One of the world’s greatest metropolises, Tokyo is a city for city lovers. There’s so much to do here you can barely pack it into one trip, but it’s worth pounding the pavements to try and see as much as possible. Follow this Tokyo travel guide for the best bits.
Soak up some history
While Tokyo is undoubtedly a forward-thinking city as a technology hub, but its historical and religious sights shouldn’t be missed. Travel to Tokyo to learn more about Tokyo’s background at places such as the Sensoji Temple, a Buddhist site that’s one of the oldest in the city, the Imperial Palace, which used to be one of the largest fortresses in the world, and the Tokyo National Museum, the go-to place if you want to learn about this city more in-depth.
Whether you’ve got money to burn or you just want to peruse for pleasure, you have to spend at least one day in Tokyo wandering around its famous shopping districts. The sheer size of these areas and the shops in them will blow your mind, and it’s fun to take photos in them even if that’s all you’re there for.
Don’t miss Ginza, Tokyo’s most affluent shopping areas with mega-superstores dominating the streets but there are also quirky shops here that show off some of the best craftsmanship in Japan. If you want something wild, wacky, and young, head to Shibuya where you can watch the teen collective of Tokyo walk by in their fashion-forward outfits.
Walk through the parks
There is a lot of green space in Tokyo, where you can get away from all the city chaos and breathe in some (relatively) fresh air. Visit the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden to stroll through English, French, and traditional Japanese gardens, one of the most beautiful leafy spots in the city.
Another popular park is also Ueno, located next to the station of the same name and a top spot for cherry blossoms in the spring. This quintessential picture of Japan is unmissable if you’re in town at the right time of year. so make sure you visit a park during these months to take some pictures of the beautiful sight.
Visit Mount Fuji
As Japan’s highest mountain, you’d think Mount Fuji wasn’t accessible from Tokyo but as it’s just a short train ride from the city it makes for one of the best day trips. You’ll need to be a dedicated climber to summit this peak, as it makes for a gruelling ascent and is often clouded over at the top restricting the views across the landscape below, but it is nevertheless an achievement for an adrenaline junkie. Alternatively, head out to other places around Mt Fuji, such as to Mt Ōyama, so that you actually get views of the mountain as opposed to clouds and very sore legs!
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