We've never been to Tokyo, but oh, how I want to go. The more I read the more I want. I am not sure about the Onsen, but a ride on the bullet train would be awesome!
With a vibrant and exotic culture, world class restaurants, a rich history and some of the best shopping on the planet, Tokyo has more than enough to keep even the most energetic visitor happy.
Though a weekend of retail therapy, exploring and eating is guaranteed to be memorable, there are a few Tokyo activities that every visitor should try. So if you’re planning a trip to Japan any time soon and are looking for things to do when staying in Tokyo, here’s a pick of the activities every visitor should try.
Visit an Onsen
Filled with piping hot water and normally divided into separate areas for men and women, onsens are a distinctly Japanese invention and a must do during your stay.
One of the most unique is Ōedo Onsen Monogatari, a sort of theme park based on the onsen experience. Here visitors can relax in indoor and outdoor baths, enjoy a hot stone or hot sand bath and let all their stress and strains float away.
If you enjoy your onsen experience and are staying in Tokyo for more than a weekend, there are plenty more to sample across the city.
Sing at a Karaoke Bar
It may be cheesy, but no trip to Tokyo is complete without a solo at a karaoke bar. If you don’t want to get up in front of a crowd, book a private karaoke room and serenade your friends and family with a few classics.
A lot of karaoke bars in Tokyo offer special offers on food and drink at certain times of the day, so if you’re staying in Tokyo and want to keep your costs down, watch out for these deals.
Traverse the Shibuya Crossing
If you’ve seen any film or TV show set in Tokyo, there’s a good chance you’ve seen the Shibuya crossing.
Known locally as ‘the scramble’, the crossing is located outside Shibuya station and is thought to be the world’s busiest.
Catch the Bullet Train
Though this may involve leaving Tokyo for a short time, a trip on a futuristic bullet train is a must for anyone visiting Japan.
If you want to see a little more of the country, catch the train to Osaka and stay in Japan’s second city for a night or two.
Watch a Sumo Tournament
One of Japan’s most famous sports, Sumo is a fantastic way to experience Japanese culture and get a feel for everyday life.
Specialist Sumo tours are available throughout the year, making it easy to enjoy a bit of Japanese sport during your trip.
Ian Garstang is a travel writer and marketing executive working in the luxury travel market. Ian is the editor at Luxury-Travels.net and has worked with such brands as GHM Hotels, Four Seasons and Aman. Ian was named Hotel Club's 'Bali Expert' and Nominated in the top 20 luxury travel bloggers on USA Today. Ian has written for various websites that include A Luxury Travel Blog, Luxury Asia News and Travelo Cafe.