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Tokyo Travel Guide

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Tokyo is a cleaner version of New York and with everything a big city usually has to offer, plus the little extra that makes Japan Japan. Tokyo offers everything from temples, shrines, shopping, parks, museums to amusement parks in abundance.

The emperor's palace

The palace is the main residence of the imperial family, but only one of several. Most interior areas as well as gardens are closed to the public like most palaces in the world. Twice a year, however, the palace’s inner garden is open to the public where you have the opportunity to see the imperial family standing on the balcony and waving – this applies to December 23rd and January 2nd.

The palace’s eastern garden is called Higashi Gyoen and is said to be the most beautiful in the country. The park is open and free to the public 09:00 – 16:30 every day of the week. The park is open until 16:00 during November – February & until 17:00 during April – August.

The Imperial Palace is only a few minutes from Tokyo Station. The palace and its parks cover an area of ​​3.4 square kilometers, right in the center of Tokyo.

Sightseeing

Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree is a famous TV tower in the Sumida area, Tokyo. The tower is the country’s tallest building, but also the second tallest building in the world. Here you will find everything from shopping to nice restaurants at the top of the tower.

The tower is best known for its glass observation surface. Take the opportunity to go up and get a 360 view of the whole city. There are three different options: Floor 350, Floor 450 and Combo ticket with floor 350 + 450.

Open 08:00 – 22:00 every day, 365 days a year. Some opening hours may vary during holidays. More info can be found on the player’s website.

Disneyland

The park opened in 1983 and was the first park to open its gates outside the United States. The park is based on Disneyland California and is divided into 7 unique areas.

Tokyo Disneyland is located on Urayasu Island and only a few minutes walk from JR Maihama Station. The park can also be reached via Tokyo Disneyland Station which runs along the Disney Resort Monorail.

The park is usually open 08:00 – 22:00, however, note that the opening hours may differ on certain days. Check out the opening hours for your visit to their website.

DISNEYSEA​

Next to Disneyland Tokyo on the island of Urayasu you will find Tokyo DisneySea. A unique water-themed park, full of surprises and fun for the whole family. 

Like Disneyland, the fantasy park is divided into 7 unique areas in different themes. The park is suitable for all visitors and ages, but is visually more aimed at an older audience. Here you have a unique opportunity to enjoy good food with a nice view. Unique to the park opposite its sister park next door is that this park serves alcohol.

You can reach the park with the Disney Resort Monorail from Maihama Station to Tokyo Disney Sea Station. The journey takes 10 minutes and costs about 260 jpy. Alternative two is a 20 minute walk from Maihama Station. 

The park is usually open 08:00 – 22:00, however, note that the opening hours may differ on certain days. Check out the opening hours for your visit to their website.

Shibuya

Shibuya is the area that is most popular among young Japanese, but attracts a lot of tourists and photographers daily due to its well-known intersection. The intersection is also the world’s busiest intersection with 500,000 people crossing daily. The calm in the chaos that occurs as soon as the light turns green is unparalleled and is recommended to experience if you are visiting Tokyo for the first time.

Half a day is spent in Shibuya as the area is surrounded by nightclubs, large shopping malls, shops and restaurants.

Also take the opportunity to visit the Hachikō statue – dedicated to the dog Hachikō. The legend and story of Hachikō has been made into a film and praised around the world. The statue can be found outside Shibuya Station.

Fuji-Q highland

A hidden treasure just outside Tokyo. An amusement park, consisting of Guinness world of Record attractions.

The amusement park is located below Mt. Fuji and hence its name Fuji-Q Highland Park. Weather permitting, some days you can get wonderful pictures with the mountain in the background. Keep in mind, however, that the top of the mountain is mostly surrounded by fog and clouds.

Dododonpa: Here they shoot you away like the cannon on Liseberg, but at 180 km / h in 1.56 seconds!

Takabisha: 121 degree drop – is number one on the list as the world’s steepest roller coaster.

Eejanaika: Most rotations in the world. Here you spin up, down and sideways along the entire ride. Some of the sickest we in the editorial office went! Highly recommended for those who dare.

The park has a number of other attractions to offer, such as the world’s largest and much more fun. If you decide to spend a day at this wonderful park, you will definitely not be dissatisfied!

Akihabara

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Tokyo’s largest electronics district has something for everyone. Popular things to experience in Akihabara include visiting a Maid Café or running MarioKart on the open street with MariKar Akihabara, shopping for manga and anime merch, shopping at Don Quixote or visiting one of several large electronics stores along the main street. These are just a few experiences to do in the area.

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Mario Kart on the streets

Have you always dreamed of driving Mario Kart on open roads? Japan solves it!

BIG must for anyone visiting Japan. It is important to remember, however, that an International driving license is required to drive the go-kart on the road. That is, they do not let you out with a regular Swedish driving license. An international driving license is obtained at home in Sweden before traveling through different unions depending on where in the country you are and costs only a couple of hundred bucks.

Booking of driving is done through an automated messenger chat on their Facebook page.

Akiba Fukurou

A unique owl cafe that has been selected by Tripdadvisor as one of Akihabara’s best and most visited attractions for several years. Everyone is welcome to come in and visit and play with the owls. Take the opportunity to take part in a unique experience where you can actually pet, take cards and play with tame owls. The café offers over 20 different owls for picture and coziness. Remember that pictures with flash are strictly forbidden as this can stress up and damage the owls.

YODOBASHI

One of the country’s leading electronics retail chains is the Yodobashi Camera. Inside, you can easily spend several hours because the store consists of several floors with everything from everyday products to video games.

We strongly recommend visiting Yodobashi Camera or their rival chain Bic Camera for the purchase of Nintendo Switch games that have not been released in Europe yet.

