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Top 10 Things To Do In Tokyo

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by GoWithGuide travel specialist:Amy D.

Last updated : Jan 16, 202410 min read

Things To Do

Tokyo is the largest metropolis city in the world, with a population of 38 million people! The Top 10 things to do in Tokyo are Shibuya, Harajuku, Meiji Jingu, Tokyo Tower, Asakusa, Tsukiji, Odaiba, Tokyo skytree, Tokyo Disney Sea and Ueno park.

1. Shibuya


Shibuya, the Pulse and Heart of Tokyo’s Youth
The scramble intersection of the youth mecca of Shibuya is the world’s busiest, with 500,000 people crossing it daily. Besides the shopping and cuisine, enjoy the unique atmosphere of this neighborhood

Out of all the areas in Tokyo, Shibuya is the city center with the largest number of young people. A trendy area, it is filled with many stores and cafés. Once you leave Shibuya Station and walk straight across the main crossing, you will hit the main shopping street in Shibuya. Once known as ‘Shibuya Centre Street’, it is a place where you can find anything from amusement centers to fast food chains to large-scale CD shops. From 2011 onwards, however, there was a name change of the street to...

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Website
shibuyakukanko.jp.e.ea.hp.transer.com

2. Harajuku


Enjoy shopping in the neighborhood where ‘kawaii’ culture began
Harajuku’s Takeshita Street has recently been ranked as the most desired place to visit by visitors to Japan. Harajuku continues to broadcast its distinct fashion, becoming responsible for the ‘kawaii’ (cute) sub-culture.

There has been recent data on TripAdvisor that Harajuku’s Takeshita Street is the number one attraction that tourists wish to visit when in Japan. Takeshita Street is Harajuku’s shopping area, and the narrow street is dotted with shops selling clothes distinctive of “Harajuku-style”. While the Salon and Lolita styles are some of the most famous style trends in Harajuku, it cannot be so specifically characterized into one particular style. The reason for this is that Harajuku-style fashion is about re-...

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Website
www.takeshita-street.com

3. Meiji Jingu Shrine

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Feel the mystical energy of the Meiji Shrine
Meiji Shrine, located in the Shibuya district in Tokyo, attracts the greatest number of visitors from throughout Japan for hatsumode or the first shrine visit of the New Year. If you happen to be lucky enough on the day of your visit, you could catch a glimpse of a traditional wedding ceremony.

Meiji Jingu Every New Year’s Day on ‘hatsumode’, Meiji Jingu, which is over 700,000 square meters in size, receives around 3 million worshippers, reflecting its ability to attract the greatest amount of visitors in the nation. Considering the amount of lush greenery located inside the perimeters of Meiji Jingu, it is hard to believe that it is located in the same vicinity as bustling commercial centers such as Harajuku, Omotesando and Shibuya. To reach the shrine from JR Harajuku station is a mere 5 minutes away and one coul...

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Business hours
- Everyday (6:00 AM ~ 4:00 PM )
from dawn to dusk
Phone
03-3379-9281
Price
- Free
Website
www.meijijingu.or.jp

4. Tokyo Tower


End your day of Tokyo sightseeing with the remarkable view from Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Tower has around 3 million visitors annually. More than half of the revenue generated by Tokyo Tower is due to its popularity as a tourist spot, and it remains to be a sought-after attraction for sightseers.

Tokyo Tower was built as a radio broadcast tower in 1958, during a point in time when television began to spread throughout Japan. The construction costs of the tower were immense, at over 3 billion yen. The tower was built during a time when Tokyo started flourishing economically, and since then, it has become a symbol and landmark for the rapid industrial growth of the city. Although the newly established Tokyo Skytree has garnered much praise and attained popularity due to its futuristic design, Tokyo Tower attr...

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Business hours
- Everyday (9:00 AM ~ 10:00 PM )
Phone
03-3433-5111
Price
- Adult: 1600 JPY
- Child: 1000 JPY
Website
www.tokyotower.co.jp

5. Asakusa


The Tour of Old and New Japan in Asakusa
In Asakusa which is visited by more than half of the overseas tourists, you will encounter Tokyo’s oldest temple Sensoji Temple as well as the Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate), which is the outermost gate of Sensoji Temple as well as the street lined with old-school shops that lead to the inner precincts of the shrine. Many of the stores offer services in English.

Senso-ji Temple Senso-ji Temple, the oldest temple located in Tokyo, and Nakamise-dori connecting the Kaminarimon entrance to the main hall, are constantly crowded with sightseers on a yearly basis. Since the area has always had a large number of temples since the Edo Period, it has been called Teramachi, which translates to ‘City of Temples’. Asakusa Kokusai Avenue is where you can enjoy shopping while walking through this Teramachi. As soon as you exit Asakusa Station, there are many unique stores that sell goods such as Japa...

