What to do in Tokyo?

A forest of skyscrapers with a magnificent backdrop of Mount Fuji in the distance, Tokyo is a multi-faceted city. From the Senso-ji temple in Asakusa to the illuminated signs of Shibuya, the fish market of Tsukiji, the video game shops of Akihabara, the art of cosplay in Harajuku and the immense park of Shinjuku, the capital of Japan promises you a colourful journey.

Japanese museums and historical sites: what to visit in Tokyo?

What to visit in Tokyo in order to discover its history? The best thing to do is to go to Asakusa, the most authentic part of the city. There you will find one of the most visited historical sites in Tokyo: the Buddhist temple of Senso-ji. To enter there, you will have to pass under the huge lantern of its famous Kaminarimon gate. Your visit to the Asakusa district will also allow you to visit the traditional Japanese shops on Nakamise Street and buy many local crafts and gifts. Another great place to explore Japan's past is the Edo Tokyo Museum. Very interactive, the visit immerses you in the popular culture and lifestyle of Japan during the time when Tokyo was called Edo, that is to say between the 17th and 19th centuries. Captivating both adults and children thanks to its superb models and full-scale reproductions of certain monuments, the Edo Tokyo museum is a must visit to learn more about the history of the city. To continue your journey back in time, don't miss the Edo Tokyo open-air museum and its reconstructions of period houses!

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What to see in Tokyo when you love Japanese folk art?

Far from the traditional Japan of Asakusa, Tokyo is for many (young and old), the city of computers, video games and the art of manga. True paradise for geeks, fans of comic books and Japanese animated films. The districts of Akihabara nicknamed Electric Town and Harajuku invite you to dive into this popular culture with their arcades, electronics stores selling the latest high-tech products and shops specializing in video games and manga. Those nostalgic for old video games should visit Super Potato, the reference shop for retro video games. Are you more of a cosplayer? Then go to Harajuku and more particularly to Takeshita Street, which is transformed every Sunday into a parade of young people straight out of movies and manga with their eccentric costumes. This trendy district dedicated to art and fashion is located in Shibuya district, the heart of Tokyo. With its emblematic crossroads crossed by thousands of people at every green light and its futuristic skyscrapers decorated with illuminated signs, Shibuya is the image of modern Japan as we imagine it.

Did you know?

You can't pass through Shibuya without stopping in front of the statue at Hachikō. This dog waited every day for his master to return to Shibuya station after his working day, a habit he continued to observe faithfully for 10 years after the death of his owner.

What other activities to do in Tokyo?

The capital of Japan has more than one trick up its sleeve to make you live unforgettable experiences. Get off the beaten track and head over to Tsukiji, the largest fish market in the world and one of the oldest of its kind in Japan. Although the Tsukiji indoor market, where fishing professionals gather for tuna auctions, moved to Toyosu in 2018, the outdoor market is still active in Tsukiji, much to the delight of sushi lovers. It is indeed in this corner that you will be able to taste the freshest sushi. Feel like getting a little higher? One of the most breath-taking activities in Tokyo is to admire the 360° panorama offered by the city hall observatory in Shinjuku. Shinjuku is the largest borough in the city and contains the largest Tokyo park: Shinjuku Gyoen. Explore it during a trip in spring, when the cherry trees are in bloom. Whether you explore the Asakusa temple, the trendy districts of Akihabara, Harajuku and Shinbuya or the Shinjuku park, your trip in the capital of Japan will not leave you the same.

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