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In Tokyo, there are countless activities between modern urbanity and Japanese tradition, with which you can make your program varied. We have put together some ideas for activities in Tokyo here for you.
Maurizio MassaroBy Maurizio Massaro

9 Things to Do in Tokyo

Activities and entertainment in Japan's capital
Tokyo Skytree between skyscrapers | Pixabay

Overview of Tokyo

The second tallest building in the world, the Tokyo Skytree offers a fantastic panorama of Tokyo from its 451m high observation platform. Tickets for the highest observation deck in Tokyo can be booked online in advance, saving time and money at the entrance. Alternatively, the TV tower Tokyo Tower offers views from a height of 250 meters.
Street food in Tokyo | Pixabay

Discover the secrets of Japanese cuisine

The monumental complex of the Forbidden City, which extends north of the Tian'anmen Square, is so large that you can easily spend an entire day here - and so full of attractions that it's difficult to get around without a guide. There is no shortage of offers for tours led by competent guides; we recommend that you do some research in advance and book the right guided tour.
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Fuji | Pixabay

Take a trip into the majestic nature of Japan

The nearly 4,000-meter high volcano Fuji is a national symbol of Japan and the highest mountain in the country, making it an ideal destination for a day trip from Tokyo. The wider area around Japan's capital offers much more for activities, such as the Ashi Lake and Hakone National Park, for which tours are also available.
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Tokyo Railway Museum | Pixabay

Discover exciting museums in Tokyo

Tokyo is full of museums that cover a wide range of topics, from art and science history to city and anime. Among the special highlights are the National Museum of Modern Art, the Edo-Tokyo Museum, the Samurai Museum, and the Studio Ghibli Museum, for which tours are available in addition to ordinary admission tickets.
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Cycling in Tokyo | Flickr: Kouki Kuriyama CC BY-ND 2.0

Explore Tokyo's streets by bike

Through various neighborhoods, past historic sights to modern attractions like the Tokyo Skytree, guided bicycle tours are also offered in Tokyo. All adventurous people can, of course, simply rent a bike in Tokyo and explore the city on their own.
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Sumo wrestlers during training | Flickr: amanderson2 CC BY 2.0

Watch sumo wrestlers during training

Many of the Sumo arenas in Tokyo offer the opportunity to watch the athletes during their training in the mornings, which is not one of the cheapest activities in Tokyo, but more than worth its price!
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Outdoor area at Ōedo-Onsen-Monogatari | Flickr: Sergey Vladimirov CC BY 2.0

Spend a day at a traditional Japanese bathhouse

A Japanese institution is the Onsen, the thermal bath. Therefore, a visit to an Onsen is an essential part of a stay in Japan and allows you to relax, let your soul dangle, and bring wellness and well-being into your life.
Disneyland Tokyo | Pixabay

Experience action in one of the amusement parks

The most famous amusement parks are probably Disneyland Tokyo and the water park DisneySea. In Tokyo and the surrounding area, you can also find other theme parks such as Sanrio Puroland and activities for younger children and families in Tokyo itself, like the Legoland Discovery Centre or KidZania Tokyo.
Asakusa Temple | Ulmon: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Marvel at the historic sights of Tokyo

In addition to the glaring neon lights of Shibuya, Tokyo also offers attractions from Japanese history: the Ueno Park is particularly worth experiencing during the cherry blossom season. Also, don't miss the Buddhist temple Sensō-ji and the Shinto Asakusa Shrine. Comprehensive city tours are offered for the most relevant and interesting attractions.
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The 10 best sights in Tokyo

Important attractions of the Japanese capital
Yayoi Kusama Museum | Pixabay

Yayoi Kusama Museum

This museum in Shinjuku has been dedicated to the work of one of the most famous Japanese contemporary artists, Yayoi Kusama, since 2017. The museum is considered one of the best attractions for all visitors to Tokyo, as the colorful, avant-garde paintings and installations of the art icon appeal not only to art insiders.
Golden Gai | Ulmon: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Golden Gai

Once considered disreputable, the Golden Gai in Shinjuku is now a small neighborhood made up of 6 narrow alleys, housing around 200 bars, clubs, and Izakayas in a tight space. Artists and cultural professionals meet here, and some of the establishments are reserved for regular customers - making Golden Gai one of the most exciting attractions in Tokyo.
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Sensō-ji | Ulmon: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0


Tokyo's oldest temple is one of the most important attractions in the city, located in the historical center of Asakusa. The Buddhist building has been destroyed several times over the centuries and was last rebuilt in 1958.
Tsukiji Fish Market | Ulmon: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Tsukiji Fish Market

Since the 16th century, the large fish market of the Tsukiji district has been a central trading place for fish and seafood. In 2018, the fish market moved to a modern building but is still ideal for culinary tours throughout Japan and impresses with its vast area.
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Shinjuku Gyoen | Flickr: Ray in Manila CC BY-SA 2.0

Shinjuku Gyoen

This park is a must-visit if you come to Japan in spring - its main attraction are magnificent cherry trees, which bloom between March and May.
Intersection in Shibuya | Pixabay


The intersection at the train station of the entertainment district Shibuya is crossed by thousands of people during rush hour, which makes it worth seeing - the rest of the district offers everything that the Japanese enjoy: karaoke, restaurants, nightclubs, and much more.
Tokyo Skytree | Ulmon: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Tokyo Skytree

The mighty tower allows for a fantastic panorama of the city - the second tallest building in the world is so imposing from below that it literally casts a shadow over everything else in Tokyo.
Ueno Park | Ulmon: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Ueno Park

The public park not only offers attractions such as the National Museum of Tokyo, the National Museum of Natural Sciences, and a zoo, but also pagodas and shrines from the Edo period, which are absolutely worth seeing.
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Edo-Tokyo Museum | Ulmon: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Edo-Tokyo Museum

The Edo-Tokyo Museum presents architecture from past eras of Japan through models and reconstructions, including simple residential houses, the Nihonbashi, and the Nakamuraza Theater.
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Asakusa Shrine | Ulmon: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Asakusa Shrine

The Shinto temple survived World War 2 as one of only 2 such buildings. The Asakusa Shrine is among the most important historical sights in central Tokyo - you can book guided tours of the area in advance online.
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Maurizio Massaro
Written byMaurizio MassaroMaurizio is a cosmopolitan, a musician and comes around. In his role as a content manager at TicketLens, he is always striving to find new offers as well as writing about sights all over the world.
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