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Best things to do in Tokyo

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Garden
“Once part of an Edo era (1603-1867) feudal lord's home, this massive green space was turned into a public park in 1949. Since then it has been a beloved refuge for Tokyoites looking to enjoy a bit of nature in the center of the city. Despite only being a short walk away from bustling Shinjuku, the leafy walkways and seasonal flowers make this a tranquil spot for a morning or afternoon stroll. After paying the small entrance fee, you will soon find that the noise of the city drops away and is replaced by bird song. Shinjuku Gyoen combines three distinct types of gardens-Japanese traditional, French formal and English landscape with sprawling lawns and quiet groves. ”
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Monument / Landmark
“The highest tower in Japan! There is a great observatory and shopping floor.”
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Monument / Landmark
“formerly the highest building in Japan with 250m high observatory with 360 view of Tokyo ”
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Donburi Restaurant
“One of the most famous tourist destinations, Tsukiji Fish Market, moved to Toyosu in October 2018. Website: Toyosu Market/ http://www.shijou.metro.tokyo.jp/english/ Tsukiji outer Market/ http://www.tsukiji.or.jp/english/index.html * Tsukiji’s inner market has relocated to Toyosu Fish Market in October 2018. Situations about tuna auctions, etc., will differ from Tsukiji, so please check Toyosu Fish Market’s official website for the latest information. On the other hand, Tsukiji’s outer market did not close and will remain in business in the same place.”
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Shrine
“Meiji Shrine, is the Shinto shrine that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken. Getting There By Train: Tokyo Yamanote Line - Harajuku Station Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line – Meiji Jingu Mae Station Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line – Meiji Jingu Mae Station Fee: Meiji Shrine is free. Treasure House and Inner Garden costs 500 yen each. Hours: From sunrise to sunset. For New Years eve, it specially opens for all night for Hatsumode. Treasure House and Inner Garden is open 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.”
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Buddhist Temple
“Sensō-ji (浅草寺) is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan. It is Tokyo's oldest temple, and one of its most significant.”
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Park
“Yoyogi Park is one of the largest parks in Tokyo. In spring, thousands of people visit the park to enjoy the cherry blossom during hanami. Access: Nippori stn(JR Yamanote line)--Harajuku stn.”
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Theme Restaurant
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“It's a mechanical show restaurant with Japanese dancers! It's a seemingly crazy shop, but it's all about the details. Tension goes up abnormally because it is in the middle of the genre town. Maybe this kind of blown-out sensibility will play a role in Japan! 機械仕掛けのショーと思いきや、日本人ダンサーによるエンターテイメントレストラン!一見クレイジーな店内だが、細部にまでこだわり抜かれています!様々なお店のある歌舞伎町のど真ん中にあり、テンションも異常に上がるかも!”
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City Hall
“Golden Gai is a few minutes walk from the East Exit of Shinjuku Station, between the Shinjuku City Office and the Hanazono Shrine.[5] Its architectural importance is that it provides a view into the relatively recent past of Tokyo, when large parts of the city resembled present-day Golden Gai, particularly in terms of the extremely narrow lanes and the tiny two-story buildings. Nowadays, most of the surrounding area has been redeveloped: The street plans have been changed to create much wider roads and larger building plots, and most of the buildings themselves are now much larger high- or medium- rise developments. This has left Golden Gai as one of a decreasing number of examples of the nature of Tokyo before Japan’s “economic miracle”, that took place in the latter half of the 20th century. 今人気の東京都新宿区の飲食店街です。およそ2000坪ほどの狭い区画に低層の木造長屋が連なっており、200軒以上の小さな飲食店が密集していいるので、飲み歩きにもできます!以前は文壇バーなど個性豊かな店も多く、常連客として作家、編集者、映画監督、俳優といった文化人が多く集まることで知られていました。このような背景から、東京におけるサブカルチャーやアングラ芸術の発信地のひとつとなっています。”
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Theme Park
“Getting There By Train: JR Keiyo Line – Maihama Station For Tokyo DisneySEA, take Disney Resort Line from Maihama Station and get off at Tokyo DisneySEA station Fee: 1 Day Passport Adult (18 and over) 6,900yen Junior (12-17) 6,000 yen Child (4-11) 4,500 yen There are also 2 Days Passport and more kinds. Please refer to the official website for further information. Hours: Varies, check the official website. Website: http://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/”
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Italian Restaurant
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“Kabukichō is an entertainment and red-light district in in north east Shinjuku beyond Yasukuni-dōri Avenue. It is very famous for hostess bars, host bars, love hotels, shops, restaurants, and nightclubs, and is often called the “Sleepless Town”. Getting There By Train : JR Line, Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, Toei Subway Oedo & Shinjuku Line – Shinjuku Station Hours: Depend on shops but most of them daily 7:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.”
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Café
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“The Ghibli Museum is the animation and art museum of Miyazaki Hayao's Studio Ghibli, one of Japan's most famous animation studios. Access:Nippori stn(Yamanote line)--Shinjuku stn(Chuo-sobu local line)--Mitaka stn.”
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Shopping Mall
“The building, located just across the street from Shibuya Station, opened in April 1979. The architect was Minoru Takeyama. Tokyu, the building's operator, designed the building as a "Fashion Community" containing small retail stores targeting the early-30s female consumer. Tokyu intended the store to compete with Seibu Department Stores, which was making inroads into the Shibuya area. 開業当初は20代後半から30代の女性に人気でしたが、現在では店内のほとんどが10代後半から20代前半の女性の支持を集めるショッピング施設!「マルキュー」の略称で呼ばれ親しまれ、渋谷のランドマーク!”
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Scenic Lookout
“You can see a beautiful night view free from the observation deck 202 meters high. (Free)”
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Stadium
“You can watch sumo from the grand tournaments that are held 6 times a year in Japan. However, only 3 of them are held in Tokyo. So, if you want to experience a professional sumo wrestling watching in Tokyo, make sure your travel dates align with the tournament period in Tokyo. http://www.sumo.or.jp/En/ How to Watch Sumo Wrestlers Training in Tokyo https://triplelights.com/blog/how-watch-sumo-wrestlers--2955”
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Park
“A large public park in central Tokyo.Big Zoo, beautiful Shinobaz pond, national museum, art museum, science museum and great cherry blossom season in Spring. Access: Nippori stn(Yamanote line)-Ueno stn.”
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