fun and unusual things to do in Tokyo, Japan

Creativity and innovation thrive in Tokyo, evident in every crevice of the city, whether it’s a modern skyscraper or an ancient alleyway.

With the title of one of the largest populated cities in the world (in 2021, it had the highest population out of any global city), there are endless things to do in Tokyo.

Once home to imperial families who reigned during the Edo period (also the former name of Tokyo from 1603 to 1868), after the Tokugawa Shogunate was no longer in power, the Meji era began and the capital gained its new name. It was here that Tokyo began its transformation into the modernized metropolis we know today.

But don’t be fooled by the tall-rise buildings and flashing neon lights, the city is still soaked in an ancient past and rich history, evident in the copious amount of shrines, temples, castles and endless museums that showcase bygone eras.

Moving from the cultural to the urban, there’s endless shopping and entertainment to get involved in and the nightlife is next level.

Foodies, Japan is renowned for its culinary experiences, and even if you’re not an enthusiast in the kitchen, you will appreciate the fine dining scene as well as awesome street food.

Consisting of 23 special wards, 26 cities, five towns and eight local villages, Tokyo is largely spread out, creating perfect moments and opportunities to explore different neighborhoods and their unique features and setting.

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1 – Stand next to the 700-kilogram lantern at Kaminarimon Gate

Kaminarimon Gate, Tokyo

In Tokyo, it’s go big or go home and the city’s iconic Kaminarimon Gate is a prime example. Also known as Thunder Gate, it’s the grand entrance to Senso-ji Temple and visitors to the temple need to walk through the archway to reach inside.

Why the nickname? Kaminarimon Gate’s official name is Fūraijinmon. The word ‘kaminari’ refers to thunder in Japanese, and the name of the Wind God in Japan is Fujin.

One of the entrance’s most famous symbols is the gigantic lantern that hangs in the middle of the gate, welcoming guests to the sacred grounds.

It’s nearly four meters tall and its width is 3.3-meters. An extra surprise; look underneath the lantern for another fascinating feature.

Inside the base’s golden rim is a wooden carving of a dragon, believed to be one more god and protector of Senso-ji Temple and the surrounding area, Asakusa.

On either side of the gate, see two statues enclosed in a casing. One is of the Wind God, and the other is the Thunder God.

2 – Take in ancient history at Sensō-ji

Sensō-ji temple, Tokyo

Tokyo’s oldest temple can’t be missed during a trip, and Sensō-ji is guarded by the Thunder Gate. The longest-standing worship ground holds its roots in Buddhism and labeling it as an ancient site is fitting … first constructed back in 628 CE.

The story goes that two local brothers were fishing on the Sumida River when they caught not a fish, but a statue of the bodhisattva, Avalokitesvara (a buddha of compassion). In Japan, the deity is also called Kannon.

When the brothers returned to their village with the glistening statue, the chief of the village converted to Buddhism, erecting a temple from his current home. In later years, a visiting Buddhist monk built a hall room for the bodhisattva.

Today, entering through Kaminarimon Gate, there are four halls, one five-story pagoda, two other gates and gardens. A strip of souvenir and handicraft stalls line the entrance from the gate to the main hall, called Nakamise Shopping Street.

Over the years, the complex has seen wear and tear, but the local communities have helped to restore and refurbish Sensō-ji.

3 – Opt for an Asakusa sightseeing rickshaw tour

Asakusa sightseeing ricksaw tour

The famed Sensō-ji Temple dating back to the 7th century is located inside the historic Asakusa area, one of Tokyo’s oldest districts. Curious as to what Tokyo looked like hundreds of years ago before the technological boom?

Asakusa district is the perfect starting point and it’s one of the few areas that have maintained its authentic old-school vibes.

Through time, Asakusa was known as an entertainment hub and then later a shopping destination.

Visiting Asakusa today, enjoy sightseeing the neighborhood during a rickshaw tour.

Apart from the ancient complex, stop by Sumida Park and Sumida River. Go shopping at Nakamise Shopping Street inside the temple grounds, or outside is Shin-Nakamise Shopping Street.

Pick up goods such as souvenirs, crafts, snacks and other bits and bobs.

It’s no longer the thriving entertainment or shopping district it was once hundreds of years ago, but the area is still cool to explore.

One other famous street to stop by in Asakusa is Denpoin Street. Its distinctive ‘Edo-era’ feel also helps to transport travelers back in time.

The Edo period lasted from the 1600s through to the middle 1800s in Japan.

4 – Feel on top of the world at Skytree

Skytree, Tokyo

Forget about traveling up to the 100th floor for city scenes, the Skytree offers some of the most insane urban views in the world all the way on the 450th floor… Talk about a towering building, rising a total of 634 meters into the air, it’s Tokyo’s tallest structure and has built-in viewpoints accessible hundreds of floors up.

Start at Tokyo Skytree Tembo Deck on level 350 and take in the 360-degree views. There’s a cafe, restaurant, shop and telescopes on this floor.

Ten floors below, level 340 has a transparent walkway to see the city underneath you.

From Tembo Deck head to Tembo Galleria on floor 445 for the building’s most riveting feature.

Walk through a completely see-through twisting tube outside and make your way up to the 450th floor to Sorakara Point, the last level that’s available to visit.

Once you reach the top, you’re standing approximately 451 meters above the ground!

Although this is the highest point available to check out, the rest of the 634 meters that constitute the Skytree structure are made up by the building’s spiral.

5 – Meet your favorite characters at the Ghibli Museum

Ghibli Museum, Tokyo

Mention the name Studio Ghibli to anyone in Japan and they know what you’re talking about, and die-hard animation fans traveling to Tokyo will have the same reaction. Easily one of the best tourist attractions in Tokyo, the Ghibli Museum, open since 2011, is here to make dreams come true.

You can find Studio Ghibli museums in some other countries, but this is the original … plus, you’re in Tokyo, the headquarters of the anime studio.

Be greeted by larger-than-life figures of Totoro and other favorite Ghibli characters and the entire design of the museum reflects the beloved Studio Ghibli signature style.

Divided into different spaces, travel around imaginative features. Spot the painted ceilings or walk spiral staircases, and various rooms are themed.

The Ghibli Museum hosts changing exhibitions related to the world of film and animation. For example, the exhibit titled “Future Boy Conan” looks at the world of manga films.

On that note, catch an actual Studio Ghibli movie at The Saturn Theatre.

If you, or your little one, are more of a bookworm, enjoy The Reading Room, home to a collection of books and comics. Freely sit inside and spend time reading. There’s an on-site cafe too.

6 – A different way to see the city, choose a bike tour

bike tour in Tokyo

An alternative way to explore the many things to do in Tokyo is via a bike tour and there are multiple options to choose from. Cycling enthusiasts pick a full-day excursion, spending the entire morning and afternoon pedaling to must-see attractions and historic sites.

Some stops on the itinerary could be the Imperial Palace, Tokyo Station, Meiji Jingu Shrine, Ginza district, markets and more.

If a three-hour expedition sounds more to your liking, pick an area to explore by bike and get going.

Discover the east or west side of Tokyo, or head downtown. Certain bike tours cruise outside of the buzz and to the countryside town, Hinode-machi.

E-bikes and old-school classic bicycles are both available and an e-bike option might help ease your journey.

7 – Rejuvenate naturally at Hakone

Lake Ashi, Hakone, Japan

If you’re headed to awe-inspiring Mount Fuji, don’t miss a stopover in Hakone, well-known for its natural hot springs. Near the famous mountain, the landscapes in this part are lush and there are other things to do and see in Hakone.

Check out some of the areas within the district, like the grass fields of Sengokuhara and the volcanic terrain of Owakudani.

Find art and sculptures at the Hakone Open Air Museum or check out the intriguing Doll House Museum Hakone.

Follow this up with a visit to Hakone Kowaki-en Yunessun, a themed hot spring park, or there are many other outdoor hot springs, as well as hot spring hotels.

Spend time around Lake Ashi, which formed inside a volcanic caldera and spot Hakone Shrine on the waterside (For more lakeside panoramas, join Lake Kawaguchi tours from Tokyo right by Mt. Fuji).

There are outdoorsy and craft activities to enjoy, from obstacle and activity courses in the forest to woodcraft workshops, mountain biking, segway rides, shopping and more fun things to try.

Once you’re done roaming around the area, take a break and enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants or cafes.

8 – Tick a day trip to iconic Mount Fuji off the bucket list

Mt Fuji, Japan

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler, world adventurer, or grade school student, chances are you’ve heard of the iconic Mount Fuji … one of the most recognized mountain peaks globally.

Drive just under 2.5-hours to Japan’s highest mountain, or catch Tokyo’s bullet train and the journey is 1 hour and 50 minutes long.

Standing 3,776 meters above sea level for over 1,000 years, the country and locals have a special place in their hearts for Mount Fuji, and the mount has gained spiritual significance over the centuries where many choose to pilgrim the peak.

In fact, in 1936 the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park was established. This park is where Mount Fuji is located and was formed to protect the mountain.

From Tokyo, the mountain isn’t far to reach and it’s one of the most popular day trips. Spend the next 10 hours at the UNESCO World Heritage Site gaining a personal view of the snow-capped range.

Take photographs to last a lifetime, and discover the neighboring areas close by. Surrounding the mountain is the Fuji Five Lakes region, the most popular of the lakes being Lake Kawaguchi.

If you’ve never traveled to Mount Fuji before, a guided tour is recommended where you’ll be shown the best viewpoints and spots for pictures.

An ideal time to see Japan’s tallest mountain fully covered in snow is from December through to March.

9 – Walk the hallways at the National Museum of Modern Art

National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

Combining both Japanese and Western art collections, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (MOMAT) is a magnificent space to spend a couple of hours appreciating the arts.

As the country’s first-ever national art museum, MOMAT stores over 13,000 pieces of art from the 19th century across a variety of mediums, from paintings to sculptural work.

Some famed Japanese masterpieces that live at the museum include works by Hishida Shunso, Shinkai Taketaro, Murakami Kagaku and Yokoyama Taikan, among others.

Apart from the permanent expos, the museum hosts special exhibits throughout the year that also highlight western and Japanese artists, including some contemporary artworks.

Before leaving, take a gander at the museum shop or art gallery, and there is an on-site restaurant here too.

10 – Get your camera ready for Hie Shrine

Hie Shrine, Tokyo

Often referred to as the “hidden shrine”, the red pillars leading up to Hie Shrine are the most insta-worthy sight. Designed as a typical Shinto shrine, its red torii gates (a traditional Japanese gate found at the entrance to Shinto-type shrines) are built over a staircase, and the tunnel leads upwards to the main shrine.

— Shintoism is a religious practice originating in Japan and is still celebrated today. —

The shrine is dedicated to the Japanese deity, Oyamakui no Kami and is guarded by statues of monkey gods. It’s held in high regard because originally, Hie Shrine was built inside the ancient Edo Castle in the Chiyoda area. The Edo period in Japan lasted from 1603 to 1867, and before the capital city was Tokyo, it was named Edo.

Inside the sanctuary, look up at the ceiling and spot differing illustrated tiles lining the roof. Visit the Treasure Hall and explore relative antiques and items that speak of Hie Shrine’s history.

If traveling here in the summertime, don’t miss the annual Sanno Festival celebrating the Edo Period and during this time, Hie Shrine is extremely festive.

11 – Go to a music concert by candlelight

Candlelight concerts, Tokyo
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Elevate your experience of live music with a concert by candlelight in Tokyo. Immerse yourself in the melodies of great composers and musicians from Chopin to Coldplay while surrounded by the soft ambiance of hundreds of candles.

These Candlelight Concerts are a one-of-a-kind experience, hosted in venues across the city. You’ll have the chance to not only revel in the beauty of locations such as Oji Hall and Mitsukoshi Theater, but discover the talent of musicians including pianist Atsushi Yamanaka.

Whether you’re a film score fanatic, a connoisseur of the classics or a modern pop fan, you’re sure to find something that suits your tastes. For an even more intimate show, you can request a private concert.

Make sure you book your tickets fast — this is a performance unlike any other!

12 – Pay respects at Meiji Jingu

Meiji Jingu, Tokyo

Out of all the temples and shrines in Tokyo, Meiji Jingu is one of the most visited, located within a forest oasis in the city. Not as old as some of the other sacred grounds, the temple was erected in the early 1900s and named after Emperor Meiji.

Emperor Meiji passed away in 1912 and his wife in 1914, and by 1920, the shrine was built honoring the Imperial Family monarch. During WWII, parts of the temple were demolished, however, the shrine was reconstructed and refurbished to its current state.

Smack bang in the middle of bustling Shibuya district, Meiji Shrine is hedged by dozens of trees which provides a scenic break from the busy streets.

