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

Tokyo skyline

Tokyo skyline. From Flickr

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

Address:
2 Chome-8-1 Nishishinjuku Shinjuku, Tokyo

Hours:
9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Closed on
South Observation Deck: First and third Tuesday of every month
North Observation Deck: Second and fourth Monday of every month

Website:
http://www.metro.tokyo.jp

2. Wear a Kimono

Wearing kimono and walk the town of Tokyo!

Wearing kimono and walk the town of Tokyo! From Flickr

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 Tsukiji Market

Morning Tuna Auction

Morning Tuna Auction. From Flickr

The Tsukiji Market is the most famous wholesale fish, fruits and vegetables maker of Tokyo. The place is most famous for its fish market, where more than 2,000 tons of marine products are handled each day! The market become so popular for tourists in recent years that there are restrictions how man people can enter the are at certain times, the morning tuna auctions – the most popular attraction – is limited to 120 visitors each day. If you are early riser it is definitely worth getting up to go to the Osakana Fukyu Center, Fish Information Center, at the Kachidoki Gate form 5 am to get a spot for the auction as visitors are admitted on a first come first serve basis.

Tsukiji Market

Address:
5 Chome-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Website:
http://www.tsukiji-market.or.jp/tukiji_e.htm

4. Watch a Sumo tournament in Ryogkoku

Sumo Tournament in Ryogoku

Sumo Tournament in Ryogoku. From Flickr

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.

Ryogoku Kokugikan

Address:
1-3-28 Yokoami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

5. Visit Akihabara and unleash your inner geek

Sega Arcade at Akihabara

Sega Arcade at Akihabara. From jammaplus

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.

Akihabara SEGA

Address:
1-10-9 Soto-kanda Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Website:
http://sega.jp/

6. Dinner at a restaurant with a view

The view from 634 Musashi in Tokyo Sky Tree

The view from 634 Musashi in Tokyo Sky Tree. From Instagram

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

Address:
1-1-2, Oshiage,Sumida-ku, Tokyo

Hours:
Lunch time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Dinner time: 5:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Reservation available online

Website:
http://restaurant.tokyo-skytree.jp/english/

7. Attend Tea ceremony in Tokyo

Japanese Green Tea

Japanese Green Tea from Pixabay.com

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

Cooking Japanese Dishes

Cooking Japanese Dishes. From Flickr

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

Tsukiji Academy

Address:
3-3-10 Tsukiji, Chuou-ku, Tokyo

Website:
http://tokyo.cookingstudio.org/

Buddha Bellies Tokyo

Address:
Uekuri Bldg. 2F, 2-4-3 Kanda-Jinbocho, Chiyodaku, Tokyo

Website:
http://buddhabelliestokyo.jimdo.com/

9. Spend a fun day at Tokyo Disney Resort

Meet Mickey in Tokyo Disneyland.

Meet Mickey in Tokyo Disneyland. From Pixabay

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

Address:
1-1 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture

Hours:
9:00 AM – 10:00  PM
open from 8:00 AM  on weekends and holidays
Opening hours may vary

Website:
http://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/

10. Experience the magical world of Ghibli at Ghibli Museum

Totoro welcomes you at Ghibli Museum!

Totoro welcomes you at Ghibli Museum! From Flickr

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!

Ghibli Museum

Address:
1 Chome-1-83 Shimorenjaku, Mitaka, Tokyo

Hours:
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Closed on Tuesdays

Website:
http://www.ghibli-museum.jp/en/