Tokyo Travel Guide provides tourist information for Tokyo Japan. This Tokyo city guide gives you a list of the best tourist attractions and places to go in Tokyo as well as a Tokyo restaurant guide with restaurant reviews, and a Tokyo hotel guide with hotel reviews. Tokyo is huge and has a population of over 12 million people. There is so much to see and do in Tokyo.
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This is not just a Top 10 list as there are way more things to see and do in Tokyo. Here's our list of the best things in Tokyo:
1. The Food - it is no exaggeration that the Japanese take their food very serious. From this you will find some great restaurants all over Tokyo. Not only the best Japanese food but some of the best international cuisine as well. Check out the Japanese Food Guide as well as our Tokyo Restaurant Guide.
2. Sensoji Temple in Asakusa is one of the largest and most important Buddhist temples in Japan.
3. Harajuku has a number of attractions including Yoyogi park, Meiji Jing Shrine - an important Shinto temple as well as Takeshita Street which is famous for shopping.
4. Shinjuku is one of the most popular and busiest areas of Tokyo. With the busiest train station in the world with more than 3 million people passing through it each day. There are loads of large shopping malls and heaps of restaurants
5. Roppongi is the nightlife capital of Tokyo with bars and clubs open to 5am when the first trains begin to run. Roppongi Hills Shopping Mall is one of the largest shopping malls in Japan.
6. Tokyo Tower - a 500m tower which has panaromic views all over Tokyo. On a clear day you can see Mount Fuij. Tokyo Tower is located close to Roppongi.
7. The Imperial Palace is located within Chiyoda-ku in the centre of Tokyo close to Tokyo Train Station. This is where the Japanese Emperor lives with his wife.
8. Ginza is the fashion shopping district of Tokyo with all the high end fashion stores. At night the neon lights light up the streets.
9. Shibuya is another popular district in Tokyo for shopping, eating and drinking. One of the best places to check out is Nonbei-yokocho which is 2 small lane ways lined with traditional Japanese taverns and yakitori restaurants.
10. Tsukiji Fish Markets are the largest fish Markets in the world. Open 7 days a week and best to visit first thing in the morning to see the Tuna auctions and try some of the freshest sushi. Tsukiji Fish Markets are located close to Ginza.
11. Yasukuni Shrine a shrine containing the names of Japanese people who died in the various wars throughout history defending Japan.
12. Disneyland Tokyo was the first Disneyland to open outside of the United States. Tokyo Disneyland has an area of 465,000m with 7 themed areas with the most advanced amusement rides in the world.
13. Kamakura is an old historical town located around 1 hour outside of Tokyo. Kamakura has some amazing temples and shrines worth visiting.
Tokyo is hot and humid during the summer months especially during July, August and early September. To get out of the heat and cool down here are some suggestions of the coolest things to do in Tokyo during summer. Check out the Coolest Things to do in Tokyo in Summer
Melbourne Cup is the biggest horse race in Australia. For all the Australians in Tokyo, Tuesday 3rd November 2015 is a National Holiday in Japan and there are a few pubs and bars showing the Melbourne Cup live. Check out these places showing the Melbourne Cup 2015:
See a full list of Bars and Pubs in Tokyo that will be showing the Melbourne Cup 2015 horse race.
New Years Day 1st January
Coming of Age Day 2nd January celebrates people turning 20 years of age.
National Foundation Day 11th February
Vernal Equinox Day around 21st, 22nd or 23rd March
Showa Day 29th April (Birthday of Emperor Showa 1901 - 1989)
Constitution Day 3rd May
Greenery Day 4th May
Children's Day 5th May
(The first week of May is known as the Golden Week because of the consecutive public holidays, many Japanese take the ramainder of the week off in holidays to get a whole week holiday)
Marine Day 3rd Monday of July
Respect for the Aged Day 3rd Monday of September
Autumnal Equinox Day around 23rd or 24th September. Around the time of the Autumn Equinox the Autumn Festival is held thoughout Shinjuku with large crowds carrying portable shrines (Mikoshi) thoughout the streets of Shinkuku and Kabukicho.
Health and Sports Day 2nd Monday of October
Culture Day 3rd November
Labor Thanksgiving Day 23rd November
Emperor's Birthday 23rd December
One of the coolest restaurants to go to in Tokyo is Yuian Restaurant. Yuian is located on Level 52 of the Shinjuku Sumitomo Building located in Shinjuku, just a 10 minute walk from Shinjuku Station, located directly in front of the Hyatt Regency Hotel, or diagonally across from the Hilton Hotel in Nishi-Shinjuku. As well as a great Japanese menu, with a selection of multi-course meals, the views of Tokyo are spectacular. For such a great restaurant the prices are quite reasonable (average around US$40 per person for multi-course). For more information about Yuian Restaurant click here. There are lots of good restaurants in the same building offering similar views. Check out the list of restaurants in the Sumitomo Building.