Tokyo Travel Guide

Why Should You Go To Tokyo?

Tokyo Travel Guide. Japan’s mega city is constantly bustling. Many people walking, cars speeding through the streets, subway trains buzzing underground, ships coming and going in and out of the city. Bright lights and loud signals are asking you to pause, pause for a second to pray at the center of consumerism. This is a city fueled by movement and progress.

When you want to visit Tokyo, the city is definitely worth your time. Tech-savvy locals are welcome to visit monuments and city parks. Museums and historic sites are top-notch, with the exception of cherry blossom season when everyone fills the green space. There are photos to take, sushi to eat, and lots of shopping to do in Tokyo.

 

Places to Visit in Tokyo

There is so much in Tokyo to entertain over 13 million people. Start your day with breakfast sushi at the world-famous Tsukiji Fish Market, then immerse yourself in Japan’s vast and interesting history at the Tokyo National Museum or Edo-Tokyo Museum. then relax in the lush gardens of Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. For all things tech, head to Ginza, the seaside Odaiba, or anime-friendly Akihabara in Tokyo’s massive shopping scene. At the end of the day, take the elevator up from Tokyo Tower to the sky, or head to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building for a bird’s-eye view of the glittering city. Round off the day with a visit to the city’s more traditional sites, including Sensoji Temple and the spiritual Meiji Temple.

Tokyo National Museum

museum: Tokyo National Museum, Uenokoen, Japan - Tripadvisor

If you want to learn a little about the history of Japan, the Tokyo National Museum is the place to go. This museum is one of the largest museums in the country, housing approximately 116,000 works of art covering the entire history of Japan. Wandering through the halls of its numerous buildings, you can see many relics, some of which are national treasures and important cultural items, such as samurai armor and swords, elegant pottery, kimonos, calligraphy, paintings. In addition to artifacts from the history of Japan, you can find pieces from all over the Asian continent, including Buddhist scrolls dating back to 607 BC.

You will be impressed by everything Tokyo National Museum has to offer. You can enjoy the variety of unique works on display. The museum has English translations. There is so much to see at the Tokyo National Museum that you probably need a whole day if you want to visit the whole place. If you don’t have enough time to do this, the best thing to do is get a map of the museum ahead of time and choose what you want to do before stepping inside.

 

 Meiji Shrine

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Meiji Shrine is an original religious shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. Japanese history credits Meiji for modernizing Japan by integrating western principles into Japanese society, including adopting a cabinet system in government. After the death of the emperor in 1912 and his wife in 1914, the Japanese commemorated their contributions to the country with the Meiji Shrine. While the buildings are definitely worth seeing, the surrounding forest is also a must-see. This is because 100,000 of the standing trees were donated by the Japanese from all over the country as a thank you to the emperor.

While in such a holy place, you should take the time to learn about the traditional rituals. As you enter the temple, you will first see the Torii or the wide arched path of the temple. Then it is customary to bow when exiting. To outsiders, it may look like a clean water fountain, but it is actually a purification station where visitors have the opportunity to be purified with holy water. Washing your hands and rinsing your mouth is common, but don’t drink the water or let the wooden scoops provided touch your lips. When approaching the main shrine, it is customary to show respect by bowing twice, then clapping twice, making a wish, and bowing once more. Paying such respects is optional, not the rules of the shrine. Do not take photos inside buildings, do not eat or smoke unless you are in designated areas.

 

Sensoji Temple

Tokyo's oldest temple Sensoji - Mynet trend

The oldest religious temple in Tokyo, it is also the most visited. Sensoji Temple receives about 30 million annual visitors and dates back to 628. Despite its claim to be antiquity, the structures currently standing are relatively recent reconstructions of earlier structures. Sensoji Temple is dedicated to Asakusa Kannon, the Buddhist god of mercy and happiness. Legend has it that while two fishermen were fishing in the Sumida River, gold struck and found a statue of the god. The Sensoji temple is dedicated to catching this chance and also pays homage to the fisherman who caught the statue. Unfortunately, you cannot see the actual statue while you are here. It is there but not open to the public. Buddhists and interested tourists flock to this attraction in hopes that being in the presence of Kannon’s healing powers will infect them.

