Famous for its dazzling neon and bustling streets, Tokyo is on many avid travellers’ bucket list, and after visiting just once, you’ll know exactly why. The futuristic mega-malls, bohemian designer boutiques, and stunning buildings designed by Japan’s world-renowned architects, not to mention fantastic food, makes for an incredible sensory experience that no unacquainted visitor will ever forget.
For anyone with an interest in Japanese history and spirituality, the stunning Buddhist temple Sensō-ji, and the Shinto shrine Meiji Jingū are absolute musts. Both are beautiful examples of historical Japanese architecture, and hold special places in the nation’s complex spiritual climate. The Tokyo National Museum houses the world’s largest collection of Japanese art, and is another popular stop for history buffs wanting to understand more about the shogun aspect of Japan's past. For those interested in a more contemporary side of Japan, visit the Ghibli Museum for a unique insight into Miyazaki Hayao’s beloved animations.
One thing that sets Tokyo apart is its distinctive and active foodie culture. The famous Tsukiji fish market, the largest in the world, brings innumerable fresh fish every day, which are distributed to restaurants throughout the city. Tokyo boasts no less than 30 Michelin-starred restaurants, and the standard of cuisine here certainly overshadows the sushi found in western countries. If sushi isn’t your thing, there are plenty more local delights to sample, such as yakitori – traditional grilled chicken skewers, classic ramen and soba, and okonomiyaki – savoury pancakes with a wide range of delectable fillings.
For an experience as authentically Japanese as it gets, head to Ryōgoku Kokugikan – the largest sumo wrestling stadium in the country. Matches are held throughout the year, with major tournaments occurring in January, May, and September. Visitors can also rent a radio for ¥2,100 yen to listen to commentary in English, in order to learn more about this exciting and unique traditional sport.
Futuristic skylines and a bustling urban culture
Fascinating shogun history
The most Michelin starred restaurants of any city
Tokyo trip ideas
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Things to do in Tokyo
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