A Complete Guide to Tokyo's Tastiest Bites and Unmissable Sights

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MaryAlexa Divver

  • Arts & Culture

  • City Travel

  • Tokyo

  • Japan

  • Guided Tours

  • Local Culture

  • Fashion

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Curator’s statement

Tokyo is a city that boasts a unique blend of modernity and tradition, making it a must-visit destination for any traveler. This guide will lead you through some of Tokyo's finest culinary experiences and awe-inspiring attractions, making your journey nothing short of extraordinary. With a vast array of mouthwatering dishes, bustling neighborhoods and iconic sights, Tokyo's clean streets and warm-hearted locals are ready to welcome you with open arms. Embark on a captivating adventure and let Tokyo's vibrant charm sweep you off your feet.

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Things to do in Tokyo, Japan

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Shopping and Neighborhoods

Shibuya Crossing: Known as one of the busiest intersections in the world, this famous crossing is a must-visit for anyone traveling to Tokyo. With millions of pedestrians crossing each day, it's a sight to behold.

Harajuku: A lively neighborhood filled with quirky fashion and kawaii culture. Don't miss the Takeshita Street for the latest fashion trends and unique snacks like bubble tea, rainbow cotton candy or crepes.

Ginza: A luxury shopping district with high-end fashion boutiques, jewelry stores, and luxury department stores. The neighborhood also has several Michelin-starred restaurants.

Omotesando: A fashionable shopping street with upscale boutiques and unique architecture, including the famous Omotesando Hills shopping mall.

Akihabara: Known as the "Electric Town," this neighborhood is famous for its electronic gadgets, anime and manga merchandise and video game shops.

Cultural Attractions

Ryogoku Kokugikan National Sumo Area: If you're visiting Tokyo during a Grand Sumo tournament, this is something you don't want to miss. You'll need to purchase tickets in advance to see this traditional Japanese sport in action.

Meiji Shrine: A serene shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. The shrine is surrounded by a beautiful forest and gardens.

Senso-ji: A beautiful Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, one of Tokyo's oldest neighborhoods. The temple is famous for its stunning architecture, traditional festivals, and Nakamise shopping street.

Imperial Palace: The residence of Japan's Imperial Family, featuring beautiful gardens and historical buildings. While the palace itself is closed to the public, you can explore the surrounding gardens, which are particularly beautiful during cherry blossom season.

Ueno Park: A large public park with several museums, a zoo, and numerous cherry blossom trees. Don't miss the Tokyo National Museum, which houses the largest collection of Japanese art in the world.


Toyosu Fish Market: A seafood wonderland, where you can witness the early morning fish auction, or explore the market later in the day for sushi and other seafood delicacies.

Tsukiji Fish Market: An alternative fish market option, perfect for sushi breakfast or early lunch. Don't miss the outer market, which has a plethora of food stalls, sushi shops and souvenir shops.

Ameyoko: A bustling street market known for its variety of products, food stands and discount shops. You can find everything from fresh produce to clothing, and there are plenty of street food options.

Oiwa Inari Tamiya Shrine Flea Market: A monthly flea market featuring antiques, vintage items and food stalls. It's the perfect place to find unique souvenirs and gifts.

Kappabashi Kitchen Town: A street lined with stores selling kitchenware, tableware and restaurant supplies. If you're a foodie, this is the perfect place to find unique Japanese kitchen gadgets and souvenirs.

Museums and Attractions

teamLab Planets: An immersive, interactive museum that blends art, technology and nature for a unique and unforgettable experience. Tickets required.

Kusama Museum: A unique museum dedicated to the works of Yayoi Kusama, a renowned Japanese contemporary artist known for her polka dots and infinity rooms. The museum features rotating exhibitions of Kusama's work and is located in the Shinjuku neighborhood. Tickets required.

Sky Tree: Marvel at panoramic views of Tokyo from this towering observation deck, the tallest structure in Japan and a symbol of the city's skyline.

Edo-Tokyo Museum: Discover Tokyo's rich history through exhibits that chronicle the city's transformation from the Edo period to the present day.

The National Art Center, Tokyo: One of Japan's largest exhibition spaces, showcasing an ever-changing lineup of world-class art exhibitions.

Ghibli Museum: A whimsical museum dedicated to the works of Studio Ghibli, the renowned animation studio behind classics like Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro. Tickets required and must be purchased in advance.

Places to eat & drink in Tokyo, Japan

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Japanese cuisine is vast so be sure to try out a variety of what Tokyo has to offer.


Ichiran Ramen - A delicious chain restaurant where you order via a vending machine and dine in private booths.

Afuri Ramen - Known for its signature yuzu-flavored ramen, this popular chain offers a modern twist on traditional ramen.

Ippudo Ramen - Another famous ramen chain with a rich, creamy broth and perfectly cooked noodles.


Shima - A cozy mom-and-pop steakhouse offering a warm, personalized experience.

Yoroniku - A high-quality yakiniku (Japanese BBQ) restaurant specializing in premium wagyu beef.

Niku no Mansei - A well-established steakhouse with a wide selection of meats and cuts in a comfortable setting.

Fine Dining

Narisawa - A phenomenal tasting menu restaurant focusing on sustainability and foraging local ingredients. Reservation needed.

Quintessence - A French-inspired fine dining experience with a focus on seasonal ingredients and exquisite presentation.

Nihonryori Ryugin - A world-renowned restaurant offering a modern take on traditional kaiseki cuisine. Reservation needed.


Butagumi Shokudo - This casual eatery offers tasty tonkatsu with unlimited rice and cabbage.

Tonkatsu Maisen Aoyama - Another great spot for tonkatsu that comes highly recommended.

Katsukura - A popular tonkatsu chain serving juicy, tender pork with a crispy coating.


Musashi at Aman Tokyo - A fine dining Edo-style sushi experience at the luxurious Aman Tokyo hotel. Reservation needed.

Kyubey - A long-standing sushi institution with a history of serving high-quality sushi in a refined setting.

Sushi Saito - An exclusive and prestigious sushi restaurant with limited seating, offering an unforgettable dining experience. Reservation needed.

Nightlife and Bars

Shinjuku: The bustling nightlife district that includes Golden Gai and Omoide Yokochō.
Golden Gai: An alleyway area full of small bars, perfect for bar-hopping after 8 pm.
Omoide Yokochō: A more laidback, izakaya-forward version of Golden Gai.

Karaoke Kan: A chain with several locations throughout the city and is known for its wide selection of songs, private rooms, and affordable prices. Many locals and tourists alike consider it a must-visit for a night out in Tokyo.

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