30 Best Things To Do in Tokyo For an Unforgettable Experience 2024

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Stefanie Akkerman moved from the Netherlands to Japan in 2013 with her Japanese husband and son. She jumped into the niche of Dutch tour guiding in Tokyo and Kamakura in 2015 and occasionally writes articles about all the great sights and activities Japan has to offer. She loves (Japanese) food, and to work that all off she goes diving, snorkeling, cycling, or hiking.

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So, you’re coming to Tokyo, and you’re trying to make an itinerary to make the most of your time in this huge metropolis. That’s not an easy task – there are simply so many things to do and so many experiences to be had that choosing can feel incredibly difficult. Let us help you out with this list of 30 of the best things to do in Tokyo for an unforgettable experience. It’s a great overview of some of the most popular sights and activities, making it easier for you to plan your trip to this amazing and vibrant city!

1. Check Out the Famous Shibuya Crossing

shibuya crossing view
The hustle and bustle of Shibuya is fun to watch from above

One of Tokyo’s most iconic sights is without a doubt the Shibuya Crossing just outside of Shibuya Station. With thousands of people crossing at the same time from all sides during rush hours, it is quite the experience to be in the middle of it. It’s also fun to watch the hustle and bustle from above from one of the many vantage points. The best time to go is on the weekends between noon and 7 PM, or on weekdays between 5 PM and 9 PM. While you’re in the area, don’t forget to check out the famous Hachiko dog statue as well!

Nearest station: Shibuya Station

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2. Go to a World Famous Sumo Tournament

Sumo Kokugikan

When you hear about Japan, you may think of the temples, shrines, food or technology, but sumo wrestling is also something you HAVE to include in your itinerary! Being the national sport of Japan and with a long Shinto associated history, seeing sumo live is one of the coolest experiences you will ever have. Tournaments in Tokyo are only held in January, May, and September, for 15 days each month. With the demand for tickets becoming higher and higher, be sure to book your tours before they sell out!

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3. Visit Tokyo’s Oldest Temple: Senso-ji

Sensoji Asakusa
Tokyo’s oldest temple is a must-visit for anyone coming to Japan’s capital

When you are in the big city, you simply cannot skip a visit to one of Tokyo’s most popular highlights, Senso-ji temple, which is located in the traditional neighborhood of Asakusa. The temple, which has been there for centuries, is overwhelmingly beautiful and has many interesting details to discover. If you are shopping for souvenirs, the Nakamise street that leads to the temple will certainly interest you as it’s lined with shops full of typical Japanese souvenirs.

Hoppy street

Nearby, there is a street called ‘Hoppy Dori’ where you can find lots of small Japanese restaurants with delicious food and drinks. It’s one of the most popular drinking areas in Tokyo which is loved by locals. In addition, we offer an exciting bar-hopping tour in Asakusa where you can get a chance to try some local cuisines like monja-yaki, and indulge in sake tasting! Exploring the street with a knowledgeable guide who knows the best spots to grab a drink and delectable food is the ultimate way to experience Japan’s exceptional drinking culture.

Read more about the secrets of Sensoji Temple below!

4. Eat Fresh Seafood at Tsukiji Fish Market

Tsukiji Fish Market
Savor some of Japan’s best seafood at Tsukiji’s outer market

While the wholesale part of the Tsukiji fish market has been moved to Toyosu, the so-called outer market is still very much alive and well. Eat your way through a wide range of delicacies originating from Japan’s bountiful seas, and enjoy the slightly chaotic side streets that make up this famous food market area, but come before noon for the full range of options since some places close or sell out later in the day. On Sundays and Wednesdays, many shops are closed, so it is better to come on a different day. Do you want to make sure you’ll only eat at Tsukiji’s very best shops? Then join our dedicated and exclusive Tsukiji Food Tour, which features Tsukiji’s most tasty treats.

