The Top 11 Things To Do in Tokyo , Japan
Updated: Jun 30
Tokyo is a combination of the Japanese words To (east) and Kyo (city) and means the capital of the east. Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is one of the most unique holiday destinations in the Far East. That's why we prepared a list of places to visit in Tokyo! Tokyo is one of the richest and most attractive cities in the world in terms of places to visit. Don't forget to read before your trip.
At the top of our list of places to visit in Tokyo is Sensō-ji, a Buddhist temple. Legend has it that the two brothers caught the statue of the goddess of mercy Kannon while fishing in the Sumida River and threw it into the river. But each time the statue came out of the river and came to them. Thereupon, the brothers built the Sensoji Temple in the name of the goddess Kannon, whose divinity they wanted to honor.
Legend aside, this temple was completed in 645. The oldest religious temple in Tokyo. Sensoji temple is the most popular Buddhist spot in the city. The entrance is free.
Visitors to the temple first greet the huge gate called "Kaminarimon", which means "lightning gate". The big red lantern hanging from the ceiling in front of the door fascinates those who see it with its elegant architecture.
Almost the entire temple was destroyed in World War II. After the war, the temple and the damaged structures around it were restored and restored to their former appearance.
2. Ghibli Museum
Do you like Hayao Miyazaki movies? If your answer is yes, you should go to the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo!
Studio Ghibli, a legendary animation company that produced many important films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle. The museum is decorated according to the theme of Studio Ghibli movies and was designed by Hayao Miyazaki. Established in 2001 in Mikata, Japan, the Ghibli Museum is used to promote Studio Ghibli productions. Don't forget to buy tickets before you go. Click for ticket.
3. Odaiba Ōedo-Onsen Monogatari
Here is a traditional place to relax for you! This is a simple hotel but a place to enjoy meals, saunas, and foot baths.
There are hot springs you can enter. It even has waters known as silk water. If you wish, you can have your bath in traditional barrel-type baths.
4. Meiji Jingu
It is Tokyo's most visited temple. The construction of the temple was completed between 1920-1926. The religious building is dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shõken, who played a major role in the modernization of Japan.
The temple consists of 2 districts called “Nairen” and “Gaien”. The royal treasury is guarded in Naien. Gaien is a picture gallery displaying wallpapers depicting the life of emperors. Also, traditional Shinto weddings are held at the temple. When you go to the temple, which is on our list of places to visit in Tokyo, you may come across a Shinto wedding.
The temple is open every day, there is no entrance fee.
5. Gōtokuji Temple
Gotokuji Temple is a Buddhist temple in the Setagaya district. The temple is famous for sculptures of Maneki-Meno – beckoning cats. Maneki Neko is an object believed to bring luck for the Japanese. The local right comes to the temple and makes a wish, taking a Maneki Neko. If the wish comes true, they leave the begging cat statues they took as a sign of gratitude in the temple. That's why the temple is now filled with thousands of Maneko-Meno statues.
6. Yoyogi Park
Home to the Meiji Shrine, Yoyogi Park is a nice place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is especially eye-catching with its cherry blossoms in the spring season. Yoyogi, a magnificent park located in the heart of the city, has around a hundred thousand trees.
Also known as Akihabara Electric Town. If you like electronics or manga, you should definitely come here on your Tokyo trip. It has a rich product range such as Sofmap, Laox, Yamada Denki, and Akky for electronic shopping in the region. If you feel tired while walking around Akihabara, you can take a break at one of the "maid" or "manga" cafes. This is a paradise for Otaku!
8. Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo Disneyland is an amusement park. It is the first Disney park to open outside the US. The park features seven theme areas: World Bazaar, four classic Disney locations Adventureland, Westernland, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland, and two smaller locations, Critter Country and Mickey's Toontown.
Maybe not a cultural place to visit in Tokyo, but it can be fun for you and your kids!
9. Tokyo National Museum
It is the oldest and largest museum in Japan. The museum consists of six buildings and you will see Samurai weapons, wonderful pottery, ornate tombs, kimonos, paintings, and much more.
10. Tokyo Character Street
We recommend it to those who are interested in anime and manga. This place will make your Tokyo trip more amazing! You can buy a variety of gifts or keep them for yourself as a memento. It is a place where you can find items of structures such as Hello Kitty, Totoro, Sailor Moon.
11. teamLab Borderless
In Tokyo, teamLab Borderless will open other doors for you in art. TeamLab Borderless, the last on our list of places to visit in Tokyo, has fascinating exhibits. Don't forget to take your photos inside the exhibits, it's absolutely wonderful!