When done checking out the shrine, walk through the forest and hunt down over 234 varying tree species. Interestingly, the forest is man-made and was purposefully planted around Meiji Jingu.

For more nature-inspired scenery, stop at the Inner Garden to see Irises in bloom, a well, a pond and maple trees. On-site is the Meiji Jingu Museum. Spanning over two floors, artifacts from the Meiji family are housed inside.

13 – Get to try a Sushi making class

Sushi making class in Tokyo

Perhaps you’ve attempted to make sushi at home before, or maybe you haven’t … but whilst you’re in Tokyo, don’t miss the opportunity to learn traditional and authentic skills from real Japanese professionals during a sushi-making class.

The cool thing about eating sushi in Japan is you get a taste of what real sushi is all about, not just the westernized version, and during your lesson, learn how to make both traditional as well as conventional pieces that everyone is familiar with.

Be shown how to hand-roll sushi, starting from the very basics like cooking your rice.

Enjoy learning how to make a classic maki or nigiri roll, and other interesting styles such as traditional sushi party plates known as ‘chirashi’, pressed sushi called ‘oshizushi’ and colorful ‘kazari’ full of patterns.

Some sushi cooking classes in Tokyo include a visit to a fresh seafood market to pick up ingredients before the sushi-making magic begins.

14 – Spot real vintage trains at the Railway Museum

The Railway Museum, Saitama, Japan

There are train museums and then there’s Tokyo’s epic Railway Museum, looking back at the country’s past relationships with all things rail transport related from locomotives to trains.

Located in Omiya, Saitama City (just over a one-hour drive from Tokyo), the museum has been open since 2007 and has five different areas to explore, each focusing on a different theme.

Inside the Rolling Rock Station take a gander around some of the first rail vehicles in Japan, including the first locomotive used in the country back in 1872.

While here, enjoy a digital experience and reimagine how the railway lines ran back in the day through video, audio and lighting effects.

After you’re done checking out the 36 vehicles, visit the Job Station to learn about the safety operations and precautions undertaken in running the railways.

At the History Station, look back on Japan’s railway systems’ history and the different train cars used from passenger carts to steam-powered engines.

Get the cogs turning inside your own brain at the Science Station and investigate how the vehicles run and are powered. At the Future Station, enter the digital room and create your own avatar, diving into a futuristic train world.

15 – Spend time in nature at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Tokyo

If one of the reasons you fell in love with Japan is for its gorgeous sakura trees, the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is one of the best places to find the cherry blossoms without traveling outside of Tokyo.

During the Edo Period, the garden was first the private residence of a lord named Naito, and years later, it was transformed into a public national park.

It’s a prime example of the type of design that was used during the Meiji period in Japan, which combined both traditional Japanese and western design principles of the time.

Walk between 10,000 trees inside, many of which are native to the region and have grown in the gardens since its earliest days back when it was Lord Naito’s home.

From March to April the park becomes extremely popular as 11 species of cherry blossom trees lining the pathways begin blooming.

Spot other flowers that bud with the seasons, like roses in the summertime, Japanese beautyberry in autumn, and white daffodils in winter.

The best time to see the sakura at Shinjuku Gyoen is spring, however, in other seasons, one or two varieties of cherry blossoms still blossom.

16 – Meet Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck at Tokyo Disneyland

Disneyland Tokyo theme park

Live out your childhood fantasies at Disneyland Tokyo, or bring your kids to create new fantastical memories with their favorite Disney characters and heroes. Inspired by the worlds imagined by Walt Disney, the first Disneyland was opened in California in 1955, and the second-ever Disney theme park to open was right here in Tokyo in 1983!

Consisting of seven different magical lands, spend the entire day losing yourself in a world of wonder as you play on the rides and attractions.

The dozens are scattered within the seven Disney lands, which include Adventureland, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Westernland, World Bazaar, Critter Country and Toontown.

Visitors will be happy to know some fan-favorite rides can also be found at this Disneyland, like Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain.

Find your favorite Disney films and characters converted into attractions like the Pirates of the Caribbean scary ride, Mark Twain Riverboat cruise, Alice’s Tea Party spinning cups, Snow White’s Adventures through a dark forest and Cinderella’s Fairy Tale Hall.

Stay until the evening to witness the fabulous famous Disneyland fireworks show, or don’t leave the park and spend the night at one of Disneyland Resort’s five hotels on the premises.

Put on your pair of Minnie Mouse ears, feel the thrills and shake hands with your Disney idols along the way during meet and greets or park parades.

17 – Splish and splash at Tokyo DisneySea

Disneysea Tokyo theme park

Disneyland and DisneySea are both parts of the Disney Resort in Tokyo, but this theme park revolves around all things water and is ideal for travelers who prefer water rides to staying dry.

Explore seven themed lands; Mediterranean Harbor, American Waterfront, Port Discovery, Lost River Delta, Arabian Coast, Mermaid Lagoon and Mysterious Island.

Pretend to fly above the hilltops of the Mediterranean Harbor during a ride on Soaring: Fantastic Flight or sail on the Venetian Gondolas or DisneySea Transit Steamer Line.

Crossing the American Waterfront, say hello to the magnificent creatures at Turtle Talk or ride the Tower of Terror … if you dare …

At the Port Discovery land, try the riveting Aquatopia water boats, or the kiddies will love cruising through the Nemo & Friends SeaRider.

Get your adventurous spirit going at the Lost River Delta and journey the Indiana Jones® Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull or find some of your most loved childhood tales on the Arabian Coast land.

Jump onto Jasmine’s Flying Carpets, visit the Magic Lamp Theater, or take part in Sindbad’s Storybook Voyage.

Pretend to be mythical aquatic creatures at Ariel’s Playground inside the Mermaid Lagoon. Board the seashells, join the Blowfish Balloon Race and ride Flounder’s Flying Fish Coaster.

Discover other worlds at Mysterious Island such as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Just like Tokyo Disneyland, there are daily shows and parades to enjoy at Tokyo DisneySea.

18 – Have a fun night in Kabukicho

Kabukicho district, Japan

When you think of Tokyo, one of the first images that pop to mind is bustling city streets filled with bright lights and the Kabukicho area is one part of the city that epitomizes just this.

Technically, the entertainment hub is considered Tokyo’s “red light district”, but it’s still a great place to visit for a fun night out.

Within Kabukicho come across the famous Shinjuku area and this is where most of the shopping, drinking and playing happens.

Electronic stores are in the tenfolds, there are glam clubs to pop past, “love hotels” are popular, and the food scene is fabulous.

One of the most renowned spots in Shinjuku is down the alleyways of what’s dubbed the Golden Gai. Here, a collection of old-school drinking holes have survived in their original shipshape, serving locals and tourists drinks since the 1920s.

It’s a popular spot to sightsee because the buildings remain untouched, creating a superbly authentic night out, and most are only open in the evenings.

For something extra fun, opt for a bar hopping pub crawl in Tokyo and with a guide, be shown the best secret spots along the Golden Gai as well as the rest of Shinjuku.

19 – Feel like Samurai Jack at the Samurai Museum

Samurai Museum, Tokyo

Growing up, did you fantasize about becoming a samurai? Fall in love with the Samurai Museum where you’ll not only learn about the rich history of the honorable warriors in Japan but witness a live sword show too!

Lasting for about 700 years in Japan, the Samurai Age ruled the country for hundreds of years and it forms a strong part of Japanese culture.

At the museum, hear about some of the most revered warriors and there are few authentic experiences to partake in.

Gear up and pretend to be a samurai, or join in a Japanese Sword lecture and learn about the iconic blades used during battles, known as a ‘katana’.

Watch a samurai performance or live music show, and end off the expedition with a calligraphy lesson.

If the Samurai Museum isn’t enough, there are other Samurai and Ninja experiences in Tokyo to enjoy, and even Samurai lessons in Tokyo where you can learn the basics of the Japanese Warriors 101.

20 – Enjoy family fun at Tokyo Dome City

Tokyo Dome City theme park

When the concept of the Tokyo Dome first came into existence back in the 80s, it was imagined and created to be used as a baseball stadium … While it is still the home of the Yomiuri Giants baseball team, it’s utilized for several other activities, events and even live concerts.

Baseball season isn’t all year round but make use of the other facilities. If you’re here for a family outing, there’s an amusement park inside Tokyo Dome City!

Have fun whizzing down and around attractions like the Thunder Dolphin rollercoaster or Big O ferries wheel. If you dare, enter inside the Haunted House “Onryou Zashiki”​ ​or get wet diving underwater on the Water Drop.

If amusement parks aren’t your scene, or dad is on duty, shop amongst 50 stores. Top up your bags with leather goods, sports apparel, shoes, watches, sunglasses, stationery, essential oils, fashionwear and other locally manufactured goods.

On the food-front choose between 70 restaurants, cafes and bars offering a mix of Japanese and international dining options. Munch at global favorites like Taco Bell and Shake Shack, try local Japanese foods, opt for Korean or Thai, and many other restaurants and fast food options, including dessert spots.

Next door to the main dome is the Tokyo Dome Hotel, home to the Spa LaQua. In the middle of the city, take some time to relax and the spa has its very own natural hot spring.

21 – Go beer sampling at the Museum of Yebisu Beer

Museum of Yebisu Beer, Tokyo

Sapporo has formed a name for itself globally, and Yebisu Beer is manufactured by the Sapporo company — the country’s first and oldest beer label. Produced back in the same century that the Sapporo brewery opened, Yebisu Beer production began in Japan in 1890 with the focus on creating a more “German-type” tasting beer, known for its wheaty qualities.

Uncover Yebisu Beer’s manufacturing history and how the beer has transformed throughout time at the museum, and here, they offer free tours!

This next feature does come with a price, but a beer-tasting experience at the Tasting Salon is well worth it.

Adventuring inside the brewery, snap some cool pics alongside the brass brewing kettles and pose next to larger-than-life size models of Yebisu Beer cans.

22 – Appreciate the Imperial Palace’s ancient architecture

Imperial Palace, Tokyo

A short one-hour journey outside the hustle and bustle lands you at the country’s Imperial Palace, where the Imperial Family still resides today. One of the most special sites to see here is the ancient Edo Castle, built in 1457 and largely used during Japan’s Edo era from the 17th to the 19th century.

It’s a fascinating and fun exploration as the grounds here still contain original forts, moats and arched stone bridges from a time past.

The Imperial Family’s home is entirely closed off to visitors, but they do host major official events in their grand hallways. The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace, officially known as Kōkyo Higashi Gyoen, are open to the public.

It’s here you can walk the grounds and see the parts of Edo Castle still in existence and most of the East Gardens surround the castle.

23 – Enjoy an authentic time at Ryogoku Kokugikan National Sumo Arena

Ryogoku Kokugikan National Sumo Arena, Tokyo

Greet the champions in person at Ryogoku Kokugikan National Sumo Arena and learn a thing or two about the time-honored sport that dates back over 2,000 years ago. Since 1985, visitors have watched live events at Japan’s biggest sumo arena, which can hold up to 10,000 people.

During January, May and September it’s sumo season and the arena hosts annual tournaments during these times. If you aren’t traveling to Tokyo in these months, you can still visit the Sumo Museum which hosts and exhibits items, artworks and educational information pertaining to all things sumo.

For travelers that aren’t able to watch a live match, you can still enjoy a sumo experience in Tokyo and in fact, there are a few to choose from.

Watch the revered giants do their morning practice or if you’re up for some fun, put on the gear and “challenge” one of the honorable wrestlers yourself.

If you’re obsessed with sumo, choose a sumo experience that specifically focuses on the culture, exploring its origins and importance since it began.

24 – Walk Japan’s “Eiffel tower”, Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower

The reason Tokyo Tower is nicknamed the Eiffel tower of Tokyo is that it was modeled off the same iconic Parisian structure, and is even taller than its muse. Standing 333 meters high, it’s actually a communications tower, but it has two observation decks open to visitors.

Providing views across Minato City, head to the first viewing deck built 150 meters off of the ground. Climb 600 steps to reach it, or you can take an elevator instead.

Next, feel higher as you ascend to the second observation deck, and the top platform is erected 250 meters above sea level. To reach the top deck, catch the elevator in between floors.

At the base of Tokyo Tower, explore Foottown which spans five levels and is filled with shops, restaurants, cafes, snack stores, entertainment and gaming zones.

25 – See African penguins at Sunshine Aquarium

Sunshine Aquarium, Tokyo

Ever visited a rooftop aquarium? Sunshine Aquarium is a unique setup located on top of the World Import Mart Building (also known as the Sunshine shopping complex). Interestingly it’s built over three outdoor levels and it feels quite surreal for a marine world in the middle of the city.

See jellyfish and sea lions at the Sunshine Lagoon area, or head to the Outdoor Marine Garden to say hello to the penguins who appear to be “floating in the sky” because of the design of their tank.

