Top 10 Places To Visit in Tokyo That Will Leave You Speechless

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This is my personal list of the best places to visit in Tokyo. Japan’s capital has so many amazing attractions and whether it’s your first visit or your tenth, you will find lots of things to do in Tokyo. Tokyo is too much fun to ever get tired of it.

I love Tokyo! I never thought I would say this, but after 10 days spent there, Tokyo became my favorite city in the world (over Paris!!). I’ve always been a city girl. And though I love nature, I could never live too far, nor too long away from the concrete and electric jungle. And I’m afraid I will never again be able to stay away for too long from Tokyo – the most civilized and organized jungle of them all.

Tokyo was the first city we visited in Asia. Comparing it with all the other places we’ve visited before (and after), Tokyo is a different world altogether.

If I were to recommend you only one city to visit in the world (given that you are not Japanese), I would recommend you Tokyo. You get the idea, I’m in love with this city! And not only because for me it represents the peak of civilization, law, order and fashion. But also because from all the places I’ve visited so far, this is the one that stands out most, in all the good ways.

The most famous of Tokyo’s attractions can be reached by subway or train. And though huge and a bit intimidating at first, you will get anywhere in no time.

The following list of places to visit in Tokyo is based on our personal experience and organized in no particular order. Please feel free to add your favorite places in Tokyo in the comment section below.

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THINGS TO DO & PLACES TO VISIT IN TOKYO

Shibuya 109 & Shibuya Crossing

Shibuya Crossing at Rush Hour

Shibuya is the point zero of Japanese fashion and the Mecca of chic. It fascinated me so much, I must be a Shibuya girl in a parallel universe or something.

The way these girls dress, the contact lenses that make the eyes look bigger, all that lace, ruffles, colorful socks, and ribbons, make for the most elegant casual outfits I’ve ever seen. I get goose bumps every time I remember the time I spent shopping in the trendy boutiques at Shibuya 109. I left part of my heart there, and ever since I got back home all I want is to go back.

The Shibuya Crossing is a couple of minutes from Shibuya 109 and just outside Shibuya Station served by JR Yamanote Line. This crossing, made famous by the ‘Lost in Translation‘ movie, is one of the busiest in the world and the quintessence of organized chaos. The traffic lights from all directions turn red all at the same time and for the next couple of minutes, people invade the crossing like spilled beans out of a can.

You can observe the spectacle of lights and people from the Starbucks on the crossing’s north side or you can experience the madness for yourself, which in my opinion is far better.

My husband and I crossed quite a few times here just for fun and not one single time did we bump into another person or people bumped into us. Everybody matched their peace at the speed of the person in front, walking in unison, on lanes. Now if this is not the ultimate example of civilization, I don’t know what is.

Where to stay in Tokyo:

Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu – fantastic hotel right next to Shibuya Crossing. The rooms have huge windows facing Tokyo’s skyline. Great selection of both Japanese and Western breakfast available.

The Peninsula Tokyo – the place to splurge in Tokyo. The hotel overlooks the Imperial Palace’s Gardens. It features an aromatherapy shower, a nutrition adviser, and airport transfer by Rolls-Royce.

Meiji Shrine (traditional Tokyo)

Traditional Shinto Wedding at Meiji Shrine

Meiji Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in the Shibuya Ward, in the middle of a beautiful forest with huge Torii gates leading to the main hall and it is accessible from the Harajuku Station on the JR Yamanote Line. Dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, it is now a favorite place for wedding ceremonies.

We were lucky to witness such a procession. Led by two shrine priests and two shrine maidens, the couple followed under a big red umbrella. Family and friends came next, but we were surprised by both the reduced numbers of participants and by the lack of joy on their faces. Apparently, Shinto wedding ceremonies are very solemn and quite unique.

Also, there were lots of worshipers ruminating around the shrine’s grounds, and many of the ladies and young girls were dressed in gorgeous kimonos. As opposed to the nearby Yoyogi Park, Meiji Shrine is the place to go contemplate the old Japan and Japanese traditions.

Yoyogi Park on a Sunday

Yoyogi Park - one of the best places to visit in Tokyo

There is no better place for people watching in Tokyo than the Yoyogi Park. The park is very popular with young Japanese people, especially on Sundays. And you can spot the unleashed wackiness of an otherwise reserved nation.

We spotted anything from shy Lolitas tp classy girls drinking red wine from crystal glasses while seated on a picnic cloth. From couples in love, club meetings, teenagers rehearsing plays, to homeless people giving a ride to their cats in supermarket trolleys. Everything goes and nobody feels out of place.

