With so much to see and do, Tokyo is an amazing city that needs to be on every traveller’s bucket list. Make sure you’re staying in the right place as there are a number of different areas within Tokyo, and it’s great to be in the heart of it all and near a metro station. Keep reading for 10 things you can’t miss when visiting the hustle and bustle of Tokyo!
An iconic district in Tokyo, Shibuya is home to the one of the busiest intersections in the world, Shibuya Crossing. Located outside Shibuya station, be sure to partake in the organised chaos and take a walk across the intersection. Shibuya really comes to life at night, with numerous food and shopping options to visit while you explore.
If you’re lucky enough to visit Tokyo whilst the cherry blossoms are in bloom, Chidorigafuchi is not to be missed! The Chidorigafuchi moat is northwest of the Imperial Palace and offers stunning views of the cherry blossoms whilst you row down the moat. Bring a rowing buddy so you can get some good shots!
Located in Shibuya, Tokyo’s most well known shrine is dedicated to Emperor Meiji and the Empress Shoken. From the shrine, walk through into Yoyogi Park (below) for a bit of relaxation away from the busy city.
Located close to Harajuku Station, Yoyogi Park offers a peaceful spot in amongst the busy city. You’ll find many walking trails, forested areas and ponds, and it’s a great cherry blossom viewing spot if you are visiting in spring.
The bustling Harajuku is a great area for shopping and taking a look at some quirky street styles. Be sure to take a walk down Takeshita street (located opposite Harajuku Station) for an array of cafes and interesting boutiques.
Tsukiji Fish Market
If you’re a morning person, join the 4am line to catch the live tuna auctions at Tsukiji Fish Market. After the auction, explore the inner and outer market and take a look at the stalls selling fresh seafood and sushi.
For amazing shopping and dining (yes please!) make your way to the Ginza district. From mega department stores to high end retailers, Ginza has everything to fulfil your shopping needs. Ginza is easy to get to via the metro and a great bustling area to explore.
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Located west of downtown Tokyo, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is an urban oasis that makes for a beautiful morning walk and picnic spot. There are three styles of gardens, English, French and Japanese, all of which are beautiful. Blossoming cherry blossom trees can be seen everywhere in the spring.
This Buddhist temple is located in Asakusa, and is one of Tokyo’s most well known and colourful temples. Be sure to visit early or in the evening to avoid the crowds. Pick up some souvenirs on Nakamise street, a shopping street that leads from the outer gate to the temple’s second gate.
Tokyo Imperial Palace and Gardens
Located on the former site of Edo Castle, the Imperial Palace is a short walk from Tokyo station. Although you need to book to visit the inner palace (numbers are very limited), the east gardens are free to explore and make for a relaxing walk through various lakes, trees, pavilions and ruins of historic buildings. The Ninomaru Japanese garden is a particularly beautiful spot.