With the upcoming 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games, increasing numbers of visitors are coming to Japan. As one of many foreigners who've fallen in love with, and decided to settle down in this country, I would like to introduce its charming beauty and unique culture to tourists from all around the world.
One place that is booming with culture is Chiyoda City, right in the heart of Tokyo. In addition to the ever-popular Tokyo Imperial Palace or Akihabara, Chiyoda City is also home to many other distinctive areas like book town “Jimbocho,” music town “Ochanomizu,” or curry and bar town “Kanda,” in addition to its array of stunning parks and museums.
Let me share my insider's guide to Chiyoda City, an exploration of this beautiful area you won't find in any travel guide. Don’t miss it!
Originally from Germany, Marei has lived in Japan for 11 years. In exploration of her endless love for Japan, she lives in Tokyo, working as a TV commentator, translator and author. She is a photography and café lover.
My recommended spots
Chiyoda Sakura Festival Live Stream
Take a stroll with us under a canopy of blooming sakura, along the promenade of Chidori-ga-fuchi.
Date & Time: 2 April 2019 (Tuesday) 10:00–10:30 a.m. (JST) Photo by Kanako Kato
“Jimbocho” book town is the perfect retreat for avid readers, with about 200 stores offering vast selections of used books and old woodblock prints, as well as recent publications and manga. Have some coffee at a nearby café and get lost on the wonder of the written word.
If you ever feel like going for a drink in Tokyo, “Kanda” should be top of your list! With an abundance of traditional Japanese izakaya, yakitori restaurants, craft-beer, sake & wine bars, you will certainly find the very thing you’re looking for!
Relax and enjoy Japan’s four seasons at “Hibiya Park” with traditional Japanese bon odori dances in summer, or beautiful red and gold autumn leaves, as well as countless other festivals and events throughout the year.
Among locals, “Hie-jinja Shrine” is believed to be a power spot for good fortune in business and healthy relationships. With cute monkey statues and bright vermillion red gates, “Hie-jinja Shrine” is the perfect subject for your Instagram posts!
“Kitanomaru Garden,” famous for its annual display of colorful autumn leaves, is home to four museums, all specializing in something different, ensuring you will be able to find a museum that will spark your interest.
Every winter, the streets of Tokyo turn into a wonderland of shimmering lights. My recommended spots for a walk among the illuminations are right in Chiyoda: at Tokyo Michiterasu, Marunouchi-Naka-Dori Street, and inside KITTE department store.
Tokyo Imperial Palace Run: Combine sightseeing with running
Rent some sports-wear at a runner’s support facility and challenge yourself to a jog around the imperial palace itself! It’s a great way to combine sightseeing with exercise, and if you happen to fall in love with running in the open air, you can head on over to Ogawamachi and buy your own stylish sports gear.
Rent a boat and enjoy the four seasons of “Chidori-ga-fuchi”!
Chidori-ga-fuchi, famous for its scenic sakura landscape in spring, is actually beautiful all year round. Participate in the summer-time “Chiyoda City Floating Lantern Festival or check it out in autumn to enjoy the vibrant colors of the leaves.