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Nearest station: Tsukiji Shijo Station

5. Get the Best City Views From Tokyo Skytree

The impressive Tokyo Skytree is Japan’s tallest building

As Japan’s tallest building, the Tokyo Skytree is even impressive to look at when you’re still on the ground. But for the full experience you should ride the super fast elevator all the way to the top to truly appreciate the sprawling metropolis from above. From this bird’s-eye view, you can see all the city’s most famous landmarks such as the Tokyo Tower, the clusters of high-rise buildings in Shinjuku, Roppongi, and Shibuya, and the large parks such as Yoyogi Park and Ueno Park. Also make sure to take a walk on the glass-bottom skywalk, but only if you are not afraid of heights! It is also said that you can even see Mt. Fuji if you are lucky and are up there on a clear day.

Learn all you need to know about Tokyo Skytree before you go!

Nearest station: Oshiage Station

6. Experience Japanese Fashion in Stylish Harajuku

On weekends, Harajuku’s main street is packed with people in search of kawaii food and shopping

True fashionistas head to Harajuku to check out the latest fashion trending with Tokyo’s younger crowd. If you are a fan of Japan’s famously cute kawaii culture, this French village-inspired neighborhood is a feast for the eyes. Shop ‘til you drop, see immaculately well-dressed teenagers fill the streets, and indulge in some colorful sweets during an afternoon of only-in-Tokyo fun. Come during the weekend or on national holidays to see local high schoolers and other youth taking up the streets in pursuit of entertainment, Instagram photo ops and shopping, or go on weekday mornings for a more quiet experience.

Map out your Harajuku adventure with our article!

Nearest station: Harajuku Station

7. Learn How to Make Sushi

Of course, you can eat some of the most deliciously fresh sushi in the world in one of Tokyo’s many top-notch sushi restaurants, but how about learning how to make your own sushi as well? That way, you can use your newly-gained cooking skills to replicate a tasty Tokyo sushi experience at home. Plus, a meal that you have created yourself always feels extra satisfying. We organize a sushi-making experience that includes a tour around Tsukiji with a knowledgeable food guide, a must for every foodie and hobby cook coming to Tokyo!

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Nearest station: Tsukiji Shijo Station

8. Break the Bank Shopping in Ginza

ginza wako department store
Flashy Ginza is home to many luxury brand stores

Whether you have enough money to burn to buy some branded luxury goods or have to stick to window-shopping, visiting Ginza’s fancy shopping area is a fun experience. Ginza is located in the Chuo ward area on the eastern side of of central Tokyo. With no-expenses-spared architecture, the buildings of Ginza’s luxury shops and department stores are impressive works of art. Also make sure to stop by the basement floor of Mitsukoshi to gawk at the beautiful high-quality delicacies for sale there.

Nearest station: Ginza Station

9. Cruise the City with Ease and Style: Compass Bikes

Compass Bikes are your ticket to see the city in adventurous, efficient way! These Electronically assisted bikes are quite the innovative method for getting around quickly and comfortably. as you may know, getting around Tokyo requires a lot of walking and use of transportation, ore maybe even dropping some Yen on taxis! with Compass Bikes you’ll be able nip all that in the bud and get to all the places you want to go (and perhaps more) in a fun and easy way. Whether its for a few hours or your whole trip, Compass bikes will be a great move!

The official site offers a range of options, or you can book a package tour below!

3-hour Tokyo local E-bike Tour (Tsukiji, Ningyo-cho and Kiyosumi area)

10. Step Into the World of Animation at the Ghibli Museum

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ⓒStudio Ghibli

Once you have secured your tickets for the Ghibli Museum in advance, get ready to dive into the world as it’s shown by Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli in their marvelous animated movies. Any fan of the Ghibli movie franchise should have this slightly other-worldly art and animation museum on their bucket list for Japan. Make sure to reserve a half day for your trip to the Ghibli Museum as it is located a bit outside central Tokyo to the west. And while you are there, why not also check out the surrounding area?

Book the guided tour including Ghibli Museum tickets here!

Nearest station: Kichijoji Station

11. Go Drinking in Bustling Shinjuku

Often featured in movies and series, Shinjuku at night is Tokyo’s gritty yet photogenic face. With its maze of little alleyways and tiny bars, popping in and out of watering holes, and getting more tipsy as the evening goes on, can be very entertaining. Omoide Yokocho and Golden Gai are especially famous as places to do exactly that. Don’t want to run the risk of getting lost in translation? Then you may want to join our fun bar-hopping tour in Shinjuku with like-minded people looking for a fun evening out. Shinjuku is one of the liveliest and most active places in all of Tokyo and is great for a night out.

