Things to Do in Tokyo

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Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is an expensive place to visit, even more so to live there, but there are affordable things to see and do there, most notably in public spaces and national parks (there are four within Tokyo Metropolis). Just walking around parts of the city is a free, awe-inspiring thing to do in the world’s most populous city (about 13.9 million people).

From modest roots as a tiny fishing village named Edo, and after devastation by a 1923 earthquake that killed 140,000, plus WWII firebombing that destroyed half of the city (the main reason why its architecture is largely modern), Tokyo has emerged as the world’s busiest city. The Michelin Guides give it the most stars of any city on earth.

What to do in Tokyo? It’s impossible to choose, so be sure to take more than a few days (even a few weeks will not enable you to see everything!). Anyone who has ever visited Tokyo understands that with massive population density, there are people everywhere all the time, and it can be overwhelming.

Tokyo is all things and offers all things. It is a cultural mecca, a global business centre, a historic entity. Home to the Japanese government and the Emperor of Japan, there are plenty of grand buildings, but few of those are residences; most people live in tiny flats. Its humid subtropical climate (heading up local mountains presents another climate entirely), presents hot summers and mild winters.

Food is a big draw for visitors to Tokyo, as it is famous for its sushi, ramen and soba noodles, tempura and all types of seafood (it is on the island of Honshu and surrounded by ocean). Food, however, tends to be expensive; a great deal of it is imported. If you want an affordable meal, stick with fast food restaurants. A fine dinner can cost a substantial number of yen.

Plan ahead when going to Tokyo. There is so much to see and do that you will need to prioritize. Temples, museums and culture? Or shopping (the range is huge, from cheap clothing to the most high-end designer wear). Sporting events? Tokyo, Japan, hosts the 2020 Summer Olympics. Whatever your preference, you’ll need to narrow it down, or spend a year visiting modern, remarkable Tokyo.

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