Regional Characteristics of Urban Tourism in Tokyo

  • Eranga Ranaweerage
  • Takayuki Arima
  • Toshio Kikuchi
Part of the International Perspectives in Geography book series (IPG, volume 8)


Tokyo continues to grow as a global urban tourism destination. Urban tourism spots in Tokyo differ from one another in terms of their attractiveness. In this chapter, we discuss the historical dimensions of how such attractiveness has formed and changed over time, based on three case studies of famous tourism spots in Tokyo: Asakusa, Ginza, and Odaiba. Asakusa provides insights into urban tourism dating back to the Edo period and its changes up to present. Ginza represents a modern case of urban tourism, dating back to Meiji period, and Odaiba represents urban tourism in Tokyo in the twentieth century. In each case, we clarify the changes in the five common elements of attractiveness in urban tourism: “seeing,” “buying,” “dining,” “gathering,” and “relaxing.”


Tokyo Urban tourism Attractiveness of urban tourism Regional characteristics Historical dimensions 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eranga Ranaweerage
    • 1
  • Takayuki Arima
    • 2
  • Toshio Kikuchi
    • 3
  1. 1.Tokyo Metropolitan UniversityHachiojiJapan
  2. 2.Teikyo UniversityHachiojiJapan
  3. 3.Graduate School of Urban Environmental SciencesTokyo Metropolitan UniversityHachiohji, TokyoJapan

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