Sights in Tokyo

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There are hundreds of Tokyo sights that are sure to take your breath away, but how do you know that you're seeing the best or the most important ones? Here's a quick rundown of some of the sights you'll be able to take in while visiting Tokyo. It's not a comprehensive list, but it's a great introduction to what you can see to make the most of your trip.

Museums

Tokyo National Museum is the museum to see if you can only make it to one, as it outlines Japan's incredible history through its exhibits. You'll find it in Ueno Park, along with the National Museum of Nature and Science. The Paper Museum in Kita-ku will show you the traditional method for making paper, while the Mitsuo-Aida in Ginza puts that paper to use by showcasing calligraphy and poetry. The Bunkamura Museum of Art in Shibuya is a worthwhile visit, and you can't visit Tokyo without stopping at the Sumo Museum in Yokoami, just off of Ryogoku Station.

Markets

A visit to Tsukiji Market is a surreal experience that begins as early as 4 a.m. Observe the tuna auction, wander the stalls or have a bite to eat in one of the many restaurants along the outskirts--they all have the best sushi, after all! You can reach the market from Tsukijishijo Station. You might also be interested in the weekend flea markets that take place in Meiji-koen, Yoyogi-koen and Shinjuku.

Landmarks

Tokyo Tower, built to resemble the Eiffel Tower in Paris, is a great way to get a view over the entire city. On clear days you can see Mount Fuji, and it always affords spectacular sunset views. The Imperial Palace is a quiet oasis amidst a bustling city. Take a stroll through the outer gardens, always open to the public, or book a private tour.

Temples

Asakusa Shrine is one of the most famous in Tokyo. Visit Asakusa to see the incredible gate and shrine where you can ask for good luck via smoke, water and the tossing of coins. Hanazono Jinja is located in Shinjuku and is a great place to visit if you need some help with your business ventures. Locals flock to this temple to pray for success in business. Meiji Jungu Shrine is in Kamizono. It's an incredible piece of architecture, and as an added bonus it contains the Imperial Treasure House annex, so you can see some incredible treasures from past dynasties.

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