The World’s Mega City

With over 36 million people living in Tokyo Metropolis, it is the largest urban area on the planet. It is the place where future meets the past with many facets that differs vastly depending on where you go. From futuristic and hyper Akihabara (“The Electric Town”) to ancient Asakusa with its centuries old temples, Tokyo continues to reinvent itself every day. Have a look at our top ten things to do while you are there.

Top Ten

Have a look at our top ten things to do while you are in Tokyo.

1.Tsukiji Market

With over 2,000 tons of fish being traded daily, this is the largest fish market in the world. Early risers will be able to see the fish bitting taking place around 5am. Make sure to set your alarm clock!

2.Meiji Shrine

The largest Shinto Shrine in Tokyo is dedicated to the former emperor Meiji and his wife Shoken. This mystical Shrine in the heart of Shibuya and right next to Yoyogi Park (largest park in Tokyo), which makes it a great relaxing walk for a Sunday.

3. Akihabara

Ever wanted to visit a Maid Café and see where the subculture of Otakus came frome? Here you are at the right address. Vintage video game consoles, cosplay uniforms, meter high Anime statues, AKB48 restaurants and even live Pokemon fights. Anything can be found here.

4.Odaiba

This is an artificial island rising out of the water with the futuristic Fuji-TV building, a flashy shopping mall and a miniature of the Freedom Statue with a spectacular night view on the Rainbow Light Bridge. Everything at one spot!

5.Asakusa

Fukuoka’s residents have a reputation of enjoying life and having a good time, as any visitor can see when visiting one of several local festivals held throughout the year. The largest and most important ones are Dontaku and Hakata Gion Yamakasa. The latter one was recently included by UNESCO as “Intangible Cultural Heritage” due to its customs of having a street race by large teams, who are carrying huge wooden towers of over ten meters through the whole city. It is an annual spectacle where thousand of visitors come to enjoy this centuries old festival and immerse themselves in the mystical spirit that surrounds this celebration.

6. Ghibli Museum

Both avid fans and first timers will fall in love with this vivid museum from one of Japan’s largest animation companies. Famous films like Spirited Away or Princess Mononoke are showcased here with a great outside area to explore.

7.Tokyo Skytree

With 634 meters it is the second tallest building in the world and gives amazing panoramic views across the entire city with a clear sky even Mount Fuji is visible! In the evening the illumination of the tower is another eye-catching attraction.

8.Shinjuku

This is where you want to have a bustling and bursting night shopping. The light up of the nearby Kabukichō shopping area is another great place to have some great dinner and go for Karaoke.

9. Ryogoku Kokugikan

This place is known as the heartland of Sumo; Japan’s national sport. We strongly recommend watching a traditional match and go for some nearby Chanko Nabe restaurant (Sumo fighter’s hotpot).

10. Imperial Palace

The emperor’s palace is located on the former site of the Edo castle place and is surrounded by a large park area. Learn and see many things about the history of one of Japan’s most iconic figures.

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