In addition to all electronics products, they also sell clothes, accessories, toys, food and cosmetics in quantities. The range can vary from store to store.

MAID CAFE

These cosplay-based cafés / restaurants can be found almost everywhere in Tokyo, but especially in Akihabara. The staff are mostly dressed as French cleaning ladies and treat you with respect and tenderness like a “master of the house”. These restaurants are as popular with men as with women and there are several who speak English. In addition to serving food and drink, they actively hold shows and play games with their guests.

VR NINJA DOJO

In March 2019, VR Ninja Dojo opened in Akihabara and has since attracted a lot of tourists. The experience is unique in itself and offers the latest in VR technology. The word ninja is something that most people relate to Japan and here you have the opportunity to experience real life as a ninja – in VR!

Practice ninjutsu, sword technique and other martial arts techniques in an open world. You start in a Dojo and then move on to a more open world with melee combat and other war experiences. You have the opportunity to borrow a ninja suit and other ninja equipment on site. All instructors speak English and are very helpful, feel free to ask for help.

GUNDAM CAFE

GundamCafé was opened in 2010 in Akihabara and since day one has been a success with its Gundam inspiring theme. For those of you who do not know Gundam, Gundam is the country’s most well-known and beloved animated robot and comes from an anime series released in 1979.

Fun dishes on the menu include Char ZAKU chicken rice omelet, RX-78-2 Gundam penne gorgonzola, Dessert Zaku plate and Gundam sandwiches. Even the coffee is decorated with Gundam’s face in the foam. Next door to the café you will find a merch store that sells everything from t-shirts to mugs and plates.

The store can be found at 1-1, Kandahanaoka-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.

Sega houses

The whole area is full of gaming houses and arcade games. The largest is the SEGA house closest to Akihabara Station, however, remember that this is one of 3 SEGA houses in the area – all on several floors. Here you can win everything from a 1: 1 Pikachu to a new mobile phone. Or why not take the opportunity to play a little StepMania or Sonic, let the nostalgia flow!

Odaiba

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Odaiba, also known as Daiba, is a large, artificial island in the Gulf of Tokyo and belongs to the district municipalities of Minato, Kōtō and Shinagawa. The colorful and state-of-the-art island is a great shopping & entertainment district as well as home to many major events and fairs.

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Gundam Statue

Outside the DiverCity Tokyo Plaza shopping mall in Odaiba you will find a 20m high 1: 1 Gundam RX-0 Unicorn statue, from the Gundam Unicorn series. 

The statue comes to life and moves along with a light and sound show every day at 11:00, 13:00, 15:00 and 17:00. After the last show at 17:00, the statue stands in “Destroy Mode” and lights up all night. It is a very pleasant experience that should be visited when the sun has set. 

When you are still at DiverCity in the evening, take the opportunity to look out over the Rainbow Bridge which shines in all the colors of the rainbow. Remember that the bridge only lights up during certain months. More info can be found further down the page.

Statue of Liberty

What many do not know is that Tokyo has its own replica of the Statue of Liberty on Odaiba. The statue attracts a large number of tourists daily due to all its photo opportunities.

The statue looks out over an illuminated Rainbow Bridge during the evening and is unofficially called the city’s best view.

Osaka and Shimoda have two replica siblings to visit, but the goddess in Tokyo is clearly the most popular due to Tokyo-Bay and Rainbow Bridge in the background.

MADAME TUSSAUDS

Tokyo’s official Madame Tussaud’s wax museum with about 60 realistic wax figures can be found on the island of Odaiba. Advance purchase of tickets is recommended as the museum is well visited at certain times of the year.

RAINBOW BRIDGE​

The bridge was built in 1993 and connects Odaiba with the rest of Tokyo. This two-storey bridge is a great symbol of the city and is extra beautiful during the evening. 

The bridge lights up from sunset until 24:00, but the colors vary from day to day.

The lighting changes depending on the season and for certain purposes. Every year in October, the entire bridge lights up in pink to honor the Cancer Foundation and its fighters.

Asakusa

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The area is best known for Sensoji, a Buddhist temple dedicated to the Bodhisattva Kannon. The district is located in the northeastern part of central Tokyo about 3km from the Ueno area. 

Near the Sensoji Temple is a small amusement park called Hanayashiki, which is claimed to be Japan’s oldest amusement park. Boat trips along the Sumida depart from a place a few minutes walk from the temple. In the past, Asakusa was classified as Tokyo’s “pleasure quarter” full of geisha houses thanks to rich rice department stores in Kuramae.

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Sensō-ji

Kaminarimon (Kaminari Gate) is one of the two large gates that then lead you to the Sensoji Temple from the street / stop. Kaminarimon was built over a thousand years ago and still stands today. Inside its gates you will find Nakamise shopping street with Sensoji Temple as the final destination. However, Nakamise is more of a small market than a shopping street and is unfortunately full of people on the weekends. However, a very cozy little footpath to the temple that we recommend you visit if you are in Tokyo. The temple was completed in 645, making it Tokyo’s oldest temple. 

The temple is open from 06:00 to 17:00, but the area is still open to the public during the evening. The temple lights up after sunset every night.

Don Quijote

The nearest “Donki” (Don Quijote) store from Senso-ji is Don Quijote Asakusa and is open 24/7, 365 days a year and is one of the country’s most popular department stores. The store is a 2-minute walk from Asakusa Station. The 7th floor has both a café, hot food and a theater.

NAKAMISE-DORI AVENUE

Nakamise shopping market is a shopping trail / market that leads you from the main road to Sensoji temple. Here you will find everything from tourist articles and food to traditional folk costumes.

Very cozy to walk around and look, but have spent time considering the amount of people visiting the temple and the market every day.

In addition to Sensoji, there are a dozen temples and shrines in the area within a few minutes walk.

Ginza

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