Are you planning on going to Japan soon? Then you must visit Tokyo, which is the capital city of the country. Not only is it filled with beautiful sights to see but with a cultural side filled with fantastic museums, festivals, and delicious cuisine. With a ton of places to visit in this city alone, you’ll be able to have the best vacation of your life.
But where should you go? If you’re making your itinerary, then make sure to add these amazing places to your travel bucket list!
- Meiji Shrine
Meiji Shrine is the Shinto Shrine which is dedicated to the spirits of both Emperor Meiji and his wife. It’s popular for locals to visit during the Hatsumode, and also the first shrine people visit during the New Year.
Before entering the Shrine, you must bow once when entering the shrine archway and walk on the left or right side when going in (the center of the path is for the deity).
When you reach the water well, hold the ladle in your right hand and scoop up water, then wash your left hand.
Then switch your hands and wash your right hand.
Switch again and pour water into your left palm to hold water.
Switch again and pour water into your left palm to hold water, then rinse your mouth. *Do not drink or spit.
Wash your left hand the same way as the first step.
Using the remaining water, slowly make ladle’s head up to let the water run along the grip to rinse the grip.
Put the ladle back to the original place upside down.
Once you reach the Main Shrine, bow two times and clap twice. Make a wish if you want to bow again then.
Visiting the Meiji Shrine is free of charge, but if you would like to go in the Treasure House and Inner Garden, it is 500 yen per person.
- Nakamise Shopping Street
If you’re looking for a fantastic place to shop for souvenirs, then the Nakamise Shopping Street is the perfect destination. It’s known as one of the oldest shopping centers in the country. Not only will you find Japanese souvenirs like folding fans or keychains but you can also purchase traditional local snacks for your family back home.
Sensoji is the largest ancient Buddhist temple in Tokyo, a significant attraction in Tokyo for both locals and foreigners. This temple is for the Goddess of Mercy. It’s a must-visit as it is the oldest temple and one of the most important for Japanese. There are no fees when visiting the temple and is located near the Asakusa station.
- Imperial Palace and East Garden
Now, this is one of the most beautiful areas to visit! It’s the primary residence of the Emperor and only open during two dates, January 2 and December 23. During those two dates, you’ll be able to enter the inner palace grounds and even see some members of the Imperial Family. The Imperial Palace East Garden is open for all, where you can run or view the Sakura flowers bloom during the spring.
- Tokyo Skytree
The Tokyo Skytree offers one of the most beautiful views of the Tokyo city skyline. There are two observation decks, and its ground floor holds a vast shopping complex and an aquarium you’ll appreciate.
- Tokyo Disneyland and Sanrio Puroland
Whether you’re with family or friends, Tokyo Disneyland is a must-visit, as well as Tokyo DisneySea. There are dozens of fantastic attractions and rides both adults and children will love. Tokyo DisneySea is also adult-friendly, with fewer attraction rides for children and alcoholic drinks available.
The second best theme park to visit is Sanrio Puroland, which is the home of all Sanrio characters, including Hello Kitty! It’s an indoor park with a ton of attractions and live performances.
- Akihabara Electric Town
Akihabara is one of the best places to visit for the tech-savvy, as it’s the biggest town that collects all electronic appliances and gadgets worldwide. Products of top technology are available here, also with a ton of anime and manga related shops. You can find karaokes, maid cafes, a huge arcade game center, and even an abundance of restaurants with yummy eats. You’ll be able to spend the whole day here and still feel like it isn’t enough!
- Shibuya Crossing and Harajuku
Lastly, head on to the Shibuya Crossing, which is the most famous crossing you can find in photography and films (Shibuya is also the best district to stay in Tokyo!). Then after taking an Instagrammable shot there, visit Harajuku, which is the center of Japanese youth fashion and culture. You can find a lot of fashion shops and unique clothing styles, as well as street food to enjoy during a shopping break.
Wrapping It Up
When visiting Japan, may it be for vacation or work, Tokyo should be a must-visit when you have the time! With a mix of modern living and traditional culture, high-tech gadgets and a ton of cartoon characters, you’ll have the time of your life no matter who you’re with!
I hope that these Japan places to visit in Tokyo gave you an idea of where you should begin your journey. So don’t wait any longer and have that vacation planned today!
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