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Top 10 things to do in Tokyo

The Japanese capital is both bold and humble, chaotic yet ordered, with people-watching as much an attraction as the sightseeing. You'll also discover great food, eccentric shopping, and a unique nightlife, but here's a mixed bag of essentials to squeeze in!

Tokyo Tower

Tokyo's answer to the Eiffel Tower provides visitors with more than just an observation deck. It's also home to the Guinness World Records Museum, an aquarium, and a wax museum!


Most famous for being the heart of Tokyo's youth culture, the district is great for unique boutiques and restaurants. It's even better for sipping Macha and watching people go by!

Senso-ji Temple

Tokyo's most visited temple remains a site of spiritual worship as well as a hotspot for tourism. The elegant structure makes a key addition to any sightseeing tour.

Meiji Shrine

If you find Senso-ji a little too busy, then check out the sublimely austere Meiji-jingu, dedicated to the 19th-century emperor who opened Japan to the West.

Tokyo Skytree

On a clear day you can see as far as Mount Fuji, but it's at night when the views from Japan's tallest structure are most mind-blowing! It's open daily from 8:00AM till 10:00PM.

Tokyo Imperial Palace

Built on the site of the old Edo Castle, the resplendent palace gardens are made for slow history tours. They're free, but you must apply online in advance.

Tokyo National Museum

With the world's largest collection of Japanese arts and artifacts – from ancient pottery to majestic sculptures and samurai swords – you really can't miss the National Museum!

Shibuya Crossing

What to see for free in Tokyo? The world's busiest pedestrian crossing descends into organized chaos every 2 minutes. It's more impressive when it's crowded, so go at rush hour!

Cat Café

Cat cafés are a surprisingly common sight, but which to choose? Try the fairytale decor of Temari no Ouchi in Musashino or find unusual breeds at Chiyoda's Neko JaLaLa.

Tsukiji Fish Market

Up early? The world's largest and liveliest fish market is open daily from 5:00AM for the tuna auction, with several stalls selling the freshest sushi for breakfast!

Planning Your Tokyo 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

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    JPY (¥)
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    UTC (+09:00)
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  • 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

Very nice tour, good informations and fiendly tourist guide

We enjoyed the nice and very friendly guided tour. You will taste many sweets and see interesting places. Thank you for the tour. Greetings
Tokyo: Japan’s Cultural Curiosities Walking Tour Reviewed by Philipp, 07/28/2016

Awesome experience, didn't stop smiling.

Our tour guide was fantastic, spoke very good English and the tour was very informative. Highly recommend this tour to everyone, one of my highlights from the trip.
Tokyo Asakusa Rickshaw Tour Reviewed by Sandra, 06/28/2016

Great and a must tour for anyone visiting Tokyo

Our guide was fluent in English and very accommodating. Service was great and our guide was very friendly. Highly recommended.
Mount Fuji Full-Day Scenic Bus Tour from Tokyo Reviewed by Nitin, 06/15/2016

Better than I hoped, great way to start trip

As good as it gets, a real quality walk through of Tokyo , guide had a great command of English, was flexible to add a couple of things we were interested in. A real great way to get the "lay of the land". Really recommend trip and guide Yuriko.
Tokyo Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour Reviewed by James, 04/17/2016

Great food, good company and interesting conversations

Our guide Taka is a great host and took us to a few really interesting places. Some of then we would never be able to find by ourselves and had a really cool, local vibe. The food was awesome and Taka gave us a lot of insights in Japanese culture. We went to 3 different places where we had plenty of food and drinks. We tried different things recommended by him and were not disappointed. I'd recommend this tour to anyone who wants to have a feel of how locals hang out and find what other great treats are there in Tokyo besides sushi.
Tokyo: Local Food & Drink Izakaya Tour with Guide Reviewed by Rodrigo, 03/23/2016

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