Things to do in
Tokyo

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teamLab Planets TOKYO: Digital Art Museum Entrance Ticket

1. teamLab Planets TOKYO: Digital Art Museum Entrance Ticket

Enter teamLab Planets TOKYO and discover the incredible immersive art exhibition within. This full-body digital art experience allows visitors to enter completely into the artworks, with stimulation for all five senses. In this unique exhibition, each visitor’s presence impacts the artwork to finally become a part of it. The exhibition space includes several areas, covering over 10,000 square meters in total. Explore the great variety of installations, with different lights, sounds, and materials to mesmerize every guest. Don't miss the chance to visit this impressive digital exhibition, scheduled until fall 2020, on your trip to Tokyo.

Tokyo Skytree Admission Ticket

2. Tokyo Skytree Admission Ticket

Arrive at TOKYO SKYTREE® and head up to the 4th floor, where you're greeted by friendly staff. Here, you'll get your ticket and head straight into an elevator that takes you shooting seamlessly up to the 1,150-foot (350-m) Tembo Deck in no time. The enormous, circular deck features windows on all sides, allowing you 360-degree views of Tokyo City. See the winding Sumida River, look for the Tokyo Dome, and even find the Tokyo Tower—interactive displays help you pick out points of interest too. If you choose to visit the Tembo Galleria, hop into another elevator and rush up to the 1,475-foot (450-m) viewing space. The Galleria features a long, sloping spiral ramp that offers an even more dynamic view of the city. On your way back to the ground, stop by Floor 345 to check out the gift shop, and pause at Floor 340 for a dizzying view straight down from a section of sturdy glass flooring.

Tokyo Tower: Admission Ticket

3. Tokyo Tower: Admission Ticket

Located in the center of Tokyo, Tokyo Tower is one of the city's most iconic landmarks, built in 1958. Situated near the JR line station, Hamamatsucho, it's convenient to get to from anywhere in the city. The tower's bright red color makes it stand out from nearby buildings during the day and beautiful light-scapes at night make this landmark a truly breathtaking sight 24/7. The lighting concept is designed by the world-famous lighting designer Ishii Shogo, and the lighting time is between sunset and midnight. The color of the light changes in the seasons: burning bright white in the summer, and orange in the spring, autumn, and winter. The tower has a large observation deck at 490 feet and a special observation deck at 820 feet. It offers panoramic views of the city and even Mount Fuji on sunny days. In addition to the entrance of the observatory, there is also a themed aquarium and a variety of souvenirs available for purchase.

Tokyo Bay: Traditional Japanese Yakatabune Dinner Cruise

4. Tokyo Bay: Traditional Japanese Yakatabune Dinner Cruise

A dinner cruises on Yakatabune houseboats have a long tradition and are very popular throughout Japan, especially in Tokyo. See the nighttime skyline while enjoying a meal on the water for a one of a kind experience. The 2.5 to 3-hour cruise will usually take you from Shinagawa to Rainbow Bridge, Sumida River, Tokyo Skytree, and Odaiba. You can enjoy the panoramic views of Odaiba and Tokyo Skytree from the observatory deck on top of the boat and take memorable photographs.  On this cruise, enjoy high-quality dishes and the assistance of the friendly and helpful staff. Your dinner will consist of a 10 course meal of Japanese-style dishes, which are freshly prepared on that day. The courses include appetizers (shikidashi, vegetables, kobachi), a sashimi boat, fresh tempura, a seasonal rice dish, vegetables (konomono), salad, noodles (shime no men), and dessert. The dining room is fully air-conditioned and you can either sit at a table with chairs or at a low table over a hole in the floor.

Tokyo: 1-Hour River Cruise Asakusa to Odaiba

5. Tokyo: 1-Hour River Cruise Asakusa to Odaiba

Navigate the canals and waterways of Tokyo, during a river cruise from the Asakusa district to Odaiba. This river cruise, or water taxi, is a convenient mode of transportation across the Tokyo Bay, allowing you to enjoy the scenery from the river during the journey. Start the river cruise at the Asakusa Pier or Odaiba Marine Park by showing your e-voucher at the ticket counter to receive your physical ferry ticket. Enjoy a 1-hour cruise to Odaiba, a district known for its entertainment and shopping. Admire the incredible skyline of the city along the way including sights such as the Tokyo Skytree, Hamarikyu Garden, and Rainbow Bridge. Arrive in Odaiba or Asakusa where this tour ends and you can discover the vibrant areas at your own pace.

Tokyo: Imperial Palace Walking Tour with Local Guide

6. Tokyo: Imperial Palace Walking Tour with Local Guide

Meet your guide at Otemon Gate, the main entrance to the palace. From there, explore the East Garden situated to the east of the Imperial Palace, where you can visit facilities such as the Imperial Tokagakudo Music Hall and the Museum of Imperial Collections.  Continue exploring Kitanomaru Park, home of the Nippon Budokan Hall; and Kokyo-gaien, large outer gardens to the southeast of the Imperial Palace. Learn about the palaces history from your licensed guide as you explore this natural beauty.

