Tokyo is filled with amazing sites to see and exciting activities to try. With a Tokyo Metro Subway Pass, it’s easier to go around the city regardless of the season.
Depending on how long you want to explore Tokyo, you can avail the 24-hour, 48-hour, or 72-hour metro subway pass. These allow you to have unlimited access on all Tokyo Metro lines and Toei lines.
If you’re looking for a convenient and budget-friendly way to discover Tokyo’s top spots, book your passes through Traveloka by clicking on the link below.
In every station, you can find easy-to-comprehend instructions. There are also subway maps that may look confusing at first but are really helpful if you want to navigate Tokyo underground.
Check out these must-visit areas to make the most out of your trip:
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Catering to more than three million passengers every day, Shinjuku is undoubtedly the busiest train station in the world. If you love nightlife, you’ll definitely enjoy Kabukicho. It is where a heap of restaurants, clubs, bars, and movie theaters can be seen.
From the Shinjuku East Side, the Shinjuku Road is a short walk away. It houses a number of fashion stores and food stalls. On the other hand, the Shinjuku West Side is filled with luxurious hotels. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office is located here as well.
Where to shop: NEWoMan, Lumine Shopping Malls, Odakyu Department Store, and Shinjuku Marui Honkan
Where to eat: Tsunahachi for tempura, Shin Udon for udon, and Fu-unji for umami-based tsukemen and ramen
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With three subway stations (Ginza, Ginza-itchome, and Higashi-ginza) and a single JR train station (Yurakucho), Ginza can be easily accessed from other parts of the city. It’s interesting to know that it has a relatively low population, probably because it is inhabited mainly by commercial establishments.
Popular spots in the area include the Tokyo International Forum, the Pola Museum of Art Annex, and the Kabukiza Theatre.
Where to shop: Ginza SIX, Ginza Mitsukoshi, Ginza Matsuya, and Ginza Wako
Where to eat: Ukai-tei for teppanyaki dishes, Bulgari Tokyo Restaurant for Italian favorites, and Sushi Mizutani for sushi and sashimi
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Asakusa is well known for its colorful festivities and vibrant events. Visit the Tori-no-ichi Market on the second half of November and the Hozuki Market every start of July as they hold historical festivals during those times. Meanwhile, the Asakusa Samba Carnival happens during the latter part of August.
While in Asakusa, you can brush up on your knowledge of Japanese culture when you visit the Amuse Museum and the Imado Shrine. You can also take the Kurumaya guided tours or go fishing with your family or friends.
Where to shop: Nakamise Shopping Street, Kappabashi Street, and Asakusa Underground Shopping Mall
Where to eat: Kibundousouhonten for traditionally baked doll cakes or ningyo-yaki, Daikokuya Tempura for crispy tempura, and Hoppy Street for yakitori
One of the most popular spots in the Tokyo Metro area, Shibuya is all about busy streets and shopping centers. There’s an abundance of nightclubs and bars here, making the area seem awake 24/7.
The most famous landmark in the area is the bronze statue that honors Hachiko, the loyal Akita. The densely populated Shibuya Crossing is right across the station.
Where to shop: Shibuya 109, Tokyu Hands, Don Quijote, and Shibuya Hikarie
Where to eat: Katsuya for katsu meals, Tou Soba for ramen, Negishi for beef tongue, and Nadai Fujisoba for soba bowls
Tokyo Station functions as the center of Tokyo Metro, primarily because it links different train lines leading to almost every destination of Japan. In fact, the bullet trains of Shinkansen, the JR Yamanote Line, and the Tokyo Metro subways are all here.
Must-visit attractions nearby include the Imperial Palace, the National Museum of Modern Art, and the Currency Museum of the Bank of Japan.
Where to shop: Pokémon Store Tokyo Station Shop, Tokyo Okashi Land, and Tokyo Souvenir
Where to eat: Standing Sushi for sushi, Daimaru for baumkuchen, and Kitchen Street for local draft beers
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Ueno is home to three train stations (JR Ueno, JR Okachimachi, and Keisei Ueno) and five subway stations (Ueno-ginza, Ueno-hibiya, Ueno-hirokoji, Ueno-okachimachi, and Naka-okachimachi). Here, you can find a number of cultural sites such as the National Museum of Nature and Science, the University Art Museum, and the Ootori Shrine.
