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5 Must-Visit Tourist Attractions in Tokyo

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Getting around the busy city of Tokyo can be overwhelming. The city is one of the top tourist destinations in Japan and offers a mix of a modern and traditional vibe.

With so many places to visit, deciding where to go can be time-consuming.

To help you plan your Tokyo tour, discover these five amazing attractions.

Things to do in Tokyo
Photo: Hozomon and pagoda, Sensoji Temple | Image Courtesy of Daderot / Wikimedia

Sensoji Temple

Looking to get the best Japanese culture experience in Tokyo? Drop by at the city's most visited temple. Sensoji is a Buddhist temple located in Asakusa and is popular among tourists who’d want to see Tokyo's traditional and historic side. If you are feeling unlucky, bathe in Jokoro's white smoke. According to tradition, the smoke from the incense will heal and bring you good luck.

To get the most out of your trip, shop at the famous Nakamise Dori. You will get the chance to buy souvenirs from the small shops along the road. Before heading out, do not miss the Kaminarimon. It is a massive gate that features a giant red lantern and is the most photographed landmark in Asakusa.

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Ueno Park Set aside a day to explore what Ueno Park has to offer. If you are a nature lover, you will definitely love the park's cherry blossom spots. And during the spring, hundreds of sakura trees bloom pink flowers — making it the most visited park in Japan. Besides watching sakura trees, you can also visit Shinobazu pond. You can either take photos of the lotus pond or go on a romantic boat ride. Be sure to arrive before noon as the lotus flowers only open up between seven and nine in the morning.

Shopping in Japan
Photo: Wako Department Store in Ginza, Chūō, Tokyo, Japan | Image Courtesy of 663highland / Wikimedia

Ginza District

Shop ‘til you drop at Ginza district, which is the center of Tokyo's high-end shopping and dining experience. To start your tour, visit the Ginza Wako Department Store and find the famous clock tower built in 1932. Pamper yourself in Ginza's luxurious shops — see the majority of these shops along Chuo-Dori. Because of the large and eye-catching signs, you will definitely not miss these stores. After a shopping spree, you can attend a kabuki performance at Kabuki-za Theatre. Plus, if you want to learn more about the Kabuki, you can join the theater's private tour.

Shopping in Tokyo
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Akihabara Electric Town

One of the top things to do in Tokyo is visiting Akihabara — the leading electronics district in the city. Here, you can do all sort of things related to anime, games, and manga. Take advantage of the duty-free shopping at Yodobashi Camera. They showcase the latest electronic products for you to try. Since the last decade, Akihabara has grown to be Japan's otaku haven. Apart from shops dedicated to anime fans, you can also find maid cafes and pop idols.

Tokyo Imperial Palace
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Tokyo Imperial Palace

Tokyo Imperial Palace is more than just a park and few stone walls. If you are interested in Japan's history and culture, include the palace in your itinerary. Because the palace is home to Japan's royal family, visitors are not allowed to enter the Imperial Palace except on special occasions. But you can arrange special tours organized by the Imperial Household Agency. After a tour of the palace, enjoy a relaxing walk at the East Garden.

Get the most out of your Tokyo tour by discovering places and hearing the city’s best-kept secrets from a local’s perspective. Let locals guide you in one of the free walking tours in Tokyo!


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