Whirlwind Guide to a Weekend in Tokyo
Tokyo is a captivating city with an enchanting mix of traditional Japanese culture and modern innovative technology and fashion. So whatever your interests are, there is something for everyone in Tokyo; hence why it is one of the most popular places to travel. If you are planning a holiday to Tokyo or you are just there for a few days, read on to discover some of the top places to visit in Tokyo and some of Tokyo’s best tourist spots so you can make the most of your time in this glorious city.
Toyosu Market and Tsukiji Outer Market
One of the first things you think about when you go away is the food. Japan is famous for its sushi. Toyosu Market, formally Tsukiji Fish Market, is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world. This famous Tokyo tourist spot handles more than 400 different types of seafood and even has a Tuna Auction. Within the lively atmosphere you can encounter countless delicious street foods and try some fresh sushi for breakfast. For more information, truly Tokyo has produced a Toyosu fish market guide on everything you can expect at Toyosu Market.
Akihabara Electric Town
Japan is renowned for being at the forefront of technology. So naturally you couldn’t visit Tokyo without going to Akihabara, the largest town collecting electronic appliances in the world. Products at the very top of technology are in abundance in this town. Check out TokyoCheapo’s Akihabara guide for more information.
For all the anime fans out there, Akihabara is also well known as a popular manga and anime town with hundreds of manga and anime shops to explore. To find out more about why anime is so popular read our recent blog post.
Whilst Tokyo is a busy city, it is also home to some of the most beautiful traditional temples. Sensōji is Tokyo’s largest ancient Buddhist temple and is still one of the city’s biggest attractions. This beautiful temple gives you a real sense of Japanese culture as traditional incense burns around the temple making it is one of Tokyo’s more relaxing tourist hotspots.
Sumo Practice Viewing
Sumo wrestling is a popular traditional Japanese sport, so why not try it out for yourself when in Tokyo and visit a Sumo practice session. A number of Sumo training houses are located in the Ryogoku area (near the Asakusa area) where wrestlers live and practice.
These training sessions are a great place to visit in Japan as not only can you watch the wrestling up close, but it is a great place to learn about Japanese traditions and disciplines which you may not see in some more modern parts of the city. Read how to watch a sumo morning training session to see Japanese sumo wrestlers in action, completely free of charge.
Harajuku is one of the most popular districts to visit in Tokyo, well known for its ‘Instagram-worthy’ cafes and quirky fashion. Expect to see Kawaii icons everywhere, especially in Takeshita Street as well as lots of young people wearing very unique clothing styles. For a detailed breakdown and guide to the Harajuku area, read this informative post.
Pokémon Centre Mega Tokyo
Japan is the home of anime, so when in Japan why not visit one the most popular anime stories of all time: Pokémon! It is no surprise that one of Tokyo’s top tourist spots is the Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo. This specialist store sells a wide range of original Pokémon goods, including limited edition items.
Around the store you will also find huge Pokémon displays that are ideal for getting the perfect Instagram photo.
We hope this post have given you a brief insight into some of Tokyo’s tourist hotspots. Before your weekend away to Tokyo, make sure to check out our informative blog to discover all things Japanese and explore our unique collection of Japanese gifts in case you forget to bring back a souvenir from your trip!