We have gathered a few must see places to visit during your Olympic experience. Check out our Tokyo Bucket List of 2020 which includes classic tourist attractions and latest trendy spots in Tokyo from the traditional temple to the exotic robot restaurant.
Shibuya is known as Tokyo’s most trendy district. Numbers of large shopping malls, small boutiques, discount stores, bars, clubs, cafes and restaurants are located here. The crossing and the surrounding area often become a place for unofficial street celebration for young people.
Shibuya Scramble Crossing has been the hottest photo spot in past years, and when you go there you’ll see many tourists waiting for the best moment for a shoot at the corner of crossing. The world’s busiest crossing are passed by about a half million people daily, the view of passengers coming from the all directions at once when the traffic lights turn green is simply stunning.
Yoyogi Village is an oasis in the city just 2 minutes from the JR Yoyogi station, the perfect escape for a leisurely lunch or an intimate dinner. At Yoyogi village lives an interesting collaboration between some of Japan’s most famous music producers, interior designers and restauranteurs.
It’s home to stylish cafes, apparel shops, galleries and even a niche travel company, surrounded by lush landscaped greenery specially selected from around the world. The shops in the outer part of the village are housed in repurposed containers, which is pretty cool.
Yoyogi Park is one of Tokyo’s largest city parks, featuring wide lawns, ponds and forested areas. It is a great place for jogging, picnicking and other outdoor activities. It is known for its ginko tree forest, which turns intensely golden in autumn.
Before becoming a city park in 1967, the area where Yoyogi Park is located served as the site of the Olympic Village for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, and before that, as a residential area for US military personnel.
The Tokyo Skytree is a television broadcasting tower and landmark of Tokyo. It is the centerpiece of the Tokyo Skytree Town in the Sumida City Ward, not far away from Asakusa. With a height of 634 meters, it is the tallest structure in Japan and the second tallest in the world at the time of its completion. A large shopping complex with aquarium is located at its base. Tokyo Tower is enjoyable either seeing it from distance or gaze the city from the observatory of the tower itself.
The Ginza is Tokyo’s most famous upmarket shopping, dining and entertainment district, featuring numerous department stores, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, night clubs and cafes.
One square meter of land in the district’s center is worth over ten million yen, making it one of the most expensive real estate in Japan. It is where you can find the infamous $10 cups of coffee and where virtually every leading brand name in fashion and cosmetics has a presence.
Akihabara is known as the world leading electronic district and home to Otaku culture. It’s the best place to witness the underground culture of Japan and shop high-tech gadgets.
Tokyo’s oldest temple, Sensoji Temple is located at the historic center of the city, Asakusa area. Take photos of an iconic Kaminarimon gate, stroll down “Nakamise Street”, the approach to the main hall of the temple with traditional street snacks. It’s a great area to experience Japanese traditions while being in this modern Metropolis.
Asakusa is also a great area to eat traditional Japanese cuisine, as there are numbers of long-established Japanese restaurants serving authentic dishes such as Sukiyaki, Tempura and Sushi. Variety of traditional activities can be found in this area, such as riding Rickshaw, wearing Kimono dress, etc.
TOKYO IMPERIAL PALACE
The Imperial Palace is located on the former site of Edo Castle, a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls in the center of Tokyo, a short walk from Tokyo Station. It is the residence of Japan’s Imperial Family.
Edo Castle used to be the seat of the Tokugawa shogun who ruled Japan from 1603 until 1867. In 1868, the shogunate was overthrown, and the country’s capital and Imperial Residence were moved from Kyoto to Tokyo. In 1888 construction of a new Imperial Palace was completed. The palace was once destroyed during World War Two, and rebuilt in the same style, afterwards.
TOKIO DISNEY RESORT
Tokyo Disneyland is a theme park based on the films produced by Walt Disney. It was opened in 1983 as the first Disney theme park outside of the United States. Modeled after Disneyland in California and the Magic Kingdom in Florida, Tokyo Disneyland is made up of seven themed lands and features seasonal decorations and parades.
Roppongi is well known as the city’s most popular nightlife district among foreigners, offering a large number of foreigner friendly bars, restaurants and night clubs. Roppongi and the surrounding districts of Azabu, Hiroo and Akasaka are home to many embassies and a large expat community.
Thanks to the appearance of several art museums, Roppongi has also developed a reputation as a cultural center. The National Art Center is Japan’s largest art museum, and together with Roppongi Hills’ Mori Art Museum and Tokyo Midtown’s Suntory Museum of Art form the “Art Triangle Roppongi”.
Golden Gai is a neighborhood in the Shinjuku ward of Tokyo that squeezes in over 200 miniature bars into a network of six narrow alleys, made only for pedestrians. Visit to Golden Gai is one of the best things to do in Tokyo and a must experience in Shinjuku nightlife.
This is a place that has been described as a drinker paradise as well as an architectural marvel. In fact, if you mention the Golden Gai to anyone who knows Tokyo well, they will immediately smile and start giving you a list of their favorite bars in the region.
Short distance from Asakusa area, Ueno is the center of Tokyo’s old downtown area and where one of the biggest parks in Tokyo is located. Ueno Park consists of numbers of attractive facilities including museums, a zoo, historical monuments and rich nature.
Tokyo’s central park which consists of many attractions. The most popular spot for cherry blossom viewing! The park welcomes over 10 million visitors a year and it’s the most popular city park in Japan. Especially in Spring, it’s the busiest cherry blossom viewing spot in Tokyo. In the vast space with 538,507 m2, the park consists of many tourist attractions such as temples, shrines, museums, zoo, pond, garden and other facilities.