Best things to do in Tokyo


With more than 42 million inhabitants, the urban area of Tokyo is the most populated city in the world.

Capital of Japan since 1868, this Japanese megalopolis is the economic and political heart of the country. Fascinating, electric, avant-garde, modern, there is no shortage of adjectives to describe this incredible city.

Expect to lose all your bearings because a city like Tokyo has nothing to do with any other city in the world!

In this guide, we describe all you need to know to prepare for your visit to Tokyo!

Key Takeaways from a visit to Tokyo:

– Tokyo is a city where you can experience ancient traditions and the cutting edge of technology side by side.
– From historic temples and shrines, like the serene Meiji Shrine, to the neon-lit streets of Akihabara, the city is a testament to Japan’s ability to honor its past while embracing the future.
– Tokyo is a paradise for food lovers, boasting the highest number of Michelin-starred restaurants in the world.
– Explore Tokyo’s diverse neighborhoods, from the fashion-forward streets of Harajuku to the historic atmosphere of Asakusa.


You must be pretty excited by now and really want to know where all these amazing places are in Tokyo. So follow this guide about the best things to see in Tokyo:

1. Start your visit to Tokyo at Sensō-ji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple!

Nakamise-dori in Asakusa

Founded in 645, Sensō-ji is Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple.

This temple dedicated to Kannon, goddess of compassion, was completely destroyed by bombardments during the Second World War, but rebuilt identically during the years that followed.

This place is very popular so expect a little bit of crowd here. Sensō-ji is located in the popular district of Asakusa.

You will discover the impressive Kaminarimon gate, under which is the largest paper lantern in the country (700kg all the same!), the Hozomon gate and its two imposing statues of Nio, the hondō in front of which the Japanese are numerous to ” soak up” incense and finally the sumptuous 5-storey pagoda, the second tallest in Japan.

Nakamise-dori in Asakusa

It is a truly sublime place that contrasts with the modernity of the city. At night, when the temple lights up, the place seems even more magical!

Before leaving the premises, be sure to explore Nakamise-dori (here), a small shopping street that is usually bustling with people. You will find many traditional objects, souvenirs, and good things to eat.

Make sure to also check out the view at the visitor center. It is easily accessible, as it is near the metro exit! You will also quickly recognize the modern structure of the building.

It is possible to go up to the 8th floor for free to admire a panoramic view of the district, Nakamise Dori, the Sensoji temple and its surroundings.

Sensō-ji Temple is one of the best things to see in Tokyo!

  • Opening hours: Sensō-ji Temple is open daily from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Address: 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0032 (location)
  • Admission: Free access

2. Check out the Skytree Tower, the tallest tower in Japan!

Where to stay in Tokyo

Another best thing to see in Tokyo is the Tokyo Skytree.

The tower hardly goes unnoticed in the skyline of Tokyo. After you visit Sensō-ji Temple, you can easily reach the Skytree as it takes 5min only by train.

The Skytree culminates at 634m in height in the Sumida district.

This broadcasting tower, inaugurated in 2012, houses a huge shopping center, a planetarium, an aquarium, restaurants, an ice rink in winter, as well as two observatories.

Many tourists go there every day to discover one of the most beautiful views of Tokyo!

Two different levels are offered to visitors: the Tembo Deck platform at 350m high and the Tembo Galleria platform located 450m above the ground.

Best things to do in Tokyo

We recommend going to the Skytree Tower just before sunset. This is the best time to admire this amazing city.

Allow some time because Skytree is one of the most visited places in Tokyo, so it is not uncommon to wait a long time before being able to access the various observation platforms.

  • Opening hours: The Skytree Tower is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Address: -1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo 131-0045 (location)
  • Admission: check it out here

3. Wander at Kappabashi Street, the kitchen district in Tokyo


Kappabashi is also located in Asakusa not far from Tokyo Skytree and Sensō-ji Temple. So you can easily combine your visit of these 3 sights.

Kappabashi is only made up of stores specializing in restaurant supplies. There, you will find everything related to catering and at the same time cooking. The nearly 1km long street contains nearly 160 food-related stores.

Whether you are looking for rice bowls, noodle bowls, sake sets, tea cups, soy sauce bowl, chopstick holders, tempura or teapots, you’ll find it here.

