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Tokyo is a metropolitan jungle and the busy capital of Japan. This city mixes the ultramodern with the traditional, from historical temples to skyscrapers.

Top 5 things to see and do in Tokyo

When you do travel to Tokyo, there are a few things that you will want to prepare for in advance. For example, if you plan on splitting your time between Tokyo and Kyoto, you might want to consider the Japan Rail Pass. It works similarly to the Eurorail pass in Europe and can cost just as much as one return ticket between Tokyo and Kyoto. With this pass, you can add more destinations to your itinerary.

You will also want to get a pay as you go SIM card or pocket WiFi system to stay connected, and travel insurance for Japan to cover you in case you need emergency medical attention or you have to deal with cancellations. Doing this will help you to enjoy your trip with peace of mind.


For a surreal experience in Tokyo head to Harajuku, a colourful explosion of street art and fashion. There are vintage shops, cosplay stores, and delicious crepe shops for you to explore.


Tokyo's entertainment district is where the lights come out in full force and tourists can enjoy the bars, nightclubs and restaurants.

Tokyo's Museums

From the Tokyo National Museum to more modern museums like the new Yayoi Kusama museum or the teamLab digital art museum, you are spoilt for choice. To really get a feel for the city and all that it's about, these museums are a must.


One of the most beautiful and oldest temples in Tokyo, Senso-ji is an absolute must-see. Just remember to be respectful.


This stunning shrine is one of the largest in Tokyo.

With so much to do and see in Tokyo, it's important that you craft your itinerary based on your own interests, and definitely plan to come back again!

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