There are a total of 23 wards in Tokyo, however as we unfortunately don’t have all the time required to explore all of Tokyo we have to be efficient , so we will focus on the 7 most interesting wards that Tokyo offers visitors.
Chuo has historically been Tokyo's commercial center, and its most famous district is Ginza, built on the site of the former silver coin from which it takes its name. If you're looking for luxury goods, Ginza is the place for you. The district is known as the most expensive place in the world, and many luxury fashion brands such as Gucci, Channel, and Louis Vuitton have stores in this area. Also located in Chuo Ward is Tsukiji Market, the world's largest seafood wholesale market. Waking up early to eat sushi for breakfast should be on anyone's bucket list when visiting Tokyo.
Chiyoda Ward is located right in the center of Tokyo. Home to the busy JR Tokyo Station, the Marunouchi district of Chiyoda Ward is a place every traveler will pass through at least once during their travels. Marunouchi's western side borders the Imperial Palace, home to heads of state, and the beautiful East Garden, which is open to the public free of charge.
To the northeast of Chiyoda Ward is the Akihabara business district, one of Tokyo's most representative electrical districts. Here he has more than 250 small electronics stores selling everything from cameras to computers. Recently, Akihabara has become a mecca for the otaku subculture. There's arcades, video game stores, and everything else related to anime and manga. It's colorful, lively and fun.
Shinjuku is a very popular district in Tokyo, and is considered the second center of the metropolis. It is a bustling business district and is home to Tokyo's tallest skyscrapers, including the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, which has a free viewing floor. In addition to all business offices, there are also numerous restaurants and bars in the area. Shinjuku is definitely known for its nightlife among locals.
Shibuya is a popular shopping and dining district for many young Tokyoites. Shibuya Station, located in Times Square in Tokyo, is perhaps the busiest commuter station in the world. Directly in front of the station is Shibuya Crossing, which is also the busiest crosswalk in the world. It's quite spectacular and the best way to experience it is to follow the crowds, avoid people, and walk from end to end, from corner to corner. Before heading to the intersection, be sure to check out the Hachiko and Moai statues, which are famous meeting spots for friends. There are many shops such as Shibuya 109, karaoke rooms, and bars and izakayas, so it’s a spot where you can have fun until late at night.
Talk to a Tokyoite about “downtown” and they’ll think of the Taito district, where Japan’s hypermodernity takes a bit of a breather. Asakusa is one of the most important historical areas of Taito, mainly famous for Senso-ji, a famous Buddhist temple with the recognizable giant lantern of Kaminarimon used during the ages of the Samurai.
Ueno district is also a great place to experience the old Tokyo atmosphere. The area is filled with traditional homes and narrow streets, including nearby Ameyoko, a lively street market. However, what Ueno is most famous for is Ueno Park, one of the largest green spaces in all of Tokyo. The park is also home to Ueno Zoo, the oldest zoo in Japan, and the Tokyo National Museum.
Minato Ward is a very large area, with no central location, but many interesting neighborhoods. Roppongi is Tokyo's most famous nightlife district for foreigners, with countless nightclubs. During the day, it's the heart of the city, with offices, apartments, and nice shops. Roppongi Hills, a 27-hectare complex with over 200 shops, restaurants, entertainment venues and apartments, is the most famous. The famous Tokyo Tower is located next to Roppongi and is easily accessible within a 10-15 minute walk.
Odaiba is an island in the middle of Tokyo Bay and is Tokyo's newest district. This modern oasis of futuristic buildings is connected to the mainland via Rainbow Bridge and offers numerous entertainment options.
Sumida Ward is in the northeastern part of Tokyo. It's home to a famous cherry blossom viewing spot in the spring, the Sumida River fireworks festival in the summer, and Tokyo's main sumo ring. There is also Tokyo Skytree, a digital terrestrial broadcasting tower for NHK and other companies. It is the world's tallest free-standing tower, and the tallest man-made structure in Japan.