Planning a trip to the Japanese capital and looking for tips on how to visit it? You’re in the right place! Visiting Tokyo is an experience to be done at least once in your life. In this city, traditions blend harmoniously with a more contemporary environment. During the day and at night, Tokyo is a real human anthill that never stops. On a first trip to this city, it is normal to ask yourself a few questions. What is absolutely necessary to see on the spot? What activities should not be missed? Today, we’ll quickly introduce you to the 7 things to see in Tokyo!
Go for a ride at Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji is one of the most important mountains in Japan. Many Japanese have already climbed this volcano. As we talked about a few weeks ago, the ascent of Mount Fuji can be done from different paths. If you would like to go on an expedition on the flanks of this volcano, we strongly advise you to refer to the article present here. Arriving at the top of the mountain, you can contemplate a sea of calm clouds and thus rejuvenate yourself spiritually in the light of the first rays of sunshine.
If you visit Japan, you may be passionate about all the culture that shines in that country. Indeed, it is often the case that foreigners passionate about Japan have had contact with its history through popular culture. So we don’t teach you anything when you’re told that it’s very rare to walk down a street that doesn’t contain any reference to the current Japanese culture. The Akihabara district is world-renowned for its stores offering new technologies and derivatives. Here you can find many buildings hosting a multitude of shops all more colorful than the other. Take a tour of Radio Kaikan, a nine-storey building offering all kinds of collectibles from video games and manga.
Enjoy cherry blossoms
The cherry blossom season in Japan is an incredible moment not to be missed. But be aware, this one only happens once a year. You will therefore have to plan your holiday accordingly. To enjoy the hatching of cherry blossoms in Tokyo, you will have to go there in early April. You will then have the chance to see a landscape dye pink. Arriving a week after hatching, you will be able to see thousands of small petals twirling with the wind. At Sumida Park, you can enjoy this show quietly sitting on one of the benches along the river of the same name.
In the centre of the Shinjuku district is the Samurai Museum. Here, all the weapons and armor you can see are period. Indeed, a collection of more than 70 historical pieces is offered here by the largest families of Japan. See the Japanese know-how and precision of the archipelago’s blacksmiths. Still very well preserved despite the centuries, these pieces will delight the lovers of history and Japanese warriors.
Go to senso-Ji Temple
The Senso-Ji Temple is one of Tokyo’s best-known temples. It is dedicated to the goddess Guan Yin, better known as Kannon in Japanese. Built in 645, it is the oldest temple in the city. It consists of an arch, a shopping alley and a pagoda that rises over 5 floors. If you are in the Japanese capital in May, you can enjoy the Sanja matsuri ceremony, one of the 3 great Shinto ceremonies of the city of Tokyo. It celebrates not only the goddess, but also the three founders of the temple.
Visit the Meïji Shrine
The Meïji Shrine is located in the Shibuya district. Newer than the Senso-ji temple, it was built in 1915 to house the remains of the emperor and empress. Entirely built of wood, it was destroyed in 1945 and rebuilt in 1958. There is also a dance hall, a dojo and a nursery. This is the japanese’s favourite place to get married. It will therefore not be uncommon to come across a ceremony while strolling around this sanctuary.
Go see a performance of the Kabuki Theatre
To fully enjoy the Japanese capital, you will need to attend at least once a kabuki theatre performance. This traditional theatre has been around for hundreds of years. Founded in 1603, the performances were originally performed by priestesses. In the 1650s, men gradually began to kabuki. Today, this art is an eccentric and spectacular form of theatre responding to dedicated codes. These colorful stories will allow you to have a good time enjoying a traditional slice of Japan.