Tokyo at twilight, Japan

Things To Do in Tokyo on Your Japan Vacation

東京へようこそ!Translated, these characters read, “Welcome to Tokyo!” This bustling capital city is eager to welcome visitors, on their Japan vacation, from across the world. From the moment your flight lands, you can breathe in the atmosphere. The city is both high-tech and fast-paced, but Tokyo still manages to have an old-fashioned, quaint atmosphere. You’ll love the juxtaposition.

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JAL Sky Wider Economy Class seats

How can you get to see some of Tokyo’s contrasts? Start by flying Japan Airlines JAL Sky Wider Economy. JAL Sky Wider Economy Class seats are thoroughly tested for optimal comfort, and have plush cushions with just the right amount of firmness – perfect for staying comfortable on long flights.

Select a travel package that puts you in Tokyo for at least three days, as you get to know some of the city’s traditional sites, as well as modern.

Suggested Itinerary:
3-Day Imperial Tokyo

Below are some ideas for how to make the most out of your sojourn in this unforgettable city.

Sushi Workshop, Japan
Sushi workshop

Tsukiji Fish Market and Sushi Making
Have a taste for seafood? Wake up early and head to the Tsukiji Fish Market, one of the largest fish markets in the world. The vibrant atmosphere will wake you up with the sights and sounds of the day’s catch. The market opens at 5 a.m., but you may want to head there even earlier so you can register to take part in the tuna auction. Only 120 people can attend each day.

If the predawn hours don’t suit you, you can miss the day’s biggest crowds and explore the market a little later.

You can even take a sushi-making workshop that will give you hands-on experience with one of Japan’s trademark comestibles.

Suggested Itinerary:
Tsukiji Outer Fish Market and Sushi Workshop

Snow Monkeys Macaques, Japan
Snow monkeys

Snow Monkeys
A true highlight, on your Japan vacation, is seeing Japan’s famous snow monkeys at Jigokudani National Park, where you can delight in watching the monkeys lounging in the hot springs. These amazing creatures live farther north than any other non-human primate, and can endure frigid temperatures as low as -15°C. Of course, that fact doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy the comfort the hot springs offer.

If you get a little envious of the monkeys, you can go to Yudanaka Onsen and unwind in the hot springs yourself or work up a sweat in a sauna.

Suggested Itinerary:
Snow Monkeys ex Tokyo

Sumo Wrestling, Japan
Sumo wrestling

Sumo Wrestling
Sumo wrestling is the national sport of Japan, and as much as you may have seen the sport portrayed in cartoons and on television, nothing compares to seeing the activity in person. Sumo wrestling harkens back to ancient Shinto rituals, and some of those customs are still present in the way the sport is practiced today. For example, before a match, the wrestlers might throw salt into the ring to purify the space.

Suggested Itinerary:
Tokyo Sumo Tournament

Meiji Shrine
To get in touch with Japan’s spiritual roots, head to the tranquil and lovely Meiji Shrine. The shrine honours Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoke, and was built after their deaths. The public donated approximately 100,000 trees from across Japan to create the lush wooded area that surrounds the shrine. Since 1920, this beautiful place has stood out as a highlight for visitors to Tokyo.

Yoyogi Park and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
To get acquainted with some of Tokyo’s most lively talent, spend a few hours at Yoyogi Park. You’ll find horn players, actors, dancers, and a host of other entertainers busily practicing their crafts. If all the sensations get a little overwhelming, walk to the north and west areas of the park, both of which are home to a quieter atmosphere.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is one of the most beautiful spots in Tokyo. You won’t find buskers here like you will at Yoyogi, but you will find a pervasive peace among the lush plant life. Visit during cherry blossom season to see the garden at its breathtaking best – a feast for your eyes on your Japan vacation.

Aerial view of Shinjuku and Shibuya Districts with Yoyogi Park, Tokyo, Japan
Aerial view of Shinjuku and Shibuya districts, along with Yoyogi Park

National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
Japan is a country of forward thinkers, which you’ll see when you stroll through the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. The exhibits showcase milestones like the latest advancements in robotics and engineering. The best part is that most of the exhibits are bilingual so you won’t lose the experience in translation.

Some of these highlights demonstrate Tokyo’s contrasts between the traditional and modern. A great way to see these for yourself is with our 3-Day Imperial Tokyo.

Memories of these experiences in Tokyo during your Japan vacation will stay with you for a lifetime.

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Asia General Manager - At age 20, Diane set off to backpack the world as a solo woman traveller. She spent a year travelling through Asia, Australia, and the South Pacific, only to return home for a brief respite before spending 2 years travelling overland from Guadalajara, Mexico down to Rio, Brazil – making every stop in between. Diane has since retired that backpack but not her passion for travel. She’s made a career out of telling people where to go, and continues to traverse the globe. She’s been to all 7 continents and more than 75 countries.

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