What To See & Do In Tokyo

Hyokeikan Building Tokyo National Museum.
Hyokeikan Building, Tokyo National Museum. February, 2019.

Planning your travel itinerary in Tokyo can be a daunting process. There is so much to see and do you’ll definitely need to research and prioritize to get the most out of your trip. I had thirteen days in Japan’s amazing capital and still left with a whole bunch of stuff that had to be filed in the LL drawer marked next time.

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It was also necessary to familiarize myself with Tokyo’s many districts and neighborhoods prior to my trip so that I could bunch as much cool stuff together as I could for each day’s exploring. Tokyo is huge, the last thing you want to do is waste your days with unnecessary one-hour subway ordeals between sights. It’s also worth noting that this is not the kind of city where you can simply rock up and do things on the fly. Lots of stuff is closed on Mondays, some on Tuesdays and others keep somewhat strange opening hours. Many of Tokyo’s coolest attractions also require advance reservations, with some of these even insisting that a Japanese speaker handle the booking! Obstacles and roadblocks aplenty then, but fear not, it’s all worth it! 

Akihabara Electric Town Tokyo
Akihabara Electric Town Tokyo. February, 2019.

As I approach twenty years of global wanderings I can safely say that in terms of city trips Tokyo has totally blown away all opposition! Sorry NYC, I still love you. To find out what I did and saw in this wondrous metropolis, dive deep into my extensive library of location reports from all across the city. Please note, this menu page doesn’t include my guide to the themed cafes and restaurants. For the full rundown of those, click here.


Sensoji Temple

Tokyo Skytree

Sumo Duel Performance (coming soon!)

Sumo Museum & Ryogoku Takahashi Sumo Store (coming soon!)


Don Quijote

Mandarake Complex

Sega Arcades 1 & 3

Super Potato

Cool Spots Around Akihabara Electric Town


Kabukiza Theatre (coming soon!)

Cool Spots Around Ginza (coming soon!)


Cat Street

Takeshita Street


Gundam Statue (coming soon!)

Mega Web Toyota City Showcase (coming soon!)

Miraikan Museum of Emerging Science (coming soon!)


Hachiko Statue & Family Miural

Shibuya Crossing


The Samurai Museum (coming soon!)

Golden Gai Bar District (coming soon!)


Akasaka Palace & Gardens (coming soon!)

Cat Waving Temple (Gotokuji Temple)
(coming soon!)

Imperial Palace East Gardens
(coming soon!)

The Ghibli Museum (coming soon!)

Tokyo National Museum

Tokyo Station (coming soon!)

Tsukiji Outer Market

Ueno Park

Zojoji Temple & Tokyo Tower (coming soon!)

Cool Spots Around Tokyo Part I (coming soon!)

Cool Spots Around Tokyo Part II (coming soon!)

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