50 Must-see Tourist Attractions in Tokyo Japan

Planning to visit Tokyo can be overwhelming. 

As one of the biggest cities in the world, just getting from one side to the other can take hours. So of course, deciding on the best things to do in Tokyo and the best ways to visit interesting places and popular attractions can feel like a huge task.

After multiple visits to Tokyo, I’m combining all the top attractions in Tokyo that I’ve seen, experienced or been told to experience over the years (because even after

I hope this Tokyo travel guide gives you not only some inspiration for planning your trip to Tokyo, but also maybe shows you something new you hadn’t considered before to add to your Tokyo itinerary - Tokyo is full of weird and wonderful attractions after all!

Some of these will seem amazing to you, some might be too weird and that’s okay! There really is so much to see and do in Tokyo - you’ll find something for everyone in these must-see tourist attractions in Japan.

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50 must see attractions in Tokyo, Japan

1. Senso-ji Temple

Tourist centre view over Sensoji Temple

This historic centuries-old temple is the oldest in Tokyo and dates back to the 7th century. Sensoji Temple’s grandeur and cultural significance make it a must-see for most visitors to Tokyo.

The temple is located in the Asakusa area, which can be easily accessed via the Asakusa Station.

One of the best parts about visiting Senso-ji Temple is that it's completely free to enter. This makes it a popular destination for budget travellers and anyone looking to immerse themselves in traditional Japanese culture without breaking the bank. So don't miss out on this top attraction in Tokyo.


2. Akihabara pedestrianised on a Sunday

Enjoying the Pedestrian Paradise at Akihabara

A fascinating discovery on my 4th trip to Tokyo was finding out about the “pedestrian paradise” in Akihabara.

Every Sunday between 1pm-6pm (5pm in winter), the 570m long main street in Akihabara is closed to traffic and fully pedestrianised. Walking down the middle of a vast 4 lane street in what is usually a super busy spot is a really unique and fun attraction in Tokyo.

Known as the "Electric Town" for its plethora of electronics shops, Akihabara is now more famous for its strong ties with anime and gaming culture. You'll find an array of anime and manga stores, gaming arcades, and themed cafes along the pedestrianised street. It's a haven for otaku (geek) culture.

The nearest station is Akihabara Station, and it's an easy journey from other parts of Tokyo. As for cost, strolling down the pedestrianised street is free, though be prepared to spend if you fancy anime merchandise or want to try the local cafes. 


3. Tokyo Tower

The iconic orange Tokyo Tower

The next highlight for top things to do in Tokyo, and definitely a spot not to be missed, is the iconic orange-red Tokyo Tower. This red and white structure, standing tall and proud at 333 metres, is famed as the second tallest structure in Japan and designed to look similar to the Eiffel Tower in the resurgence of Japan’s power after the Second World War.

On the observation tower, there are two decks at 150m and 250m, you can have panoramic views of the Tokyo cityscape, 360 degrees in every direction. 

Tokyo Tower is located in the Minato district, and to get there, you can hop off at the Onarimon Station, or if you prefer a scenic walk, you can go via Hamamatsucho Station which is around a 15-minute walk away. Tickets cost ¥1200 to reach the main observatory is well worth it for the unparalleled city views.

The view from Tokyo Tower


4. Golden Gai Izakayas

The narrow lanes of Golden Gai

Another absolute must-see in Tokyo is the legendary Golden Gai. Nestled in Shinjuku, this charming little district is a window into Tokyo’s past. 

A maze of alleyways, filled with over 200 tiny ramshackle bars called izakayas, with so much character and a stark contrast to the city's modern skyline. 

To get there, hop off at Shinjuku Station - it's a simple five-minute walk. While visiting is free, do bring some yen along for a taste of the local brew or two, many only accept cash.

Some also are not welcoming to foreigners as it’s traditionally a place for Japanese people to go and relax after work. But as Golden Gai becomes more popular, you’ll see plenty of the izakayas welcoming foreigners.


