Tokyo’s 10 Hidden Gems You HAVE To Visit

Tokyo’s 10 Hidden Gems You HAVE To Visit


We all know that Tokyo is FULL of tourist attractions and locations that are amazing and definitely worth visiting. Although these tourist spots are amazing, they are usually VERY crowded and full of tourists. Due to this, it can be hard to fully enjoy the experience and it can be hard to get some good photos! If you’re someone who is going to Tokyo soon and are looking to avoid the crowds, check out this list of 10 HIDDEN locations in Tokyo that are just as amazing as tourist locations but are significantly less crowded! We’ll be showing you shrines, amusement parks and areas in Tokyo that are all amazing hidden gems!


1. Mount Takao

Walking up Mount Takao

Want to experience Japan’s nature…in Tokyo?! Then Mount Tako is perfect for you! Mount Takao is a mountain located near central Tokyo and can be accessed via train (around 1 hour from Shinjuku!). The mountain is truly beautiful and has amazing views of Tokyo and surrounding areas. If you didn’t bring your hiking gear to Tokyo and don’t want to walk, don’t worry! There is a cable car that runs throughout the day that takes you from the bottom of the mountain to the top! The views while riding the cable car are also amazing! Cable cars run from 8AM – 6:30PM daily and costs 950 yen for a round trip. Mount Takao is one of Tokyo’s hidden gems that you HAVE to go to!

Address

Takaomachi, Hachioji, Tokyo 193-0844

Access

Shinjuku Sta. → (Chuo Line) → Takao Sta. → (Takao Line) → Takaosanguchi Sta.

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2. Tokyo Summerland

Tokyo Summerland

If you’re going to Tokyo in summer, make sure to take your swim suit as Tokyo Summerland is somewhere you HAVE to go! Located in rural Tokyo, Tokyo Summerland is a HUGE waterpark full of pools, water rides and even rollercoasters! It’s a great day out for anyone, especially during Japan’s super hot summer. If you’re looking for a day off from sight seeing and want to experience one of Japan’s amazing waterparks, then this is the place for you! Tickets cost 3,500yen for the day. This is an amazing hidden gem location in Tokyo!

Address

600 Kamiyotsugi, Akiruno, Tokyo 197-0832

Access

Shinjuku Sta. → (Chuo Line) → Hachioji Sta. → (07 Bus for Akigawa Sta.) → Tokyo Summerland Bus Stop.

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3. Jindaiji Temple

Jindaiji Temple

Jindaiji Temple is located in Chofu, Tokyo. The temple is huge with tons of different buildings, traditional shops and restaurants surrounding it and even it’s own botanical garden! The temple is really not busy at all and the people that are there are usually locals who have come to pray. Due to this, the atmosphere is very calm and relaxing! You can enjoy the beautiful sight of the temple and surrounding areas without the crowds that come with tourist places, such as Asakusa. If you love Japan’s temples and want to experience one without people all around you, this is a hidden gem that you HAVE to visit!

Address

5 Chome-15-1 Jindaiji Motomachi, Chofu, Tokyo 182-0017

Access

Shinjuku Sta. → (Keio Line) → Chofu Sta. → (34 Bus for Jindaiji) → Jindaiji Shogakko.

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4. Sagamiko Illumillion

Sagamiko Illumillion

If you didn’t know, over the years Tokyo has become famous for it’s winter illuminations. Due to this Sagamiko Illumillion, a theme park dedicated to illuminations was opened up in Tokyo. The park has a massive display of illuminations with each part of the park being dedicated to a different theme. The illuminations are on display from November to April every year and entry costs 1000yen. The park is also full of different attractions to enjoy the illuminations. for example, there is a chair lift and a ferris wheel. For more information about the park, check out our article here! This is a hidden gem in Tokyo that everyone needs to visit!

Address

1634 Wakayanagi, Midori Ward, Sagamihara, Kanagawa 252-0175

Access

Shinjuku Sta. → (Chuo Line) → Sagamiko Sta. → (21 Bus for Mikage) → Pleasure Forest Mae.

