See & Do : Best things to do in Tokyo
Best things to do in Tokyo in 2020
A vast metropolis that is home to nearly 14 million people, there is no shortage of activities in Tokyo. With high-end retail and quirky fashion, Michelin-star dining and hidden cafes, modern skyscrapers and tiny shrines, the city is a place of contrasts.
To make the most of your trip, take a look through our guide which includes some of the best things to do for first timers.
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Things to do alone
Tokyo doesn’t just have the advantage of being one of the safest cities in the world; its people are busy, so many establishments are geared to solo customers. Get your bearings with a walking tour of the city. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, you’ll find a range of options with many restaurants offering counter seats perfect for those dining alone. Ramen is a cheap option, with chain store Ichiran famous for its solo dining booths.
Traveling with friends
Some things are just more fun with friends. Stroll the beautiful Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden or Hama-rikyu Gardens. Japanese cuisine is world famous so try your hand at learning to make some dishes by taking a cooking class! Any evening with a group of friends must involve a visit to an izakaya, a Japanese-style pub with small dishes shared by the whole table, followed by karaoke.
Tokyo for couples
A popular spot for couples is Odaiba. Stroll the waterfront with great views over the bay and Rainbow Bridge. Reserve a ticket and head to teamLab Borderless, a stunning digital art experience, where the projections change by the season. Finish the day overlooking the stunning night scenery at one of the city’s high-rise bars.
For more, check out our Tokyo at Night guide.