5. Shibuya Sky

Next up on the list of must see tourist attractions in Tokyo is the dazzling Shibuya Sky. 

Perched on top of the Shibuya Scramble Square building, this recent addition to Tokyo's skyline offers a 360-degree view that's nothing short of spectacular. 

This observation deck is easily reached via Shibuya Station. While you're there, be sure to soak in the panoramic view of Tokyo — it will cost you ¥2200, but the sight of the city stretching out beneath you is epic.

During popular times of year you will need to book tickets at least a couple of weeks in advance here.


6. TeamLab Planets

Undoubtedly one of the coolest things to do in Tokyo, this digital art museum, located in Toyosu, is an extraordinary, immersive experience full of creativity and innovation. 

The museum is another iteration from TeamLab (creators of TeamLabs Borderless), and TeamLab Planets allows visitors to literally walk through water and interact with the art.

It's just a short walk from Shin-Toyosu Station. Tickets cost ¥3800 and this is another one you will need to book in advance of your trip.


7. Tokyo Sky Tree

Tokyo Skytree

Towering at a staggering 634 metres, it's the world's tallest freestanding broadcasting tower, offering a bird's eye view of the city below. 

Symbolising Tokyo's growth, the Tokyo Sky Tree is located in Sumida City, with Tokyo Skytree Station being the nearest stop. 

A trip up the tower to the Tembo Deck costs 1800 yen (350m) while a combination ticket for the Deck and the Galleria is 2700 yen, taking you all the way to the top viewing deck at 450m.

If you like observation decks and viewpoints, this is a must-see for any Tokyo itinerary. It’s also close to Sensoji-Temple so you can combine both on your itinerary.


8. Hie Shrine

Hie shrine in Tokyo

Hie Shrine torii gates and walkway

Dating back to the 14th century, this small haven is the bustling Chiyoda City, it’s a brief walk from Akasaka Station and the entrance is free.

The shrine has become famous in recent years due to its trail of Torii Gates, similar in style to the Torii Gate trail at Kyoto’s Fushimi Inari Taisha. Although the trail at Hie shrine is much shorter, it’s a beautiful and free spot to visit in the city.


9. Imperial Palace and Gardens

The Imperial Palace seen behind the stone bridge entrance

The sheer size of the Tokyo Imperial Palace is honestly mind-blowing.

This 17th-century palace, nestled in Tokyo's Chiyoda City, is a historical gem with its beautiful garden and stone walls just a short walk from Tokyo Station. 

Though the palace is the Emperor's residence and not open to the public, you can roam the breathtaking East Gardens for free. Definitely one of the best things to do in Tokyo, particularly if you’re planning to go cherry blossom spotting or autumn foliage leaf peeping.


10. Ginza shopping district

Brightly lit streets of Ginza, Tokyo

If you’re a shopper, then you need to visit the ultra-luxurious Ginza district. It's a shopping paradise, known for high-end boutiques and swanky department stores. 

This is one of the most popular things to do in Ginza and easily accessible from Ginza Station. While the cost of retail therapy depends on your own gusto, window-shopping and soaking in the vibrant atmosphere won’t cost you a yen! 

There’s something for everyone too, I’m not much of a luxury shopper, but I had a custom bag embroidered at the flagship UNIQLO store in Ginza. I also went book shopping at Tsutaya Books, one of Tokyo’s famous bookstores in the famous Ginza Six shopping centre.


11. Ginza Lion Beer Hall

Ginza Lino beer Old - the oldest beer hall in Japan

Another super interesting but maybe off-the-beaten path Tokyo attraction is the famous Ginza Lion Beer Hall.

Established in 1899, it's Japan's first and oldest beer hall. Nestled in the heart of Ginza near Hibiya Station, it's rich with history and brimming with old-world charm. 

The cost? Well, a pint is roughly 500 yen and the ambience is absolutely free! 

Sip on a cold pint of Yebisu amidst the beer hall's high ceilings and slightly German beer-hall-style décor. It's a unique blend of tradition and modern beer culture in Tokyo. A visit to the Ginza Lion beer hall is a must for all beer-lovers.


