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Where in the world: Asia  /  Japan  /  Kanto  /  Tokyo Prefecture  /  Tokyo
Things to do in Tokyo range from strolling down manicured pathways and wooden bridges of Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden to admiring the city panorama from the observation deck of Tokyo Tower. Start your Tokyo tour by taking a step back in time and learning how the Japanese capital evolved at Edo-Tokyo Museum. You can also soak up the atmosphere of this pulsing metropolis while strolling among the glass buildings of Tokyo's upscale shopping neighborhood, Ginza. If you get overwhelmed with bustling streets and soaring skyscrapers, rest up between blossoming cherry trees at Ueno Park or make a side trip to the whimsical Ghibli Museum.

Tokyo is best known for its Sacred & Religious Sites, Landmarks, and Parks.

Top 15 things to do in Tokyo

1. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Shinjuku

Originally constructed for the private residence of "daimyo" (feudal lord) Naito in the Edo period, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden has served as a public park under the Ministry of the Environment since its reconstruction after World War II. Tour the park to see its three main sections: a traditional Japanese garden dotted with ponds intercepted by islands and bridges; a symmetrically planned French garden; and an English garden with sweeping lawns and cherry blossom trees. Stop by the greenhouse to inspect the permanent and special exhibits of tropical flowers.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $94 › Learn more about Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

2. Meiji Jingu Shrine, Shibuya

Pay your respects to the deified Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken, at Meiji Jingu Shrine, a Shinto shrine surrounded by a forested area crisscrossed with peaceful walking paths. At the temple itself, visitors give offerings, buy amulets and charms, and reflect on and write out their wishes. Walk through the treasure house to see belongings of the emperor and empress, and visit the museum annex next door, which hosts temporary exhibitions. Note that photography is not permitted within the temple’s halls.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $54 › Learn more about Meiji Jingu Shrine

3. Tokyo Tower, Shibakoen

Symbolic of Japan’s economic rebirth after World War II, Tokyo Tower stands proudly at a height of 333 m (1,092.5 ft), defining the Tokyo skyline with its orange and white stripes. This lattice steel tower, modeled on the Eiffel Tower, holds a communications tower and two observation decks. Reach the decks by elevator or by climbing the 600 stairs to take in a view of the city below. Directly beneath the tower, visit the four-story building that houses restaurants, souvenir shops, and an indoor amusement park.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $70 › Learn more about Tokyo Tower

4. Tokyo Asakusa Rickshaw Tour

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Climb aboard a traditional Japanese rickshaw for an unforgettable view of the Asakusa district in Tokyo. Your knowledgeable guide will steer you to some of Tokyo’s many iconic sites, districts, temples and shrines while illuminating the history behind them all. Enjoy scenic views of maple and cherry trees, gardens, soaring skyscrapers, and traditional businesses. If you’re looking for a carefree, customizable way to see Tokyo, this is it.Apart from the above courses, we have other special course for guests who really want to get away from the city.If you have already seen the crowds and buildings in Tokyo, let’s get away from that and enjoy the view across the sumida river and go into places where you can refresh your mind under the quiet trees and monument of Asahi beer headquarter! We shall go across the bridge to the peaceful area of sumida park and Ushijima shrine where you can enjoy the Japanese garden park and lucky fortune cow shrine.
Suggested duration: 30 to 180 minutes
Tours from $47 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. Senso-ji Temple, Asakusa

Completed in 645 CE, Senso-ji Temple holds the status of being the oldest temple in Tokyo. The temple grounds contain an independent Buddhist temple and a Shinto shrine. Enter through the imposing Thunder Gate and walk the shopping street, lined with about 90 food and souvenir shops and dating back to the early 18th century, up to the main hall. The temple complex, including the main hall, contains buildings both historic and reconstructed since World War II. Don’t miss the five-story pagoda and the garden and pond surrounding the "Demboin" (high priest’s residence).
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $90 › Learn more about Senso-ji Temple

6. Tokyo Skytree, Oshiage

Piercing the skyline at 634 m (2,080 ft), Tokyo Skytree hosts a restaurant, a broadcasting tower, and an observation deck. Ride the elevator up, and then take in 360-degree views of Tokyo while climbing the five-story spiral staircase to the highest glass-walled panoramic viewing deck. A gift shop inside the tower sells sleek design items and souvenirs, and within the observation area you will find a cafe and a French-Japanese fusion restaurant.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $27 › Learn more about Tokyo Skytree

7. Ueno Park, Uenokoen

A hub of cultural attractions, Ueno Park originally served as the gardens of the Kaneiji Temple during the Edo period. In 1873 it opened to the public as one of the first Western-style parks. An island temple to the goddess of fortune and beauty floats in its pond, while the national museum and art museum stand as bastions of Japan's rich heritage. Rest up between cultural sightseeing, stop by the zoo, or visit the market under the elevated train line. In the spring, join the flocks of visitors enjoying the over 800 blossoming cherry trees.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $86 › Learn more about Ueno Park

