DEFINITELY one of my favorite cities in Asia, Tokyo is the most populated city in the world (NYC is # 9) and it’s vibrant colors, food and culture will suck you in and make you never want to leave!

Looking For Another City In Japan? Check Out My Blog Posts From Osaka, Kyoto, Niseko and Sapporo!

When To Go:

 The BEST times to visit the great country of Japan are March-May (spring) or October-December (fall). We visited in February and it was COLD, but still absolutely beautiful with snow covered shrines and warm cozy bars. There also were far less tourists because it was the off season, which is always a win.

How To Get Around Japan:


How To Get Around Japan: JR Pass And Bullet Trains
How To Get Around Japan: JR Pass And Bullet Trains

This is a MUST purchase if you’re planning to travel all over Japan. It MUST be purchased prior to arriving in Japan and expires in 7, 14 or 21 (your choice) days from the date of activation upon arrival in the country. The JR Pass can be activated at any JR office, located at all major train stations throughout the large cities.

There are different regions of passes, but I suggest to get the N-Pass (Nationwide), which worked well for the 14 days and multiple cities we explored. The cost ranges from $200USD-$500.  Be SURE to reserve your seats on long journeys on the bullet trains (Kyoto to Tokyo, Tokyo to Sapporo) ahead of time at the JR stations at no additional cost. There is no need to do this for short distances.

From Kyoto to Tokyo, the JR Bullet Train will take 2hr45min. Be SURE to stay awake! If it’s a clear day, you’ll get EXCELLENT views of Mount Fuji (sit on the left side of the train car)!

Japan Rail Website 


DO NOT be misled, just because you have a JR pass, it doesn’t mean you won’t have to purchase local subway transport in cities. There are special JR lines that go around the cities, but if sometimes you’ll need to purchase a subway card or individual ticket to get around. When you book your accommodation, I’d suggest ensuring it’s walkable to a JR line for more convenince. Each subway ride costs about $1.85USD/one way (ouch).


Bring GOOD walking shoes, as you’ll be walking more here than you ever had in your life! Our average distance per day was 8 miles, with some days reaching 12. If you’re going in the cold months, be SURE you’re wearing warm shoes. I wore Converses in February and my feet were numb after 1 hour of being outside.


Taxis in Japan are SUPER expensive. Each taxi driver wears a suit and tie, if that tells you anything! They all use meters, so it’s very safe and legit, but costly: for a 3.5 mile ride, we paid $20USD. Needless to say, we only took a taxi one time.

Where To Stay In Tokyo:

Our Airbnb in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan was incredible! If you're looking for $33 off your first Airbnb, check out my discount code!
Where To Stay In Tokyo, Japan: Shinjuku Airbnb
Our Airbnb in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan was incredible! If you're looking for $33 off your first Airbnb, check out my discount code!
Tokyo, Japan: Shinjuku Airbnb
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The best neighborhoods of the city to stay in, which are nearby all of the main attractions, are Shibuya or Shinjuku.

Airbnb is the cheapest option in Japan, although the rooms are small. I HIGHLY recommend our Airbnb, as it was centrally located between all attractions and it included a kitchenette for cooking meals some days, which saved a lot of money. $74USD/night

For $36 off your first Airbnb booking, click HERE:

Airbnb Shinjuku Link

What To Do:

There is NO shortage of things to do in this great city. I’ve had friends visit and just eat their ways through the city and others who have visited every single site. We did a combination of both and I suggest you do this same if this is your first time!

Tokyo Tower

Don't miss Tokyo Tower when you're visiting Japan!
Tokyo Tower In Japan

Location: The tower is a 10 minute walk from the following stations-Onarimon Station (Mita Subway Line), Akabanebashi Station (Oedo Subway Line), Kamiyacho Station (Hibiya Subway Line)

Cost: Adult $900 Yen ($8.50USD), School Aged Children $500 Yen ($5USD), Children 4 years+ $400 Yen ($3.50USD)

Hours: 9:00am-11:00pm Main Observatory (150M), the special observatory (250m) is currently closed

Time At Attraction: 1-2 Hours

Modeled after the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Tokyo Tower stands 13 meters taller at 333 meters and is definitely a must see at night!

