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T+L's Definitive Guide to Tokyo

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Lay of the Land

Asakusa: Catch a glimpse of old-time Tokyo at Asakusa’s seventh-century Senso-ji Temple and family-run artisans’ shops.

Ebisu/Daikanyama: The low-key cafés of these adjacent enclaves are an antidote to glitzy Roppongi.

Ginza: Top-end restaurants and depachikas (department store food halls) define the city’s entertainment area.

Marunouchi: The business district is home to Tokyo Station, the Imperial Palace, and several hotel chains.

Roppongi: This once-gritty nightlife hub has gone upscale, with urban developments such as Tokyo Midtown.

Shibuya: Tokyo’s shopping mecca swarms with tourists and trendsetters.

Shinjuku: In this central ward you’ll find the world’s busiest rail station and a warren of lively bars.

Getting Around

Taxis, though expensive, are great for navigating the city. The extensive subway system is also convenient.

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