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Life in Tokyo: Your Guide is a lifestyle guidebook published for non-Japanese residents by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Bureau of Citizens and Cultural Affairs to help them begin their new life in Tokyo. From the moment you enter the country, this guide has all the information you need to live your day-to-day life. You will even discover advice from fellow expats who have been living in the city for some time, providing extra knowledge that is sure to come in useful. Let this guide kickstart your new life in Tokyo!

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Enjoy TokyoSightseeing & culture

Tokyo has plenty of wonderful sightseeing spots and attractions, and a rich lineup of sports facilities, art facilities, and parks. Here are some popular spots among Tokyo’s foreign residents.

Sightseeing

Ⅰ Bustling centers

Shinjuku

A business and shopping center. The west side of the station is an office district with many highrise buildings. The east side is an entertainment area with department stores and movie theaters.

Shibuya

A trendsetting district for youth culture, with fashionable restaurants, bars, clubs, and live music spots.

Ikebukuro

An area with a wealth of shopping and amusement facilities. Has many Japanese animation-related spots as well.

Ⅱ Fashion & stylish life

Omotesando/Aoyama

Find great stores, including famous brand stores and fashionable cafés.

Daikanyama/Ebisu

Unique, sophisticated shops and restaurants for shopping and dining pleasure.

Roppongi

A stylish urban area with an international atmosphere, many restaurants and bars, and museums.

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Shinjuku Station boasts the world's highest number of daily use rs.
Certified by Guinness World Records! (3.42 million a day)

Ⅲ Feel the history of Tokyo

Ueno/Asakusa

Tokyo’s famous sightseeing area with temples and many cultural facilities such as museums.

Yanaka/Nezu/Sendagi

A treasured district that gives you a sense of Tokyo’s old shopping streets atmosphere.

Kagurazaka/Iidabashi

The atmosphere of old Edo and the twentieth-century feel of the Showa era is tucked away in the back alleys here. Enjoy exploring the Japanese cafés and home décor shops.

Ⅳ Sophisticated neighborhoods

Marunouchi

This area lies between Tokyo Station, one of the symbols of Tokyo, and the Imperial Palace Outer Garden. It’s one of Japan’s largest office districts, with many major corporate offices located here. Visitors can enjoy shopping and art too.

Ginza/Nihombashi

Ginza is one of the world's leading shopping districts. Nihombashi has many long-established stores, with some even dating back to the Edo period (1600s).

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For details of each area, check the area profiles on the GO TOKYO site!

Ⅴ Young towns

Harajuku

A young district with cute and stylish items. Takeshita Street, which is lined with stores selling home décor, accessories and clothes, is always packed with people.

Shimokitazawa

Many unique shops sellingsecond-hand clothing and everyday items. There are lots of stage theaters, mini-theaters, and live music venues here.

Ⅵ Areas for family fun

Odaiba

Enjoy dining and shopping in the large mall here. Walking or jogging in the park and along the beach is also recommended.

Kichijoji

A popular area that both kids and adults can enjoy with a bustling shopping street and large park.

Ⅶ Nature

Mount Takao

About 1 hour by train heading west from Shinjuku. Has the largest number of hikers among all the mountains in the world (about 2.5 million people/year). A popular mountain (altitude 599 m) that even beginners can climb with ease.

Okutama

About 2 hours by train heading west from Shinjuku. Has many mountains and rivers. Enjoy outdoor life here.

Izu Islands

About 2 hours by ferry (or 50 minutes by air) to the south of Tokyo. Enjoy diving, fishing, the starry night sky, and more in pristine settings.

Ogasawara Islands

About 24 hours by ferry to the south of Tokyo. Located around 1,000 km south of the Japanese mainland, these are oceanic islands formed by volcanic activity. Enjoy whale watching, sea kayaking, trekking, and more at this World Heritage site.

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Search Life in Tokyo for sightseeing spots near your home!

Art and culture facilities

Tokyo has numerous cultural and artistic facilities.
Here we introduce facilities operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Visit their websites to check their admission fees.

