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Tokyo is one of the most exotic and one-of-a-kind destinations for all travelers! In a city that is home to more than 9 million people there are numerous things to do, but what are the things that you definitely should not miss out on when visiting the beautiful capital city of Japan?
1. Enjoy the view of Tokyo skyline
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is a 243-meter tall building with two towers, and an observation are at 202 meters is open for the public free of charge! On a clear day you can see a spectacular view including Mount Fuji, the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo Dome, the Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Tower! The building is open later in the evenings so if you wish you can enjoy the skyline at night. The Tocho-mae Station on the Oedo Subway Line is located under the building, but you can reach the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building by walking from JR Shinjuku Station.
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
2 Chome-8-1 Nishishinjuku Shinjuku, Tokyo
9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
South Observation Deck: First and third Tuesday of every month
North Observation Deck: Second and fourth Monday of every month
2. Rent a Kimono and wear it
Kimono is the traditional Japanese clothing that is still worn at special occasions, such as weddings. Many studios in Tokyo let you rent a Kimono for a couple of hours to walk around in the city and take your own pictures, or you can even get your pictures taken professionally. Staring price for Kimono rental is 10,000 JPY.
3. Visit Toyosu Market and Tsukiji Outer Market
Toyosu Market is the most famous wholesale fish, fruits, and vegetable market of Tokyo which just moved from Tsukiji in November 2018. The place is most famous for its fish market, where more than 2,000 tons of marine products are handled each day! While most of the wholesalers moved from Tsukiji to Toyosu, some of the stores remained in Tsukiji Outer Market welcoming travelers from all over the world.
6 Chome-3 Toyosu, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Tsukiji Outer Market
5 Chome-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
4. Watch a Sumo tournament in Ryogkoku
Sumo originates in Japan, and it is the only country where it is professionally practiced. Part of the gendai budo, Japanese martial arts, visiting a match is an authentic Japanese experience. In 2016 there are three tournaments held in Tokyo: between January 10-24, May 8-22 and September 11-25. Tickets are sold for approximately 3,500 to 40,000 yen and you can purchase them 6 weeks in advance, you can buy tickets at the arena or online. The tournaments are held between 9 am and 6 pm in the Ryogoku Kokugikan, a major sumo arena in Japan located in Tokyo. More informations are on the official website.
1-3-28 Yokoami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
5. Visit Akihabara and unleash your inner geek
Akihabara is the most well-known area of Tokyo as an otaku, geek, cultural hub. In this area you can find numerous maid cafés, where the waitresses dressed in cute clothes, treat the customers are masters and mistresses rather than regular costumers. Or you can visit a gaming arcade such as SEGA, where you can play video games, dance, take pictures or get goodies form the UFO catchers.
1-10-9 Soto-kanda Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
6. Dinner at a restaurant with a view
The restaurant of Tokyo Skytree, Sky restaurant 634 Musashi is a one-of-kind culinary experience with a breath-taking view. 345 meters above the ground you can enjoy a delicious 3 course lunch for 4860 yen per person, or dinner starting form 19,960 yen. To make a reservation visit the restaurant’s website.
Sky restaurant 634 Musashi
1-1-2, Oshiage,Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Lunch time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Dinner time: 5:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Reservation available online
7. Attend Tea ceremony in Tokyo
Japan is famous for its amazing tea ceremony tradition, and it is definitely an unforgettable experience to join one! There are many hotels and teahouses where you can join a traditional ceremony from a starting price of 2000 JPY for 30 minutes. In many places you also get to wear traditional clothing such as a yukata, and you can take pictures walking around the city.
8. Cooking like the locals
If you’re more of a foodie, Tokyo is also a place for you! With its superb culinary you will enjoy your stay in Tokyo discovering the taste of Japan beyond sushi. But not only you can visit restaurant and markets to experience Japanese deliciousness, you can also join cooking classes to learn how to re-create the amazing tastes. The Tsukiji Academy, located walking distance from Shintomicho train station and the Tsukiji Fish Market, offers soba noodle making lessons for around 10,000 Japanese yen.
You can also join a 2-hour sushi rolling or traditional Japanese cooking lessons at the Buddha Bellies Cooking School for 7,500 yen
3-3-10 Tsukiji, Chuou-ku, Tokyo
Buddha Bellies Tokyo
Uekuri Bldg. 2F, 2-4-3 Kanda-Jinbocho, Chiyodaku, Tokyo
9. Spend a fun day at Tokyo Disney Resort
If you are traveling with children, but even if you want to release your inner child Tokyo Disney Resort is a must! The resort consists of the Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Sea with more than 70 attractions in total, the unforgettable day with Mickey and friends ends with a fantastic parade and fireworks every night! You can spend a fun day at the World’s most famous amusement park for 6900 yen. Don’t forget to purchase your tickets online to beat the long queues at the park.
Tokyo Disney Resort
1-1 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture
9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
open from 8:00 AM on weekends and holidays
Opening hours may vary
10. Experience the magical world of Ghibli at Ghibli Museum
If you are a fan of Japanese pop culture, and even if you are new to it visiting the Ghibli Museum is a great afternoon activity when visiting Tokyo. Studio Ghibli. Anime film studio, Ghibli was funded in 1985 after the box office hit Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. IN the past 3 decades the studio has produced some of the most famous anime films including My Neighbour Totoro, and the Academy award winning Spirited Away. The Ghibli Museum takes visitors to the magical world of animation, with interactive games, set in a beautiful park. An amazing adventure for children and adults as well!
1 Chome-1-83 Shimorenjaku, Mitaka, Tokyo
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Closed on Tuesdays