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10 Of The Best Places To Visit In Tokyo

Enjoy Japan’s sights, sounds and tastes

The Vacationeer
Tokyo skyline at sunset

Tokyo is a bustling metropolis that combines Japanese tradition with cutting-edge technology. With so much to see, from the sakura tree-lined streets to iconic restaurants, it’s a good idea to plan your itinerary. Here are 10 things to do during your Tokyo vacation.

Waterfront view of Tokyo skyline from the river at dusk 

1. Take A Futuristic Ride On The Hotaluna

Tokyo’s waterways are a fantastic way to reach popular places in the city. The roof in this futuristic vessel converts into a promenade deck where passengers can enjoy a view of the Port of Tokyo. Try riding in the Hotaluna, which runs from Azumabashi Bridge in Asakusa via the Hinode Pier to Odaiba Seaside Park.

2. Catch A Sumo Match

Head over to Ryogoku Kokugikan, an indoor sumo stadium, and get tickets to a sumo event. If you want to see sumo stars up close, sign up to catch the early morning sumo training.

3. Explore Historic Asakusa And Ancient Temple Senso-ji

The historic neighborhood of Asakusa and its main attraction, the sacred temple, Senso-ji, are a must-visit. This unique area will take you back to old Japan, especially if you stroll the Nakamise shopping street. Nearby is Hanayashiki, the oldest amusement park in the country.

Wooden bucket at bathhouse 

4. Unwind At An Onsen

Relax those muscles by sliding your body into an onsen, the hot springs of Tokyo. There are many facilities around the hot springs, such as Heiwajima Onsen, so there are plenty of opportunities to unwind. Or visit Akebono-yu, Tokyo’s oldest bathhouse, near Senso-ji Temple.

5. Become A Fashionista In Harajuku, Omotesando And Aoyama

Visitors can explore the fashionable Harajuku, Omotesando and Aoyama in a single day. Explore the unique Harajuku shops or admire Omotesando’s stunning architecture and high-end brands. Finish your day perusing art galleries and cafes of cultured Aoyama.

6. Relax At A Hedgehog Cafe In Hip Harajuku

Harajuku is one of the most popular districts to visit in Tokyo, filled with Instagram-worthy cafes and shops with eye-popping creative snacks and drinks. One unique place to see in Tokyo is the Harry Hedgehog Cafe in Harajuku. Enjoy a warm beverage while cuddling up to a cute little hedgehog that you can hold in the palm of your hand.

7. Glimpse The Past At The Imperial Palace

The Imperial Palace, home to the Emperor of Japan, is an architectural masterpiece. Check out the impressive moats and stone bridges and feel awestruck by this ancient structure amid the modernized buildings of Tokyo.

Cherry blossom trees in Tokyo at Asakusa 

8. Enjoy The View From The Tokyo Skytree

The tallest building in Tokyo, the Tokyo Skytree, has two observatory decks — one at 1,150 feet and the other at 1,475 feet. The Skytree is the perfect place for a panoramic photo of the city.

9. Take It Slow In Inokashira Onshi Park

Inokashira Onshi Park is a vast space, including a paddle-boating pond, a zoo and a fabulous place to view cherry blossoms in the spring or colorful foliage in the autumn. The famous anime Ghibli Museum is at the tip of the park.

10. Cook Like A Local In A Japanese Culinary Class

Step into a Japanese home and experience an authentic cooking class that will change how you eat ramen, sushi, bento and udon. The company, airKitchen, transports you into the households of friendly locals, where you will learn about choosing nutritious ingredients, healthy cooking methods and the Japanese way of life. Every host has a different specialty and character, so you’re guaranteed a unique experience.

Where To Stay In Tokyo

Use your Hilton Honors™ Points to stay with Hilton’s portfolio of brands in Tokyo, including Hilton Tokyo in the heart of Shinjuku.

Read one Hilton Grand Vacations Owner’s trip to Hakone, Japan, just a short train ride outside Tokyo.



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