Tokyo is one of the most visited places in Japan. And it expects to see more tourists, especially when it hosts the Summer Olympics in 2020. When people who have traveled there tell you that there are a lot of things to do when while in Tokyo, they mean it and then some. The list of activities you can possibly do when there seems endless. But if you’re going to have to narrow down your list, make sure to include any or all of these:
Stay at a ryokan
Take up your Japan experience a notch higher by staying in a ryokan. Ryokns are traditional guest houses where you get to sleep on tatami floors. They also have Japanese communal baths which you don’t find in popular hotel chains. The ambiance is more intimate and personal. It is a great way to experience some of the things you may not be used to when staying in hotels like not wearing your shoes inside the premises and wearing a yukata while in your room.
Eat and sample as many local dishes and treats as you can
Japan is a foodie haven. There are many local and international cuisines to suit everyone’s tastes. But it would be a waste if you don’t get a taste of most of the country’s dishes and treats. Enjoy the sushi, okonomiyaki, takoyaki, soba, ramen, and more in restaurants and hole in the walls you find off the beaten paths. You can also sample some of the many flavors of KitKat, many of which are only available in Japan.
Take a Japanese bath
Onsen, or Japanese hot spring baths, is not something a lot of people are willing to try. But if you’re willing to put your game face on, it’s a unique experience you’d love. There are many onsens in Tokyo that you can visit. If you’re planning on going, make time to read some information on onsen etiquette. You’ll find that knowledge quiet helpful.
Ride the bullet train
Japan is also known for its bullet trains. It’s an experience you wouldn’t want to miss. You can marvel at the Japanese’s efficiency while getting the chance to get outside Tokyo and see more of Japan.
Go sightseeing at Senso-ji, Imperial Palace, Akihabara, and Harajuku
There are many popular and off-the-beaten path attractions in Tokyo. Regardless of where you want to go, you might want to include Senso-ji, Imperial Palace, Akihabara, and Harajuku on your list. While these places can get crowded because of its popularity among tourists, they are still worth your time. In Senso-ji, you don’t only get to offer a silent prayer and learn about your fortune. You can also have a great time checking out the various souvenirs and food at the narrow street leading to the temple.
Visit museums and gardens
Tokyo has many spectacular museums and gardens. The Edo-Tokyo Museum in Sumida is a great way to learn a little bit about the history of the city. There are several interesting exhibitions and you get a feel of being in the Edo period when you visit the place. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is a great place to go if you want to enjoy some peace and quiet in the midst of natural scenery.