The park is pretty huge and doesn’t give the feeling of being crowded at all, but then again, this is part of a special Japanese talent – in spite of Tokyo being the world’s most populous metropolis, we never felt overwhelmed by the number of people around us.

Zojoji Temple (traditional Tokyo)

Unborn Children Garden at Zojoji Temple

Next to Tokyo Tower, the Zojoji Temple is a Buddhist temple, head of the Jodo sect in the Kanto Region. The temple dates back to the 14th century though it was moved to its present location at the end of the 16th century.

Zojoji Temple was badly damaged during the WWII. Therefore most of the buildings are reconstructions, nevertheless stunning. The temple is surrounded by a forest. So in spite the heavy traffic around it, the place has this serene atmosphere that invites the visitors to meditation and contemplation. And the cats leisurely napping on the temple’s grounds are proof of it.

Behind the Main Hall, there is a cemetery and six Tokugawa shoguns are buried here. But for me, a unique feature of this temple remains the Unborn Children Garden. Rows of beautiful stone statues represent the unborn babies, be them miscarried, aborted or stillborn.

These statues decorated by the parents with baby clothes and windmills are like little angels that supposedly help the children with the transition to the afterlife. It is a surreal sight, but at the same time, this is the saddest place we visited in Tokyo.

Stop by a cat café

Ladies feeding cats in a cat cafe in Ikebukuro, Tokyo

Even before I visited Japan I knew there were two things I wouldn’t miss for anything in the world – eat sushi and visit a cat café. I’m a self-declared crazy cat lady (my husband totally agrees). Indulging on my petting urges on the other side of the world was something I was really looking forward to.

So on our second day in Tokyo, we found a cat cafe in Ikebukuro on the 5th floor of an office building. I didn’t hesitate. In what is probably the most purrfect 500sqm in Tokyo, there were comfy sofas, manga books, cat toys and more kitty cats than people. The puffy balls of fur came in all colors and fur lengths. All adult, some of a certain pedigree, others not so much.

We had to take off our shoes before entering and we were given slippers instead. There was a set fee for every 10 minutes spent in the company of the cute kitties. And there were set rules we were given to read in English, as the staff spoke only Japanse and the cats only Meow.

We agreed not to pick up the cats, nor to bother them if they showed signs of being annoyed and they let us in. All in all, the atmosphere was very quiet, just right for a nap actually. It was well under the noise level of any other café – everybody was whispering.

There was a juice and tea vending machine on the premises. And we could take photos without flash. For an additional cost, you could even buy cat food for the kitties. Nowhere and never in history were cats treated with more respect.

Nevertheless, like any royalty born or made, these cats looked bored. They weren’t impressed with the cat toys I flashed in front of them. Most of the time they didn’t even seem to notice me. And they definitely didn’t show much interest in being petted. In spite of being an overpriced experience, I would recommend it to any cat lover out there.

Tokyo Tower & Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Tower as seen from Zojoji Temple, two of the most interesting places to visit in Tokyo

Tokyo Tower probably gained its fame due to its similarity with Eiffel Tower and up till now, it has drawn many tourists. But my question is, now that a new kid came into town will it steal the show?

Tokyo Skytree (634m) completed in 2012 and Tokyo Tower (333m) are the two tallest artificial structures in Japan. While the orange and white Tokyo Tower is wrapped in a warm light at night, the Skytree is painted in a circus of lights every evening.

Time will tell which will become the people’s favorite place in Tokyo for panoramic views.

Senso-Ji Temple (traditional Tokyo)

Senso-ji Temple - one of the best places to visit in Tokyo

This is Tokyo’s oldest temple and the Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate) is the symbol of the city. Leading to the temple is a 200m shopping street. Here you can buy anything from snacks to Hello Kitty dolls, trinkets, and Buddhist scrolls. Close to the Main Hall is the Asakusa Shrine and the 5-story pagoda. Both the temple grounds and the shopping street were extremely busy when we visited.

This was the first Buddhist temple we went to in Japan. I was surprised to see that the worshipers clearly outnumbered the tourists. In spite of being a super modern metropolis, the inhabitants of Tokyo are still clinging to their traditions. More than the western world, anyway.