12. Ryogoku Sumo Stadium

If seeing some Japanese sumo wrestling is on your list of things to do in Tokyo, then you need to visit Ryogoku Sumo Stadium.

Located in the heart of Ryogoku, it's an easy walk from Ryogoku Station. Established in 1985, this stadium breathes history and is where the traditional Japanese national sport, Sumo, truly comes alive. 

The cost varies depending on the event, but tickets for a sumo tournament typically begin at 2,200 yen. For any sports enthusiast the thrill of witnessing a sumo match in this historic stadium is something you'll never forget - the sumo wrestlers will seriously blow your mind!


13. Shibuya Crossing

Looking down on Shibuya scramble crossing from Mag’s Park Bar

Shibuya Crossing is one of the most popular tourist spots in Tokyo, famously known as 'The Scramble'. 

Sitting in the heart of Tokyo, just a short stroll from Shibuya Station, this pedestrian intersection is the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world with up to 3000 people crossing each time. 

The Crossing has been around since 1973 and it is the true meaning of organised chaos that is Tokyo. A walk across Shibuya Crossing is definitely a must-do Tokyo experience.

I used to recommend the Starbucks for a great view of the crossing for just the price of a coffee but unfortunately it’s shut down. Alternatively you can head up to the Mag’s Park rooftop where for the price of a drink you can also enjoy the view of the crossing from above and maybe as a cheaper option if you don’t fancy Shibuya Sky.


14. Harajuku

Located just a stone's throw from Harajuku Station, this vibrant district has been a hub for trendsetters since the 1960s. 

Start at Takeshita Street, the epicentre of Harajuku’s kawaii (cute) subculture, where shops sell everything from rainbow candy floss to outrageous outfits. While there's no entrance fee, be prepared for a shopping spree! 

Despite myself I made a few vintage and second-hand purchases from shops here (my favourite is the Harajuku Chicago store. The whole area is full of colour, creativity, and youthful energy.


15. Shinjuku Memory Lane

Omoide Yokocho aka Memory Lane in Shinjuku

Omoide Yokocho means Memory Lane and this really does feel like you step back in time into this warm, winding alley packed with cosy izakayas.

Just a hop away from Shinjuku Station, this charming spot costs nothing to explore although be warned that it does get busy - especially in the after-work dinner rush! 

Once a black market post-war, it's now brimming with cosy izakayas (small pubs) serving sizzling Yakitori. The aroma engulfing the lane is utterly irresistible, while its warm, vintage vibe transports you back in time.

Absolutely one of the best places to visit in Tokyo for real atmosphere, great food and photography too.


16. Meiji Jingu shrine

Meiji Jingu Shrine

I first visited this shrine in 2017 and it is a real haven in the city.

Nestled near Harajuku Station, this Shinto shrine was established in 1920, honouring Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. Stepping through the towering Torii gate felt like a journey back in time. 

Enclosed by a lush forest, the shrine's tranquillity is utterly captivating. Despite being a prime attraction, it's free to visit! Don’t miss the huge wall of sake barrels too. For a peaceful retreat in Tokyo, the Meiji Shrine is an unmissable gem.


17. Karaoke

Maybe not everyone’s cup of tea but karaoke is a cultural rite of passage in Japan and you will see karaoke bars, rooms and whole buildings welcoming people in.

I went with a group of people I met in a hostel in 2017 and had the best time. You rent a room together for a small fee and choose anything from the vast catalogue of songs available. Drinks are brought to your room when you order and are surprisingly affordable.

If you’re planning a night out in Tokyo, I would include karaoke!


18. Shimokitazawa vintage shopping

A little further out of the centre of Tokyo I discovered the best neighbourhood for vintage shopping in Tokyo.

Shimokitazawa, Tokyo's vintage haven is just a quick train ride from Shibuya Station to Shimo-Kitazawa Station.

