Take a boat ride on the Sumida River
Lose yourself in the dazzling neon jungle outside major train stations in the evenings. Shibuya
and east Shinjuku
at night can make Times Square or Piccadilly Circus look rural in comparison — it has to be seen to be believed.
Enjoy a soak in a local "sento
" or public bath. Or one of the onsen theme parks such as LaQua
at the Tokyo Dome (Bunkyo
) or Oedo Onsen Monogatari
Go to an amusement park such as Tokyo Disney Resort
, which consists of Tokyo Disneyland
and Tokyo DisneySea
which are Asia's most visited and second most visited theme parks respectively, or the more Japanese Sanrio Puroland
), home to more Hello Kitties than you can imagine.
Join and bar hop or pub crawl along with events groups in Roppongi
Check out the hip and young crowd at Harajuku
(Takeshita Street) or the more grown up Omotesando
In the spring, take a boatride in Kichijoji
's lovely Inokashira Park
, and afterwards visit the Ghibli Studios Museum (well known for their amazing movies, like Spirited Away, and Princess Mononoke), but you will need to buy tickets for these in advance at a Lawson convenience store.
Take the Yurikamome
elevated train across the bay bridge from Shimbashi station to the bayside Odaiba
district, and go on the giant ferris wheel — the largest in the world until recently.
Watch a baseball game, namely the Yomiuri Giants at the Tokyo Dome, or the Tokyo Yakult Swallows at Jingu Stadium. Nearby Chiba hosts the Chiba Lotte Marines.
Take a stroll through the Imperial Palace's East Gardens (open to the public daily at 09:00, except Fridays and Mondays).
Have a picnic in a park during the cherry blossom (Sakura). Unfortunately Sakura only lasts for about a week in Spring. But be warned, parks are usually very crowded during this time.
Join a local for a short lunch or dinner homestay with Nagomi Visit's home visit program or participate in their cooking classes.
(三社祭), third weekend in May. Tokyo's largest festival, held near Sensoji Temple in Asakusa
, this three-day extravaganza sees up to 2 million people turn out to watch the parade of portable shrines (mikoshi
) with music, dancing and geisha performances.
Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival (隅田川花火大会 Sumidagawa Hanabi Taikai), fourth Saturday in July. Huge fireworks competition that sees up to a million people line the banks of the Sumida River.