5 Popular Landmarks in Tokyo

Tokyo, the capital city of Japan, is entitled as the most populous city in the world. Rich of beautiful and historical landmarks, it is always alive 24 hours, makes Tokyo as the most desired place to visit on earth. One day surely won't be enough to discover its charming, and one page won't be sufficient to describe all the popular spots. It's heart-breaking to choose, but if we need to pick 5 most popular landmarks in Tokyo, here is our list.

1. Tokyo Tower

Functioning as both communication tower and observatory decks, Tokyo Tower has been the most popular city icon since 1958. With 333 meters height, it used to be the highest tower in Japan before its younger sibling, Tokyo Sky Tree, broke the record. There are 2 observatory decks open for public; main observatory (150m) and special observatory (250m), which has separate entrance fee. Open from 09:00 - 23:00, it offers good view all day, if the weather is nice. At night, the tower will be lit up with beautiful illumination.

Name:
東京タワー (Tokyo Tower)
Address:
芝公園4-2-8, Minato, Tōkyō, 105-0011, Japan
TEL:
+81 3-3433-5111
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

2. Tokyo Sky Tree in Oshiage

Currently hold the title as the highest building in Tokyo, this tower was newly built in 2012 as an integrated broadcasting tower, observatory decks, restaurants, shopping and entertainment district. With the total height of 634 meters, people can climb as high as 450 meters above the ground to see the magnificent view from Tokyo city and surroundings. They can also enjoy the scenery from the fine-dining restaurants in 46th and 47th floor.

Name:
東京スカイツリー (Tokyo Sky Tree)
Address:
押上1-1-2, Sumida, Tōkyō, 131-0045, Japan
TEL:
+81 3-6658-8012
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

3. Hachiko Statue in Shibuya

忠犬ハチ公 / Hachiko, Foursquare.com

This statue has a long great history of a dog named Hachiko, who was loyally waiting its owner in front of Shibuya station for 9 years to pick him up, didn't aware that the owner has died and would never come back to it. After it died in 1934, government built this statue to honor Hachiko who inspired everyone by his loyalty and dedication. The story touches many people, not only in Japan but also in the world since U.S decided to make a movie about it. Now the statue is one of most popular landmark in Tokyo, especially in Shibuya.

Name:
忠犬ハチ公 / Hachiko
Address:
道玄坂1-1, Shibuya, Tōkyō, 150-0043, Japan
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

4. Kaminarimon Gate in Asakusa

The Kaminarimon (meaning "Thunder Gate") is the outer of two large entrance gates that leads to the Sensoji temple, a very popular Buddhist temple in Asakusa, Tokyo. The gate, with its giant lantern and statues, is very popular for tourists. Behind the gates you will see Nakamise street, a shopping street where people can find nice souvenirs with reasonable price.

Name:
浅草寺 雷門 (Kaminarimon Gate)
Address:
浅草2-3-1, Taitō, Tōkyō, 111-0032, Japan
TEL:
+81 3-3842-0181
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

5. Rainbow Bridge, Mini Liberty Statue, and Gundam in Odaiba

Although Odaiba might be pretty far from the Tokyo downtown, but this place is totally worth a visit, ideally in afternoon or night. Here you can see the giant gundam statue, as well as rainbow bridge, mini liberty statue, and also Fuji TV station which plays amusing light show every night. There are also big department stores you can visit while you are here.

Name:
アクアシティお台場 (Aqua City Odaiba)
Address:
台場1-7-1, Minato, Tōkyō, 135-8707, Japan
TEL:
+81 3-3599-4700
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

Conclusion

The list doesn't end here. We can go all day long to write down every attractive landmarks in Tokyo alone. Each person has different kind of interest and liking, but if you only have a very limited time and not sure where to go, why don't you visit these adorable landmarks?

Author

April-in-Tokyo
I'm an Indonesian whom married a Japanese and have been living in Tokyo ever since. I love traveling so much, and I love all aspects of traveling, from choosing travel destination, hunting cheap tickets, planning itineraries, and even the packing routine itself.