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Unique Travel Guide to Tokyo for First Time Visitors

Japan’s capital, Tokyo, is a super hectic city that could easily rival the crowds of London and New York. When arriving, you will soon be swept up into the crowds. If this is your first time in Tokyo, then you’ll be in for a shock. Which is why this short but usual guide has been put together to help you find the most essential attractions, restaurants, nightlife and best places to stay in Tokyo, so you don’t need to worry.

Start merging yourself into the crowds, be at one with the wild sounds of the city, and be a local in no time. 

Accommodation in Tokyo

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Accommodation In Tokyo
Accommodation In Tokyo

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Top Tokyo Attraction And Sightseeing

When you’re settled into your Tokyo serviced apartment, it’s best to head out and check the list of things to do in Tokyo. You will be more than impressed by the mixture of ancient and modern landmarks that the city has to offer, from old temples to towering forms of modern architecture.

Zojo-Ji Temple: Tokoy Tourist Attraction
Zojo-Ji Temple: Tokoy Tourist Attraction

When you have your cultural mindset switched on, you should head on over to these intriguing and insightful tourist attractions in Tokyo :

1. Sensō-Ji 

Come and see one of Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temples. The enormous size is difficult to believe. The temple itself is dedicated to Kannon Bosatsu, the Bodhisattva of compassion, so bring yourself along to one of Tokyo’s (and Japan’s) most important religious sites.

Address: 2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan

2. Tokyo Skytree 

Standing at 634 meters high, this is the second tallest structure in the world, and in fact, has only just been replaced as number one by the Burj Khalifa. Go up to the top of the observation deck with friends and family and take a picture or two of the impressive skyline. Have a few moments to ponder the panoramic views before you head back down. 

Address: 1 Chome-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida City, Tokyo 131-8634, Japan

3. Tokyo Disneyland 

Take some time out of the ancient collections and head to the magical realm of Disneyland. It doesn’t matter how old you are, you can feel the rush of excitement on the rides and still appease your inner youth by getting pics with Mickey and all the rest of the gang. Feeling like a kid, even when you’ve brought your own along for the ride, never gets old. Have some time out from exploring and get your adrenaline pumping.

Address: 1-1 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba 279-0031, Japan

4. Ueno Onshi Park 

Come to Tokyo’s exquisite park and take a tranquil walk away from the hectic nature of the city. In the cherry blossom season, this park really comes alive with the pink flowers packing the whole park creating a beautiful oasis. Be sure to make time for it if you arrive in the right season.

Address: Japan, 〒110-0007 Tokyo, Taito City, Uenokoen, 8, 5 − 2 0・池之端三丁目

5. Tokyo National Museum 

With a reputation as one of the largest museums in the world, you’ll be more than impressed by what this attraction has to offer. With a collection that holds 110,000 cultural properties from ancient and medieval Japan and an emphasis on the Silk Road, you could easily spend an entire day exploring the museum,

Address: 13-9 Uenokoen, Taito City, Tokyo 110-8712, Japan

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Best Places to Eat in Tokyo

Suffice to say that foodies love Tokyo, and you will too. There are so many options for you to consider that you will be spoilt for choice. From the traditional and conservative Japanese dishes to experimental touches and international establishments, your taste buds will be more than delighted by the range of flavours it will get to savour.

Best Places to Eat in Tokyo
Best Places to Eat in Tokyo

Here are a few of the top restaurants in Tokyo for the first timers & you should definitely try out:

1. Ginza Kojyu

Kaiseki dining is what you can expect here. Its stunning and welcoming interior along with its seasonal menu is enough to entice you and to keep you here for a meal or two. The establishment is never afraid of experimenting with its dishes so you could be looking forward to tasting something extra special. 

Address: Japan, 〒104-0061 Tokyo, Chuo City, Ginza, 5 Chome−4−8 銀座カリオカビル 4F

2. Ishikawa 

With several fixed courses that include an appetizer, soup, sashimi, and a grilled main, you will have much to keep you busy here. The super-stylish interiors are just part of the experience and easily complement the compact design. Drag along a friend or two so you can share the wonderful experience.

