What are you waiting for? Pack your bags and start planning! Here are five must-do things in Tokyo that you should definitely check out.
Tokyo may be known for the hustle and bustle of city life but sights such as Ueno Park, Yoyogi Park, and the Imperial Palace's East Gardens are definitely a breath of fresh air. Blooming with cherry blossoms around the end of April and a lush sea of greens during spring time, these places will really help you unwind and make the most out of your Tokyo walks.
The Samurai Museum in Shinjuku is truly an edu-taining experience! From a special guided tour given by their friendly crew, authentic samurai helmets and katana replicas that you can try on, a samurai sword exhibition where you could join in, and Japanese garbs that you can wear and take photos with, it may seem small on the outside but the experience you'll get is definitely a huge takeaway.!
Your trip in Tokyo is never complete if you don't join the world famous scramble in Shibuya crossing. Known as one of the busiest cities in Japan's capital, it's home to massive shopping centres, arcades, and restaurants as far as your eye can see. It's also where you can find the statue of Hachiko, a dog who used to wait every afternoon in Shibuya station even 10 years after his master's passing. The statue is meant to symbolise loyalty and fidelity and is considered to be one of the station's most popular attraction.
It's truly amazing how deeply embedded culture is in the middle of the city. From big, open spaces to small nooks and crannies, there are shrines and temples that will not only satisfy your aesthetic but will also give you a glimpse of Japan's value for nature and the human spirit.
Whatever you're into, Tokyo is definitely a shopping paradise. Spend the day exploring the different buildings with floors and floors of geeky merchandise and gadgets and feast on treats in various themed cafes in Akihabara; buy your own kimono, authentic tea sets, and other souvenirs in Nakamise market in Asakusa; and splurge on fashion finds in Harajuku. Wherever you are in Tokyo, you can never leave without getting your hands on a trinket or two.