Do not leave Kappabashi dori without buying a Japanese knife! Japanese steel is famous all over the world. There are a large number of blades, each adapted to a specific use in the kitchen: cutting vegetables, meat, and fish.

Location: here

4. Shibuya Crossing, one of the most exciting places in Tokyo!

Best things to do in Shibuya

It is a safe bet that you have already seen this famous Japanese crossroads on television, it is also one of the most famous in the world.

Here, the traffic lights stop for 50 seconds to let the crowd of pedestrians crossing the road.

With its large signs and giant screens, the place looks like Times Square in NYC. Shibuya Crossing attracts lots of people curious to discover the liveliness of the place.

You only have to take a little height to notice the number of people crossing the streets each time!

To do so, head to the first floor of Starbucks (here) which offers a wide view of the entire crossroads.

Want to observe the crossing from even higher? Head to the observation deck of the Magnet building by Shibuya 109. The latter is open every day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Best things to do in Shibuya

Shibuya is one of the most thrilling districts in Tokyo. Spend some time in Shibuya discovering the multiple streets and excitement around this place.

THE BEST IS TO VISIT SHIBUYA AT NIGHT! The city is much more impressive at night with all the lights!

When leaving Shibuya station, do not miss the Hachiko dog statue whose story is very popular in Japan.

The Shibuya Crossing is one of the best things to see in Tokyo, so make sure you add it to your itinerary.

Opening hours: 24h
Address: location
Admission: Free

5. Tokyo Tower, one of the Japanese Capital’s main symbols.

What to do in Tokyo? Visit the Tokyo Tower

With a height of more than 330m, the Tokyo Tower is a true emblem of the Japanese capital.

You will notice it immediately when you see it, its architecture is directly inspired from the Eiffel Tower.

Built between 1957 and 1958, this red and white tower was designed to withstand major earthquakes and wind gusts of over 200 km/h.

Tokyo Tower is home to many shops, an aquarium, restaurants and an amusement park based on the Japanese manga One Piece. But it is mainly for its two observatories that visitors go to this tower.

The first is 145m high and has a glass floor, while the second is 250m above the ground. Both offer breathtaking views of the city!

  • Opening hours: Tokyo Tower is open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Address: 2-8 Shibakoen, Minato, Tokyo (location)
  • Admission: Click here

If you’ve been up the Skytree Tower already, then our advice is to skip the observation deck of the Tokyo Tower. However, we still recommend taking a look at the tower from the outside. The view at night is even better!


6. Shinjuku District, our favorite part of Tokyo!

Best things to see in Shinjuku

To feel the pulse of the city, nothing better than going to Shinjuku.

The bustling district of Shinjuku is full of life and entertainment and is one of the most visited areas of Tokyo. If you’ve seen the movie Lost in Translation, you’ll know!


Shinjuku, which revolves around the busiest train station in the world, has many faces since it is both a business center, the king of Japanese nights, and also a veritable temple of shopping.

Omoide Yokocho in Shinjuku

Several hours or even days will be needed to explore this incredible district.

  • SHINJUKU GYOEN: the national imperial garden in Tokyo which houses Japanese, English and French-style gardens. It is one of the largest green spaces in the city and is an ideal spot to observe the cherry blossoms in spring.
  • KABUCHIKO: the red light district of Tokyo. Despite being the red light of the city, it’s a fun place to see at night with all the lights on the buildings.
  • OMOIDE YOKOCHO: This place is a must in Shinjuku! it’s a narrow alley full of restaurants. One of the favorite places for locals to eat at night in Shinjuku!
  • GOLDEN GAI: have a drink at Golden Gai for a memorable experience in Tokyo. This place is full of tiny bars sometimes barely fitting 5 people! One of the best things to experience in Shinjuku.
  • HANAZONO-JINJA: a sanctuary in the middle of buildings
  • TOKYO METROPOLITA BUILDING: a double building where there is an observatory accessible free of charge to admire a 360° view of the city.

7. Meiji-jingu Shrine and Yoyogi Park, the most spiritual place of Tokyo

Best things to see in Harajuku

This Shinto shrine, the largest in Japan, is located in the district of Shibuya (and more particularly in an area called Harajuku), in the heart of the capital.

