Your journey to Japan would be complete with a visit to its fabled capital city, Tokyo.
Tokyo has been on the top of everyone's travel bucket list. Not only has a large selection of interesting attractions, but this city also houses many well-preserved ancient buildings. Formerly known as Edo City, Tokyo has also earned the title of the most liveable city in the world in 2015 by Monocle Magazine. Another thing that makes this city special is the local people here always strive to maintain their environmental cleanliness. Not only that, but public facilities in Tokyo are also well organised. Tokyo is a city that has become a paradise for foodies too. Based on the Michelin Guidebook, Tokyo is a must-go culinary destination. Furthermore, Tokyo is also one of the cities that has many Michelin star restaurants. The city of Tokyo itself has a vast area, reaching 2,187 square kilometres. The area is divided into 23 special wards, 26 cities, one district, and four subprefectures. Shibuya is the most famous ward in Tokyo, famed as one of the fashions centres in Japan. There is also the Akihabara, Chiyoda's ward, which is said to be the centre of otaku culture.
Tokyo is one of the fascinating places to visit in Japan, highlighting vibrant districts, fantastic cafes, and well-preserved ancient buildings. So, here are some of the things to do in Japanese capital, especially for a first-time traveller.
Tokyo Tower has become the most notable landmark in Japan as it started overlooking Tokyo since 1958. This tower stands as high as 332.6 meters and is the second tallest building in Japan after Tokyo Skytree. The main function of this tower is as an analogue TV transmitter, FM radio, digital TV, and train emergency radio system. Not only has a function as a transmitter tower, but Tokyo Tower is also accompanied by several facilities to support tourism activities. During your visit to the Tokyo Tower, you can watch Tokyo's fantastic skyline from the observation floor at 223 meters high. Also, there is a shopping area on the 2nd floor, as well as the Tokyo One Piece Tower game centre which you can find on floors 3F to 5F.
Called Sumida Koen, this park is a great place to admire the beauty of Tokyo. Sumida Park can be found along the Sumida River with an area of 100,000 square meters. This place is the best choice for tourists who want to see Tokyo Skytree and Asakusa. Sumida Koen is also a favourite tourist attraction for those who want to witness the blooming of cherry blossoms in the spring. This park is full of cherry blossoms, with more than 640 trees. The view of cherry blossoms combined with Skytree is the most charming attraction you can find in this park.
No trip to Tokyo would be complete without a visit to the Sensoji Temple or popularly called Asakusa Temple. This tourist attraction is known as the oldest temple in Tokyo. The number of tourists who come to this place every year is fantastic, reaching 30 million people, both local and foreign tourists. The construction of the Asakusa Temple began in 628 AD and was completed in 645 AD. This place is often chosen as the location of several seasonal events, including the Hozuki or Hagoita market. Also, the legendary Matsuri Festival is always centred on the Asakusa Shrine.
Tokyo is also known as the first city outside America to have a Disneyland recreation park. This interesting place is always a must stopover for tourists in Tokyo. Its large size, reaching 47 hectares, also allows Tokyo Disneyland to accommodate large numbers of visitors. A wide choice of rides also makes this attraction a great family weekend getaway. You can find Cinderella Castle, which is an icon of Disneyland Tokyo. Furthermore, find other interesting rides such as Tom Sawyer Island Rafts, Mark Twain Riverboat, Omnibus, Haunted Mansion, Toon Park, and much more.
The next interesting destination is the Sunshine Aquarium. In this place, you can witness the existence of a giant aquarium that houses a variety of fish from around the world. During your visit to the Sunshine Aquarium, you can explore the fantastic underwater world. What's more, the Sunshine Aquarium is located inside a building as high as 40 meters.
Tokyo is a fantastic destination for so many reasons—its traditions, history, culture, arts—but its food alone is motivation enough to visit!
Ise Sueyoshi is a good choice for those who want to eat the famous traditional Japanese cuisine, kaiseki. Chef Yuki Tanaka, who founded Ise Sueyoshi Restaurant in 2015, has learned the secrets of cooking kaiseki in Kikunoi, Kyoto. Most importantly, this restaurant is also the right place to eat halal kaiseki.
Torishiki restaurant is the best place to taste delicious Japanese yakitori or satay. Torishiki is also known as one of the Michelin 1-star restaurants in Tokyo. The presence of Chef Yoshiteru Ikegawa, whose name is already well-known as a maestro yakitori, guarantees delicious yakitori ready to be served in front of you.
Your trip to Japan will feel incomplete without tasting ramen. Muginae restaurant is an excellent choice to eat delicious authentic ramen. The ramen dish here is made using the traditional method and without using MSG (monosodium glutamate).
Whether you are travelling solo or with families, this ultimate guide will give you the best places to stay in Tokyo.
This luxury hotel offers a strategic location, not far from the famous shopping centre of Shinjuku. Also, you can reach Asakusa Temple and Ueno Park easily from the hotel.
This hotel also provides flexibility in exploring the city centre. Most of all, the APA Hotel TKP Nippori-Ekimae is only 234 meters from Nippori Station. To access Narita International Airport from this hotel, you can use the Skyliner Tokyo.
Located at Shibuya District, this hotel is only about 253 meters from the nearest Shinjuku Train Station. You can also reach downtown Shinjuku in just minutes’ drive away.
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