One of the most amazing of all Japan tours is the Tokyo tour. I think that Tokyo is a city worth exploring without a plan. With internet access and some on-site research, I think you can make a list of exciting activities and attractions.
In the four days I have been able to see everything I found attractive in the city and surroundings. For a first visit it was more than enough. It’s impossible to make a top, but I recommend that you make as many of those as you draw attention.
- Get lost by yourself
Ride through the Central Station and if you want more, you can walk through the “underground city” from the station to the nearby metro stations. I arrived by subway in Ginza and seeing signs to JR station I thought to follow them. Not a few times I thought it was ok and I was coming out. Another good place not to miss is in Sunshine City, the first city complex in the city of Japan. Even though it was designed in 1978 it is still fascinating and topical.
- Popular neighborhoods
Visit popular neighborhoods. Asakusa for history and probably the most important temple (Sensoji) and Akihabara, the electric district. Walk for as long as you can, you will definitely find fascinating things. Through the Akihabara area you can also find the famous cafes. I did not go into any one, but I saw the advertisement on them on the street.
- Culinary delights
You can also enjoy various culinary delights in the Asakusa area. Many are up to the entrance to the temple, but the whole area is an animated one and you can find various eating dishes.
- Matcha flavor ice cream
Sprinkle with a green tea ice cream. In Asakusa it’s going to be easy to find it. Suzukien Nanaya Gelato is the place to boast the most intense flavor of green tea (matcha). I found out why I had already tried and did not go to him. Matcha is very popular in Japan and you will find it in many delights. After testing it in various forms, I would say it’s just in the tea.
- The top of the city
See the top city! You can do it from several places. You can admire the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building for free, but I think the best view you can have from the observer in Sunshine City. I chose the latter, other options would be Tokyo Skytree, Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Tower. All 3 being “too in the city” to admire the view.
- Mini-bars in Golden Gai
Drink something in the Golden Gai mini-bar area. It will not be easy to decide because there are over 200 barrels … anyway, you can go from the bar to the bar if you have time. The places are tiny and are more for a group of friends who will fill the bar.
- Cross across Shibuya
Cross the pedestrian crossing from Shibuya. This is the most crowded in the world. After crossing the ravine and admiring the agglomeration for … a few traffic lights. And if you do not get the crowd out of the Central Station, here’s where you lose. Shibuya Station is one of the busiest in Japan.
- Breakfast in Tsukiji Market
Go for a breakfast in Tsukiji Fish Market. Okay, if you do not have a sleep you can go in the morning (3-4 AM) to see how the “tuna transaction” falls off. I was only satisfied with a breakfast. Unfortunately, the market went through a fire in early August (2017) and will most likely be under renovation for a while. Find out more here.
- Buy from vending machines
You should not miss buying anything from the vending machines. There are so many things that it’s hard not to stop looking for something new about them. Most of them are refreshing, but they are some with sweets, ice cream or other to eat.
- Go outside the city
Visit a nearby town for a day or a half. You can easily reach Yokohama, Kamakura, Nikko or Kawagoe. I have chosen Kawagoe for half a day and for a full day, Kanazawa. Okay, Kanazawa is not even a day to be done, especially as I was at the festival.