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Tokyo's Top 5 Attractions - Must-visits in Tokyo and More

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by GoWithGuide travel specialist:Fidelia A.

Last updated : Apr 28, 20227 min read

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Quick! What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when I say Tokyo? Is it the city in general? Or was it the Senso-ji Temple? Well, I am sure that none of the answers are wrong.

However, do you know what are the must-visit places in Tokyo? 

In this article, I will give you five suggestions of places that you need to visit during your trip to Tokyo! Hop on!

Tokyo’s 5 Best Attraction

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  1. Senso-ji Temple

Nothing says welcome to Tokyo better than the famous Kaminarimon gate in Asakusa’s Senso-ji Temple. It truly is the one place you can’t miss during your trip to Tokyo. Take a stroll down Nakamise-Dori, and enjoy some street foods you can buy along the way. 

If you’re visiting Tokyo in May, you might be able to see the Sanja Matsuri Festival that will be held in Asakusa. Here’s a list of activities you can join in May in Tokyo!

Location

Senso-ji (map)

Hours

06.00 - 17.00

Fee

Free

 

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  1. Imperial Palace

Don’t you want to visit the Imperial Palace during your Tokyo trip? Although you can’t enter the main building, you can still relax at the Imperial Palace East Garden, or enjoy the greeneries (or Sakura if you happen to visit at the right season) at the moats.

One of the most famous activities you can do during spring in the Imperial Palace is to go hanami (literally, flower-looking) in the famous Chidorigafuchi, which is one of the moats in the area. 

There are some tours available to see the main spots in Tokyo, including the Imperial Palace. Maybe you might want to try and join this Imperial Palace Garden, Asakusa, and Tokyo Skytree Tour.

Click this link for more information regarding the Imperial Palace.

Location

Imperial Palace East Garden (map)

Schedule

09.00 - 16.30

Closed on Mondays, Fridays, and New Year (Dec 28 - Jan 3)

Entry

Free


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  1. Shibuya

Perhaps you’d remember a scene from the famous movie Lost in Translation? Well, it is filmed in Tokyo, and it is quite easily reached! Right in front of JR Shibuya is the famous Shibuya crossing, where thousands of people crossed and meet every each day. 

Right next to it is another famous attraction spot; The Hachiko Statue. I think everyone would know about the tear-jerker story about Hachiko, who waits for his master each day even after his death. You can take a commemorative photo with Hachiko, before jumping right in the middle of the crowd in Shibuya Crossing.

Location

Shibuya (map)

 

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  1. Tsukiji Fish Market

The freshest seafood you can get in all of Japan! This is a famous attraction spot in Tokyo among tourists. Sadly, in the recent years, they have tried to minimize the number of visitors to the market since it interferes with businesses.

Most visitors who come to Tsukiji would most likely want to see the Tuna Auction. However, you need to have reservations first in order to see the auction. I suggest you join this Tsukiji Tuna Auction Tour.

For more information about Tsukiji Market, click here!

Location

Tsukiji Fish Market (map)

 

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  1. Ginza

Whether you’re here to shop or just for sightseeing, you should definitely visit Ginza! Ginza is home to high-class establishments and other branded-items shops. It is also known for their night entertainments, but it’s mostly reserved for Japanese, upper-class patrons.

Food-lovers would also love to know that Ginza is home to some of the most famous Michelin-starred restaurants. Of course, you can still enjoy Ginza with just some window-shopping too!

Location

Ginza (map)

Tokyo’s Other Attractions

blog imageAs I have mentioned before, Tokyo has a lot of beautiful places that you couldn’t simply narrow down to only 5 options! 

Since Tokyo never seems to sleep, here are a few more destination spots for Night Views and Activities.

Tokyo also has different things to offer you in each season! You can watch cherry blossoms blooms in the spring, and enjoy the changing leaves in autumn. Here are a few links to get information regarding specific activities you can join in each season in Tokyo!

Winter in Tokyo - What to do, Events and Festivals

Spring in Tokyo - What to do, Events and Festivals

Summer in Tokyo - What to do, Events and Festivals

Autumn in Tokyo - What to do, Events and Festivals

More Tips

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Even with all these preparations, navigating around Tokyo’s public transport could be a daunting task.

Tokyo has a very effective public transport system. However, it is also quite complex. There’s a big chance that you’d get lost in the middle of navigating your way out of Shinjuku Station or maybe just simply overwhelmed with all the lines.

Fear not!

