Whether it is your first time in the Japanese capital or not, this bustling city surely has so much to offer. Planning your itinerary and learning how to get around the city can be overwhelming. With so many things to do in Tokyo, so many places to see and so much good food to try.
You might wonder where to start. It will help if you avail of tours and packages, especially if you are travelling as a big group. These are available in airports and online. But if you would prefer to explore on your own, you do not need to worry because Tokyo has one of the most convenient transportation systems.
You could easily get from one place to another. If you find yourself lost or having a hard time with the directions, do not feel intimidated to ask for help. Even with the language barrier, you will see that they try their best to accommodate you.
You could also download apps that would give you specific directions, so all you have to do is follow what it says and you are good to go. Although there is free public Wi-Fi almost everywhere, renting pocket Wi-Fi would be convenient.
For the nature lovers, you could go to the city’s known parks. The Shinjuku Gyoen National Park has become the National Park after World War II. It is a beautiful nature spot in the middle of a busy city. It has a picturesque landscape and a calming vibe for those who would just like to take a stroll and relax.
Another famous park is Yoyogi Park. This 134-acre park is located in the heart of Shibuya. A lot of people come here to have a picnic, but for those who prefer something more active, there are also bicycles available for rent so you can explore this huge park more easily.
If you want to see how busy Tokyo is, you should witness people crossing in the busiest intersection in the world at the Shibuya Crossing. Experience crossing this six-street intersection! Lastly, not so far is Shibuya’s main meeting point and now a tourist attraction is the famous Hachiko statue.
The kids and kids at heart could go to the “the happiest place on earth” — Disneyland. Aside from this, there is also Disney Sea, which is the only one of its kind in the world.
As for the food lovers, the Tsukiji Market is definitely a must. It is famous for the freshest seafood and the best sushi in Japan. For the adventurous and daring ones, you could experience swallowing a whole live octopus here — on your own risk!
And for those who want to experience the onsen— although more popular in other provinces in Japan, you could also try it in Tokyo. Apart from being very relaxing and being known to have a lot of healing effects, the bath is a unique experience, although maybe not for the faint of heart.
If you’re feeling brave, however, just note that the water might be hotter than in a Jacuzzi, and prepare yourself for some possible nudity!
Tokyo is definitely one of the best places to visit in the world. This city is so advanced in technology, yet their culture remains intact. It will surprise you how much there is to do in this city no matter what kind of traveller you are.