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Nearest station: Shinjuku Station

12. Watch Morning Sumo Wrestling Training

sumo stable
Make sure to book a tour to watch the morning practice if you are interested in sumo wrestling

Sumo wrestling is a sport that can almost exclusively be observed in Japan. You can go to one of the grand tournaments if you happen to be in Japan at the time one of them takes place(odd months of the year), but you can also see these impressive wrestlers in action during one of their morning practices. Some sumo stables allow visitors to sit in during practice, but it is good to note that if you aren’t fluent in Japanese you can only do this on an organized tour. A big advantage of joining a tour is that you will receive a thorough explanation from a professional guide and can ask any questions you might have, so you will be able to understand in detail what is going on. There is nothing like seeing these strong and sturdy athletes in action up close.

If you are in Tokyo in January, May, or September, you can watch the grand tournament! We are hosting the guided tour so if you are interested in watching the sumo, don’t miss out on our tour!
There’s no better way to watch the sumo than watching it with a sumo enthusiast aka a knowledgeable guide!

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13. See Amazing Digital Art at teamLab Planets

Floating Flower Garden. teamLab Planets TOKYO © teamLab

Art doesn’t get much more immersive than at teamLab Planets in Toyosu where you literally walk through the digital exhibitions and become part of them. teamLab Planets surprises visitors with various rooms full of colorful digital animations that move around the rooms, ambient sounds that fit the visual art, and even two rooms with water in them. People of all ages enjoy this special museum, and you can take pictures and videos everywhere so you can keep enjoying the experience even after you go home.

Purchase your tickets here: teamLab Planets Tokyo

Nearest station: Shin-Toyosu Station

14. Eat at an Izakaya in Shinjuku’s Omoide Yokocho

Omoide Yokocho
Omoide Yokocho is one of Tokyo’s most famous drinking alleys

While Omoide Yokocho is especially known as a spot to go drinking, let’s not forget about the scrumptious foods that you can savor in the small izakaya restaurants lining these narrow alleyways! Nibble on delicacies like yakitori, unagi, grilled fish with miso, sashimi and more – and yes, you can also enjoy beer, sake, or shochu to wash down all the tasty food.

Nearest station: Shinjuku Station

For the best izakaya experience in Shinjuku, check out one from our list below!

15. Stay at a Traditional Ryokan

Nara Ryokan tatami
At a ryokan, the futon bed will usually be laid out on top of the tatami flooring in the evening

When you picture a traditional Japanese hotel, or a ryokan, Tokyo is probably not the first city that comes to mind. Indeed, there are more ryokan in Kyoto than in Tokyo, but if you don’t have the chance to make your way to Kyoto and still want to have the full ryokan experience, rest assured as this is also possible in Tokyo! Have a look at our article below for Ryokan options in Tokyo!

16. Feast on a Michelin-Star Bowl of Ramen

Konjiki-hototogisu ramen restaurant
Feast on some of the world’s best ramen

You may have to wait in line for quite a long time to be able to savor some of the world’s most mouth-watering noodles, but it is certainly a meal you will never forget! Tokyo is home to some of the best ramen in Japan, and there are endless delicious spots. Tokyo currently has 3 noodle restaurants awarded with 1 Michelin star, and one restaurant that used to have the honor. This is by far the cheapest way to get a Michelin-starred meal in Tokyo, so most people agree that it’s 100% worth the wait!

17. Get Your Geek on in Akihabara

Akihabara arcade games

What started out as a town where people came to get their electronic goods, grew into a neighborhood that attracts fans of all different kinds of subcultures. Akihabara boasts many stores aimed at anime, manga, and game fans where you can buy all kinds of paraphernalia. But not only do the shops attract the otaku (geek) crowds here, there are also many themed cafes, including animal cafes, cafes based on manga or anime series, and maid cafes where waitresses dressed like French maids will play games with the patrons and draw cute animals on their drinks. If you are a big fan of anime, games, cute-themed cafes, or electronic gadgets, you’ll find this city to be very enjoyable.

