Discover the popular sightseeing spots along the Hibiya line! A one-day sightseeing course

There are many places to discover within Tokyo, so it might be difficult to decide where to go. Here, we’ll introduce popular sightseeing spots from the authentic to the extravagant, as well as a recommended course. The best part is that all locations can be reached by only using the Hibiya line. Let’s get started!
4 popular spots that can be accessed by the Hibiya line
Ebisu
Our first stop is Ebisu, a place with many chic cafés and shops where you can find hidden treasures. There are back alleys to explore where you can find gourmet restaurants and fashion stores where you can experience current Tokyo.
■Ebisu Yokocho
Located 2 minutes away from the station a backstreet filled with pubs. Enjoy a Showa-era ambiance along with cheap and delicious food. Not only do they have sushi, oden, skewers and other Japanese food, there are also bistros to enjoy.
■Yebisu Beer Museum
One of the iconic beer brands in Japan, Yebisu Beer Museum has a long history. During the tour (fee applies) learn the best way to pour a beer and sample different flavors of beer! You can also take a look around on your own free of charge.
Roppongi
Our next stop is Roppongi, famous for its international atmosphere. This area boasts gourmet restaurants and world-renowned fashion brands. With many museums in the area, Roppongi is also a popular place for art lovers. Famous landmarks include Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown, which both have easy access from Roppongi station. You can reach Tokyo Midtown by using Exit 4a. There, you can not only find clothing stores, but interior and design stores offering Japanese-style products as well as stationery items. A post office is on the 4th floor in case you wish to send postcards or other items home. Located in Roppongi Hills, Mori Art museum mainly showcases contemporary art but occasionally exhibits anime and manga related artwork as well. The museum has shortened its opening hours on Tuesday so you might want to go another day or in the early afternoon. After taking in some art, head to the cinema inside the Keyakizaka complex for more entertainment. Roppongi Hills is directly connected to Exit 1c of Roppongi Station.
Hibiya
Hibiya blends nostalgia with modern design as the city undergoes redevelopment. The station is close to Hibiya park as well as the Imperial Palace, both great areas to relax and enjoy the greenery. At first, Hibiya Park was a residential area but was used as a training ground during the Meiji period (1868-1912) then later redesigned as a park. Hibiya Park was Japan’s first Western-style park, originally created as a place for people working in the business district to rest while surrounded with beautiful flowers and greenery. View both parks from Park View Garden in Tokyo Midtown Hibiya. In addition to the garden, Tokyo Midtown Hibiya lets you enjoy shopping with over 60 shops, spend time in a café or restaurant, or watch a movie at the Toho cinema.
Akihabara
Akihabara is the geeky hub of Tokyo. Besides a host of stores selling electronic dictionaries, laptops and other electronics, there are many anime, manga and game-related stores. Those interested in anime or manga should check this area out. Maid and theme cafes let you delve deeper into the world of anime and manga let you feel as though you are inside the world of anime.
A one-day sightseeing course on the Hibiya Line.
The Hibiya line has much to see and do, all easily accessible. Let’s start with the first spot!
Starting point: Ueno Station 10:00 AM
ust a few minutes away from the Ueno Station is Ueno Park, which has an enormous zoo and more than ten art, science, and history museums where you can learn and play. Discover the history of Tokyo at the Shitamachi Museum and Tokyo National Museum. The National Museum of Nature and Science features a main exhibit of dinosaur skeletons as well as rotating exhibitis. The art museums showcase work from artists from around the world.
While the park itself has no admission fee, the zoo and museums do. Occasionally there are free exhibitions as well.
The Park Exit of Ueno Station is the most convenient way to reach the zoo and museums. If you prefer a walk around the big lake and garden area, you should take the Shinobazu Exit.
Lunch: Tsukiji Market 12:00 PM
Our next stop is Tsukiji! Tsukiji is famous for its fish market. The fish auction happens early in the morning and only a limited number of people may watch. However, you can enjoy a variety of seafood during lunch time, which usually lasts until 2 PM. Head to the outside sitting area, where you can eat great quality sushi and rice bowls topped with fresh seafood. Since the floors are very slippery, you should wear shoes covering the toes. Wi-Fi and public bathrooms are available at the information center Plat Tsukiji.
Experience Japanese Arts: East Ginza Station 2:00 PM
Experience traditional Japanese performing arts after lunch at the Kabuki theater, a famous place in Ginza where you can witness a form of traditional Japanese theater. To reach the theater directly from the East Ginza Station, take Exit 2, which is directly connected to the second basement floor of the theater. There is a garden area where you can relax on the fifth-story roof. The building also has some souvenir shops and restaurants. One of the shops sells Kabuki-style fried ice cream in two flavors, matcha green tea or azuki bean. The freshly baked kintsuba, made out of bean paste and sweet potatoes, is also recommended.
Shop around Roppongi Station 4:00 PM
After experiencing Japanese culture through food and art, we recommend stroll around Roppongi to explore the many shops it has to offer. Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown are located close to the station and offer all kinds of shops and entertainment. Many of the shops in the Azabujuban shopping street were established more than a hundred years ago, meaning you can buy traditional Japanese products here. There are also stores selling clothes from all over the world, including Canada, France, and the UK. After all the shopping, relax in one of the chic little cafés nearby.
A popular shop is Naniwa Souhonten which sells Taiyaki, a fish-shaped pancake traditionally containing azuki bean filling. This shop invented Taiyaki more than a century ago! The store is quite popular, so it is advised not to go during peak hours. Another one of this district’s specialty sweets popular souvenir among Japanese tourists is the Azubu Karinto. Karinto are deep-fried sweets made of flour and yeast and coated with brown sugar.
■Roppongi Hills
Roppongi Hills is another great place to shop around as well as enjoy art museums, a cinema, and a beautiful observation deck. Fans of the pop art artist Takashi Murakami can see and buy merchandise of his artwork on the third floor of West at his art and design store. There are also many photogenic places in the area outside Roppongi Hills, including the giant spider located between 66 Plaza and the Japanese style garden.
■Tokyo Midtown
Another great place to shop is Tokyo Midtown, a small district consisting of six buildings that include a museum, shops, restaurants, apartments and offices. The main shopping area is called Galleria and has a variety of high-end shops. The outside and inside of the building feature modern design, making this an outstanding place to shop. If you are in search of a luxurious place to stay overnight, hotel Ritz Carlton is the place to go, with well-designed spacious common areas as well a spa and a swimming pool.