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!
Great experience only to be bettered by Dubai's Burj Khalifa. It only cost £12 (booked online the night before) for the 350m platform but I opted for the 450m platform which was just £21. This is a bargain considering it's the world's 2nd tallest building, especially when comparing with the likes of the Empire State Building, which was amazing, but cost about £40 in 2014 to reach "a measly" 381m high on the 102nd floor. There's also a museum which is impressive and large interactive screens to understand which building is which. We even spotted our hotel from the top! The department score and array of restaurants lower down is very impressive. It's a city in itself, not just a tower.
Tour was good, Ghibli park is the last stop, two and half hrs there. The rest of the day, you will visit sites which are not included nor mentioned in the description.
Loved every moment. Got an authentic sense of what Japanese food and culture is all about. Our guide was wonderful. Highly recommend. A must do when in Tokyo!!!
The gotemba outlets were a a little bit of a waste of time, as the outlets in our home country were cheaper, but a very nice experience.