From the Plane
The 12-hour direct flight from Minneapolis to Tokyo comes with unexpectedly spectacular views.
Tsukiji Market is one of the largest fish markets in the world and Tokyo's most popular tourist attraction.
Tuna is auctioned early in the morning at Tsukiji and then sliced for wholesale buyers in the warren of shops within the inner market.
Sensoji Temple Pagoda
A five-story pagoda is a focal point of busy Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, an older neighborhood along the Sumida River.
Rice Cracker Vendor
Rice crackers hot off the grill are one of many snacks sold along Nakamise, the touristy street leading to Sensoji Temple.
Nakameguro Cherry Blossoms
The cherry tree-lined Meguro River runs through the fashionable, artsy neighborhood of Nakameguro, one of the most pleasant places in the city to spend an afternoon.
Nakameguro street vendors sell crepes, coffees, curry and other cheap eats from their retro automobiles.
Shinjuku at Night
Shinjuku at night teems with pachinko parlors, neon and a steady torrent of people.
The adorable, kid-sized Ghibli Museum, devoted to the animated movies of director Hayao Miyazaki (he directed the Oscar-winning Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, and Princess Mononoke), is tucked into Inokashira Park in suburban Mitaka. A cast-iron replica of the robot from Miyazaki’s Castle in the Sky guards the roof.