This place is one of the best things to see in Tokyo!

Meiji-jingu is a must-visit both for its cultural and historical aspects and for its natural setting within the magnificent Yoyogi Park.

Best things to see in Shibuya

This shrine, erected in honor of Emperor Meiji in 1920, had to be rebuilt several years later following its destruction during the Second World War.

It is a place that tourists and Japanese come to discover with pleasure for many reasons: its cedar wood architecture, the religious ceremonies that take place there or the green setting of Yoyogi Park.

This is a must in Japan. Tokyo is very hectic, and whenever you need some peace, Yoyogi Park is the place to be!

Opening hours: from sunrise to sunset
Address: 1-1 Yoyogi-Kamizono-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (location)
Admission: Free access

8. Explore Harajuku, the Fashion District of Tokyo

Best things to see in Harajuku

Combine your visit to Yoyogi Park with Harajuku. You can walk from 1 place to the other, it’s close by.

Harajuku is the Mecca of Japanese fashion. In this district, young Tokyoites wear lots of different fashion styles!

Here, everyone is free to dress as they wish, it is the district of all the eccentricities of clothing like the incredible Takeshita-dori. This is the main and crazy avenue of Harajuku where fashion boutiques of all kinds are located.

Best things to see in Harajuku

You will probably come across many Japanese in cosplay, reproducing the looks of their favorite anime characters.

In Harajuku do not miss Omotesandō Avenue, the Japanese Champs-Élysées, where luxury boutiques such as Dior, Vuitton and Chanel follow one another.

From this large avenue, do not hesitate to get lost in one of the perpendicular streets towards Ura-Harajuku, the hipster corner of the district which is home to many concept stores as well as independent shops.

Best things to see in Harajuku

Finally, do not miss the Tokyu Plaza shopping center, located at the top of this avenue, it is accessed by a kind of giant kaleidoscope made of mirrors which is particularly worth a look.

9. Akihabara, the electronic district of Tokyo

Best things to do in Akihabara

Akihabara is the meeting point for all lovers of otaku culture, a real paradise for geeks.

In this district, you will find a large concentration of electronics shops, manga and video games. This is where a huge arcade shops are located. Those are very popular in Tokyo.

Other things to experience in the area are the Maid Cafes where waitresses, wearing a servant’s uniform, are responsible for entertaining customers.

Nothing to do with the red light district and so on, here anyone can come and be entertained by the “maids”. Weird? YES ABSOLUTELY! But the Japanese are fond of those cafes… It’s an experience you gotta try while in Tokyo!

At nightfall, when the many shops and signs light up, you will understand why Akihabara is nicknamed “the electric city”. It’s actually best to visit Akihabara at night!

Akihabara is one of the best things to see in Tokyo, make sure to check it out!

10. Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea

What to do in Tokyo? Visit Disney

Did you know? The Tokyo Disneyland amusement park was the first to be built outside the United States, in 1983.

The latter is a replica of the famous Magic Kingdom of California, with the difference that the magnificent castle erected in the center of the park is It’s not Sleeping Beauty’s, but Cinderella’s.

Those who are familiar with Disney parks will find the magical atmosphere that is unique to them.

What to do in Tokyo? Visit Disney

If you wish, on the other hand, to discover a universe specific to Japan, the Japanese capital has a second Disney park on the theme of the sea: Disney Sea.

Located in Tokyo Bay, it is a unique park in the world where you will discover a reconstruction of the beautiful city of Venice and many other sea-related attractions!

To please your family or the child in you, do not hesitate to treat yourself to a magical day in one of its famous parks.


11. Go for a Shopping Spree at Ginza, the luxury district of Tokyo

Best things to do in Ginza

Ginza is unlike any other district in Tokyo.

Very modern, the place even has a little futuristic side, as we can sometimes see in science fiction films.

Buildings with ultra-modern architecture and the headquarters of many large companies are right next to very luxury bars and restaurants in Ginza.

Ginza is also a shopping mecca that could almost be compared to the famous Fifth Avenue in New York. This is a district that does not really represent the traditional side of Japan, but worth a visit nevertheless.

