Tokyo has countless wonderful places to visit. If you come to Japan’s major metropolis for the first time, use this beginner-friendly guide to learn the top things to do and where you can encounter Japanese culture in all aspects, from natural hot springs to shrines, to fresh sushi and the Ghibli Mu.
The Imperial Palace
The chief attraction of Tokyo’s Marunouchi district is the Imperial Palace with its beautiful 17th-century parks surrounded by walls and moats. Still in use by the Imperial family, the Imperial Palace stands on the site where, in 1457, the Feudal Lord Ota Dokan built the first fortress, the focal point from which the city of Tokyo (or Edo, as it was then) gradually spread. As famous as the palace is the Nijubashi Bridge leading to its interior, a structure that takes its name (“double bridge”) from its reflection in the water.
Japan is home to thousands of temples, but the oldest of them all is the Sensoji Temple in Tokyo. By most accounts, the temple’s history dates back to the year 645, making it over 1,400 years old. During the Second World War, much of the temple was destroyed, but it was rebuilt afterwards in the original style. This makes Sensoji Temple a reminder of the resiliency of the Japanese people and an example of new beginnings. The entrance to the temple is the enormous Thunder Gate with hanging lamps, and it is the base of an annual festival held there each spring.
The high tech machine extravaganza with flashy neon lights..is there any other place as unrealistic as this place? Robot Restaurant is a crazy and entertaining spots to see the robot show while dining. The 10 billion yen worth restaurant is located in Shinjuku area, the biggest red light district in Tokyo often called “the districts never sleeps”. Out of hundreds of night-out spots in the area, the Robot Restaurant absolutely stands out as it’s totally unique, and something you can never find anywhere on earth.
In Tokyo’s Ueno District is the Ueno Park, which was built on the lands of a former temple. Designated as a public park toward the end of the 19th century, Ueno is most visited during the spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. However, Ueno Park is an incredible Tokyo attraction throughout the year thanks to the several museums contained within. You’ll also find ponds, shrines, gardens and over 9,000 trees. Ueno Park is free to all and open day or night, making it an incredibly popular spot for both locals and travelers from around the world.