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Tokyo, the capital city of Japan, is a vibrant and exciting metropolis that offers visitors a unique blend of traditional culture and modern urban experiences. From world-class cuisine to historic landmarks and shopping districts, there are countless things to see and do.
Here are five things you can’t miss on your visit.
5. Walk Shibuya Crossing
Shibuya Crossing is one of the busiest intersections in the world and is a sight to behold. Watching the crowds of people cross the street is an experience in itself, and there are plenty of shops and restaurants in the area to explore.
Can’t Miss: File in with the crowds and take some photos as you cross this intersection.
Address: Shibuya City, Tokyo, Japan
4. Relax in a Japanese Garden
Tokyo is home to many beautiful Japanese gardens. They offer a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. Some of the most popular include Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace.
Can’t Miss: If you’re visiting in the fall, check out the Ninomaru section of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace. Its leaves are particularly pretty, as they change in Autumn.
Address: Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden: 11 Naitomachi, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0014, Japan | The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace: 1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 100-8111, Japan
3. Eat Ramen
Tokyo is famous for its ramen (a noodle dish served in broth). There’s no shortage of ramen shops to choose from in the city. Whether you’re looking for a quick meal on the go or a sit-down restaurant experience, you’re sure to find a place that suits your taste. Some of the most popular spots include Ichiran and Afuri Ramen.
Can’t Miss: If you want to skip the lines, head for ramen early in the day or late at night. Some shops are open until 2:00 AM.
Address: Ichiran Ramen: Japan, 〒150-0041 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Jinnan, 1 Chome−22−7 岩本ビル B1F | Afuri Ramen: Japan, 〒150-0013 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Ebisu, 1 Chome−1−7 117ビル 1F
2. Visit The Tsukiji Market
The Tsukiji Market is one of the world’s largest fish markets and a must-see destination for any seafood lover. While the wholesale part of Tsukiji Market, which was famous for its tuna auctions and known as the “inner market” moved in October 2018, the outer market can still be visited. Visitors can shop for seafood, knives, and other kitchen gear here.
Can’t Miss: Grab some of the freshest sushi and sashimi you’ll ever have after you wander through some shops.
Address: 5 Chome-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan
1. Explore the Imperial Palace
The Imperial Palace is the home of the Emperor of Japan and is a symbol of the country’s rich history and culture. Visitors can tour the palace grounds, which include beautiful gardens and historic buildings. The palace is open to the public on certain days, so be sure to check the schedule before you go. We were lucky enough to be there on New Year’s Day and packed into a huge crowd to hear the Emperor speak. We didn’t understand a word, but the energy was exhilarating.
Can’t Miss: Take a photo of the iconic stone bridge built over the inner moat of the Imperial Palace known as Nijubashi Bridge. It serves as the entrance to the inner palace if you’re visiting in January and February when this area is accessible.
Address: 1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 100-8111, Japan
From traditional Japanese culture to relaxing gardens and delicious food, there’s no shortage of things to see and do.
Bonus Hotel Pick: The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo is a located in the heart of the city’s bustling Roppongi district. With its stunning panoramic views of Tokyo, the hotel offers guests a truly unforgettable experience. Its rooms are opulent and it has a Michelin-starred restaurant on the 45th floor. The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo is the perfect home base while exploring all that Tokyo has to offer.
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