The first floor of Sunshine Aquarium is themed “Ocean Journey” and focuses on marine species and biologies from our worldwide seas and their ecosystems. Floor two is titled Waterfront Journey and it takes a look at differing creatures that live in and around freshwater bodies like lakes, rivers and marshes.

26 – Dress up for cutesy Akihabara

Akihabara district, Tokyo

Calling all cosplay and anime fanatics, it’s time to get your ‘otaku’ shopping on in the Akihabara area. Otaku is a term used in Japan to describe anyone obsessed with anime and manga culture, and this is one district in Tokyo brimming with all things related from memorabilia to costumes to comic books.

Die-hard manga fans will be familiar with anime maids, and in this part of the city you can find the famous Japanese “maid cafes.”

Back in the day, there was an overflow of electronic shops in Akihabara known for selling ridiculously cheap electricals. Not as affordable as they once were, you can still shop in between a plethora of electronic stores.

Here, buy new as well as second-hand goods and parts from laptops to computers, mobile devices, TVs and much more.

27 – Bring the family to Yomiuriland

Yomiuri Land theme park, Tokyo

Yomiuriland is a fun outing whether you’re visiting day or night and the amusement park is the biggest in the capital city. There are a bunch of rides, attractions and natural sites to enjoy and it’s designed for all ages.

During the day, splash between five pools and water rides at Pool WAI or hop into a carriage on the ferris wheel. Try out other classic rides like the rollercoaster, spinning cups, haunted house and swinging chairs.

Yomiuriland is devised into varying sections; Goodjoba Area Plaza (for the whole family), Stage of the Sun (perfect for kiddies), Lan Lan Area for the thrills, Flag Street (the go-kart track is here), the Family Area, Bandit Area and Aqua Area.

Changing from day to night, you have to stay in time for the park’s incredible “Jewellumination” experience. Some of the rides and attractions are lit up by neon lights and check out the water fountain light show.

There are shops and restaurants at the theme park too.

28 – Test your skills with a Manga drawing class

Manga drawing class in Tokyo

To familiarize yourself, the word “manga” is a Japanese term used to describe animation, comics or cartoons in Japan, referred to as a style adopted in films and illustrated books.

In many parts of the world, reading graphic novels is kept just for the younger generation, however, manga is a way of life in Japan and everyone from young to old reads a form of manga art.

Always wished to illustrate your own characters like those from One Piece, Dragon Ball or Conan? Book a manga drawing lesson and learn from a professional artist how to sketch in the traditional style.

If drawing isn’t your thing but you still love your anime, there are plenty of other manga experiences to take advantage of in Tokyo.

Spend a full day (from six to eight hours) traveling to places in Tokyo that highlight and celebrate manga, like the Tokyo Anime Center, Ghibli Museum and Suginami Animation Museum.

There are private tours where you get to meet some of Japan’s most loved illustrators or be guided around areas in Tokyo that celebrate manga culture to its fullest like Akihabara where you’ll stop by a maid cafe too.

29 – Pretend to be the Mario Brothers and tour in a go-kart

go-kart tour in Tokyo

Forget about a regular go-karting experience, in Tokyo, you can take a tour around the city in an actual go-kart! This is such a fun expedition and there are varying tours that cover different areas.

Cruise through the famous Akihabara district, or drive through Shinjuku, Harajuku, and Shibuya.

Tokyo is a city that does things differently and that includes its go-karting tours.

Dress up in full costume like one of your favorite video game characters and venture through the streets where you’ll feel right at home.

Sightsee Tokyo and take numerous pictures along the way.

30 – Marvel at goldfish exhibits at the Art Aquarium Museum

Art Aquarium Museum, Tokyo

The Art Aquarium Museum is just as its name states, and if you’ve never visited an exhibition featuring fish as the star, there’s a first time for everything … especially in Tokyo! Who would have thought that goldfish could make such a fascinating sight and the museum feels more like a gallery.

Between 15 areas, marvel at how the fish species takes center stage and transforms into works of art.

The exhibition inside the Origarium takes inspiration from origami while at Chochinrium see fish tanks shaped like lanterns.

Other spaces to marvel at are the Goldfish Corridor, Cabinet, Collection and Waterfall and as each category suggests, each exhibit is designed to represent its title.

Circular glass aquariums are lit in neon lights and calming multi-layered walls of water flow in tall rectangular-shaped ones.

Not just live fishies to see, some displays use goldfish as a focus point, for example, the Utagawa Kuniyoshi Collection where 20 artworks of goldfish illustrated by the artist line the walls.

31 – Have a picnic around Hamarikyu Gardens’ lake

Hamarikyu Gardens, Tokyo

Hamarikyu Gardens is an urban park in the city that highlights typical Japanese accents and elements and the gardens are built around a large pond. Known as the Tide Inlet Pond, there’s a tea house built right in the middle and visitors can enjoy an authentic matcha drink here.

This pond is rather special, known as a tidal pond which utilizes both fresh and seawater systems.

Super picturesque, stroll pathways of plum and Sakura trees, fields of peonies and canola florals when in season.

Hamarikyu Gardens is another one of Tokyo’s parks that were once a grand former residence to officials back in the Edo era and used as duck hunting grounds.

The park officially opened for visitors in 1945 and is a perfect spot to enjoy some time under the shady trees.

32 – “Meet” your favorite celebrities at Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds, Tokyo

Come and say hello to your favorite celebrity superstars, childhood idols and history’s most important people. Seven riveting exhibits are set up and separated by varying themes.

Greet some of music’s most beloved singers from Michael Jackson to Lady Gaga, Yuko Oshima and Madonna, X-Japan, Beyonce and many more.

Whisper “Happy birthday, Mr. President” alongside Marilyn Monroe and pose with Tom Cruise inside the Film gallery, and other celebs like Mitsu Dan and Brad Pitt.

“Meet” some of Japan’s most beloved VIPs in the fashion world such as Becky, Atsuko Maeda and Rola, and national sports heroes Yuzuru Hanyuu, Mao Asada and Kazuyoshi Miura, among others.

Other exhibits shine a light on prominent figures throughout history, influential people in the cultural realms, and leaders that have impacted the world that we know today.

Don’t just snap a selfie with your icon … the wax museum also boasts cool interactive features. Sing and dance alongside the stars inside the 3D hologram theatre and pretend to strike up a conversation with your celeb crush!

33 – Hop on board a Tokyo Bay cruise

Tokyo Bay cruise

Departing from Tokyo’s port, take a boat cruise around Tokyo Bay for a unique way to sightsee the capital of Japan. Spend an entire day being transported from one destination to the next on the water, and out on the Pacific Ocean, it’s very peaceful.

Visit the Imperial Palace, Meiji Jingu shrine, Skytree, or you have the option to customize your own full day itinerary of things to do in Tokyo and places to see during your boating expedition.

Boat cruises also head out to awesome Odaiba, located on a man-made island and the district is famous for its shopping, entertainment and high-tech developments.

There are a  variety of boat tours in Tokyo to choose between, even cruises at night. Take the next 2.5 hours to have a leisurely dinner on board, sailing past famous city landmarks.

From out at sea, it offers a different perspective, especially Rainbow Bridge’s evening light show experience. This bridgeway connects Odaiba isle to the mainland at Shibaura Pier in Minato City.

Another option is to choose a leisurely afternoon cruise with a tea and cake set included onboard.

34 – Dress up and visit Harajuku

Takeshita Street, Harajuku, Tokyo

Kawaii dreams are made of these down in Harajuku, Tokyo’s heart and soul of all things anime and this is where you can live out your craziest fashion fantasies. The term ‘kawaii’ refers to anything ultra-cute and over the top in Japan, and when it comes to trends, there are different types of kawaii fashion to spot on the streets.

Girls dressed in a rainbow of colors and outrageous styles are called “decora kei” and the “Harajuku goth” was one of the first looks seen on the streets of Harajuku. Spot the Harajuku punks and also the Harajuku boys with a style of their own.

Made known to the mainstream masses thanks to Gwen Stefani’s backup dancers, the Harajuku Girls, there’s more to the culture than just fashion — although this is a major part of it.

From Harajuku Station make your way to Takeshita Street and start a round of kawaii shopping. Pick up make-up in bright colors, wigs, backpacks, sweaters, dresses and so much more.

Cat Street is another popular street, and while you won’t find any kitties around, it’s filled with small boutiques and fancy vintage stores.

For even more shopping and some dining options, enter Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku with its glass-mirror illusion entrance.

Not just for “kawaii” girls and boys, cosplay characters also run supreme in this part of town, so why not dress up and join the fun?

35 – Imagine what life was like as a royal at the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum

Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum

Arriving at the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, visitors stop by to view its changing art exhibitions, but the real reason is to gander at the architecture, rooms and hallways of the elaborate building.

In the 1930s, a prince of the Asaka imperial family returned from France with his wife and began the construction of the now-museum.

Inspired by France’s Art Deco movement (which happened just before World War I), the family designed their home in the same style with the help of French artist, Henri Rapin.

Today, you can walk around the former residence and explore the areas once lived in and the interiors have remained unchanged making it a fascinating tour.

Walk the front entrance hall to the official waiting rooms, check out the main hall, great dining hall, small drawing room, salon, study, the princes’ bedroom and many more rooms.

Outside there are gardens and an on-site restaurant.

36 – Spot the three monkeys at Nikko Toshogu Shrine

Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Tokyo

The Age of the Samurai era lasted hundreds of years in Japan, and back then, samurai lords ruled over the country. The Nikko Toshogu Shrine is dedicated to one of the most venerated samurais in all of history, Tokugawa Ieyasu.

This shrine and its five-tier pagoda are located inside the Shrines and Temples of Nikkō, listed as a World UNESCO Heritage Site.

The sacred complex of temples is located two hours from the main city, but you’ll need a good couple of hours here f you want to cover the entire grounds.

Starting at Nikko Toshogu Shrine, the first thing to hunt down are the Three Wise Monkeys. If you’ve ever heard the phrase, or seen the depictions, the phrase “hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil” originates from this Shinto sculpture.

Tinted in gold, the rest of the pagoda’s features are rather extravagant too and intricate carvings cover the walls and rooftops. The Yomeimon Gate is another standout feature and has over 500 carvings decorating it of mystic creatures.

37 – Watch a baseball game in Tokyo

Tokyo Dome baseball game

Japan goes bonkers for baseball and it’s the country’s most popular played team sport. There are not one, but two major stadiums where you can watch a baseball game in Tokyo.

Home of the Yomiuri Giants baseball team, the Tokyo Dome covers an area of 46,755 square meters. A white dome-shaped rooftop shields the entire perimeter from 60 meters above, creating an indoor setting and one that can withstand the rain.

Watch the Giants take on other Central League baseball teams like the Hanshin Tigers and the Hiroshima Toyo Carp.

Catch a baseball match at Meiji Jingu Stadium which is the home turf of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows team. Also known as Jingu Baseball Stadium, it first welcomed spectators nearly 100 years ago in 1926.

It’s got an old-school classic feel about it and it is always a lively experience. Located in Shinjuku, it’s also popular among university and high school baseball team events.

38 – Stand over skyscrapers at Tokyo City View

Tokyo City View observation deck

In a city full of skyscrapers, especially Tokyo, it’s relevant to find a plethora of observation towers and buildings with views, even many hotels. Tokyo City View in Minato is another great example.

Romantics at heart and travelers in love with the stars, on the rooftop of this tower (at the Sky Deck), is Roppongi Hills. It’s one of Tokyo’s most magnificent view stations to look into outer space, as well as for moongazing.

Often, the Roppongi Tenmon (Astronomy) Club utilizes this outdoor observation deck built 270 meters above sea level for workshops and night-viewing astronomical activities.

On floor 52, a gorgeous observation point provides 360-degree views through floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Mori Art Museum is located on the same level as this view deck.

While you’re in the area, explore Roppongi. Minato City is located in Roppongi and this part of Tokyo is known for its glitzy nightlife.

39 – Shop till you drop at DiverCity Tokyo Plaza

Unicorn Gundam Statue, Diver City Tokyo Plaza, Tokyo

Thanks to DiverCity Tokyo Plaza’s positioning on Odaiba island, this mall offers guests tax-free shopping between both local and international brands. Are you a mega fan of Japanese products from skincare to makeup to gadgets?

Instead of ordering your favorite items online, stock up at DiverCity … One of the shopping center’s main highlights is its Japanese goods to buy here. You’ll come across all sorts of goodies you never thought you needed in your life until now.

Some super cool Japanese stores to visit are Wego, Coen, Beauty & Youth and Uniqlo (for fashion), Hello Kitty, hands Be, Matsumoto Kiyoshi, Wabi × Sabi and others.

Familiar brands to see inside are H&M, Vans, Adidas, ABC-MART, Coach, Zara, Marc Jacobs, Lacoste, Volcom and others.

