Top attractions in Tokyo
Top Tours & Activities in Tokyo
The Japanese capital is both bold and humble, chaotic yet ordered, with people-watching as much an attraction as the sightseeing. You'll also discover great food, eccentric shopping, and a unique nightlife, but here's a mixed bag of essentials to squeeze in!
Tokyo's answer to the Eiffel Tower provides visitors with more than just an observation deck. It's also home to the Guinness World Records Museum, an aquarium, and a wax museum!
Most famous for being the heart of Tokyo's youth culture, the district is great for unique boutiques and restaurants. It's even better for sipping Macha and watching people go by!
Tokyo's most visited temple remains a site of spiritual worship as well as a hotspot for tourism. The elegant structure makes a key addition to any sightseeing tour.
If you find Senso-ji a little too busy, then check out the sublimely austere Meiji-jingu, dedicated to the 19th-century emperor who opened Japan to the West.
On a clear day you can see as far as Mount Fuji, but it's at night when the views from Japan's tallest structure are most mind-blowing! It's open daily from 8:00AM till 10:00PM.
Built on the site of the old Edo Castle, the resplendent palace gardens are made for slow history tours. They're free, but you must apply online in advance.
With the world's largest collection of Japanese arts and artifacts – from ancient pottery to majestic sculptures and samurai swords – you really can't miss the National Museum!
What to see for free in Tokyo? The world's busiest pedestrian crossing descends into organized chaos every 2 minutes. It's more impressive when it's crowded, so go at rush hour!
Cat cafés are a surprisingly common sight, but which to choose? Try the fairytale decor of Temari no Ouchi in Musashino or find unusual breeds at Chiyoda's Neko JaLaLa.
Up early? The world's largest and liveliest fish market is open daily from 5:00AM for the tuna auction, with several stalls selling the freshest sushi for breakfast!
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!
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!
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!
- CurrencyJPY (¥)
- Time ZoneUTC (+09:00)
- Country Code81
- Best time to visitA visit in the fall offers mild temperatures, shorter lines, and beautiful foliage!
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What people are saying about Tokyo
Our guide Sarah was very accommodating, guiding us expertly through Harajuku and the most important stops along the way. We thoroughly enjoyed everything, learned a lot, and especially loved the lunch at Kawaii Monster Café. Thanks for a wonderful time!
The kids and I had such a fun morning touring the markets and making sushi. It felt like a truly authentic Japanese experience which I would highly recommend. Our guide, Tsubasa, spoke fantastic English and had a very good sense of humour which also made for an entertaining time for my teenagers. A huge thank you!
Akemi, our guide, was very nice, heplful and knowledgable. She took us to very interesting places, we could taste a variety of different food. I learned a lot about Japanese culture and traditions, I am glad that I did this tour. Very entertaining as well, I can only recommend it to everyone.
Shibuya is so much more than neon and crowds. This is a great way to get more insight into this 3-dimensional city with restaurants upstairs, amazing markets in basements, and tiny traditional bars that fit only 5 people right next to mega department stores. The food was great though I would have liked the option to have half-serves or just samples of everything as I filled up too quickly. Our guide Ryan was fantastic - he was able to answer our questions about everything, and communicated really well with the rather large group. We had 12 in our group which is my only complaint - I think they should cap it at 8 people as in several places we filled the restaurant, which meant we couldn't get the local vibe. (They were running another group of 12 and we crossed paths with them, which reduced the specialness of the experience.) Keep in mind that of all the food places we went to only one had seating - it is a stretch for kids particularly to walk and stand for 3 hours plus.
My 10 year old and I were enthralled from start to finish. Our guide Ikumi was delightful and warm and had so much of interest to share about the history of the areas we walked through, historic shops and businesses we visited - whose wares we sampled - and about Tokyo itself. This was a perfect, secret, private introduction to a beautiful city and culture and I would recommend it to everyone. Ikumi’s sensitive and generous explanations about etiquette and practice at Shinto shrines was particularly beautiful. Enticing my son to eat a cinnamon covered bean paste sweet (which he loved) was a miracle!