The Center of Tokyo, bustling yet tranquil
An oasis of greenery awaits on the east side of the Imperial Palace. Here, you will find the Imperial Palace’s East Gardens and Kokyo Gaien National Garden. Both are open to the public and offer visitors a taste of the quiet and calm of old Tokyo. Just a short walk from the gardens is Tokyo Station, one of Japan’s most dignified and beloved western buildings with an impressive facade constructed from red bricks. Many say this area is the beating heart of Tokyo from which all else emanates. To discover more take a guided tour on a two-story open-roofed bus.
Stroll through a landscape of history and politics
Nagatacho, with its many administrative districts and embassies, is known as the Town of Politics. The tall buildings dotting this expansive urban landscape are just some of the many highlights of the area.
You will also find old homes of former Daimyo (feudal lords) scattered around the streets of old Tokyo - further testament to the historical significance of Nagatacho. Visit the original sites of the homes of famous writers such as Toson Shimazaki while here as well.
Get ready to travel through time as you stroll this historical district.
A global mecca of popular Japanese culture
Akihabara embodies Cool Japan. Not only is it the nation’s largest hotspot for electronics, it is also a sacred site for anime and manga afficianadoes as well as a gallery for various art installations. The area is under the protection of Kanda Myojin, a powerful Shinto shrine near Kanda Station and one of the best symbols of old Tokyo.
Pass time in a town of pastimes
Formerly the educational district of Tokyo nobles, this area has become the nation’s hub for second-hand bookstores. Discover hidden relics like old maps and vintage literary collections as you wander the streets of this old Edo neighborhood. And don’t forget to check out a local curry shop or to visit one of the many large musical instrument stores in the area, after striking a bargain at a vintage clothing boutique. There are plenty of treasures to uncover here.
The vestiges of Edo Castle amidst unbridled nature and stunning scenery
Every year more than one million people from all over the world come to see the famous cherry blossoms along the Chidori-ga-fuchi Moat. With the arrival of spring, the moat’s waters are tinted a beautiful shade of pink, emblematic of the poetic charm of this special season.
This same quintessentially Japanese scenery can be seen in the gardens of Yasukuni Shrine as well.
As you head towards the Kitanomaru area, the landscape slowly transforms as you descend upon the National Museum of Modern Art and Nippon Budokan.