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Tokyo's Best Neighborhoods and Districts

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Whether you're looking for an ultramodern take on Tokyo, like the one you'll find in Shibuya, or something like Nakameguro, where you'll find trendy restaurants and shops, as well as residential streets, Tokyo has neighborhoods that will give you a distinctive taste of Japan. Find old temples and cutting edge art galleries, neighborhoods where sassy teenagers pose in outlandish outfits and shopping streets that boggle the mind (and fill up the suitcase). Welcome to Tokyo, land of the past, present, and future.
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Japan, 〒150-0001 Tōkyō-to, Shibuya-ku, Jingūmae, 5 Chome−53−70 国際連合大学前
A visit to Tokyo wouldn’t be complete without seeing the scramble of thousands of people at Shibuya Crossing, the city's busiest intersection. It must be experienced, but also viewed from one of the nearby restaurants or cafés that...
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104-0061, Japan
This glitzy shopping district in the city center is home to department stores and shopping malls like Ginza Six and Tokyu Ginza Plaza. There are many Michelin-starred restaurants for sushi, tempura, and kaiseki, as well as classic bars such as...
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Japan, 〒150-0001 Tōkyō-to, Shibuya-ku, Jingūmae, 1 Chome−17, 渋谷区神宮前1丁目
Takeshita Dori is a pedestrian street in Harajuku that is Ground Zero for Japanese pop culture. Young kids from all over Japan come here on a pilgrimage of sorts to shop for kawaii (cute) fashions and knickknacks. Pastel-colored cotton candy and...
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Nihonbashi, Chūō, Tokyo 103-0027, Japan
This historic merchants' district has many traditional shops, including Japan's first department store, Mitsukoshi, and Takashimaya, an important cultural property, with its famous designer-attired and polite elevator girls. The area is named for...
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Nakameguro, Meguro, Tokyo 153-0061, Japan
Nakameguro is a hip and trendy area with many restaurants and shops, especially under the train tracks in a complex called Kokashita. The Meguro River that runs through the residential area is lined with cherry trees for sakura-viewing in the...
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3 Chome-18-2 Matsugaya, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 110-0036, Japan
If you love to cook, you won't want to miss Kappabashi, the wholesale district where chefs and restaurateurs come to buy all they need to open a new restaurant. On this long street, you'll find everything from plastic fruit samples to dishes and...
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1 Chome Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan
Long known as the neighborhood where consumers—both locals and visitors—come for electronics, Akihabara has evolved to include a manga and anime subculture, with anime character models roaming the streets and anime videos playing in...
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4-9-14 Ueno, Taitō, Tokyo 110-0005, Japan
Ameya-Yokocho, often shortened to Ameyoko, is a boisterous open-air market that sits under the Yamanote line train tracks. It’s open for business year-round, so it's a good alternative if you want to visit a fish market when Tsukiji is...
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2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 111-0032, Japan
The colorful Asakusa district is a laid-back, fun, colorful neighborhood where you can buy crappy kitsch and kitschy crap (there are a lot of kitchenware shops, for some reason). Asakusa is also home to Tokyo's most well-known temples and 45...