The 25 BEST Things to Do in Tokyo, Japan (2022 Edition) (2022)

From walking through the greenery atShinjuku Gyoen to catching a show at the Kabuki theatre, here’s our list of the bestthings to do in Tokyo, Japan.

Tokyo is one of the world’s most unique cities.

The entire city is packed to the brim with cool and amazing attractions, and there is something fresh and exciting in every corner.

It’s a city that’s both crowded and relaxed at the same time, because while it’s a city of intimidating size, almost every neighbourhood has a homely feel.

You’ll find a busy shopping street around one corner, and a peaceful garden around the next.

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Table of Contents

  • Don’t Miss These Top Things to Do in Tokyo
    • Trip Out at the Robot Restaurant
    • Get Swept Away at Shibuya Crossing
    • Go to a Sumo Wrestling Match
    • Eat All the Japanese Food
    • Explore Tokyo’s Past At Sensoji Temple
    • Marvel at the Beautiful Cherry Blossom Season
    • Relax At Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
    • Visit the Majestic Imperial Palace
    • Make A Stop At Meiji Shrine
    • Spend the Day at TeamLab Borderless
    • Attend Kabuki Theatre
    • Experience The Unique Edo-Tokyo Museum
    • Zip Around the Streets in Real Life Mario Kart
    • See From Atop the Tokyo Tower
    • Visit the Lucky Cats at Gotokuji Temple
    • Soak in an Onsen
    • Venerate the Dead at Yasukuni Shrine
    • Experience Unique Japanese Art
    • Make a Pilgrimage to Mount Takao
    • Bike Your Way Through Yoyogi Park
    • Take a Walk in Inokashira Park
    • Hike Along the Tamagawa Josui Canal
    • Explore the Gorgeous Limestone Caverns
    • Get Lost in Chichibu-Kama-Tai National Park
    • Have a Picnic at Showa Memorial Park

Don’t Miss These Top Things to Do in Tokyo

There are a lot of great things to do, and this is a destination where you’ll absolutely never be bored or unsure of what to see in Tokyo next.

Tokyo Station is well connected to other parts of Japan as well, and there are lots of day trips to take which are even easier with a Japan Rail Pass.

Make sure to take as much time as you need to explore Tokyo, as it’s a city unlike any other in the world.

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Trip Out at the Robot Restaurant

Look, we’re just going to call it now – The best thing to do in Tokyo is to go to the Robot Restaurant!

Not what you were expecting? Well trust us on this, just like the many tourists before you have…

Japanese culture in recent years has become an eclectic mix of old traditions and futuristic trends. It’s one reason why a visit to Tokyo is such an incredible experience.

And while most people might think of temples, museums and the cherry blossom season when planning out their holiday here, no trip is complete without a night out at Robot Restaurant.

Located in Shinjuku, the best way to explain the Robot Restaurant show is that it’s like doing acid in a real-life sci-fi movie.

Without giving too much away, the sensory overload show features lasers, trance music, enormous robotic dinosaurs and samurai warriors, half-naked cos-play dancers and a hell of a lot more.

Watch the video below and just go. It’s honestly amazing.

HOT TIP – Don’t purchase the dining experience. The meals are mediocre and overpriced. Eat before or after at any one of the incredible restaurants close by.

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Get Swept Away at Shibuya Crossing

Jump on the metro to Shibuya Train Station and head up to the street for one of the craziest pedestrian crossings in the entire world!

Shibuya Crossing is the world’s busiest intersection in downtown Tokyo that is swarmed with hundreds, sometimes thousands, of people every time the lights go red.

Walking across the road at the Crossing is a trip, but for a real insight into the craziness head upstairs at the nearby Starbucks, grab a chair by the window and observe the mayhem below.

It’s like seeing an ant colony swarm all over the intersection. Well worth doing!

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Go to a Sumo Wrestling Match

Sumo wrestling is one of the country’s most curious activities, and in actual fact is the national sport of Japan!

Made famous around the world thanks to the large size of the Sumo wrestlers and the sheer ferocity they throw into their matches, seeing the sport in person is guaranteed to be a real highlight of your time in Japan.

Kokugikan Sumo Stadium is where you can go to check out the biggest sumo matches in the country, including championship bouts, but you can also visit a number of smaller venues for something more intimate.

