This 24 hour hustling city of Japan is no less than a paradise for a family who is looking for the ultimate holiday experience. All credit goes to the theme parks, amusement parks, streets of fun, and many more visitor attractions in Tokyo. More than any one, children will be glad to such an extent that they will never wish to be at home/hotel.
Tokyo is a unique city as compared to other cities on the planet, as it does not have a hub or landmark. Rather, the entire city is segmented into totally separate neighborhoods that are ideally accessible via the great Metro system. However, a main problem is that no streets are named and so you need to carry a detailed bilingual map. Further, do examine the detailed maps available at each Metro station. Irrespective of whatever limitations exist, the secret of exploring the real Tokyo is in its minute details that one can encounter by ambling in any of its neighborhoods.
As my small cousins were together, among all the visitor attractions in Tokyo, the Disney Resort was our first target at Maihama. This is a theme park for all ages boasting varied attractions. Overlooking the Tokyo Bay, the Disney Sea is a state-of-the-art park that is must a visit. At the resort, over 100 boutiques, world class restaurants, and a big shopping mall will definitely reserve a next time visit. Further, many annual events and parades are held here, which are really awesome. I recommend booking a stay in one of its elegant hotels.
Next, the Dome City in Koraku Bunkyo-ku is one of the top visitor attractions in Tokyo as it is the complete hangout for family for a day. Enjoy the amusement park, rejuvenate at a spa, shop at some of the excellent shops, or dine in any of the superb restaurants. You will feel as if you are in a small city itself, which offers enough attractions to keep you engaged the entire day.
The Hanayashiki Amusement Park at Asakusa (Taito) is 150-years-old park that was originally a flower park. Now, it is an amusement park boasting many fast rides like roller coaster, carousel, and large Ferris wheel with some best views of the park. The park is opened from Wednesday to Monday between 10:00 to 18:00.
The Tokyo Sony Building is for those who love innovations. Located in Ginza, this beautiful edifice is where you can explore the most modern audio-visual attractions and computer stuff without any cost. On its 6th floor, the Play Station will behold anybody’s attention, may it be a youngster or a child. In fact, several gadgets and games are available that you can try soaking yourself for hours. Last, but not the least, a High-Vision Theatre offers free movie shows every Saturday at 16:30. The visiting time of the building is daily from 11:00 to 19:00.
Then, I headed to one more free attraction, the Imperial Palace at Kokyo Gaien (Chiyoda-ku). Located in the heart of the city, this is the famous historic site where you can spot the Emperor of Japan. Since 150 years, this majestic building has served as the residence of Japanese Emperors. Currently, several holdings have been pushed behind the walls and dense plantations.
Roppongi is the neighborhood where you can party in any of its clubs and restaurants. Check out for the tallest building in Tokyo, the Midtown Tower, holding 54 storeys and the first Ritz Carlton hotel. Other attractions include designer emporiums, opulent apartments, the Suntory Museum of Art, the new 21_21 Design Sight, the new National Arts Centre, an amazing park, and several eateries.
The Tokyo Tower at Shinbakoen, Minato-ku is where you can have some of the breathtaking views of the city and Mount Fuji. This 333 m red and white tower also has an aquarium, many gift shops, and a waxwork exhibit.
Meiji-jingu (Meiji Shrine) at Yoyogi, Kamizono-cho, Shibuya-ku is a fine example of the Shinto architecture in the middle of a dark and breezy forest. You first need to cross a big wooden torii gate and then the wide gravel path of the forest to reach the shrine area. The shrine is built in the memory of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken during whose rule Japan saw its modern progress. This is the area to be a part of many festivals such as the New Year, Coming of Age Day (15 January), the children’s festival of Shichi-Go-San (weekends around 15 January), Grand Festival (November 1-3), yabusame (horseback archery), budo (martial arts), and aikido. The Gyoen Inner Garden here is more attractive in June with the magnificent exhibit of irises.