Worked up an appetite after all that spending? The food game is on-point, catering to all tastebuds and taking you on a food journey across the world.

Refuel at Starbucks, pig out at McDonald’s or treat yourself to local flavors at Japanese restaurants like Kyurin, Teppan Yatai, Hakata Nagahama Ramen and ShinsyuSobaDocoro Sojibou.

Before heading back to the mainland, there’s something special that awaits visitors outside the center. For fans of the Japanese graphic novel series, Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, stand in awe next to the 19-meter tall statue of RX-0 Unicorn Gundam.

Watch as the mobile suit changes modes a few times a day … Unicorn Gundam aficionados will get it …

40 – From blossoming Sakura giants to watersports, spend time at the best parks

Odaiba Seaside Park, Tokyo

Tokyo is the definition of an urban city, but even the biggest city slickers need time out. Here are the best parks. Odaiba Seaside Park can be reached by heading to a man-made island on the Pacific Ocean, Odaiba. Waterbabies, there’s an artificial beach here for watersports like SUPing and windsurfing.

Stop to smell the sakuras inside Japan’s first-ever public park, Ueno Park. Within its massive grounds are the National Museums of Western Art and Nature & Science, Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and the Ueno Royal Museum.

If Yoyogi Park is good enough for Olympians, it should be a thrill for ordinary travelers and is a fantastic location to get in your daily exercise (the Yoyogi Park Athletics Stadium is here).

Showa Kinen is the city’s largest park, dazzling with wildflowers, museums, memorials and cherry blossoms! One of the best ways to explore the 160-hectare+ grounds is with segway tours.

41 – Get lost in creative spaces inside Mori Art Museum

Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

On the 52nd and 53rd floors of Tokyo City View, navigate your way to the Mori Art Museum and explore facets of modern Tokyo culture. Unlike old-school museums, the collections and pieces on exhibit here (which change regularly) are fun and contemporary.

Typical themes that Mori Art Museum enjoys displaying include pieces of art related to film, manga, anime, fashion and design in Japan.

Artists on show use a variety of mediums, not only limited to painting for example, and are set in glass displays, outside, around museum corners, some even climbing up the walls, fully utilizing the space.

Your imagination will run wild, and the artworks make really cool photo backdrops too.

42 – Affordable and time-saving, join hop-on and hop-off bus tours

bus tours in Tokyo

There is literally so much to see and do in Tokyo that it can seem overwhelming when deciding what is the most important — especially if you’re only here for a weekend. A comprehensive (and convenient) way to go sightseeing is with a hop-on hop-off bus tour around the city, with the option of purchasing a one or two-day ticket.

What’s the deal? Offering multiple routes (the red, blue and green line), decide which suits you best, then board a double-decker open-top tour bus. Following a dedicated route, the bus stops off right by top landmarks and attractions, such as TOKYO SKYTREE, Tokyo Tower or the Shinjuku district.

Enjoy the freedom of jumping on and off the bus as many times as you like in 24 / 48 hours without purchasing a new ticket every time.

43 – Seafood lovers delight in the Tsukiji Outer Market

Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo

Known as Tsukiji Outer Market, Tsukiji Fish Market, and locally, Tsukiji Jōgai Shijō, best arrive hungry at this market that specializes in fresh produce and street food. There are traditional Japanese snacks for sale on a wholesale level, as well as items related to the culinary world and home kitchen, including Japanese chef’s knives.

If you’re an avid cook and want to experience the true Japanese food scene, this market is popular among locals for grabbing the freshest seafood.

Not only ingredients to gather, there are many restaurants and stalls where you can enjoy an incredibly authentic meal, and opening from as early as 5 AM, try sushi for breakfast just like residents of Tokyo.

Some must-try street foods and snacks to try at Tsukiji Outer Market are freshly steamed oysters, grilled scallops, egg mayonnaise omelet sandwiches (tamagoyaki sando), satsuma-age which are deep fried fish cakes, dim sum, spiked sticks of grilled eel or tuna and tons of other delicious bites.

44 – Marvel at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Tokyo’s statues

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Tokyo

Both young and old will have a blast at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Tokyo, and there’s a reason why the toy brand has managed to keep mesmerizing kids for nearly 100 years! The discovery center comprises nine features, either an attraction or activity.

Created using more than 1.6 million Lego pieces, Miniland is a replica of Tokyo and its city full of skyscrapers.

Step back in time at Kingdom Quest and partake in a medieval adventure. Here, classic lego figurines like knights and princesses await you, standing life-size.

Another hero to meet from these times is the famous magician when you try out Merlin Apprentice. Swapping the middle-ages for the Edo period in Japan, step inside the  “Ninja Dojo” at Lego Ninjago City Adventure.

Once done exploring all the wonders that Lego can create, put your own hands to work joining a Creative Workshop. Let your imagination run rampant and see what you can build from all sorts of different blocks.

Duplo Village is designed for younger children and is filled with soft Duplo blocks (the larger-sized pieces). More challenging, head to the Lego Racers Build & Test Zone and build your own car, plus test drive it afterward on the track!

Understand how soft plastic is transformed into colorful cubes at the Lego Factory, and the 4D Cinema provides another interactive experience.

After all the exploring, visit the Legoland cafeteria and restaurant for snacks and refreshments.

45 – Photograph the hanging flowers at Kameido Tenjin Shrine

Kameido Tenjin Shrine, Tokyo

There’s something so whimsical about gardens of hanging flowers, and the ones surrounding Kameido Tenjin Shrine are picture-perfect. Leading up to the shrine is the Shinji Pond and two red bridges provide a crossing to reach the main sanctum. Wooden trellis structures have been erected around this area where dangling florals drip from the tops and over the sides.

Dedicated to the Shinto god of learning, Sugawara no Michizane (later named god Tenjin), one of his disciples received a message from the gods about building a shrine. He carved a statue of Tenjin out of a plum tree branch and journeyed around the country to find suitable grounds for his message to begin fruition.

There are plum trees growing all around Kameido Tenjin Shrine today and plum-picking season is in June. Gorgeous blossoms to see are seasonal, and around 50 wisterias bloom in springtime. At night, the entire area is lit up to create a fairytale setting.

You can come to pray to the god of learning or leave your prayers in a box at the shrine and the priests will offer them up for you.

46 – Learn about Japan’s history at Tokyo National Museum

Tokyo National Museum

Not only the capital’s oldest, but the Tokyo National Museum is also Japan’s oldest national museum, first opening in 1872. Originally, the institution was founded in a different location to its current position at Ueno Park and over the years it has collected and retained more than 120,000 pieces of art and artifacts.

With too many collectibles to display, most are stored but you can still investigate close to 3,000 works on display when visiting the museum, set up within six buildings.

The galleries rotate exhibitions 300 times a year, so even if you’ve visited before, you’re bound to uncover something new.

Starting at the Japanese Gallery (Honkan), walk two floors to find rare relics from the Neolithic Age and other curios leading all the way to the 19th century in Japan like ancient tea bowls and samurai armor. Gaze at tomb sculptures and inscribed swords inside the Japanese Archaeology and Special Exhibition (Heiseikan) building.

Moving away from Japan to the rest of Asia, at the Asian Gallery (Toyokan), observe artworks by artists hailing from Egypt, the Middle East, China, Korea, India and other Southeast Asian and Central Asian countries.

Unearth ‘14 National Treasures and 239 Important Cultural Properties’ pertaining to Buddhism given to the museum by the great Buddhist temple in Japan, Hōryū-ji.

47 – Fly high in the sky above it all during a helicopter tour

helicopter tour in Tokyo

A perfect way to commemorate a special occasion, take a scenic flight across Tokyo’s skyline during a helicopter tour. Take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the city famous for its skyscrapers and flashing lights from a bird’s eye view.

Helicopter tours vary in length, as well as the attractions, landmarks and districts to fly by. Choose to spend the next 20 or 30 minutes cruising over Tokyo icons like the Imperial Palace, Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Skytree or Tokyo Station.

Drink in the views across Shinjuku or Asakusa district and if your travel time in the capital city is limited, a helicopter tour is a fabulous way to speedily sightsee.

Less than half an hour of air time may not be enough for some, and one of the most epic things to do in Tokyo is a 1.5-hour helicopter tour to Mount Fuji and back.

Providing unparalleled views of the legendary mountain peak, a helicopter tour is quite special, especially when Mount Fuji is fully snow-capped.

48 – Fill your life with color at teamLab Planets TOKYO

teamLab Planets TOKYO
credit to teamLab Planets TOKYO

Enter the minds of the visionary geniuses behind teamLab Planets TOKYO who utilize digital installations to create new worlds. Feel as if you’re in alternate universes and get lost in flower worlds. Using light, props and technology, it’s a world of wonder and color inside.

The concept is to awaken and use all of your senses, for example, you complete the entire exhibition barefoot.

Two themed zones explore a different natural element in the varying spaces. ‘The Infinite Crystal Universe’ and ‘Universe of Fire Particles on the Water’s Surface’ are two of the exhibitions within the Water Area.

Moving from water to the ‘Garden Area, the ‘Floating Flower Garden’ is absolutely insane (in the best way possible), and the ‘Moss Garden of Resonating Microcosms’ is very interesting, using egg-shape structures that change color during sunrise and sunset.

You can’t help but feel mesmerized by the entire setup in Toyosu, Koto City (about 30 minutes from Shibuya and 17 minutes from Ginza).

49 – Go dotty over the art at Yayoi Kusama Museum

Yayoi Kusama Museum, Tokyo

Art appreciators, a trip to Tokyo wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Yayoi Kusama Museum, imagined and curated by the world-famous Japanese artist herself. Kusama’s iconic bright and bold polka-dot art has made a name for itself in the art world, and the artist’s work is displayed and exhibited in some of the best global galleries.

Hailing from Japan (in Matsumoto), the contemporary artist wanted to open up a museum in her home country, and the gallery opened its doors in 2017.

Most of Yayoi Kusama’s previous life works constitute heavily abstract compositions, however, at this museum, the artist has purposefully chosen to showcase art from the latter years of her career.

Brush past walls with different sized canvases of work. Subject matter this time round is more stylized and portrays different focal points from portraits to still life. Large conceptual and life-like spotted sculptures fill the room too.

There are also art pieces to see that break away from the artist’s typical style, using brushstrokes that aren’t just dots.

50 – Repeat your childhood at Asakusa Hanayashiki

Asakusa Hanayashiki amusement park, Tokyo

Have some good old quality fun at Japan’s oldest-standing amusement park, Asakusa Hanayashiki. Starting as flower gardens in 1853, it was then converted into a playground of attractions. The original rollercoaster (added 100 years after opening in 1953) is still in operation and spinning visitors in the air.

Today, the amusement park has 20 rides that all boast a distinctively old-school feel. Catch the thrills on the swooping Disk “O” or the spins on Little Star.

There’s a classical Haunted House and Merry-go-ride and most of the attractions are family-friendly.

Take the little ones to try the Kiddy Taxi, Sky Ship, Swans, Panda Car, the Game plaza area and designated Kid Ninja Yashiki Nin-Nin Park.

Other interesting and exciting features are Thriller Car, Ghost Mansion, House of Surprise and Maruhana Ennichi (Carnival Game Corner).

Before heading back to your hotel or the next set of things to do in Tokyo, stop by the photo booths and create your own stickers!

51 – Try a national staple with a sake tasting

Sake tasting in Tokyo

Did you know that sake is considered Japan’s national drink? Used for centuries as part of traditional ceremonies, the first production of the fermented wine beverage began over 2,000 years ago.

In Japan today there are over 1,500 sake breweries and the alcoholic drink is sold worldwide.

Indulge in the most authentic sake in the country where it originated from with a sake tasting in Tokyo and there’s a plentitude of experiences to pick from.

Over the space of three hours, learn about the three main types of sake during a guided sake tasting tour and sample the varying rice wines to decipher the difference.

Offering something slightly fancier, enjoy a luxe sake tasting and food pairing endeavor in Tokyo, sampling nine small dishes in total along with sake as well as craft cocktails and beer.

Visit Tokyo’s oldest sake brewery and enjoy an insightful tour around, followed by a sake tasting round, or spend a few hours bar hopping to secret hotspots for the best rice wine in town.

52 – Take a break at the urban Meguro Sky Garden

Meguro Sky Garden, Tokyo

If you’re in need of green during your Tokyo adventure, take some time out from the busy, bustling things to do in Tokyo and spend some time at the modernized Meguro Sky Garden. Located in Meguro City, it exudes the essence of Tokyo, acting as an urban garden oasis in the middle of the city … more specifically, in the heart of an expressway.

Continuing on the rooftop from the Ohashi Junction, the gardens are built just off the side of the highway road and curve around a 400-meter circumference.

