Things to do in
Tokyo

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Tokyo Skytree Admission Ticket

1. Tokyo Skytree Admission Ticket

Arrive at TOKYO SKYTREE® and head up to the 4th floor, where you're greeted by friendly staff. Here, you'll get your ticket and head straight into an elevator that takes you shooting seamlessly up to the 1,150-foot (350-m) Tembo Deck in no time. The enormous, circular deck features windows on all sides, allowing you 360-degree views of Tokyo City. See the winding Sumida River, look for the Tokyo Dome, and even find the Tokyo Tower—interactive displays help you pick out points of interest too. If you choose to visit the Tembo Galleria, hop into another elevator and rush up to the 1,475-foot (450-m) viewing space. The Galleria features a long, sloping spiral ramp that offers an even more dynamic view of the city. On your way back to the ground, stop by Floor 345 to check out the gift shop, and pause at Floor 340 for a dizzying view straight down from a section of sturdy glass flooring.

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Tokyo Tower: Admission Ticket

2. Tokyo Tower: Admission Ticket

Located in the center of Tokyo, Tokyo Tower is one of the city's most iconic landmarks, built in 1958. Situated near the JR line station, Hamamatsucho, it's convenient to get to from anywhere in the city. The tower's bright red color makes it stand out from nearby buildings during the day and beautiful light-scapes at night make this landmark a truly breathtaking sight 24/7. The lighting concept is designed by the world-famous lighting designer Ishii Shogo, and the lighting time is between sunset and midnight. The color of the light changes in the seasons: burning bright white in the summer, and orange in the spring, autumn, and winter. The tower has a large observation deck at 490 feet and a special observation deck at 820 feet. It offers panoramic views of the city and even Mount Fuji on sunny days. In addition to the entrance of the observatory, there is also a themed aquarium and a variety of souvenirs available for purchase.

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Tokyo Bay: Traditional Japanese Yakatabune Dinner Cruise

3. Tokyo Bay: Traditional Japanese Yakatabune Dinner Cruise

A dinner cruises on Yakatabune houseboats have a long tradition and are very popular throughout Japan, especially in Tokyo. See the nighttime skyline while enjoying a meal on the water for a one of a kind experience. The 2.5 to 3-hour cruise will usually take you from Shinagawa to Rainbow Bridge, Sumida River, Tokyo Skytree, and Odaiba. You can enjoy the panoramic views of Odaiba and Tokyo Skytree from the observatory deck on top of the boat and take memorable photographs.  On this cruise, enjoy high-quality dishes and the assistance of the friendly and helpful staff. Your dinner will consist of a 10 course meal of Japanese-style dishes, which are freshly prepared on that day. The courses include appetizers (shikidashi, vegetables, kobachi), a sashimi boat, fresh tempura, a seasonal rice dish, vegetables (konomono), salad, noodles (shime no men), and dessert. The dining room is fully air-conditioned and you can either sit at a table with chairs or at a low table over a hole in the floor.

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Akihabara: Anime & Gaming Adventure Tour

4. Akihabara: Anime & Gaming Adventure Tour

Start your Akihabara tour by making your first stop at a retro video game store. This store is considered a treasure trove for game lovers, especially for those who grew up experiencing the rise of the Japanese video game industry. Here, you can listen to the 8-bit video game keyboard music that you can hardly find anywhere else! Your guide will help you find and buy all the retro video game machines and disks. While the world is chasing after new games, look back on these old-time games that bring back charming childhood memories. Next, head over to the maid cafe - an unmissable experience whilst you're in Tokyo. Hang out with cute maids, get spells cast on your food, and take photos! If you order an omelet or hot latte, the maids will draw cute illustrations on it with ketchup/chocolate sauce. Finally, enjoy wandering around huge anime stores with hundreds of figures and cosplay goods. Sometimes these stores are places that travelers feel awkward to discover by themselves -however with a guide, you can fully enjoy every single stop like a local.

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From Tokyo: Full-Day Mount Fuji and Hakone Tour with Sightseeing Cruise

5. From Tokyo: Full-Day Mount Fuji and Hakone Tour with Sightseeing Cruise

Depart by bus on a full-day trip from Tokyo to see the scenic areas of Hakone near Mount Fuji.  Board the ornately decorated pirate ship for a cruise on Lake Ashi, formed by a volcanic eruption thousands of years ago. Gaze out at the surrounding greenery and the idyllic views of Mount Fuji. See the landscape from another perspective and ride in a cable car on the Hakone Ropeway to Owakudani Valley. Take in the panoramic views of Hakone from above. Learn more about the region's nature and traditions. Opt to try the local delicacy, Kuro Tamago, black boiled egg, which according to local legend will extend your life for seven years.

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Tokyo: Seafood and Sightseeing Tour

6. Tokyo: Seafood and Sightseeing Tour

Learn more about Japanese views on religion on this tour, as well as getting a thorough introduction to the country's best seafood dishes at Tsukiji Market. After meeting your guide, head to a 300-year-old Buddhist temple and learn more about Japanese worship traditions.  Next, head to Tsukiji Market, the cradle of seafood in Tokyo, and the place where famous sushi chefs buy their seafood every morning. Soak up the lively atmosphere of this revered location as you wander around the various stalls. Feel free to sample some dishes from street food vendors and ask your guide for recommendations. Before lunch, pay a visit to the market's observatory and witness all the hustle and bustle from above. Finish your tour with a delicious seafood lunch. Sit down to a yummy donburi bowl at a seafood restaurant. Vegetarian options are available as well. Sip on a glass of Japanese beer or sake with your finger food or seafood bowl. This is one of the Japanese' favorite ways to enjoy Tsukiji—a cold beer with excellent seafood.