The story behind this temple is an interesting one as well. In the 7th century, two fishermen found the statue of Kannon in the river while fishing. The village headman recognized the deity represented in the statue and decided to transform his own house into a temple.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building No 1

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building No 1

This is Tokyo’s City Hall, and with its 243m, it is the 7th tallest building in Japan. Built to resemble a computer chip and also a Gothic cathedral, it makes for one of the best observation decks in Tokyo. On a clear day, visitors can even spot Mt. Fuji far in the distance, but the views of Tokyo’s skyline are just as breathtaking at night as well.

There are quite a few buildings in Tokyo that feature an observation deck from where you can admire the city from above. Some do it for free, as it’s the case of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, others charge a fee.

My point is, viewing this immense city from the top is quite a different experience than seeing it from ground level. While the latest gives you the feeling that the possibilities are endless, the views from the top give you a sense of endless discovery.

Taking the elevator all the way to the last floor is an experience in itself too. Apart from not making any noise during the seconds-short 200-meter ride up, the elevator doesn’t seem to be moving either.

Tokyo by night

A quiet night stroll can be one of the most fascinating things to do in Tokyo

Far from being a city that never sleeps, Tokyo can get surprisingly quiet at night. As we walked the streets of this metropolis around 10 PM, both the buildings and the sidewalks seemed to be falling asleep.

Okay, I’m not talking about Shibuya or Ikebukuro here, which are the gathering places of the young and restless. But I am talking about the residential and business districts. There is an hour between dusk and the end of office hours when Tokyo’s skyscrapers are beautifully lit. But as the night gets older, people go home and the tall buildings become black monsters against the sky.

This contrast between something so huge and full of life and the stillness it can all come to never ceases to amaze me. I believe you haven’t fully experienced Tokyo until you walked its streets at night. You must see the sudden transformations this amazing city is capable of!

And if you are into photography, don’t miss this Tokyo night photography tour through Shinjuku and Shibuya. You will learn some new tips and trick. And you will likely end up with the best souvenirs of your trip – gorgeous photos that tell a great story.

A manga shop

Japanese girls in a colorful manga shop in Tokyo

I don’t read manga. Though to be completely honest, there are some Japanese anime movies that I really love. But I believe any traveler should enter at least one manga shop. And if you do so, please make sure you pick an 8-storey building dedicated entirely to the genre. You don’t have to buy a book, although they make for great souvenirs. All you have to do is look around and observe and emerge yourself in the local culture.

Until I arrived in Tokyo, I never realized how inspired from reality manga was. Nor how much influence the manga culture had upon the daily life of the young Japanese people. My first impression about Tokyo was “It’s a manga world!“. And to a certain extent, it is.

Way too bright neon lights. Colorful drawings that cover even the floors of the shop. Loud TVs that each play each a different movie all at once, resulting in a babel of voices. And the impossible to read (for me) books. All these combines in a wonderful way with the school uniform inspired fashion I came to love so much.

I’m sure any European bookstore dreams about having this many and dedicated customers! The Japanese really read a lot. So it is pretty common to see people of all ages reading manga on trains or subway.

More things to do and places to visit in Tokyo

This is a subjective list of the top 10 places to visit in Tokyo. However, there’s so much more to be experienced and discovered in this amazing city.

Honestly, the possibilities are endless. For more inspiration, you can further check my list of 25 things to do in Tokyo.

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USEFUL INFORMATION:

Where to stay in Tokyo:

When it comes to accommodation, I usually use and recommend Booking.com. But for Japan, I can’t help but recommend Agoda, the leading accommodation site in Asia, with discounts up to 80% off and more properties to choose from than any other website.

Getting from the airport to your hotel:

The language barrier and the high taxi fare can add stress to the beginning of any trip. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Before your trip, you can reserve this shared Narita Airport transfer to your hotel in Tokyo and make your entrance in style.

How to move around Japan:

The best way to travel around Japan is by using a Japan Rail Pass, a very convenient and economical way to see the country. For train route ideas and city guides, you can check out the Japan by Rail book.

Before you go to Japan we highly recommend you read the following books. They are great for a better understanding of the Japanese culture and lifestyle:

82 Responses

  1. Scott
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    Planning on going to Tokyo for the first time this fall, and I honestly I had only heard of about half of these. That means that I am either rubbish at planning, or this is a great post. Going to lean towards the latter, lol.

