Tokyo’s Tourist Hotspots VS Hidden Gems
1. Tokyo Tower vs Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
Tokyo Tower: Tokyo tower offers amazing views of Tokyo’s cityscape and the tower itself is a very pretty piece of architecture. However, if you’re looking to travel on a budget, Tokyo Tower may not be the place for you. This due to the ticket prices being quite expensive, especially if you want to go to the top deck.
Entry Free: For the top deck, the admission fee is 2,800yen for adults and 1,800yen for children. For more information on ticket prices click HERE.
Access: From Shinjuku Station take the Oedo Line towards Tocho-Mae and get off at Akabanebashi Station. The tower is a 10min walk away from the station.
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building: This hidden gem is a great alternative to the Tokyo Skytree for those looking to travel on a budget because entry is FREE! Although the building is a bit smaller than Tokyo Tower, it still offers great views of the city and also features a restaurant at the top as well!
Entry Fee: FREE
Access: From Shinjuku Station take the Oedo line to Tocho-Mae Station. The building is located very close to the station exit.
2. Takeshita Street vs Shimokitazawa
Takeshita Street: This street is a hub of everything kawaii. Whether it’s fashion or cafes this street has it all. However, this street can get EXTREMELY busy, especially if you go on a weekend; which can be annoying if you want to actually shop rather than experience the atmosphere.
Access: From Shinjuku Station take the Yamanote Line to Harajuku Station.
Shimokitazawa: Shimokitazawa is a small shopping district in Tokyo known for its fashion shops and cute cafes. If you’re looking to get away from the Tokyo crowds for the day and experience more ‘local’ culture, this is the place to head to! It has a great atmosphere too!
Access: From Shibuya Station take the Keio Inokashira Line heading for Kichijoji. Get off at Shimokitazawa Station
3. Meiji Shrine vs Nezu Shrine
Meiji Shrine: Meiji Shrine is a beautiful shrine that is situated right next to Takeshita Street in Harajuku. Due to it’s location it is very convenient to fit into your schedule. However if you’re willing to take a short train journey there are better shrines to discover in Tokyo.
Access: Take the Yamanote Line from Shinjuku Station to Harajuku Station.
Nezu Shrine: Nezu Shrine is located in northern Japan and is an extremely beautiful shrine. It’s red gates gives it a traditional Japanese feel and are great for Instagram photos! The grounds are fairly big and have a lot to explore, so why not go and see what else you can find there!
Access: From Tokyo Station take the Chiyoda Line to Nezu Station.
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