7 Things to do in Tokyo
According to Countryaah, Tokyo is the capital of Japan and the largest city in the world. The contrast-filled metropolis has more than 37 million inhabitants.
The city of millions, with its skyscrapers and luxury shops, is a real mecca of modern technology, but there is still room for ancient traditions. As you walk the streets of Tokyo, you can see imperial palaces next to modern shopping malls and geishas dressed in kimonos among costumes.
Today, Tokyo is a hypermodern and ancient melting pot where you can experience both the pulse of an urban metropolis and Japan’s ancient cultural heritage.
We’ve put together less than seven attractions worth checking out in Tokyo.
1. Amaze the hustle and bustle of people at the Shibuya intersection
One of Tokyo’s most photographed attractions is the world-famous road junction in the Shibuya district. The intersection is believed to be one of the busiest in the world. Shibuya is teeming with thousands of busy Japanese and tourists around the clock.
The intersection is also an interesting attraction because when following the hustle and bustle of people or crossing the intersection itself, one finally understands how big a city it is. In addition to the scenic intersection, Shibuya offers a huge variety of restaurants, lots of shopping and lively nightclubs. Here you are right in the heart of Tokyo’s hypermodern metropolitan life.
2. Take a walk in the lush Hamarikuy Park
To counterbalance the hustle and bustle of Shibuya, take a leisurely stroll to Hamarikuy Park, a green oasis in the heart of Tokyo. Situated on the shores of Tokyo Bay, the park is one of Tokyo’s most beautiful natural attractions, where you will take a breather from the fast-paced city life.
The specialty of the park are saltwater lakes, whose water level rises and falls with the tide. The park was founded around 1600. The contrast between the lush park and the modern skyline of Tokyo aptly symbolizes today’s Japan.
3. Calm down in the Senso-Jin Temple
In the old district of Asakusa you will get a good idea of the old cultural traditions of Japan.
There are no skyscrapers in the Asakusa area, unlike elsewhere in Tokyo, which creates a completely unique atmosphere on the streets of Asakusa. The district is also home to the Senso-Jin Temple, Tokyo’s oldest temple. Sensō-ji is a major attraction that attracts a lot of Japanese visitors as well as tourists. The Japanese go to the temple to light sacred incense, the sacred smoke of which they puff over, while praying for healing from illness, happiness in life, having a child — whatever they feel they need.
4. Shop in the Harajuku district
If you want to enjoy Tokyo’s excellent shopping, you should definitely head to the Harajuku district.
Harajuku is a vibrant area where Tokyo’s famous street fashion and Pop Culture can be seen everywhere.
There are numerous international fashion stores along Omotesando Street. In these shops you can be prepared for the staff to follow you down the street with a deep bow when you leave. Deep bow is a classic Japanese way of showing respect.
Here you can also admire Japan’s world-famous and imaginative street fashion. Colorfully dressed Japanese teens gather on Takeshita-dori Street to showcase their fashionable outfits and admire each other’s fashion creations.
5. Enjoy the silence at Meiji Shrine
Meij Shrine is one of Tokyo’s most renowned sites.
The shrine dedicated to the memory of Emperor Meij is located in a peaceful green park.
The sanctuary is accessed through two large shint gates. After the gates, you will soon notice the peace and quiet that surrounds you, in stark contrast to Tokyo’s hectic metropolitan hustle and bustle.
Meiji Shrine is a favorite place for many Japanese to celebrate traditional Japanese weddings, so during your stay you may well see Shinto priests, bridal couples and wedding guests in the temple area.
6. Tuna auction at Toyosu fish market
Tokyo’s world-famous fish auction is now held at the brand new Toyosu Fish Market.
Located in the heart of the city by the river, the old and authentic Tsukii Fish Market is still open, but the tuna here is no longer auctioned.
The attraction of Toyosu Fish Market is its world-famous fish auction, especially when it comes to selling tuna. However, if you want to take part in the market buzz of the auction, you have to book your place well in advance – already months before the trip – and the booking must also be made within a certain period of time. And once you get on site, there’s an early awakening ahead, especially if you want to get to experience the tuna auction, which starts as early as. 5.30.
The world’s most expensive tuna was sold at the first auction of the new fish market in 2019 at a staggering 2.6 million euros. That squid weighed 278 kilograms, while the largest tuna ever caught in 1986 had a handsome 496 kg live weight.
In addition to the fish market, there is also a fruit and vegetable market in the area and some restaurants below street level.
7. Sail along the Sumida River
If you want to try something different and fun to do in Tokyo, one good option is a boat trip on the Sumida River, which flows through the city.
On a river cruise, you get to see Tokyo from a different perspective while sailing past many legendary buildings, such as the headquarters of the Asahi Super Dry beer brand. The river cruiser also has 12 bridges that are quite different in color and architecture.
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