Guide to Tokyo, Japan

1st Feb 2014
Photo of Guide to Tokyo, Japan by Kimberly Fisher
Photo of Guide to Tokyo, Japan by Kimberly Fisher

I lived in Tokyo for 2 months! Here is my list of fun things to do here after you check into your hotel in Tokyo:


  • Have a Turkish craving? Try Deniz in Roppangi Hills for authentic shwarma, yummy fries and Turkish ice cream.*
  • Ramen in one of the most popular dishes in Japan. You can find it in most places. Some standouts: Menya Mushai near Shinjuku is recommended and Ippudo in Roppangi Hills is known because of their counterpart in New York City.*
  • Tokyo has more Michelin-starred restaurants than France, with 17 three-star restaurants, 57 with two stars and 219 with one star.
  • Japan is big on themed dining! Try something new like a Maid Cafe, Vampire dining or Ninja Dining. For animal lovers, a cat cafe may be in order!*


  • Visit the Mori Tower Tokyo City View & Art Museum. On a clear day, get a 360-degree view of the city.
  • See a shrine in Harajuku.
  • Visit Mt. Fuji.
  • Pretend you are in the movie “Lost in Translation” and have a drink at the top of the Park Hyatt with 360-degree views of the city.*
  • Walk through the human tide of Shibuya crossing, the world’s largest crossing in the world.*
  • Observe Geisha culture in Asakusa, Tokyo.
  • Shop at Rodeo Drive-like stores in Roppungi Hills.*
  • Soak in an onsen. An onsen (or rotenburo) is essentially a hot spring spa.
  • Take a side trip to Southern Izu Peninsula for beautiful beaches.
  • Witness a Japanese tea ceremony.
  • See Sumo wrestlers.
  • Visit the Tokyo Tower - higher than the Eiffel Tower at 333 meters!*
  • See the biggest fish market in the world: Tsukiji.
  • Try sake tasting.*
  • Ride in a swan-shaped paddleboat on Shinobazu pond in Ueno Park and explore the nearby museums.*
  • National Science Musuem of Tokyo – they have the stuffed remains of famed dog Hachiko.*
  • Take a side trip to Kyoto and see the giant bamboo forest.