Tokyo Tourist Information

Tokyo Travel Guide

Tokyo is located on the south eastern side of the main island Honshu and includes the Izu Islands and Ogasawara Islands. Tokyo is the capital of Japan, the centre of the Greater Tokyo Area, and the largest metropolitan area of Japan. It is the seat of the Japanese government and the Imperial Palace, and the home of the Japanese Imperial Family.

Tokyo Tourist Attractions

Almost 5 million tourists visit Tokyo each year. One of the major draws to Tokyo is its National Museum, the oldest and largest in Japan across five buildings dating from the 19th century, which houses more than a third of Japan’s national treasures including documents, sculptures, carvings and paintings.

The Imperial Palace is within large parklands and is the main home to the Emperor of Japan and many other members of the royal family who live in other buildings. Much of the older palace buildings were destroyed during World War II and were rebuilt during the 1960’s. The palace is closed to the public and only opened on the Emperors birthday.

Japan has long been admired for its beautiful, serene temples and shrines. One of the most famous shrines in Tokyo is the Meiji Shrine. Located in a vast evergreen forest of more than 170 acres and120,000 trees donated by the people of Japan. Central Tokyo’s wholesale fish market, Tsukiji Market, the largest in the world, provides a fascinating site for the many tourists. The fish auctions and sheer size of the market which deals in more than 400 types of seafood lead this to be one of the most interesting places in Tokyo.

Visitors might like to visit Japan’s gateway to the sea at Harumi Port where the large ocean going ships from around the globe glide in. At night the port is beautifully lit and has spectacular views, he port is one of Japan’s most important trade ports which has a new terminal, observatory and restaurants. In May the port holds a festival at the Harumi Pier.