Visiting Japan won’t be complete without visiting Tokyo, Japan’s capital. Known for its museums, temples, thousands of delicious restaurants, famous fish auction, thousand-year-old temple, more activities can be done in Tokyo to make your trip more interesting, memorable, and worth it. If you’re planning to visit Tokyo, then check out our 10 Things to do in Tokyo to do while you’re there!
Have you ever heard of Mario, Pokemon, Doraemon and other similar shows? If you have, then you can relate to this! Anime is one of the things Japan is known for. With this activity, cosplay go-karting, you can dress up as your favorite character and driving a go-kart around the streets of Tokyo. It’s one way of having a city tour with a twist!
TEAMLAB BORDERLESS DIGITAL ART MUSEUM
TeamLab Borderless is a digital art museum and is known to be the most Instagram-worthy spots in Tokyo. This unique, interactive museum is worth visiting regardless if you’re a good photographer or not. Without any maps in your hands, you’ll wader down the dark corridors and choose random doors to explore. Each door reveals something different – you can find a room where waves crash on the walls and you sit on a bean bag and feel like a tiny boat bobbing in the sea. On the other, there’s an area where Forest of Lamps can be found where you’ll walk around in a room full of lights, and so on.
SNAP UP ANIME FILMS AND COLLECTABLES AT AKIHABARA
Interested in more anime madness? Then read on! Akihabara is known as Tokyo’s Electric Town where each otaku can complete anything to complete their collection – whether those are comics, figurines, DVDs, playing cards, costumes, magazines, posters, etc. – they’re all in one place. Not to mention the quirky maid cafes surrounding the place.
SHINJUKU GYOEN NATIONAL GARDEN
Shinjuku Gyoen (新宿御苑) is one of Tokyo’s largest and most popular parks. Located just a short walk from Shinjuku Station, the paid park’s spacious lawns, meandering walking paths, and tranquil scenery provide a relaxing escape from the busy urban center around it. Japan is known for are their cherry blossoms or “sakura” in their local language. This beautiful park is at its best when cherry blossoms are blooming or the autumn leaves have turned red, and the fascinating spots like the ponds, tea houses, streets, plants, and pagodas can be seen. It’s not just one, but three gardens – Japanese, French, and English gardens.
SENSŌ-JI (ASAKUSA TEMPLE)
Want to visit somewhere free? Then visit Asakusa Temple, Tokyo’s oldest temple built in 645 as a tribute to Kannon, the goddess of mercy. The district of Asakusa and Sensoji Temple are so deeply connected that their names are written using the same Chinese characters 浅草 which means, “shallow grass.”
TOKYO KIMONO RENTAL
Curious how it’s like to wear those silky-high quality kimonos by geishas and Japanese people? Then try renting them and take photos of you wearing them! You can choose between the authentic kimono or yukata. Not to mention, they’ll style your hair appropriately like those in the traditional Japanese films that you’ve probably seen. For males, it’ll cost around ¥5,100~ yen ($47~), ¥5,400~ yen ($50~) for females, and ¥4,300 ($34) for kids under 10 years old.
Odaiba is a futuristic architecture of a man-made island off the coast of the city. It is also a popular shopping and entertainment district on a man-made island in Tokyo Bay. The attractions here include a view of the iconic Rainbow Bridge, Leisureland (with a haunted house, giant arcade, ninja illusion house, and more) and Fuji TV Building. This place is also perfect for shopping and is also known for the houses of the ramen theme park on its 5th floor.
- DEPARTMENT STORE FOOD BASEMENT
Now that you gained ideas about the places that you can visit, let’s discuss the food! The food basements are full of culinary delights that introduce Japanese food and at the same time, a department store. This includes sake to sushi, pickled vegetables, rice crackers, beautiful bento boxes, and much more.
- UENO PARK
Ueno Park is Tokyo’s largest area where you can spend an entire day touring the place. You’ll find the Tokyo National Museum (their most popular museum), The National Museum of Western Art, Shitamachi Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, and so on. If you’re into museum hopping, then this place is perfect because all of those are in one vicinity.
WITNESS TRADITIONAL DANCE DRAMAS AT KABUKI-ZA
If you haven’t heard of it, Kabuki is a traditional Japanese dance-drama that impressed their audiences for hundreds of years with its unique, traditional costumes, make-up, and sets. Kabuki-za is the chief kabuki theatre in the region that was recently rebuilt and maintained its traditional charms.
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