It’s filled with Sakuras, Cape Jasmine, pine trees, fruit trees and other plant and floral species, as well as a small vegetable garden to check out. There is a kid’s playground here too.

53 – Visit Ikebukuro to find a “city within a city”

Ikebukuro district, Tokyo

Catering for a diverse scene of travelers, there seems to be something for everyone around Ikebukuro, whether you’re here on a solo mission, with the family or on business. As one of the biggest cities, Tokyo has an unending offering of neighborhoods and different areas to explore. Heading to the northern part of the city, enjoy another shopping and entertainment district.

Jumping off the train at Ikebukuro Station, start exploring the streets around where you’ll pick up trendy fashion items, boutique-shop goods as well as manga-related products, like novels and accessories. The anime books and goodies in Ikebukuro cater more toward ladies, for example, manga comics have female heroines as the protagonist.

Two major department stores, Seibu and Tobu, are both located right by Ikebukuro Station.

Traveling with the family make your way to Sunshine City, nicknamed a ‘city within a city’ because conveniently, the complex has everything you need from accommodation to an aquarium!

Apart from Sunshine Aquarium, have fun at the indoor theme park, Namja Town and check out “Mantam” Planetarium and Sunshine City Solarium for a glimpse into galaxies.

Take in the views at the Sunshine 60 Observation Deck, standing 240 meters above sea level. Go shopping and dining and if you fancy a stay, check into the Prince Hotel for the night.

If you’ve found yourself falling in love with Japan’s ‘otaku culture,’ Ikebukuro is one other area to find internet-fad and anime-crazy-related items.

54 – Read a book at romantic Rikugien Gardens

Rikugien Gardens, Tokyo

Japanese gardens are acclaimed across the globe, renowned for their ornate features and zen-like settings. The Rikugien Gardens are a prime example, and it’s an utterly romantic space. Variations of flowers blooming throughout the year litter the gardens, creating naturally colorful landscapes – and the perfect setting for a picnic.

Stroll manicured pathways around the garden, through canopies of trees, stopping to admire the plants and blooms.

See plum, Japanese allspice and pine trees in full action from December to March, Sakuras in April, azaleas in summer and the maple trees turn golden red in autumn time.

Pass by rolling streams, cross over bridges in forested areas and there are a few traditional teahouses to visit. Take a seat around the park’s pond and enjoy a cup of matcha tea.

55 – Bring your budding scientist to the National Museum of Nature and Science

National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo

From dinosaurs to the calculations of physics, there are four floors at the National Museum of Nature and Science to investigate. Children, in particular, will love this museum with life-sized relics and interactive displays to learn among.

Dedicated to the exploration of our world and Japan’s history, start on the lowest level and make your way through. The basement level is part of the museum’s Global Gallery covering our Earth’s evolution and its species.

Exhibits include ‘Evolution of Life – Exploring the Mysteries of Dinosaur Evolution’, ‘Evolution of life – From the Earth’s Origin through Human Existence’ and ‘Exploring the Structure of Nature – How our world works.’

Floor one continues looking at our world, such as our planet’s history, focusing on biodiversity and ecosystems. Imagine what life was like billions of years ago through themes like “History of the Universe”, “History of Life” and “History of Humankind.”

On the same floor is the South (Japan Gallery) filled with tools, crafts and instruments used by the first people on the island of Japan. Continuing to explore local culture, floor two holds the South (Japan Gallery) and North (Japan Gallery).

Become knowledgeable on how the Japanese islands formed and the first settlers created life in these parts.

Moving from history to the sciences, the second floor also hosts the ‘Progress in Science and Technology’ and ‘Investigation Technology for the Earth’ exhibits, forming part of the Global Gallery.

For more information on the history of the Japanese Islands, find exhibitions on level three. On the same floor are displays shining a light on animals.

56 – Hike Mount Takao outside of Tokyo

Mount Takao, Japan

Temples and shrines within the city of Tokyo are in the dozens, but Mount Takao is one of the few locations close to Tokyo that’s completely out in nature and home to a mountain temple.

Catch a one-hour train to the mountain range and from here, there are numerous hiking trails to choose from which lead to the top of Mount Takao. Trail 1 is most favored, taking 90 minutes in total to make the summit to the peak.

Trekking to the top, stand 599 meters above sea level, breathing in the freshest air, gaping at the magnificent views. All of the walks are super scenic, passing through forestries of tall Cedar trees, a Monkey Park, waterfall streams and cherry blossoms (when in bloom).

Not to fear if you’re not a hiking enthusiast, there’s a cable car to transport travelers up the mountain and at the cable car station, there’s an observation deck.

Halfway up Mount Takao is the Buddhist Takao-san Yakuo-in Temple, famous for its ascetic training. This involves standing under a waterfall and repeating mantras to strengthen the body, mind and spirit.

Near the start of the mountain is a hot spring, a museum as well as some local food stalls.

57 – Show our beautiful marine creatures some love at Tokyo Sea Life Park

Tokyo Sea Life Park

Pretend to be mermaids and merman, or if you don’t live near the ocean, arrive at Tokyo Sea Life Park to appreciate the schools of aquatic life. Located inside Ueno Zoo, this aquarium was the country’s first one to open up, and throughout the years, efforts have been made to uphold the sea park.

See fish swimming from oceans across our world, and the aquarium is themed accordingly.

Tuna and Hammerheads roam the Voyagers of the Sea area and spot the Bluespine unicorn fish at the Pacific Ocean tank.

See other aquatic animals from the Indian Sea, the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean, as well as the Oceans of Polar Regions.

Learn about species that live on our shorelines, or the ones that call the deep dark parts of our ocean their home. More interesting spaces include the Kelp Forest, Water Bird Exhibition and the Penguin Exhibition.

58 – Hello Kitty fanatics go wild at Sanrio Puroland

Sanrio Puroland theme park, Tokyo

The Sanrio brand sprang to popularity back in the 70s when Hello Kitty was first born, and Sanrio Puroland opened its doors to fans in 1990. Also called Hello Kitty Land, the indoor park is dedicated to the iconic fictional cutesy cat character, as well as other friends of the Sanrio brand.

Walk around the animated and colorfully decorated spaces where you’ll bump into My Melody rabbit or Hello Kitty.

Enjoy a Sanrio Character Boat Ride, take the Kiki & Lala Twinkling Tour and step inside Lady Kitty House to see how the animated personality lives.

Enjoy activities like carnival games and CASIO x Sanrio Puroland character nail print, create silhouette art and have a personalized picture drawn at the portrait corner.

For those obsessed with the Japanese icon, stock up on all sorts of Hello Kitty goodies from stationery to stuffed animals from a range of Sanrio stores like the Village Shop, Lady Kitty House Shop, My Melody Shop, Gudetama Shop and the duty-free counter. Dine at the all-pastel-pink Food Court or Sweet Parlor.

A highlight of Sanrio Puroland is the magical and fun Momotarō by the Hello Kitty Troupe and the musical performance is enacted by Hello Kitty and friends.

59 – Enjoy free cityscape views from above at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building’s Observatories

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings Observatory

When you’re in the Shinjuku area, a visit to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is a fantastic way to take in views of many famous landmarks in one go. Plus, this activity is free to do.

Viewing the buildings and skyscrapers from high-up angles provides a full-on perspective of their architecture and city placements and here, there are a few observatories within the block.

Three buildings are connected next to each other, comprising one main building and the two viewpoints are found within. The two main observatories are located on opposite sides on the 45th floor of each block, aptly called the north and south observatories.

Between the two, stand 202 meters above the ground and experience views of Tokyo from all directions — literally. This includes northeast, southeast, southwest and west-facing panoramas.

Some iconic buildings to spot from up here include Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Tower, Shinjuku Park Tower, Tokyo Opera City Tower and Mount. Fuji.

Right next door to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) building is another shorter building, connected to TMG by a walkway. Not to be confused, the main building with the observatories is referred to as Building 1 and the other connected block is Building 2.

60 – Appreciate the National Art Center’s architecture

The National Art Center, Tokyo

Creativity is a massive part of Tokyo city and the lives of residents, and the National Art Center was created as a space for ever-changing arts and cultural activities alike. There aren’t any permanent exhibitions at the center, done so purposefully to create an opportunity for a vast variety of artists to showcase their talents.

Large-scale in design, the art center spans a whopping 14,000 square meters, making it Japan’s largest exhibition area. It’s equipped with 12 gallery rooms, an auditorium and an Art Library.

The National Art Center building is architecturally inspiring … Completely surrounded by glass windows all around, the center stands in a wave-like position, creating a sense of movement. Inside or outside, enjoy the innovative design.

61 – Day trip to Kawagoe

Kawagoe, Tokyo

For old-school charm, head 30 minutes from Tokyo central and feel as if you’ve stepped back into time in Kawagoe. Eccentric travelers, those that love taking photographs or visitors to Japan on the hunt to experience a different side of Tokyo, fall head over heels and seep in the ambiance.

The country’s famed Edo era (from 1603 until 1867) can still be seen in the remnants of the houses, buildings and temples in this area and it affectionately gained the nickname “Little Edo.”

The streets are quieter, historic architecture is displayed all over town and steeped rich in its heritage.

Fascinating sites and things to do in this part of the city range from sightseeing castles and temples (including Honmaru Goten also known as Kawagoe Castle, and Kitain Temple), to museums.

Sweet-tooth junkies, there’s an entire street lined with sweetie stores known as ‘Candy Alley’ and for something extra, check out Kawagoe’s Warehouse District for a distinctive urban-cool setting.

62 – Add an authentic Kaiseki cooking class to your list

Kaiseki cooking class in Tokyo

There are a bunch of Kaiseki cooking classes to choose from, each an authentic experience. The term ‘kaiseki’ in Japan refers to a dining experience involving multiple courses of food in one sitting. During a specialized cooking class, learn how to make classic foods and dishes that often feature during a kaiseki meal.

This typically consists of appetizers, soup, a sashimi course, a hot dish, a rice-focused course and dessert.

In Tokyo, spend three hours learning how to make and recreate your own kaiseki at home for friends or family, including the cooking methods and special techniques required for some dishes.

Want to master more? Check out the other cooking classes in Tokyo, from making gyoza to ramen. If you aren’t keen on getting your hands dirty, you can enjoy a kaiseki experience in Tokyo, which just involves eating and tasting, no cooking.

Something extra special; dine the kaiseki way whilst watching a traditional Geisha show!

63 – Ride the world’s steepest rollercoaster at FujiQ Highland

FujiQ Highland theme park, Tokyo

If you thought your excitement levels couldn’t peak any higher on the way to see the bucket-list attraction, Mount Fuji, a few hours at FujiQ Highland provides even more thrills and tingles.

Amusement parks are common in Tokyo, however, none of them can compare to this one’s surroundings, built at the foothills of Mount Fuji.

Attractions follow an anime theme and the park is renowned for its adrenaline-pumping rides, with not one, but four types of coasters to try!

Takabisha is the steepest rollercoaster in the world with an incline drop of 120 degrees, or reach new heights hanging from Eejanaika, a ‘4th Dimension Hypercoaster.’

Strap in and swing around in circles in the air 32 meters above the ground on Tentekomai, or get your blood racing when shot 59 meters into the sky (at speeds of 51 kilometers per hour) on Tekkotsubanchou – Sky Tower Swinger.

The action doesn’t stop at FujiQ Highland … Vertically fall 52 meters to the ground whilst strapped into the Red Drop Tower and make sure you don’t eat anything before boarding Panic Clock.

Filled with an overload of exhilarating features, this amusement park is not one for the faint-hearted, but it provides hours of adrenaline-induced fun.

64 – Feel like a giant at Small Worlds

Small Worlds Tokyo
credit to Small Worlds Tokyo

Tokyo, it seems, loves to top global lists of the world’s firsts — but that’s one of the reasons why people fall in love with the capital of Japan. Adding another to its collection, opening up in 2019 Small Worlds became the world’s biggest ‘indoor miniature amusement park.’

As the name of the park suggests, as you enter unveil worlds and scenes recreated in fantastical mini-form, from figurines to buildings.

Small Worlds is divided into sections and the setup of each area has been designed and themed accordingly.

Travel the world throughout the centuries at the Global Village which highlights five European and Asian countries, or lift off from Earth and explore the Space Center. It has a special feature that highlights the Apollo program from the 60s.

Understand a bit more about how airport operations run at the Kansai International Airport replica.

Celebrating Japanese culture, the “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon” area recreates the manga story’s Azabu Juban district, or discover Evangelion Cage’s NERV headquarters at the Tokyo-III space.

Snap tons of cute photos inside the amusement park and marvel at the intricate handmade miniatures.

