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Top 10 things to do 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 Tower

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!

Harajuku

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!

Senso-ji Temple

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.

Meiji Shrine

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.

Tokyo Skytree

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.

Tokyo Imperial Palace

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.

Tokyo National Museum

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!

Shibuya Crossing

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 Café

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.

Tsukiji Fish Market

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!

Planning Your Tokyo 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

Awesome wi-fi pack rental price & service!

Great to have a dependable wi-fi rental pack at an affordable competitive price with great service. Pack was delivered to our hotel and at the counter when we checked in. The battery pack lasted for the entire day although we did carry along a charging block just in case. Thanks for the great service!

Japan: Unlimited Pocket Wi-Fi Router Rental Reviewed by Joshua-Sean, 06/14/2018

Well guided tour with lots of tasting options

Eri was an excellent guide and we were surprised and delighted at the quantity of food we tasted and the variety included in this tour. Highly recommend it on your trip to Tokyo

Beautiful view of Tokyo from the top and able to skip the waiting line

Really liked the view and was easy to get around. Getting a ticket online was a really good choice as the lines can get really long, and we where able to skip that. The top view is really nice on a clear day or with a little fog. It is quit busy up at the top, but that didn't bother us too much.

Tokyo: Skytree Skip-the-Line Admission Ticket Reviewed by Martin, 06/06/2018

Super team that shows you mt Fuji and nice spots around it

Really had a good time traveling with Mario and Sasuke, both good tour guides who give good instructions, extra information about the spots and help you alot. We went to multiple spots like the ninja village, the 4d tour, one of the lakes near mt Fuji and the 5 ponds. All of these spots also give you a different view of the mountain.

Mount Fuji Full-Day Scenic Bus Tour from Tokyo Reviewed by Martin, 06/06/2018

Very convenient, though I would recommend to include extra battery

Extra battery is recommended to be included in this package. Very convenient to have a pocket wifi wherever you go

Japan: Unlimited Pocket Wi-Fi Router Rental Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 06/01/2018