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Think of modern day Japan and you'll likely picture Tokyo - a sprawling metropolis of gleaming skyscrapers, cosmopolitan entertainment districts, fashionable citizens, punctual public transport and neon-lit streetscapes. From your hotel suite, you can gaze upon the multi-colored glow of the city leading straight to the horizon, an awe-inspiring sight. Tokyo has been the nation's capital since the start of the Meiji Restoration in 1868 when, among other major changes to the nation's political and social structure, Japan came out of its self-imposed isolation. After suffering extensive damage during World War II, Tokyo has since rebuilt itself into one of the world's most energetic, vibrant cities; while somehow managing to retain traces of the shogun's capital from the quiet alleys lined with charming wooden shanty bars to cobblestone lanes, kabuki theatres and sumo stadiums.
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Things to See and Do in Tokyo

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Sensoji (Kannon Temple)

Sensoji (also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple) is a Buddhist temple located in Asakusa. Perhaps the most famous and photographed of Tokyo's temples, it is the oldest Buddhist temple in the capital, and the five-story pagoda, trails of incense and vast eaves will take you back to a Tokyo of time gone by.

The legend says that in the year 628, two brothers fished a statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, out of the Sumida River, and even though they put the statue back into the river, it always returned to them. Consequently, Sensoji was built nearby for the goddess of Kannon. The temple was completed in 645, making it Tokyo's oldest temple.
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Meiji Shrine

Visit the Meiji Shrine in Harajuku, the foremost Shinto shrine in Tokyo. Originally built in 1920, it was destroyed in World War II and rebuilt in 1958. The shrine is dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken, who ruled from 1868 to 1912, presiding over Japan’s transition from centuries of shogun rule to imperial power. On weekends, Japanese couples getting married, often in traditional attire, are a common sight.
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Toyosu & Tsukiji Markets

Visit Toyosu Fish market, where the famous Tsukiji Fish market recently located. Daily auctions are held featuring over 450 types of seafood, a unique experience that offers insight into a country obsessed with the freshest possible ingredients for its seafood-centric cuisine. Although the fish market relocated, the outer market selling produce and kitchenware still stands at the old Tsukiji site and is still worth a visit.
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Tokyo Imperial Palace

Visit the perimeter of the Imperial Palace and its surrounding gardens. (Tours of the actual palace interiors are limited to highly regulated group tours at set times, so we don't recommend this.) Instead, view the palace from popular points like the Nijubashi bridge (or “double bridge”) over the southern moat and the East Gardens. During cherry blossom season, this is a popular spot for both locals and visitors alike to take in the blooms.
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Harajuku & Omotesando

The Harajuku neighborhood and its main artery, Omotesando Boulevard, are a haven for shoppers. Here, tidy alleyways filled with cafes and boutiques lend a European feel. Sunday afternoons are when the famed Harajuku girls (and boys) come here to strut their stuff, exchanging the strictures of weekday conformity (the ubiquitous navy-blue school uniforms) for outrageously dressed alter egos. Their bold attire are badges of individuality, and you can’t help but admire what Gwen Stefani dubbed their "wicked style."
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Akihabara

Discover the famous “Akihabara scene,” a mind-boggling alternative universe that includes Japan’s unique “maid cafés”, electronics emporiums, high-tech video game parlors, pachinko parlors, and the vibrant world of the Japanese anime (cartoons) and manga (comic books). Akihabara is a fascinating window into the parallel universe of Japan’s geek-youth culture called otaku, a catch-all for young people (most often men) with obsessions for the above diversions.

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Sumo Match

If your visit to Japan aligns, attend an afternoon of a Grand Sumo Tournament for a quintessential Japanese experience. Sumo is a serious sport that combines weight, speed, intellect, technique, and guile, with matches preceded by such ritual elements as purifying the ring with salt. Matches can last from a few seconds to a couple minutes, and bigger isn't always better; smaller wrestlers often defeat larger opponents. In recent years, the top-ranked yokozuna have actually been Mongolian, while wrestlers from South Korea, Russia, Georgia, Bulgaria, and Estonia have also joined the league, using adopted Japanese names.
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Shinjuku’s Memory Lane

Memory Lane in Tokyo is a name which pops up in pretty much any Tokyo itinerary guide. Some, refer to it as the Piss Alley, which will inevitably make you avoid it. Who in the right mind would want to visit such place right in the heart of Tokyo? A trip down the Memory Lane in Tokyo is most certainly not what it seems. A narrow street, home to around 60 small bars is a place where locals continue to go to. Memory Lane in Tokyo is not a dirty, dodgy street in some forgotten neighbourhood, but it's a charming little place, full of history right in the heart of Shinjuku. And as with everything Japanese, there is a story awaiting to be told, of how Piss Alley has become one of the best things to do in Tokyo.