65 – Shop, eat and explore at the Tokyo Station

Tokyo Central Railway Station

Connecting the city of Tokyo to other parts of Japan, the Tokyo Station is home to the country’s bullet train, a shopping mall and some great restaurants. Before entering the central station you can’t help but notice its gorgeous red-brick exterior, standing in contrast to the usual modernized structures and skyscrapers in the capital city. Here’s a perfect photo-op!

Located in the city’s financial district, Marunouchi, catch the train to downtown Tokyo, Narita Airport, Haneda Airport or further destinations for the weekend like Kyoto, Hokkaido and Kyushu (in southern Japan).

Built in 1914, its checkered black and white floors and tall ceilings with dome rooftops are excellent examples of fine architecture.

66 – Let time slip by at iconic Shibuya

Shibuya crossing, Tokyo

Neon lights, kawaii girls dressed in platform heels and sporting multi-colored hair, cosplay dressers, karaoke bars and endless shopping for Japanese goods … your typical image of Tokyo city is exactly what you’ll find in the famous Shibuya district.

Update your social feeds with photographs at iconic Shibuya Crossing and then start roaming the fashionable neighborhood.

The famed pedestrian crossing leads the pathway to the 350-meter-long Center Gai shopping street. Buy clothing, stationery, accessories, electronics, manga, and other kawaii items.

Selling more boutique-style goods, Shibuya109 is where the cool kids come to reinvent their wardrobes and the center is known for selling affordable clothing.

Find a world of art this side of town, from street murals to plentiful galleries, and take a break at one of Shibuya’s sweet cafes.

Cafe Ron Ron is a cat-themed spot that serves desserts on a conveyor belt and there’s no need to travel to Paris to taste of one Laduree’s famous macarons … Just like New York City, there’s the legendary fancy French tea room in Tokyo too.

When nighttime arrives, the Shibuya area is without a doubt, one of the best places to be in the city. As buildings buzz with colorful bright lights and advertise digital displays, Shibuya takes on a new life.

The modern district is a renowned nightlife hub providing clubs and drinking holes. Constantly welcoming tourists, the streets and the dining and wining options are never empty and there’s a good vibe going, guaranteed.

Join in on the fun with a pub crawl in Shibuya and be shown the hottest spots in town like the Golden Gai, dotted with vintage pubs.

Walking food tours in this part of Tokyo are popular too and are a great way to learn about and sample street snacks.

67 – Partake in a traditional tea ceremony

Tea ceremony in Tokyo

Ever heard of the art of tea? In many parts of Asia, tea ceremonies are a spiritual moment, and sacred tea rituals have been performed for centuries. Way more involved than you could imagine, the best way to understand the art is by trying a traditional tea ceremony in Tokyo.

Ingrained into everyday culture, you will discover many different types of tea ceremonial experiences, it can be hard to decide.

Slip on a kimono (optional) and spend an hour learning about ancient utensils and how they are used during a tea ceremony, as well as the history and ‘spirit’ of tea in Japan.

Discover the appropriate mannerism to uphold during these rituals and of course, get to sample traditional Japanese tea like matcha.

Feel like you’re transcending worlds when you watch a tea ceremony conducted by a young Geisha — including the performance show that comes along with it.

There are endless things to do in Tokyo, but you don’t want to miss this one, especially if you’re already a tea-drinker!

68 – Have an insta-worthy moment at Nezu Shrine

Nezu Shrine, Tokyo

One thing Tokyo isn’t short of is shrines to visit. When compiling lists of the most scenic ones in the capital, Nezu Shrine should be added at the top part. Typical of Shinto design, there are the usual red torii gates that lead the way to its entrance,  and the gardens engulfing the areas are simply picturesque.

In April and May, witness trees of azalea flowers brightening up the branches in puffs of soft pink and white.

It’s so pretty that many locals host weddings on the grounds.

This shrine, constructed in 1705, holds importance in Japan because many of the Nezu Shrines built in the country no longer exist.

69 – Uncover art from 19th century Japan inside Nezu Museum

Nezu Museum, Tokyo

One of Japan’s most influential businessmen from the early 1900s, Nezu Kaichirō, began his personal grand art-collecting escapades during his lifetime. With a specific eye for art, he accumulated works from pre-modern Japan and other parts of East Asia.

It was always Kaichirō’s passion to share his collection with others, and upon passing, his family curated the exhibit, created a foundation and opened up Nezu Museum in his honor.

Adding authenticity, the gallery was once their former family home and through the years, the museum has undergone renovations. To date, there are over 7,000 items preserved here, although they are not all on display.

Some artworks have been donated to Nezu Museum in recent years and it’s the gatekeeper of seven national treasures.

Uncover work and artifacts created from varying mediums, from calligraphy to painting, sculpture to ceramics, metalwork, armor and equipment, lacquer, textiles, archeological materials, and wood and bamboo.

70 – Form your own opinion at Yasukuni Shrine

Yasukuni Shrine, Tokyo

Would you believe that the peaceful Japan we know today once led one of the most dominating armies centuries ago? The annual foot count to Yasukuni Shrine in Chiyoda is impressive, but for some visitors, the sacred grounds are unsettling, founded by Emporer Meji in 1869 to honor the lives of those lost throughout the country’s battles.

Continuing the commemoration of her fallen soldiers, fighters from World War I and WWII are also remembered here.

Translating its name directly, ‘yasukuni’ means ‘peaceful country’. A few people say the memorial shrine is debatable as past warlords who didn’t uphold the best global positive reputations are celebrated and honored at Yasukuni Shrine.

Locals come to the complex every year to pay their respects to the lost souls.

71 – Fill your suitcases at Yanaka Ginza Street

Yanaka Ginza, Tokyo

One of the greatest things to do when traveling is to spend some time walking the local streets, admiring architecture, culture, people and daily activities. Travelers that can’t get enough of city exploring, visit Yanaka in eastern Tokyo, well-known for its distinctive old town.

(In Japan, towns that have maintained their old-world charm are referred to as “shitamachi”.)

Take photographs of the neighborhoods that remain untouched by modernized Tokyo aesthetics and then hit famed Yanaka Ginza Street for a round of shopping and street food tasting.

One of the most popular items sold in many forms along the shopping street is bamboo. Pick up other goods like maneki-neko (waving cat statues), pottery and ceramics, tea, silk handkerchiefs, traditional Japanese sandals and more.

Cute local cafes can be found, as well as many stalls selling must-try Japanese snacks.

Foods that you cannot miss sampling on Yanaka Ginza Street include Menchi Katsu (ground, breaded and deep-fried meat cutlets that look like schnitzel), grilled rice balls called ‘onigiri’, takoyaki (deep-fried octopus balls), ramen, and of course, a round of sake.

Some specialties in the area to try also include Yanaka Shippoya’s donuts shaped to look like cat tails or Tamaru’s famed Chonmage Imo. Also on a stick, it consists of sweet potato coated in sesame.

Yanaka is conveniently located right near Ueno Park. It’s roughly a 10-minute drive or continue the exploration on foot and walk 25 minutes to reach the massive park.

72 – Educate yourselves at the Fukushima disaster area tour

Fukushima disaster area tour

Just over 10 years ago, a nuclear eruption took place in Ōkuma, Fukushima at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The disaster led to high levels of radiation toxicity and the entire surrounding area has been deemed inhabitable.

The nuclear explosion occurred when an earthquake hit Japan in 2011, causing a tsunami reaction. It was during this that the Fukushima power plant was damaged.

Keen to learn more and see the site up close in person? Considered a high danger zone, there are safe guided Fukushima disaster area tours to embark on which take you to Fukushima and near the nuclear plant.

During a tour, stop just 20 kilometers away from the derelict nuclear power station and learn interesting information about the incident from your knowledgeable guide. Have the opportunity to meet some locals whose lives were heavily affected by the 2011 disaster, and see how they are rebuilding communities.

Located outside of the city, it’s best suited for a day trip. Guided tours to the Fukushima disaster area include all transportation to and from the historic site.

73 – Make a wish at Gotokuji Temple

Gotokuji Temple, Tokyo

Lucky cats as they’re commonly known, are seen in Chinese homes, stores and restaurants around the world, but, in fact, the Maneki-neko (officially), originated in Japan. Its beginnings are linked with Gotokuji Temple making this site a super popular tourist destination in Tokyo.

The cats (which always appear to be waving) line the temple entrance walkways and are dotted all around the grounds in groups of differing shapes and sizes.

Dating back to the 17th century, the story goes that during the Edo period in Japan, a man named Ii Naotaka was traveling the area when the weather suddenly changed. Passing by the temple site, a cat caught his attention, beckoning him inside,  keeping him safe from a major thunderstorm.

Accepting this as a sign of good luck, the feudal lord founded Gotokuji Temple. Honoring his lucky companion, cats have remained a symbol of good luck ever since.

Over the years, other shrines and buildings have been added to the sacred grounds. Discover a 22.5 meter-high three-tier pagoda, the Buddhist bell and a traditional tea room.

74 – Flitter among the cherry blossoms at Meguro River

Meguro River cherry blossom, Tokyo

More than 800 Sakuras line the banks of the Meguro River in the heart of Tokyo. Thanks to the river’s suitable location near the bustling Shibuya district, it is one of the most popular places to see hundreds of cherry blossoms in the middle of the city.

Planted on either side of the river canal, the trees form arches from either side, creating a whimsical light pink tunnel overhead, running for about four kilometers of the 7.8-kilometer-long river.

Thousands of tourists flock to the site annually, especially from the end of March through to April when the Sakuras are out in full bloom.

Catering for the tons of travelers that pass by, stop at a cafe for a refreshment and there are stalls selling art and handicrafts.

Extra spectacular in the evening, the cherry blossoms all light up at night and the lights dance off the waters.

75 – Hunt down the Hachikō Memorial Statue

Hachikō Memorial Statue, Tokyo

Prepare yourselves for all the feels when you hear the history behind Hachikō Memorial Statue …  A beautiful example of how dogs are truly a man’s best friend. The tale of Hachikō has stolen the hearts of many, and the story of Japan’s most loyal dog gained worldwide recognition when the 2009 movie titled ‘Hachi: A Dog’s Tale’ was released (starring Richard Gere), a rendition of Japan’s 1987 film called ‘Hachikō Monogatari.’

However, the original Japanese movie is indeed based on the real-life chronicles of an Akita-breed dog named Hachikō and his owner who traveled together to Shibuya Station every day in the 1920s.

Accompanying his owner daily to the station as he left for work, Hachikō would return to the terminal in the afternoon and wait for his master to come back. One day, his owner did not reappear. He had encountered a sudden death after suffering from a hemorrhage at work.

For the next nine years, Hachikō returned to Shibuya Station every single day to wait for him. After Hachikō breathed his last loyal breath, he was finally reunited with his owner, buried right next to him.

Take a photo with the Hachikō Memorial Statue and pay your respects to the loyal animal. It’s a moment to appreciate your own pets who you might be missing back home.

76 – Test your skills at the Kyudo archery experience

Kyudo archery experience, Tokyo

Pick up a bow and arrow and feel like Robin Hood for the next couple of hours — minus the townsmen shenanigans — when trying out a Kyudo archery experience. Nothing is mundane in Tokyo and during a Kyudo (the Japanese martial art of archery) expedition, gear up in traditional uniform and hit the target shooting range.

Before the practicing begins, undergo an instruction lesson and then get kitted with a bow and set of arrows to match your height and comfort.

There’s something so medieval about the ancient sport, which dates back as far as the Middle Stone Ages, right? Feel as if you really are stepping back into time when trying a Yabusame archery experience.

Yabusame is a form of mounted archery, a bit like jousting, but completely non-violent, and has been considered a sacred ritual throughout history. It involves shooting three arrows at a target from a running horse (the archer rides the horse whilst doing so).

77 – Stock up on kitchenware at Kappabashi Utensils Street

Kappabashi Utensils Street, Tokyo

Calling all foodies, or moms that are in desperate need of a kitchen restock, go bonkers at Kappabashi Utensils Street (officially Kappabashi Street, or Kappabashi Dōgugai). The reason for its nickname hints at what shoppers can find down this shopping street and around 150 stalls sell all sorts of goods and items relating to food, cooking and the kitchen.

For those that take their meal times seriously, now is the chance to buy your Japanese knives (find both Gyutou and Santoku-style knives) and sushi-prep tools.

The street also caters to local restaurateurs and you’ll stumble upon shops also selling chairs, signage, tables, stoves and more.

One of its cutest features is a selection of stores selling plastic food-themed items, like life-sized fruit replicas, magnets, and mobile covers.

78 – Add an iconic Geisha experience to your bucket list

Geisha experience in Tokyo

Geishas are synonymous with Japan, the art form originating centuries ago, and there’s no better time to enjoy an authentic Geisha experience than when you’re traveling to the capital city!

An abundance of different geisha experiences in Tokyo allows travelers to explore the geisha culture in Japan in a multitude of ways, best suited for your time available.

