5 Tokyo Districts Absolutely NOT to Miss
Tokyo is ripe with rich districts and neighborhoods. Here are 10 neighborhoods and districts absolutely not to miss.
What makes Tokyo such an endlessly interesting city? Its neighborhoods and districts. If you haven’t already, I recommend my book, The Hidden Tokyo Neighborhood Guidebook. This book is nearly 450 pages, written specifically as a neighborhood guide that takes you into nearly 30 of Tokyo’s most explore-worthy neighborhoods. This book is designed to leave you knowing Tokyo.
Located in the Shibuya Ward, Daikanyama is one of Tokyo’s trendiest and walkable neighborhoods. It’s perfect for a leisurely afternoon stroll and it has some nice spots to grab brunch at such as Ivy Place.
And if you’re a fan of architecture and design, you can’t afford to miss the Tsutaya bookstore at T-Site – it’s one of the most stunning pieces of contemporary architecture in the city. And once you’re done, simply walk over to Shibuya (roughly 20 minutes away), or take the train to Shibuya Station.
Take the Train to Daikanyama Station
Akasaka is one of Tokyo’s most underrated neighborhoods. If you have an interest in learning more about Tokyo’s political scene, this is the spot to explore. You can walk past the Prime Minister’s Residence or even tour the National Diet Building.
Train Stations: Akasaka, Akasaka Mitsuke, or Tamieko-Sanno
If you want to tour the National Diet Building’s House of Representatives, you will need a reservation, click here for details.
Harajuku is one of the most famous and popular districts in Tokyo and for good reason. It’s an easy trip from Shibuya since it’s located in the Shibuya Ward. Simply get off and explore the Meiji Shrine and then explore the colorful shops of Takeshita dori.
Here, you’ll find the epicenter of the Lolita fashion culture which makes it one of the most interesting places to take pictures in all of Tokyo.
Take the train to Meujijinju Mai or Harajuku Station. Or walk from Shibuya.
Technically, Minatomirai is located in Yokohama which is slightly south of Tokyo. But, Minatomirai is a beautiful and utopian city along the water which is unlike anywhere else in the world. It’s also ripe with shopping and is close to Yokohama’s Chinatown. Spend a day here and you won’t regret it.
Take the train to Yokohama Station or to Minatomirai Station.
Yanaka is on of Tokyo’s oldest districts and is famous for its Shitamachi, or Old Tokyo, atmosphere. The brilliant thing about Tokyo is that you get to experience a variety of realities – old and new. Yanaka is the place to go back in time. It’s also home to the Yanaka Cemetery which is definitely worth exploring.
Like most complex things in life, it’s easy to oversimplify the complexity without knowing it. That’s precisely why I wrote The Hidden Tokyo Neighborhood Guidebook. I’ve designed this book to leave you actually knowing Tokyo – the most complex city in the world. Learn more.