Tokyo isn’t just the largest city in Japan — it’s the largest city in the world. It offers travelers unparalleled options for entertainment, food, leisure, and other items on a vacation checklist. If you’re planning a vacation itinerary for Tokyo, then you need to consider these top four activities.
Attend the Tuna Auction at Tsukiji Market
Naturally, the world’s largest city is also home to the world’s largest fish market. The Tsukiji Market is one of the most renowned attractions in Tokyo. The Tuna Auction, which happens almost every day (excluding Sundays and some Wednesdays), is the must-see. If you are planning to attend the Tuna Auction at the Tsukiji Market, then you should plan to arrive by 3 a.m. The auctions start at 5 a.m., and only 120 people can watch. If you are considering watching a tuna auction, you might want to find a Tokyo hotel that is close to the market so you don’t have much of a journey.
Watch a Tokyo Sumo Wrestling Tournament at Ryōgoku Kokugikan
If you want to immerse yourself in Tokyo’s culture and history, then you must watch a sumo wrestling tournament at Ryōgoku Kokugikan. This indoor sumo hall, located in Sumida, has become known as heart of sumo. When you start planning your trip to Tokyo, look for a cheap ticket to one of the many sumo wrestling tournaments that Ryōgoku hosts. If you miss your chance to see a sumo tournament, you can still explore the Sumo Museum on the first floor of Kokugikan Hall.
Relax in Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Amid all the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, it’s refreshing to find a serene place to relax. The Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is exactly such a place. The garden covers roughly 145 acres and includes more than 20,000 trees and 1,500 plants set around beautiful ponds. If you do decide to explore the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, keep in mind that the park is open between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and is closed Mondays except during cherry blossom and chrysanthemum seasons.
Cross the Street at Shibuya Crossing
No visit to the world’s largest city is complete without seeing the world’s busiest intersection. The famous spectacle known as “The Scramble” sits just outside Shibuya Station. With all the lights, sounds, and shuffling people, it’s guaranteed to give you a taste of life in Tokyo. If you’re timing your stop at Shibuya Crossing, target the evenings. When the sun sets, the neon lights turn this intersection into a breathtaking attraction that tantalizes the senses.
All these activities are an excellent foundation for any Tokyo vacation, but several other sights are also worth seeing:
Meiji Shrine: This otherworldly attraction, dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken, will open your eyes to the rich history and culture that Tokyo has to offer.
Odaiba: This artificial island offers tourists a waterfront view of Tokyo, several incredible places to dine, and a wide variety of shops.
Tokyo DisneySea: For families looking to visit Tokyo, the DisneySea theme park is worth consideration. The nautically themed DisneySea provides visitors with attractions, rides, parades, shows, restaurants, and shops.
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