This bohemian district, surviving the bombing during WWII, is brimming with quirky thrift stores and retro cafes. Streets lined with unique finds from bygone eras, it's a paradise for vintage enthusiasts. Though it costs nothing to explore, be warned, you might find it impossible to leave without making a purchase or two.

This is an offbeat Tokyo attraction that's definitely worth a detour for vintage loversand thrifters!


19. Animal cafes

Visiting a capybara cafe in Tokyo

While I must emphasise that Japan doesn’t have a fantastic track record for animal welfare in captivity, there are some unique animal cafes in Tokyo which do a great job of taking care of their animals.

We personally visited a Capybara Cafe and it was one of the best things I’ve ever done! There were just two capybaras, visitors were limited to around 10 at a time in the whole place and you had to turn up early to book your slot for the day - it’s called Cafe Capyba.

There was no fee to visit, just the cost of drinks from the cafe and we paid a small fee for some snacks for the capybaras - most Tokyo animal cafes work the same way.

But there are also cat cafes, dog cafes, reptile cafes, hedgehog cafes, owl cafes, rabbit cafes and more!

Do your research, check the reviews and enjoy!


20. Themed cafes

Harry Potter cafe in Tokyo

Similarly Tokyo is full of wacky and wild themed cafes - many are pop culture favourites and it might be your only chance to ever experience something like this.

Here are just some of the themed cafes I know of:

  • Godzilla’s Restaurant

  • Moomin House Cafe

  • Totoro Cream Puff Cafe

  • PEANUTS cafe

  • The Robot Restaurant

  • Gundam Cafe

  • Pokemon Cafe

  • Ninja restaurant

  • Vampire cafe

  • A fishing cafe

  • Harry Potter Cafe

  • Hello Kitty Store


21. Gundam factory and statue

The Gundam model at the GUndam factory in Yokohama

NOTE: The Gundam Factory is closing permanently on 31st March 2024.

If you’ve always wanted to see the famous 18-metre tall Gundam model at the Gundam Factory, now is your time to go as the factory will close at the end of March this year.

Now I’m not a Gundam fan, I didn’t even know what it was until my partner insisted that we visit and honestly - I was really impressed by the sheer size and human-like functionality.

Gundam is a Japanese military sci-fi figure and the factory used groundbreaking robotics to produce this huge version. The factory is located in Yokohama - Japan’s second largest city and a 1 hour train ride from Tokyo.

Tickets cost 1650 yen and should be bought online in advance here.


22. Godzilla head

Shinjuku, Tokyo

Towering above the Toho Cinemas in Shinjuku, it's a sight you can't miss and you’ll likely see it as you walk around! 

Just a few strides from Shinjuku Station and you'll find yourself standing beneath this monstrous pop culture moment, reminiscing the cinematic history dating back to 1954. And guess what? It's absolutely free to gawk at!

Whether you're a movie buff or not, the Godzilla Head is a quirky Tokyo attraction you ought to check out.


23. Fresh fish at Tsukiji Outer Market

Tsukiji fish market

Formerly part of the world's biggest wholesale fish market, it's a few steps from Tsukiji Shijo Station. 

At Tsukiji Fish Market you can explore countless stalls offering fresh seafood, traditional Japanese ingredients, and street food delicacies for spectacularly cheap prices. 

Although the inner wholesale market moved to Toyosu in 2018, the outer market continues to thrive, pulling foodies worldwide. Tsukiji Outer Market is a must-visit in Tokyo for foodies and seafood lovers.

My personal favourite is Sushizanmai for incredible sushi - Sushi is a Japanese cuisine you have to try and this is the best ever!


24. Kabuki-za Theatre

The famous Kabuki-za Theatre in Ginza

Ever wanted to see traditional Japanese Kabuki performances? Now is your chance at the Kabuki-za Theatre in the heart of the Ginza district.

If creative arts performances are your thing, this is the best place to visit in Tokyo for a cultural and historic experience. Ticket prices vary depending on the show.


