Things to do in Tokyo

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Whether your interests are art, music, parks, shopping, or just strolling and riding the rails, there’s plenty of things to do in Tokyo, a city of 13... Read More

Whether your interests are art, music, parks, shopping, or just strolling and riding the rails, there’s plenty of things to do in Tokyo, a city of 13 million (37 million in the greater metropolis) who are regularly entertained.

Beyond icons like the Imperial Palace, Tsukiji Fish Market, and the Temple of Senso-ji, the Meiji Shrine is a historic landmark popular among visitors and locals alike. The Mori Art Museum and Hara Museum of Contemporary Art are great jumping off points for what to do in Tokyo. In a city this dynamic, there are always new things to see and do, like exploring hip neighborhoods like Shimokitazawa with its hipster vibe and cool bars.

One of the greatest pleasures here is simply exploring the city on foot, not only wandering into Buddhist temples but also into funky boutiques, noodle shops, and farther-flung residential neighborhoods. Fashion is a huge part of the culture, and you can find some of the more cutting-edge getups on Harajuku's Takeshita Street, where people play dress up to a delightful extreme. T+L’s Tokyo travel guide will ensure you’re up-to-date and can’t ever be bored.

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    Amuse Museum

    This is a small and charming museum close to Sensoji, in Asakusa, with an excellent selection of folk art. The tall, thin building has ukiyo-e prints, a... Read More

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    Arts Chiyoda 3111

    An art space housed in a former junior high school that hosts a great variety of contemporary, interactive, and conceptual art. The building's many... Read More

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    Ghibli Museum

    The museum for the animation legend, Hayao Miyazaki (and his Studio Ghibli) is a dream for fans of his work. Visitors can play on a life-sized cat bus,... Read More

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    Hara Museum of Contemporary Art

    Situated in a Showa-period former residence, this is one of the original champions of contemporary art in Japan. With a splendid permanent collection... Read More

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    Jingu Stadium

    Home of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows, (one of Tokyo's professional baseball teams) Jingu Stadium is an outdoor venue where you can go to get a taste of... Read More

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    Kabuki-za Theater

    The foremost stage for the 400-year-old native art form, with characters (including female roles) played exclusively by men. A fascinating glimpse into... Read More

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    Meiji Shrine

    The souls of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken are enshrined here at one of the city's most famous sacred sites. More than a century ago, this peaceful... Read More

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    Mori Art Museum

    World-class contemporary art museum, designed by Richard Gluckman, featuring exhibitions from iconic domestic and international artists such as Bill... Read More

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    Mt. Takao

    Easily one of Tokyo's favorite hiking place, Mt. Takao has a lot to offer the day tripper. Those not wanting to hike all the way up to the summit can... Read More

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    Niwa no Yu

    Elegant hot springs bathhouse geared toward adults. There are segregated and mixed-sex bathing (bathing suits required in the mixed-use areas). Dip into... Read More

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    Oedo Onsen Monogatari

    A sprawling, almost theme-park type hot spring resort, complete with Edo-era decor. Patrons are issued yukata (a casual summer kimono) and can stroll... Read More

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    Sumo at Ryogoku Kokugikan

    If you're in Tokyo during a sumo match, snag a ticket to the Ryogoku Kokugikan, the city's primary sumo arena. Watching sumo wrestling (grown men in... Read More

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    Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

    The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, designed by famed architect Kenzo Tange, is a tribute to Notre Dame in concrete and steel. The twin... Read More

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    Watari-Um Museum of Contemporary Art

    Contemporary art museum featuring many up-and-coming artists, both domestic as well as international. There are several group exhibitions per year, a... Read More

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    Yoyogi Park

    There's no end to the activities available in what is probably the most popular park in Tokyo. Spanning 134-acres, this park is the go-to spot for... Read More

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