It’s that time of year again where everyone seems to be jetting off to hit the slopes in Japan and stopping off in Tokyo on their way (next year for me hopefully!) It is also time to be shaping up your itinerary for those of you planning an upcoming trip to Japan in the spring to see the glorious and stunning Sakura blossom in person. If this is you then a look at this roundup of the 10 best things to do in Tokyo and get planning your dream trip.
- See the Tokyo skyline and if you’re lucky a glimpse of Mount Fuji on a clear day at either the Skytree or you can view for free the Government building.
- The Tsukiji Fish Market is an absolute must for all visitors to Tokyo to experience where all the sushi you will be eating during your stay has come from. Plus there is nothing like a 7am sushi breakfast! For the early risers amongst you, there is a 3am tuna auction you can queue up and buy tickets for but be warned most people get here around midnight to join the queue as there are only 60 places available.
- If you are lucky enough to be in Tokyo during the cherry blossom season (late March-mid April) then you have to visit Shinjuku park, the largest park in Tokyo. The sheer number of stunning cherry blossom trees is a sight not to be missed.
- Looking for a bit of Tokyo madness? Then the Robot show in Shinjuku is the place to head to. I won’t say anything else to spoil this mad experience apart from just do it. It’s touristy and tacky but ever so entertaining.
- Shibuya is the place to head to for the bright neon lights of Tokyo and to see the worlds busiest pedestrian crossing.
- Golden gai in Shinjuku is a great place to venture to for quirky authentic Japanese places to eat and drink. Most of the places here are hole in the walls so be prepared to explore.
- There is a reason every Tokyo travel guide suggests heading to the New York bar and grill at the top of the Park Hyatt. This glamorous bar and restaurant is fantastic for live music, lively atmosphere and great views.
- Whilst you’re in Tokyo you need to try sushi prepared by a sushi master. We ate at Sushi Sora situated on the 38th floor of the Mandarin Oriental hotel and I cannot recommend it highly enough, what Chef Imaizumi prepared for us was some of the most delicious food we have ever eaten.
- If you fancy a go at being your own sushi chef for an afternoon then there are plenty of Sushi making lessons available. We chose Buddha bellies for our lesson and whilst the quality of the fish is no where near the standard of the likes of Sushi Sora’s, the chance to learn more about this fascinating cuisine and prepare it yourself is a must.
- Sumo wrestling is one sight we weren’t able to see whilst we were in Tokyo. The sumo calendar only runs for certain months so if you are one of the lucky ones who happens to be in town for when the Sumo is in season then you have to make this top of your list.
Japan truly is a very special place and offers so much to visitors that you will be planning your next trip back before you have even left!
As always give me a shout below in the comments to let me know your favourite Tokyo sights.