Top Ten Things to do in Tokyo

With a population of over 37 million people, Tokyo, is a massive city which has a wealth of things to do and quite frankly it can be overwhelming. In spite of this, the transport system is very easy to use and you find people are willing to help wherever you go. This list of the top ten things to do in Tokyo, is ideal for someone who loves to wander the streets with a side of culture and plenty of good food.

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Asakusa 

Image of Senso-ji temple in Asakusa

A lot of tourists visit Asakusa to see the Senso-ji temple and the Tokyo Skytree Tower. These are two of the most popular sightseeing places in the city. Yet, there is so much more to Asakusa, from street food to ryokans to yakitori and culture.

Definitely, give yourself a day, or at least half a day, to explore Asakusa. Make sure you go with an empty belly as you will gorge on all the street food available at the markets.

Yanaka 

Yanaka is one of the only places in Tokyo which still exudes old Japan. It is one of the quieter places and you can wander the streets with very few people. There are an array of old style shops and eateries – with 100+ year old noodle houses.
There area number of cemeteries in Yanaka and it is known as ‘Cat Town’, as a many cats linger all around the place.

Make sure you pay a visit to the Yanaka Beer Hall whilst you are there as well, for a nice cold beer in a wonderful setting.

Ueno

Image of Lucy in the Ueno marketplace

When you exit Ueno station you are greeted with a flurry of shops. This marketplace is such a great place to walk around.

After, head to Ueno Park – a vibrant and happening place with plenty of things to see including the Tokyo National Museum, temples and a lake.

Tokyo Metro Government Building

If you are looking for views of Tokyo, forget the Skytree Tower and head to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku. Not only is it free but the waiting times are far less.

The experience of the building begins far before reaching it as to get there you must go to Shinjuku Station – the busiest train station in the world. What is most astounding about the station is not the masses of people but how immaculate it is – seriously, you will not see a place this clean.

Meiji Shrine 

Dedicated to the deified spirit of Emperor Meiji this shrine is located in the most beautiful setting, with a tranquil garden where you can truly rid yourself of worry.

Harajuku

No trip to Tokyo is complete without visiting Harajuku. Take a walk up Takeshita Street and make sure you enjoy one of the famous Harajuku crepes. After you have finished with Takeshita, wander the many alleyways. You will find so many great eateries and vintage clothes stores.

Whilst you are in Harajuku head to the sixth floor of the Tokyu Plaza. There you will find the most relaxing beer garden. Make sure you try the fries marinated in soy sauce and butter – it is probably one of the best things I have ever tasted!

Tsukiji Fish Market 

Image of the Tsukiji Market

The best breakfast you will get in Tokyo! Tsukiji fish market is filled with some amazing seafood. Definitely go early as it gets incredibly crowded

Whilst you are there, search for some mouthwatering crab and some squid.

Ginza 

If you are in the mood for some high-end shopping (or window shopping) then Ginza is the place to go!

If you’re not into shopping, fear not, it is still a great place to go and walk around. The streets are immaculate and there are plenty of food options along the way.

The Imperial Palace

Home of the Japanese Imperial Family – the longest serving royal bloodline in the world. Whilst you don’t get a grand tour of the palaces the gardens are truly wonderful. You can even bring a picnic with you!

It’s perfect for an afternoon stroll.

Shibuya Crossing 

Shibuya crossing in Tokyo

I was mesmerised when I first saw people walking across Shibuya Crossing. It is truly something you need to witness and experience in person.

Try your luck with a window seat at either Starbucks or the L’ocitane cafe, it’s one of the best viewing experiences ever.

 

For a comprehensive guide to the Japanese transport system, check out this site.

 

If you have any tips of your own about Tokyo I would love to hear them in the comments below! 🙂

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