Top attractions 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'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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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- A visit in the fall offers mild temperatures, shorter lines, and beautiful foliage!
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What people are saying about Tokyo
We took the “Mt. Fuji Full-Day Scenic Bus Tour from Tokyo” with Japan Panoramic tours at the last minutes, and we were glad we did. The tour was well organized. The bus was clean and seats were comfortable. But most impressive was our tour guide. His name was Blair. He was from Australia but spoke both English and fluent Japanese. Very impressive we thought! He is very knowledgeable about the Mount Fuji history and the surrounding area. His good sense of humor made the long drive was enjoyable. Blair was Very professional but also friendly and courteous. We would definitely recommend this tour company and if you are lucky to get Blair as your tour guide, you are in good hands! I’d definitely recommend this tour. Again, ask for Blair as your tour guide if you can!
I was determined to see this exhibit on my last day in Tokyo and had forgotten to buy tickets in advanced. I did a quick google search and found same day tickets. We made the mistake of going too early so we killed time in Odaiba before rejoining the queue around 4-5pm when the line moved faster. Although there were a lot of people inside, you could still enjoy the amazing digital art in the 10,000sqft area. Really great for families with toddlers/kids, good area upstairs for them to run around and burn off energy!
Once collected, the trip was wonderful. Our guide was pleasant and remained good humoured in spite of delays caused by members of the group. The lunch was an excellent and enjoyable taste of Japanese cuisine. We would have liked more time on Mt Fuji especially to walk some short distance with the hikers but felt this part was rushed probably due to delays earlier in the day. Overall a very good trip.
All in all beautiful and enjoyable, yet we spend waay to long in lines for attentions that were not enjoyable for English speaking people as we could not understand it. Here I am specifically thinking of the magic show that was not enjoyable for English speaking people. I also think the sub marines where not specified what it really was, yet me and my boyfriend both 22 really enjoyed it!
TThe meeting point was closer to the station but I didn’t come from the station so I had to walk quite a long way to get it, great tickets but I think would be better if the REAL ticket was electronic. Also the ticket says “Group ticket” so I guess the company earned profit through that way