How to Make the Most of Your Trip to Tokyo: Best Activities in Tokyo
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Looking for amazing activities in Tokyo, Japan to add to your Bucket List? Tokyo may not have one of the tallest buildings in the world but they have the fastest mode of transportation and the most vibrant popular and traditional culture. It is also the bustling capital of the Land of the Rising Sun, and it might be difficult to conquer the city in just one day.
However, if you do a few of these things on the list, you will be able to make the most of your trip to Tokyo.
Visit Tokyo Disneyland
Looking for the best children’s activities in Tokyo? Visit Tokyo Disneyland! This theme park is one of the most phenomenal constructions ever made in this part of Japan. Construction began in 1979 and drew the attention of the media that they had to do full coverage on it. Tokyo Disneyland is the first Disneyland to be constructed outside of the USA.
When the 115-acre theme park opened its huge gates in 1983, the public was swoon over. It is a consistent hot tourist destination in Tokyo, peaking in 2013, with more than 17 million visitors. It is not why tourists continue coming back to Tokyo Disneyland-but maybe you can find out why for yourself.
Embrace the wonder and fantasy of Tokyo Disneyland or DisneySea. The vibrant atmosphere, exciting rides, and thrilling attractions will instantly engulf you with joy the second you walk through the entrance. With a Tokyo Disneyland or DisneySea day pass, you can experience one of these two theme parks that offer a plethora of entertainment with an interesting Japanese twist in one day!
If you are coming from outside Japan and landing at Narita Airport, you can start your immersion right away by riding the Skyliner (provided that you reserved a seat beforehand, since all seats are reserved). The Keisei Skyliner is one of the fastest trains in the country, traveling at 160 km/h. The Skyliner can take you from the airport to Ueno district in Tokyo in less than an hour.
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Soak in an Onsen in Hakone
Both locals and tourists are crazy about onsen or hot springs. Thankfully, even urbanized Tokyo has some good spots. They’re all bundled up in the mountainous town of Hakone, a UNESCO-declared Geopark. It also happens to be one of the most scenic parts of Tokyo, as the towering Mt. Fuji is more visible here.
Take a tour of Mount Fuji
Fujiyama is the highest peak in Japan and is one of the hottest destinations in the entire country and in the world. In 2013, it was declared a Heritage Site by UNESCO, since the mountain has, since time immemorial, been the most well-known symbol of Japan.
Many travel agencies have day tours of the wonderfully symmetrical snow-capped volcano, such as the Mount Fuji and Hakone Day Trip, which takes visitors as far as 5th Station, which gives visitors a view of underlying Tokyo 2,300 meters below. Another tour package is the Mount Fuji Classic Route Day, which also takes guests to the 5th station.
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Get an excursion ticket
Many Japanese cities offer train passes to tourists, which actually lessen the costs of transportation, and makes boarding one train to another easier. Travelers who are planning to have much of Hakone in their itinerary would find the Hakone FreePass very handy. Other tickets like 6 Day JR East-South Hokkaido Pass (book online) has a wider scope in Japan. Having tickets like these one means that you have to take the train a lot, so it is the ultimate cultural immersion of Japan.
Ride a Shinkansen
The Shinkansen or Japanese bullet train is the fastest mode of transportation in Japan. It can travel as fast as 603 km/h, but the maximum operating speed is 320 km/h. Shinkansen routes cover all major cities in Japan from northernmost Sapporo to Nagasaki and Kagoshima. Of course, you would not feel the speed while in the shinkansen, just as how you can’t feel a plane from advancing or accelerating in the air when on a seat, but the shinkansen should not be missed.
There is no easier and more convenient way to discover the Land of the Rising Sun than by taking a ride on Japan’s brilliantly expansive rail network. For your choice of 7, 14, or 21 days, explore Japan in the most convenient and economical way with a Japan rail pass that is valid for the majority of railways and local buses operated by JR.
Shop at Harujuku
If you are an adventurous fashionista, then going to Harajuku, especially Takeshita Street, will take you on a roller coaster ride of Japanese popular culture from costumes to goth to modern and to avant-garde. This is also a good place to take souvenirs, be it souvenir items or souvenir photos.
Visit the Robot Restaurant
You will never see as much neon lights in one room as in Robot Restaurant (book online). The place opened in 2012 and has become viral with the fresh concept of having robots (which resemble Gundam, if I may add) lined with neon lights attracting hundreds of people daily. Even comfort rooms are designed to look bright and neon. Although called a restaurant, though, it has only three dishes to choose from, and many prefer to eat somewhere else than chow down while being surrounded by dancing robots. Visiting this restaurant is perfect before you do your night activities in Tokyo.
Watch the sunset from Tokyo Skytree
One of the other things that pierce Tokyo’s horizon when watching it from afar, aside from Fujiyama, is the Tokyo Skytree, standing tall at 634 meters. Guests can visit the second observatory deck (450 meters) and the first observatory deck (350 meters), where the Skytree Restaurant and Skytree Restaurant are located. Needless to say, it’s the best place to catch the sunset.
Buy from the Tsukiji Fish Market
Do not miss the largest seafood market in the world. It is known for its tuna “auctions”, where they sell gigantic tunas, one of the most used ingredients in Japanese cuisine. The inner market is where the wholesale seafood section is at, while the outer market has different kinds of stalls that sell groceries, kitchen equipment, and even sushi.
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Tokyo Helicopter Cruise
Looking for the most romantic, unique and exhilarating experience in Tokyo? How about a helicopter flight over the city! Take someone special on this extraordinary experience 600 meters above one of the world’s largest metropolises. Gaze down at the famous sights of Daiba, Tokyo Tower, Shibuya, Roppongi, Tokyo Skytree® and other famous Tokyo landmarks on this 15-minute journey.
teamLab Planets Toyosu Tokyo
Go on an exciting immersive art adventure during your trip to Tokyo as you explore teamLab Planets Toyosu Tokyo. Enjoy 7 artwork and discover the true meaning of teamLab’s concept of “Body Immersive”. Step into the world of art with the exhibit’s collection of installations that allow visitors to be part of the pieces. Enter and explore the museum barefoot and become immersed in the fascinating art of the vast installation spaces.
Tokyo Travel Tips
- Get Narita Airport Transfers (NRT) for Tokyo (book online). If you do not feel up for trying out the Skyliner or shinkansen after hours of exhausting traveling, you can always opt for a Narita Airport Transfer (NRT) for Tokyo, which would take you from the airport to Tokyo one-way. This also works best for groups as they offer 10-seater cars.
- Convenience stores are your arsenal. Japanese convenience stores are complete with everything, including ATMs. They also have cheap and healthy meals like hot coffee and sweet melon buns.
- Get a 4G WiFi in Japan (book online). This applies to any country. The Internet is the ultimate source of information, after all.
- Get used to paying in cash. Vendo’s, Hole in the Wall restaurants and some establishments do not accept credit cards.
- There are very few trash cans. Tokyo and Japan as a whole has a strict waste segregation policy so very few public trash cans may be used. You can bring a small plastic bag with you to collect your own garbage and then dispose of them at the end of the day at your hotel.
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