Incredible Culinary & Cultural Adventure Awaits
How to Best Explore, Eat, Be Entertained & Enjoy Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo is an extraordinary city, not just by its energy, attractions, and cultural amazements, but in its sheer size. It is the world’s largest and most populated metropolis: like a dozen micro-cities in one. With so many incredible things to offer, the most important thing you need to keep in mind when visiting Tokyo, is that you really won’t be able to see everything (trust us- we’ve tried)— so figuring out what to prioritize and use your time wisely is key.
Its main attraction is exploring Tokyo’s unique neighborhoods, and the main activity is eating your way around them.
To make the most of your time in Tokyo. we recommend organizing your trip by which areas you plan to visit— picking 1 or 2 to see each day, and then choosing your best eating options and activities within them. Maybe it’s Ginza, and the Imperial Palace one day, Asakusa’s street markets and temples the next, and Harajuku’s colorful kawaii culture nearby the solemn Meiji Shrine after that.
We’ve broken our Tokyo guide down by areas of the city, highlighting must-sees and recommendations throughout, so that you can plan and better understand it amazements.
Prepare yourself to see, explore, and eat things that you typically wouldn’t, and enjoy and embrace the experience. Tokyo is unlike any other place in the world, so expect the unexpected, and above-all: go with the flow.
BEST THINGS TO DO IN TOKYO
GOLDEN GAI BAR CRAWL
AREA WITH 300+ BARS
HARAJUKU KAWAII CULTURE
TAKESHITA DORI- TOYKO'S ICONIC
NAKAMISE SHOPPING ST
Best known for its lavish and vibrant nightlife, you'll find many bars, luxe hotels and nightclubs. Explore the modern side of Tokyo through its shopping, museums, incredible views of the skyline.
EAT, SHOP & STAY
WHAT TO PACK
Comfortable Sneakers and Clothing for walking around the city. Tokyo is very fashion-forward, but not too fancy. Jeans are suitable for daytime and nice pants and top for dinners.
Trains & Subways can you get everywhere throughout the country & cities
Buy an IC Card: Pasmo or JR Pass
Uber & Taxis are available during the day, but very expensive.
Have Google translate installed on your phone, (this will come in handy in many situations)
The easiest and most popular city to arrive into Japan is Tokyo.
There are two major international airports in Tokyo (Narita and Haneda), and you can catch a train in Tokyo for pretty much every city via JR or Shinkansen.
If you are coming from another destination, Kansai International Airport, is nearest to Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto; and New Chitose Airport, is nearest to Sapporo.
September is Typhoon season & the summer months are typically very warm and rainy. In the North it is colder and snows throughout the winter.
WHEN TO GO
High season is from March through early June & late Autumn after typhoon season ends. Cherry Blossom season is late March -early April. Hotel rates typically lower during low-season.