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What to Do in Tokyo: Must See Attractions

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Equal parts futuristic and fiercely traditional, Tokyo, Japan, is quite possibly the world’s most thrilling metropolis. This is a city that thrives on contradiction: Neon signs flash only blocks away from ancient temples, bustling concrete jungles close into narrow gardens, and the latest trends are just as beloved as long-treasured tea ceremonies.

You could easily spend weeks exploring just one side of Tokyo’s coin, but we’re betting you won’t want to. Once you witness this high-energy wonder in action, it’s tough to resist its otherworldly charms.

Of course, knowing where to begin your Tokyo excursions can be difficult. With 12 million residents and dozens of distinct districts, this city is never short on local spots to explore. Get acclimated to the area by starting in the tourist centers of Central Tokyo’s Chiyoda or Old Tokyo’s Taito. The former will give you access to the Imperial Palace’s stunning gardens, and the latter is home to several must see shrines. Make sure to spend a little time at the iconic Sensoji; it’s the city’s largest Buddhist temple and one of the most breathtaking attractions in Tokyo.

For a peek at the city’s more youthful side, head to the shopping and dining mecca of Shibuya. This effervescent area encompasses the fashion-forward Harajuku district, and it’s one of the best places to browse boutiques, snack on gourmet yakitori and watch a parade of people strolling the tree-lined streets. You’ll also find a variety of after-hours Tokyo activities here, but Shinjuku is an even better bet for bars and nightclubs. Visit during twilight to wander through Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and then head to the narrow alleys of Golden Gai to grab a cocktail at one of its nearly 200 bars.

If all this action leaves you feeling a little overwhelmed, consider booking a few Tokyo tours. These guided excursions are some of the top ways to uncover the city’s iconic sights and off-the-beaten-path experiences, and you won’t have to worry about decoding a map. From foodie jaunts through Yakitori Alley to cherry blossom viewings in Sumida, an expertly planned tour ensures that you’ll never run out of things to do in Tokyo.

Things to Do in Tokyo with Kids

There's fun for the whole family no matter where you go in Tokyo. Here are a few family friendly experiences to enjoy together that are certain to make your break unforgettable:

Free Things to Do in Tokyo

Heading to Tokyo on a budget? The following can be seen for nothing.

Intermediatheque Museum - Stroll around and explore the interesting exhibits at this popular museum.

House of Shiseido - This is an ideal place to get your culture fix and find out about the thriving local arts scene.

Kokyogaien National Gardens - Let the kids have a good time or let your own inner child run free — this place was built for fun.

Japan Meteorological Agency - If you enjoy modern-style architecture, add this attraction to your list of must-sees.

Nijubashi Bridge - Soak up some of the interesting history of the region through this attraction.

SL Square - Stay a while in this popular spot and experience life as a local resident.

Ōi Keibajō - Open up your guidebook and learn why this place is worth a spot on your travel itinerary.

Karasumori Shrine - Gain a better understanding of the local beliefs at this sacred place.

Karasuyamagawa Green Road - Slip away from the busy city life and spend time in Mother Nature at this picture-perfect spot.

Hibiya Park - Cultivate your green thumb and appreciate the glorious plants on show.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Tokyo


This major ward of Tokyo offers a variety of opportunities, from skyline views to trendy restaurants, to its large, peaceful park. 



Step from Tokyo’s busiest train station into streets filled with endless shopping and dining options and the largest concentration of “love hotels” in the city.



If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Akihabara and surrounding area, you can visit Akihabara Electric Town and Ueno Park.


Try the hanami tradition of admiring flowers as you walk past cherry blossoms and delve into the history of this area through its museums and ornate temples. 



One of Tokyo’s city centers welcomes you into a world of surprises, with lively commercial avenues lined by intriguing entertainment and augmented reality hubs.



Follow the footsteps of centuries of worshippers along a street filled with traditional snack stalls and through the gates of one of Tokyo’s most popular temples.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Tokyo on a rainy day?

What is Tokyo famous for?

You'll be kept busy with all of these big-name sights to check off your must-see list:

  • Tokyo Sky Tree
  • Tokyo Tower
  • Tokyo Imperial Palace
  • Sensō-ji Temple

What should I not miss in Tokyo?

You simply can't go home without checking off the following incredible sights:

  • Tokyo Dome
  • Ueno Park
  • Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
  • Yoyogi Park

Are there cheap things to do in Tokyo?

What can you do in Tokyo for free?

You'll hardly have time to grab your wallet out of your bag with so many fantastic free attractions:

  • Ueno Park
  • Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
  • Yoyogi Park
  • Tokyo Midtown