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44 Best things to see & do in Tokyo

  • Tokyo, Kanto, Japan

  • Tokyo, Kanto, Japan

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The blossoms of ornamental cherry trees – Japan’s national flower – beguile and dazzle, both visitor and local alike – when the spring wave turns Japan pink.

Good for age: 18+

Duration: 2-3 hours

When: March, May and Sept

Freq: annually

  • Tokyo, Kanto, Japan

  • Bucket List Experience

Close-up of two sumo wrestlers ready to engage in the Tokyo Grand Sumo Tournament

Experience

Sumo wrestling

Drama and tradition combine in this 1,000-year-old sport. It’s a mesmerising and atmospheric spectacle – and Tokyo’s Ryogoku neighbourhood is the centre of it all.

Adult price: 15

Good for age: 8+

Duration: 2-3 hours

When: March, May and Sept

Freq: annually

  • Tokyo, Kanto, Japan

  • Bucket List Experience

Sensoji temple at Asakusa.The Sensoji temple in Asakusa area is the oldest temple in Tokyo.

Experience

Sensoji Temple

With towering gateways and a five-storied pagoda, this busy temple in Asakusa is a standout. If you have time for just one temple in Tokyo – make it this one.

Good for age: 18+

Duration: 2-3 hours

When: March, May and Sept

Freq: annually

  • Hakone, Kanto, Japan

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This mountainous area west of Tokyo combines magical Mount Fuji views with traditional Japanese luxury – traditional ryokan inns, sublime kaiseki-ryori dinners and onsen (natural hot-spring baths).

Good for age: 8+

Duration: 2-3 hours

When: March, May and Sept

Freq: annually

  • Tokyo, Kanto, Japan

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Japan’s oldest and largest art and cultural museum, is a must-see for anyone interested in Japan’s fascinating history. Collections include samurai armour and swords, ancient Buddhist sculptures even tea ceremony utensils.

Adult price: 6

Good for age: 18+

Duration: 2-3 hours

When: March, May and Sept

Freq: annually

  • Kamakura, Kanto, Japan

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From 1185 to 1333, Kamakura was Japan’s political centre, leaving a legacy of absorbing temples, shrines and traditions – including an iconic 11.4-metre bronze statue of Buddha.

Good for age: 13+

Duration: 2-3 hours

When: March, May and Sept

Freq: annually

  • Japan

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steaming outdoor thermal pool surrounded by red acer trees

Experience

Onsen in Japan

Geothermal Japan is home to thousands of mineral-rich and bathable hot springs known as onsen. An integral part of Japanese daily life and culture.

Good for age: 13+

Duration: 30+mins

  • Tokyo, Kanto, Japan

  • Bucket List Experience

A collection of six excellent museums in one park, including the Tokyo National Museum. Also one of the city’s most popular sites for hanami in Cherry Blosssom season.

Adult price: Varies

Good for age: 4+

Duration: 2-3 hours

When: March, May and Sept

Freq: annually