Top 10 Experiences in Tokyo
Tokyo is one of those cities which has to be seen to be believed. A true assault on every sense possible, and probably some you never realized you had, Tokyo will certainly be something you remember for a long time to come.
Of course, we’re talking about the capital city of Japan here, so you can expect a lot of crowds no matter where you go. To really experience Tokyo, you simply need to embrace the madness and go with it! To help you do exactly that, here are 10 must do experiences in Tokyo, to add to your first visit list.
Experience Japanese Fashion in Shibuya
Japanese fashion is certainly different, and if you want to check it out for yourself in person, Shibuya is the place to go. This is the center of everything, and it’s a true colour and noise experience! You’ll find every type of fashion item you could want, accessories, and everything you never though you would want! It’s busy, it’s crazy, and it’s somewhere you simply have to go.
Check Out the View from The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
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Head up to the observation deck on the 54th floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, to check out the best view of the city skyline possible. It’s free to head up there, and if you can manage to time your visit at sunset, you’ll get an even more enviable Instagram snap to impress everyone back home! The building is found in the Nishi-Shinjuku region, which is central and very easy to get to.
Visit Robot Central at DiverCity Tokyo Plaza
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If you’re a robot fan, you can’t miss DiverCity Tokyo Plaza! Here you’ll find huge replicas of some of the most famous robots in history, as well as some simply pretty impressive ones! Odaiba is the most famous here and stands at a huge 18 meters tall. This is a mock-up of one of the robots from a famous Japanese TV show, and you’ll always find crowds here.
DiverCity Tokyo Plaza is actually a shopping center, so you can easily spend a day there, but the robots are to be found outside.
Peace and Serenity at Yoyogi Park
Located close to Shibuya you will find the beautiful open spaces of Yoyogi Park. As with most huge urban parks, this gives you a true break from the craziness of the city, and you can easily sit and chill the hell out, enjoying people watching opportunities, and the nature around you. Joggers will pass you by, dog walkers, and there are plenty of spots for you to enjoy a picnic if you want to also.
Is it possible to visit Japan overall and not stuff your face with sushi? No! If you’ve never tried it, this is the place to give it a go, and you’ll find countless sushi bars around Tokyo. Sushi is actually a very cheap meal in the city, and there is one bar where you can eat your sushi standing up, grab and go! This is called the Standing Sushi Bar, unsurprisingly, and it’s a very low-cost place to eat.
Visit the Famous Hedgehog Café
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For a true ‘aww’ factor, it has to be the Hedgehog Cafe! No, they’re not on the menu thankfully, they’re simply running around enjoy free space, so if you’re a fan, make sure you call up and book a table ahead of time; this is a very popular place with both visitors and locals.
Shop the Designer Labels at Ginza
If your credit card can take a little damage, then head to Ginza, where the huge designer labels are to be found and many luxury boutiques too. There are more shops here than we have time to mention, but even if you’re on a budget, a walk around here is a must. Window shopping is pretty easy, and you can’t help but stand in awe at some of the massive price tags!
Check Out the Craziness of Shibuya Crossing
We mentioned Shibuya as a center for fashion and general Tokyo life, but if you want to experience true crowds and craziness, head to Starbucks right on the Shibuya crossing, and to the very top floor. Look down and you will not believe your eyes! Shibuya crossing is literally a lot of pedestrian road crossings, but they crisscross and they’re so extremely busy that the photo you’ll get will be pretty cool, for sure!
Experience a Genuine Sumo Match
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This is another of those experiences that you’ll only find in Japan, and Ryogoku Kokugikan is the place to go. This is an indoor sumo wrestling stadium and you’ll be able to watch a real-life sumo match, right in front of your eyes. It’s something you probably won’t be able to experience anywhere else and it will be something you can cross off your bucket list. It’s crazy, but it’s a must do!
Relax at an Onsen
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Another Tokyo experience is a relaxing visit to an Onsen. This is basically a hot spring and because Japan is packed with these natural wonders, you won’t struggle to find one close to wherever you’re staying. After all that sightseeing and walking around the craziness of Tokyo a chance to rest your body is a must do!
Tokyo is a busy, action-packed, and crazy place, but it’s somewhere you’ll certainly never forget.