25. Yoyogi Park

Close to Harajuku Station, Yoyogi Park is one of Tokyo's largest city parks, rich with history as the site for the 1964 Olympics athletes' village. 

With beautiful trees, serene ponds, and meandering paths, the park doesn't cost a yen to visit but is popular for sakura spotting in Tokyo during the spring cherry blossom season.


26. Hibiya Park

Hibiya Park

Just a short walk from Hibiya Station, it's Tokyo's first Western-style park dating back to 1903. Once an army drill area, it's now a peaceful park filled with greenery and iconic monuments. 

It’s one of the best free things to do in Tokyo and is popular for autumn leaf peeping.


27. 3D billboard

Tokyo 3D billboard

Tokyo is all about the weird and wonderful because what other city would I be including a 3D billboard on a list like this?!

Located at Cross Space Shinjuku, this billboard looks like the projections on it are actually about to jump off the building and get you!

The most famous is a resident cat who plays around in a box at the top of the building. The other we saw was an amazing 3D spaceship which seemed to burst straight through the building.


28. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Skydeck

View from the Tokyo Metropolitan Building

My own personal hidden gem in Tokyo if you’re looking for free things to do in Tokyo - this is an observation platform in Tokyo that doesn’t cost a penny.

Located in the Shinjuku area (close to the 3D billboard) is this free observatory deck with amazing views of the city, I even saw Mt. Fuji from here on a clear day!

Tochomae Station is the closest station and although there is sometimes a queue to visit here, it moves fast and is well-worth it if you’re on a budget and looking for free places to visit in Tokyo.


29. Tokyo Node

This is a relatively new attraction in Tokyo and is another similar digital art immersive experience like those at TeamLabs.

Tokyo Node is a digital film performance with stunning visuals on the 45th floor. Note that this is not suitable for those with epilepsy or prone to migraines or motion sickness.

Tickets cost 2500 yen or 2800 on weekends and can be purchased here.


30. Tokyo City View Sky Deck

Situated in Roppongi Hills, a short stroll from Roppongi Station, this attraction has epic views of the city.

Opened in 2003, it's renowned for its panoramic city vistas from the 52nd floor of Mori Tower. Sunset is a popular time to visit here but for good reason, the views are stunning.


31. Second hand shopping

I’ve already mentioned this in Shimokitazawa and Harajuku but Tokyo really is a hidden gem for second hand and vintage shopping.

Look for Chicago stores or 2nd Street - both are secondhand chains, or Bookoff Plus - which is similar. Here I got a Columbia Down jacket for £16 and a Pendleton fleece for £20 - you might need another suitcase to bring it all home.

My bargain Columbia down jacket


32. Burlesque Tokyo

If you’re looking for an iconic Burlesque show in Tokyo, this is it! While I’ve not been myself, my friend highly recommended it for a unique, amazing night out.

With elaborate and entertaining shows, live music, plus plenty of food and drink, it’s another entertainment attraction in Tokyo that the city does so well.


33. Wagyu Beef

Now I can’t attest to being much of a connoisseur when it comes to good beef, I know wagyu is good but I’m not informed enough to tell you the best restaurants for Wagyu in Tokyo.

I can however tell you where to find the best affordable wagyu beef in Tokyo and that’s at GrillBon. With a couple of locations in the city, GrillBon offers wagyu sandwiches for 2200 yen - an incredible price for really yummy Wagyu beef.


34. Robot Restaurant

Of course this wild experience is located in Shinjuku!

This attraction is a carnival of light and sound. Launched in 2012 with a staggering investment of 10 billion yen, it's now a beacon of Tokyo's vibrant nightlife. For 8000 yen, prepare to be dazzled by a show of robot battles, neon lights and thunderous music. It's a bit pricey, but for a unique slice of Tokyo's eccentricity, Robot Restaurant is an unforgettable experience.


