Are you planning a trip to Tokyo soon? The capital of Japan is one of the most exciting and interesting cities on earth, a wonderful mixture between Japanese tradition and the most thriving modernity. There is a lot to do and see in this giant of a city, so we have prepared a short list of the basic landmarks and activities to do there. Of course, there are many other things to do as well – the options in such a vibrant city are never ending!

 

However, for the time being, what about a first approach of the main things to see in Tokyo? Start planning what to see in Tokyo with GowithOh!

What to see in Tokyo

What to see in Tokyo: The most famous landmarks

Are you ready? Let’s take a look at some of Tokyo’s most visited attractions!

  • The Senso-ji temple: A main attraction for both Japanese and foreign tourists, the Senso-ji is the largest and most famous Buddhist temple of Japan – and also the oldest in the city! It’s dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy, known as Bodhisattva Kannon or Guan Yin. Fun fact: Did you know that it was associated to the Tendai sect until World War II?
  • Meiji-jingu: Another of the most famous temples of Tokyo, but this one is dedicated to the spirit of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken, which have been deified. Pay attention to the customary ways of paying respect, such as bowing and clapping your hands twice.
  • Shibuya Crossing: You will feel like in a movie, as the busiest intersection in the entire planet is truly breath-taking. Tons of people going in all directions, city lights and advertisements – one of the most famous postcard views of the Japanese capital for sure!
  • Fukagawa Fudo-do: In this temple, you’ll be able to witness one of the most interesting rituals in the world, and also one of the most spectacular, as there are daily fire rituals almost impossible to forget.
  • The Imperial Palace & Garden: If you want to visit Tokyo’s Imperial ^alace, you have to put in an application several weeks in advance, since they have a policy to regulate the number of visitors – that is because it’s still the home of the royal family!
  • The Tokyo Skytree: One of the most recognisable sights of Tokyo’s skyline. Inside there is a mall and an aquarium.

 

 

What to see in Tokyo

What to see in Tokyo: The land of entertainment

Here’s how to have fun in the Japanese capital. Be careful – it can be addicting!

  • Nakamise: This beautiful shopping centre, which is one of the oldest in the country, is famous for its large red paper lantern, truly one of a kind. It’s the perfect place to buy souvenirs for your loved ones, as well as some yummy and particular Japanese snacks.
  • Disneyland Tokyo: A must-visit if you’re travelling with your children, but also a wonderful way of being a child again, even if only for a day. The main inspiration is the myths of the sea, so get ready to enjoy attractions like the Mermaid Lagoon or the Arabian Coast.
  • Ryogoku Kokugizan: Check the city’s agenda to see if there is a sumo tournament on, because seeing one of these is an unforgettable experience. Buy the tickets in advance or queue in the stadium very early in the morning if you want to get tickets there. They open at 8 in the morning, but the action starts much later, at around 2.
  •  Kabukicho: Tokyo’s red-light district is mandatory to understand the city’s nightlife, and a great place to eat, dance and have a good time. You’ll see that it is known as the Sleepless Town for a reason!
What to see in Tokyo

What to see in Tokyo: Other fantastic things to see in Tokyo

Here you have some other activities to do in Tokyo that will make you fall in love with the city even more:

  • The Ghibli Museum: If you’re one of the many fans of Miyazaki, the Ghibli museum is a must-visit for you… And if you’re not, we strongly recommend you discover the amazing art of Studio Ghibli in this wonderful museum. Tickets need to be booked in advance!
  • The Tsukiji Fish Market: An amazing opportunity to discover another side of the city is visiting this market, which is the biggest fish and seafood market in the entire world. Don’t miss the Tuna Auction, but (as pretty much anything in such a big city) you’ll have to do some planning, as only the first 120 visitors can go in. Go early in the morning!
  • The Tokyo National Museum: There are so many things to see and enjoy in the city that you may get lost among the lights, the spectacle and the entertainment, but there’s always time to learn something new, right? This museum is the best option to learn about the fascinating history of Japan, so save some time for it!

 

What did you think of this list of what to see in Tokyo? Are any of these attractions at the top of your list? Don’t forget to tell us all about your experience in this majestic city!

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At GowithOh, we are an enthusiastic team of self-confessed Europhiles who are passionate about travel. We especially love the variety of city breaks possible in Europe, from the historic UNESCO heritage cities like Prague, to the more cosmopolitan beachside destinations like Barcelona. We love discovering the hidden gems in different cities and sharing them with our fans so everyone can benefit and enjoy the perfect city break in Europe.