I have an easy way out for you; hire a private guide! A guide would take you to your favorite destinations easily. Moreover, your guide would give you recommendations on where to go next after you finished your daily itinerary.

If you are planning to hire a private guide, then I recommend you get one from GoWithGuide! They have the best, recommended a guide that will cater your every travel needs. Moreover, their excellent customer service would make sure you’d get the best guide that suits your preferences.

In this article, I have reviewed Tokyo’s Top 5 Attractions, along with several other recommendations. Here’s to a great trip in Tokyo!

Tokyo Tour Guide - Yasuro C.

Yasuro C.

4.80 / 5
(64 reviews)
Japan

Hello, my name is Yasuro (Mr). I was born and brought up in Kansai, graduated from a univ in Kobe city, after moved into Kanto, 30 years in Tokyo, 2.5 years in Nagoya city, 7.5 years abroad (KL & S'pore) as a rep of a construction company and I got the National Guide Certificate in 2011. My hobbies are making Haiku poems, singing various songs (voice-training for 18 years), playing the folk-guitar, trekking in mountains like Takao and Okutama in the West of Tokyo, visiting museums like in Ueno Park and travelling around Japan to make Haiku poems. Thank you for your attention.                                                                                                                                 

Yokohama Tour Guide - Haruo T.

Haruo T.

4.90 / 5
(10 reviews)
Japan

I live in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture. I have a license to teach in high schools and was admitted to the degree of Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language in the University of Birmingham. Until 2015 I had been teaching English at public high schools in Kanagawa for 37 years. During that time, I had some experience of guiding students from overseas through sister-school relationship around Tokyo and Kanagawa. Therefore, I had good command of English with the TOEIC score of 935. As for a tour guide experience I earned the certificate of National Government Licensed Guide-Interpreter in English and since then I have guided tourists to the popular sites around Tokyo, Yokohama, Kamakura and Yokosuka. My guiding focuses on introducing not only Japanese historical and cultural backgrounds but also giving tourists some tips to travel Japan only by themselves, such as how to use trains and subways, find good restaurants, reserve tickets, buy survenier, and speak basic Japanese. In addition, my tour includes opportunities to experience Japanese culture like Zen meditation, ninja performance, visiting anime's location sites based on tourists' request. Besides, by means of my hobbies of writing English Haiku and Waka (traditional Japanese poems) and performing Rakugo (traditional Japanese funny story telling) in English, I can surely entertain tourists during the tour. My moto as a tour guide is let the tourists have a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Japan with my profound, intelligible and interestiog guiding.                                                                                                                                 

Tokyo Tour Guide - Grant A.

Grant A.

5.00 / 5
(14 reviews)
Japan

My name is Grant I lived more than 10 years in Japan. I graduated University and translation school in Tokyo. I am fluent in Japanese. I have a degree in Asian studies and have expert-level knowledge of Japanese culture and history. I have memorized the JR rail system across all of Japan, I use the same train timetable calculators as the station staff, and I have experience using bullet train passes that are exclusive to foreign visitors. I can optimally navigate the Tokyo underground and maximize value from a Tokyo metro pass and also understand Tokyo above ground which will allow for seamless transitions between different metro stations and landmarks with minimal backtracking. *There will be a price revision at the end of June* My tour fee is Half-Day Tour: 30,000yen for 1-5hours Full-Day Tour: 50,000yen for 5-12hours The time transiting to and from your hotel for pick up or drop off within Tokyo 23wards does not count towards the time. I am also able to guide historical sites and cities such as Kyoto, Kanazawa, Nikko, and Kamakura on request if you pay my rail fare. If your group is not a tour company and you simply ask me kindly for a 10,000yen discount and I will reduce the price of your tour until the end of June.                                                                                                                                 

Kanagawa Tour Guide - Kaneo U.

Kaneo U.

4.98 / 5
(43 reviews)
Japan

I’m so excited to have a chance to show you around my favorite spots in Kanagawa prefecture. I was born in Kanagawa. I spent my whole school life, including university, here in Kanagawa. I worked as a high school English teacher here for 40 years. I love Kanagawa so much. We have many interesting tourist spots, like Hakone, Kamakura, Enoshima and Yokohama. I got my tour guide license in English in 2009. I am still an English teacher. To give an interesting and impressive lesson to young high school students, I’ve learnt and gathered many kinds of information. I also have a license to teach social studies, so I have a wide range of knowledge about Japanese culture and history. I’m sure to provide you an interesting tour.                                                                                                                                 

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