Opt for a traditional 1.5-hour geisha show where the professional artist performs dances and songs. Enjoy a few games and learn about the history of geisha culture in Japan.

Hunting down a date night idea in Tokyo? Book an authentic geisha performance with a Kaiseki dinner. This intimate 3-hour evening activity is followed by a meet and greet with a geisha too.

Ladies, you’ll love this next one … Spend two hours on a shopping spree with a real geisha as your guide! This provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the culture and ask questions.

Your geisha will show you the best areas in Tokyo for items related to the performance art like traditional fans, woven fabrics, ornamental hair accessories and headpieces, and silks, among others.

There’s even a Geisha school in Tokyo where travelers can tour and witness a live geisha training lesson to understand more about the art.

79 – See the hooting birds in person at an Owl Cafe

Owl Cafe in Tokyo

Forget about the cat cafe craze, the city of Tokyo is home to owl cafes and the wise animal is revered in Japan, believed to be a symbol of protection and good luck. Loved by locals and travelers because they respect the birds and the setup of the cafe, Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou is one of the best owl cafes to visit in Tokyo.

They offer an ‘Owl Concierge’ and during a visit, staff members educate visitors on the birds as well as guide them on how to behave around the creatures of prey.

There are a few different owl species at this cafe, and everyone leaves with a keepsake – a free photo with the owls at the cafe.

80 – Ask for successions at Kanda Myojin Shrine

Kanda Myojin Shrine, Tokyo

Are you in need of a little good luck in your life? Consider visiting Kanda Myojin Shrine where locals come to pray to three major deities at the sacred site, asking for great prosperities, good fortunes and matters relating to marriage.

Steeped rich in Japanese history, the sanctified shrine was first established over 1,000 years ago, however, during the Edo period, Kanda Myojin was relocated to its position here in Chiyoda City.

In Japan, there are three major festivals held annually, including the Kanda Festival. The shrine gets extremely busy with festivities around this time (usually lasting a week), but it’s a lively and interesting local experience.

The surrounding neighborhoods – which are believed to be protected by the deities enshrined at Kanda Myojin – fill up with parades and processions led by moats and “floating gods.”

81 – Spot penguins at Sumida Aquarium

Sumida Aquarium, Tokyo

In urban Tokyo expect to find a few aquariums located on the upper levels of buildings, just like Sumida Aquarium, built on the fifth and sixth floors of the iconic Tokyo Skytree tower.

Comprising tanks using artificial seawater, the aquarium has built one of the country’s largest indoor pools where penguins and fur seals swim openly and there are another six designated zones to see.

Watch schools of fish swim by creating rainbows of color at the Water’s Blessing Tokyo Tank, or masses of goldfish inside the Edorium.

There are aquatic displays of jellyfish, as well as coral habitats and other natural underwater landscapes.

Visiting Skytree, a stop at the aquarium is well worth it and children will love it here.

82 – National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation will get your mind pondering

National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Tokyo

Intrigued by the world of science? The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (more commonly known as Miraikan) is dedicated to the exploration of the latest sciences and technologies of today’s society.

Tokyo already has a very futuristic feel to it, so can you only imagine what Miraikan holds inside? …

Spread across seven floors, there are permanent exhibitions to discover, as well as a special exhibition room (on floor one) that hosts rotating presentations.

Levels three and five houses the permanent expos and there are many spaces within each to navigate through. On the third floor is the “Create your future” room with different themed spaces to check out. Learn about the world of robots, the future of Android as well as a deep dive into the internet.

Floor five hosts the “Explore the frontiers” exhibition which shines a light on space, solar systems, planet Earth and life-forms.

Enter the impressive Dome Theater at Miraikan and take a journey into the universe as you look above you.

83 – Transport yourself to Cali in the 60s at Kamakura

Kamakura, Japan

It’s hard to imagine the sleepy and peaceful seaside town of Kamakura as an epicenter of political justice during Japan’s medieval ages. However, the former ancient capital (one of a few) is, in fact, the birthplace of the country’s first samurai government, known as the “Kamakura shogunate.”

Often compared to as a more chilled-out Kyoto, the historical town draws in visitors with its temples, shrines and glistening beaches, dubbed a “resort town” in the 21st century.

One hour from Tokyo, it’s an awesome day trip. Its most famous attraction is the 13th-century Great Buddha of Kamakura (located inside the Kotoku-in Temple). Other not-to-miss spiritual sites include the super pretty Meigetsuin Temple and Houkoku-ji with its bamboo grove.

Hang out at the beaches, learning to surf and feasting on seafood. You can also visit Enoshima Island and there is a bridge connecting the isle to the mainland.

84 –  Head over to fancy Ginza

Ginza district, Tokyo

We all have our reasons for wanting to visit Tokyo, and for many, it’s because of its incredible shopping and dining options — which seem endless in the modern city. Fueled by the finer things in life, put on your fancy clothes for a night out in Ginza, or check your bank account before a round of shopping at its upscale boutiques and branded department stores.

Compared to other areas in Tokyo, it’s considered to be more “westernized” and the international shops and restaurants available in this area reflect that. There are two shopping avenues in Ginza. The main one is Chuo-dori Street which crosses to the second, Harumi-dori Street.

Another landmark not to be missed is the iconic Mitsukoshi department store. It’s Japan’s oldest-surviving branded outlet selling clothing, accessories, cosmetics, shoes and homeware items.

On the food front, Ginza is home to some of Tokyo’s most renowned spots. Indulge in three-star Michelin sushi from Sukiyabashi Jiro or try the famous teppanyaki-style restaurant, Ginza Ukai Tei.

85 – Find an authentic Kamikaze plane at Yushukan Museum

Yushukan Museum, Tokyo

Opening, destroyed and restored so many times since its founding in 1877, you won’t only find artifacts from wartime at this exhibition, but step on historic grounds just by walking the hallways.

This has led to an amalgamation of architectural designs used in the building, and interestingly, when the Yushukan Museum was originally built, its design was commissioned by an Italian architect.

He modeled the space to replicate a medieval Italian castle for warlord and prime minister, Yamagata Aritomo, to display his personal armor and weapons.

Over the next 100 years, the museum faced air bombings, raidings and attacks. After years of peace, Yushukan reopened to the public as a museum in 1986 after renovations and since then, the building has been extended.

Much like its original purpose, today you can explore a collection of items, artifacts and weapons that have been used in the different war periods involving Japan. Some epic features are real fighting vehicles such as tanks, airplanes, a submarine and artillery.

Enjoy both the indoor and outdoor exhibitions to learn more.

86 – From temples to beneath bridges, hit up the zaniest shopping streets

Nakamise Shopping Street, Tokyo

Hello, you’re in Tokyo; the shopping is like nothing else on Earth! There are even entire streets for it! Have you ever visited a temple with a dedicated shopping street inside? Join the locals who have shopped at Nakamise Shopping Street since the 17th century (within the iconic Senso-ji Temple).

Close to 100 shops sell an assortment of goods, handicrafts and foods, and a must-try treat is Japanese doll cakes, known as ‘ningyo-yaki.’

Always busy and guaranteeing a bargain or two, Ameyoko Shopping Street (found under the railway line between Ueno Station and Okachimachi Station) is one of the busiest open-air markets in town.

Shop for anything and everything at this (affordable) marketplace, from cosmetics to perfume, clothing, purses, sneakers, kimonos, sports gear and, of course, street food!

87 – Step into digital realms at Tokyo Joypolis

Joypolis amusement park, Tokyo

Video fanatics, Tokyo Joypolis was created just for you! The indoor theme park is powered by video gaming company, Sega, famously known as the creators behind the Sonic the Hedgehog games.

Pioneers in the digital industry, a big part of the attractions at this theme park utilize digital features to add to the experience — and yes, Sonic makes a major appearance throughout.

The rides are set up across three floors and provide hours of fun for adrenaline-seekers, families and young kids.

Buckle into the Gekion Live Coaster or the Halfpipe Tokyo. Plus, the Zero Latency VR experience is located here for some virtual reality fun.

Kiddies will love Spicy Taxi to feel like you’re in a Thai tuk-tuk on the streets of Bangkok, the arcade games and Sonic Carnival.

For those visitors feeling peckish, stop by Frame Cafe with views of Rainbow Bridge outside, or satiate your thirst at D-Lounge whilst playing around with its digital interactive features.

88 – Dive into the world of ramen at Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum

Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum

When you think of Japanese cuisine, what’s one of the first things that spring to mind? … Ramen of course! A national staple, every region in Japan has its own variation of ramen. A quick lesson on ramen 101, there are four basic types of ramen to find, each one defined by its base flavor. These four base flavors include miso (soybean-based), shoyu (soy sauce-based), shio (salt-based) and tonkotsu (pork bone broth).

Open since 1994, Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum became the first food-themed amusement park in the world, where the entire park revolves around the national Japanese dish.

Learn about the history of the famous noodle dish at the Ramen Museum and take a look at how it gained worldwide recognition over the years.

On display are traditional ramen bowls, varieties of noodles, toppings and soups used to create the meal throughout the decades.

Set up like a vintage town in Tokyo from the 50s is the food area where you can find nine different ramens from nine regions in Japan — so you can taste the differences for yourself.

Before leaving and you’re feeling inspired, stop by the museum shop to stock up on the most authentic ramen ingredients and utensils to take home with you.

89 – Fun and festive, hop off the train in Shibuya and make for Omoide Yokochō

Omoide Yokochō, Shinjuku City, Tokyo

Walking down the tiny alleyway of Omoide Yokocho, uncover a slew of street food stalls, BBQ smells and miniature bars from bygone eras. Shibuya Station is right next door to this street food lane making it a popular stop because of its advantageous positioning next to the insanely busy train station.

Back in its heyday, the area around Omoide Yokocho used to be a black market from the 1940s onwards where passersby could come to shop for under-the-counter goods.

Flashforward to today and the ambient street lane spills out bars, known in Japan as Izakaya, selling drinks and snacks to match. Referred to by the locals as “Memory Lane” because of its true old-era charm, it’s a top spot for a fun night out with friends.

Order rounds of beer or sake and munch on yakitori (grilled meat skewers) to line the tummies.

The narrow road is filled with flittering Japanese lanterns, low lights and wooden architecture and if not here to drink, snap some really cool pics.

90 – Pick Inokashira Park for a romantic spot

Inokashira Park boat ride, Tokyo

Spend the afternoon with your darling riding swan boats on a lake under trees of cherry blossoms at Inokashira Park. There are a whopping 500 Sakura trees here and in season, this park is a fiasco of pink!

Beginning operations in 1917, the gardens are over 100 years old, and thanks to its long-standing position, the gardens have had time to develop and grow into a true Eden.

Discover the Inokashira Park Zoo, divided into the “Zoo Area” and “Aquatic Life Park” to see squirrels, fennec fox, genuine pigs and water birds.

Take some time to walk from one side of the gardens to the other side and uncover more sites and scenic routes. The starting point of the Kanda River begins in Inokashira Park and Inokashira Pond is the river’s source.

Studio Ghibli fans, the Ghibli Museum is conveniently located inside the park too.

91 – From Van Gogh to Pollock, find the masters at the National Museum of Western Art

National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

Many Tokyo galleries hone in on arts and culture related to Japan, or the counties surrounding it, however, the National Museum of Western Art has a curation of artworks created by artists from Europe and the “western world.”

Serious art fundis, you’re going to fall in love. Plus, if you’ve never seen famous art created by some of history’s masters up close before, now is your chance.

Collections date back to the 18th century through to the 20th covering famed art periods like impressionism, expressionism, romanticism, abstract, and modern sculpture, to name a few.

Expect to come across works by some of the world’s most famous artists, renowned for being masters of their art movement. Witness in person artworks by artists like Veronese, Renoir, Eugène Delacroix, Monet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Manet, Picasso, Ernst, Miro and Jackson Pollock.

Spend a good few hours wandering through the permanent exhibitions, appreciating the fine work on display and a few times a year the museum hosts special expos. Imported works temporarily showcase at the museum, sent over from galleries across the globe for a short period.

92 – Rid yourself of negative vibes at Zōjō-ji Temple

Zōjō-ji Temple, Tokyo

Before the city of Tokyo became a monopoly of skyscrapers, ancient villages and imperial families ruled the lands. Visiting Zōjō-ji Temple is a trippy experience as the venerated temple was erected in the 14th century but stands at the start of the modern Tokyo Tower.

First founded in 1393 in eastern Japan as a school for Jōdo-shū (a form of Buddhism in Japan), the temple was moved in 1598 to its present location and its another special site that has stood the test of time, from battles to natural disasters.

Arriving at the temple, the large Main Gate is impressive with its swooping roof and detailed design, and to reach the inner sanctum, visitors enter from here. It is believed that as soon as you walk through the gate, you are cleansed of any unease caused by greed, anger and ignorance.

