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Japan’s dynamic capital fuses historic temples of the past with futuristic digital displays of sweeping skyscrapers. Visiting Tokyo offers endless opportunities for urban shopping, entertainment, culture, dining, and nightlife; while also boasting natural escapes both in the city and on its outskirts. From its iconic cityscape to its bustling fish market you’ll find no shortage of things to do in Tokyo.

Cheat Sheet

Sleep in expansive rooms at The Peninsula – Eat wagyu steaks at Shima, sushi at Sushi Sugita, and ramen at Kagari – Drink at sleek, newly expanded High Five – See the largest collection of Japanese art at the Tokyo National Museum – Shop for souvenirs in Shibuya and fashion in Harajuku – Get up early to see the fish at Tsukiji Market and take a beat to visit Sensō-ji Buddhist temple

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What to do in Tokyo

Embrace the sensory overload as you take on the thriving neon-lit city. Start by orienting yourself with Tokyo’s massive sprawling skyline by ascending the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building. An elevator in Building 1 will take you to the top to an observatory where you can see the entire city and Mt. Fuji on clear days. Other experiences not to miss are the nightlife options in Shinjuku, which range from karaoke lounges to izakayas; the tuna auctions and spectacle of Tsukiji Market; and shopping in Harajuku for trendy fashion inspiration. Engage your cultural side by visiting the Tokyo National Museum, Ghibli Museum, and Meiji-jingu shinto shrine.

What to bring to Tokyo

The best time to visit Tokyo are the more temperate months of spring and autumn. Rainy season depends on the city in June and July, so pack rain gear if you’re visiting then. It can also get cold in the winter. Whether you’re traversing the city on foot or by train, you’ll likely be pounding the pavement, so bring comfortable shoes. Japanese culture embraces stylish more formal wear so dress to impress, especially if you’re headed out for a nice dinner in one of the city’s upscale restaurants.

What to bring home from Tokyo

Ranging from the quirky and cute to the refined you have plenty of options when it comes to shopping for souvenirs in Tokyo. Start with the Tokyo Banana, which sounds puzzling, but has become extremely popular with comes in its standard rich and creamy flavor and other limited editions. Funawa Imo Youkan is another popular treat. In Shibuya you’ll find a vending machines full of souvenirs ranging from earrings, to handkerchief to phone bling. Makanai Cosme skincare products are also perfect to take home and use along the way.

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