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As hosting city to the 2020 Olympic Games, Tokyo is sure to be one of this year’s major tourist hotspots. If you’re planning on joining in on the scheduled festivities, or if you’re just interested in what this Asian metropolis has to offer, be sure to add these 10 must-see experiences to your list.
Robot Restaurant is probably different to every other dining experience imaginable. Strobe lights, neon glow sticks and a live robot show come together to create a futuristic atmosphere that is unforgettable and truly unique.
The MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: teamLab Borderless offers the world’s first entirely digital art gallery. Since its opening in 2018, the use of cutting edge technology and interactive displays have drawn visitors from across the globe. Once you’ve been immersed in the various projected installations, it’s easy to see why.
You’ve probably seen the Shibuya Crossing in hundreds of Instagram photos. The multiple zebra crossings are tracked by half a million people daily, making it the busiest crossing in the world. Have a go at making it across amid the oncoming crowds while the light is green, or simply stand on the sidewalk and watch the seamless choreography happen.
Pop culture in Japan is a fully immersive experience. Where else in the world could you dress up as one of the Mario Bros., hop into a go-kart, and take a spin around the city? Don’t forget to get your international driving license before booking.
Tokyo definitely goes the extra mile in making sure that there’s a selection of aesthetically pleasing foods for every photo op! Treat yourself (and your followers) to everything from latte art and light bulb sodas, to bunny ice cream cones and souffle pancakes.
The Sensoji Temple, located in the historic Asakusa area, is the city’s oldest temple, and offers a traditional respite from the chaos of the city. Here you can try on a Kimono, ride in a rickshaw, and sample authentic sushi and tempura dishes. This is a great way to still get a taste of the traditional Japanese cultural experience while exploring Japan’s capital.
Be transported into one of the most iconic anime studios at the Ghibli Museum. Studio Ghibli is the producer of a number of the most recognised and revered anime feature films, including My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle and Spirited Away, to name a few. Take a peek behind the scenes, and pick up a momento from the gift shop after your tour.
The Tsukiji Fish Market is a Japanese institution. Although being around for many years, the inner market recently moved to the Toyusu Market, where you can still watch and participate in the famous tuna auction. The outer market remains at Tsukiji, and it’s the perfect place to experience a traditional Japanese market, including restaurants, grocery stalls and knife shops.
Sumo wrestling is one of the most unique components of Japanese culture. While watching a match can be fun, the best way to get a close up spectator experience is to watch morning Sumo practice at a stable. By getting an in depth look at the physical and mental preparation the wrestlers put in, you may find yourself holding an entirely new respect for Sumo.
While animal cafes have been popping up internationally in recent years, Japan was probably the forerunner with its Kawaii subculture. Tokyo is still home to a number of these teatime spots, and they offer more interesting options than popular dog and cat cafes, such as owls, or even hedgehogs!
It’s clear that Tokyo has a lot to offer as a holiday destination. It seems that hosting the Olympics is simply a 2020 bonus!
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