Japan Travel Guide

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, designed by famed architect Kenzo Tange, is a tribute to Notre Dame in concrete and steel.

There's no end to the activities available in what is probably the most popular park in Tokyo.

Home of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows, (one of Tokyo's professional baseball teams) Jingu Stadium is an outdoor venue where you can go to get a taste of Japanese baseball. Join in the raucous chanting and crowd choreography: all accompanied by plenty of beer, of course.

A sprawling, almost theme-park type hot spring resort, complete with Edo-era decor.

This is a small and charming museum close to Sensoji, in Asakusa, with an excellent selection of folk art. The tall, thin building has ukiyo-e prints, a weaving room, and a fantastic collection of country kimono, including quilted and rag-mended clothing.

Easily one of Tokyo's favorite hiking place, Mt. Takao has a lot to offer the day tripper. Those not wanting to hike all the way up to the summit can take a cable car or a chair lift halfway up.

The museum for the animation legend, Hayao Miyazaki (and his Studio Ghibli) is a dream for fans of his work. Visitors can play on a life-sized cat bus, see a recreation of a drawing room complete with sketches in various stages, and catch a short film in the theater.

Situated in a Showa-period former residence, this is one of the original champions of contemporary art in Japan. With a splendid permanent collection that inclues many of the world's luminaries, the museum also hosts regular exhibitions from international and domestic artists.

Elegant hot springs bathhouse geared toward adults. There are segregated and mixed-sex bathing (bathing suits required in the mixed-use areas). Dip into the mineral pools, jet tubs, and saunas for the ultimate in Japanese relaxation and health.

Contemporary art museum featuring many up-and-coming artists, both domestic as well as international. There are several group exhibitions per year, a superb bookstore, a cafe, and a shop that sells a few organic vegetables in addition to the expected postcards and arty curiosities.

World-class contemporary art museum, designed by Richard Gluckman, featuring exhibitions from iconic domestic and international artists such as Bill Viola, Takashi Murakami, and Tim Burton.

The foremost stage for the 400-year-old native art form, with characters (including female roles) played exclusively by men. A fascinating glimpse into the culture, literature, and history of the country.

An art space housed in a former junior high school that hosts a great variety of contemporary, interactive, and conceptual art. The building's many classrooms and nooks invite exploration, and installations and workshops abound.

If you're in Tokyo during a sumo match, snag a ticket to the Ryogoku Kokugikan, the city's primary sumo arena. Watching sumo wrestling (grown men in ponytails, not much else) is often more akin to witnessing a ritual than a sport, with many formalized procedures built into each match.

The souls of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken are enshrined here at one of the city's most famous sacred sites.