Cherry Blossom Festivals
This is of course season permitting. Generally between mid March to early April is when cherry blossoms are in full bloom and many of the parks in Tokyo have fantastic spots to see them up close.
Parks such as Ueno Onshi Park, Asukayama Park, the Meguro River, Chidorigafuchi, Sumida River bank.
Tokyo’s Sky Tower
The tallest tower in Tokyo and for a small admission fee and a quick elevator lift to the top, you can admire 360 views of the beautiful city! Go at sunset or nightfall for an even better view.
The Tokyo’s National Sumo Hall is a spot where tourists can have an authentic Japanese experience. Besides actual wrestling (which is done on various months) there is a whole parade in the ceremonial clothes and classic move demonstration by the former champions, that can be seen. The most exciting times are during the 15-day tournaments, which take place in January, May and September.
Hire a bike for a day
Hire a bike and explore Tokyo city! Tokyo is a huge city but think of all the site seeing you will see by bike than on a crowded sweaty train. And of course, you’re squeezing in some mega fitness which is a plus.
Harajuku is a popular shopping area for some of the best fashion buys, and it’s likely you’ll spot some very unique Japanese street style (harajuku girls) walking through the streets too.
Indulge in many sweet treats
There is no shortage of sweet dessert and pastry shops! Check Daikanyama for some seriously cute cake shops and boutiques.
Act like a local
Master the train system and you will be riding around the city so fast it’s nobody’s business. The trains are the easiest and most efficient way to get around, and with stations at every corner you will quickly learn your way in no time at all!
Tokyo Disneyland and Disneysea
Disneyland is always gonna be a fun time! The themeparks here are some of the best in the world so the hardest decision is picking which theme park.. or alternatively you can grab a two pass for both DisneySea and Disneyland – why not?! Word of warning: best to avoid weekends and national holidays.
Love the Vending Machines
Vending machines are everywhere in Japan, especially in the city. They’re on the streets, on train platforms, and even right outside of convenient stores. They typically sell water, soft drinks and different kinds of coffees and teas. In the winter, they sell hot coffees and teas as well as soup. You can even come by cigarette and alcohol machines! As a tourist though, you will love the assessability to buy coffee or tea and snacks on the run, and will quickly miss it once you are home so, take advantage!
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden has many separate theme inspired gardens, such as French, English, traditional Japanese and more. It becomes especially striking during the cherry blossom season and during autumn when the leaves begin to fall.
Get amongst the Shibuya pedestrian scramble
The most famous district in Tokyo and the crossing is one of the busiest in the world – as the traffic lights change people from all directions cross the street. Great photo opportunity!
Electronics shopping in Akihabara
Akihabara is paradise for electronic nerds. It’s the best place in Tokyo to find electronics and anime with 6 level department stores stretching through the entire district – of everything electronic and anime you can imagine.
Karaoke and nightlife
Get a taste for the clubbing, bars and karaoke Tokyo has to offer. Japanese are famous for embracing a fun party tradition – especially when it comes to karaoke! Shibuya and Shinjuku are the best districts for this. Nonbei Yokocho and Golden Gai are also both entertainment districts with small bars that are vastly popular.
Be a little cautious of Kabukicho though, which is Asia’s biggest (and most notorious) red light district and there’s little question that Kabukicho is the most dangerous neighborhood in Japan.
Eat your way around the city
Japan is home to many fresh and delicious dishes, and made by absolute master chefs who have been practising for years. Head down alleyways and more out of the way restaurants for the best authentic food!
Meiji Shrine, Shibuya
The shrine was dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and the Empress Shoken. It is one of the most popular temples in Japan and it surrounds beautiful forest.
Japanese are the friendliest bunch of people and are delighted at the efforts of us trying to speak Japanese. Even if it’s basic words or phrases, just having a go will have them beaming. Many of the younger Japanese generation can speak and understand bits of English (having studied it at school), and some will even be keen to practise bits of their English on you too!
An amusement park in Tokyo that focuses on insanely cute characters like Hello Kitty, Pochacco, Keroppi!
Cat cafe in Nekorobi, Ikebukuro
Any cat lovers will enjoy this experience; a café occupied with real life cats! Grab a tea or coffee and enjoy the surroundings! The café is open every day.
Visit a 100 yen store
Japanese dollar stores are amazing and it is surprising how much interesting stuff you can pick up for 100 yen, including souvenirs.
Late night shopping in Shibuya
Shibuya is renowned as the fashion district in Tokyo and the district that never sleeps! Literally shop till you drop and check it out at night time as the vibe will blow you away! Busy, busy, busy but a very exciting place to be.
Japan’s oldest and best known zoo is Ueno Park. Home to 460 species including popular animals such as Pandas!! Cute!
Stay in a love hotel
Love hotels are an interesting experience, especially if you can find a nice one, and there are love hotels all over Tokyo. Check out Shibuya, Shinjuku or Shin-Yokohama.
Take lots of photos
Tokyo is a bright and vibrant city, with loads to see and do, so just get lost in the little streets, explore you way around and take plentyy of photos. Embrace being a tourist and be totally touristy!