35. Harry Potter Cafe

Tokyo Harry Potter cafe

We stumbled on the Harry Potter cafe in Tokyo by accident in Akasaka as it’s right outside the Akasaka station

From Hedwig’s Dessert to Expecto Patronum cocktails and butter beer, this is a Harry Potter fan's dream.

Unfortunately you need to pay to make a reservation online in advance so we couldn’t go inside and looking at some reviews it seems the food is very expensive for what it is - although that’s usually the case with themed cafes so I’ll leave you to decide if this one is worth it!


36. Izakaya street at Yurakucho Station

Yurakucho Station izakaya street underneath the tracks

If Memory Lane in Shinjuku felt a bit overwhelming, there is a similar street which is much less-known but equally as cool.

Located in Ginza, underneath the Yurakucho Station, there is a covered narrow street or alleyway full of izakayas, lit by warm, welcoming lanterns and the most incredible smells of food.

Head down here for dinner and drinks - if you can find the entrance underneath the station bridge!


37. Gotokuji Temple

This Edo period temple is absolutely full of cat statues of different sizes and the best part is - you can take a cat train to get there!

Miyanosaka Station is the nearest station and you can take the cat train there from Yamashita Station which is next to Gotokuji Station from central Tokyo.

The temple is free to visit and you can buy a cat statue either as a souvenir or to leave for blessings and good wishes.


38. Tokyo Disneyland

An essential place to visit in Tokyo for Disney fans - adults and children!

I have to confess that I’ve never been to Tokyo Disneyland, I’ve only ever been to Paris. However I have it on good authority from one of my closest friends who has been to Paris, California, Shanghai and now Tokyo, that Tokyo was the best and most spectacular Disneyland she’s ever visited.


39. Ghibli Museum

For Ghibli fans and those who love a bit of whimsy, this museum is a short train ride from Tokyo and worth a visit.

Located in Inokashira Park which is famous for its cherry trees and boating lake, the museum costs just 1000 yen and is dedicated to the famous animation studio with a theatre, exhibitions and rooftop.

Kichijōji Station is the nearest station.


40. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in spring

Stepping into Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden was like entering a serene oasis amidst Tokyo's hustle and bustle. 

A quick jaunt from Shinjuku Station, this idyllic paradise, established in 1906, was once an imperial garden. Now, it's a tranquil retreat filled with stunning landscapes, ranging from traditional Japanese to French formal gardens. 

It costs 500 yen, and you can lose yourself in the tapestry of blooming flowers and towering trees, a perfect place of peace and quiet in the heart of the city. Also a popular spot for cherry blossoms in the spring.


41. Gachapon machines

Aka capsule machines, the Gachapon machines are quintessentially Japanese and you will see Gachapon stores full of the machines which you pay 200-400 yen into, turn the dial and a capsule pops out with a toy inside.

People are so enthusiastic about collecting toys from specific ranges and collections and we got hooked on it too! A real Casio-brand ring? - yes please! A toy of a polar bear sitting around a campfire - you bet! A zipper pull in the shape of a cat - got one!


42. First Torii Gate

At the entrance to the Yasukuni Shrine, this huge torii gate is an icon of the city and a famous photography spot that’s worth visiting.

Also don’t skip visiting the controversial Yasukuni Shrine which is a memorial to all those who lost their lives fighting for Japan - including war criminals.


43. Museum of Contemporary Art

Located near Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Station, the museum opened in 1995, as Tokyo's first public art museum, housing Spanish and Japanese contemporary masterpieces. 

At 1200 yen, it offers an immersive journey into the world of modern creativity. A visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art is a must for any art enthusiast.


44. Ueno Park

Get here by arriving at Ueno Station. Originating in 1873, it's one of Japan's first public parks. 

This expansive green space houses a zoo, museums, and even a shrine, making it a cultural treasure trove. 

The park itself is free and for a fee of 600 yen, you can explore the Ueno Zoo. Another popular attraction to visit in Tokyo.


45. 2D Cafe 

2D cafes are a trippy experience where everything inside is artistically decorated to appear two dimensional in black and white.

