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Top 10 things to do in Tokyo

The Japanese capital is both bold and humble, chaotic yet ordered, with people-watching as much an attraction as the sightseeing. You'll also discover great food, eccentric shopping, and a unique nightlife, but here's a mixed bag of essentials to squeeze in!

Tokyo Tower

Tokyo's answer to the Eiffel Tower provides visitors with more than just an observation deck. It's also home to the Guinness World Records Museum, an aquarium, and a wax museum!

Harajuku

Most famous for being the heart of Tokyo's youth culture, the district is great for unique boutiques and restaurants. It's even better for sipping Macha and watching people go by!

Senso-ji Temple

Tokyo's most visited temple remains a site of spiritual worship as well as a hotspot for tourism. The elegant structure makes a key addition to any sightseeing tour.

Meiji Shrine

If you find Senso-ji a little too busy, then check out the sublimely austere Meiji-jingu, dedicated to the 19th-century emperor who opened Japan to the West.

Tokyo Skytree

On a clear day you can see as far as Mount Fuji, but it's at night when the views from Japan's tallest structure are most mind-blowing! It's open daily from 8:00AM till 10:00PM.

Tokyo Imperial Palace

Built on the site of the old Edo Castle, the resplendent palace gardens are made for slow history tours. They're free, but you must apply online in advance.

Tokyo National Museum

With the world's largest collection of Japanese arts and artifacts – from ancient pottery to majestic sculptures and samurai swords – you really can't miss the National Museum!

Shibuya Crossing

What to see for free in Tokyo? The world's busiest pedestrian crossing descends into organized chaos every 2 minutes. It's more impressive when it's crowded, so go at rush hour!

Cat Café

Cat cafés are a surprisingly common sight, but which to choose? Try the fairytale decor of Temari no Ouchi in Musashino or find unusual breeds at Chiyoda's Neko JaLaLa.

Tsukiji Fish Market

Up early? The world's largest and liveliest fish market is open daily from 5:00AM for the tuna auction, with several stalls selling the freshest sushi for breakfast!

Planning Your Tokyo Visit

Best time to visit?

Summer sees visitors flock to the already crowded city, but the best time to go is between September and November. Temperatures remain moderate to warm and the end of peak season means less crowds and shorter lines. Many of Tokyo's sights are completely transformed by the autumn foliage and spring is, naturally, another great time to visit for the parks, trees, and floral displays!

How many days?

First time visitors should book at least 4 or 5 days to see Tokyo. However, a few extra days also allows time to check out other major cities like Kyoto or Osaka. Not that you'd be stuck for attractions in the capital!

How to get around?

Taxis are incredibly expensive and always run the risk of hitting stubborn traffic jams. The best way to get around Tokyo is via its extensive subway network. Be warned though, information in English is hard to come by, so prepare for you journey in advance and don't be afraid to ask station staff or commuters for help!

Good to know

  • Language
    Japanese
  • Currency
    JPY (¥)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+09:00)
  • Country Code
    81
  • Best time to visit
    A visit in the fall offers mild temperatures, shorter lines, and beautiful foliage!

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What people are saying about Tokyo

Useful but cable was frayed so it didn’t charge so

Using a portable WiFi is a great option and this was super reliable. The battery lasted for a good 10 hours with regular use. The unit got quite hot in our bags and we noticed towards the end of the first week that the cable was a little damaged which meant it didn’t charge properly. We had another with us so used that and it worked fine. As we were travelling around, only staying in a place for a day we didn’t feel it would make sense to exchange the unit or request a new cable as we had the replacement already but I’m sure one could have been arranged if needed. Very reliable service with the unit waiting in our room when we arrived with a return envelope included.

During tournament, so was only 30-40 min warmup. No real wrestling.

Came during the September tournament in Tokyo, so really only saw a warm-up of the amateur guys for 30-40 mins. Still got to take a picture afterward. Same price for some reason. I'd spend your money trying to get an actual ticket if a tournament is going on if you want to see them actually compete. We got a ticket for the tournament after this and had a much better ROI. This experience is best if you want to see Sumo up close. A lot more viewers than I expected crammed into a corner of the Stable practice area. Get there early so you can sit up front, otherwise views/pictures won't be as good.

Tokyo: Sumo Morning Training Visit Reviewed by Eric, 09/22/2019

Fantastic ride through the local neighbourhoods of Tokyo.

If you're looking to escape the tourist hubs and get a real local insight into the neighbourhoods of Tokyo, Andy's bike tour is a must! I really enjoyed exploring the back streets and hearing about life in the different neighbourhoods we ventured through. The selection of food was both authentic and delicious, and the stop at the standing noodle bar for lunch was quite the experience. Andy does a great job making everyone feel welcome and connects to the group on a personal level. One of favourite memories from the trip, highly recommended!

Tokyo: West-Side Cycling and Food Tour with Guide Reviewed by Anonymous, 09/20/2019

Great for transport to major sights/areas, can't see much from bus

For the red route, it's a convenient way to get to the major tourist sights in Northeast Tokyo (Asakusa, Akihabara). Can see some, but not much, from the buses themselves so don't plan on taking this as a tour bus alone. It's much more useful if you have time to get out and explore the areas near the stops.

Mike is a professional guide with vast knowledge.

We were surprised that Mike focused iat short walk of 4 kilometres to show us a large variety of leaders and new architects. The tour enabled us to learn the trends in Japan. We were absolutely satisfied in all aspects.

Tokyo: Contemporary Architecture Walking Tour Reviewed by Avi, 10/05/2019