Our most recommended Tokyo Museums & Exhibitions
1. teamLab Planets TOKYO: Digital Art Museum Entrance Ticket
Enter teamLab Planets TOKYO and discover the incredible immersive art exhibition within. This full-body digital art experience allows visitors to enter completely into the artworks, with stimulation for all five senses. In this unique exhibition, each visitor’s presence impacts the artwork to finally become a part of it. The exhibition space includes several areas, covering over 10,000 square meters in total. Explore the great variety of installations, with different lights, sounds, and materials to mesmerize every guest. Don't miss the chance to visit this impressive digital exhibition, scheduled until fall 2020, on your trip to Tokyo.
Very quite because of corona, but super clean, great staff, and extra time to see everything since there was not a lot of people there.
2. Tokyo: Ueno Private Walking Tour with Shrine Visit
Meet your guide, then set off on an adventure through Ueno, one of Tokyo’s most popular areas for sightseeing. Stroll through the bustling streets, and soak up the vibrant atmosphere as the locals go about their day. Start off with a walk around Ueno Park, famous for its cherry blossom trees. Admire the park’s many ponds, then stop by a historic temple and a shrine. Later, enjoy a visit to the National Science Museum. Arrive in Ameyoko, one of the city’s best shopping destinations. Wander around the many shops, and pick up a few souvenirs to remember your visit. There’s also time to grab a bite to eat, and sample some traditional delicacies. Throughout the tour, learn about local history, life, and culture from your guide.
3. Tokyo: Sumida Private Walking Tour with Hokusai & Edo Museum
Join a private guide and discover the Sumida District, home of the famous painter Katsushika Hokusai. Learn about the artist’s life at his museum, step back in time at the Edo Tokyo Museum, and see iconic Ukiyo-e paintings. Start with a visit to the Sumida Hokusai Museum, which is dedicated to the artwork of Katsushika Hokusai and learn about his eventful life during the Edo Period. Admire samples of his beautiful Ukiyo-e artwork, which has greatly influenced great painters like Van Gogh, Degas, Lautrec, and other artists and musicians. Walk by the places that appear in Hokusai's paintings and stroll through traditional Japanese gardens and charming temples nearby. Go to Edo Tokyo Museum and be transported back to the streets of Edo Japan. Experience the time of Hokusai and how Ukiyo-e art was developed, illustrating the everyday lives of people and festivals.
4. Edo Wonderland Samurai and Ninja Cultural Theme Park Ticket
Enter the renowned Edo Wonderland in the beautiful city of Nikko to learn about one of the most defining eras of Japan. After entering, feel like you have traveled back into the Edo period as you navigate the town constructed with traditional Edo architecture. Choose to wear a traditional kimono from a selection of various ranks and take the opportunity to become an Edo citizen for the day. Become a lord, samurai, princess, farmer or a different kind of citizen, making for great photo opportunities. Be immersed in the culture and experience the complex beauty of being dressed in kimono. Enjoy a variety of live performances including the popular ninja performances, oiran cultural shows, water magic shows, and a variety of other traditional plays. Try authentic cultural experiences. Learn the basics of how to handle a samurai sword or traditional archery. Take a lesson on how to play the...
The ticket bought via get online is cheaper than buy at entrance. Good to buy online advance :) Need to check the shuttle bus/local bus schedule if you don’t drive. Only one or two buses per hour.
5. From Tokyo: Private Scenic Day trip to Kawaguchi-ko Lake
Meet your guide in Tokyo and take the train to Kawaguchi-ko, famous for hot springs, museums, cherry blossoms, and views of the iconic Mt Fuji. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Begin your day in the resort town of Kawaguchi-ko by bathing in a local hot spring (known as onsen). Soak any stress away in the healing waters before heading to the Maple Corridor, which boasts beautiful red and gold maple leaves in autumn. Climb up the Mount Fuji Panoramic Ropeway for views from 1,075 meters above sea level. Follow your guide to offbeat spots such as the Fuji Omoro Sengen Shrine or Tanuki Tea Shop. Found atop Mount Tenjo this offers a new perspective of Mount Fuji. See popular attractions such as Kubota Art Museum and learn about the ancient art of fab...
