With more than 13 million residents to entertain, Tokyo has a lot going on. Start your morning off with breakfast sushi at the world-famous Tsukiji Fish Market then let yourself get lost in Japan's vast and interesting history at the Tokyo National Museum or the Edo-Tokyo Museum. Take an hour or two and unwind in the verdant gardens (preferably with a picnic) of the Imperial Palace or the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. When you're ready to take on Tokyo's mammoth shopping scene, head to Ginza, the waterfront Odaiba or the anime-friendly Akihabara for all things tech. At the end of the day, take a lift into the sky at either the Tokyo Tower or the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building for a bird's-eye view of the glittering city. And no trip here would be complete without visiting some of the city's more traditional sites, including the Sensoji Temple and the spiritual Meiji Shrine.
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One of the best introductory things to do in Tokyo is to visit Sensō-ji, one of the most significant Buddhist temples in Japan. Especially busy during Sanja Matsuri in late spring, Sensō-ji attracts countless visitors throughout the year, all keen to get an introduction to Japan’s spiritual life. Sensō-ji offers free admission at all times and it’s always open. Click to check out the best tips for visiting Sensō-ji.
Located in the heart of Yoyogi Park, this incredible Shinto Shrine offers visitors the opportunity to dive deep into its rich history and learn about its uniqueness. During Sundays, you may be able to witness a traditional Japanese wedding ceremony. Just take a step back and have your camera ready.