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Please Come!

Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum

Facility profile Enjoy the items of art displayed in this art deco building, the former residence of Prince Asaka, as well as its beautiful gardens.
Address 5-21-9 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku
Nearest station Shirokanedai Station (Toei subway Mita line & Tokyo Metro Namboku line)

Metropolitan Edo-Tokyo Museum

Facility profile A museum conveying the history and culture of Edo and Tokyo.
Address 1-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida-ku
Nearest station Ryogoku Station (JR & Toei subway Oedo lines)

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

Facility profile An open-air museum located in a park exhibiting old Edo/Tokyo buildings.
Address 3-7-1 Sakura-cho, Koganei (situated within Koganei Metropolitan Park)
Nearest station Koganei Koen Nishi-guchi bus stop (bus from JR Musashi-koganei Station, north exit)

Tokyo Photographic Art Museum

Facility profile Japan's first art museum specializing in photographs and videos.
Address Ebisu Garden Place, 1-13-3 Mita, Meguro-ku
Nearest station Ebisu Station (JR & Tokyo Metro Hibiya lines)

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

Facility profile Houses exhibitions of contemporary art. Enjoy the building itself as well.
Address 4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku
Nearest station Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Station (Tokyo Metro Hanzomon line, Toei subway Oedo line)

*Renewal open scheduled on late March 2019

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

Facility profile Holds various exhibitions, including many special exhibitions of Japanese and international masterpieces.
Address 8-36 Ueno-koen, Taito-ku
Nearest station Ueno (JR, Keisei line, Tokyo Metro Ginza & Hibiya Lines)

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan

Facility profile A hall where audiences can enjoy Japanese and international opera, ballet, and classical music performances.
Address 5-45 Ueno Koen, Taito-ku
Nearest station Ueno Station (JR, Keisei line, Tokyo Metro Ginza & Hibiya lines)

Tokyo MetropolitanTheatre

Facility profile Home to one of the world's largest pipe organs, this theater holds concerts, theaters and exhibitions.
Address 1-8-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku
Nearest station Ikebukuro Station (JR, Tokyo Metro Marunouchi, Yurakucho, & Fukutoshin lines, Tobu Tojo line, Seibu Ikebukuro line)
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For details of each facility, check the website of the Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture!

Parks & Gardens

Tokyo has a “big-city” image, but the city is also rich with greenery with many parks and gardens.

Hibiya Park

Address 1-6 Hibiya-koen, Chiyoda-ku
Nearest station Kasumigaseki Station (Tokyo Metro Marunouchi & Chiyoda lines)
Hibiya Station (Tokyo Metro Hibiya & Chiyoda lines)

Yoyogi Park

Address 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizono-cho, Shibuya-ku
Nearest station Harajuku Station (JR)
Yoyogi-koen Station (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda line)

Mizumoto Park

Address 3-2 Mizumoto Park, Katsushika-ku
Nearest station Catch bus at Kanamachi Station (JR line) to Mizumoto-koen bus stop

Ueno Park

Address 5-20 Ueno-koen, Taito-ku
Nearest station Ueno Station (JR, Keisei line, Tokyo Metro Ginza & Hibiya lines)

Inokashira Park

Address 1-18-31 Gotenyama, Musashino
Nearest station Kichijoji Station (Keio Inokashira line)
Inokashira-koen Station (Keio Inokashira line)

Jindai Botanical Gardens

Address 5-31-10 Jindaiji Motomachi, Chofu
Nearest station Take a bus from Chofu Station (Keio line) or Mitaka Station (JR) to Jindai Shokubutsu-koen mae bus stop
Entrance fee General/Adult 500 yen, 65 years old and over 250 yen, junior high school students 200 yen. Free for junior high school students studying or residing in Tokyo and elementary school students and under.