If you’re feeling really keen, why not try sumo yourself?

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Eat All the Japanese Food

Japanese food is without a doubt some of the best in the world. Sushi, ramen, udon – the flavours are to die for, and the variety in the country is hard to comprehend.

Every corner of the country has their own Japanese snacks, meals and drinks, but here in Tokyo is where you’ll find them all come together in street food stalls, markets and world-class restaurants. You can even get decent food from a vending machine and 7/11!

You can book in for a Japanese cooking class or a sushi-making class (this one is well worth doing).

Or dive into a fresh conveyor belt sushi restaurant, eat ramen literally everywhere (this place in Tokyo Station is the best vegan ramen restaurant in the world) or simply hop your way around popular spots like Takeshita Street, a main shopping street in the city.

The izakayas, which are like local pubs that do great food, have great traditional Japanese cuisine and occasionally craft beer too.

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Explore Tokyo’s Past At Sensoji Temple

Tokyo itself doesn’t have a specific landmark like the Statue of Liberty or the Eiffel Tower to set it apart, but the Sensoji Temple is the next best thing.

This place is Tokyo’s oldest temple by a long margin, and should be high on any Tokyo bucket list of destinations to visit.

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Although it was constructed in the early 7th century AD and was considered important since then, it was only in the 1600s during the Edo period when it reached a status of absolute importance.

By decree of the emperor at the time, this temple served as a household of sorts for his family, but it mostly was used as a way to protect the entrance into Edo, which was the name of Tokyo at the time.

Nowadays it’s an enormous temple, and it’s one of Tokyo’s most beautiful buildings. It’s a place for spiritual healing, first and foremost, but it’s also one of the most stunning Tokyo tourist attractions.

We’d recommend you check Sensoji Temple out on this tour, along with several other amazing landmarks such as Imperial Palace Gardens and Meiji Jingu Shrine.

Here you’ll find plenty of shops that are older than a century, and very unique sweet treats that you’ll rarely be able to find anywhere else in the city.

  • Location: Asakusa
  • Opening hours: 6 AM – 5 PM
  • Price: Free of charge
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Marvel at the Beautiful Cherry Blossom Season

While Japan is amazing to visit at any time of year, if you can time your trip during the cherry blossom season you’re in for a real treat!

Cherry blossoms (Sakura) are a symbol of the ephemeral beauty of life and the transience of all mortal things in the Japanese culture.

This means, for them, that it is a way to remember people who are gone and those they loved in the past.

The flowers have a deep connection with their culture, and are seen as representative of both their beauty and fragility.

The blossoms are in full flower in the spring, usually starting at the end of March, and on some days it seems as if their petals are falling like rain.

They cover the branches of the trees for a couple of weeks before they finally fall from the tree branches, leaving behind green leaves that will grow into new flowers the following year.

The cherry blossom trees are planted in many different places throughout the city and while they last they make for a beautiful sight that draws many people out to see them.

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Relax At Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

There are few other more relaxing spots in Tokyo than Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

The park’s origins can be traced back to the Edo period when it was being used as the private gardens of a local feudal lord, after which it was turned into botanical gardens and then turned over to the government.

During World War II, the park saw extensive damage. Because of which, they had to be closed off until further renovations, until they were fully reopened to the public in 1949.

The National Garden today is one the most popular attractions in Tokyo, both for tourists and locals alike.

It consists of three different types of parks, which are a Japanese landscape garden, a French, and an English garden.

Shinjuku Gyoen is also the home to a very large concentration of cherry blossom trees, which give this park a very unique look.

There are also plenty of unique Japanese-style ponds, which are dotted with bridges and islands, each of which are uniquely decorated with shrubs, pavilions, and trees.

  • Location: Shinjuku
  • Opening hours: 9 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Price: 200 yen
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Visit the Majestic Imperial Palace

Located at the site of the former innermost point of defense at Edo Castle, the Imperial Palace is one of the most popular and well-known Tokyo attractions.

It used to be an entire complex of buildings in the past, but after centuries of warfare, most of those buildings have been destroyed and was never rebuilt.

The Palace was the residence of Japan’s Royal Family, and it also used to be the home of the Tokugawa shogun who ruled Japan in the Edo period.

