Tokyo is ripe for exploration, and while it's likely travelers will find something to marvel at with nearly every turn, these four unique neighborhoods are each worth a visit for their distinct take on Tokyo culture, commerce and cuisine.
Ginza Shopping District
Travelers in search of Tokyo’s premier department stores, boutiques, restaurants and tea houses can find just about everything in this hot spot neighborhood that’s located south of Yaesu and Kyobashi. This high-end neighborhood is home to the flagship stores for some of the country’s top fashion houses and on Saturday and Sunday between noon and 5 p.m. the main district’s main street is open to pedestrian traffic only.
Ginza may be home to big-name western fashion, but Harajuku is the real style capital for those looking to experience the pinnacle of Japanese pop culture. This unique neighborhood is home to a colorful subculture that speaks directly to youth and includes independent boutiques and hip cafes.
This spot is home to one of Tokyo’s busiest railway stations and, like Giza and Harajuku, this popular destination is one of the country’s top fashion centers. In addition to incredible shopping, Shinuya is home to some of Tokyo’s best nightlife. Crowded clubs, tasty restaurants and hip bars make it an ideal stop for visitors looking to dance and drink into the late night hours.
This man-made island is located across the Rainbow Bridge in Tokyo Bay. In addition to prime commercial space, this destination is one of only two places in Tokyo where the seashore is accessible. Travelers can ride the massive Ferris wheel, visit Toyota’s exhibition hall, or wander the halls of a Venice-themed shopping mall while exploring this popular neighborhood.