Tokyo is an incredible city to visit. With a population of nearly 10 million and nearly 38 million in the greater Tokyo area, it is earth’s most populated metropolitan area. It is incredible that a city of this size runs so smoothly. The streets are clean, public transport is efficient and people are friendly and polite. There are endless streets to explore and a few days spent here doesn’t seem like enough. Here are some of the best things to see and do in Tokyo.
Team Lab Borderless or Planets Exhibition
Team Lab brings you a digital art exhibit where you can move amongst the art and be totally immersed in light and colour. There are two current exhibitions, Borderless & Planets. Tickets need to be booked in advance and can sell out weeks ahead so head to the website and book well ahead.
Standing at a height of 634m the Skytree is the second tallest structure in the world. It is the perfect place to see the huge urban expanse that is Tokyo. The view from the Skytree is spectacular and is best enjoyed on a clear day. The views as the sun is setting and after dark are incredible too.
You can visit two different viewing areas. One at 350m & on at 450m. Access to both is Y3090 for adults. There are fast track ticket options through the website too
Beautiful temple in Asakura – Walking distance from Skytree.
Nice area to explore with small shops.
Can be very busy. Try early in the morning.
Cherry Blossom Season! Late March – Early April
Busiest crossing in the world! Massive shopping district. Lots of shops and restaurants to explore.
Take a step back to your childhood with a day at Disney. You might miss out on a few shows as non Japanese speaker but it’s an awesome experience. The best part is seeing couples, friends and families in matching outfits.
Golden Gai – Small themed bars.
Known for its fashion. Lots of shops to explore.
Tokyo Dome & Thunder Dolphin
Baseball is very popular in Japan and it is a fun experience to see a game.
You can purchase a beer from one of the staff who have a keg on their back and will pour you a drink without you needing to leave your seat.
Hire a Bike
One of the best ways to get around Tokyo is by bicycle. For a big city the traffic is manageable and you are allowed to ride on the footpath.
Akihabara is a suburb that is famous for electronic stores. If you are a gamer you will find some awesome shops to explore. There is a huge arcade filled with so many types of games! It is fun just to watch people play dance dance revolution or the guitar hero type games. Their skill is unbelievable!
Tokyo is home to some incredible vegan restaurants. Japanese cuisine is so varied so you will be spoilt for choice.
Some of my favourites are:
Coco Curry – Japanese style curry. This is a big chain so you see them everywhere but not every outlet has the vegan option.
T’s Tantan – Tokyo Station. Epic ramen with many varieties to choose from.
Ain Soph – A few different outlets with different types of cuisine.
Kyushu Jangara – The best ramen.