Nearest station: Akihabara Station

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18. Have a Picnic in Yoyogi Park or Shinjuku Gyoen

hanami yoyogi
Yoyogi Park is one of the best places to enjoy a picnic under the cherry blossoms

Right next to the famous Meiji Shrine is Yoyogi Park, which is easy to recognize by the nearby Yoyogi National Gymnasium and its interesting design. When the weather is good, buy a picnic sheet in the 100-yen store on Takeshita Dori, pick up some tasty snacks and drinks from the nearest convenience store and enjoy a nice little picnic on one of the park’s vast lawns! If you happen to be in Tokyo during the cherry blossom season, you can have a hanami picnic here together with thousands of others who are there to marvel at the pink flowers while enjoying some food and drinks. There are also often events going on in the area that can be fun to check out if you have some extra time as well.

Nearest station: Meijijingumae Station

Another option is Shinjuku Gyoen. Here, you can enjoy a stroll in 3 different areas: the Japanese garden, the English garden, and the French garden. Shinjuku Gyoen is also one of the best places in Tokyo to admire the plum blossoms in February and the cherry blossoms in late March/early April. When you are in this beautiful garden it makes you feel as if you are in a whole different part of Japan, making for a refreshing experience.

Nearest station: Shinjuku Sanchome Station

19. Experience Japanese Culture at Meiji Jingu

Yoyogi Park, Meiji shrine
Step through the huge torii gate to enter the peaceful grounds of Meiji Jingu

The Meiji Jingu (Meiji Shrine) is one of the most visited shrines in all of Japan, and for good reason. Dedicated to former Emperor Meiji and his wife, this large shrine has a minimalist design and covers a huge area. It is also situated in one of Tokyo’s largest green spaces with over 100,000 trees, making it a true oasis of tranquility in the middle of the city. Many people combine a visit to Harajuku or Yoyogi park with a peaceful stroll through the grounds of Meiji Jingu.

Nearest station: Harajuku Station

20. Visit Tokyo Disney Resort

Øyvind Holmstad, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Coming with kids, or still a kid at heart yourself? A visit to the Tokyo Disney Resort will surely delight you, and you can choose between the classic Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo DisneySea, which is slightly more geared towards older kids and adults(you can buy alcoholic drinks there as well). If you can’t choose, simply go to both parks, but in that case do make sure to set aside two full days as you will easily spend a full day in either park. You are never too old to have fun at this legendary theme park.

Nearest station: Maihama Station

21. Get Thrifty in Shimokitazawa

photo by Jamila

While it may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about shopping in Tokyo, thrift shopping is gaining popularity amongst an environmentally-conscious younger crowd. There are several areas that are good for finding second-hand clothing, and trendy Shimokitazawa is one of the areas with the highest concentration of vintage clothing shops and you will be able to find just about anything you are looking for. Make it a nice afternoon out with lunch in one of the area’s many modern cafes.

Nearest station: Shimokitazawa Station

22. See the Emperor’s Quarters at the Imperial Palace

Imperial Palace
The iconic Megan Bridge looks great on photos

While the Emperor’s residence itself is private, a large part of the grounds that belong to the Imperial Palace, is accessible to the public. Many tourists first go to the Imperial Palace Plaza with its characteristic Megane Bridge (“eyeglasses bridge”) for pictures and then take a walk around the evergreen Imperial East Gardens. This is also a great place to go running as there is a nice course around the palace. You can always grab food at one of the many restaurants near Tokyo Station.

Nearest station: Nijubashimae Station

23. Dance With the Locals in Koenji

Will you be in Tokyo during the latter half of August? Then you are in luck, as you will have the chance to attend the Koenji Awa Odori Dance Festival! This bustling, colorful traditional dance event is visited by more than a million people every year, and is accompanied by lots of food stalls, drinks, and other festivities. If you make it to the festival don’t be shy and just join in on the dancing! The locals in the Koenji area are especially friendly and would love for anyone to join in on the festivities.

