25 Best Things to Do in Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, the capital city of Japan, is the most populous city in the world and visitors will be amazed by its busy, fast-paced atmosphere. The juxtaposition of bright neon lights and ultramodern architecture to contemplative gardens and historic temples is mind-blowing. The Imperial Palace sits at the city’s center, with Japan’s nobility making frequent public appearances. Not far away is Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo’s version of New York City’s Times Square. Photo: SeanPavonePhoto/Fotolia


1.Akihabara

Akihabara


Akihabara, also known as Akiba and named after a local shrine that used to exist here, is a district in the center of Tokyo that is legendary for its wide array of electronics shops. In recent years, it’s also gained acclaim as the center for Japan’s otaku – diehard fans of anime and manga cultures – as there are stores here that cater to the cult following. Visitors to Akihabara can find almost any electronics imaginable, including computers, televisions, cameras, mobile devices, home appliances, and electronic parts as well as second-hand electronic devices. It’s such a busy site that on Sundays its main street, Chuo Dori, is closed down for shoppers.

Chuo Dori Street, Tokyo, Japan Photo: ichima/Fotolia


2.Asakusa

Asakusa


Asakusa was originally a temple town for the neighboring Senso-ji Temple, but is now a thriving downtown shopping district in Taito-ku that sits along the west side of the Sumida-gawa River. The town boasts a traditional and old-fashioned vibe with the iconic Kaminari-mon Gate and prominent giant red lantern drawing in a steady flow of worshippers and travelers throughout the year. Along its main street, Nakamise-dori, are several quaint shops that feature a variety of objects made from Japanese-style paper, including folding fans. This district is also known to host several traditional events annually; most popular is the fireworks demonstration along the river during the summer.

East Building, 3F, 1-20-4 Asakusa, Taitoku, Tokyo, Japan, Phone: 81-03-38-47-44-43 Photo: eyetronic/Fotolia


3.Samurai Museum

Samurai Museum


In ancient times, the emperor and his nobility ruled Japan, but the era of the samurai emerged after two historic battles – the Genji and Heishi at the conclusion of the Heian era. From then on, samurai-centered Japanese culture developed through 700 years of history from the Kaakura to Edo eras. During the samurai age, many battles were fought against invaders, and the Samurai Museum honors the brave samurai warriors and their spirits with featured exhibits and interactive experiences. Guests are encouraged to participate in activities like a photo shoot where they can put on a kabuto (helmet) and samurai costume.

2-25-6 Kabukicho, Eiwa Dairoku Building 1F, Shinjuku, 100-0021, Tokyo, Phone: 81-03-64-57-64-11 Photo: WH CHOW/Fotolia

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