  2. Katie
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    Thanks for this, I love Tokyo! The contrast especially of the peacefulness of the shrines compared to the hustle and bustle of Harajuku or Shibuya, so unique 🙂

  3. thebarefootangel
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    It’s such an eclectic and unique city! These are some excellent suggestions! I visited Tokyo once as a child and can’t wait to go back and experience it as an adult, one day… 🙂

  4. Elizabeth
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    This is such a fun post! I haven’t been to Tokyo yet, but when I get there I’m looking forward to checking out some of the places on this list. Btw, I love cat cafes. I’ve been to one here in NYC and it was so much fun – possibly because they had adoptable kittens to play with 😉
    -Elizabeth

  5. Laura
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    Thanks, Susan! Tokyo is such an amazing city. I highly recommend you visit. Oh, and cat cafes are the best! 🙂

  6. Susan
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    Brilliant list of places to visit in Tokyo. I've never been to Tokyo, but after reading this I know I must. Love the idea of a cat cafe.

  7. Monika
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    Lovely pics… Great blog post and thanks for sharing..

    • Laura
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      Thank you, Monika! Love Tokyo! 🙂

  8. Suzette Barnett
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    I love your pictures, especially Zojoji Temple. I had no idea that existed. Great blog post! Suzette – TrySomethingFun.com

    • Laura
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      Tokyo is full of surprises, isn't it? I love that there are so many quirky and fun places to visit in Tokyo, yet the past and traditional can be spotted everywhere!

  9. Adrien Broody
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    All these pics are so nice and I like Senso-ji Temple the most. Tokyo is a place where everyone should go at least once in their life as there are so many interesting things to see there.

    • Laura
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      I totally agree with you. Tokyo is absolutely amazing and there are so many cool places to visit in Tokyo!!!

  10. Andy
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    I would definitely be up for the temples and people watching. Japanese people are great!

    • Laura
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      True! People watching in Tokyo is quite exotic 🙂 That's why Yoyogi Park is one my favourite places to go in Tokyo.

  11. TTDIT
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    Shibuya crossing!!! the most famous crossing in the world! Shibuya area is definitely a one of the best thing to do in Tokyo. with the 109, Loft, and all the cool shops! And hachiko!!!
    Really great!!!

    • Laura
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      It was so hard for me to leave Shibuya's shops behind! Can't wait to go back to Tokyo and next time I'll make sure to bring an extra luggage 😉

  12. hall
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    It was very well explained reviews. Japan is one of the great cultured country in the world. They have manga culture and other interesting unique cultures. By reading this reviews, I've very tempted to go to Japan. Thanks for the great explanation in this post.
    regards.
    hall

  13. Anil Kumar
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    It's my dream to visit tokyo but I still don't know when this time will come.

    • Laura
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      I hope you'll visit Tokyo soon. It's amazing!

  14. 'liya
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    Lovely pics! I'm planning to visit very soon and this was helpful to read 🙂
    Did the rail pass you bought cover all types of transportation (like subway too) ?

    • Laura
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      The JR pass covers only JR lines, but in large cities the JR trains have multiple stops and its really easy to move around.

  15. Anonymous
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    You have to go to Super Potato video game store in Tokyo… 4 big floors filled with every video game ever made… Awesome!

    • Laura
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      Interesting suggestion!

  16. David Marsha
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    Great list wonder if you have done something like that for UAE?

    • Laura
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      Nope. We haven't been to the UAE.

  17. Nathalie
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    Shibuya is one of my favorite places in Tokyo as well. It has a vibe that is all its own. I loved the feeling of being in a fast moving place and yes, compared to the rest of Tokyo, things in Shibuya do seem to move extra fast. Maybe it's the prevalence of giant screens that add to the people moving all over that makes the pace seem like it is constantly on the go.

  18. Jenny
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    The photos are all nice! Thank you for these shots! Shibuya's my favorite, because it made me remember the scene in Death Note. Do they really get to watch news from a large TV attached on a building facade? hihi. I'm glad you had fun there!

  19. Ginger
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    Great list of places one must see in Tokyo!

    • Laura
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      Thank you, Ginger! I'm happy you enjoyed reading about my favorite attractions in Tokyo.

  20. Senad
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    Nice! I so want to visit Tokyo at night. So cool!

    • Laura
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      Tokyo is amazing both during the day and during the night. There are so many interesting places to see in Tokyo… plus the atmosphere… oh, the atmosphere!

  21. gio
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    Hi there Laura,

    Wonderful blog! I am planning on going to Tokyo myself in January. For a very limited time (4days, 3 night), I wanted to make the most of it. Is it possible to get to these places with the limited time I have? Where is the most convenient spot most accessible to the spots you pointed out?