Edo Wonderland Samurai and Ninja Cultural Theme Park Ticket

7. Edo Wonderland Samurai and Ninja Cultural Theme Park Ticket

Enter the renowned Edo Wonderland in the beautiful city of Nikko to learn about one of the most defining eras of Japan. After entering, feel like you have traveled back into the Edo period as you navigate the town constructed with traditional Edo architecture. Choose to wear a traditional kimono from a selection of various ranks and take the opportunity to become an Edo citizen for the day. Become a lord, samurai, princess, farmer or a different kind of citizen, making for great photo opportunities. Be immersed in the culture and experience the complex beauty of being dressed in kimono.  Enjoy a variety of live performances including the popular ninja performances, oiran cultural shows, water magic shows, and a variety of other traditional plays. Try authentic cultural experiences. Learn the basics of how to handle a samurai sword or traditional archery. Take a lesson on how to play the musical instrument Shamisen, how to apply traditional handmade beni lipstick, how to do ukiyo-e woodblock printing or aizome indigo dying.  Learn unique facets about Edo culture through various exhibits including the Edo firefighters exhibition and swordsmith exhibit. Discover fun unique amusements including a mechanical maze, a ninja house filled with secrets, and the mysterious ninja training house, where the laws of physics seem to not apply. Taste authentic seasonal Edo cuisine at various restaurants in the park. 

Tokyo: Samurai Entertainment Night

8. Tokyo: Samurai Entertainment Night

After your arrival to the premises, you will be invited to see Kanda Myojin, which is a famous shrine of both the area and Japan. The shrine has a reputation for being prosperous to both business and marriage. Following that, you will be invited to enter the restaurant, which is located on the same site. Following your arrival, enjoy a drink, dinner, or snack (if option chosen) until the show begins. From 8:00PM, you will enjoy a samurai show that can only be seen in Japan. At the show's conclusion, the samurai will come out to the audience, at which point you will be invited to take a picture together free of charge.

Tokyo: Private Transfer to/from Narita Itl. Airport (NRT)

9. Tokyo: Private Transfer to/from Narita Itl. Airport (NRT)

Ensure your trip is hassle-free with a convenient private transfer between Narita International Airport (NRT) and your hotel or accommodation in Tokyo city centre. Choose from 2 suitable vehicle options that give you the comfort and space your transfer needs.  On the day of travel, meet your friendly English-speaking professional driver at the airport's arrivals hall or get picked up at your accommodation. Have assistance with your luggage, then board the comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride as you are taken to your destination. Choose from a Sedan vehicle that can fit 3 standard-sized pieces of luggage for groups of 3 passengers or fewer. Alternatively, for groups of up to 7 passengers, choose the minivan option that can fit 7 standard-sized pieces of luggage.

Tokyo: Go-Kart Tour and Photoshoot

10. Tokyo: Go-Kart Tour and Photoshoot

Enjoy a day out on the town feeling the breeze of the city from a custom-built go-kart. This tour takes you through the center of Tokyo, namely the Shinjuku and Shibuya areas, and allows you to experience Japan in a unique way.  Before you begin the tour, you'll have the option to dress up in a costume of your favorite character. Then, zoom off into the Shinjuku area. Drive to see Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and then head to the iconic Shinjuku Love Sign. Zip along through the famous nightlife district area near Shinjuku Station and then to the shopping district of Harajuku. After that, head to one of the most iconic places in Tokyo, Shibuya Crossing. Return to the meeting point following Shibuya Crossing.  Your guide will lead the way, so you don't have to worry about missing any important sights. They will also take plenty of fun photos of and for you during the experience. On returning to the meeting point, your guide will airdrop or email you all the photos taken.

Frequently asked questions about Tokyo

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Planning Your Visit

  • Best time to visit?

    Summer sees visitors flock to the already crowded city, but the best time to go is between September and November. Temperatures remain moderate to warm and the end of peak season means less crowds and shorter lines. Many of Tokyo's sights are completely transformed by the autumn foliage and spring is, naturally, another great time to visit for the parks, trees, and floral displays!

  • How many days?

    First time visitors should book at least 4 or 5 days to see Tokyo. However, a few extra days also allows time to check out other major cities like Kyoto or Osaka. Not that you'd be stuck for attractions in the capital!

  • How to get around?

    Taxis are incredibly expensive and always run the risk of hitting stubborn traffic jams. The best way to get around Tokyo is via its extensive subway network. Be warned though, information in English is hard to come by, so prepare for you journey in advance and don't be afraid to ask station staff or commuters for help!

Good to know

  • Language
    Japanese
  • Currency
    JPY (¥)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+09:00)
  • Country Code
    81
  • Best time to visit
    A visit in the fall offers mild temperatures, shorter lines, and beautiful foliage!

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What people are saying about Tokyo

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 5,898 reviews

Our guide, Kenji, was extremely knowledgeable and was able to answer all of our questions - and my husband asks a lot of questions! Kenji was also very friendly and personable. He was considerate of my health limitations without being over solicitous. He made sure we made it to public transportation for our next adventure. Would go on a tour anywhere with him to guide us. Very satisfied!

Highly recommend! Tetsu-san was very knowledgeable about the area and I really enjoyed talking to him throughout the entire tour! Next time you're in Tokyo I highly recommend this tour!

A great day at the Japanese seaside with Patrick. Temples, shrines, local food and Black Kites behaving like Seaguls. Amazing.

Was an amazing and excellent experience with the very knowledgeable and friendly Nobu. Would recommend to anyone.

Very nice view, a must visit place in Tokyo! Definitely worth the extra cash to go up to the top level.