Things to Do in Tokyo
The Sprawling Capital of Japan
Tokyo, the second largest city in the world, is a modern marvel that have a billion things to offer to its visitors. It is the capital city of Japan—the country that bestowed us with ‘Sake’, Karaoke and Anime. An intriguing feature of this pulsating city is ‘pod hotels’. Staying over at a chic capsule hotel is one of the coolest things to do in Tokyo. After sunset, when the lights are switched on, the city looks more like a living-breathing entity than the concrete jungle that it is. An endearing part of the geographic features of the city are all the Cherry blossoms blooming on the trees that line-up the streets.
Along with the regular luxury and budget hotels, Tokyo is pretty famous for having some of the most innovative accommodations on the planet. Apart from the pod hotels, travelers can have a unique and memorable experience staying at these types of accommodations- Yasuda no Ie, I-Cafe Akiba Place, Super Hotel Ikebukuro and Komadori Sanso.
Now that your accommodation’s been sorted, let’s have a look at the spots to be included in your things to do in Tokyo list-
The National Art Center
The structure that houses The National Art Center looks like a giant piece of art. Designed by the incredibly talented architect Kisho Kurokawa, it was founded in 2007. The art center’s permanent collection consists of more than 600 pieces of exquisite paintings. It also holds temporary exhibitions that display contemporary artworks of artists from around the world. The premises of The National Art Center also consist of a restaurant and a gift shop.
Tokyo Skytree, that holds the record of being the world's second tallest structure, was inaugurated in 2012. With a height of 2,080 ft., it is the tallest structure in Japan. It also takes pride in the fact that it is the tallest freestanding tower in the world. Travelers throng to this site as its observation decks and restaurant offer breathtaking panoramic views of the city.
The Imperial Palace
Gorgeous greenery enhances the charm of the Imperial Palace that's surrounded by moats and tall walls. Situated in the Chiyoda ward area of the city, it spans over an area of 1.32 square miles. It is still used as a residence by the Imperial Family. Only a few parts of the palace's premises are open to public, amongst which is the East Higashi-Gyoen Garden. Strolling in the garden is one of the most soothing things for you to do in Tokyo.
Asakusa and the Senso-ji Temple
The kind of peace you feel at this temple can seldom be found anywhere else in the city. Even though it may be crowded when you visit, you canā??t help but feel a deep sense of serenity at the Senso-ji Temple. The Asakusa district is famous for offering a number of products such as toys, combs, masks, fabrics, kimonos and exotic paper goods.
Ueno Park and Zoo
Ueno Park happens to be the largest piece of greenery in Tokyo. Along with numerous trees, the park also features various museums, temples, a zoo and an aquarium. The best time to visit this place is during the spring season when the flowers are in full blooms including the much loved cherry blossoms. Ueno zoo, inaugurated in 1882, is the oldest zoo in Japan. The aquarium is counted amongst the largest aquariums in Asia. Visiting these venues and meeting its residents is one of the most fun things to do in Tokyo.
National Museum of Nature and Science
National Museum of Nature and Science is an intriguing place that has numerous amazing interactive and informative exhibits pertaining to robotics, transportation, natural history, nuclear energy and space technology. Founded in 1871, it is one of the oldest museums in the country. Special events are held for kids (grade1-9), such as, Nighttime Astronomical Observation, Nature Observation Tours, Fun Science Labs, Sound Lab, Discovery Talks and Summer-holiday Science Square. If you're traveling with children, attending one of these events would allow them to have a wonderful experience. Hence, the National Museum of Nature and Science is one of the places that needs to be included in your kids' things to do in Tokyo list.
The Miraikan and Edo-Tokyo Museums
Japan is famous for its advancements in technology. So, it is only appropriate that there be a museum showcasing how far technology has reached in contemporary times. Commonly known as Miraikan, its official name is the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. Established by the Science and Technology Agency of Japan, it was inaugurated in 2001. This is another fascinating museum that provides the latest info on different branches of science like space, environment, robotics and life sciences.
The Edo-Tokyo Museum, founded in 1993, highlights the history of Tokyo (Edo Period). Skillfully designed by the brilliant Kiyonori Kikutake (an architect), the museum features a replica of Nihonbashi (a bridge). One of the most interesting things to do in Tokyo is to explore this museum that includes dummy models of buildings and towns from the Edo Era. It is considered to be the best place to learn about the regionā??s rich history and culture.
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