    Thanks,

    Gio here.

    • Laura
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      Hi Gio,

      These attractions are spread all over Tokyo, but starting the day early and making use of the public transportation system, it is possible to see everything in 3 or 4 days. However, if you are jet legged, you might not get to see much during the first day. Have fun in Tokyo, it's a wonderful city!!

      Laura

  22. Adele
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    Seriously how good is Japan! I agree, Tokyo is amazing, as is the rest of Japan. The people, culture, landmarks, ski, rail network, it has it all. I really like your photos – Thanks for sharing your stories.

  23. Jackson Tremaine
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    Thanks for talking up this amazing city. I hear there are also niche restaurants/bars on the outskirts of the city, five and six seat affairs where a few people gather for hours, drinking each other under the bamboo table. I think the area is Shinjuku Golden Gai, if I'm not mistaken. Anyway, I studied SGI buddhism some years back and Taiseki-ji @ Mt. Fuji was all the rave. It was lauded as a must visit. Anyone actually been to Fuji?

    • Laura
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      Sorry, Jackson, my husband and I haven't made it to Mt Fuji this time, but with a bit of luck, we will next year. There are many curiosities and habits in Tokyo that a tourist would rather see as an attraction in themselves.

  24. Gino
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    Wonderful top 10 places to see in Tokyo! I wish I could visit Japan sooner rather than later… Fingers crossed.

    • Laura
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      I hope so too. Japan is an amazing country and Tokyo is a city like no other. This list of places to visit in Tokyo is just the beginning, believe me!

  25. Tour guide
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    I have been to Tokyo many times, but my favorite place is Kamakura. It's about an hour ride on train. Right by the beach, big Buddha, and such different feeling from being in the city. Highly recommend it.

    • Laura
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      You are right, Kamakura is a wonderful place, and so different from Tokyo. And while I appreciate a quiet day from time to time, I feel that Tokyo, in all its diversity, is the one must see place in Japan above any other.

  26. I would love to visit the Manga shop since I like to read anime series! I started collecting manga when I was still in high school and I have tons of it on my cabinet.

    • Laura
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      Oh, wow, then you would appreciate the manga shops even more than I did. I don't read manga, so for me it was more in the category of cultural studies 🙂

  27. T.
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    so so so awesome! Japan is very high on my to go list and this makes it even bigger

    • Laura
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      Japan and Tokyo in particular are great. You should totally go and I'm sure you will love it.

  28. Travel Geek
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    Let's add up the Giant Gundam Statue in Tokyo Japan

    • Laura
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      We only saw the one in Kobe, but oh my, what a sight! Crazy!

  29. Micamyx|Senyorita
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    This is a useful compilation! I have a friend who is working in Tokyo now and he's inviting me to come over. I need to save up though since I feel that traveling in Tokyo is as expensive as gallivanting in Paris!

    • Laura
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      Fingers crossed you'll get there soon! 🙂 But honestly, Tokyo is just as expensive as you want it to be.

  30. Cathy Sweeney
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    Favorite city in the world over Paris? Now that's an endorsement. I'm hoping to get to Tokyo someday and see the places in your terrific photos.

    • Laura
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      Yes, I think it has something to do with how incredibly different everything is. Tokyo is such a wonderful mixture of old and modern! It's impossible to find anything quite like it anywhere else.

  31. Jade - OurOyster.com
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    Bookmarked for when I finally make it to Japan… I want to save up loads of money first for a massive shopping spree! 😀

    • Laura
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      I am with you on this one, Jade! While we discovered Tokyo is not all that expensive (Oslo for example seemed more expensive), a girl definitely needs a shopping budget for Tokyo. There are so many cute and sexy things you can buy! I am a bit sad my shopping budget was somehow limited, but I will totally make up for it next time 🙂

  32. Courtney Mroch
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    Okay, I don't think I've ever truly considered jaunting to Tokyo before. Sort of. I mean, if the chance arose I'd never say no. However, after learning of cat cafes? Oh hell yeah! I want to go experience that!!!! Had to pin that to my Animulies board. Too awesome!

    • Laura
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      Cat cafes are a super cool idea, aren't they?

  33. Mercedes
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    Tokyo really is a wonderful mixture of past and contemporary! Finding another city like this is quite impossible.

    • Laura
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      I think so too, Mercedes.

  34. clausitosfootprints.com
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    Seems you had a great time!