12. Enjoy some sushi at the Tsukiji outer market

Tsukiji Market in Tokyo

Ginza is very close to Tsukiji Market, so combine your visit for the luxury district with a traditional fish market for a full day of contrast within Tokyo!

During our first trip to Tokyo, our visit to Tsukiji market was one of the highlights of our trip. We ate some of the best sushis in Tokyo there! But be careful, we are talking about the OUTER-MARKET!

Indeed, the main INNER WHOLESALE MARKET was closed in 2018. From 1935 to the end of 2018, Tsukiji Wholesale Market (Tsukiji Fish Market) was the most famous and largest fish market IN THE WORLD!

The indoor section of the market has since moved to nearby Toyosu, but the outdoor market is still in the same location and bustling with activity.

Located on the edge of Tokyo Bay and accessible on foot from Ginza, the market is a maze of streets more fascinating than ever. Feast on fresh sushi for breakfast at nearby restaurants or pick up unique souvenirs, ranging from seaweed to sushi knives to handmade ceramics.

Don’t miss it, Tsukiji is one of the best things to see in Tokyo!

  • Opening hours: The market closes early, around 1-2pm. So go early to enjoy the best sushi in town!
  • Address: location


Roppongi is a very cosmopolitan area, renowned for its lively evenings. In summary, if you are looking for a place to party in Tokyo, Roppongi is the place to go.

It is here that the concentration of bars, restaurants, karaoke, and nightclubs is the greatest. You will inevitably find something to have fun during your stay in Tokyo!

If the nights of Roppongi are very restless, the district is also a hotspot for contemporary art since it is home to the Mori Art Museum, the Suntory Art Museum and the Tokyo National Arts Center.

14. Kōkyo Imperial Palace Gardens

Edo Castle

Sometimes forgotten by tourists, the gardens of the Imperial Palace are one of the largest green spaces in Tokyo.

The Imperial Palace is now the residence of the Emperor and his family, which is why you will not have access to all of the gardens.

That said, the place is definitely worth the trip. Walking through its gardens is the best way to find some peace and quiet, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

You will be able to see if you haven’t already, that Tokyo is a real mix of tradition and modernity: Japanese-style Zen gardens and the palace stand alongside modern buildings made of glass and steel.

Two dates are to be remembered as part of a visit to the gardens, December 23 and January 2. These are the only two days of the year when you can see the imperial family come to greet the crowds from the balcony of the palace.

15. Watch a Sumo Fight

There are six major Sumo tournaments held annually in Japan. Lasting 15 days each, its 6 tournaments take place in 4 different Japanese cities.

In the capital, these tournaments take place in January, May and September. If by chance these dates correspond to your stay in Tokyo, do not miss the opportunity to attend a fight of this local wrestling sport.

The district to see Sumo in Tokyo is very well known: it is called Ryogoku.

The stadium that hosts training and Tokyo tournaments is there. This is the Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Stadium and it is very easy to find it. Indeed, it is just behind the Ryogoku metro station and next to the famous Edo Museum.

It is therefore common to come across Sumo in the middle of the street and in traditional clothes!

You can either attend a Sumo Morning Training session which of course is much cheaper (buy your ticket here), or attend a real fight at a tournament, more expensive, but an amazing experience! (buy your ticket here, and you will join a guide who will explain everything about Sumo fight)

16. Visit the wonderful Edo-Tokyo Museum

Edo-Tokyo Museum

Want to know more about what was once called Edo? The old and traditional Japan.

Then go to the Edo-Tokyo Museum which traces the history of the capital in detail.

Contrary to what one might think seeing the modern architecture of the building, it is not yet another center of contemporary art, but rather a museum that will transport you to a time gone to find out what Edo looked like.

Explore its old quarters, the popular culture and the art of living of the time, you will see, you will almost forget that you are in a museum!

If there is only Museum to visit during your trip to Tokyo, then it’s this one! Absolutely brilliant.

  • Opening hours: The Edo-Tokyo Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m. on Saturdays). NOTE THE MUSEUM IS NOW CLOSED FOR RENOVATION UNTIL 2025!
  • Address: location
  • Website: here

17. Explore Kagurazaka the Geisha district and also the French Quarter

Best things to see Kagurazaka

Kagurazaka is a small district located at the eastern end of Shinjuku on the border with the district of Chiyoda in Tokyo. Kagurazaka has the reputation of being the French quarter of Tokyo. Indeed, it is home to many French shops and restaurants.