6. Edo-Tokyo Open–Air Architectural Museum 3–Hour Tour
Start your tour by taking in a house designed by Kunio Mayekawa, who worked under Le Corbusier and Antonin Raymond, and contributed to the development of modern architecture in Japan. Built during the Second World War, Mayekawa’s sophisticated design was influenced by world-renowned architects, and still attracts many visitors. Move on to a house designed by the architect Sutemi Horiguchi, who introduced Dutch architecture for the first time to Japan. Built in 1925, just after Horiguchi returned from a trip to Europe, Art Deco style and De Stijl (The Style) composition are also seen in the traditional Japanese rooms. See the luxurious interior decoration in the residence of the Mitsui family, said to be one of the richest families in Japan. The latter half of the tour can enjoyed especially by Studio Ghibli film fans. Many familiar scenes which appeared in Spirited Away,
7. Tokyo: Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide
Explore the best of Tokyo on this 1-day, fully customizable, and private tour. Select which must-see locations you’d like to visit from the list below and your knowledgeable, licensed guide will customize an itinerary for you based on your preferences. The most popular, must-see attractions available on this tour: Asakusa, Imperial Palace, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Tsukiji Fish Market, Meiji Jingu Shrine, Akihabara, Hama Rikyu Gardens, Harajuku, Takeshita Street, Nezu, and Shinjuku Golden Gai. On the day of the tour, your guide will meet you at your hotel to begin your full-day tour. Using either public transport or walking to get around, why not start your day with a visit to Asakusa to see the famous Senso-Ji Temple. Your next stop could be to take a walk through the Outer Garden (Gaien) of the Imperial Palace, followed by lunch in trendy, ‘Kawaii’ Harajuku. Then, maybe, spend...
8. Tokyo: Harajuku Highlights and Meiji Shrine Private Tour
Discover the cultural center of Tokyo on a tour of Harajuku. Start by exploring the Meiji Shrine, set in beautiful gardens. Continue to Takeshita street to taste delicious sweets at the Totti Candy Factory, and experience kawaii youth culture. Take a break in Urasando Garden, before visiting the fashionable Omotesando area. Escape the bustle and head to Uraharajuku, a quiet neighborhood, to browse its boutiques. Admire antique art objects at the Nezu Museum, and relax in the Japanese garden.
9. Roppongi: Private Cultural Walking Tour with Viewpoint Stop
Walk around Roppongi, the city known for its vibrant nightlife scene. Your expert guide will show you around some of the best art and culture locations including impressive architecture sites, rich nature spots, and cultural museums. There are many global companies, international shops, and unique places to dine. You will be guided through Roppongi from day to night and at the end of the day, your guide will recommend a great place to eat.
10. Tokyo: Ueno Park Architecture Tour
Meet your guide in front of the National Museum of Western Art the highlight of the tour. This Le Corbusier-designed museum was designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site for its modern architectural value in 2016. Next, visit a Tokyo Bunka Kaikan designed by Kunio Maekawa, 1 of 3 local apprentices of Le Corbusier. Tokyo Bunka Kaikan is located just opposite Le Corbusier’s museum. Then, move on to the International Library of Children’s Literature. Observe its preservation and renovation work as well as its newly-built arch-shaped annex building. Finally, stop at Tokyo National Museum where you can admire 4 great architectural works (Hyokei-kan, Hon-kan, Toyo-kan, and Gallery of Horyuji Treasure) which reflect the historical background of each era between 1908 to 1999. At the end of the tour, explore the collections at your own pace.
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Planning Your Visit
Best time to visit?
Summer sees visitors flock to the already crowded city, but the best time to go is between September and November. Temperatures remain moderate to warm and the end of peak season means less crowds and shorter lines. Many of Tokyo's sights are completely transformed by the autumn foliage and spring is, naturally, another great time to visit for the parks, trees, and floral displays!
How many days?
First time visitors should book at least 4 or 5 days to see Tokyo. However, a few extra days also allows time to check out other major cities like Kyoto or Osaka. Not that you'd be stuck for attractions in the capital!
How to get around?
Taxis are incredibly expensive and always run the risk of hitting stubborn traffic jams. The best way to get around Tokyo is via its extensive subway network. Be warned though, information in English is hard to come by, so prepare for you journey in advance and don't be afraid to ask station staff or commuters for help!
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- A visit in the fall offers mild temperatures, shorter lines, and beautiful foliage!
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What people are saying about Tokyo
I met my guide at the designated meeting place near the station. She was early so we had extra time to get acquainted. I was the only on the tour so Kazumi was very flexible to my interests. She was informative, engaging, and warm - all along expressing her genuine love for the city and showing non-locals the insiders’ way around the market. She was prepared with literature, graphics and pictures. We had fantastic treats - exceptional quality of ingredients. I recommend this tour with Kazumi. One small recommendation: I would suggest shifting the tour time slightly to bridge the lunch time opening of some establishments in order to timely spread the tastings before, during, and after the lunch period.
We were traveling with some senior members, and so a wheelchair and elderly friendly tour was what we need. This package is definitely a convenient and best way to reach all the great spots around Fuji mountain areas in one day!
Perfect! One of our highlights in 3 months Japan. Very good teacher and tasty reciepes! If you want to learn how to make good Sushi - go there!
We had a fantastic tour with an extremely informative guide. Highly recommended and would happily take the tour again next time I'm in Tokyo.
The spots our guide took us to we're amazing. We took lots of pictures and hope to go back and see a few more.