Tokyo National Museum

The Tokyo National Museum (東京国立博物館) is the first stop for anyone with a keen interest in Japanese history, art, design or fashion. It is the oldest national museum in Japan and has by far the deepest, richest variety of exhibitions. With over 110,000 objects and 87 national treasures, you will need at least a fewContinue reading “Tokyo National Museum”

Kanda Myojin Shrine

Kanda Myojin Shrine (神田明神) is a major Shinto shrine near Akihabara and Ueno. Over 1000 years old, the buildings have been stunningly reserved and the garden even more so. People visit the shrine to pray for prosperity and wealth. Budget travel tips Walk from Akihabara. After geeking out, walk north up the main street (Chuo Dori) andContinue reading “Kanda Myojin Shrine”

Kyu-Furukawa Gardens

Kyu-Furukawa Gardens (旧古河庭園) could be described as a half English, half Japanese garden. One half looks like a traditional English garden, with a manor house and roses, while the other half has a traditional Japanese pond and stone structures. Budget travel tips Sakura Hot Spring and Rikugien Garden are within walking distance, so save some money andContinue reading “Kyu-Furukawa Gardens”

Nezu Shrine

Nezu Shrine is a small shrine complex and garden, famous for it’s yearly Azalea Festival. It has around 3000 azaleas, while the shrine itself is a great example of Edo period architecture. Budget travel tips It’s quite a small shrine complex, so only come here during the Azalea Festival in early April to early May. How toContinue reading “Nezu Shrine”

Chinzanso Garden and Shinedogawa Park

Probably the best free Japanese garden in Tokyo, Chinzanso Garden (椿山荘の庭園) is an amazing garden in central Tokyo. It’s part of a very posh hotel, but everyone is free to enter the garden.  There are Japanese tea houses, a pagoda and lots of nice features you would expect from a real, traditional Japanese garden. Budget travel tips VeryContinue reading “Chinzanso Garden and Shinedogawa Park”

Akihabara

Akihabara (あきはばら/秋葉原) is the geek capital of Japan. Actually, it seems like the geek capital of the world.  Anything a geek or nerd (or Otaku as they say here) needs is available here.  For other people, Akihabara is a fascinatingly crazy place with lots of surprises. Budget travel tips Follow our recommended route on theContinue reading “Akihabara”

Asakusa

Asakusa (あさくさ/浅草) is the main tourist zone in Tokyo.  While this may put some travelers off, it is still a must see for any visit to Japan.  Asakusa features Tokyo’s most famous temple, atmospheric old-fashioned streets and plenty of attractions for all types of travelers.  All are an easy walk from each other. Budget travelContinue reading “Asakusa”

Ueno

Ueno (うえの/上野) features one of the biggest parks in Tokyo and is one of the main ‘cities’ within the megalopolis that is Tokyo.  There many museums in the park, and the area is full of brightly lit streets and stores. Budget travel tips Asakusa is a nice city walk from Ueno, via Kappabashi.  We recommendContinue reading “Ueno”

Kappabashi-dori

Kappabashi-dori (かっぱばし/合羽橋) is a fascinating street for restaurant and cafe owners to buy specialist goods.  There are many plastic food model shops, with everything from plastic sushi to plastic beer! Budget travel tips As this is an area for restaurant owners, the prices for items such as cutlery can be very cheap. The plastic foodContinue reading “Kappabashi-dori”

Sakura Hot Spring

Sakura Onsen is a modern hot spring in Tokyo that uses real hot spring water.  It also includes a traditional restaurant, where you can sit on Japanese tatami mats, a relaxation zone to chill out and massage services. Plus, you can get a haircut if you really want to! Budget travel tips Save some moneyContinue reading “Sakura Hot Spring”