How can you not want to get mixed up in the unique chaos of Tokyo?
The bizarre yet satisfying combination of the super modern mixed with unquestioned, dug in tradition offers delicious, neon-lit paradoxes not found anywhere else on the globe.
The city of 35 million that’s impossibly clean and safe for its size is the perfect destination for culture, food, and fashion.
Here are 15 things to do in Tokyo…
Eat and Drink in Shimbasi
This area near the business district is home to a ton of traditional Japanese pubs or Izakayas: an appropriate end of work venue for salary workers to vent frustrations to workers who are often just an arm’s length away. It’s the perfect place to try delicacies that aren’t catered to western tastes.
See the Spectacle that Is Harajuku
This daring district full of boutique shops and cafes is the heart of Japanese youth culture and fashion. The people watching here as a result of the cartoon-like dress just might be the best in the world.
Sleep in a Capsule
These extremely basic sleeping pods originally popular with businessmen on nights out have recently caught on with tourists for their uniqueness and low prices.
Bet the Farm on Pachinko
This Japanese arcade game involves firing balls that drop through a maze of metal pins. Once you catch them you can exchange them for money, which gives Japan’s over 12,000 pachinko parlours a convenient loophole around the nation’s strict gambling laws.
Eat Michelin Star Ramen
The world’s most comforting noodle soup dish not only shows well in ancestral home, but it gets taken to a whole new level. The Michelin starred bowls found at Tsuta give you a world class dining experience for slightly more than the cost of a fast food meal.
Climb the Sky Tree
This unmistakable broadcast tower and observation deck rises to 634 metres and is the second tallest structure in the world. Naturally, the views are spectacular.
Eat at the Robot Restaurant
This $100 million restaurant isn’t grandma’s old crooner supper show. Here we’re talking about an all too Japanese combination of ritualistic dancing, fembots, tanks, segways, and an all too comical animal vs. robot war.
Cross Shibuya Crossing
If you’ve watched any film based in Tokyo you’ve probably seen the world’s biggest pedestrian crossing. As many as 2500 people cross the street at any time, so get lost in the fray yourself or watch the chaos unfold with a hot latte from the nearby Starbucks.
Hit Up Tsukiji Market
The biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world is home to some of the best eating in all of Tokyo, specifically regarding sushi. Early risers attending the market’s tuna auction are in for the show of a lifetime.
Buy Anything from a Vending Machine
From the practical to the completely useless you’ll find virtually anything on sale at Tokyo’s vending machines from dog food to ramen noodle to bananas.
Watch Wrestlers Practice at a Sumo Stable
There’s no better way to understand the intensity of this often misunderstood sport than by watching the training of some of the country’s best sumo wrestlers. Book a visit at Hakkaku Sumo Stable for some of the best hands-on experiences, where you can even meet and take photos with the wrestlers.
Relax at a Cat Cafe
Yes, it sounds strange but who says holidays need to be short on pets? The therapeutic effects of being in a cafe full of these adorable fuzzy creatures provides great contrast to the chaos of the city. True cat lovers should check out the exotic breeds at Neko JaLaLa.
Walk Through Akihabara
This neighbourhood famous for its never ending sea of electronic shops, comic books, and anime and manga spots is a must for lovers of these staples of Japanese culture.
Take In Senso-ji Temple
Japan’s oldest Buddhist temple is stunning from the second you arrive at its ‘Thunder Gate‘, an imposing Buddhist lantern. The five story pagoda is another highlight but many tourists stay for the many hand-made noodle shops in the area.
Belt Out Some Karaoke
It wouldn’t be a night out in Tokyo without a stop at one of the many multiple-story karaoke rooms. Get singing with a bunch of friends in your own private booth and opt for the all-you-can drink service for maximum craziness.
That’s the stuff! Now let’s get the best deals and head for the Land of the Rising Sun….