Explore Tokyo

Explore Tokyo
Tokyo is the capital city of Japan and has a population of over 13 million people! But don’t let that scare you, because Tokyo has so much to offer, especially for food.  There are little hidden gems around most corners and in every part of the city.
Tsukiji Tuna Auction
Senso-ji Temple

Unique Things to See in Tokyo

  • Taeshita Street – Anime people walking around, popular with youth, shopping and walking street
  • Public Onsen – Japanese Public Baths (Tip: no bathing suits!)
  • Akihabara Electric Town – The electronics hub- gamers come here! Arcades, animation centres, and more!
  • Sumo stadium –  Watch a sumo wrestling fight and then eat some Chankonabe
  • Amya Yokocha Market – The market of everything, but known for snacks like green tea Kit Kats.
  • Robot Restaurant – Only in Tokyo, over the top stimulating restaurant with Robot entertainment and underdressed women.

Famous Places to Visit in Tokyo

  • Meiji Shrine – Most famous Shinto shrine located in a forest
  • Yoyogi Park – Lots of dancing and exercise happening here
  • Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden – Beautifully kept and has a traditional Tea House
  • Shibuya Crossing – Organized chaos in this cross walk. Shopping here too.
  • Sensoji Temple – Oldest temple in the city, constructed in 628
  • Tokyo Imperial Palace – must register for an inside tour of the Palace
  • Tsukiji Fish Market- Arrive at 5am for the tuna auction (only 120 tourists per day allowed!)

Tokyo Cuisine

The best part of Tokyo is the amazing food that is everywhere! Some people travel to Japan solely for food, and rightfully so. The Japanese take great pride in producing good food. They pay special attention to detail and with some creations it can take a life time to master. Another reason the culinary scene is so vibrant is that most people living in the city centre spend long hours working. At the end of the day they could go home to small apartments or they can go to small Izakaya bars for food, drink, and most importantly unwinding and socializing. Here are some classic foods that you don’t want to miss:

  • Saba noodles
  • Ramen – different districts have different broths, so no two are the same
  • Tonkatsu – deep fried pork cutlet
  • Tempura – mainly because the batter tastes so much lighter here
  • Sushi – OF COURSE! at Tsukiji Fish Market for sure, anywhere else is good too!
  • Yakitori- every country has fried meat on stick and Japan’s is really amazing
  • Harajuku crepes – Marion Crepes, filled with anything. Must try!
  • Chankonabe a Japanese stew eaten by sumo wrestlers

Tokyo palettes are quite diverse and surprisingly there’s one type of drink you probably wouldn’t picture being good there, but Tokyo has perfected the art of coffee brewing. Old school coffee shops are called Kissaten and are not that easy to find, especially since they close early and aren’t open on the weekends, but if you have the time and are a lover of coffee check them out. One type of brewing is neru-drippu (cotton flannel filter) and it slightly alters the taste with a more “smoother and less acidic/papery” taste.

Did you know…?

Japanese Sake is made from fermented rice, and usually served warm.

Sake barrels
Pouring Sake

Did you ALSO know…?

That Tokyo employs “train pushers” who help cram people into the train by pushing them in! People are packed in like sardines!

Best time of year to travel to Tokyo

Overall Tokyo is a city that you can visit anytime of the year, but the most popular times are spring and summer. During the spring months the temperature is warm but not hot, all the flowers are blooming, and there are fewer tourists around.  You’ll want to avoid Golden Week (April 29 – May5) unless you don’t mind lots of people. This is a week of national holidays and most locals travel during this time.

Weather in Tokyo

Tokyo is classified as humid subtropic climate zone, with hot summers and mild winters. The winter months are November to February, and range from below 0°C to 10°C high. The average is about 5°C. It does snow in Tokyo in the winter months so bring a winter coat. The shoulder seasons are spring and autumn. Spring months are the most beautiful in March and April with all the cherry blossoms, but the temperatures are still cooler and it often rains, so bring a raincoat for these months. The autumn season spans from September to November, with temperature ranges averaging from 22°C down to 12°C. The days are cooler with generally clear weather and less rain than in spring. The summer months are rainy season, between mid-June and mid-July. After the rains stop the heat pours in and the humidity stays high. For those travellers who are new to humid weather, pack light clothing and preferably something that is breathable, because the sweat never stops. After acclimatizing to the heat of the day the evenings can feel quite cool, so bring a light, summer jacket too.

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