5 things to see and do in Tokyo (Japan)
If you are going to plan a trip to the Japanese capital, or if you simply want to fantasize about the possibility, today we offer you 5 things to see on your trip to Tokyo.
Tokyo is one of the largest urban agglomerations in the world and, of course, there are many things to see and do. It is difficult to select only 5, but we will try.
Tsukiji: the fish market
Although it is known as one of the largest, if not the largest, fish market in the world, in Tsukiji there are also fruits, vegetables, and other food products. Tuna auctions are also held, as in other markets of the world.
The visit to the area of wholesalers is not allowed, but to the auctions it is allowed to the tourists that are credited, only 120 people per day can access a zone enabled to be able to see the auction without obstructing the daily activity of the market. The auctions that can be accessed are from 5:00 a.m. to 6:15 a.m. and accreditation can be made from 5:00 a.m.
However, if you don’t want to get up early or you don’t want to see what is, after all, an auction, you can just visit the market, discover fish, fruit and vegetables species that you didn’t know, do some shopping and eat all the sushi that you want in the market and the surrounding stalls.
It is expected that in the next few years (before the Olympic Games in Japan in 2020) the market will be moved, but there is still no date set. So take the opportunity to see a bit of chaotic, messy and charming Japan in this market.
Until 2012 the best place to enjoy panoramic views of the city was to visit the Tokyo Tower. It is also one of the emblems of the city and is very close to Tsukiji, so it may be advisable to visit it after the market.
However, since 2012 there is another tower even higher (they had to be built to broadcast the digital television signal, which needed more height), the Skytree.
Both towers can be visited (better on a clear day, with which you can check the predictions) and tickets can be purchased online.
Choose the one that best suits you on your journey and enjoy the views of the city from above.
Kōkyo: The Imperial Palace
The Imperial Palace is the residence of the Emperor of Japan. It is a garden area where several buildings are located, the main palace, the residence of the Emperor, museums and administrative buildings.
Some of the buildings and the imperial residence can’t be visited, but outdoor areas and museums can be visited. You can request online access for the day of your visit here: http://sankan.kunaicho.go.jp/order/index_EN.html
If you want to visit more imperial buildings and on your trip you will visit several areas of Japan, there are other imperial residences in Kyoto, Sento, Katsura and Shugakuin.
Shibuya and its famous crossing
Shibuya is one of the busiest areas of Tokyo. In this area you will find shops, restaurants, cafes (yes, also cat cafes), department stores, clubs,... and of course, the statue of Hachiko, the dog that continued to wait for its owner every day in the station after his death.
This is where trends and fashions are born and where you can buy your souvenirs. In addition, you can photograph yourself, as thousands of tourists do, in its famous crossroads where the traffic of the five streets that compose it stops at the same time to make way for pedestrians.
A tip: look up. Don’t stay only with the restaurants and shops that you see at street level. In Tokyo, it is common for businesses and restaurants to be scattered around the floors of buildings.
And if the bustle of lights, advertising and people collapses you, at the north of Shibuya stations, about 20 minutes-walk from the station, you will find Yoyogi Park where you can walk through a more relaxed environment.
Excursion to Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji is a volcanic mountain, the highest in Japan, with 3,776 meters high, and is about 130 kilometers from the centre of Tokyo. It is perfect for a day trip. There are agencies that plan excursions or you can visit it at your own pace (maybe it's a good time to enjoy a trip on the famous Shinkansen bullet train).
There are four routes of ascent and access: Yoshida, Subashiri, Gotemba and Fujinomiya. Each of the routes has an ascent divided into 10 stations, the first being the base camp at the foot of the mountain and the last one is the top. You can go up by car and public transport to the fifth stations of each of the tours. There you can rest, have a drink, prepare for the ascent or simply take a walk in the area and enjoy the views.
If you plan to make the ascent to the top, the months where it is allowed to do so are July and August (some years until the beginning of September).
This is our summary of 5 recommendations. Do you have other essential places in Tokyo? Do not hesitate to comment and tell us!
If you are going to start planning your trip, remember that in Eurochange you can exchange your Euros to Japanese Yen with the option of picking them up at an office or receiving them at home in 24-72 hours.
January 15, 2018