Today, most of the palace’s grounds are open to the public, and there are several guided tours, both in English and Japanese, that explain to visitors the importance of the palace.

Visitors aren’t allowed to enter the inner grounds of the palace, except in specific circumstances on January 2nd and December 23rd.

Although the inner grounds are not open to the public, the East Garden is open to the public throughout the whole year, and are practically a full attraction all on its own.

  • Location: Chiyoda
  • Opening hours: every day from 9 AM – 11:15 PM and from 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM (closed on Sunday – Monday)
  • Cost: Free

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Make A Stop At Meiji Shrine

Emperor Meiji was the first emperor of modern Japan, which is a period that started in 1867 after the feudal Edo period was over.

This shrine is dedicated to both Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken, who have been revered and are considered vital to the restoration and modernisation of Japan.

The shrine itself was completed in 1920, which was 8 years after the emperor had passed away, and 6 years after the empress.

Meiji Shrine, and its adjacent Yoyogi Park, together create an enormous green lung of the city of Tokyo, which makes the shrine an ideal spot for a relaxing walk.

The shrine is considered one of the most peaceful and calm things to see in Tokyo, and it’s generally a popular spot throughout the year.

It sees over three million visitors in the first days of the year due to the year’s first prayers.

In this shrine, you’ll find a Treasury House that holds some of the personal belongings of the emperor, as well as a prayer wall where you can write down your prayers and then tie them up to the wall.

  • Location: Near Shibuya Station, or Harajuku Station
  • Opening hours: every day from 5 AM – 6:30 PM
  • Price: Free entrance to the shrine, 500 yen to visit the Meiji Jingu Gardens, 1000 yen to visit the Meiji Jingu Museum

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Spend the Day at TeamLab Borderless

If you’re ready for another futuristic Tokyo tourist attraction, you can’t miss TeamLab Borderless!

TeamLab Borderless is the world’s first interactive digital art museum, filled with lights, lasers and music.

Located at Aomi Train Station, Odaiba,its team of artists and engineers from around the globe are creating a new form of human-computer interaction.

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The long-term vision of the TeamLab Borderless is to create an environment that fosters social interaction among visitors and between people and technology.

Unlike conventional museums, Borderless does not portray art pieces in one fixed location but instead organises them throughout a building without boundaries – the entire space becomes a work of art for visitors to explore.

Visitors are invited to take part in interactive digital artwork, engage in creative play facilitated by AI installations, and enjoy dynamic musical performances.

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Attend Kabuki Theatre

As one of Japan’s most traditional forms of entertainment, Kabuki Theatre is considered a Tokyo must see for any visitor to the country.

It’s an old form of theatre, one that uses dramatic physical expressions as the main centrepiece of storytelling.

Today Kabuki Theatre is performed exclusively by men, even though in the past it was performed exclusively by women.

The show itself is not only acted out, but several traditional instruments that lend it an extra air of drama also accompany it.

Kabuki stories tend to be centred around historical characters and events, kind-hearted dramas, love tales, moral conflicts, tragedy, and conspiracy.

When you attend Kabuki Theatre you’ll notice that there are people dressed in black that sometimes come on stage and hand the actors props and items, and aren’t considered as part of the play.

Those people dressed in black are assistants to the troupe of actors whose job is to make the play feel seamless and fluid.

There is no specific dress code for Kabuki Theatre, though it is recommended to wear nice shoes and decent clothes in general.

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Experience The Unique Edo-Tokyo Museum

Tokyo used to be called Edo up until Japan entered its modern era in 1867.

It was an entirely different city back then, with a very different focus, which is what this museum is striving to preserve.

The building that the Edo-Tokyo Museum is housed in is entirely unique, and is an attraction all on its own.

However, the largest star of the show is definitely the permanent exhibition inside the museum, which completely captures the look and feel of Tokyo before it was actually called Tokyo.

There are plenty of interactive exhibits that completely showcase Edo’s architectural, cultural, and political Japanese history, its commercial importance, and there are even life-sized figurines and models.

Exploring this museum is definitely one of the best things to do in Tokyo, as it’s a completely unforgettable experience.

(Currently the museum is closed for restorations. Check the website for updates!)

