Outsiders might view Hibiya as a sleepy, leafy district, but this is power central. Located immediately west of Ginza, Hibiya is the seat of Japan's federal government. Footsteps from the sprawling Hibiya Park is Japan's Diet Building, where the nation's House of Representatives and House of Councilors convene. The park itself hosts festivals and other cultural activities almost weekly. West of the Diet are many of the nation's ministries and other government facilities, along with the prime minister's residence. The Imperial Palace and a section of its moat is located immediately north of the Hibiya district, though most will access the gardens of the Palace through the Marunuchi district to the northwest.
Getting Around Tokyo
The best way to get around Tokyo is by subway or train. The system is incredibly efficient. The only downside to the subway and train system is that it shuts down nightly between midnight and 1 a.m. and doesn't start again until 5 or 6 a.m. Be careful when staying out late as Japan's subways and trains are known to stop half-way through their routes, leaving travelers stranded and facing an expensive cab ride. Check to see if you qualify for a Japan Rail Pass (http://www.japanrailpass.net/eng/en001.html) before you depart for Japan. There are two classes: "Green" and "Ordinary" (Green indicates a first-class experience). Passes can be purchased for 7, 14, and 21 days.
Nearby Airports
  • Narita International Airport-NRT
  • Haneda International Airport-HND
Airport Taxis
  • $200 from Narita International Airport
  • $30 from Haneda International Airport
Things to Do and See Near Hibiya