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Top 10 Things to Do in Tokyo

Asakusa Area Guide - Asakusa (浅草) is famous amongst tourists and locals alike for Senso-ji Temple and Nakamise, the shopping street which approaches the temple. Lying along the Sumida River, Asakusa is in the heart of Tokyo’s shitamachi. It ... continue reading
Cherry Blossoms - Starting in the south and moving up north to Hokkaido in a great pink Mexican wave, the cherry blossoms are probably the biggest seasonal event on the Japanese calendar. The flowers blossom for just 2–3 ... continue reading
Meiji Shrine (Meiji-Jingu) - Located behind Harajuku Station, Meiji Shrine (明治神宮) was built in dedication to Emperor Meiji for his role in restoring imperial rule to Japan and accelerating its industrialisation. Completed in 1920 with the help of volunteers, ... continue reading
Shibuya Area Guide - Shibuya (渋谷) encapsulates the stereotypical image of Tokyo as the city of the future better than any other area. No self-respecting travel documentary on Tokyo would dare broadcast without at least one obligatory scene showing ... continue reading
Sumo: Japan’s National Sport - At first glance sumo is nothing if not bizarre: overweight men dressed in an enormous thong pushing each other inside a small ring where the pre-ceremony is usually longer than the actual fight. However, delve ... continue reading
The Best Parks & Gardens in Tokyo - Tokyo’s landscaped gardens are immaculately kept and glorious during the cherry blossom season and in autumn when the leaves turn red. Shinjuku Gyoen National Gardens is probably the most famous, but gardens like Koishikawa Korakuen ... continue reading
The Best Places to View Tokyo at Night - Tokyo’s numerous skyscrapers mean that the city can be viewed from just about any angle. On a clear day you can see Mount Fuji, but night time without doubt provides the most memorable experience. There ... continue reading
The Best Yokocho in Tokyo - If you are looking to mingle with the locals over a beer in the evening then there is no better place than a yokocho. Yokocho means “side alley” and typically they are narrow streets lined ... continue reading
Tsukiji Fish Market - Tsukiji, like much of the surrounding area, is built on reclaimed land from the Sumida River delta. It is synonymous with Tsukiji Fish Market (築地市場), the presence which is a result of the Great Kanto ... continue reading