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Best Things To Do in Tokyo

With more than 12.5 million residents to entertain, Tokyo has a lot going on. Boasting the Tokyo National Museum, the National Museum of Nature and Science, the Ueno Zoo, and the sprawling green space, Ueno Park merits at least a day. After a day of on-the-ground shopping at Tsukiji Market for food and in Ginza for designer attire, take a lift into the sky at either the Tokyo Tower or the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building for a bird's-eye view of the city. If you truly want to learn about Tokyo's history, you need to head to the Edo-Tokyo Museum and the Imperial Palace. And no trip here would be complete without visiting some of Tokyo's Buddhist and Shinto sites like the Sensoji Temple and the Meiji Shrine.

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#1
Tsukiji Market Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: Even if you're not a sushi connoisseur, the Tsukiji Market offers an unforgettable experience. While many claim it to ... read more»

#2
Tokyo National Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: If you make it to one museum in Tokyo, this one had better be it. Japan's oldest and most ... read more»

#3
Meiji Shrine Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The Meiji Shrine is a Shinto shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. Japanese history credits Emperor Meiji for ... read more»

#4
Sensoji Temple Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: One of the oldest religious sites in Tokyo, the Sensoji Temple is the city's most popular Buddhist spot. Despite ... read more»

#5
Imperial Palace Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: You'd think that the Imperial Palace would be mobbed with tourists, but it's not. You can credit the ... read more»

#6
Odaiba Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Envision a mini Atlantis rising out of the water, conveniently right next to downtown Tokyo. That's Odaiba. This neighborhood ... read more»

#7
National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, commonly referred to as the Miraikan, attests to the intellectual and Tokyo ... read more»

#8
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: There are plenty of skyscrapers that provide bird's-eye lookouts in Tokyo. So what makes the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Tower ... read more»

#9
Ginza Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: While New York has Fifth Avenue, Tokyo boasts the über luxurious Ginza. Elite residents will tell you that you should ... read more»

#10
Edo-Tokyo Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: If you want to really get to know Tokyo, head to the gigantic Edo-Tokyo Museum. This expertly designed museum recreates ... read more»

#11
National Museum of Nature and Science
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: With exhibits on evolution and the fossil record, the National Museum of Nature and Science is akin natural history museums ... read more»

#12
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Just to the west of downtown Tokyo, the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is a gorgeous urban oasis. A popular site ... read more»

#13
Akihabara Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: As one TripAdvisor users says: "If you want technology, this is where you get it. You don't have to ... read more»

#14
Tokyo Sea Life Park
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Across the water from Tokyo Disneyland, the Tokyo Sea Life Park provides educational fun for the whole family. This well-designed ... read more»

#15
Ghibli Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Both avid and amateur anime fans love the Ghibli Museum. The museum showcases the work of Miyazaki Hayao's Studio ... read more»

#16
Tokyo Tower
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: The Japanese remake of the French Eiffel Tower, Tokyo Tower is the world's tallest steel tower at 333 meters ... read more»

#17
Ueno Zoo
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Right near the massive Tokyo National Museum, the Ueno Zoo is a welcome outdoor distraction. After spending an exhausting day ... read more»

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