Japan is one of those places that surprise you regardless of how much you think you already know going in. A lot has been said about the country’s culture, uniqueness, quirks, and everything in between. But there is no better way of learning more about the country than visiting it – and its capital city is a great place to start. Tokyo may be a highly urbanized city, but it maintains an impressive mix of the traditional and contemporary. Here are some of the city’s best attractions that you need to visit.
Tokyo is home to several museums the most popular of which is the Tokyo National Museum. Edo-Tokyo may not be as popular as the city’s flagship museum, but it can proudly hold its own for its interesting attractions that include the replica bridge and mock-ups of the Edo-period houses that make you feel that you have stepped back in time.
Ginza is a popular shopping district in Tokyo. It is home to the Kabuki-za Theatre and many high-end boutiques and shops. But there is more to the area than its impressive line-up of stores. It is also a great place to find some of the best restaurants, cafes, and tea shops in the city.
The Imperial Palace is a residential home of the Emperor of Japan. Its inner sections are only open to the public twice a year for the during the Emperor’s birthday on the 23rd of December and the New Year’s greeting held on the 2nd day of January. But the East Garden, which is accessible to the public, is worth the trip.
Kabuki-za is a historic traditional kabuki theatre located in Ginza district. The impressive building and its cultural significance not to mention the kabuki performances are among the top reasons why it is one of the city’s best known attractions.
Meiji Jingū is a Shinto shrine dedicated to the deified souls of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shōken. It the city’s most important shrine and draws thousands of tourists in the area.
Sensō-ji is is an ancient Buddhist temple dedicated to the Bodhisattva Kannon. It is also the largest one in Tokyo with numerous attractions leading to and within the temple itself. Other attractions when visiting Sensō-ji include Nakamise located just beyond the Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate) for visitors coming from the outside. Nakamise is one of Japan’s oldest shopping streets and teeming with items like traditional snacks and souvenirs.