Website For Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo SkyTree is an incredible site to see if you're visiting Japan!
Tokyo SkyTree In Japan
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Location: Tokyo Skytree Station (Tobu Isesaki Line) and Oshiage Station (Asakusa, Hanzomon and Keisei Oshiage Lines).

Cost: (more expensive than Tokyo Tower)

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Hours: 8:00am-10:00pm

Time At Attraction: 2-4 Hours, depending on wait time

Tokyo Skytree is the tallest tower in the world, standing at 634 meters (2,080 ft). Sadly, we didn’t have time to visit because of the long wait times, but it’s a must see if you have time to spare! Factor weather in for visibility.

Skytree Website

Shibuya Crossing/Scramble

You CANNOT miss Shibuya Crossing when visiting Tokyo, Japan! I've never seen so many people crossing a street in my life!
Shibuya Crossing/Scramble In Tokyo, Japan

Also called ‘the scramble’ or the ‘Times Square’ of Tokyo, this is a MUST see intersection, with nearly 2,500 people crossing at one time during rush hour and 1,000,000 people per day! TIP: There’s a Starbucks on the second floor that’s perfect for taking photos, videos and time lapses of the crossing, if you’re lucky enough to get a front row seat!  Tip: see the crossing at both day and night.

Shibuya Crossing Info


Shibuya is a HUGE shopping district in Tokyo, Japan!
Shopping In Shibuya In Tokyo, Japan

Shibuya is a HUGE shopping district and you’ll notice that as soon as you get off the train station. There are countless amounts of malls and shops and an endless amount of restaurants. For shopaholics, the two largest malls are Shibuya 109 Women, which is opposite the square of Shibuya 109 Men. Be sure to stop and take a pic with the Hachiko Dog Statue, and read up on the famous dog and the loyalty he had to his owner.

Shibuya Info

Shibuya 109 Info

Tsukiji Fish Market

Tsukiji Fish Market is a MUST see when visiting Tokyo, Japan!
Tsukiji Fish Market In Tokyo, Japan

Location:  Tsukiji Shijo Station (Oedo Subway Line) or a 15 minute walk from JR Shimbashi Statoin

The world’s largest fish market that sells more than five million pounds of seafood, worth approx $28 million USD/day! If you want to eat the FRESHEST most amazing sushi and sashimi you’ve ever had in your life, then Tsukiji Fish Market (outdoor)is a MUST! I’m still drooling over the memory. Do note, you can get up at 2am and wait in line to maybe get lucky enough to see the fish auctions at the indoor market, but it’s limited to 120 people per day.

Tsukiji Fish Market Info

Meji Shrine

Meji Shrine is a must see when visiting Tokyo, Japan!
Meji Shrine In Tokyo, Japan
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Location: Harajuku Station (JR Yamanote Line), Meiji-jingu-mae Station (Chiyoda & Fukutoshin Subway Lines).

Cost: Free!

Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Time At Attraction: 1+ Hours

A shrine dedicated to the first emperor of Modern Japan, Emperor Meji.

Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi Park is the perfect place to have a picnic or take a stroll in Tokyo, Japan!
Yoyogi Park In Tokyo, Japan
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Location: Just next to Meji Shrine

Cost: Free!

Hours: Always Open

Time At Attraction: 1 Hour

One of the city’s largest parks, Yoyogi Park is a great place to have a picnic lunch after visiting Meji Shrine

Takeshita Dori Street

For all things food, shopping and fun, head to Takeshita Dori Street in Tokyo, Japan!
Takeshita Dori Street In Tokyo, Japan

Location: Harajuku Station (JR Yamanote Line), just one station north of Shibuya and two stations south of Shinjuku

A great place to shop for the latest trends, people watch and eat CREPES! Be SURE to stop at the REAL Santa Monica Crepes as there are many others nearby…it’s totally worth the wait!


Location: Omotesando Station Omotesandō Station (Chiyoda Line)

Omotesando is tree-lined street (less than 1 mile long) full of stores, boutiques, cafes and restaurants that are more high end than Takeshita Dori Street.

