5 Best Things to Do in Tokyo

Immerse yourself in Tokyo's local culture by visiting these must see places

As the 2016 Rio Olympics finished up (be sure to check out the 10 Best Beaches in Rio), everyone's wondering where the 2020 summer Olympics will be held. The answer: Tokyo. Event tickets will likely go on sale 1-2 years in advance, so it's never too early to start planning your trip!

Our top picks for the best things to do in Tokyo:

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1. Pretend you're in Paris. The Eiffel Tower-inspired Tokyo Tower is the second tallest structure in Japan. Used for communications and observation, the tower boasts two observations and FootTown, directly below the tower, houses restaurants and shops.Shutterstock
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2. Embrace the crowds. Stop outside Shibuya Station and join the masses as you experience the famous Shibuya Crossing. The streets go in various criss-crossing directions and all the lights turn red at the same time, enabling the hoard of pedestrians to cross en masse. Not into all the chaos? Head to the nearby second-story Starbucks and observe from afar.Shutterstock
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3. Experience history. Visiting enchanting historical sites is always one of the best things to do in Tokyo. Located in Asakusa town, the Senso-ji temple is Tokyo's oldest temple. Many seasonal events such as the Hozuki Market and the Hagoita Market are held there.Shutterstock
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4. Get your sushi fix. Tokyo's famous Tsukiji market is more than just a fish market. Arrive in the early hours to watch the tuna auctions or have sushi for breakfast. Yes, breakfast. And lunch. After all, you're in Japan.Shutterstock
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5. Get out of town. July to mid September is the official climbing season for Mt. Fuji (shown). It's not a technically difficult climb, but it's a long one and inexperienced hikers may want to consider hiring a guide. Looking for something more laid back? Head to Okinawa to check out the local cat cafes.Shutterstock