100 Things to Do in Tokyo Japan

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Top Rated Attractions in Tokyo: Based on Ratings and Popularity of Sightseeing Areas Tokyo is a city to which no other city can quite compare. It's home to a rich traditional culture and plenty of other futuristic attractions and unique subcultures. If one is in the town for either a long time or just a quick visit, it is sure that guests never run out of things to see, do, experience, and enjoy. If you are looking for just experiences, here is a short list of 21 experiences and activities to do in Tokyo as well.


1- Sensoji Temple

asakusa - must do Kyoto attractions
Standing proud in the heart of the traditional suburb of Asakusa sits the Buddhist Senso-ji Temple. It is one of the city's oldest landmarks and a popular destination for those wishing to learn more about the country's rich Buddhist history. A visit to Tokyo isn't complete without stopping by Senso-ji.
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Asakusa is within walking distance from Tokyo SkyTree and only one stop away from the Ueno Park where The National Museum of Tokyo is located. Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center has a free observation deck on the top floor. At the nearby Kappabashi you can buy reasonably priced handmade knives and souvenirs.

TOKYO SAMURAI NINJA MUSEUM  (Interactive) - Asakusa

Tokyo Samurai Ninja Museum in Asakusa is the best rated samurai and ninja experience in Japan. The basic ticket allows you to join a history tour about Edo, throw ninja stars and  wear a samurai armor like the one in the picture. You can use a real samurai sword to awaken the samurai within you. This is a great Tokyo Experience for young visitors and those who feel young. This activity may bring a mix of satisfaction, reverence for tradition, and a newfound appreciation for the craftsmanship and discipline of the samurai. The experience leaves an indelible mark, fostering a deep respect for this revered aspect of Japanese culture. Tokyo Samurai Ninja Museum offers all experiences in English and offers 10% discount on online ticket purchases.


Samurai Museum Tokyo Tokyo Samurai Ninja Museum (INTERACTIVE)

 Skytree - AsakusaSkytree Tokyo

This is the tallest building/structure in Japan (634 m) and one of the irresistible must-see Tokyo attractions. This Tokyo, Japan landmark is not far from the Asakusa area. Under the tower, there is a shopping mall and a well-designed aquarium.

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The place has a cool aquarium on the ground floor with penguin-shaped sandwiches. The place gets busy on weekends and usually there is a line. You can kill time at the aquarium.


Kimono Tea Ceremony in Asakusa (#1 Rated Activity for couples)

Tea Ceremony in Japan
The Japanese tea ceremony is a fascinating cultural experience everyone should try at least once! Governed by ancient rules and practices, the Japanese tea ceremony is an elegant, enigmatic ritual and an excellent example of China and Japan's historicalcross-cultural pollination.
This tradition, which has been followed for more than a millennium, is still accessible for outsiders to experience today. Whether people are looking for a brief overview or an in-depth experience, guests can always find an option that suits their style in Tokyo.

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You can rent the kimono for FREE at the Maikoya tea ceremony in Asakusa.

 There is 10% off if you reserve online


2- Shibuya Crossing -Shibuya

Shibuya Crossing Tokyo
This is the busiest pedestrian walking area and intersection in the world, making it one of the can't-miss Tokyo attractions and experiences. It appeared in over half a dozen movies, such as Lost in TranslationFast and Furious, and much more. After crossing this wondrously chaotic Tokyo attraction, see the famous Hachiko Statue, which is pretty near the JR station.
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Shibuya Hikari has a free indoor observation deck on the top floor. The recently opened Shibuya SKY building also has a nice view of the crossing. Many people watch the crowds from the Starbucks on the 3rd floor of the biggest building nearby.

 Meiji Jingu & Harajuku Fashion Street  -Shibuya Area

Meiji Jingu, Tokyo
In the heart of Harajuku sits Meiji Jingu, one of the city's most iconic shrines. Nestled in the heart of vibrant Harajuku, the site is flanked by the colourful tourist-populated street of Takeshita Dori and the city's unofficial communal backyard, Yoyogi Park. It was founded in 1920 in commemorating Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Honten.

HarajukuTakeshitadori Takeshita Street in HARAJUKU

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Meiji Jingu is right next to HARAJUKU, which is a walking distance from the upscale Omotesando area, which is a walking distance from the Shibuya Crossing. Meiji Jingu is a large park with over 1000 cherry trees; there are also places to buy food.

3- Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden -Shinjuku 

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

A lovely and relaxing must-visit Tokyo Japanese garden in the middle of the city. Near the Tokyo Metropolitan BuildingFREE-entry Skyscraper with an observation deck where people can see the entire Tokyo skyline. (The metropolitan bldg. is closed until mid-January for renovation) 

 Omoide Yokocho -Shinjuku Area

Omoide Yokocho , Piss Alley, Memory Lane Shinjuku
If you are looking for what to do in Shunjuku explore the streets of Tokyo."Piss Alley," colloquially referring to Omoide Yokocho in Tokyo, is a narrow alley near Shinjuku Station known for its small traditional bars and yakitori stalls. Despite the unconventional name, it has become a popular destination for its authentic atmosphere, post-war charm, and delicious offerings. The nickname may stem from historical restroom challenges in the area, adding a unique touch to its character.
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Please be careful in the area called Kabukicho which is the red light district of Tokyo. You may want to stay away from the area if you are a conservative family with kids.

