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Things Foreigners Can Do in Tokyo

The city of Tokyo is a fascinating and vibrant metropolis which could bring tourists a taste of history while allowing them to immerse in the high technology of the country. Being the capital of Japan, Tokyo offers a multitude of things which tourists could go and visit or do. From historic museums and palaces to electronics district, each attraction offers different experiences to everyone especially to those who are sightseeing around Tokyo for the first time.

For tourists who will be spending their time in Tokyo for the first time, you need to have a guide on what to do or where to visit when you are in the city. Without further ado, here are six of the best things that foreigners can do in Tokyo.

cover photo credit:Wilhelm Joys Andersen


1. Experience Buying Local Products at the Tsukiji Market

Tsukiji Fresh Tuna Auction

The Tsukiji Market is considered as the largest and the busiest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world. Located between the upmarket of the Ginza shopping district and the Sumida River, the Tsukiji Market is one of the first places where tourists go to upon arriving at Tokyo. It caters to more than 400 different species of seafood.

One of the best attractions in the market includes the live tuna auction. Before visiting the market, it is essential to note that only a maximum number of 120 visitors can enter the tuna auction per day.

【Basic information】
Name:  Tsukiji Market
Address: 5 Chome-2-1 Tsukiji, Chūō, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan
Phone Number: (+81)3-3542-1111


2. Learn History at the Tokyo National Museum


If you want to learn more about the rich history of Japan, better check out Tokyo National Museum. It is the largest and the oldest Japanese art museum and one of the largest art museums in the whole world. It houses and preserves various art collections and archaeological articles in Japan and the rest of Asia. The museum is divided into five exhibition buildings, each portraying different galleries.

【Basic information】
Name: Tokyo National Museum
Address: 13-9 Uenokoen, Taitō, Tokyo 110-8712, Japan
Phone Number: (+81)3-3822-1111
Official Website: www.tnm.jp/?lang=en


3. Going to the Shinto Temples such as the Meiji Shrine

Meiji Shrine 1

Courtyard of Meiji Shrine2
The Meiji Shrine was built as a tribute to Emperor Meiji, together with his wife Empress Shoken, who opened the country to the western civilization. Considered as one of the most popular Shinto shrines in Tokyo, the Meiji Shrine is devoid of any colorful embellishments that could be seen in other temples. It is composed of two major areas: the Naien which includes a treasure museum, and the Gaien which consists of the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery.

【Basic information】
Name: Meiji Shrine
Address: 1-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-8557, Japan
Business Hours: (+81)3-3379-5511
Official Website: www.meijijingu.or.jp/english/


4. Watch Sumo at the Ryōgoku Kokugikan

Inside the Ryogoku Kokugikan at the 2014 January Sumo Tournament.jpg

Ryogoku Kokugikan

Sumo is one of the defining sports of Japan. So if you are ever in Tokyo, be sure to catch one at the Ryōgoku Kokugikan. Also known as the Ryōgoku Sumo Hall, this indoor sporting arena is mainly used for sumo wrestling tournaments. However, the hall is also used for other events such as pro wrestling and music concerts. Sumo tournaments are set at certain schedules throughout the week, so it is better to know the schedules before going to the venue.

【Basic information】
Name: Ryōgoku Kokugikan
Address: Japan, 〒130-0015 Tokyo, Sumida, Yokoami, 1 Chome−3番28号
Phone Number: (+81)3-3623-5111
Official Website: www.sumo.or.jp/En/


5. Shop at the Ginza District


There are various things to do when you are the Ginza District. Dubbed as Tokyo’s most popular upmarket shopping district, Ginza features a multitude of department stores, restaurants, cafes, and boutiques, among others. It is considered as one of the most expensive and elegant streets in the whole world.

It is worth noting that most of the shops in the Ginza district are open every day of the week. This means that tourists could go sightseeing around this area any day they wish.

【Basic information】
Name: Ginza District
Address: Ginza, Tokyo, Japan


6. Traverse the Shibuya Crossing


Shibuya Crossing2

They say that you have not yet fully experienced all there is in Tokyo unless you have traversed across the Shibuya Crossing. Recognized as one of the busiest intersections in the world, this crossing sends people in various directions as the lights change. It is said that there hundreds of people which cross at a time.

【Basic information】
Name: Shibuya Crossing
Address: 150-8010 Shibuya 1-18-21, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Official Website: www.city.shibuya.tokyo.jp


Without a doubt, the city of Tokyo has a lot of attractions which are worth sightseeing. On top of that, there are a lot of things which are worth experiencing. So the next time you visit Tokyo, do not hesitate to experiences these things.