Address: Japan, 〒162-0825 Tokyo, Shinjuku City, Kagurazaka, 5−37 高村ビル

3. Joël Robuchon 

Fancy a change from traditional Japanese food? Then this French restaurant could well be your best bet. Enjoy the a la carte menus and range of desserts that this deliciously tailored restaurant serves on a daily basis. If there’s one thing for sure, you won’t be disappointed.

Address: Japan, 〒153-0062 Tokyo, Meguro City, Mita, 1 Chome−13−1 恵比寿ガーデンプレイス内

4. Sukiyabashi Jiro

The former clientele has included Barack Obama and Shinzo Abe so you know this has earned its status as the best restaurant in Tokyo. Come and indulge in a menu that has satisfied world leaders and earns respect from all who dine here. Tasting menus mixed with aromas that will leave you begging for you are what you can expect here.

Address: Japan, 〒104-0061 Tokyo, Chuo City, Ginza, 4 Chome−2−15 塚本総業ビルB1階

5. Sushi Saito 

Love sushi? Then this is where you need to go to get your fix. Arguably one of the top spots in Tokyo for the delicate dish. It has more than earned its Micheli stars and will soon be a firm favourite of yours. Specializing in fine tuna and squid, this is a delight from start to finish.

Address: Japan, 〒106-0032 Tokyo, Minato City, Roppongi, 1 Chome−4−5, ARK Hills South Tower, 1F

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Best Nightclubs in Tokyo

When you’re done with seeing the sights and indulging on incredible food, you will need to wind down and dance the night away with a drink in hand. Tokyo, thankfully, has a range of nightclubs available that will offer the vibes, zingy beats and blasts that will keep you going well into the early hours.

Best Nightclubs in Tokyo
Best Nightclubs in Tokyo

Basement clubs, huge venues and even ones with a pool can all be found in the sprawling city. You will soon see why Tokyo has a reputation for wild nights when you head to the nightclubs below:

1. Contact 

You will find this popular nightclub in the Shibuya neighbourhood, tucked away and waiting to show you an incredible night out. It is one of the most impressive clubs in the whole city so it’s more than worth your time. Party  here until early hours. A hive for techno music, you will be dancing in a place where Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock, Nicolas Jaar and Giorgio Moroder have happily called home; albeit for a few hours.

Address: 12 10, 2-chōme, Dōgenzaka Shibuya City, Tokyo, 150-0043, Japan

2. A-Life 

Found in Roppongi, Tokyo’s top suburb for wild nights out, this astounding venue has three floors and plays popular, if slightly cheesy, music. It’s more than perfect for you and your friends to dance wildly. You will also find that the drinks are reasonably priced too for the neighbourhood thus ensuring that you and your group can have a boozy night. 

Address: 1F, 2 7, 1-chōme, Nishiazabu Minato City, Tokyo, 106-0031, Japan

3. The Room 

A suitable alternative to commercial music, this cool basement has jazz, soul and R&B tunes blasting away. It may be smaller than its competitors but it’s a good pick for when you want calmer tunes that you can sway to as opposed to wild raves. In short, you may find that the tempo here is exactly what you need as opposed to the rapturous affairs of other venues.

Address: 第八東都ビル 19, 15, Sakuragaokachō Shibuya City, Tokyo, 150-0031, Japan

4. AgeHa

Multiple dance floors, the biggest names in electro music, waterfront views and a balcony pool create unparalleled experience that will be difficult to match. More than perfect for big nights out and huge celebrations, you won’t be returning home for a long time. Be prepared for a very sore hangover and ringing ears in the morning.

Address: 10 2, 2 Chome, Shinkiba Kōtō-ku, Tōkyō-to, 136-0082, Japan

5. Harlem 

The best hip-hop club in Tokyo and Japan itself, you can expect many DJs from all over the world to be playing loud tunes and generally creating an incredible vibe. Established acts and new acts are known to grace the stage so be prepared for something new to go alongside the usual beats drops.

Address: Dr.ジーカンス 4, 2, Maruyamachō Shibuya City, Tokyo, 150-0044, Japan

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