From its famous attractions to its well-kept secrets, here are the 50 Best things to do in Tokyo. Be sure to check it out before you head to Japan, and use it as a guide when planning your trip schedule!
21. A Romantic Oasis
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Koishikawa Korakuen is one of the city’s oldest and most Romantic Japanese gardens.
It’s hard to believe this calm oasis is only minutes away from one of Tokyo’s most bustling business areas. Water lilies in the pond blossom from May to September, followed by Autumn leaves on the Japanese Maple trees in Mid-November. In one word – Bliss.
Don’t miss the tiny restaurant overlooking the Garden (at the entrance) serving Traditional Japanese meals at a very reasonable price. Koishikawa Korakuen is a short walk from Iidabashi Station.
22. Tokyo’s Fifth Avenue
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Omotesando street is ‘Tokyo’s Fifth Avenue’, an elegant boulevard lined with elm trees, designer shops and small cafe’s. It’s a great place to stroll, do some window-Shopping, and enjoy a chic ambiance while avoiding the heavy crowds of Midtown. It is very close to Tokyo attractions like Meiji Jingu Shrine, Harajuku Cosplay and Yoyogi Park. Omotesando is included on our Tokyo Tours.
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23. Souvenirs Street
Nakamise Street leading to Senso-ji Temple is lined with souvenir shops and traditional Japanese food stalls, a great place to stock up on souvenirs for your friends and family before going back home. Asakusa and Nakamise street are part of our Tokyo Tours.
24. Tokyo’s Flea Markets
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Not many tourists are aware of this, but great bargains can be found at Tokyo’s flea markets,. Most of these markets operate in local temples, so while hunting for treasures you can also enjoy the traditional ambience. Here is a list of Tokyo’s flea markets
25. Department store Basements
Department store basements are the best place to find cheap prepared meals, large salads, bento boxes and Japanese sweets. You can enter these department stores basements from most major train stations such as Tokyo Station, Shibuya or Shinjuku.
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Ginza is an elegant shopping quarter during the day and a fantastic Nightlife district after dark. Ginza offers an unusual mix of traditional and trendy with Karaoke Bars, High-end designer brand Shopping, Kabuki Theater, Tuskji fish Market and lively Sake Bars – Izakaya. If touring by car, Imperial palace Tokyo, Marunouchi and the Tokyo station area are included. Ginza is part of our Tokyo Tours.
27. Night time Illuminations
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Night time lighting in Tokyo is a a visual treat. Be sure to walk or take a night tour to the Imperial Palace, Tokyo tower, Rainbow Bridge and during cherry blossom season to the Japanese Gardens that are illuminated into the late hours.
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Maranouchi quarter is bubbling with bars, restaurants, up-scale shops, culture and Entertainment.
It’s a business center by day and a trendy Tokyo nightlife area in the evenings.
Its right next to Tokyo station, the central train station for Tokyo and all of Japan, and walking distance to major Tokyo Attractions such as Tsukiji Fish Market, Ginza and Tokyo Imperial Palace.
29. Tokyo Midtown
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Tokyo Midtown is a very elegant shopping mall right in the middle of Roppongi area. You could easily spend half a day in here wandering between the upscale shops by international designers, dining at the restaurants, and enjoying the garden and Suntory museum of art featuring Japanese art.
30. Maid Café
Maid Cafe’s are uniquely Japanese/ In these places Japanese young women dressed as French-maids treat their customers as if they were their masters. This trend is super-popular. You can actually see lines forming in front of these Café’s at certain hours.
Recently Japanese women are getting their share of the fun, since ‘Butler cafés’ have opened too.