You will enjoy their experience at Sensoji Temple. Its temple is beautiful and you will be amazed by its majestic structure and intricate architectural details. Sensoji can be very crowded at times. If you do not want to be in the same environment with crowded tourists, you should visit early in the morning or late at night.

 

Odaiba

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Imagine a mini Atlantis rising out of the water, right next to downtown Tokyo. Odaiba is a hub for entertainment, dining and stunning architecture, including the Fuji Television building in Tokyo Bay. Some of the most popular centers of the region; It is the National Museum of Science and Innovation and the relaxing Odaiba Beach Park, equipped with its own beach and Tokyo’s own Statue of Liberty. There are also a number of amusement parks for kids to enjoy.

The Legoland Discovery Center, DiverCity Tokyo Plaza and Deck Tokyo Beach facility offer many options for dining and shopping, as well as entertainment options. While adult visitors wander in traditional yukata robes, they can visit Ooedo-Onsen-Monogatari, a natural hot springs theme park where they can dip their feet in one of the 13 types of baths available. However, the magnificent view of the water in Odaiba causes eyes to turn to the city centre. The Rainbow Bridge thrills the glittering skyline at night with gorgeous colours.

 

Imperial Palace

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You’d think the Imperial Palace would be brimming with tourists, but it isn’t. The reason it is not crowded is a practice that limits the number of visitors. This is because the Imperial Palace is home to the Emperor of Japan and his royal family, and in earlier times it was home to some of Japan’s most important figures, including the Emperor Meiji rulers. Due to its importance in Japanese society, entry to the palace is difficult (you must submit your application a few weeks in advance) and entry inside the actual palace is very difficult.

Therefore, those who go on tour are disappointed when they see that very little of the palace is open to visitors, and they are amazed by looking at the palace from afar. The East Gardens, part of the Imperial Palace complex, are well worth a visit. This thriving green space has lots of shaded areas and open spaces perfect for relaxing. During the cherry blossom season, these gardens are a choice spot for locals who want to enjoy the seasonal leaves.

 

Ginza

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New York has Fifth Avenue, London has Oxford Street, Paris has the Champs-Élysées, and Tokyo has Ginza. The neighborhood is a shopper’s paradise with stores of all kinds, from affordable, big-name retailers like H&M and Zara to luxury design houses like Dior, Armani, and Cartier. You can also find numerous specialty shops selling traditional items like kimonos, incense, and chopsticks, as well as more unusual items like buttons, model trains, and even stores devoted to charcoal-infused beauty products. You can also find many Hello Kitty products in the Sanrio store located here, as well as all the toys your child’s heart desires in the huge Hakuhinkan Toy Park.

If you’re not a big shopper, Ginza still offers plenty of things to do. The neighborhood is also an arts hub, home to more than 200 galleries. There are also many theatres. If you want to catch a traditional kabuki (Japanese traditional folk theater) performance while in Tokyo, Kabuki-za is considered one of the best in the city. Ginza is also home to several Michelin-rated restaurants, including the three-star Ginza Kojyu, which is considered one of the 50 best restaurants in the world.

 

Edo-Tokyo Museum

Edo Tokyo Museum: Edo-Tokyo Museum, Sumida, Japan - Tripadvisor

To better understand Tokyo’s change, you can head to the massive Edo-Tokyo Museum. This expertly designed museum showcases the city’s history, Tokyo’s architectural transformation, and large and small-scale models that recreate Japanese life over the centuries. In the museum, you can see Tokyo’s humble origins, from the early Edo Period to the Meiji Restoration, how the industrial revolution, the destruction of world wars and how it reached today’s modern metropolis.

The Edo-Tokyo Museum is incredibly informative and interesting. Take advantage of the free museum tour guides on site.