Another purifying ritual to experience is when the 1.7-meter tall brass Daibonsho (Big Bell) is rung and it can be found outside.

One of the temple’s newest structures is the main hall, Daiden. Inside is dedicated to great Buddhas and teachers and this is where people come for worship.

Brightening up the ceiling inside the Koshoden building (used for lectures and seminars), take photographs of 120 illustrations of native Japanese plants that decorate the roof.

More interesting spaces to unravel are the Ankokuden building, Mausoleum of Tokugawa Shoguns and the Zojoji Treasures Gallery.

93 – Relax, unwind and rejuvenate at Tokyo’s best spas

traditional spa in Tokyo

Shopping, street walking, sightseeing and ticking off as many things to do in Tokyo as possible, if your body is yearning out for some pamper-time, consider one of the city’s best spas to spend a couple of hours relaxing.

Private and luxurious, you cannot go wrong with a day at The Peninsula Spa. From heated therapy beds to shaved ice fountains, the devil is in every detail here, that’s for sure.

The Otemachi Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel is elegant and contemporary in its design, offering a range of services from massages and body wellness packages to signature rituals.

Cool, contemporary and combining kampo herbal healing techniques (derived from ancient Chinese medicine), the treatments and packages at Aman Spa offer guests something different to experience.

Tranquility fills your body and mind the moment you enter Nagomi Spa (located inside the Grand Hyatt Tokyo). Using Japanese techniques and ingredients, choose between treatments, facials, massages, or a combination.

Make your way to the 35th floor and drink in city views while enjoying a couple of hours of pampering at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental. The therapists combine ancient and modern practices.

94 – Frolick among colorful flower fields at Hitachi National Seaside Park

Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan

Ever changing with the seasons, the Hitachi National Seaside Park is an insta-worthy dream (make that a dream at any moment). Cue the winding road of red summer cypress that could be straight out of a Studio Ghibli animation …

Sitting adjacent to the ocean, there’s a seaside train running along the idyllic coastline, plus a Ceramic Arts Studio and a History Gallery.

A variety of florals blossom depending on the season, and so there are always new blooms coloring the landscapes.

Keep your eyes peeled for the traditional houses, known as Sato no Ie, and there is loads to do inside the park.

For all ages, there’s a BMX course, Family Park Golf (and putter golf), Mizuasobi Hiroba (Water Play Area), a Disc Golf Course, the Rinkan Forest Adventure Playground and Bouncy Egg Air Trampolines.

95 – Uncover art both old and new at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

Industrial-cool is a great way to describe the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. Originally designed in 1926 by acclaimed Japanese architect, Okada Shinichirō, it was later renovated by the forward-thinking “modernist” Kunio Mayekawa.

When opening its doors, it became the country’s first public art museum and has remained as such a space nearly 100 years later. Inside its hallways, sort your way through displays of both Japanese artists and masters from other countries.

The gallery hosts over 250 exhibitions a year to help shine a light on new rising artists from current generations.

Stop by the museum shop to pick up some souvenirs, and a restaurant is on-site if you need refreshments.

96 – From izakayas to drinking alleys, join festive pub crawls

pub crawls in Tokyo

One of the coolest facets of traveling in Tokyo is the amalgamation of different tourists visiting the city. Meet like-minded people seeking an evening of fun during pub crawls — and there are loads to choose from.

If you’re amped to get festive in Roppongi, join a 4.5-hour crawl visiting three local bars (welcome shots included) and dance clubs.

Or, veering through alleyways around Shinjuku, hop to izakaya bars down Omoide Yokocho, Kabukicho District and Golden Gai.

(The pub crawls around Shinjuku last between two to three hours.)

Enjoy sake tastings, beers and snacks in between with beer-hopping tours around Shibuya. Starting at Shibuya Crossing, skip down a yokocho alley lined with local bars, stopping to sample crafts and typical izakaya snacks like Kobe beef.

97 – Pretend to be a part of one of your favorite movies at Ghibli Park

Ghibli Park, Tokyo
credit to Ghibli Park

Introducing the Ghibli Park and (just like the museum in Tokyo) it’s the first of its kind for the Studio Ghibli name anywhere in the world. For fans of the Japanese animation studio, get ready to experience your favorite Ghibli worlds and fantasies that you’ve watched.

The theme park is divided into areas, each one based around one of the Studio Ghibli movies, using scenes, characters and inspiration from each.

Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse will remind you of ‘Laputa: Castle in the Sky’ and this area is a hub of activities. There are restaurants and cafes in this section, shops, an exhibition room, movie theatre and a My Neighbor Totoro-themed playroom. Feel inspired by movies like Spirited Away.

The Hill of Youth area is filled with life-sized buildings replicating famed ones from some of the studio’s most iconic films like Howl’s Moving Castle, Whisper of the Heart and The Cat Returns.

Surrounding Ghibli Park is natural forestry, and the location might have been chosen purposefully to suit the park’s setup and design. Another area to discover is the Dondoko Forest.

Spot the statue of Totoro as well as Mei’s house here, inspired by one of the most well-known Ghibli movies, My Neighbor Totoro.

Other spaces to get lost among include Mononoke’s Village and the Valley of Witches.

98 – Eat at some of the best Michelin-starred restaurants in Tokyo

Japanese grilled Ayu fish at a Michelin star restaurant in Tokyo

Did you know that Tokyo is the number one city with the most Michelin-starred restaurants … in the world?! Seeing as the lists are plentiful, here are some of the best three-starred restaurants in Tokyo.

Specializing in seafood prepared in typical Japanese techniques, Ryugin in Chiyoda City is close to the Imperial Palace, and it’s everything you expect from an intimate fine-dining experience in Tokyo.

For a taste of contemporary French cuisine, Joël Robuchon is the place to dine or for some of the best sushi, book an evening at Sushi Yoshitake in Ginza.

Experience a fantastic fusion of Chinese and Japanese cuisine at Sazenka, or for an inspired take on Japanese whilst still using classic techniques try the menu and enjoy the ambiance at Makimura.

Both L’Effervescence (in Minato City) and Quintessence (located in Shinagawa City) pay an ode to French food.

99 – Watch a traditional performance at the Kabuki-za Theatre

Kabuki-za Theatre, Tokyo

Witness a classical dramatic Japanese dance performance (known as Kabuki) at the historic Kabuki-za Theatre in Ginza. Made up of a few levels, the main stage is located on level one, and from this floor to level three seating areas are built-in to watch the show. There are some other attractions to enjoy inside the theatre, other than a kabuki show.

Kobikicho Square is filled with souvenir, sweets, confectionery, kimonos, tea and other miscellaneous stores. There are restaurants (including one serving bento), cafes and a tea house within the theatre complex floors.

Kabuki theatre was believed to have originated during the Edo period in Japan, and at the end of the 19th century, the original theatre was built to host these performances.

Unfortunately, it was burnt down during World War II, but efforts were made to reconstruct the traditional theatre in 1950. In 2010, Kabuki-za Theatre underwent a second renovation and it remains Tokyo’s main Kabuki theatre.

100 – Catch the sunset with drinks from the city’s best rooftop bars

rooftop bar in Tokyo

Everywhere you look in Tokyo, there seem to be mountains of skyscrapers around you … and that’s because there kind of is! What better way to end off an evening than stepping onto one of the city’s best rooftop bars with a drink in hand and the sun setting in front of you?

A household name in Southeast Asia with iconic bars in countries like Singapore, Cé La Vi bar in Tokyo doesn’t disappoint, offering a stylish evening affair and neon skyline views in the heart of thriving Shibuya.

The views seem endless, the drinks delicious and if you are hungry, the food is on par at the Two Rooms Grill & Bar in Minato City. The crowds that come here match the trendy district in which its located.

Throwing modern Mexican flare at you, Hacienda Del Cielo is a vibey spot with both indoor and outdoor seating, but the ambient terrace outside is a sure winner for margaritas and tacos.

Some of the city’s best rooftop bars can also be found within Tokyo’s hotels, and are open to visitors and non-guests as well.

Enjoy cold cuts and a signature cocktail from the adults-only The Top bar at The Aoyama Grand Hotel, and the New York Bar situated on the 52nd floor of Park Hyatt hotel is iconic.

How to get to Tokyo?

Before you land in Tokyo, it’s important to note that the capital city has two main airports: Haneda Airport (also called Tokyo International Airport) and Narita International Airport.

Pre-book your airport transfers in Tokyo to take the hassle out of organizing taxis and transport in the big city. Your driver will meet you at the airport and privately transport you directly to your accommodation.

A second option is catching the Shinkansen bullet train in Tokyo to get around the city, or to nearby destinations such as Kyoto. From Narita Airport, hop onto the Narita Express train, transferring onto the bullet train.

Where to stay in Tokyo?

In a city as big as Tokyo it may seem overwhelming at first when trying to decide where to stay. Have a look at some of the most popular areas favored by travelers, along with the best hotel options.

Shinjuku area is surrounded by skyscrapers, shopping, fancy bars and a great nightlife scene. Contemporary interiors with a defined modern Japanese aesthetic, a stay at Mitsui Garden Hotel Jingugaien Tokyo Premier won’t disappoint — especially their spacious rooms which all have views.

Extremely authentic, Yuen Shinjuku puts a modern touch on the classic onsen hotel, or check into Hotel Vintage Kagurazaka for a traditional feel in an aesthetically-pleasing setup.

Asakusa is known for its affordable accommodation options. Sleek, open and bright, the suites and apartments at Mimaru Tokyo Asakusa Station showcase Japanese design similar to a traditional ryokan, but with new-age flare.

Close to major attractions like Senso-ji Temple, The Gate Hotel Kaminarimon by Hulic is a  fantastic stay.

Ginza is known for its distinctive fancy feels and is another great area with plentiful shopping and great dining options. Grand and equipped with all the facilities you could want in a hotel, enjoy the Imperial Hotel’s indoor swimming pool, fitness center, spa, restaurants, bars and excellent location — and the plush, spacious rooms and suites add the cherry.

Mixing Japanese and European elegance, The Peninsula Tokyo is ultra luxurious. Shibuya has a youthful vibe and is full of trendy spaces, including its accommodation.

The unique Trunk Hotel offers a gorgeous and peaceful setting or check into the ultra-comfortable Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel, just a stone’s throw from Shibuya Station.

Minato City is a fabulous mix of local and international influences and is great for travelers hunting down accommodation near the coastline.

Opulent, classy and showcasing rich oriental designs, the Grand Hyatt Tokyo in Minato’s Roppongi district is for travelers who prefer the finer things in life.

Families will find the facilities at Shinagawa Prince Hotel very suitable, including an aquarium and two swimming pools.

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Visiting Tokyo on budget?

When traveling to Tokyo, save money and join a free walking tour. The large capital city has varying options that will guide you to different districts, attractions and must-see sights. Explore neighborhoods like Asakusa, be shown around temples or the Imperial Palace, visit famous markets and so much more.

Free walking tours in Tokyo are a fantastic way to learn more about the city and tick off some bucket list items without paying a dime.

Where travel next?

Escape Tokyo’s urban vibes and embrace the picturesque landscapes of Japan. A mere 2.5-hour bullet train ride will whisk you away to Kyoto, the country’s former imperial capital. Here, you’ll encounter ancient temples, serene zen gardens, and traditional tea ceremonies. Don’t miss our list of best things to do in Kyoto!

For a taste of Japan’s metropolitan flair, head to Osaka, just 2.5 to three hours from Tokyo by bullet train. When searching for things to do in Osaka, you’ll find a vibrant mix of entertainment, gourmet dining, and bustling shopping districts. Highlights include Universal Studios Japan and the lively Dotonbori area, known for its delicious street food like takoyaki.

If you’re more of an island guy or gal, Okinawa is for ocean lovers and the prefecture consists of 150 islands and is closer to Taiwan. There are only two options for traveling to Okinawa from Tokyo. Either catch a flight from Tokyo or a ferry.

Final thoughts

There are an abundance of fun, unique, exciting and culturally-enriching things to do in Tokyo. Start crafting your itinerary so you make the best out of your time in the capital of Japan.

Happy and safe travels!

“I live to travel, and travel to live.” With gypsy blood running through her veins, Shannon is a freelance travel writer who has lived on five continents and counting, and is endlessly inspired by new cultures, countries and landscapes. Inscribing words onto paper, since she could talk, she lives and breathes delicious words and stories. Hailing from sunny South Africa, she has an affinity for Southeast Asia and all things spiritual, and is also a qualified Reiki practitioner. When not with her head buried in storytelling (or books) or watching sunrises in new lands, you’ll find her in the kitchen or with a paintbrush in hand. Shannon has written for major travel publications such as TripCanvas.