10 Best Things to Do in Tokyo, Japan

07 April of 2012 by

Tokyo is a massive city that is packed with a plethora of sights and activities that any tourist will find very unique and exciting. From dancing in the most vibrant festivities down the praying in the quietest corners of shrines, here are the top best things that you can do in the capital city of the Land of the Rising Sun.

1. Devour Beer and Tapas in a Shibuya Izakaya

Shibuya Izakaya
Shibuya Izakaya

Wandering in Shibuya during the evening can be very tricky. However, it can also be fun and exciting. Looking for an izakaya can be very tricky with all the same-looking buildings. But once you get inside one, you will have all the freedom to drink, eat, and befriend the other diners.

2. Experience the Daikanyama’s Lounge Scene at Frames

Daikanyama
Daikanyama

Daikanyama is not only a popular neighborhood for its shops. Its quirky architecture is also something that is worth appreciating. The Frames bar and restaurant is one of its attractions with its lovely interiors, pleasant house beats, and good-looking clientele. Plus, their dishes and cocktails are tasty.

3. Train Hop at Shinjuku Station

Shinjuku Station
Shinjuku Station

Shinjuku Station is considered as the world’s busiest station. Entering this train station might be overwhelming at first, but you will come to find the excitement in watching businessmen and students flow in and out of the station throughout the day.

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4. Get Lost at Shibuya Crossing

Shibuya Crossing
Shibuya Crossing

Located right outside Shibuya Station, the Shibuya Crossing is very famous for its scramble crossing. This is the place where the statue of the famous dog, Hachiko, stands which is a favorite meeting place among locals and tourists alike.

5. Check Out Fancy Street Art Near Harajuku Station

Street artists Harajuku
Street artists Harajuku

Harajuku is known all over the world as the colorful and playful world of cosplay culture. Its people’s outlandish getup and cutting-edge shops are just two of the things that have given this place its own identity. Street artists have decided to complement the whimsical ambience with drawings.

6. Stroll Past Street Art in Senso-Ji’s Nakamise

Street Art in Senso-Ji’s Nakamise
Street Art in Senso-Ji’s Nakamise

This is another place where tourists can enjoy street art. Only this time, it is within the market right before the entrance to the Senso-Ji Temple. Known as the Nakamise, this maze has been splattered with an edgier take on traditional printmaking compositions.

7. Stumble Upon Swastikas at Senso-Ji Temple

Swastikas symbol at Senso-Ji Temple
Swastikas symbol at Senso-Ji Temple

The swastika might have a negative connotation in its use by the Nazis in old Germany but this symbol means the completely opposite in the Senso-Ji Temple. A Sanskrit term that means “good luck”, this ancient symbol is liberally seen on the temple grounds.

8. Scribble Meditations at the Meiji Shrine

Written on wooden plaques
Written on wooden plaques

The walk from the vibrant Harajuku to the Meiji Shrine should be something that will be very relaxing and rejuvenating for tourists. The arrival in the shrine presents a lovely oasis with moving mediations that are written on wooden plaques.

9. Overload on Pseudo-Pornographic Toys in Akihabara

Toys shop in Akihabara
Toys shop in Akihabara

Peaceful shrines might be rampant all over Tokyo but it does not mean that this city cannot have its share of kitschy electronics shop. Akihabara, popularly known as Electric Town, would be a haven for consumers who are has electronics and toys obsession.

10. Go Through Vintage Treasures on Meiji Street

Meiji Street
Meiji Street

The streets of Ginza should provide tourists with an upscale avenue for shopping. For Japanese Vintage, however, Meiji Street in Harajuku would be the perfect place. Sift through new and used clothing, chandelier warehouse, and secondhand stores.

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  1. Number 7 is incorrect… You need to take more care when putting things like that on pages. The symbol printed there is a reverse image of a swastika.

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