Best Time to Visit Tokyo

The best time to visit Tokyo is during Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). The weather is nearly perfect, with none of the heavy rains and high temperatures of summer. Sightseeing, outdoor activities, parks, and gardens are at their best.

Though the weather may be cool and rain more likely, Spring is a wonderful time to visit Tokyo, as temperatures are comfortable between 10 and 20°C and it’s when the famed yet fleeting cherry blossom season occurs. Autumn is another excellent time to visit Tokyo, as the humidity has subsided, leaving in its wake deliciously cool days ranging from the low 60s to the high 70s, with plenty of sunshine. Even better, the trees in Tokyo’s parks and gardens are ablaze with vibrant autumn colors - perfect for a photo opportunity.
Max Temperature(ºC)
Jan
9
Feb
10
Mar
13
Apr
18
May
22
Jun
25
Jul
28
Aug
30
Sep
26
Oct
21
Nov
16
Dec
11
Rainfall (mm)
Jan
47
Feb
62
Mar
101
Apr
122
May
139
Jun
185
Jul
132
Aug
148
Sep
185
Oct
174
Nov
90
Dec
50
Month
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

JAN
9ºC
47mm

FEB
10ºC
62mm

MAR
13ºC
101mm

APR
18ºC
122mm

MAY
22ºC
139mm

JUN
25ºC
185mm

JUL
28ºC
132mm

AUG
30ºC
148mm

SEP
26ºC
185mm

OCT
21ºC
174mm

NOV
16ºC
90mm

DEC
11ºC
50mm

Festivals, Events and Seasonal Reasons to Visit

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    AnimeJapan (March) formerly known as the Tokyo International Anime Fair, AnimeJapan is the world's largest anime (Japanese animation) fair, held in Tokyo in late March. There are events and exhibitions for industry insiders and fans alike.
  • 02

    Sanja Matsuri is the grandest Tokyo festival of all. This annual three-day event, held over the third weekend of May, attracts around 1.5 million spectators to Asakusa. The highlight is the rowdy parade of mikoshi (portable shrines) carried by men and women in traditional dress.
  • 03

    Kanda Matsuri is one of Tokyo's greatest traditional festivals which is held on odd-numbered years in May, consisting of a week-long succession of ceremonial rituals and parades, centring around Kanda Shrine. The highlights are on May 13, when hundreds of people parade through Kanda and the surrounding area, bearing mikoshi (portable shrines) and accompanied by Shinto priests on horseback.
  • 04

    Sumida River Fireworks Festival is Japan's the oldest and most famous recorded fireworks festival dates back to 1733, when it was staged as part of a ceremony to pray for victims of a severe famine the previous year. This festival takes place in Tokyo on the last Saturday of July, when a huge array of fireworks are launched from barges along the Sumida River with crowds of spectators said to number 950,000 people look on.
  • 05

    Roppongi Art Night: Held in mid - to late October, this annual nocturnal celebration of all things art event sees large-scale installations and performances taking over the streets of Roppongi in Tokyo.
  • 06

    Shichi-go-san is one of the most important festivals for Japanese children. This adorable festival on November 15 sees parents dress girls aged seven (shichi) and three (san) and boys aged five (go) in wee kimonos and head to Shintō shrines of their tutelary deity for blessings. One of the most popular Shichi-go-san destinations in Tokyo is Hie Shrine in Akasaka.

Suggested Itineraries

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel to Tokyo, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Tokyo on a bespoke touring itinerary to Japan, do not hesitate to contact us.
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Ideas for Experiencing Tokyo

Tokyo By Night
Bright lights, dynamic streets and delicious food: this by night Tokyo tour package has it all. After the sun sets, head to a traditional pub for a drink with the locals. Then stroll across Shibuya's famed intersection on the way to dinner with a view at a popular Japanese restaurant.