Nearest station: Koenji Station

24. Travel Back in Time at Yanaka Ginza Shitamachi

Yanaka shopping street
Explore the nostalgic old town district of Yanaka Ginza

Not to be confused with the upscale neighborhood that shares its name, Yanaka Ginza is a traditional shopping street that takes you right back to the Showa period. People come here, especially for the food, so if you come hungry, you will leave happy! This shitamachi (old downtown) area is part of a larger neighborhood known as Yanesen which was spared during the WWII bombings in the 1940s and exudes a nostalgic and historical vibe. There are lots of great spots for photo ops as well as delicious restaurants and cafes throughout the area.

Nearest station: Sendagi Station

25. Catch a Baseball Game at Tokyo Dome

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Japan’s most popular sport is baseball, surpassing even soccer in popularity. Tokyo has multiple teams, of which the Yomiuri Giants have the most impressive stadium. Plenty of tickets are available for most games, and the season runs between April and October. If you want to watch a baseball game in Japan, catching a game at Tokyo Dome is sure to be a fun experience!

26. See the Beautiful Cherry Blossoms at Ueno Park

sakura cherry blossom ueno

Are you in Tokyo between late March to early April? Then chances are that you will be able to see the pink cherry blossoms in full bloom! Hanami, or ‘flower viewing’, is a popular activity for locals and visitors alike, and Ueno Park is one of the most famous places to do so. With a main lane lined with old cherry trees, over 1,000 cherry trees can be seen all around the park during the blossoming period, and the pavements are lined with blue sheets where picnickers sit to enjoy their food and drinks. But even if you come outside of the cherry blossom season, Ueno Park is still well worth a visit for its many historical treasures and things to do.

Nearest station: Ueno Station

27. Partake in a Traditional Japanese Festival

Sanja Matsuri
The Sanja Matsuri is one of Tokyo’s biggest and rowdiest festivals

Japan has its fair share of traditional festivals called matsuri. In particular, between late spring and autumn, there is a good chance that you will be in Japan during one of these festivals. Some of the biggest festivals in Tokyo are the Kanda Matsuri, which falls on the weekend closest to May 15th, the Sanja Matsuri on the 3rd Sunday in May, and the Sanno Matsuri in mid-June. In addition to these three big festivals, there are loads of other smaller festivals that take place in all of the different wards and towns of the Tokyo area.

28. Make Your Way to the Top of the Iconic Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower night
Enjoy unparalleled views from this iconic Tokyo structure

Tokyo Skytree might be taller, but when you go to the top of the Skytree you won’t see the high tower itself! So how about taking in the views from Tokyo Tower as well? Tokyo Tower is one of the most iconic structures in the city, and the design was inspired by the Eiffel Tower. From the beautifully decorated decks, you get amazing views of the city for a lower price than Tokyo Skytree, and afterward, you can stop by the impressive Zojo-ji temple nearby.

Nearest station: Onarimon Station

29. Climb Mount Takao

Autumn Mount Takao
Picture by Suus

Not far from Tokyo, you will find the beautiful Mount Takao. Although it is not Fujisan, you will still have sweeping views of the area from its summit at 599 meters. If you are lucky and the weather is clear, you will also get a clear view of the famous Mount Fuji from here. The hike up isn’t too strenuous, and if you want to make it an even more relaxed experience, you can take the steep cable car so you only have to walk the last bit up. It is also a great place to see autumn leaves and cherry blossoms in both of the respective seasons.

Nearest station: Takaosanguchi Station

30. Check out Some Art in Roppongi

IQRemix, CC BY-SA 2.0, via flickr

Roppongi may be best known as a party center for expats, but there is much more to do in this centrally located neighborhood. Modern art aficionados will want to stop by for the area’s outdoor public artwork, and also for the distinguished Mori Art Museum on the 53rd floor of the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower that often has various different art exhibits throughout the year. There are also of course lots of great places to eat in the area if you want to make an afternoon out of it.

Nearest station: Roppongi Station

Tokyo is full of great spots and fun things to do all year round, no matter what your interests are. Did you find something that you want to do in Tokyo next time you visit? We hope you have a chance to make it to Japan soon and take full advantage of this beautiful country as well as experience some of the things from our list of 30 of the best things to do in Tokyo.

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