  • Location: Ryogoku Station
  • Opening hours: 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Price: 600 yen

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Zip Around the Streets in Real Life Mario Kart

If you grew up playing Nintendo, there’s a good chance you’ve spent countless hours on Mario Kart.

Now imagine if it was real life, not just a video game – That’s what you get in Tokyo!

One of the most unique Tokyo activities is to rent a go kart and zip around the busy streets, dressed up like your favourite video game character!

The go kart experience, also called street kart, is an insane amount of fun. And while you can’t throw banana peels at each other (you’re driving on real streets and have to follow the laws after all), it’s still a thrill weaving between cars and through busy neighbourhoods.

There are a number of routes you can go to, including through Akihabara, over the Rainbow Bridge and around Tokyo Bay, so pick where you want to go and strap in and live out your Mario Kart fantasies.

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See From Atop the Tokyo Tower

Japan suffered heavy losses in the Second World War, and was generally considered a country in ruin in most places.

What followed after the war were years of accelerated reconstruction and rebirth, which were celebrated with the construction of the Tokyo Tower in 1958.

The tower is similar in form and shape to the Eiffel Tower – it is 333 meters, which makes it 13 meters taller than the Eiffel.

It has two observation decks, one at 150 meters, and another at 250 meters.

On a clear day from the top of the Tokyo skyline, you can see as far as the Tokyo Skytree and Mount Fuji, as well as the Zojoji Temple.

Tokyo Skytree is the tallest building in the world at 634 meters tall. If you love panoramic views from tall heights, visit the Tokyo Skytree after the Tower!

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is another great viewpoint in the city.

At night, the Tower lights up and becomes a testament of Tokyo’s beauty, and standing below it is one of the most breathtaking things to do in Tokyo.

You can even find an aquarium, arcades, and a souvenir shop at the lower levels.

  • Location: Shibakoen, Minako
  • Opening hours: 9 AM – 11 PM
  • Price: 900 yen for the main deck, 2800 yen for both viewing decks

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Visit the Lucky Cats at Gotokuji Temple

Japan as a culture is fascinated by cats, and this temple is solely dedicated to them.

It’s one of the most unique places to visit in Tokyo, in that it’s filled with plenty of figures of the famous ‘beckoning cats,’ which show a cat sitting up with a paw raised in the air.

These types of cats are called maneki-neko, and are considered to bring luck, and even though they can come with either paw rising up, Gotokuji focuses solely on the ones with the right paw in the air.

There’s an entire legend behind the temple, too, and it’s about a lord who escaped a thunderstorm by a cat that beckoned him to enter the temple.

The temple is very calm and serene, and sells figurines and charms which are very enticing to visitors.

  • Location: Setagaya
  • Opening hours: 6 AM – 5 PM
  • Price: Free of charge

Why not book yourself a custom city tour with a local? It’s a great way to explore Tokyo in a unique way!

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Soak in an Onsen

Soaking in an Japanese onsen, or hot spring, is one of those experiences that almost all visitors want to try at least once.

An onsen is a Japanese bath, typically outdoors, used for the relaxation and enjoyment of bathing.

There are a number of different baths, including rotenburo (outdoor bath), sento (public bath), and kashikiri (slipper bath).

These hot springs have distinct differences but all share the central idea of relaxation and cleanliness.

The baths are split between males and females, and you must be naked to bathe in them. Don’t feel embarrassed – everyone does it, especially the old and young Japanese locals.

Onsen bathing is very popular in Japan especially during winter months when temperatures drop below zero degrees.

A popular onsen theme park to visit for first-timers is Oedo Onsen Mongatari on the Tokyo Bay, and is well worth checking out.

Something to keep in mind is that most onsens in Japan don’t let people with tattoos use them, as tattoos are associated with the Yakuza, or Japanese mafia.

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Venerate the Dead at Yasukuni Shrine

Japan has seen its fair share of wars and destruction, which is why this shrine was constructed.

It was founded in 1869 in order to commemorate the souls of the people who gave their lives in the revolution and effort to modernise Japan.

Although this shrine was originally intended only for those that died in the Meiji Restoration, it’s since included the dead from the Sino-Japanese Wars, the Russo-Japanese War, both World Wars, and the Manchurian Incident.

