If you are wondering what to see in Tokyo, the great metropolis, the largest city in the world, we will tell you what places we visited during the six days that we were visiting it
Tokyo is a place where skyscrapers share the limelight with tradition, temples, Buddhism. Where the salary man (workers in white shirts and black ties) sleep standing on the subway, a real can of sardines.
Life comes and goes, thirty-five million souls populate this impressive city that in no way will leave you indifferent.
My advice, don’t create any expectations, just enjoy Tokyo to the fullest. Live it, discover it, enjoy its izakayas and its impressive gastronomy. Anyway, this city is for everyone, and there are dozens of places to see in Tokyo.
We were in the city for six days, this was because the first week we were using the Japan Rail Pass, visiting the cities of Kyoto, Osaka, Koyasan and Hiroshima.
During the second week we enjoyed and visited as much as we could in Tokyo. Here we tell you what we saw during these six days.
What to see in Tokyo in six days
Tsukiji, the largest fish market in the world
This is one of my favorite places in Tokyo and where I enjoyed the most. I have a certain weakness for markets, but in this case, we are talking about uppercase market.
This is the largest fish market in the world. It supplies the city of Tokyo and is famous for its bluefin tuna auctions. They have been saying for a long time that they are going to change its location. In any case, this is one of the must see if you go to Tokyo. We tell you more about our experience in this incredible place, Tsukiji, the largest fish market in the world.
Without a doubt, it is an indispensable place to see in Tokyo.
This is one of the geek places in Tokyo. If something caught our attention Akihabara It was the number of buildings dedicated to video games, yes I am talking about entire buildings.
But it is also that this area is famous for Maid Cafes. These places are very particular. Frequented by only men and the occasional curious and confused tourist (I include myself) where they try to give free rein to the sexual desires and memories of childhood.
If you want to read more about this place, you can visit the article Akihabara, electronics, anime and Maids Cafe in Tokyo.
Asakusa, an essential neighborhood to see in Tokyo
This is one of those places where tranquility rules surrounded by infinite skyscrapers. This was the neighborhood where the samurai lived. But also, it is a pedestrian area, very quiet with one of the most important temples in the city, the temple of Sensoji.
This is another of the places to see in Tokyo I would always recommend, personally, I really liked it.
You can see more detail in Asakusa, tradition and samurai in Tokyo.
Tokyo Metropolitan City Hall
This is undoubtedly the best viewpoint in the city, and also free, can you ask for more? Well yes, it is also in Shinjuko. So you can take advantage of a visit to this part of the city, and before dark go up to the top and enjoy these incredible views, where you never see the end of the city.
If you want to see how to get there and the hours of the towers, visit Tokyo Metropolitan City Hall, or the best free views of the city.
And as I mentioned before, Shinjuku is the nerve center of the city. Where life flows the most, full of skyscrapers, full of izakayas, full of alleys where you can enjoy the best culinary delights in the city. We went back to this place twice, something has got us hooked.
Shinjuku, the nerve center of Tokyo.
Shibuya is one of the images that we have in our head when we talk about Tokyo, or think about this impressive city. That is where the busiest zebra crossing in the world is, the Shibuya Crossing, the scene of dozens of movies, television commercials.
It is also one of the places where the hills are home to the Love Hotels.
But in addition, it was the home of the faithful dog Hachiko, a story that was made into a movie, and that shows the infinite love of our pets.
Shibuya, the neon quarter and Shibuya crossing
Yoyogi Park and Meiji Shrine
They are practically next door, and both places are worth a visit.
The Yoyogi Park it is crowded with old rockers smashing boots and dancing. They love to be seen dancing dressed in the purest Grease style. Of course, you will only be able to see them on Sunday mornings until noon.
And the Meiji Shrine is a walk back in time within a lush forest. In addition to the sanctuary, a walk through this curious place is worth a lot.
I think this is a place to see in Tokyo that you should not miss.
You can see more information about these visits at Yoyogi Park and Meiji Shrine in Tokyo.
This neighborhood, Ginza, sounds like luxury. And it is that the big brands have their flagship buildings in this neighborhood. If a great brand does not have a building of bizarre shapes, it is because that great brand is not such.
Although there is a lot of luxury per square meter, not everything is luxury, you can also enjoy stores for all budgets such as Uniqlo, Zara’s Asian competitor.
Ginza, shopping, luxury and architecture in Tokyo.
Tokyo Imperial Palace
Surrounded by gardens with perfectly pruned pine trees, with a great esquisited, and these gardens surrounded by great skyscrapers, is the center of the power of the country.
Nearby is also Central Tokyo, the most important train station in the city, and perhaps also in the country. The best thing about the Tokyo Imperial Palace is that it is free. Personally, the visit bored me a bit, but it is something very subjective.
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If you want to know what the hours are to be able to enter for free and not queue, you can see what we write about our visit, Tokyo Imperial Palace, also called Kokyo.
This is one of the most geeky places to see in Tokyo. Next to Yoyogi Park, it is where we will find the anime world. People in costumes who hang out, the so-called cosplayers on Takeshita Dori Street.
It also has a pedestrian area where you can find curious cafes. A walk to see the atmosphere, better on weekends, which is when you will find the most crowded of people dressed up as anime.
Harajuku, anime and cosplay at Takeshita Dori.
Map of the places to see in Tokyo
Tours from Tokyo
If after visiting Tokyo, you still have enough days to learn more about the surroundings of this megalopolis, we will tell you which are the best day trips from Tokyo, which you can do to enjoy the country of the Rising Sun even more.
Take a look at the article we have written, The 7 best excursions from Tokyo.
Accommodation in Tokyo
When we travel to Japan we stay in two totally different accommodations. Since the trip was divided into two parts, the first using the Japan Rail Pass and the second visiting Tokyo.
The week we spent in Tokyo we stayed in an apartment that we searched for on AirBnb. The experience was great. It was a small apartment, the usual size for Tokyo, in a 13-story building with views of the entire city, at night, Shibuya could be distinguished as the most illuminated area by far.
This apartment was located ten minutes walk from the train stop Ikejiri-oshasi, Tokyu Den-en-toshi railway line. Highly recommended place.
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However, the first night we stayed at a hotel in the area of Kodemmacho, gray line Hibiya, just one stop from Akihabara. The hotel was quite good, I also recommend it, but without a doubt, I personally liked the experience of living in a typical Tokyo apartment the most. The hotel we stayed in is Hotel Horidome Villa.
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