But Kagurazaka is also known for being one of the Geisha districts of Tokyo (still active today). The typical Yokocho alleys of Kagurazaka still bear witness to its feudal past linked to the Geishas.

Today, Kagurazaka is a place of relaxation where you can discover a mixture of temples, cafes, new fashion stores, and lots of great restaurants, and explore many traditional streets. We love spending time in this great and traditional neighborhood of Tokyo.

We highly recommend a visit to this beautiful and charming neighborhood of Tokyo.

18. Visit the gorgeous Kyu Asakura House

Best things to do in Japan

Kyu Asakura House is a real hidden gem in Tokyo!

The House was built in 1919. It now welcomes visitors since it became a museum.

Kyu Asakura House which resisted the earthquake of 1923 and the bombardments of the Second World War has been registered since 2004 as an Important Cultural Property in Tokyo.

Best things to see in Japan

It is recognized for its typical architecture of the Taisho era. The villa was built by a rice trader Torajira Asakura.

The visit takes place in socks, leaving the shoes at the entrance. Inside we find all the codes of traditional Japanese architecture, tatami mats, sliding walls, tea ceremony room, or even the suginoma (the cedar room…), a room open to the outside, conducive to meditation.

The garden, built on the slope, is a small Eden, especially during the fall with the changing colors of the maples…

  • Opening hours: Open from 10:00 until 18:00 (closed on Monday)
  • Address: 29-20 Sarugakucho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0033, Japan location
  • Website: here

19. Have fun at Shimokitazawa, the Bohemian district of Tokyo

Best things to do in Shimokitazawa

Shimokitazawa is one of our favorite areas in Tokyo! It’s young, dynamic, full of great cafes, lots of cool shops, and music bars, and generally, it offers a really pleasant vibe! It is not far from Shinjuku.

For many Shimokitazawa is THE HIPSTER place of Tokyo, besides Koenji another great neighborhood that we invite you to discover here.

Tokyo if full of hidden gems and Shimokitazawa is one of them! Most people visiting Tokyo will focus on HarajukuShinjukuShibuya and so on. It’s a pity as Tokyo hides many other cool places much less touristy.

Tokyo is often described as one of the fashion capital of the world. And for good reason! Go shop in Shimokitazawa, and you will understand why!

Walking through the charming little pedestrian streets of Shimokitazawa, you’ll discover lots of fashion boutiques, complemented by small bars, great cafes and plenty of vintage shops.

20. Go back in time at Monzen Nakacho district in Tokyo

Best things to see in Monzen Nakacho

We had no idea what to expect at Monzen Nakacho, but we completely fell in love with this beautiful and traditional area of Tokyo. In fact, Monzen Nakacho was the historic home of Sumo in Japan, before moving to Ryogoku further west.

But what we liked the most in Monzen Nakacho is its charming old buildings, beautiful temples, the many restaurants, and its beautiful river crossing the neighborhood.

In Monzen Nakacho you can wander through the neighborhood and discover its peaceful and traditional atmosphere. At night Monzen Nakacho becomes even more beautiful with its many great restaurants and izakayas everywhere (check out Tatsumi-Shindo) as well as its illuminated temples.

21. Bring back memories from your childhood at The Ghibli Museum

Ghibli Museum

To please the little ones and go back to your childhood, head to Mitaka to discover the Ghibli museum, dedicated to the Japanese animation studio of the same name founded in 1985.

This is an extraordinary museum that will transport you to the magical world of Hayao Miyazaki, the king of animation made in Japan.

Among his most famous creations, you may know Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke or Totoro.

The museum can be quite packed at time though, as it is one of the best things to see in Tokyo!

  • Opening hours: The Ghibli Museum is open every day, except Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Address: 1-1-83 Shimorenjaku, Mitaka, Tokyo (location). Note that the museum is not in the city center, you will need to travel for 40min by train from Shinjuku…
  • Prices: Adult – 1000 yen | child – 700 yen
  • Website: here

22. Yayoi Kusama Museum in Tokyo

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

Yayoi Kusama is one of the most eccentric and brilliant artists in contemporary art.

