18 Best Things to Do in Tokyo

Manali Oak May 30, 2019
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The capital of Japan since 1869, Tokyo, is home to several interesting places that are popular tourist attractions. Here's a look at the things you must do on your trip to Tokyo and the places you should visit.
1. Take a walk on the Rainbow Bridge and enjoy the scenic views of Tokyo Tower and Mount Fuji.

2. Dress up as Mario and drive a go-kart on the street.

3. Relish Sushi at one of the 3000+ Sushi bars that Tokyo is home to.

4. Visit animal cafes to spend time with your favorite animals. Tokyo has cafes with cats, owls, hedgehogs and even snakes!
5. Visit the Ghibli Museum for a glimpse of the animation works by Studio Ghibli.

6. Immerse yourself in the 3D art at the teamLab Borderless, a modern art museum in Tokyo. This museum has no map and the artworks have no boundaries!

7. Attend a morning sumo practice session by visiting a Sumo training center.

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8. Explore the City from the Tokyo Skytree

Japan's tallest and the world's second-tallest structure, it is a broadcasting and observation tower in Sumida, Tokyo. From this tower, visitors can get panaromic views of the city. It also has restaurants and observatories.
9. Get a Spiritual Experience at the Senso-ji Temple

Located in Asakusa, it is an ancient Buddhist temple dedicated to Bodhisattva Kannon. Renowned as one of the most visited spiritual places, this temple greets more than 30 million visitors every year.
10. Visit the Meiji Shrine

Located in a 170-acre forest area in Shibuya, this shrine is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. It has been visited by many foreign politicians.
11. Visit the Imperial Palace

Japan's Imperial family resides here. The entrance to the inner palace grounds is formed by two bridges; Nijubashi and Meganebashi which can be viewed from a plaza in front. The inner grounds are open for public on January 2 and February 23 (Emperor's birthday).
12. Shop at Akihabara

Known as the Akihabara Electric Town, it has numerous street-side booths and department stores selling the latest of video games, anime, manga and computer goods. It also has maid cafes and cosplay bars.
13. Enjoy Shopping and Food at Ginza

Known for upscale shopping, dining and entertainment, Ginza houses several stores for international brands as well as posh restaurants, art galleries and boutiques. On weekends, it becomes one of the busiest pedestrian zones in the world.
14. Visit the Tokyo National Museum

It is the largest art museum in Japan and was established in 1872. It has art works and archaeological objects of Asia (mainly Japan) and collections of ancient Japanese art, Asian art along the Silk Road and Greco-Buddhist art.
15. Explore the Tokyo Sea Life Park

Known for its dome-shaped building, it is a public aquarium located in Edogawa Ward. It houses three types of penguins, different types of tuna, as well as kelp and seabirds.
16. Explore the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Spread over 58.3 hectares (circumference of 3.5 kms), it has gardens designed in themes like the French Formal, the English Landscape and the Japanese Traditional. It is home to 20,000 trees, and is most visited during the cherry blossom season.
17. Visit the Tokyo Disney Resort

Located close to Tokyo, this is a vacation resort with two theme parks Tokyo Disneyland (the first Disney Park built outside US, opened in 1983) and Tokyo DisneySea (opened in 2001) as well as hotels, and a shopping complex. Ikspiari is a center for shopping, dining and entertainment at the resort.
18. Take a Trip to Mount Fuji

An iconic site in Japan, this peak of an island which is a dormant stratovolcano, is at a distance of 100 kms from Tokyo. So, on your visit to Tokyo, don't miss taking a day trip to Mt. Fuji.
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