Hama-rikyu Gardens

Address 1-1 Hamarikyu-teien, Chuo-ku
Nearest station Shiodome Station (Toei subway Oedo line & Yurikamome line)
Shimbashi Station (JR, Tokyo Metro Ginza line & Toei subway Asakusa line)
Entrance fee General 300 yen, 65 years old and over 150 yen.
Free for junior high school students studying or residing in Tokyo and elementary school students and under.

Rikugien Gardens

Address 6-16-3 Hon-komagome, Bunkyo-ku
Nearest station Komagome Station (JR, Tokyo Metro Namboku line) or Sengoku Station (Toei subway Mita line)
Entrance fee General 300 yen, 65 years old and over 150 yen.
Free for junior high school students studying or residing in Tokyo and elementary school students and under.
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Check out Tokyo metropolitan parks and gardens:
“Let’s go to the park!”
“Let’s go to the Gardens”

Libraries

Tokyo Metropolitan Central Library

Address 5-7-13 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku
Nearest station Hiroo Station (Tokyo Metro Hibiya line)
Opening hours Monday–Friday: 10 am – 9 pm
Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays: 10 am – 5:30 pm

Tokyo Metropolitan Tama Library

Address 2-2-26 Izumi-cho, Kokubunji
Nearest station Nishi Kokubunji Station (JR)
Opening hours Monday–Friday: 10 am - 9 pm
Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays: 10 am–5:30 pm
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Check your local municipal website for libraries near your home!

Zoos & aquariums

Tokyo has many zoos and aquariums you can enjoy with your family.

Ueno Zoological Gardens

Address 9-83 Ueno-koen, Taito-ku
Nearest station Ueno Station (JR, Keisei line, Tokyo Metro Ginza & Hibiya lines)
Admission fee General 600 yen, 65 years old and over 300 yen, junior high school students 200 yen.
Free for junior high school students studying or residing in Tokyo and elementary school students and under.

Inokashira Park Zoo

Address 1-17-6 Gotenyama, Musashino
Nearest station Kichijoji Station (JR, Keio Inokashira line)
Admission fee General 400 yen, 65 years old and over 200 yen, junior high school students 150 yen.
Free for junior high school students studying or residing in Tokyo and elementary school students and under.

Tama Zoological Park

Address 7-1-1 Hodokubo, Hino
Nearest station Tama Dobutsu-koen Station (Keio line, Tama Monorail)
Admission fee General 600 yen, 65 years old and over 300 yen, junior high school students 200 yen.
Free for junior high school students studying or residing in Tokyo and elementary school students and under.

Tokyo Sea Life Park

Address 6-2-3 Rinkai-cho, Edogawa-ku
Nearest station Kasai Rinkai-koen Station (JR)
Admission fee General 700 yen, 65 years old and over 350 yen, junior high school students 250 yen.
Free for junior high school students studying or residing in Tokyo and elementary school students and under.

For details

Sports facilities

There are many sports facilities in Tokyo managed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government or municipalities.

Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium

Facilities for use Gymnasium, swimming pool, training room, etc.
Address 1-17-1 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku
Nearest station Sendagaya Station (JR line)
Kokuritsu Kyogi-jo Station (Toei subway Oedo line)
Admission fee Depends on the facility used

Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports Ground

Facilities for use Baseball field, gymnasium, training room, tennis court, etc.
Address 1-1 Komazawa-koen, Setagaya-ku
Nearest station Komazawa-daigaku Station (Den-en-toshi line)
Admission fee Depends on the facility used

Tokyo Budokan

Facilities for use Martial arts training facilities, archery field, training rooms, etc.
Address 3-20-1 Ayase, Adachi-ku
Nearest station Ayase Station (JR, Tokyo Metro Chiyoda line)
Admission fee Depends on the facility used

Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center

Facilities for use Swimming pool
Address 2-8-10 Tatsumi, Koto-ku
Nearest station Tatsumi Station (Tokyo Metro Yurakucho line)
Admission fee Depends on the facility used

Other sports facilities in Tokyo

There are lots of sports facilities operated by local municipal ities. Check their websites!