ¥600, Children(0-12): Free
  • 2 - 3 hours
  • +81 3-3828-5171
  • Ueno Zoo, Taito, Tokyo, Japan
  • 9:30am-5pm

Being the oldest (opened in 1882) and most established of all the zoos in Japan, Ueno Zoo, offers a pleasant retreat from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. Visitors can enjoy seeing over 2600 animals representing over 460 unique species. Read more…

National Museum of Western Art

6. National Museum of Western Art

  • Adults: ¥430, Children: Free
  • 1-2 hours
  • +81 3-3828-5131
  • National Museum of Western Art, Taito, Tokyo, Japan
  • 9:30am-5:30pm

Throughout Japan’s history, there has always been an interest in western culture, from science to the arts. Of particular interest to Japanese is the popular National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo. Read more…

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

7. Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

  • Museum entry free. (Exhibition admission fees vary by exhibition)
  • 1-2 hours
  • +81-03-3823-6921
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, 36, Tokyo, Japan
  • 9:30am-5:30pm

When we think of Japanese visual art, most of us think of the traditional art forms: calligraphy, ukiyo-e paintings or woodblock prints. Read more…

National Museum of Nature and Science

8. National Museum of Nature and Science

  • Adults - ¥620, Children - Free
  • 2 - 4 hours
  • +81-03-5777-8600
  • National Museum of Nature and Science, Taito, Tokyo, Japan
  • 9am-5pm

With over 4 millions specimens, the National Museum of Nature and Science offers a myriad of exhibits in diverse fields, including natural history, anthropology, biology, geology, physical sciences, and the development of science and technology, not only related to Japan but also globally. Read more…

Tokyo National Museum

9. Tokyo National Museum

  • Adults – 620 yen, Children (under 18) - Free
  • 2 hours
  • 81-(3)-5405-86
  • Tokyo National Museum, Taito, Tokyo, Japan
  • 9:30 am-5pm (last admission at 4:30 pm)

If there is one museum that visitors who are interested in traditional Japanese history must go to, it is the Tokyo National Museum, a place to witness Japan’s history and development throughout the ages, particularly with emphasis on ancient Japan and up to the Edo Period. Read more…