Top 10 Things to See in Tokyo

By Sarah Schwartz | July 20, 2015
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With over 13 million people, huge bustling intersections and an insatiable thirst for new trends in food, fashion, beauty and design, Tokyo is one of our favorite cities. Here is a list of the top 10 things to see and do in the capital of Japan…

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Where to go: Tokyo Tower 

While not as world renowned as The Eiffel Tower, the Tokyo Tower is just as spectacular. At the top, you can watch the bright lights of the city…for an even more amazing 360 degree view, visit the Observation Deck.

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Where to go: Meiji Shrine

A 40-foot-high arched torii gateway marks your entry into this spiritual world, and a network of paths leads to the Meiji Shrine itself. The shrine is said to be the deified spirit of the Emperor Meiji, the current emperor’s great-grandfather. It resides in a Shinto temple surrounded by 170,000 majestic trees. Despite being one of Tokyo’s most visited outdoor places, the forest feels peaceful and far from the busy city.

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Where to go: Harajuku (and beyond)

Abandon tranquility with a short walk from the Meiji Shrine to the fashionable pedestrian-only streets of the Harajuku district, most notably Takeshita Sreet. Known internationally as a center of Japanese youth culture and fashion, the area is full of trendy boutiques, crêpe stands and fast food outlets. Just south of Takeshita Dori and over twice its length is Omotesando, a broad, tree-lined avenue sometimes referred to as Tokyo’s Champs-Élysées. Here you can find more upscale stores.

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Where to go: Tokyo Robot Evening Cabaret

Check out Tokyo’s Kabukicho red light district for Robot Cabaret, a campy 1-hour show full of flashing lights, taiko drums and techno music. Giant pandas, ninjas, dinosaurs, and women dressed glitzy enough to outshine them all join the robots on stage for an eclectic performance worth seeing.

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Where to go: Imperial Palace

Located in the Chiyoda ward of Japan is the main residence of the Imperial family. Known as Imperial Palace, it boasts a large park surrounded by moats and massive stone walls right in the center of Tokyo. Here you will see stunning architecture and greenery, plus it’s a stellar spot to go on a run and get some fresh air.

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Where to go: Shibuya Pedestrian Scramble

The pedestrian scramble crossing in Shibuya is the most famous and heavily used in the world. Located in Hachiko Square, you can observe the organized chaos from many high angle view points–this view in particular was from the second floor of the Starbucks in the Tsutaya building.

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Where to go: Tsujiki Fish Market

For anyone jet-lagged with hours to kill before dawn, head to the largest and absolute center of the sushi universe. 5am is when all the action starts, with live tuna auctioning. No visit to Tsujiki is complete without a sushi breakfast. Visit Sushi Dai for the freshest sashimi you will ever experience.

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Where to go: Afuri Ramen

Afuri in Shibuya is a must-visit if you ever find yourself hungry in Tokyo. Upon arrival, make your selection at the vending machine by purchasing a ticket. The broth here is exceptional, even for Tokyo, and the grilled pork belly downright unbeatable.

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Where to go: Hama Rikyu Tea Garden

This garden surrounded by tall buildings and the Sumida river is quite a welcome sight in the large city. Take a walk around the pond and check out the tea house for a full tea ceremony experience with matcha green tea and red bean treats.

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Where to go: Asakusa Shrine

Asakusa is the center of Tokyo’s “shitamachi” (which means low city) and is a place of worship where you can pray and ask the monks to pray for you. Walk along the alley nearby where most shops are decorated in traditional design.

Now it’s your turn to see these incredible destinations for yourself. Next on our list is Kyoto…Sayonara!

Sarah Schwartz

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