Takebashi, Jimbocho, Suidobashi, Ochanomizu
Showa-kan - Museum: Kudanshita
[Open 10am-5:30pm (enter by 5pm). Closed Mondays.]
Life in Japan during and after World War II - the period from 1935 to 1955 to be exact - is the focus at this small historical museum. Completely renovated in January 2013, the museum offers a unique glimpse into everyday life during this turbulent...
Crafts Gallery, National Museum of Modern Art - Art museum: Takebashi
[Open 10am-5pm. Closed Mondays.]
Run by the nearby National Museum of Modern Art, the small gallery focuses on early and mid twentieth-century crafts. The six gallery rooms are filled with gorgeous ceramics and lacquerware, room-divider screens, metalwork and fabrics. The museum...
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo - Art museum: Takebashi
[Open 10am-5pm (Fri -8pm). Closed Mondays.]
One of several museums and other attractions located in Kitanomaru Park just across the moat from the Imperial Palace, MOMAT displays an extensive collection spread out over three floors, and is well worth a visit for those with an interest in art. ...
Science Museum - Museum: Takebashi
[Open 9:30am-4:50pm (enter by 4pm). Closed Wednesdays.]
Aimed primarily at younger visitors, the focus here is on basic science and technology, with lots of hands-on exhibits, although many of them look like they were put together a few decades ago. Driving simulators in the Waku Eco Motor Land section...
Ohya Shobo - Bookstore: Jimbocho
[Open 10am-6pm. Closed Sundays.]
This antiquarian bookseller in the heart of the Jimbocho bookstore district is a great place to purchase, or just look at, antique ukiyo-e woodblock prints.
Big Boy - Jazz cafe: Jimbocho
[Open 11am-5, 7-11pm. Closed Sun, 1st, 3rd Sat.]
With its bright yellow door and sunny, brasserie-like interior, Big Boy has an atmosphere that's the complete opposite of old-fashioned jazz kissas. The management plays jazz both new and old, and the sound system is optimized for piano music, so...
Kissa Ko - Jazz cafe: Jimbocho
[Open 7am-9pm; Sat. noon-9pm; Sun. noon-6pm. Open every day.]
Coffee lovers as well as jazz fans will have good reason to try this charming little cafe - they grind the beans for each cup after they get an order, and the three original-blend coffees here (Y600) are excellent. The cafe occupies an old...
Iidabashi, Suidobashi, Korakuen
Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens - Park/garden: Iidabashi
[Open 9am-5pm (enter by 4:30) daily.]
Construction on this vast, 70,000-square-meter landscape garden began in 1629 by members of the Mito Tokugawa family. The garden presents visitors with a series of walks over bridges and ponds and artificially constructed hills, offering vistas of...
Tokyo Dome - Sports arena: Suidobashi
Home of the Yomiuri Giants, Tokyo Dome was built in 1988 as Japan's first domed stadium. It seats 55,000 people, and is the anchor for Tokyo Dome City, which includes the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, the Baseball Cafe, an amusement park called...
Tokyo Dome Bowling Center - Bowling alley: Suidobashi
[Open 10am-10:30pm daily.]
Tokyo Dome City Attractions - Amusement park: Suidobashi
[Open 11am-7pm daily.]
The amusement park rides and attractions of Tokyo Dome City are spread out over five areas - LaQua, Tower Land, Splash Garden, Parchute Land and Geopolis - all covered by a one-day pass or separate pay-as-you-go admission. Attractions include the...
Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum - Museum: Suidobashi
[Open Mar-Sep 10am-6pm; Oct-Feb 10am-5pm (enter by 30 min before closing). Closed Mondays.]
Hardcore fans of Japanese baseball can view room after room of baseball memorabilia - uniforms of famous players, old balls, significant bats, important gloves, and miscellaneous trading cards and trophies. Equipment dating back to 1875 is on...
LaQua - Onsen: Korakuen
[Open 11am-9am (spa area) daily.]
The LaQua complex, part of Tokyo Dome City, features a hot-spring spa and a shopping center with more than seventy shops and restaurants, interspersed with a handful of amusement park rides. The baths feature sodium-chloride-infused natural...
Bunkyo Civic Center Observation Deck - Attraction: Korakuen
[Open 9am-8:30pm daily.]
Looking very much like a gigantic Pez dispenser, the Bunkyo Civic Center Building, just north of Tokyo Dome City, is one of a handful of Tokyo skyscrapers offering a free observation deck. The 25th-floor deck boasts a 330-degree panoramic view of...
Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo - Art gallery: Ochanomizu
[Open 11am-7pm. Closed Mondays.]
Sponsored by the Tokyo metropolitan government, this branch of Wonder Site introduces the work of up-and-coming young artists in Tokyo. A diverse selection of art is on display in the three floors of galleries, and there's usually something worth...
Tokyo Waterworks Historical Museum - Museum: Ochanomizu
[Open 9:30am-5pm (enter by 4:30pm). Closed 4th Monday.]
This historical museum run by the Tokyo Bureau of Waterworks has surprisingly interesting exhibitions on the history of the public water supply in the capital, spread out over two spacious floors. Upstairs you can get a glimpse into daily life...
Rin - Retail: Ochanomizu
[Open 11am-8pm (Sun -6pm) daily.]
Feeling a bit like a modern-art museum gift shop, Rin offers a well-curated collection of design-conscious goods from around Japan, with an emphasis on traditional craftsmen with a modern aesthetic sensibility. They've put together a good selection...
Origami Kaikan - Retail: Ochanomizu
[Open 9:30am-6pm. Closed Sundays.]
A combination retail store, gallery space and educational facility devoted to the Japanese art of paper folding. After being inspired by assorted origami works on the gallery floor you can see how origami paper is dyed and painted in the...