Senso-Ji Temple (Asakusa Kannon Temple)

Tokyo, Japan is FULL of beautiful temples and Senso-Ji is certainly one of them you cannot miss!
Senso-Ji Temple (Asakusa Kannon Temple) In Tokyo, Japan
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Location: Asakusa Station (Ginza, Asakusa and Tobu Lines)

Cost: Free!

Hours: Main Hall 6:00am-5:00pm (6:30am Oct-Mar), Grounds always open

Time At Attraction: 2+ Hour

A beautiful, ancient Buddhist Temple, with long streets full of food and souvenir shops leading up to the temple.

Sensoji Temple Info

Imperial Palace

The Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan is a must see when visiting the city!
Imperial Palace In Tokyo, Japan
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Location: 10 minute walk from Tokyo Station

Cost: Free!

Hours: 9:00am-4:30pm (5:00pm Apr-Aug, 4:00pm Nov-Feb), admission ends 30 minutes prior to closing time. Closed Mondays, Fridays, New Years (Dec 28-Jan3) and the following day after a public holiday.

Time At Attraction: 1 Hour

The primary residence of the Emperor of Japan. Do note that the palace itself is not open to the public, only the East Gardens. You can reserve a free tour of the grounds (10am & 1:30pm), but need to book far in advance-be sure to get the English Audio Guide at the victors center.

Tokyo Imperial Palace Info

Rainbow Bridge

Be sure to see the Rainbow Bridge when visiting Tokyo, Japan!
Rainbow Bridge In Tokyo, Japan
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Location: Shibaura-futo Station (Yurikamome Line)-Tokyo Side, Odaiba Kaihinkoen Station-Odaiba Side

Cost: Free!

Time At Attraction: 1 Hour

A GREAT place for an evening stroll while taking in the views of the beautifully lit, two story, suspension bridge. You can cross the bridge on foot (bicycles not permitted) or take a boat tour via Tokyo Waterbus.

Rainbow Bridge Info

Tokyo Waterbus Info

MariCAR Tokyo

If you're coming to Tokyo, Japan, then you MUST ride go-carts through the streets with MariCAR!
MariCAR Go Cart Riding In Tokyo, Japan

Cost: $6,000-$8,000 YEN (depending on location) ($55-$75USD)-includes costume, fuel, go cart, and accident insurance

This is a MUST do while in Tokyo, but you MUST have an international drivers license (not a regular drivers license from the USA) PRIOR to entering Japan in order to be able to do it (and sadly, we didn’t know this, so we missed out). Imagine dressing up like your favorite characters from Mario Brothers and driving around the streets of Tokyo in go karts…EPIC!

MariCAR Website

Akihabara (Akiba)

Location: JR Sobu Line (yellow) to Akihabara

If you’re an electronics freak, then this is THE district to stop in for some shopping, with it’s never-ending stores all filled to the brim to satisfy the tech nerd in you!

Akihabara Info


Location: Ginza Station (Hibiya, Marunouchi, Ginza Lines), Yurakucho Station (JR Yamanote, JR Keihin-Tohoku, Yurakucho Subway Lines)

For more of an upscale experience, be sure to visit Ginza, with it’s endless shopping, dining, art galleries, night clubs, restaurants and cafes.

Ginza Info

Day Trip To Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji in Tokyo, Japan is a great day trip from the city, fi the weather is right and you have the time!
Day Trip To Mount Fuji In Tokyo, Japan

Cost: $133USD per person

Hours: 7:30am-8:00pm

You’re rolling the dice when it comes to seeing this gorgeous mountain, as it’s only visible 180 days per year due to the clouds. It’s best to hire a guided tour that takes you to the 5th Station (2,300m elevation), a cruise on Lake Ashi and a ride on Komagatake Ropeway (views of Hakone National Park).