There are over 2.5 million spirits enshrined at this location, and it’s one of the most venerable locations in the city.

It might not be without its share of controversy, due to several war criminals being enshrined here, visiting the shrine is still one of the most poignant things to do in Tokyo.

  • Location: Chiyoda
  • Opening Hours: 6 AM – 6 PM
  • Price: Free of charge

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Experience Unique Japanese Art

Ukiyo-e is one of Japan’s most unique forms of art, in that it’s actually something like woodblock prints.

The Ota Memorial Museum of Art is a decently sized art gallery that’s considered to be the best spot for experiencing Ukiyo-e.

It has a collection of over 12,000 unique art pieces, some of which are from Japan’s most famous artist Katsushika Hokusai.

This gallery doesn’t have a permanent exhibit per se, because it cycles through its collection by displaying 70 different art pieces each month.

Sometimes there are even special themed exhibits, which might contain works that are not in the original collection.

On top of that, there is a nearby Japanese-style rock garden that’s entirely charming and calm, which is meant to entice visitors to take a rest.

  • Location: Shibuya, near Harajuku Station
  • Opening hours: 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Price: 700 yen
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Make a Pilgrimage to Mount Takao

Mount Takao might not be the tallest point near Tokyo, but it’s definitely one of the most important religious sites.

It’s a great place to visit when you’re unsure of what to do in Tokyo and you want to go in search of Old Japan.

It’s been a holy site that pilgrims regularly visit for over 1200 years, and even though there are plenty of tourists climbing its slopes, you can still see an ascetic Buddhist ascending the mountain to give an offering.

There are plenty of old, but well-maintained, buildings to see, and Mount Takao offers exquisite views of Mount Fuji and Tokyo.

If you’re not feeling up to climbing the mountain on foot, there is a cable car that goes straight to the summit so that you can enjoy the views unhindered.

If you visit in March, you can also happen upon Buddhists performing some unique rites of fire-walking, which is one of the most exciting things that happen here.

  • Location: Hachioji
  • Price: Free (550 yen for cable car)
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Bike Your Way Through Yoyogi Park

Tokyo as a city is very easy to bike through.

Since it’s mostly located on flat terrain, it’s a breeze to cycle through the city, but it has just enough hilly neighbourhoods so you won’t get bored.

A unique aspect of Tokyo is that its air quality is impeccable, and that even though the city’s traffic can clog easily, biking is still very enjoyable.

However, Tokyo is enormous, so don’t expect that you’ll be able to cycle all the time, since it’d take you months to fully explore the city.

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Given that, a local and tourist favourite for biking and cycling is Yoyogi Park, which is an extensive expanse of greenery.

It’s a joy to bike through, and there are all-day rentals that are very affordable, and it has a great location too near Meiji Shrine.

  • Location: Harajuki
  • Opening hours: Dusk to dawn
  • Price:The price of renting your bicycle
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Take a Walk in Inokashira Park

Considered as the first suburban park in Japan, Inokashira Park is one of the most beautiful spots in Tokyo.

The park is pretty much a real oasis, but only that it regularly sees different displays of art, like from cinema.

In the centre of the park, there’s the famous Inokashira Pond, which is significantly large and popular due to the main boats you can hire to ride in the pond.

On top of that, here you’ll find plenty of other popular attractions, like the Studio Ghibli Museum, the Inokashira Park Zoo, and the Inokashira Benzaiten Shrine, which was built by a famous military commander.

Since the park is older than one hundred years, it’s left virtually unchanged, and all of its natural beauties come from its age.

Due to the proximity of the nearby trendy and fashionable neighbourhood of Kichijoji, the park sees a lot of activity since it’s become a sort-of second hub for teenagers who hang out in Kichijoji itself.

  • Location: Kichijoji
  • Opening hours: Open 24 Hours
  • Price: Free
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Hike Along the Tamagawa Josui Canal

The Tama River, or Tamagawa, is a very important source of freshwater in Tokyo.

Although this canal is no longer in use like it was in the past, it’s still one of the most popular spots to take a long hike.

In the past, it was used as the primary source of water, as the saltwater near the city is undrinkable, and most other rivers were polluted enough so they weren’t drinkable.

Today, the route along the canal is considered a Green Road, and it runs almost the entire length of the canal.

