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Awesome Things to Do In Japan: Most Popular Landmarks in Tokyo and Surroundings! (March 2020 Ranking)

Awesome Things to Do In Japan: Most Popular Landmarks in Tokyo and Surroundings! (March 2020 Ranking)

Date published: 28 March 2020

Here are the most popular Landmarks in Tokyo and Surroundings, according to leading travel website Live Japan! Our ranking is based on the most popular pages viewed by foreign visitors in the past month. Be sure to add them to your Japan travel plan when you visit Tokyo and Surroundings!

1.Nishi Shinjuku LOVE Statue

1.Nishi Shinjuku LOVE Statue

LOVE Objet is a popular meeting place at Nishi-Shinjuku Station. It is a public artwork fronting the entrance of Shinjuku i-LAND, a skyscraper with 44 floors of offices, stores, residences and a specialty school. The famous objet, created by American artist Robert Indiana, is frequently shown on TV and is a popular meeting place for couples. It has even spawned its own subculture: one rumor says that if you can pass between the V and E without your body touching it, your romantic relationship will succeed. Shinjuku i-LAND is directly connected to Nishi-Shinjuku Station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, and an eight-minute walk from Shinjuku Station on the JR, Odakyu, Keio and Toei Shinjuku Lines.

2.Hachiko Statue

2.Hachiko Statue

The bronze statue of Chuken Hachiko is in the square of Shibuya station, and is a popular meeting place. The model of this statue was an Akita dog Hachi, who was a pet of Hidesaburo Ueno, a professor in the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Tokyo. Being brought up with a lot of love to become a faithful dog, it was Hachi's daily routine to greet the professor. When the professor suddenly passed away in 1925, Hachi continued to wait for his deceased master at Shibuya Station for 10 years. In 1934, a fine bronze statue of 162 centimeters on a 180 centimeter plinth was built by the donations of people who were moved by Hachi's faithful actions. At the unveiling ceremony, around 300 people gathered including the professor's wife and representatives from various quarters, and it is said that Hachi was also watching with the stationmaster of Shibuya Station. It was once taken away during World War II, but it was reinstalled in 1948, which is the statue that stands today.

  • Hachiko Statue
    • Address 2-1, Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0043
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    • Nearest Station Shibuya Station (JR Shonan Shinjuku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Saikyo Line / Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line / Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line / Tokyu Toyoko Line / Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line / Keio Inokashira Line)
    • Phone Number 03-3462-8311

3.Godzilla Head

3.Godzilla Head

The huge Godzilla head that suddenly appeared in Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku, was established to convey the charm of the global character Godzilla when the Shinjuku Toho Building started business in April 2015. The Godzilla head placed in the outdoor terrace of the eighth floor is a life size model with a height of 12 meters. It is from the movie ”Godzilla VS Mothra” filmed in 1992, which is a film in the Godzilla series. Toho Eizo Bijutsu, the producer of the movie, made this model that weighs 80 tons with special material reinforced with fiberglass. You can see it from behind the building from Yasukuni Street, which makes you feel like a real life Godzilla has appeared in Shinjuku.If you use the hotel or cafe in the building, you will be able to see the model up close from the terrace. The Shinjuku Toho Building is a five-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station East exit, or a three-minute walk from Seibu-Shinjuku Station.

  • Godzilla Head
    • Address 1-19-1, Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0021
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    • Nearest Station Shinjuku Station (JR Shonan Shinjuku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Chuo Main Line / JR Saikyo Line / Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line / Toei Shinjuku Line / Toei Oedo Line / Keio Line / Keio New Line / Odakyu Odawara Line)
      5 minutes on foot

4.Ikefukurou Statue

4.Ikefukurou Statue

Ikefukuro or Ike-fukuro is a stone statue erected in September 1987. It was created because there was no outstanding meeting spot in the Inkebukuro Station when the JR (Japan Railways) was launched in March of the same year. Fukuro (an owl) is a pun on the ”bukuro” part of the word ”Ikebukuro.” Initially, the station staff tried to carve an owl out of wood, only to fail. They contracted the work to a masonry company in the Tochigi prefecture, which completed it. The history of the Ikebukuro area is inscribed on the post placed just behind the statue. In 2006, a new statue of three little owls was placed next to the original one. The three-little-owl statue was a generous donation from the 5th-grade class-1 pupils of the nearby Ikebukuro Dai-san (No. 3) Elementary School. Both statues are now popular as the ”parent and baby owls.” If you take the JR Ikebukuro Station North Exit and turn right following the sign ”Ikefukuro” in front of you, you will find the Ikefukuro statues. Alternatively, if you walk towards the Higashi-guchi (East) Exit from the Central Exit, turn left onto Cherry Road, and then continue, you will also find them. Either way takes about one minute.

  • Ikefukurou Statue
    • Address The Ikebukuro Station yard, 1, Minamiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 171-0022
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    • Nearest Station Ikebukuro Station (JR Shonan Shinjuku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Saikyo Line / Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line / Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line / Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line / Seibu Ikebukuro Line / Tobu Tojo Line)
    • Phone Number 03-3988-2914

5.Statue Of Liberty, Tokyo

5.Statue Of Liberty, Tokyo

The French Statue of Liberty made in France in 1889 was placed in Odaiba from April 1998 to January 1999 as a symbol of the Japan-France friendship. It was her first exhibition abroad. The statue was so popular that people wanted to have their own as her return date approached. The present statue is a replica created in 1999 with official permission from the city of Paris and was unveiled on December 22, 2000. It is 12.25 meters in height from the pedestal to the top and weighs 9 tons. The best spot to take its photos is the promenade called Skywalk, which connects the Odaiba Marine Park and the Symbol Promenade Park. You can see the statue up close from there. It is a three-minute walk from the Yurikamome Line Odaiba-Kaihinkoen Station or Daiba Station and, alternatively, a seven-minute walk from the Rinkai Line Tokyo Teleport Station.

