6 Neighborhoods You Must Explore in Tokyo

Places to Explore in Tokyo

The city of Tokyo, Japan is one of the largest cities in the world (both in land mass and population) and is comprised of over 40 different neighborhoods within the metropolitan area.

Each neighborhood has its own unique and interesting characteristics ranging from calm and serene to unique and flashy.

Additionally, Tokyo has something for everyone including everyone from food lovers to shopaholics to gamers and people who want to dance from dusk until dawn.

This basic guide will help you to explore some of the most well-known neighborhoods in Tokyo.

Ginza – The Center of Luxury

Kabukiza Theater, Ginza

Ginza (銀座) is a neighborhood in Tokyo that is known for its luxury shopping, restaurants, and entertainment venues.

Ginza is home to the Alice In A Labyrinth Cafe (one of the most unique themed cafes in Tokyo), Kabukiza Theater (Japan’s largest and most famous Kabuki theater), and the largest Uniqlo store in the world!

Looking for more fun things to do in Ginza? Check out this great guide on 22 Things to Do in Ginza by Japan Talk.

Get There:

  • Ginza Station
    • Hibiya Subway Line[Stop: H08]
    • Marunouchi Subway Line [Stop: M16]
    • Ginza Subway Line [Stop: G09]
  • Yurakucho Station
    • JR Yamanote Line
    • JR Keihin-Tohoku Line
    • Yurakucho Subway Line [Stop: Y18]

Roppongi – Entertainment District

Don Quijote, Roppongi

Roppongi (六本木) is a neighborhood in Tokyo that is known for its Roppongi Hills entertainment complex and its active nightlife, which is popular with the foreign crowd. In addition to the nightclubs in the area, there are numerous Japanese hostess clubs and bars that cater to a young crowd.

When you are in Roppongi, make sure you do not miss the mega discount store Don Quijote which sells a number of goods ranging from various flavored Japanese Kit Kats to carpeted toilet seat covers. Don Quijote is certainly a great place to get quirky Japanese items and gifts.

If you are looking for fun things to do in Roppongi, Time Out Tokyo put out a massive list of 101 Things to do in Roppongi.

Get There

  • Roppongi Station
    • Hibiya Subway Line [Stop: H01]
    • Oedo Subway Line [Stop: E23]
  • Roppongi-Icchome Station
    • Nonboku Subway Line [Stop: N05]

Shibuya – Home of the Shibuya Crossing

Hachikō, Japan's most loyal dog

The neighborhood of Shibuya (渋谷) is one of the busiest areas in Tokyo and is home to the famous Shibuya Crossing (the world’s busiest intersection), Japanese fashion stores and malls (such as Shibuya 109), and Hachikō (a statue of Japan’s most loyal dog).

Additionally, if you are looking for inexpensive sushi, you can find it at UOEBI Sushi in the Shibuya neighborhood, and if you are looking for a nice place to relax and escape the busy city life, head over to Yoyogi Park.

Don’t let the crowds and lights in Shibuya overwhelm you; check out this guide to 52 Things to Do in Shibuya help you narrow down what you want to do in the area.

Get There

  • JR Yamanote Line, JR Saikyo Line, and the JR Shonan Shinjuku Line
  • Hanzomon Line [Stop: Z01]
  • Ginza Subway Line [Stop: G01]
  • Fukutoshin Subway Line [Stop: F16]

Shinjuku – Peaceful and Exciting

Shinjuku Gyeon

Shinjuku Gyeon

Shinjuku (新宿区) is another one of the busiest neighborhoods in Tokyo.

Shinjuku is home to Shinjuku Station (which serves over 2 million passengers per day), Shinjuku Gyoen (one of the city’s largest and most popular parks), The Robot Restaurant (a themed restaurant with dancing robots), and Golden Gai (a small nightlife district packed with a couple hundred restaurants and bars). 

Since the Shinjuku neighborhood is so busy, there are a number of things to do in the area. Luckily, Tokyo Cheapo created a great guide to help narrow down your option in their list entitled ‘Top 10 Free Things to Do in Shinjuku‘.