When outside the central parts of Tokyo, this canal still carries water, although that is more for aesthetic purposes, rather than from necessity.

The water in the canal starts to disappear underground in the Setagaya Ward, but the park’s route continues to run straight to Shinjuku.

Trees surround the walkway on both sides, and this area is one of the freshest and most beautiful in the entire city.

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Explore the Gorgeous Limestone Caverns

The Nippara Limestone caverns may be outside of Tokyo but they’re absolutely worth the visit.

Few things can actually compare to the awe and natural majesty of these caves that have formed millions of years ago.

Even taking a trip to these caves feels grand, as you’ll be passing through gorgeous scenery and mountainous regions, so make sure to keep your eyes open at all times.

One of the best things about these caves is the cool temperature, and because of this they’re the ideal respite when you’re visiting Tokyo in the hot summer months.

Once you’re at the caves, you’ll be immediately met with a chilly breeze and a narrow entrance, but after that, they instantly open up and reveal large caverns that are perfect for exploration.

There are maps at the start of the caverns, but unfortunately they’re in Japanese only, but getting lost is very difficult since all paths eventually lead back to the entrance.

Exploring Japan’s geological history is definitely one of the most unique things to do in Tokyo, and you’ll be glad once you’ve taken the time to explore them.

  • Location: Tama area
  • Opening hours: 9 AM – 5 PM
  • Price: 800 yen

Get Lost in Chichibu-Kama-Tai National Park

As one of the finest places to explore and hike, Chichibu-Kama-Tai National Park is definitely a place everyone should visit.

It’s an enormous place, and at 1200 square kilometers, it has plenty of areas that are ideal for hiking.

This national park covers several prefectures, meaning it’s very diverse and you’ll have access to plenty of smaller towns in the region.

The park stretches out from Tokyo on the west, and it encompasses mountains, valleys, gorges, hiking trails, and so much more.

It’s considered one of the finest natural areas in Japan.

Two of the most popular mountains of the region are in this park, and they are Mount Mitake and Mount Mitsumine, which are very well known for their excellent trails, but also for the Shinto shrines located at their peaks.

There is a nearby mountain called Mount Buko, but it’s not technically part of the national park, although it has one of the most popular hiking trails in the vicinity of Tokyo.

  • Location: Tama
  • Opening hours: 9 AM – 5 PM
  • Price: Free – 200 yen in cherry bloom season

Have a Picnic at Showa Memorial Park

Although this park is younger than most other parks in Tokyo, it’s still very impressive and beautiful nonetheless.

It’s a 160-acre park that’s just filled with natural beauties – the likes of seasonal flowers, special water features, sports amenities, and even museums.

This park even has dedicated spots for picnics, which is definitely one of the finest things to do in Tokyo.

The park was opened in 1983 in order to commemorate Emperor Showa’s 50 years of rule.

After his passing away, a memorial museum was built in his honour, which showcases some of his personal belongings, and even the car that he personally drove.

Cherry blossom flowers blooming is also a very popular thing to witness here, as it usually happens a few days later than in central Tokyo, and everyone is able to catch up on it.

Other than that, here you can enjoy beautiful Japanese and Western gardens, along with beautiful and perfectly maintained seasonal flowers.

  • Location: Akishima & Tachikawa
  • Opening hours: 9:30 AM – 5 PM
  • Price: 450 Yen
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FAQs

Is 7 days in Tokyo too much? ›

You can do a lot of things in Tokyo for 7 days. You can visit a lot of the major places, maybe even off-the-beaten-path spots (I'll tell you a bit later on in this article how to find them), do some touristy things, experience the cultural experiences, and more.

What do people do for fun in Tokyo? ›

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  • Street Kart Shinagawa #2 — Shinagawa City.
  • Robot Restaurant — Shinjuku City.
  • Odaiba Ōedo-Onsen Monogatari — Koto City.
  • Imperial Palace — Chiyoda City.
  • Meiji Shrine — Shibuya City.
  • Metropolitan Government Building — Shinjuku City.
  • Yanaka — Taito City.

How many days in Tokyo is enough? ›

But, for most mortals with jobs and limited budgets, I'd suggest spending three or four days in Tokyo. For example, if you have a week to spend in Japan, I'd recommend three days in Tokyo and four in Kyoto. If you need help deciding how much time to spend in Tokyo versus Kyoto, see my Tokyo or Kyoto page.