Where to shop: Ameyoko Street, Ueno Naka Street, Ameyoko Center Building, and Niki no Kashi
Where to eat: Yoshokuya Sandaime Taimeiken for omurice, La Cocorico for rotisserie chicken, and Ponta Honke Street for tonkatsu
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The area is known as a fashion hub where you can easily buy stylish yet affordable items. Takeshita Street is the place to go for fashionistas out there. It is a 350-meter street with fashion stores carrying products that suit anyone’s budget.
Aside from fashions stalls, other interesting points in Harajuku include the Nezu Museum, the Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum, and Assort Tokyo.
Where to shop: WEGO, Alice on Wednesday, and Laforet Harajuku
Where to eat: Takeshita Street for crepes, Eggs ‘n Things for Hawaiian pancakes, and Max Brenner Chocolate Bar for chocolate chunk pizza
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Another must-visit spot for tourists who are into one-of-a-kind nightlife, Roppongi is famous for its nightclubs and bars. It has undergone redevelopment stages in the past, which explain the presence of hotels, TV stations, and shopping districts.
Picture-perfect landmarks can be found here, including the Houses of Parliament, the National Art Center, the Suntory Museum of Art, and the Mori Garden.
Where to shop: Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown
Where to eat: 37 Steakhouse & Bar for steaks, Chun Shui Tang for bubble tea, and Tofuya Ukai for vegetarian options
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Regardless of the time and season, Ikebukuro can offer tourists something to do or try. On its eastern side, shopping plazas, eateries, and hotels can be found. On the other side, Karaoke hubs, museums, and shrines are located.
It’s also perfect for traveling families, as it is home to several tourist spots. Make sure to stop by the Namja Town, the Sunshine Aquarium, and the Konica Minolta Planetarium.
Where to shop: Sunshine City, Seibu Department Store, Tobu Department Store, and Don Quijote Ikebukuro
Where to eat: Zassouan for crispy fried tempura, Teppanyaki Sakura for teppanyaki dishes, and Asanoya for soba or buckwheat noodles
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Tsukiji serves as a major source of fresh seafood in Japan. In fact, the place is popular for its fish market that holds tuna auctions. Here, more than 400 restaurants, shops, and stalls are busy the entire day.
After trying seafood delicacies, wander around the area and visit the Harumi Harbor, the Chuo-Ohashi Bridge, or the Tsukiji Honganji Buddhist Temple.
Where to shop: Tsukiji Outer Market
Where to eat: Sashimi Bar Kashigashira for seafood bowls and Tsukiji Yoshino for conger eels
Unlike the busier hubs on Tokyo, Ebisu and Nakameguro give tourists a more peaceful time when wandering around. The shops are quiet and cafeterias and cozy and homey.
Albeit the lack of noise, there are several nightclubs and bars scattered in these areas.
Where to shop: Descente Blanc, Moyuru Daikanyama, and Rental Boutique ARK
Where to eat: Takemoto for oysters, Delizioso Italia for lobster and blue crab, and Arroceria Sal y Amor for rice meals
Make sure to pay a visit to the Tokyo Skytree when you’re in Oshiage. Standing at 634 meters, it is the tallest structure in Japan. The Tokyo Skytree Town, located at the base of the tower, has a shopping center, a planetarium, and an aquarium.
Aside from the Skytree, other points of interest include the Industrial Tourist Plaza Sumida Machidokoro, the Postal Museum, and the Oshinari Park.
Where to shop: Rilakkuma Store, Tokyo Solamachi Sky Arena, and Tomica Shop
Where to eat: Toriton Tokyo Solamachi for sushi, Gion Tsujiri for matcha ice cream, and Edo Mirakuchaya Soramachitei for sashimi and rice bowls
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Traditional restaurants and craft shops await travelers in this area. You will certainly feel Tokyo’s history as you stroll the streets in this division, mainly because of its shitamachi (old downtown) atmosphere.
Where to shop: Kyosendo, Shoyeido Ningyocho, and Sakazen Bakurocho
Where to eat: Asahidou for ramen, Gyukatsu for steak and barbecue, and Sakura Zushi Kasai for sashimi
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