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Top 10 Things to Do in Tokyo to Make Your Visit in Japan More Unforgettable

Updated: Mar 26, 2020

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Japan has seen its name in lights globally due to its unique culture and traditions. The fact that lots of these are still in practice today, all the more it makes the island nation a force of nature.

Tokyo is the quintessential capital city that best represents Japan in the world. About every conceivable chunk of the city has Japan's distinctive stamp on it.

Each month, Japan attracts several millions of foreign visitors. And for good reason, the thousands of things to do in Tokyo has contributed a lot more to this growing figure.

Sorting out your travel plans to Japan for the first time can be excruciating at some point. But we're here to help you get started.

Check out what to do in Tokyo that will make your vacation in Japan a trip of a lifetime.

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1. Go back in time at Tokyo National Museum

The best way to sink your teeth into Japan’s history is to visit top-level museums. The Tokyo National Museum is the oldest and largest of them all.

Now located in Ueno Park, the national museum complex has five special buildings. They hold more than 110,000 items in total, including almost a hundred national treasures.

Dive deeper into Japan's ancient figures by visiting more museums around Tokyo. Check out the Edo-Tokyo Museum, Samurai Museum, Nezu Museum, Shitamachi Museum, and more.

Price: ¥620 ($6)

Address: 13-9 Uenokoen, Taito, Tokyo

Opening Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily

Nearby Attractions: Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Ueno Zoo, Toshogu Shrine, Kyu Kaneiji Pagoda

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2. Shop and dine in Takeshita Dori and Omotesando Hills

Takeshita Dori is a 400-meter stretch of cheap and hip finds. Fashion boutiques, crepe stands, trendy cafes and whatnots line up the street. It's quite popular among teenagers with extreme funky style.

Right at the end of Takeshita Dori is Omotesando Hills, the avenue geared towards adults. Omotesando Hills is home to fancy restaurants and upscale brands. No wonder it's been often called as Tokyo’s Champs-Elysees.

Price: Free

Address: Takeshita-Dori, Harajuku, Tokyo

Opening Hours: 11 a.m. - 8 a.m. daily

Nearby Attractions: Meiji Shrine, Yoyogi Park, Ota Memorial Museum of Art, Nezu Museum

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3. Witness Tsukiji Market in action

Tsukiji Market is the largest and oldest fish market in the world. It's one of the main sources of fresh seafood and vegetables in and nearby Tokyo. Every day, it brings about 2,000 tons of marine products.

The market has seen a surging number of tourist visitors over the last few years. It wasn't something the management had foreseen over the last 80 years in operation. But starting October 2018, they will retire Tsukiji Market and move to a new location in Toyosu.

Make sure to pay the market a visit soon as it might be the last time you see the world’s oldest market in action. If you want to see a tuna auction, be there at the market as early as 5 a.m.

Price: Free

Address: 5-2 Tsukiji Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Opening Hours: 5 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily

Nearby Attractions: Tsukiji Hongan-Ji Temple, Hama Rikyu Gardens, Suitengu Shrine

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4. Watch robots perform at the Robot Restaurant

Contrary to popular first impressions, Robot Restaurant isn’t a dinner spot. It's a cabaret show where zany robots take the center stage to entertain spectators.

There are four shows every night, each lasting for about an hour and a half.  Robot Restaurant is quite popular among locals and foreign tourists. So, be sure to book your ticket in advance.

Price: Starts at ¥8,000 ($70)

Address: 1-7-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo,Japan

Opening Hours: 4 p.m. - 11 p.m. daily

Nearby Attractions: Godzilla Road, Samurai Museum, Shinjuku Golden Gai

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5. View Shibuya Crossing from above

Shibuya Crossing is the busiest intersection in the world. It rose to fame around the world due to its...busyness. Called the “scramble”, hundreds of pedestrians cross lanes from all directions at once. It’s pretty satisfying to watch, most especially if you view it from the top.

Some establishments have open seating to witness the intersection come to life. Options include Starbucks Coffee, L'Occitane Cafe, Gusto Shibuya Ekimae, and Mark City.  But if you want to get a good top-down angle, do some research on which hotels you should be looking down from.

Price: Free

Address: Hachiko Exit (Exit #8), Shibuya Station, Shibuya, Tokyo

Nearby Attractions: Shibuya Center Gai, NHK Studio Park, Genki Sushi

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6. Drive around central Tokyo on a go-kart

Driving around Tokyo is one of the best gifts to motorists. Despite its population and tourist arrivals, it remains to be a good place for four wheels. And that includes a go-kart.

Roaming in the city on a go-kart is one of the most enjoyable things to do in Tokyo. If you don't have an entire month to explore the city, it could be a time saver to see more places in a short period of time. In only a couple of hours, go-karting in Tokyo will bring you to many sides of the central areas.

Price: Starts at ¥5,000 ($45)

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7. Explore fantasy theme park Tokyo Disney Sea

Tokyo Disney Resort has two fantasy theme parks: Disneyland and DisneySea. The latter is unique to Japan. Tokyo DisneySea is suitable for all ages, but it’s designed to attract grown-ups.