Downtown: The Tokyo Wards & Districts 2

Nakameguro

The Nakameguro area is loaded with creative little cafes to grab light food and coffee – and it’s home to the largest Starbucks Roastery in the world.

If you’re here in late March/early April you’re in for a real treat. Huge numbers of large, ancient cherry blossom trees line the Meguro River and when they blossom — OMG it’s beautiful, especially in the evening when paper lanterns light up the blossoms over the glistening river.

Jiyugaoka

Jiyugaoka is a lesser-known area of Tokyo that is strikingly worthy of your time. It’s relaxed, attractive, and worldly —  loaded with contemporary cafes and stylish craft shops.

The whole area looks nice because of the old,-European- style architecture and brick walkways.

Minato

The Minato Ward is incredibly popular. The areas within the Minato ward are some of the most visited by visitors to Tokyo. Big-name areas like Akasaka, Odaiba, and Roppongi all fall within Minato.

Akasaka

Akasaka is where the crown prince of Japan lives so it can’t be too bad, can it? While not as big-name as other areas, it is famous for the unique Ninja Akasaka restaurant, where you enter a hidden ninja lair for dinner.

Aoyama

Aoyama is an upscale, wealthy neighborhood. There are lots of international fashion shops and really good restaurants, especially some delicious tiny mom and pop shops down the small alleys.

Odaiba

Odaiba is actually an artificial island in Tokyo Bay! It’s a sightseer’s paradise. Malls with beautiful views of the Tokyo Bay, amusement game centers, Rainbow Bridge, Fuji TV headquarters, and even a giant Gundam. There is a ton to see here.

Omotesando

Omotesando isn’t really an “area” in Minto, it’s a road. A road lined with remarkable dining experiences, art, nature, fashion, crafts, and so much more. It stretches from the Meiji Shrine all the way to Omotesando train station.

Roppongi

Roppongi is both a high-end, glamorous area and also the seedy underbelly of Tokyo nightlife. Where in one part you’re met with spectacular architecture such as Tokyo Tower, art, and beauty. 

And on the other, it’s small disjointed roads packed with partygoers. It’s an eclectic mix that somehow works.

Shinbashi

Shinbashi, or Shimbashi, isn’t as well known, but it does have some perks. The massive skyscraper, Shiodome, has amazing restaurants with a magnificent view of the bay. In the winter there are spectacular illuminations too.


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