What to See and Do in Tokyo Japan






Tokyo is a bustling city with great architecture and many things to see and do. Don’t miss the following:

The Asahi Super Dry Hall or Asahi Beer Hall: The amusing building was designed by Philippe Starck in 1989.

Tsukiji Fish Market: This is a must for fish and sushi lovers. It is the world’s largest fish market. Go early to view the rows of tuna and the tuna auctions in the back area of the market.

Mori Art Museum, Roppongi Hills: This is a fairly new contemporary art museum. View the city from the Skywalk Observatory where the views are really incredible. The architecture of the complex was really outstanding.

Harajuku: Check out Takeshita-dori, a narrow alley between Meijo-dori and Harajuku station where you find the hot teen fashion and culture. Young girls often dress like their favorite cartoon/anime or computer game character.

Pachinko and cartoon/anime characters: All you see is color, from the cartoon/anime characters, to Hello Kitty to colorful Pachinko parlors in Shibuya and Shinjuku. I even loved the colors of the hot tea machines found all over the city.

Idemitsu Museum of Art: This is Tokyo’s finest private collection of Japanese paintings, calligraphy and ceramics.

Meiji-jingu Shrine: This was rebuilt after World War II and is Tokyo’s greatest Shinto shrine which commemorates Emperor Meiji. Attending a ceremony and performance of sacred Kagura dance in the Shrine’s inner chamber was really outstanding.

Asakusa and Sensoji Temple: This is Tokyo’s most sacred and spectacular temple. The five story pagoda, Hozo-mon Gate, Main Hall and Incense Burner are the major focal points.

Tokyo International Forum: A huge cultural complex, completed in 1996 by Uruguayan architect Rafael Vinoly, with a striking long oval glass hall. Great for people who love architecture.

Park Hyatt Hotel: Made famous by the movie Lost in Translation, stop in to see the hotel bar, have a drink or meal.

Imperial Palace Garden: The East Gardens are a great place to walk to get away from the crowds.

Takashimaya Department Store: I enjoyed seeing the Ginza location with its huge food area. Down the street, I enjoyed Ginza Tenkuni for tempura. It has been in business since 1885.