Tokyo is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan for a lot of good reasons. The city boasts of traditional and cultural landmarks as well as contemporary attractions that are all begging to be explored. A short visit in Tokyo never seems enough to see more of what it has to offer. But regardless of how brief your time in the city may be, there are plenty of things to see and do that will make your trip truly unforgettable.
Visit the Sensō-ji
The Sensō-ji in Asakusa is an ancient Buddhist temple. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Tokyo that is worth braving the crowd for. The scenery around the area in itself makes the visit worth your while. Juxtaposing the traditional architecture of Sensō-ji are views of modern buildings that include the Tokyo Skytree that looms beyond.
Explore the shops along Nakamise Street
Nakamise-dori is one of the oldest shopping streets in Japan. It is located in a roughly 250-meter stretch of road that begins from the Kaminarimon to the Sensō-ji Temple grounds. The Nakamise street is lined with several shops selling traditional souvenirs, food, and other interesting items.
Head out to the Meiji Jingu in Harajuku
Meiji Jingu or Meiji Shrine in Harajaku is a shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. The expansive shrine grounds provide a tranquil and mysterious place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Nearby attractions to this famous shrine include Yoyogi Park.
Shop at Takeshita-dori
Takeshita-dori in Harajuku is one of Tokyo’s most popular shopping destinations. It is known for its trendy and fashion-forward shops. It is also a great place to enjoy some of the delicious Harajuku crepes.
Enjoy a relaxing stroll around the Imperial Palace grounds
The Imperial Palace serves as the emperor’s residence. While the inner grounds are not open to the public, the Imperial Palace East Gardens provide enough attractions to make your trip here worthwhile.
See the city skyline from the Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Tower is one of the best-known landmarks in the city. It was the tallest structure before the Tokyo Skytree was built. The tower’s main observatory provide a breathtaking view of the city.
Eat ramen at Tokyo Ramen Street
Ramen is one of the must-try foods when in Japan. And there is no better place to eat some but at Tokyo Ramen Street located at the Yaesu Underground Exit of Tokyo Station. This culinary destination is home to some of the most popular restaurants in the city.
Have sushi breakfast or kaisendon at Tsukiji Market
Tsukiji Market is the largest wholesale market in the world. It is famous for its tuna auctions and the scrumptious meals and treats available at the outer market. Head out early for some sushi breakfast or a bowl of kaisendon.