What would you mention when you think about Tokyo? Skyscrapers, crowded on public transport such as the subway? Or famous characters in manga, anime, cosplay on the streets? Most of the time, Tokyo is always associated with the image of the most dynamic and modern city in the world. So if you came to this city, what would you do? Someone said that they come to Tokyo only to eat sushi, see the busy flow of people, and enjoy manga, anime. This claim seems right, but after the article 15 things to do in Tokyo that I list below, perhaps the above statement is no longer completely right.
15. Viewing the panorama of the city from Tokyo Skytree
One of the most popular destinations in Tokyo is Tokyo Skytree. With a height of 2.080 feet, Tokyo Skytree is the highest tower in Japan. From the top of this tower, you can see Sumida City and Asakusa district entirely. It’s also recognized as the second highest tower in the world, after the well-known Burj Khalifa. To take full advantage of Tokyo Skytree’s ticket, you should visit this tower before sunset for about one hour. You will have an opportunity to see Tokyo in the day, in the sunset, and the dark.
Open: 8 a.m–10 p.m
14. Sightseeing Tokyo Imperial Palace
Japan is one of the countries that have an age-old constitutional monarchy in the world. Tokyo Imperial Palace is the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan. In this palace, there is a beautiful pond, old cherry-blossom trees, and antique architectures. All of these make you feel like lost in fairy castle in real life. Strolling around the palace, you will discover the imperial history in the Land of the Rising Sun. When walking in the East Garden of Imperial Palace, don’t forget the path surrounding the pond. You will find one of the most famous spots to take pictures related to the symbol of Japanese Cherry-blossom trees.
Open: 9–11:15 a.m, 1:30–2:45 p.m (closed on Sunday)
13. Going to Meiji Shrine
Being one of the well-known Shinto shrines in Tokyo, Meiji Shrine was built to deify Emperor Meiji and his wife. Entering the inside of the area, you will be stunned by the Tori at the entrance, and green gardens. Moreover, the shrine is quite near other famous place-names, including Harajuku, and Shibuya. Although this shrine lies in the central area of Tokyo, it’s not impacted by the bustling, and busy pace of life. Meiji shrine still maintains the peacefulness and quiet in the forest containing 100.000 trees. And, please take note that although it’s free at the entrance of Meiji, you still have to pay about USD 5 if entering the garden inside.
Open: 5 a.m–6 p.m
12. Going on a sightseeing tour of Tokyo National Museum
Tokyo National Museum, an art museum, is considered as the largest and oldest national museum in Japan. This is the place for displaying, collecting and preserving precious artwork and cultural objects from Asia. The entrance fee is just USD 5. It’s free for the entrance free on the third Monday of September, and on International Museum’s Day.
Open: 9:30 a.m – 5:00 p.m every day, except for Monday.
11. Walking through Ueno Park
Visitors can spend all day in Ueno Park – The greatest green space in Tokyo. Inside the park, you will find many ways leading to a several the museum in Tokyo, including Tokyo National Museum, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, and Shitamachi Museum. It’s also a famous place to see blooming cherry blossom with more than 1200 cherry blossom trees. They plant these trees to decorate the area of Kaneiji temple, which has existed for a long time before the construction of Ueno Park.
The most direct route to the park is from JR Ueno station, following signs to Ueno Park Exit or Shinobazu Exit (to select a park guide) as you leave the station. The park can become crowded in the afternoon, so visitors should arrive early in the morning to avoid the crowds.
Open: 5 a.m –11 p.m
10. Having a day trip to Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji is far from the West of Tokyo about 13 km and is clearly visible from the capital on clear days. That distance would be extremely suitable for a day trip. You can take the Fuji Excursion Limited Express from Shinjuku Station to Kawaguchiko, and you will get there in less than two hours, with the price of $ 40. It’s worth exploring the lakes around the mountains, such as Kawaguchiko, Saiko, Yamanakako, Shojiko, and Motosuko when you get there. If you want to save money, take the bus instead of the train. From Tokyo Station, you can buy a round-trip ticket to Kawaguchiko Station for under 20 USD, and the journey takes about two hours.
Open: all the time
9. Experience the local culture in Sumo matches in Tokyo
When it comes to interesting things in Tokyo, you can’t miss a Sumo match. Visitors can observe a wrestling match or can experience it directly by taking a short class right away.
Throughout the city, there are many classes and places to organize Sumo matches that you can take part in. Before each sumo match, the player will have to perform a ritual including throwing salt, stretching his legs, squatting and stamping for more than 5 minutes. Do not miss this Japanese cultural experience, it’s really interesting.
