10 Things to Do in Tokyo, Japan


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Have you ever visited Japan… or anywhere seriously cool like that? What were some of the best things you were able to see and do while there? Shogo is a member of our live community who happens to live in Tokyo. He sent in his list of top ten places to visit should you ever find yourself in the area.

  • Go to Akihabara – It is the most famous tech town in Japan, even known as Akihabara Electric Town. Funny thing is, the train station in Akihabara actually has a exit to enter the main area that has electronics in Akihabara. Go at night, I personally think it has one of the best night scenes in Tokyo.
  • Tokyo Animation Center in Akihabara – This is pretty much the place you have to go, if you go to Akihabara. It has a lot of information, demos, showings and events about animation (called anime as many of you may know in Japan) and gaming.
  • Go shopping in Akihabara – Again, Akihabara is very famous for the vast amounts of electronics. Just go to the main street, Chuo-dori (Pronounciation : Chūō-dōri) and go in any direction, any street.
  • Go to Chuo-dori on a Sunday in Akihabara – Cosplayers galore.
  • Japan? Sushi. – You have to eat Sushi, but not at those conveyor belt shops. You have to go to a real restaurant, and experience real Sushi. Just watch how much you eat, it’s expensive. I recommend trying Ginza Hokake in Ginza. (A course is 10,000 yen which is about 100 usd.)
  • Check out the Sony Building in Ginza – You can even see cutting edge products that aren’t available for purchase yet.
  • Tokyo Tower – Getting less geeky, you might want to go to the Tokyo Tower, much like the Eiffel Tower in Paris. There is a glass floor on one of the floors, and you can look straight down through it, quite exhillirating if you have a fear of heights.
  • Mitsubishi Minatomirai Industrial Museum – Although it is not exactly in Tokyo, it is very near. It is very interesting, has exhibits on space, ocean, transportation and more.
  • Tokyo Disney Land or Disney Sea – Just like any Disney Land but hey, its fun!
  • Asakusa Shrine – Just plain beautiful, if you want to see the beauty of classic old Japanese architecture, you have to go here. Make sure you bring a camera, you would want to take a picture every step you take.

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4 thoughts on “10 Things to Do in Tokyo, Japan”

  1. Want to see a life-size statue of Sephiroth?

    Then you have to go to Square Enix shop in Hatsudai!!!
    It only open in Saturday & Sunday though.

  2. Visit the Hakuhinkan Toy Park in Ginza. It’s a massive, multi-story toy store, you will not be disappointed. Very neat things you’d never see in the US.

  3. OMG! Terrible! I mean, no offense, but really, I don’t even live in Tokyo and I know better than this. Hey, Shogo, take out a pen and some paper, yer gonna need to take notes!!!

    1. If you know what’s good for you, stay as far away from Akihabara as possible. It’s an overpriced tourist trap with crowded, dirty little shops that stink of sweaty otaku. I mean, seriously, unless you know exactly where you’re going, you’re probably not going to find anything worth looking at. If you really must go, do your research ahead of time. Don’t just show up expecting it to be all fun and games. For serious gamers, I recommend a store called “Super Potato.” It’s 3-floors of pure retro awesomeness! If you’re an arcade game enthusiast, “Mak Japan” is pretty money, too! And seriously, if all you wanna to do is see a bunch of funky Japanese hanging out on the street, Yoyogi park and the surrounding neighborhoods of Harajuku and Shibuya are far more interesting. Which, by the way, is also immediately next door to “Meiji shrine,” which, in my opinion, blows “Asakusa shrine” out of the water. Besides, if you’re going to Asakusa, the main attraction isn’t the “shrine,” it’s the “temple,” aka Sensō-ji that everyone goes to see–which, by the way, I wholeheartedly recommend! And for the full on experience, why not ride the Leiji Matsumoto-designed Himiko boat on a cruise down the Sumida River? It runs back and forth to and from Asakusa to Odaiba, which is another pretty cool place to check out. Psst, it used to be the home of the 1/1 scale Gundam statue=P

    2. Okay dude, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with kaiten-zushi, aka conveyor belt sushi. It’s cheap, delicious and if you want to get technical, it’s without a doubt the more authentic experience. And FYI, sushi is old news pal. Ramen is where it’s at!!! Save your 10000 yen, because Tokyo is chalk full of the most unbelievable ramen shops that won’t cost you more than 1000 yen. Check it! Here’s a great little write up that was in the New York Times. Read it! Ramen is the new sushi! 4REAL!
    http://travel.nytimes.com/2010/01/31/travel/31ramen.html
    And if sushi is an absolute must, the Tsukiji fish market is supposedly one of the best places to get the cheapest, freshest fish. I’ve never been there myself so I only mention it because I often hear people talking about it. Again, do some research before you go.

    3. It seems like common sense but I swear people will never understand. If you climb Tokyo tower, you won’t be able to see Tokyo tower. And since Tokyo tower is pretty spectacular looking, you’re gonna wanna see it! I recommend going to Roppongi Hills in Roppongi. It has a really nice observation deck from which you’ll be able to see Tokyo tower and much, much more. Go right before sunset, and if you’re lucky, you’ll see the sun set behind Mt. Fuji. It’s quite breathtaking, not to mention super romantic!!!

    Okay, that’s about all I’m gonna say about Shogo’s top 10 ( 4 of which were in Akihabara, WTF?) places to visit in Tokyo. Take my advice, and don’t follow Shogo’s advice.

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