Mount Fuji Day Trip Info

Where To Eat In Tokyo:

Arigato Tokyo Food Tour

If you're coming to Tokyo, Japan, then you MUST take a food tour with Arigto Food Tours!
Arigato Food Tour In Tokyo, Japan-Standing Sushi Bar
If you're coming to Tokyo, Japan, then you MUST take a food tour with Arigto Food Tours!
The Most Delicious Sushi I’ve Ever Eaten At A Standing Sushi Bar On Our Arigato Food Tour
If you're coming to Tokyo, Japan, then you MUST take a food tour with Arigto Food Tours!
Fried Octopus Balls On The Arigato Food Tour In Tokyo, Japan

 Cost: $125USD per person

Hours: 4:30pm-7:30pm

One of the highlights of our time in Japan, Arigato Food Tours is such a great company to connect you with Tokyo, especially if you’re new to the food in Japan and want to learn more about the culture and cuisine. We choose the Shibuya Walking Food Tour, which included Yakitori, Kobe/Wagyu Beef Skewers, Osaka Takoyaki, Onomomiyaki, 7 Kinds of Sushi at a Stand Up Sushi Bar, and Taiyaki!

Arigato Japan Food Tour Website

Santa Monica Crepes

Santa Monica Crepes in Tokyo, Japan is sooooo delicious and a must eat if you have a sweet tooth!
Santa Monica Crepes In Tokyo, Japan
Santa Monica Crepes in Tokyo, Japan is sooooo delicious and a must eat if you have a sweet tooth!
Tokyo, Japan: Santa Monica Crepes

Hours: 9:30am-10:00pm

Location: Harajuku (Takeshita Dori Street)

With an endless amount of mouthwatering crepes to choose from, this is a MUST do while visiting this great city.

Santa Monica Crepes FB Page


The 'McDonald's' of Tokyo, Japan is Yoshinoya...but its a whole lot more delicious! Be sure to check it out while your visiting Japan!
Yoshinoya In Tokyo, Japan

No trip to Japan is complete without eating at Japan’s iconic fast food restaurant, Yoshinoya. You can find them all over the city. For the beef bowl, salad and soup, it’ll cost you $6.50USD and it’ll be served super fast!

Uogashi Nihon-Ichi Standing Sushi Bar

If you're coming to Tokyo, Japan, then you MUST eat at Uogashi Nihon-Ichi Standing Sushi Bar. It's such a great experience and the sushi is AMAZING!
Uogashi Nihon-Ichi Standing Sushi Bar In Tokyo, Japan

For the BEST, fastest, most affordable sushi in the city, this is your spot! We loved it so much, we ate here twice in three days! They have multiple locations all over the city, but there is one located in Shibuya, nearby Shibuya 109 Women, with friendly staff.

Standing Sushi Bar Website

Tokyo Banana

If you're coming to Tokyo, then you MUST pick up some Tokyo Banana to take back home with you for family and friends!
Tokyo Banana In Japan
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A trip to Tokyo is NOT complete without picking up some Tokyo Bananas at the airport (they’re difficult to find in the city itself) to take home to all your loved ones! A Tokyo Banana is like a banana-filled twinkie, but a whole lot more delicious. Beware, though, they are MASSIVELY addicting, so you may want to get a whole box just for yourself. Do note, they expire after 10 days, as they’re made with fresh ingredients and no preservatives

Tokyo Banana Website

Things To Note:

A money changer is located at Shibuya Crossing at Muzuho Bank (just nearby Starbucks at the ground level).

Small Bills are a MUST! Be sure to always have notes of $1,000 Yen or less.

Wifi isn’t easy to get around the city, so be sure to reserve an accommodation that provides pocket wifi.

Map out where you’re going to eat prior to arriving at your sites for the day. Sometimes we’d get stuck searching for a while and ending up with only Japanese menus in restaurants, which was a bit challenging, but all part of the fun.

Many of the train stations don’t have lifts (elevators), so if you have heavy luggage, it’s a LONG journey up/down multiple flights of stairs. Pack light!

Many restaurants add a cover charge of 300-500 Yen ($3-5USD) per person while dining in and there’s no way around it.

When making payment anywhere in Japan, never hand your money directly to the cashier, as there are trays provided for handling these items so hands are not touched between cashier and payee.

Fun Facts:

Because Tokyo has the largest population in the world, space is limited and the size of a one bedroom apartment is no more than 15 square meters (170 square feet).

Tokyo Disneyland was Disney’s first park located outside the USA.

Shinjuku Station is the world’s busiest rail station, according to the Guniess Book of World Records, with an average of 3.64 million people passing through daily.

There are over 100 universities and colleges in Tokyo, awarding  it the world’s highest concentration of higher learning institutions.

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