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Website
wikitravel.org

6. Tsukiji Fish Market

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Satisfy your appetite with a delicious meal at Japan’s most famous fish market
Tsukiji, which has recently garnered the attention of many tourists, is the world’s largest fish market. The market not only deals in fresh fish but also fruits and vegetables, and at the outer retail market, you can purchase ingredients and there are a plethora of restaurants which serve fresh fish.

Tsukiji Fish Market Tsukiji is one of the world’s greatest fish markets in a nation whose fisheries industry is irreplaceable for the Japanese and in a world which has grown to love sushi and sashimi. But it’s not just fish…there are also many restaurants which take care of fruits and vegetables. The peak of this activity and business is also called Tokyo’s kitchen. You can get a close glimpse of things such as the wheeling and dealing between suppliers at the auctions at this commercial facility which has been so sinc...

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Business hours
- Monday (9:00 AM ~ 11:00 AM )
- Tuesday (9:00 AM ~ 11:00 AM )
- Thursday (9:00 AM ~ 11:00 AM )
- Friday (9:00 AM ~ 11:00 AM )
- Saturday (9:00 AM ~ 11:00 AM )
Phone
03-3541-2640
Price
- Free
Website
www.tsukiji-market.or.jp

7. Tokyo Skytree


An Unbroken View of Tokyo from Japan’s Highest Tower
In 2012, the Tokyo Skytree took the place of Tokyo Tower, which had been serving as Tokyo’s main radio tower since 1958, and has received recognition by the Guinness Book of World Records for its height. Not only does the Tokyo Skytree serve as a radio tower, it is also incredibly popular for the views from its observatory.

Tokyo Skytree Tokyo Skytree was constructed in 2012 and since then, it has become a new symbol for Tokyo. Not only does it serve a functional purpose as a radio tower, but since its opening, it constantly attracts a steady stream of tourists and visitors who seek out the splendid view of Chiba and Mount Fuji on a clear day. The Tokyo Skytree has also garnered attention for its modern design, resembling the structure of a five-story pagoda from ancient Japanese times. Perhaps it is the fact that the masterminds behind the construction of the...

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Business hours
- Everyday (8:00 AM ~ 10:00 PM )
Phone
03-5302-3470
Price
- Adult: 2060 JPY
- Child: 930 JPY
Website
www.tokyo-skytree.jp

8. Tokyo DisneySea

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Enjoy the world’s only Disney nautical theme park
DisneySea is a theme park which opened within Tokyo Disney Resorts in 2001. It is the first of the world’s Disney resorts to have an oceanic concept.

The seven theme parks DisneySea was originally meant to be built in Long Beach, Los Angeles, but the plans were actually realized in the Tokyo area. DisneySea is divided into 7 smaller theme parks. Going off the arcade from the entrance, there is Mediterranean Harbor which expands along a canal, American Waterfront which has the theme of an American port town of the early 20th century, the near-future urban port of Port Discovery, Lost River Delta where you can get a feel of the Caribbean Sea of the 1930’s, the Arabian Coast which was c...

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Business hours
- Everyday (8:00 AM ~ 10:00 PM )
Dependent on the season so please check the homepage
Phone
0570 -088-632
Price
- Adult: 6900 JPY
- Child: 4500 JPY
Website
www.tokyodisneyresort.jp

9. Odaiba

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When it comes to Tokyo’s playground, there is Odaiba. It’s full of highlights from morning to evening!
For a fun-filled time in Tokyo, try Odaiba. From an amusement park and museum to an onsen, auto showroom and other attractions, there is so much to do that it’s difficult to get around in 1 day. It is one large entertainment facility on a huge tract of reclaimed land.

A new amusement area for Tokyo Bayside, The area is now 18 years old. A long time ago, it functioned as a distribution facility and an industrial site. It gained attention with the opening in 1993 of the Rainbow Bridge, a suspension bridge drawing a 798m smooth streamline over Tokyo Bay. Odaiba continues to put up facilities with the theme of recreation, centering on Rainbow Bridge. MEGA WEB is an automobile theme park operated by Toyota. You can check out the showroom and its history. It was renovated in 2013, and the place introduces technolo...

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Phone
03-5579-2680
Website
en.wikipedia.org

10. Ueno Park

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A park filled with cherry trees where you can enjoy museums, a zoo and boat-riding
Ueno Park, a place also of culture and art, where you can see popular art presentations and other exhibitions of note. Not only can you enjoy the turning of the seasons here, but you can also tour some important historical buildings.

Experience history as well as culture in nature What makes Ueno Park special is that it is not just simply a park; you can experience history, science, and culture, and you can also spend time with animals. The park was originally part of the grounds of Kaneiji temple but was designated as one of the earliest public parks in Japan in the Meiji period (1868 – 1912). The park started out mainly as a place for viewing Kaneiji temple, Toshogu shrine and their cherry blossom trees. Subsequently, facilities were built one by one including muse...

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Business hours
- Everyday (5:00 AM ~ 11:00 PM )
Phone
03-3828-5644
Website
en.wikipedia.org
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