4- Imperial Palace  ,Tokyo Station Area

Tokyo Imperial Palace
This is where the Edo Castle, the shogun's home, used to be. It is a vast area where some parts of the palace are often closed. Fortunately, the East gardens are open. With its beautiful garden and elaborate features, it's genuinely one of the most picture-perfect must-do Tokyo activities. You can take a picture on this bridge.
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This place is within walking distance from the Tokyo Station, and along the way, you can find many nice cafes and upscale shops on the Otemachi Street. The Palace closes early at 2:45 p.m. and is not open on Sundays and Mondays.

Food Tasting - Tokyo Station Area

Depa Chika Japan Department Store Food
Exploring depachika, the basement food floors in Japanese department stores, is a delightful culinary adventure. There are department stores right next to Tokyo Station but also there are multiple department stores in the Upscale Ginza Shopping District which is walking distance from Tokyo Station. Walking distance from Tokyo Station also there is a Pokemon Cafe where they serve pokemon themed food.

Ginza and  Tsukiji Fish Market - Tokyo Station Area

A man is cutting fish at Tsukiji Market
While the Tsukiji Market is very close to the Imperial Palace and Tokyo Station and surely walkable along the posh Ginza streets, some people take a train or subway. Tsukiji is the uber famous fish market that recently closed but for some reason the other Tsuikiji market when you can sample dozens of different kinds of fresh sea food and street food, is very active and bustling. 

5-  Akihabara Anime and Manga Universe - Near Tokyo Station

Akihabara
Akihabara is a must-visit destination for electronics enthusiasts, offering a vast array of cutting-edge technology, gadgets, and components that can be hard to find anywhere else. Most foreigners go there to buy the figures of unique anime characters, especially at the Giant Electronics Market place right next to Akihabara train Station called YODOBASHI CAMERA .
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6-  Odaiba Manmade Island - Near Tokyo Station

Floating Flower Garden TeamLab Planets Digital Immersion Museum

Odaiba is a manmade island not far from the downtown Tokyo area but you cannot walk there. Right next to the the NEW Toyosu Fish Market on the island lays the Spectacular and jaw-dropping, the Team Lab Planets Immersive Experience A one-of-a-kind interactive modern art museum, this light show dazzles and is one of the best contemporary must-see Tokyo attractions. Please put it in your list of things to do in Tokyo.

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Visit the place during the weekday evenings since most domestic visitors go there on the weekend. The last entry is at 5:30 p.m., and don't forget to bring comfortable shoes.


Gundam Odaiba source: Gundam Odaiba

On the Odaiba Island you can find many other interesting attractions, arcades, mini zoos and unique facilities, especially in the Aqua Mall walking distance from the Toyosu Fish market and Teamlab. In Odaiba you can spot this giant Gundam statue.


Day Trip from Tokyo #1 Tokyo Disneyland

Tokyo Disneyland
One of the famous Tokyo Attractions, Disney's first international park opened in 1983. It is located outside the Tokyo City area and is often a date spot for young lovers. Different from Disneyland in the US, there are many hidden Mickey Mouse signs guests should discover.
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This area is outside Tokyo City, which takes about an hour. There is a fireworks festival every evening, but it gets hectic on weekends. You can easily spend a day in the Disneyland Tokyo.

Day Trip from Tokyo #2 Mount Fuji & Hakone Onsen (Hot Spring)


 

Embark on an early morning journey from Tokyo to Mount Fuji, taking train or bus from Shinjuku Station. You can get there almost in an hour so. Explore Lake Kawaguchi and iconic viewpoints like Chureito Pagoda, then head to Hakone for a relaxing onsen experience, complemented by a visit to the Hakone Open-Air Museum, before returning to Tokyo in the evening.

Staying at an onsen (hotspring) hotel overnight would be a great idea which is also useful in case the weather is gloomy when you arrived. There are many hot Springs in the area including Konansou Hotel that you can see in the photo above. Image credit: Konansou.

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Absolutely and absolutely check the weather in beforehand as almost a quarter of the time people can't see the summit.Additionally you can see the glorious Mount Fuji on the shinkansen from Tokyo to Kyoto. Make sure to sit near the window facing the right side.


Best Japanese Gardens in Tokyo

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Did you Know? "Tokyo" means "Eastern Capital." Tokyo was originally known as Edo, and it became the capital in 1868. Approximately 14 million people live in the Tokyo metropolis area today while with the number is presumed to be 30 million with the addition of suburban areas.