The orange-haired Japanese woman has made her art an ode to color, geometry and fantasy. Giant pumpkins with polka dots, colorful paintings, landscapes of obsessive lines and dots…

Yayoi Kusama’s works use technical skill and precision for a spectacular result, always imbued with rare poetry.

The Yayoi Kusama Museum is therefore a must-see in Tokyo! It is located in Tokyo’s bustling Shinjuku district.

  • Opening hours: 11:00 – 17:30 (closed on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday)
  • Location: here
  • Website: here


23. Hangout at Koenji, the hipster area of Tokyo

Best things to do in Koenji

To the west of Tokyo, in the district of Suganami, less than 10 minutes from the bubbling district of Shinjuku you will reach the district of Koenji.

Non-conformist district, huge underground culture, with a very dynamic urban life and a super chill atmosphere. Koenji is an essential place that will satisfy the hipster in you 😉

A district that can be discovered on foot and which is full of vintage shops, bars, izakaya and alternative music concert halls.

Koenji is the birthplace of the underground culture in Tokyo.

This preserved neighborhood does not seek to attract too much attention. It’s rather low-key!

This is perhaps the secret of its unique atmosphere.

Especially since Koenji is also one of the bastions of street art culture in Tokyo, which is driven by the Koenji Mural Project, which highlights Japanese street art and graffiti artists whose works decorate the walls of the neighborhood.

24. Race like Mario Kart in the heart of the city!

Shinjuku Go Kart

Wanna have a memorable and unforgettable moment in Tokyo? Take a go-kart tour on the streets of Shinjuku dressed like Mario Kart!

This is one of the most popular activities in Tokyo! It’s only the place in the world where you can drive a go-kart in the middle of the city! How crazy is that!? Welcome to Japan


25. Get entertained at Odaiba


Odaiba is known to be the island of entertainment and shopping.

Just getting there it’s already entertaining: you can opt for a boat trip or take the Yurikamome line, a sky train offering great views of the city.

We really advise you to spend a whole day on Odaiba to take advantage of all the activities it has to offer: take a ride on the Ferris wheel, shop at Venus Fort, a shopping center worthy of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, admire the superb replica of the Statue of Liberty with the Rainbow Bridge as a backdrop, having fun at Legoland or Sega Joypolis, climbing to the observatory located in the Fuji TV building or photographing a life-size Gundam.

As you will have understood, Odaiba will appeal to young and old alike and will allow you to discover

26. Go on a day trip to Yokohama


Yokohama is only 30 minutes by train from Tokyo.

It is home to the largest Chinatown in the world! This is the main attraction in Yokohama.

China Town in Yokohama was founded in 1860 by the first immigrants from China. Today it is considered the largest Chinatown in the world with more than 600 stores and thousands of visitors a day!

Best Things to do in Yokohama

However, there are a lot of other things to see in Yokohama such as the Red Brick Warehouse, Minato Mirai district, the Gundam Factory, the Cup Noodle Museum, and even the Ramen Museum!

We love this place, which is one of the best and easiest day trips from Tokyo!

27. Enjoy nature at Ueno District

Ueno in Tokyo

Ueno is one the most popular districts of Tokyo.

It is best known for its huge park, one of the largest and oldest in the capital, which houses the Tokyo National Museum, the Science Museum and the oldest zoo in Japan (where you can see Panda).

Ueno Park is particularly popular during the cherry blossom season.

Another visit not to be missed in Ueno, is the Toshogu shrine built in 1627 for the shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa. Unlike many other shrines, this one has been miraculously spared from the various earthquakes and bombings throughout history.

In Ueno, you can also discover the temples of Jomyoin and Kan-eiji.

Finally, do not miss Ameyokocho, it is the largest street food market in Tokyo. You should find something to enjoy!

28. Watch a local festival in Tokyo: a Matsuri

Nishimagome matsuri

During your trip to Tokyo, it is important to consult the Japanese festival calendar to see if it will be possible for you to attend a matsuri.

These are all the traditional festivals, rites and ceremonies in Japan.

This will be an opportunity for you to discover more about Japanese culture, but also to be amazed. Generally, these ceremonies result in processions of colorful and flowery floats and a warm atmosphere.

