Get to know Tokyo like Hayao Miyazaki

A trip you will never forget.

by Rashmi Chugani

Tokyo is the world’s most populous city. Vibrant yet orderly, Tokyo is a bustling metropolis with great food, friendly people, and a thriving culture. Currently, one of the most prominent notable Tokyoites is the director Hayao Miyazaki. Get to know his city through visiting these prominent spots in the Japanese capital.

Tokyo National Museum 97

13-9 Ueno Park

This complex of four buildings grouped around a courtyard is one of the world's great repositories of East Asian art and archaeology.

- Fodor's

Suntory Museum of Art 83

9-7-4 Akasaka

The museum's current home at Tokyo Midtown Galleria is a beautiful place to view some of Tokyo's finest fine art exhibitions.

- Fodor's

This museum has an impressive 22,000 works in its photographic inventory, ranging from the historical to the contemporary, with about 70% by Japanese photographers.

- Frommer's

Imperial Palace 87

1-1 Chiyoda

Tokyo's Imperial Palace stands on what was once the site of Edo castle and residence of the Tokugawa shogunate.

- Time Out

Senso-ji Temple 84

2-3-1 Asakusa

With over 30 million visitors a year, Senso-ji holds a special place in local hearts.

- Time Out

Shitamachi Museum 85

2-1 Ueno Koen

This museum takes you back to a lost world by recreating the working-class district of Shitamachi, which was razed to the ground by the 1945 bombings.

- Michelin Guide

Tokyo's city hall -- designed by one of Japan's best-known architects, Kenzo Tange -- is an impressive addition to the skyscrapers of west Shinjuku.

- Frommer's

Edo-Tokyo Museum 91

1-4-1, Yokoami

This large museum’s outlandish architectural style may not appeal to everyone, but the building houses the city’s best collection of displays dealing with the history of Tokyo.

- Time Out

Mori Art Museum 91

6-10-1 Roppongi

This museum is one of the leading contemporary art showcases in Tokyo.

- Fodor's

Toshogu Shrine 92

Ueno Park

Tōshōgū, like its counterpart in Nikkō, is dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, who unified Japan.

- Lonely Planet

Meiji Jingu Shrine 96

1-1 Yoyogi Kamizonocho

This is Tokyo's most venerable Shinto shrine, opened in 1920 in honor of Emperor and Empress Meiji, who were instrumental in opening Japan to the outside world more than 120 years ago.

- Frommer's

Hama Rikyu Gardens 82

1-1 Hamarikyu Teien

This urban oasis has origins stretching back 300 years, when it served as a retreat for a former feudal lord and as duck-hunting and falconry grounds for the Tokugawa shoguns.

- Frommer's

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