6 places you must visit in Tokyo

05 September 2019 07:53

Shibuya Crossing is one of the city's main attractions

Shibuya Crossing is one of the city's main attractions

If you're heading for the rugby action in Japan and are anywhere near the capital, here are some Tokyo attractions you absolutely wouldn't want to miss...

1. Senso-ji Temple

Located in busy Asakusa, Senso-ji is the oldest and most popular Buddhist temple in Tokyo. The colourful temple was completed way back in 645 and is one of the must-see sights in the Japanese capital, along with the stunning Nakamise shopping street that leads from its outer gate.

2. Tsukiji Fish Market

If you're in the mood for fish, head down to the docks for the unforgettable taste of the Tsukiji Fish Market. Although the main action (including the famous tuna auction) relocated to Toyosu waterfront in 2018, Tsukiji remains one of the best places to try fresh seafood if you don't fancy the trip down to Tokyo Bay.

3. Shibuya

If you've seen Lost in Translation, you might be keen to see the bustle of Shibuya, the neighbourhood where the movie is set. At its heart is the iconic Shibuya Crossing, the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world, while the surrounding streets are full of bars, cafes and restaurants that buzz until the early hours.

4. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings

Yes, you read that right. While most guide books will suggest travelling to the top of the Tokyo Skytree tower for panoramic views of the city, those in the know head to the local municipal buildings instead. Views from here are absolutely free and the best sights can be seen when the sun starts to set...

5. Sumo wrestling

There's nothing quite as quintessentially Japanese as sumo wrestling, and Tokyo is one of the best places in the country to catch the action. If you can't bag tickets for one of the key tournaments (January, May and September), try and visit one of the city's sumo stables and see the stars honing their craft.

6. Harajuku

The buzzing hub of Tokyo's youth cultures, Harajuku is the place to see and be seen with its host of trendy shops and boutiques catering for every taste. The best time to dive into the action is the weekend, when the main street of Takeshita Dori is taken over by colourful young locals.

Don't forget your insurance...

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