What to do in Tokyo

Activities, attractions and tours
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Tokyo Attractions

Japan’s capital city and the most populous metropolis in the world, Tokyo’s blend of history, tradition, and relentless modernism quite rightly fires the popular imagination. Here you will experience an apparently endless variety of culture, entertainment, dining and shopping available to visitors of all ages and interests. And, perhaps surprisingly, you’ll even discover plenty of green spaces where you can kick back and relax. Nonetheless, Tokyo really is a city that never sleeps - in fact with so much to do and see, you’ll probably have to actively remember to get some sleep yourself.

Areas & Neighborhoods in Tokyo

Akihabara — Traditionally the world centre just for the latest electronics, the evolution of gaming culture and its overlap with popular culture has seen this district become the world’s premier anime, manga, gaming and tech hotspot. Let’s call it the geek capital of the world, that is perfect for anyone wanting to channel their inner geek or explore their interest in the latest gadgets, animation and game culture.

Ginza — Tokyo’s most exclusive shopping district, Ginza is home to all of the world’s leading luxury brands and stores. In Ginza you will find the very best in retail, dining and entertainment - but it can come at a price: a cup of coffee can set you back more than a meal elsewhere, and real estate in this area can cost as much as 10 million yen per square metre - truly the Mayfair of Tokyo. So if you want to see how the world’s wealthiest live, be sure to check out Ginzu.

Tokyo Dome City — If you want to join a crowd and enjoy some spectacular sport or cultural entertainment then head to the Tokyo Dome City. Here you’ll find a baseball stadium that plays host to sporting events and live music, as well as an amusement park with roller coasters, a ferris wheel and many other rides, not to mention even more shops and restaurants.

Yurakucho — For those looking for something with a bit more old school charm, the Yarakucho district is a much more laid back area, with a wealth of friendly bars and cafes tucked beneath the arches that hold up Tokyo’s elevated trainline.

Things to See in Tokyo

As you’d expect of the most populous city in the world, there’s almost no limit to the sights to be seen. Nonetheless, evergreen favourites of visitors to this sprawling metropolis include the gardens of the Imperial Palace, the temples of Asakusa, and the Meiji Shrine. However, if you want to try and take it all in in one go, and aren’t afraid of heights, there are a number of viewing platforms at the top of some skyscrapers, including the platform at the top of the Tokyo Skytree a broadcast and observation tower, that also has a restaurant and shopping mall and is one of the tallest structures on the planet.

Things to Do in Tokyo

With amusement parks, such as Tokyo Disneyland®, for thrill seekers, plentiful public parks and green spaces for those looking to exercise, play, or simply congregate and socialise, world-class shopping and dining, sporting and live music events, river boating, sightseeing and so much more, the question should really be what can’t you do in Tokyo? The answer: pretty much nothing, it has it all.

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