Top Cultural Experiences in Tokyo 

1- Tea Ceremony in Tokyo

Tea ceremony Tokyo asakusa Kimono Tea Ceremony in Tokyo Asakusa

 2-Tokyo Sushi or Wagashi Sweets Making Class

Japanese sweets wagashi
Don't be confused about where to go in Tokyo. Learn traditional Japanese dishes from local cooks in Japan by signing up for one of the classes and choosing from a range of different cooking courses, including lunchdinner, and confectionery classes. This hidden gem in Tokyo is where guests will learn more about the flavours of Japan. In addition to learning, there will be an explanation of the techniques required as well as the range of utensils used while cooking a great meal!
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You can combine this activity with your visit to a nearby location, though most people do it for lunch or dinner. BOOK HERE WITH A DISCOUNT >>

3- Samurai Sword Experience in Tokyo

Tokyo sword cutting experience tameshigiri Tokyo sword cutting experience tameshigiri

Step into history, become a modern-day warrior. The Tameshigiri experience connects you to the samurai’s legacy, a day etched in tradition, skill, and honor. BOOK with a discount.

4- Sumo Wrestling

Sumo Tournament
Unfortunately, there are only six sumo tournaments a year, and each tournament lasts for two weeks. Three of the tournaments take place in Tokyo (Jan, May, Sept.), where the sumo museum is located (Ryogoku Kokugikan). The other tournaments take place in Osaka (March), Nagoya (July), and Fukuoka (November). The last day of the tournament has the matches of the top wrestlers. It is called senshuraku (the pleasure of 1000 seasons). If you go to the Ryogoku area you may see some sumo wrestleres swinging by the local conveneince stores or riding a bicycle.
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The best way to experience it is to attend a sumo tournament in Japan. They can be bought at buysumotickets.com or from an official vendor

Recommended Pop Culture Activities in Tokyo

1- Ghibli Museum

This is a must-see spot for Anime fans. It is a must-do Tokyo activity. Enjoy the theme park based on Studio Ghibli movies such as Spirited Away and Totoro.

2- Restaurant or Kirby Cafe 

Some call it a cool-themed cafe or a must-do Tokyo experience. Some even call it a tourist trap. This is an exciting place where people can order colourful hamburgers, creatively designed sweets, and watch shows.

Recommended Restaurants in Tokyo

Best sushi in Tokyo: Tokyo is renowned for its sushi, and there are many high-quality sushi restaurants. Some of the famous ones include Sukiyabashi Jiro and Sushi SaitoBest ramen in Tokyo: Tokyo has a rich culture with numerous outstanding ramen shops. Ichiran and Afuri Ramen are popular choices. Best steak restaurant in Tokyo: Tokyo has some top-notch steak restaurants. One famous option is the Kobe Beef Kaiseki 511 in the Roppongi district. Best izakaya in Tokyo: There are countless izakayas in Tokyo, offering various styles of Japanese pub food. Torikizoku and Torigin are some popular chains. Best Vegetarian restaurant in Tokyo: T's Tantan and Ain Soph are notable vegetarian-friendly options. Best Halal food/restaurant in Tokyo: You can find several excellent Halal restaurants in Tokyo, such as GyumonBest Italian Restaurant in Tokyo: There are various Italian restaurants in Tokyo, with Savoy being one of the well-known choices. Best Rooftop Bar in Tokyo: Many rooftop bars offer stunning city views. The New York Bar in the Park Hyatt Tokyo and the Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills are famous for their

 Tokyo Travel Tips and Hacks You Should Know

  1. While Tokyo Station is a central transportation hub but it doesn't have the nice restaurant streets like Shinjuku you can walk at night. Asakusa and Ueno (Taito) also have many budget-friendly hotels.
  2. Akihabara is the go-to district for electronics, anime and manga figures.
  3. The Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass) is not recommended unless you will spend more than 1 week in Japan. In Tokyo ask for prepaid IC cards like Pasmo.
  4. The Uber app works in Tokyo but it doesnt have as many options as the local apps such as SRide, JapanTaxi and GO Taxi.
  5. Public restrooms in Tokyo are relatively scarce, so look for toilets in 3 biggies: convenience stores, train stations, and franchises such as McDonald's, and Starbucks.
  6. Public trash bins are not abundant in Tokyo. So once again search for 3 biggies: convenience stores, train stations, and franchises such as McDonald's, and Starbucks.
  7. Weekends are always more crowded as that is when most locals go out.
  8. Cash is still widely used in Tokyo.
  9. Tokyo shop owners generally don't inflate prices in tourist areas, so feel free to purchase souvenirs in various parts of the city.
  10. If you need directions or help, consider asking a younger person, as they are more likely to be proficient in English.
  11. When dealing with any issues or complaints, try to approach and speak with older individuals, as hierarchy often depends on age.
  12. Most train stations in Tokyo offer luggage storage lockers.

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