In Tokyo, there are three main festivals not to be missed in Tokyo: Sanno matsuri (June), Sanja matsuri (May), Kanda matsuri (May).

29. Learn about the past at The Samurai Museum

Learn more about the iconic Samurai, a true symbol of Japanese culture.

It was in the 5th century that the first samurai appeared, feudal warriors who lived according to a very strict code of honor.

In this very rich museum, you will discover in particular a collection dedicated to their armor and their sabers (the famous katana), which made the reputation of these men.

To go further, the museum also offers a sword fight show, very spectacular.

  • Opening hours: The Samurai Museum is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Address: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Kabukicho 2-25-6, Tokyo (location)
  • Website: here


Best things to see in Tokyo: TeamLab Borderless

Step into a bright and extraordinary world at the MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM also known as TeamLab Borderless.

This extraordinary place is actually a museum dedicated to digital art, which takes its visitors into a kind of parallel world using sound and light games.

Here you will discover the many rooms that make up this interactive museum where man, technology and nature enter into perfect symbiosis.

2D flowers, wall waterfalls, colored lanterns, here are some of the elements that you can discover and that will amaze you!

PLEASE NOTE, it is recommended to book your ticket in advance on their website.

Tokyo is not only one of the largest cities in the world, it is also a particularly heterogeneous place, where practically every district stands out and has something different to visit.

If you are currently planning your trip to the Japanese Capital you are probably asking yourself, where the heck should I stay during my trip to Tokyo? Whether you travel solo, as a couple, or with your family, we put a full guide to the best places to stay in Tokyo here!


Where to stay in Shinjuku
Where to stay in Shinjuku

ONSEN RYOKAN YUEN SHINJUKU is our hidden gem in Shinjuku! Here you can experience traditional Japanese architecture and design combined with the luxury of having an onsen on the rooftop, right in the middle of Shinjuku!

If you want to combine the frenzy of the city with Japanese comfort and luxury, this place is for you. Surprisingly, ONSEN RYOKAN YUEN SHINJUKU holds the best value for money in the area!


Where to stay in Shibuya
Where to stay in Shibuya

sequence Miyashita Park is perfectly located. You get to stay in Shibuya without having to meet the overcrowded Shibuya Crossing.

This place is within walking distance of Omotesando, Harajuku, and Yoyogi…surrounded by many fashion shops and tasty restaurants.

Rooms are pretty spacious by Toyko standards, more so considering you will be centrally located in Tokyo!


Best place to stay in Ginza
Best place to stay in Ginza

MUJI HOTEL??! WHAAAAT! Yes this is happening! If like us you are huuuuge fan of Muji shops then you will love everything about this hotel!

This is one of our favorite hotels in Tokyo! And it’s located in the heart of Ginza, the trendiest area of Tokyo.

Best things to see in Asakua / Sensoji

Spring and Autumn are by far the best time to visit Japan! The temperature is nice, the weather is dry and you can experience either the cherry blossoms or the autumn foliage in Autumn!

Summer is wayyyy too hot to enjoy walking around the city. We wouldn’t necessarily recommend it. Winter is generally cold and overall not the best season to visit Tokyo, unless you plan a trip to the Japanese Alps, or a Ski trip to Hokkaido!

Best things to see in Tokyo

We get this question a lot! And to be honest it’s not easy to answer… But overall if you want to get a good impression of the city, you need to spend at least 3 full days.

This would not be enough to cover everything we mentioned in this post, but you can visit a few of the best things to see in Tokyo.

You can also choose Tokyo as a base and do multiple day trips, either to Kawaguchiko to see Mount Fuji, or Nikko the spiritual place of Japan.

We listed the 10 BEST DAY TRIPS FROM TOKYO in this post.

Tokyo is an amazing city that you will always remember.

Even though exploring Tokyo is far from easy, the megalopolis will immerse you in the heart of Japan.

An explosive mix of cultures, lots of people, a huge city, lights everywhere at night, and delicious food, Tokyo is without a doubt one of the most exciting places on earth!

Walking the streets of Tokyo is a real pleasure that keeps wanting us to go back year after year!

Tell us: what was your favorite part of your week in Tokyo? Leave a comment below…

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