Top 10 Things to Do and See in Tokyo

Top 10 Things to Do and See in Tokyo

Tokyo is definitely one of those top places in every traveler’s to-do list. There is plenty to see, go and do, so the visitors must be prepared. This guide will let you not to miss essential places and provide with the ultimate Tokyo experience.

10. Cherry Blossom Festivals

Cherry blossom is a symbol of Japan. The blooming trees mark the end of the winter and welcome spring, which is being celebrated all around the country. In Tokyo alone there is a number of parks, where the blossoming trees attract locals and guests to admire the incredible trees.

Why go there?

The most authentic Japanese festival.

Where to go?

Ueno Onshi Park, Asukayama Park, the Meguro River, Chidorigafuchi, Sumida Riverbank.

When to go there?

The flowers are expected to blossom from March 20 to April 8, however, the dates may slightly change.

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9. Meiji Shrine, Shibuya

Surrounded with the forest, the shrine was dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and the Empress Shoken. One of the most popular temples in Japan, Shinto shrine combines traditional Japanese architecture with love for the nature.

Why go there?

The place is a relaxing oasis in busy Tokyo. Often traditional weddings could be seen here.

When to go there?

Anytime. The first days of the New Year are the busiest.

How to get there?

Get to the Harajuku Station or Meiji-Jingu-Mae Station by metro.

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8. Yoyogi Park

You have learned that Japanese are reserved people, but sometimes you see these pictures of young kids dressed in the craziest outfits. Yoyogi Park is the best place to catch up with the latest trends and styles.

Why go there?

To have a hike in a park and do some people-watching.

When to go there?

Sundays.

How to get there?

The park is adjacent to the Meiji Shrine.

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7. Cat Café, Nekorobi, Ikebukuro

The cozy café is occupied by the cats. The pet lovers will be pleased to visit this place. Anyone who loves pets, but can’t keep them, who wants to pet a cat or simply have a cup of tea in a tranquil place, might love to come to this unconventional café.

Why go there?

If you miss being surrounded by the cute animals.

When to go there?

The café is open every day.

How to get there?

Easily accessible by train or metro.

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6. Tokyo Tower

The architecture of this communications and observation tower was obviously influenced by the Eiffel Tower. The visitors get to admire a 360 degree Tokyo panorama from the top viewpoint. There is a newer and taller tower, however, this one is the symbol of Tokyo.

Why go there?

A classic spot to visit in the capital.

When to go there?

The tower is open every day.

How to get there?

Get there by metro to Onarimon Station or Akabanebashi Station.

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5. Ryogoku Kokugikan

The Tokyo’s National Sumo Hall is another spot where tourists can have their authentic Japanese experience. Besides actual wrestling, there is a whole parade in the ceremonial clothes, classic move demonstration by the former champions, that create a real sumo feast.

Why go there?

This is certainly one of the most authentic things you could do in Japan.

When to go there?

The most exciting are the 15-day tournaments, that take place in January, May, and September.

How to get there?

Get to the Ryogoku Station by metro.

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4. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Yoyogi Park is a fun place to hang out, but this one is to admire it and meditate the beauty of nature. It has many separate themed gardens, like French, English, traditional Japanese and more. It becomes especially striking during the cherry blossom season.

Why go there?

This is one of the best-groomed parks you will ever see.

When to go there?

Every season is attractive.

How to get there?

Get to the Shinjuku-gyoemmae Station or Shinjuku-sanchōme Station by metro.

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3. Karaoke at Smash Hits

Japanese are famous for embracing this fun party tradition. Usually, they do it with their friends in an intimate environment. But at Smash Hits they do it in front of a crowd of strangers. And if it’s your first time – you won’t even have to wait in a long queue!

Why go there?

Party like Japanese do. You can choose from a lot of international songs in the catalog.

When to go there?

Check for the schedule before you go.

How to get there?

Take a train to Hiro-o.

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2. Sushi

Once in Japan, everyone has to have sushi – it is the best in the world here. The fresh fish that was bought in the biggest fish market, prepared by a sushi master, who has been perfecting his craft for years – this is a serious business in Japan, that has to be respected by the travelers!

Why go there?

Even those, who don’t eat sushi, will fall in love with it here.

Where to go?

Sukiyabashi Jiro is considered one of the best sushi restaurants.

How to get there?

Sukiyabashi Jiro is in Ginza, Chūō. Get there by metro.

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1. Shibuya

The most famous district in Tokyo. Fashionable, colorful street, that never sleeps. The crossing is one of the busiest in the world – as the traffic lights change people from all directions across the street. The wonderful thing is – Japanese never bump into one another since they adjust their pace.

Why go there?

A must-see in Tokyo, the shopping mecca and simply a very exciting place to be.

When to go there?

Anytime.

How to get there?

The crossing is right outside the Shibuya Station.

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