Tokyo Disneyland is half of the city’s scintillating resort complex in Urayasu. Joining Mickey and friends for a day of unforgettable fun is conveniently accomplished by car, bus or suburban train. JR Maihama Station is an interchange for Disney Resort Monorail Line services which follows a circular route and connects all locations in Tokyo Disney Resort. Opening hours: daily, 08:00 – 22:00
Tokyo DisneySea is the other theme park at Tokyo Disney Resort and features seven themed zones. The Aladdin themed Mermaid’s Lagoon, the 20,000 Leagues ride and Flounder's Flying Fish Coaster are guaranteed to give young and old thrills of a lifetime. Disney Resort’s Bon Voyage! shopping outlet at Ikspiari gives the opportunity of taking a treasured souvenir home. Opening hours: daily, 08:00 – 22:00
Inage Seaside Park is 30kms east along the top side of Tokyo Bay. It is in Chiba and trains from Disneyland take around 45 minutes. Inage opens during the peak summer period and with its diverse collection of pools, slides and water features is probably as much fun as going to the beach. Opening hours: daily, July to the first week of September, 09:00 – 17:00
Ueno Zoo is one of the key draws at Ueno Park and is the Tokyo home of 2,000 creatures imported from all parts of the globe. Polar bears, seals, puffins, pandas both red and great, okapis, rhinos and mice are samples of the collection. A monorail train service links the two main sectors of the zoo. Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 09:30 – 17:00
Sensoji Temple in Asakusa is at the heart of the old shitamachi quarter in Tokyo. The temple was originally built in the seventh century, although most of the structures postdate this, and is a beautiful example of Japanese architecture of yesteryear. Red-walled pagodas with sweeping roofs and religious statues are a delight to behold. Nakamise-Dori leads to the temple’s main entrance and is an enchanting street where visitors can buy tasty snacks and souvenirs of all kinds. Temple opening hours: every day, 06:00 – 17:00
Meiji Jingu is the other unmissable shrine when taking sightseeing tours of Tokyo. It was built in homage to a historic emperor and his wife and boasts the classic pagoda style building common to other famous Japanese religious complexes. Metro Chiyoda and Fukutoshin line trains call at Meiji Jingu Mae Station. Opening hours: daily, 06:30 – 18:00 (winter 16:30)
Fukagawa Edo Museum is a culture highlight with a difference. It is located in Koto and features full-scale house and street reproductions that depict Edo in the 1840s. The houses have been recreated to show the lifestyles of Edo residents of the time with models in period dress and genuine household fittings and tools. The museum is a couple of minutes on foot from Kiyosumishirakawa Station. Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line trains stop at this station. Opening hours: Every day apart from two Mondays a month, 09:30 – 17:00
The National Museum of Nature and Science Museum (Kahaku) houses an eclectic portfolio of exhibits. Japan’s 1995 Space Flyer, an outsize lump of the Nantan meteorite, stuffed giant pandas in an authentic habitat, karakuri puppets and the skeleton of a prehistoric futabasaurus are flagships of the collection. JR Ueno Station is the nearest public transport option to reach this museum. Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 09:00 – 17:00
Kabukiza Theatre is an establishment in Ginza which stages the noted Kabuki theatrical shows. An all-male cast provides great renditions of these much beloved plays with the able assistance of props and mechanisms. Higashi Ginza Station has an exit leading straight to the theatre. Hibiya and Asakusa line trains serve the station.
Tokyo Samurai Museum gives the opportunity of delving into the history of these legendary warriors and seeing the weaponry they employed to carry out their deadly deeds. Sections focus on areas such as armour, the Kabuto and Kamakuro periods, and swords. Two bonus draws are a swordplay performance and taking a selfie while wearing an armoured mask or a full set of armour. Seibu-Shinjuku and Higashi-Shinjuku stations are the closest to the museum. Opening hours: daily, 10:30 – 21:00
Tokyo Tower is the finest place in the city to view it in all its glory. Night views of the neon lights and signs that epitomise modern Tokyo are especially enchanting and resemble a glistening treasure chest of crown jewels. There are two viewing platforms, one at 150 metres and the second at 250 metres. Opening hours: 09:00 - 23:00 every day. Lifts do not operate during extreme weather conditions.
Tokyo Tower Aquarium is home to a peerless collection of salt and freshwater denizens with the obligatory jellyfish, seahorses and turtles among them. The aquarium is located on the ground floor of the tower’s FootTown shopping and entertainment facility. Opening hours: daily, 10:00 to between 18:00 and 20:00 depending on the time of year