    I visited Tokyo for 7 days during my trip to Japan in April 2010 and loved it. You're so right, despite the city being so big, it is surprisingly fast to get around from place to place by train or subway.

    Good picks for your top things to do… I did all of them except the cat cafe 😛

    • Laura
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      I'm a crazy cat lady so I definitely couldn't have missed the cat cafes…

      Even now it is difficult for me to grasp the vastness of Tokyo though. As we moved from one place to another mostly underground, it didn't seem as big as it is in reality.

  35. Jess @UsedYorkCity
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    Ohh, I wish I had known about the cat cafes on my trip to Tokyo, I would have LOVED to go to one of those! Ahh, next time, right?! I attended one of the traditional Japanese style bathhouses in Tokyo, which was quite an experience, too!

    • Laura
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      You must go back to Japan to experience a cat cafe, Jess! 🙂 I didn't go to a traditional bathhouse… My inner geisha is sad now 🙁

  36. A Montrealer Abroad
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    Bookmarked for my next trip to Tokyo!

    • Laura
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      Yay! When are you going?

  37. Rajyalakshmi Vathyam
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    Beautiful photographs and narrative. I always pictured japan as the place with most beautiful cherry blossoms in the world, however, this post is very inspiring and tells a rookie like me more about it.

    Thanks for sharing the info,
    Raji

    • Laura
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      Oh, Japan is so much more than cherry blossoms, Raji! However, we would love next time we visit to do it in spring so we could see the beautiful cherry trees in bloom too. Getting goose bumps just thinking about all the photos we could take 🙂

  38. Tiny Girl With Big Bag
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    I am getting more and more interested in Tokyo, whoever I spoke to told the same.. it can not be a coincidence. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Laura
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      Tokyo is fascinating and there are so many things to see and do here. Definitely worth visiting.

  39. Daniel McBane
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    Tokyo is probably my favorite city, too. I lived there for a year and really liked the Ikebukuro neighborhood a lot. It's kind of gritty, but it has Japan's biggest bookstore, the formerly tallest building, a couple of parks and a ton of tiny restaurants, especially ramen shops. And I love ramen.

    • Laura
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      We 'accidentally' booked our hotel in Ikebukuro so we explored this neighborhood quite a lot. It's one of Tokyo's best and the ramen shops are good priced and the plates generous. Loved taking the elevator ride in Sunshine 60 🙂

  40. Eleanor K
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    I want to go to Japan so badly. This is such an inspirational post!

    • Laura
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      Yay! Happy to inspire you, Eleanor!

  41. Ciara Lynch
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    Wow your photos are amazing – you really highlight the magical essence of Tokyo in this post. I agree, there is nowhere in the world like Tokyo. It is a place that everyone should try and visit.

    Thank you also for checking out my blog – linking mine to yours as I love it!

    • Laura
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      Thank you, Ciara! Tokyo is a magical place indeed and its people are the key element.

  42. Daniel J. Jones
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    What…no Disney? Ok, I'm kidding, but I would love to visit Tokyo Disney. Of course, I'd just love to visit Tokyo period:)

    • Laura
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      We didn't make it to Tokyo Disney unfortunately. But I'm not sure I would have included in the list anyways because it's not really all that Japanese at core. Probably the Hello Kitty theme park should have been included, but we haven't visited it either, so there's no way to know.

  43. Maryanne
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    Gorgeous pics. I am going to link to this page from my blog right now… Good work!

    • Laura
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      Thank you, Maryanne! You are too kind!

  44. Lane
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    Beautiful images! I keep hearing about cat cafe's, and still cannot wrap my head around them.

    • Laura
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      Haha, they are cafes elevated to the most purrfect state 🙂 We wanted to go to one for so long… but you have to see it to believe it! With so many cat lovers all over the world it is just strange to us the concept didn't pick up in the west as well.

  45. Mike
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    This is beyond wonderful!! I cannot stop taking deep *sighs* when reading and looking to every single beautiful picture from this post! The love for Tokyo, the culture and the attractions … contagious! Thank you for taking us in this trip with you!

    • Laura
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      Thank you for the lovely comment, Mike! We love this giant so much! 🙂

  46. Vera
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    Oh wow, I loved reading your post!! This is exactly how I like hearing about cities: from someone who has fallen in love with them, and who shares away some of the must-do sights, as well as their personal favourites. Great pictures, too. Very intrigued now:).

    • Laura
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      Awwww, thank you, Vera! Tokyo is an amazing city, so unique, so remarkable!

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