Tokyo is one of the most populous cities in the world. A wonderful combination of modern and traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers and anime shops to cherry trees and temples. While it can seem intimidating at first to navigate this bustling city , the Tokyo Metro has a great network that can take you to any place you want. We recommend these 10 things to do in Tokyo:
Meiji Jingu in Shibuya is known for its towering gate and surrounding forests. We witnessed a serene ceremony and a splendid wedding. Don’t forget clean your mouth and hands before entering and to leave your prayers.
Harajuku Takeshita-dori is pinnacle of the trendy teen fashion scene. Enjoy watching the quirky Japanese street style and dare to buy some Hello Kitty or anime outfit. A few blocks away Omotesando is a great place for shopping the renowned luxury brands and popular retailers.
Sensoji Temple in Asakusa is one of the most tourist places in Tokyo. Start walking through the passage of market booths that lead to this magnificent temple and continue through a lovely japanese garden and the surrounding food markets.
Ueno Park was one of my favorites. Full of cherry blossom trees, a huge fountain and hidden temples. It’s surrounded by Museums and the Tokyo Zoo.
Tokyo Skytree‘s view in Sumida followed us all though out the trip. We didn’t end up climbing to the top, but enjoyed taking lots of photos at it, and guess the views would be amazing.
6. Famous crossing:
Shibuya Pedestrian Scramble is probably one of the most iconic images of Tokyo.
Tokyo National Museum is a fantastic journey through the history and arts of Japan. Majestic artwork, buddhist statues, and Samurai swords are some of the things you can find in it.
8. Food & drink:
Tokyo is world known for its vibrant food scene. Sushi, Teppanyakki, Terayaki, Whisky, Sake are only a few of the things we tried out.
9. City views:
There are many skyscrapers in the city, we recommend you to combine a wonderful meal with one of the best views of the city. Try out the Sunday Brunch at Park Hyatt (stage to Lost in Translation), it is a good value for money considering the wonderful experience and views.
10. Japanese Gardens:
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is amazing. We left this to the last and I was sorry I had to run out of it to go to the airport. Go on a Sunday to an intimate view of the families spending a restful spring day.
Please leave your comments on your favourite places in Tokyo or let us know if you have any questions on where to stay, eat or go out.
Photos and content: Josefina Luna