Located in Shinjuku, the nearest station is Shin-Ōkubo Station and I really recommend going early in the day as the 2D effect is best when the cafe isn’t too busy!

For aesthetic photos and unique food like a 2D cake, shaved ice or purple potato latte - this is another of the fun themed cafes in Tokyo to add to your Tokyo itinerary.


46. New TeamLabs Borderless Tokyo

NOTE: this does not open until February 9th 2024

After the huge success of the immersive digital art experience at TeamLabs Borderless, many people were gutted when the original museum shut down in 2022.

Now a new location has opened in Azabudai Hills in central Tokyo, close to Kamiyachō Station.  

With even more unique and interactive art installations and unique photo ops, it’s no surprise that the new location has had huge ticket sales already. So make sure you book in advance here before your trip.

Tickets cost between 3000 - 4800 yen depending on the day and time you visit.


46. Cherry blossom spotting or autumn foliage chasing

Tokyo spring blossoms in sakura season

While many people associate the Japanese cherry blossom season or “sakura” with Kyoto or other less city-like settings, there are actually many cherry blossom locations in Tokyo to enjoy.

Similarly to cherry blossoms, autumn foliage spotting makes autumn a popular time to travel to Japan as well. 

Tokyo’s numerous parks and shrines are a great place to start for sakura hunting. Check out my cherry blossom Tokyo guide for all the best spots.


48. Don Quijote

Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of Don Quijote, I actually hadn’t until my second visit to Japan and when I first went inside one I was in awe!

Don Quijote is a huge store which combines supermarket with beauty store with convenience store, with household items, with fancy dress, with luggage, with opticians, with luxury watches and jewellery all as huge discount stores across the country - basically everything you can possibly think of is in a Don Quijote and they’re usually 7-12 floors of madness.

The biggest one in Tokyo is located in Shinjuku next to the station.

The Don Don Donki theme tune will be blaring out of all speakers and the colourful signage is enough to overwhelm you. Yet I think it is one of the most hilarious and entertaining experiences in Japan - it’s always so busy, you always end up buying something and the song will be stuck in your head for hours after - it’s a cultural experience!


49. Day trip to Kamakura

If you’re ready to escape the city, a short train ride from Tokyo brings you to the peaceful city of Kamakura, home to the iconic Great Buddha. 

Take the train to Hase Station, and this historic coastal city offers a serene escape from the hustle of Tokyo. For just 300 yen, you can witness the majestic 13th-century bronze statue of Amida Buddha, a testament to Kamakura's rich history as the political centre of medieval Japan. 

This historic city has the charm of Kyoto but without the crowds and there’s even a beach too!

Don’t miss Meigetsu-in Shrine which blooms into stunning hydrangeas in the spring. Hokokuji Temple is another beautiful spot with a bamboo grove and stunning grounds.


50. Day trip to Hitachi Seaside Park

Take the train from Tokyo Ueno Station for 2 hours to see the most spectacular floral display at this coastal flower park. 

This exquisite park, dating back to 1991, is located in Hitachinaka, near Ajigaura Station. For a mere 450 yen, you're invited to immerse yourself in seemingly endless fields of seasonal flowers, creating a stunning tapestry of natural beauty. Hitachi Seaside Park is visually stunning and a photographer’s dream. 

It’s well worth the day trip from Tokyo's bustling streets. Without a doubt one of the best day trips from Tokyo during the spring and summer months.


Summary: Top tourist attractions in Tokyo, Japan

It’s honestly no surprise that Tokyo is so popular with foreign tourists, there are so many things to experience in Tokyo that are so unique and different to anything we could possibly experience at home.

That’s why I always encourage first time visitors to Tokyo to get outside their comfort zone - do karaoke, see a sumo tournament, go to an izakaya, check out a themed restaurant - the opportunities are quite literally endless in Tokyo.

And that’s the other thing, there is always something new and cool to see or do in Tokyo. Even though I aim to keep this list up to date, there is always a new exhibition opening, a unique experience or a fun activity to do somewhere in the city.