The Ultimate Bucket List For An Authentic Japan Trip – Tokyo Edition

When planning a trip, we usually have an itinerary to help us decide where and which places to go. But in a country like Japan, you cannot possibly visit all of its famous attractions on a week-long trip as each city has its own unique and different attractions. It would be hard to decide which attractions you should go to or you should skip off.

Most people visit Tokyo when they want to visit Japan for the first time. And as you may know, Tokyo is a buzzing city with a lot of places to go to so if you are visiting for the first time, it might be hard for you to decide what places to include in your itinerary.

If you want to have a memorable and authentic Japan experience in Tokyo, choosing the right places to visit is the key. Here are some of the places that you should visit and experience in Tokyo that can finally cross out from your bucket list!

Tokyo Tower and Sky Tree

Tokyo Sky Tree
You can’t possibly visit Tokyo without visiting Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Sky Tree. Tokyo Tower is one of the most internationally well-known structures in the world and it is also the tallest structure in Japan. The tower contains 2 observatory that gives you a breathtaking panoramic view of the city and of course, the lovely Mt. Fuji. At night, the tower lights up and illuminates different colors, making it even more visible up in the Tokyo night sky. Tokyo Skytree was built later than Tokyo Tower but it is still very well-known and it also has 2 observatories.

Visit the Tokyo Imperial Palace

imperial palace - closeup
Japan has a rich history and culture and it is still very well preserved even in a fast-paced city like Tokyo. When you want to see the remnant of Japan’s past when visiting Tokyo, then you should definitely visit the Tokyo Imperial Palace. The palace is located in a park in Chiyoda, just a short walk from Tokyo Station. Around Tokyo Imperial Palace, you can also enjoy the view of the cherry blossoms in Chidorigafuchi Moat, one of the best spots for cherry blossom trees in Tokyo. You can enjoy both the cultural and historical vibe of Japan when you visit Tokyo Imperial Palace and the spots nearby.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen
When we mention Japan, you can never leave out the cherry blossom trees. This lovely tree with dainty its leaves and flowers has been a symbol in Japan and is considered as a must-see for those who want to visit Japan. In Tokyo, the best spot to see the breathtaking view of cherry blossom trees is in Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. The Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is not actually considered as the best spot to see the cherry blossoms and to attend Sakura Festival due to its accessibility and its polished gardens.

Shibuya Crossing

Shibuya Crossing
Shibuya crossing might be just a simple crossroad for other people but for those who are familiar with Japan, Shibuya Crossing is a must-visit spot. Many people consider walking through it is an actual authentic Japanese experience. Just like New York’s Times Square, the Shibuya Crossing is a pedestrian area where numerous people cross each time the traffic stops. The area is filled with buzzing noise and seething crowd but that’s the charm of the place and that’s what makes it an authentic experience as most Tokyo residents experience this in their daily lives.

Meiji Shrine

Meiji ShrineOne of the most authentic experience when visiting Japan is to visit their temples. Every year, millions of Japanese visit temples to carry out hatsumōde, a custom where people visit a temple during a new year to pray for good luck for the year ahead. Hatsumōde is a very common practice in Japan which is also very deeply rooted culturally. In Japan, Meiji Shrine holds the record for the most number of hatsumōde visitors, with 10 million visitors each year, marking it as the most popular temple for hatsumō in the country. If you visit Tokyo during the New Year, then we highly recommend you visit Meiji Shrine for hatsumōde.

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