 

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyo-en

Just west of downtown Tokyo lies a magnificent urban oasis. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden consists of 144 acres of green space and is unique in that it incorporates three landscape styles: Japanese Traditional, French Painting, and English Garden. In the spring, the park gets an extra boost of visitors due to the vibrant display of cherry blossoms. Plan to visit during this beautiful period, act like a local and head to the park equipped with picnic equipment.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. Even if you don’t have a few hours to spare for a picnic, a short stroll is enough to capture the peaceful atmosphere of the park. There are also many amenities in the park, including restrooms, places to eat, a greenhouse, and a teahouse.

 

Akihabara

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Akihabara is nirvana for technicians. Also referred to as “Akiba,” Tokyo’s premier electronics district has all kinds of gadgets found in side streets and high street megastores. On the shelves, you’ll likely see cutting-edge technology. If you’re not sure where to start, head to the larger-than-life Yodobashi store (often called the world’s largest electronics store) or walk down Chuo Dori, the neighborhood’s main street, which is closed to traffic on Sundays. Besides being an electronics hub, Akihabara also caters to serious gamers and anime lovers. You’ll find lots of arcades, as well as shops and street stalls selling comic book and character figures.

While Akihabara is undoubtedly unique, recent travelers have received mixed reviews about the area. Those who expressed interest in anime liked their visit very much, saying that you cannot leave Tokyo without experiencing the world that Akihabara has to offer to her fans. Those who were no longer interested in the matter enjoyed the buzzing activity and the abundance of neon signs that permeated the area but soon got bored. Some were clearly annoyed by the inappropriate nature of some anime culture (think maid cafes), so this area may not be suitable for younger children. Visitors who are only interested in e-shopping were stunned by the options and suggested researching ahead of time to maximize your time in the vicinity.

 

Tokyo Marine Life Park

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Opposite Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo Sea Life Park offers educational fun for the whole family. This well-designed aquarium features numerous habitats that mimic bodies of water from around the world, including the Caribbean Sea, Indian Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, and Tokyo’s very own Tokyo Bay. Here you can find a variety of fish from these regions, including Tokyo’s famous bluefin tuna. You may also encounter penguins, seagulls and turtles. There is also an area where customers can get up close and personal and touch stingrays and bamboo sharks.

Its aquarium is informative and you can fully see the diversity of the marine life housed. Penguin exhibit, touch station and must visit if you have kids or if you are staying near Disneyland and want to spend some time. The view of Tokyo Bay surrounding the aquarium is a pleasant surprise for visitors. (The entrance to Sea Life Park is a large glass dome located at the water’s edge).

 

Ghibli Museum

Anime Lovers' Shrine: Ghibli Museum - Milliyet Emlak

Anime fans love the Ghibli Museum. The museum showcases the work of Studio Ghibli, by the famous Japanese animation company Hayao Miyazaki, who made films such as “Spirited Away” and “Ponyo”. Don’t expect closed exhibits. The interesting interior design of the resort mimics the animation studio. There’s also a playground for the kids (equipped with a life-size, furry Cat Bus), a reading room filled with museum-recommended books, and a rooftop garden with sculptures of characters, including the silent robots from the movie “Castle In The.” You can even watch a short movie that only plays in the museum and changes every month. How hard is it to get tickets? It is said that the museum functions almost perfectly.

 

Tokyo Tower

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The 1,092-foot-high, orange-white tower serves as a radio and television broadcasting structure supporting the 62-mile frequency. The tower also caters to tourists and offers two observation decks, one at 490 feet (main observatory) and the other at 819 feet (private observatory). The observation decks offer 360-degree views of Tokyo’s sprawling cityscape. If you visit outdoors, you’ll be able to see Mount Fuji in the distance. Tokyo Tower also features a café where they can sip their tea while admiring the scenery, and Club 333, a music venue that hosts performances daily.

The best time to visit Tokyo Tower is at night. This is because the tower is beautifully lit and is often in more than one color depending on when you visit. You can also experience stunning views from the top of Tokyo SkyTree, a much taller tower located about 8 miles northwest.

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