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5. Toyosu

Toyosu at night

Although Toyosu is famous for its huge fish market, it actually has a lot more to offer than that! Toyosu is located right next to the Tokyo Bay which offers gorgeous views of the sea and Tokyo. One of the best times to see this view is at night, when the city is lit up and the lights reflect off of the water! You can also go on a boat trip around the bay to see the amazing scenery, which I would highly recommend doing! Toyosu is also full of amazing stores so it is definitely worth visiting! An amazing hidden gem in Tokyo that must be explored!

Address

6 Chome-3 Toyosu, Koto City, Tokyo 135-0061

Access

Shinjuku Sta. → (Shinjuku Line) → Ichigaya Sta. → (Yurakucho Line) → Toyosu Sta.

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6. Yomiuri Land

Yomiuri Land

Yomiuri Land is a small theme park located in Tokyo that becomes an amazing illumination wonderland in winter and a water park in summer! The park is full of attractions and fun things to do, as well as amazing illumination displays! This is the perfect place to hand out with friends and have a fun day out! I would recommend going in winter as the illuminations are truly amazing! A hidden gem in Tokyo that everyone needs to discover!

Address

4015-1 Yanokuchi, Inagi, Tokyo 206-8725

Access

Shinjuku Sta. → (Keio Line) → Keiō-yomiuri-land Sta.

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7. Shin-Okubo

Shin-Okubo at night

If you are someone who is traveling in Tokyo but also loves korean food/ is curious about trying it, Shin-Okubo is the place to go! Shin-Okubo has slowly become Tokyo’s ‘Korea Town’ over the years and has grown in size and popularity. The town is full of restaurants, shops and food stalls! It’s super fun to walk around the whole town and grab some amazing korean food! This is a spot that not many know about in Tokyo, but it is definitely worth visiting, especially if you love korean food and culture!

Address

1 Chome Hyakunincho, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 169-0073

Access

Shinjuku Sta. → (Yamanote Line) → Shin-Okubo Sta.

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8. Shiba Park

Shiba Park

Shiba Park is a park located right next to Tokyo Tower! Due to this, the park offers amazing views of the tower along with views of the beautiful park itself. The best time to go to this park is during cherry blossom season as the park is full of sakura which looks beautiful next to the tower! In the park there is also a temple you can visit along with other things to explore! If you’re going to Tokyo Tower, make sure to stop off at this park to get some amazing pictures of the tower.

Address

4 Chome-10-17 Shibakoen, Minato City, Tokyo 105-0011

Access

Shinjuku Sta. → (Oedo Line) → Akabanebashi Sta.

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9. Hiroo

A cafe in Hiroo

Hiroo is a small area in Tokyo that has recently gained popularity due to all the cute and fashionable cafes that have opened their recently! If you’re looking for a cute cafe to rest at for a while, Hiroo is definitely the place to go! Hiroo is located near Shibuya so it is very easily accessible! This small Town in Tokyo is a hidden gem that is waiting to be explored!

Address

150-0012 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Hiroo, 5 Chome−5−1 1・2F 田中ビル

Access

Shinjuku Sta. → (Yamanote Line) → Ebisu Sta. → (Hibiya Line) → Hiroo Sta.

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10. Nezu Shrine

Nezu Shrine

Nezu Shrine is a shrine in Tokyo that looks Similar to the famous shrine in Kyoto, Fushimi Inari Shrine. This shrine is filled with red gates leading up to the main shrine. The grounds really are beautiful making this shrine perfect for taking pictures at! Not only that, but not many people know about this shrine which means you can get some amazing photos without tons of people in the background! This Tokyo hidden gem is one of my personal favorites and is one that you MUST visit!

Address

1 Chome-28-9 Nezu, Bunkyo City, Tokyo 113-0031

Access

Shinjuku Sta. → (Marunouchi Line) → Yotsuya Sta. → (Namboku Line) → Todaimae Sta.


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