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Tokyo: 1-Hour River Cruise Asakusa to Odaiba

7. Tokyo: 1-Hour River Cruise Asakusa to Odaiba

Navigate the canals and waterways of Tokyo, during a river cruise from the Asakusa district to Odaiba. This river cruise, or water taxi, is a convenient mode of transportation across the Tokyo Bay, allowing you to enjoy the scenery from the river during the journey. Start the river cruise at the Asakusa Pier or Odaiba Marine Park by showing your e-voucher at the ticket counter to receive your physical ferry ticket. Enjoy a 1-hour cruise to Odaiba, a district known for its entertainment and shopping. Admire the incredible skyline of the city along the way including sights such as the Tokyo Skytree, Hamarikyu Garden, and Rainbow Bridge. Arrive in Odaiba or Asakusa where this tour ends and you can discover the vibrant areas at your own pace.

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teamLab Planets TOKYO: Digital Art Museum Entrance Ticket

8. teamLab Planets TOKYO: Digital Art Museum Entrance Ticket

Enter teamLab Planets TOKYO and discover the incredible immersive art exhibition within. This full-body digital art experience allows visitors to enter completely into the artworks, with stimulation for all five senses. In this unique exhibition, each visitor’s presence impacts the artwork to finally become a part of it. The exhibition space includes several areas, covering over 10,000 square meters in total. Explore the great variety of installations, with different lights, sounds, and materials to mesmerize every guest. Don't miss the chance to visit this impressive digital exhibition, scheduled until fall 2020, on your trip to Tokyo.

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From Tokyo: Private Full-Day Mount Fuji and Kawaguchi Lake Tour

9. From Tokyo: Private Full-Day Mount Fuji and Kawaguchi Lake Tour

Climb aboard the shuttle bus and set off towards the Mt. Fuji area. On clear days, marvel at Mt. Fuji from afar during the bus ride. Make the first stop at one of Japan's most iconic spots: Arakurayama Sengen Park. Admire the picture-perfect view of the 5 symbolic pagodas with Mt. Fuji in the background. Continue on from Mt. Arakurayama and proceed to the Kawaguchiko craft park right next to Kawaguchi Lake. Enjoy some free time as you walk around the lake as you take in the scenic view of Mt. Fuji's reflection on the water. After this, head to Oishi park which offers seasonal scenery with various types of flowers. Finally, stop by Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nenba which is located on the banks of Lake Saiko. Take a stroll through the village and marvel at the houses with thatched roofs which will give you a glimpse into life in Japan in the olden days.

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Tokyo: Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

10. Tokyo: Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Explore the best of Tokyo on this 1-day, fully customizable, and private tour. Select which must-see locations you’d like to visit from the list below and your knowledgeable, licensed guide will customize an itinerary for you based on your preferences. The most popular, must-see attractions available on this tour: Asakusa, Imperial Palace, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Tsukiji Fish Market, Meiji Jingu Shrine, Akihabara, Hama Rikyu Gardens, Harajuku, Takeshita Street, Nezu, and Shinjuku Golden Gai. On the day of the tour, your guide will meet you at your hotel to begin your full-day tour. Using either public transport or walking to get around, why not start your day with a visit to Asakusa to see the famous Senso-Ji Temple. Your next stop could be to take a walk through the Outer Garden (Gaien) of the Imperial Palace, followed by lunch in trendy, ‘Kawaii’ Harajuku. Then, maybe, spend your afternoon at the Meiji Jingu Shrine forest, between the busy neighborhoods of Shibuya and Shinjuku.

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Frequently asked questions about Tokyo

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Planning Your Visit

  • Best time to visit?

    Summer sees visitors flock to the already crowded city, but the best time to go is between September and November. Temperatures remain moderate to warm and the end of peak season means less crowds and shorter lines. Many of Tokyo's sights are completely transformed by the autumn foliage and spring is, naturally, another great time to visit for the parks, trees, and floral displays!

  • How many days?

    First time visitors should book at least 4 or 5 days to see Tokyo. However, a few extra days also allows time to check out other major cities like Kyoto or Osaka. Not that you'd be stuck for attractions in the capital!

  • How to get around?

    Taxis are incredibly expensive and always run the risk of hitting stubborn traffic jams. The best way to get around Tokyo is via its extensive subway network. Be warned though, information in English is hard to come by, so prepare for you journey in advance and don't be afraid to ask station staff or commuters for help!

Good to know

  • Language
    Japanese
  • Currency
    JPY (¥)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+09:00)
  • Country Code
    81
  • Best time to visit
    A visit in the fall offers mild temperatures, shorter lines, and beautiful foliage!

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What people are saying about Tokyo

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 8,010 reviews

I met my guide at the designated meeting place near the station. She was early so we had extra time to get acquainted. I was the only on the tour so Kazumi was very flexible to my interests. She was informative, engaging, and warm - all along expressing her genuine love for the city and showing non-locals the insiders’ way around the market. She was prepared with literature, graphics and pictures. We had fantastic treats - exceptional quality of ingredients. I recommend this tour with Kazumi. One small recommendation: I would suggest shifting the tour time slightly to bridge the lunch time opening of some establishments in order to timely spread the tastings before, during, and after the lunch period.

We were traveling with some senior members, and so a wheelchair and elderly friendly tour was what we need. This package is definitely a convenient and best way to reach all the great spots around Fuji mountain areas in one day!

It is my first time in Tokyo and this was a perfect introduction to the city. Tomoko was great - showing me the old and the new - and giving me the background to the sites we visited. This was a great experience.

A great day at the Japanese seaside with Patrick. Temples, shrines, local food and Black Kites behaving like Seaguls. Amazing.

The spots our guide took us to we're amazing. We took lots of pictures and hope to go back and see a few more.