Get There

Asakusa – Center of Spirituality

Asakusa

A view of the Asakusa neighborhood

Asakusa (浅草) is a neighborhood in Tokyo that is most well-known for the famous Senso-ji (a famous Buddhist temple where you can have your fortune told) and Kappabashi Street (a famous street that sells every kind of kitchenware you could imagine).

In addition to the more popular sights, make sure to also try the smallest sushi in the world at Sushiya No Nohachi and travel to the top of the Asakusa Tourist Information Center to get stunning (and free) views of Asakusa.

Looking for alternative things to see and do in Asakusa? Consider checking out the list of 50 Things to do in Ueno and Asakusa by Tsunagu Japan

Get There:

  •  Asakusa Station
    • Ginza Subway Line [Stop: G19]
    • Asakusa Subway Line [Stop: A18]

Akihabara – Otaku Central

Akihabara

Akihabara (秋葉原), or Akiba for short, is a neighborhood in Tokyo that is well known for its numerous electronics shops (including Yodobashi Camera), games, maid cafes, and Otaku culture.

Looking to visit Akihabara on the cheap? Check out the Top 5 Cheap (and Free) Things to do in Akihabara by Tokyo Cheapo.

Get There

  • Akihabara Station
    • JR Yamanote Line, JR Keihin-Tohoku Line, JR Sobu Line, Tsukuba Express
    • Hibiya Subway Line [Stop: H15].

This list only dented the surface of all of the wonderful things to do and see within the city of Tokyo, Japan.

Other fun and interesting places to check out in Tokyo that may be of interest are :

  • The Tsukiji Fish Market (scheduled to relocate before the 2020 Olympics)
  • The neighborhood of Harajuku, where you can find the popular Harajuku girls
  • The island of Tsukishima (where you can find one of the city’s popular owl cafes).

If you are looking for somewhere to stay during your trip, consider checking out the beautiful Park Hotel Tokyo, conveniently located in the Shiodome area of Tokyo.

Alternatively, there are a number of great Airbnb properties in the city and there are also a number of hotels you can book through Booking.com – check out all of your options!

By | 2017-07-31T09:50:47+00:00 August 30th, 2015|Tokyo|14 Comments
  • I loved all of Tokyo when I visited. The energy of Akihabara is exhilarating. I also loved Harajuku. Lots of shops and those adorable girls dressed up.

    • Tokyo is an amazing city and I cannot wait to get back! Unfortunately on the day I was in Harajuku the girls were not around (might have been the rain), so that is something I want to see on my return trip!

  • Happy to say I knocked out all these hoods during my travels to Tokyo! They really all offered something a little different, although I have to say visiting the Shibuya Crossing was something that stayed with me long after…and we thought Times Square was crazy!;-)

  • Kydee Williams

    Super cool!

  • This brings back great memories of Tokyo! I loved so much in Tokyo, but the area of Omotesando, Shinjuku, Harajuku were a lot of fun. I also loved the old feel of Yanaka, close to Ueno.

    • There is still so much of Tokyo that I have to explore and Yanaka sounds interesting! Will definitely have to check that out 🙂

  • Haha. I love that photo of you in the Roppongi neighborhood with that red hat thing on. I’m going to Japan next year and will definitely be looking at your guide. Can’t wait. Thanks!

    • Thanks Sarah, you should have seen how many of those kinds of hats I tried on in the store it was so fun. Have a great trip! 😀

  • Thank you so much Saya! Tokyo is such an amazing place and I am happy that my suggestions are helpful. Have a wonderful time on your trip! 😀

  • I am flying to Tokyo tonight and could not be any more excited! Shinjuku Gyeon looks so beautiful in your picture. I’m going to be staying in Roppongi Hills for a couple of nights woohoo 🙂

    Anne-Sophie – City Cookie x

    • Have an amazing time Anne-Sophie! I am going back to visit next month because I love it so much! Shinjuku Gyeon is definitely a must see. Have fun!

  • I love Asakusa and the old streets there. Just back from Osaka not too long ago.

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