What is the prettiest place in Tokyo? ›

From city parks to landscape gardens, Tokyo is a wonderful places to experience fall.
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  • Yoyogi Park. Photo by Planetyze. ...
  • The Imperial Palace East Gardens. Photo by Planetyze. ...
  • Ueno Park. Photo by Planetyze. ...
  • Rikugien. ...
  • Koishikawa Korakuen Garden. ...
  • Kyu Shiba Rikyu Garden.

Is Tokyo expensive for tourists? ›

Japan actually has an undeserved reputation for being an expensive place to travel in. While you'll have no trouble finding plenty of high-end splurges, you don't need to spend a fortune to have an enjoyable visit to Japan. In fact, Tokyo is less expensive than most major US cities.

Do I need a visa to go to Japan? ›

Currently, all foreign nationals who wish to travel to Japan must obtain a visa before entering the country, except for those with re-entry permit. In principle, visas are issued to those with "special exceptional circumstances". Meanwhile, visa exemption measures will be resumed from 0:00 am (JST) on October 11, 2022.

What should you not miss in Tokyo? ›

50 of the best things to do in Tokyo for first time visitors
  • Harajuku and Shibuya. Meiji Shrine. ...
  • Central Tokyo. Tokyo Imperial Palace. ...
  • Shinjuku. Shinjuku Gyoen. ...
  • Asakusa / Ueno. Ueno Park. ...
  • Akihabara. Walk through the neon wonderland. ...
  • Other city highlights. Odaiba. ...
  • Tokyo suburbs and surrounds. ...
  • Getting to and around in Tokyo.
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What is the best month to visit Tokyo? ›

The best time to visit Tokyo is between March and April and September and November. Autumn ushers in colorful foliage and comfortable temperatures. Spring brings in much of the same, but instead of vibrant fall hues, the foliage you'll see here are cherry blossom trees in full bloom.

Is Tokyo walkable? ›

You may not think of the biggest city in the world to be ideal for walking, but like New York, Tokyo too has lots of green spaces, as well as quirky neighborhoods. Out of the 28 cities included in the study, Tokyo had the highest number of nature and parks, at 652.

Should I go to Kyoto or Tokyo? ›

If you prefer big cities, modern technology, nightlife and a huge selection of restaurants, Tokyo is for you. If you're after temples, shrines, garden, geisha and hiking, Kyoto is for you. If you've got 4 or more days in Japan, you should see both.

What is the most relaxing place in Japan? ›

Onsen (hot spring) resorts are both the ultimate in relaxation and a way to, quite literally, immerse yourself in Japanese culture. Japan's volcanically active geology means natural hot springs are common, and onsen baths are filled with this water.

Is Tokyo English friendly? ›

Tokyo is definitely the place where English in Japan is most ubiquitous. In addition to bilingual signage in the Tokyo Metro, JR Lines and in popular areas like Asakusa and Shinjuku, a large percentage of people in Tokyo speak some English, even those who don't work in foreigner-facing professions.

How much is dinner in Tokyo? ›

While meal prices in Tokyo can vary, the average cost of food in Tokyo is ¥4,687 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Tokyo should cost around ¥1,875 per person.

How much is a loaf of bread in Japan? ›

Prices of major products in Japan
ProductsPrice
Rice (5 kg)2,224 yen
Bread (1 kg)621 yen
Milk (1,000 ml)216 yen
Eggs (10 eggs)222 yen
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How long can I stay in Japan as a tourist? ›

Entry & Exit:

You must have a valid passport and an onward/return ticket for tourist/business "visa free" stays of up to 90 days. Your passport must be valid for the entire time you are staying in Japan. You cannot work on a 90-day "visa free" entry.

Can you enter Japan right now? ›

Individual tourists may visit Japan starting October 11, 2022. Tourists with U.S. passports no longer need a visa to stay up to three months.

How much does it cost for a visa to Japan? ›

Fees must be paid for the issuance of visas. The fees are about 3,000 yen for a single-entry visa, 6,000 yen for a double-entry or multiple-entry visa, and 700 yen for a transit visa. Fees are collected in the currency of the country (region) in which the Embassy / Consulate General is located.