6.Tokyo Metropolitan Government

6.Tokyo Metropolitan Government

It is located on a 10-minute walk from the West exit of JR Shinjuku Station. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government started its operation in the unique and impressive building in 1991. Within the premises of approximately 42,940 square meters, the 243-meter-tall Main Building No.1, the Main Building No.2, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly Building are located, and visitors can tour the premises without a prior appointment. The observation deck at a height of 202 meters above ground on the 45th floor of the Main Building No.1 is particularly popular as a sightseeing spot in Tokyo. You can enjoy the view of Mt. Fuji on a fine winter day and a panoramic view of the city glistening with illumination in the evening. Admission is free. In addition, the Tokyo Tourist Information Center and Japanese prefectural tourism promotion booths on the premises are very useful for people traveling not only in Tokyo but also to other areas in Japan. Also, 38 pieces of artwork, including sculptures and reliefs, are displayed in the buildings. Visitors can appreciate works of famous modern art artists in and out of the country as well as the works publicly solicited from the general public or young artists. Dining facilities, cafes, and kiosks are available on the premises, so it is a convenient place to have a break during sightseeing in Tokyo.

7.Tokyo Skytree®

7.Tokyo Skytree®

Tokyo Skytree opened in 2012. In addition to playing a role of a freestanding radio tower, it garners popularity as a popular sightseeing spot. This 634-meter tower was constructed with a tree growing up into the sky as the concept. At 350 meters above the ground is a triple-layered Tembo observation deck, and restaurants where you can spend time looking out at the view, an official shop, and a photo service station are placed. When you change elevators to go further up to the Tembo Galleria at 450 meters above the ground, you can enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view that affords as far as 70 kilometers away. You need to purchase a separate ticket to go there, but it is worth the purchase to see the townscape from high up in the sky. The light up of the Skytree tower at night is also attractive. Two patterns, Iki chic blue showing the spirit of the tower and Miyabi elegant purple expressing the sense of beauty alternately illuminate the night sky over Tokyo. You will be fascinated by this lighting effect showing Edo aesthetics with the friendly atmosphere of the traditionally commercial and working-class neighborhoods. You can take the Tobu Skytree Line to the Tokyo Skytree Station or take the Hanzomon Line to the Oshiage Station for an easy access to the tower.

8.Tokyo Tower

8.Tokyo Tower

Tokyo's iconic tower, the Tokyo Tower, with a height of 333 meters, was built as a general television and radio broadcasting tower in 1958. In the present day, the Tower is frequented by those seeking views of the cityscape of Tokyo from either of the Tower's two observation decks. The main observation deck is at 150 meters from the ground, and the special observation deck at 250 meters is located on the top floor. The main observation deck spans two floors and is accessible by staircase or by one of three elevators. Once on the observation deck, visitors can find a cafeteria and a kiosk as well as a special stage, Club 333, where audiences become entranced by the superb view of Tokyo and special music events. The Tower, when lit up at night, livens up the night view of Tokyo. Through various colors and illumination patterns, the tower expresses the themes of Earth, peace, or dreams. Visitors may also see the Tower lit up in different ways depending on the event, promotions, and seasons. Hosted inside the Tower, visitors can enjoy an aquarium, food court, or souvenir shops. The Tokyo Tower is a 15-minute walk from the JR Hamamatsucho Station North Exit and a 5-minute walk from the Metropolitan Subway Oedo Line Akabanebashi Station Akabanebashi Exit.

9.Nijubashi Bridge

9.Nijubashi Bridge

Two bridges run from the front square, through the main gate and over the moat leading to the Imperial Palace. The bridge closer to the National Garden is Seimon Ishibashi; the one further is Seimon Tetsubashi. The two bridges are collectively called Nijubashi. The bridge is so called because the previous bridge, made of wood, required a supporting platform in the middle, creating a two-tiered structure. The present bridge, made of steel, was built in 1964. Although crossing the bridge is part of the Imperial Palace tour, in actual fact Nijubashi is only used for certain official events such as visits by foreign dignitaries. Join the free Imperial Palace tour at Kikyo-mon Gate, a 3-minute walk from Exit 6 of Nijubashi-mae Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line, or from Exit D2 of Otemachi Station on the Toei Mita Line.

10.Toki no Kane

10.Toki no Kane

The Chime of Time is a symbol of Kawagoe, a town of traditional Japanese warehouses. Locals love the Chime, which has been telling time since the Edo Period. It is said to have been built 400 years ago. The present tower and bell are the fourth generation, having been rebuilt after burning down several times. The Chime is 16-meters high and has three wooden layers; it sounds four times a day. While it now rings automatically, the tone informing locals of the time has not changed, and in 1996 was chosen as one of the ”100 Soundscapes of Japan.” The chime has a different character depending on the time of day, comforting those who seek nostalgia and healing.

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