8. 1-Day Tokyo Bus Tour

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Discover Tokyo's must-see landmarks on the deluxe coach tour including a Matcha experience, Admission to Skytree, and a Tokyo Bay cruise. Stroll the natural scenery at Meiji Shrine and drive past Akihabara, Ueno, Harajuku and other major attractions en route to the Imperial Palace. Then explore Asakusa with historical temples, shopping, matcha tea and Japanese Izakaya Lunch! In the afternoon, enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view from the Sky Tree and relaxing at Tokyo Bay Cruise. Return to Roppongi or Shinjuku while enjoy the view of the Tokyo Tower.・Discover Tokyo's the most iconic landmarks on the deluxe coach tour efficiently・A Professional English-speaking guide attend this tour・Also, multilingual audio guidance is available in EN, FR, IT, ES, ZH, TH, ID, UK・Try Authentic Matcha experience & IZAKAYA Lunch at Historical place, Asakusa・Benefit from skip-the-line admission to skytree which is the tallest broadcasting tower in the world ・Get a light breeze of Tokyo Bay Cruise
Suggested duration: 9 to 10 hours
Tours from $120 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. Odaiba District, Daiba

Roam the streets and malls of Odaiba District, a popular Tokyo entertainment and shopping district situated on an artificial island. Created in 1850, the island has experienced a revival in the late 20th century, becoming a prominent hotspot for shopping and leisure activities. Wander among tall skyscrapers and eclectic modern buildings, browse countless shops, or check out numerous dining options there. For a more laid-back outing, take a relaxing stroll on the beach boardwalk or have a picnic in the park.
Suggested duration: 5 hours
Tours from $6 › Learn more about Odaiba District

10. Tokyo Disneyland, Maihama

The first Disney theme park outside of the United States, Tokyo Disneyland opened in 1983 to provide the same magic and fun that makes Disney World famous. The park contains seven sections: a World Bazaar, the four classic Disney worlds (Westernland, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, and Adventureland), Critter Country, and Mickey’s Toontown. Featuring many of the beloved rides and attractions based on Disney’s classic films, the park draws tremendous crowds. Research tickets in advance and wear comfortable shoes to navigate the park’s vast open spaces.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
Tours from $201 › Learn more about Tokyo Disneyland

11. Imperial Palace, Chiyoda

Home of the imperial family, Imperial Palace and its expansive grounds stand among the city's most popular attractions for foreign visitors. Badly damaged during World War II, the palace underwent a massive reconstruction project in the 1960s. Today, visitors tour the complex at the heart of the city to see the living and working quarters of the imperial family, as well as an array of historic landmarks that include lush gardens and a famous stone bridge. Keep in mind that you must book a tour by phone or via the palace website in order to join a guided tour on the day of your visit. Tour spots fill up fast, so reserve yours early to avoid disappointment upon arrival.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $54 › Learn more about Imperial Palace

12. Small-Group Tokyo Biking Tour

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Bike around Tokyo like a local as you explore the city’s highlights on this 6.5-hour/20miles(32km) tour. In a small group of no more than five, explore the city's bustling main streets, quiet backstreets, snaking alleys, and attractive hidden paths. Admire the Meiji-jingu shrine, Zōjō-ji temple, and Aoyama cemetery, as well as more modern landmarks including Roppongi Hills and the designer shops of Ginza. After a riverside lunch (own expense) conclude your tour at the top of a skyscraper.
Suggested duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
Tours from $102 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

13. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, Nishishinjuku

Catch sweeping views of the city from one of the two public observation decks at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Completed in 1990, the postmodern building designed by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange references a Gothic cathedral. Inside, the governing bodies for the entire Tokyo metropolitan area have their headquarters. At 202 m (663 ft), the building's observation decks each contain a cafe and souvenir shop. One of them stays open late, providing glittering views of the skyline on clear nights.
Suggested duration: 1 hour
Tours from $6 › Learn more about Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings

14. Akihabara, Chiyoda

Tokyo's hub for all things hi-tech, Akihabara serves as a haven for gamers, computer enthusiasts, and in recent times, fans of anime and manga. This "Electric Town" is the place to go when shopping for electronic devices, gadgets, and computer-related items. Roaming the streets of the lively neighborhood, you'll come across countless electronics stores, game shops, and internet cafes, but also a variety of anime distributors and maid cafes, cosplay establishments employing waitresses dressed up as French maids.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $37 › Learn more about Akihabara

15. Tokyo Great Cycling Tour

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The guided bike tour visiting the major tourist sites in Tokyo. We run 8 different routes and this is one of them suitable for the people who come to Tokyo for the first time and who is in good shape (as there are a few hills on the tour route).
Suggested duration: 6 hours
Tours from $102 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

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