Is a week in Tokyo too long? ›

Of course, you won't be able to see the whole of Japan in one week, but you'll also be able to experience a LOT of things while you're in the country. The basic answer is YES, a week in Japan is enough, as long as you plan smart and create an itinerary that gives you ample time to view everything and commute wisely.

Is a week long enough in Tokyo? ›

For the general visitor, one week is enough. However, everyone travels and sees things at a different pace so it's up to your travel style. Typically, to go through the various sights of Tokyo and enjoy the atmosphere the city has to offer, allow 3 to 4 days.

Is 7 days in Japan enough? ›

Of course, there is so much to see in Japan, but if you have a limited time frame for your Japan itinerary, 7 days is a really good amount of time to get to know a few places in the country. Plus, even if you can't see everything, one week in Japan is going to be magical regardless!

Should I go to Kyoto or Tokyo? ›

If you prefer big cities, modern technology, nightlife and a huge selection of restaurants, Tokyo is for you. If you're after temples, shrines, garden, geisha and hiking, Kyoto is for you. If you've got 4 or more days in Japan, you should see both.

What is the best month to visit Tokyo? ›

The best time to visit Tokyo is between March and April and September and November. Autumn ushers in colorful foliage and comfortable temperatures. Spring brings in much of the same, but instead of vibrant fall hues, the foliage you'll see here are cherry blossom trees in full bloom.

Is Tokyo walkable? ›

You may not think of the biggest city in the world to be ideal for walking, but like New York, Tokyo too has lots of green spaces, as well as quirky neighborhoods. Out of the 28 cities included in the study, Tokyo had the highest number of nature and parks, at 652.

How many nights should I spend in Tokyo? ›

Depending on how long you have to spend in Japan, we recommend allowing at least 5 nights in Tokyo. We've included a detailed itinerary for 7 days of sightseeing – just pick and choose days based on your interests and length of visit.

When should I visit Japan? ›

When is the best time to visit Japan? The best time to visit Japan is during spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). This is when Japan is at its most vibrant, with delicate cherry blossom or bright red leaves adding contrast to the scenery. Remember, it can also be very crowded at this time.

How do I travel to Japan for a week? ›

With a week in Japan you can either take a quick out-and-back journey along Japan's tourist trail (Tokyo, Kyoto/Osaka, Hiroshima). Alternatively, you can explore an underrated region like San'in or visit a secondary island like Kyushu or Shikoku during your 1 week Japan itinerary.

How do you get to Kyoto from Tokyo? ›

The most convenient way to get from Tokyo to Kyoto is the Shinkansen bullet train. Via the Nozomi train, the trip from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2 hours and 20 minutes and costs 14,170 yen (as of July 2020). Shinkansen trains are quiet and shake very little, so you can sit peacefully and relax during your journey.

How much is a 10 day trip to Japan? ›

around US$3,500 per person

How much is a 7-day trip to Japan? ›

The average price of a 7-day trip to Japan is $1,659 for a solo traveler, $2,690 for a couple, and $1,913 for a family of 4. Japan hotels range from $62 to $304 per night with an average of $105, while most vacation rentals will cost $140 to $520 per night for the entire home.

Is Japan worth visiting? ›

Japan is the most amazing tourist destination and it offers many unique experiences that you cannot find in any other part of the world. The culture of this country is an interesting blend of Eastern traditions and Western modernity that can be seen everywhere.

Is Osaka or Kyoto better? ›

Kyoto is a more touristy destination and a cultural melting pot. This is why accommodation and food tend to be more expensive here. If you're on a budget, I highly recommend visiting Osaka. The city is a nice mix of culture, nightlife, and great food.

Should I go to Osaka or Tokyo? ›

While Both cities have many attractions such as shops, museums, parks and temples, Tokyo is much bigger and offers sufficient interest for a three- to five-day visit. Osaka is more famous for its vibrant culture and needs only two to three days for its sights.

Is Seoul better than Tokyo? ›

The TZ Verdict on Seoul vs Tokyo

If you'd ask travellers who have been to both, some would say Seoul is better for first-time visitors. It's generally cheaper, after all, especially if you'll be travelling solo or with friends.

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