Things to Do in Tokyo – a Definitive Guide

In a city so vast, deciding where to start can be difficult. With our definitive guide to things to do in Tokyo, however, it's a breeze.

Does size matter? When it comes to Tokyo – we say yes. The most populous city on earth is a hive of things to see and do; its every pore dripping with entertainment, fun, history and culture to an unrivaled extent. 

Are we overdoing it? Quite possibly. Nevertheless, things to do in Tokyo are seemingly endless and potentially overwhelming to a tourist on a tight schedule. To help you sift through the Tokyo tourism quagmire, we’ve put together a definitive guide to the top attractions, sights and sounds of the city to help you find your footing and make the most of everything the megalopolis has to give. 

We’ll start by running you through each season in the Japanese capital before moving on to guides for things to do in Tokyo for free, on a budget, at night, when it rains and with a family. All bases are covered. 

Things to Do in Tokyo in Spring

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Japan’s cherry blossoms (sakura) attract millions each spring. However, spring in Japan is much more than this. Its festivals, seasonal activities and food also make it into arguably the best time of year to visit the country. We’ve got the definitive guide to spring in Japan’s capital, packed full of things to do and see. 

Things to Do in Tokyo in Summer 

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Photo Credit: Azlan DuPree via Flickr cc

Summer in Tokyo can be hot and unrelentingly humid, but it’s also the season for top festivals, folk dancing, mountain hikes and enjoying a cold beer on a city rooftop (among much more). If you’re looking for things do in Tokyo during summer 2016, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got a full guide to what you should be doing in the summer sun, all right here!

Things to Do in Tokyo in Autumn

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Autumn is particularly special in Japan. As the unbearable summer heat vanishes and the leaves begin to change, being outside for long periods becomes less of a daunting prospect and people are happy to take advantage of the fact. 

We’ve put together a complete guide to making the most of autumn in the Japanese capital. From festivals and food to sumo and gaming, don’t miss out on any of it. 

Things to Do in Tokyo in Winter 

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Photo Credit: Dick Thomas Johnson via Flickr cc

Tokyo can be quite a dreary place in winter if you don’t know what you’re doing. We’re here to help you find your groove in the Japanese capital as the weather turns cold by introducing you to some of the best activities and festivities the city has to offer.  

Things to Do in Tokyo at Night

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Bored on a Friday night in Tokyo? Don’t fret, our guide will provide you with a myriad of options. It’s much more than just nightlife: there’s shopping, soaking in an onsen and even climbing a mountain. With our list of 17 things to do, you’ll never be bored in Tokyo at night ever again.

Things to Do in Tokyo for Free

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Photo Credit: Dan Moyle via Flickr cc

Tokyo can be very expensive and make you wish you’d planned ahead a little more. The Japanese are well-versed in finding coupons online, hunting out sales or simply getting advice from forums to find the cheapest places. This is, of course, hard for tourists to do. That’s where we come in with out list of the very best things to do in Tokyo for free. 

Things to Do in Tokyo on a Budget

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If you haven’t quite run out of yen but could do with cutting down on costs, out 11 budget options for things to do in Tokyo could be your savior. The notoriously expensive Tokyo doesn’t have to be so – if you’re smart.  

Things to Do in Tokyo Alone 

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Photo Credit: Satish Krishnamurthy via Flickr cc

Solo traveling is pretty in vogue these days, a choice that allows you to go at your own pace, indulge your own interests and embrace a luxurious selfishness. We’ve got some general advice on the city, a guide to accommodation options, some sightseeing highlights especially suited to when you’re alone and even the best places to dine out solo, all right here. 

Things to Do in Tokyo with a Family

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Every corner of Tokyo offers unique attractions for tourists. So much so it can be hard to decide where to start. We’ve put together a definitive list of the best things to do and see in Tokyo with a family to help you out. 

Things to Do in Tokyo When it Rains 

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Photo Credit: Takayuki Miki (三木貴幸) via Flickr cc

Even in the summer, unexpected rain can put a damper on your Tokyo plans. Summer rain is pretty common and can be severe, but, luckily for you, Tokyo has you covered for such a turn of events. The Japanese capital is overflowing with things to do when in rains – from a spot of shopping to a hit of culture – whatever takes your fancy. 

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Whilst it may be tempting to skip sleep in Tokyo – we recommend you get some rest at some point. We’ve got you covered for this, too:

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Jack Heslehurst

Jack Heslehurst

Tokyo-based writer and editor, originally from the UK, with a special interest in politics, history and travel.



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