Open: 8:30 a.m – 6:00 p.m, lasting 15 days in January, May, and September
8. Eat at one of the city’s iconic restaurants
One of the special things about Tokyo is that this city has a lot of restaurants having a strange theme. Across Tokyo, you’ll find a variety of restaurants arranged in interesting topics, including Sumo, Alice in Wonderland, and gaming-themed restaurants. There is usually an extra charge for dining at one of these restaurants (no more than USD 5) and food is served at the listed price. When you come here, it’s more about focusing on a thematic experience than having a meal of your choice.
Alice in Wonderland :
Open: 10: a.m – 10: p.m
Hananomai Ryogoku (Sumo theme)
Open: 11:30 p.m – 12:00 a.m, Sunday 11:00 a.m – 11:00 p.m
8-bit Cafe (Game theme)
Open: Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Wednesday 6 p.m – 0:00 a.m
Friday, Saturday: 6:00 p.m – 5:00 a.m
Closed on Tuesday
7. Walk across the famous Shibuya intersection
It is also known as “Shibuya Scramble”, this particular intersection is located in the Shibuya district of Tokyo. This place is considered an iconic attraction in Tokyo. It is famous as a busy traffic point for pedestrians from all directions. On average, more than 2,4 million people visit Shibuya Crossing every day, making it one of the busiest roads in the world. For a panoramic view of Shibuya Crossing, go to Mag Park and move to the rooftop of the Magnet shopping area. From the terrace, you can enjoy the wonderful panoramic view.
Open: Open 24 hours
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6. Watch a program at the Kabuki-za Theater
This is the main Kabuki theater in the city. Here, traditional Japanese performances are performed daily. This elaborate show has stunned visitors for centuries as it relates to the actors’ colorful costumes, bright and unique makeup.
Open: Depend on the times of performance in the day. You should contact via phone number +81 3-3545-
6800 to get further information
5. Visiting Mori Building Digital Art Museum
This light museum was first launched on June 21, 2018, at Palette Town, Odaiba, Tokyo. Opening less than 1 year, the museum has become a symbol of a unique combination of art and modern technology. The museum looks like a modern digital exhibition in Japan, opening in Tokyo by the teamLab – a creative community with 500 members.
In the museum, there is an area called Boing Boing Universe, where you can “bend space and time” just by jumping. Besides, you can also go for a walk, interact or even wallow in the artwork to feel the vitality of each work.
Open: Thursday, Friday 10:00 a.m – 7:00 p.m
Saturday, Sunday: 10:00 a.m – 9:00 p.m
4. Go shopping in Ginza
This name is so familiar in Tokyo, one of the busiest places with the world’s leading luxury brands. Ginza is a very young, active and seems to never sleep. Perhaps shopping in Ginza is quite luxurious and expensive. However, “window shopping” is not banned and It will be great fun if you get lost in the shopping paradise here.
Ginza is one of the most lavish and constantly updated trends in fashion, and technology throughout the globe. You will be surprised by the modernity of this place. As the main pedestrian streets serve for travel, on weekends, Ginza will prohibit transportation
from 12:00 to 17:00, so pedestrians can wander on the big streets.
Open: 10:00 a.m – 8:00 p.m
3. Going to Maid Café
You should try a maid cafe in Akihabara. The waitress here will cosplay as a maid, and greet the customers: “ Okairinasaimase, goshujinsama (ojousama)”, which means “Welcome home, Master (Mistress, My lady)” They serve customers as if they were their own maid. Customers can play games or take photos with the waitress.
Open: 12:00 a.m – 11:00 p.m
2. Eat sushi
When you come back from Japan, people will probably ask you what flavor sushi is. There are a bunch of famous sushi restaurants throughout Tokyo, but Tsukiji is the most famous area with fresh fish. I recommend the Kaiten Zushi restaurant because this is affordable and you can easily order without having to know Japanese.
Open: 11:30 a.m – 9:45 p.m
1. Sing karaoke
Japanese people love to have small parties with Karaoke. Karaoke can be found throughout the entertainment areas of Tokyo such as Shinjuku or Shibuya. You can go to Jan Ken Pon, there is a live band playing music, singing participants will sit in the middle.
Jam Ken Pon is opened from 19:00-2:30 am from Monday to Saturday (except Friday to 3:00), Sundays and
holidays will start from 18:00-1:00. Price: 22 USD for men and 20 USD for women.
You see, Tokyo is not just an image of a city in the future. It is also a city that its beauty is a mixture of traditional and modern. So, after reading the article above, some people agree with me, but there is someone that is still suspicious about what I write. Is it true that there are more activities and experiences in Tokyo than just around sushi, manga, anime?
If you are doubtful, or curious about them, please come to Tokyo to confirm these things
above I hope this article 15 Things To Do In Tokyo will be a helpful suggestion for you to visit the most modern city in the world. Wishing you a memorable trip to Tokyo – the city of the future!