10 Famous Things In Tokyo, Japan

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Swadeep Singh
Swadeep Singh 
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We all are aware that Tokyo is the capital and the largest city in Japan. It already looks huge with just its urban population, but it appears enormous if we can take the Greater Tokyo Region to the consideration. With the permanent population of over 38 million people, this region is by far the most populous metropolitan area of the world. Since there are several countries with a lower population than Greater Tokyo, it’s easy to assume that this city should be having a nation like characteristics. There will be many sides of this city, with the major part still under concealment. Anyway, let’s make the troubles easier for the first time visitors. With this list, we are sharing an index of the famous things in Tokyo, Japan. Scroll the page to know more about them, and try to experience most of them when you get there.

1. Harajuku fashion

Harajuku Fashion Street
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This kaleidoscopic clothing style is now a signature fashion trend in Japan. But not many people know this fact, that Harajuku is an oppressive outcome of the rigid societal standards of older Japan. And it is now fair to say that many fashions have come and faded, but this vivid dressing remained unaffected. This trend is nothing, but an intense form of wearing distinct costumes, which could represent anything from gothic to anime characters. And the best part is, no one is being judgemental here and there is no age restriction. So anyone or any age can wear whatever they like, be it the XL size toddler dresses or a combination of 10 different outfits.

2. Tsukiji fish market

Tsukiji fish market 5
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Just some years back, Tsukiji Fish Market was a prime attraction for the westerners as they could witness the early morning fish auctions. The auctioning operations have stopped here now, but Tsukiji is still the favorite fish market for the locals and the visitors. It’s the best place in Tokyo to have the freshest of seafood. Fish is the main meal in a Japanese house, and they sure know the different cooking styles. So while you’re in Tokyo, you’re at the opportunity to have the best oceanic produces like tuna, octopus, and squids. If you find the cleaning and cooking complicated, there are so many restaurants that are ready to prepare all that for your dinner.

Tsukiji Market

Address: 5 Chome-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0045

Website: Tsukiji Market

Opening hours: 5am - 2pm (daily)

3. Tokyo nightlife

Tokyo city nightlife
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Tokyo is not a city that ceases after dark, but in fact, the high proportion of youngers of this city would raise after the nightfall. This city has given the illegal street races/drifts events to the world, which we have seen in Need For Speed games and Tokyo Drift movie. Now, we have no intentions to advise you to search for something like that in Tokyo, we just wanted to convey the message that this city has two faces for day and night. Anyway, we do recommend visiting the karaoke bars and nightclubs; most of which would usually remain open until the sunrise. Ginza, Roppongi, Shibuya, and Shinjuku has the most popular clubs.

4. Refined transport system

Shinkansen tokyo
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This island country is sitting right over the Pacific’s ring of fire, the paramount tectonic fault line of the world. It’s also very obvious that Japan receives the highest number of earthquakes and tsunamis, but this fact will amaze you that their transport system stays unaffected most of the time. They have this world record for having the shortest delay system with their subway rail network. Statistical data from 2007 shows that the average delay was mere 18 seconds, isn’t that incredible? Well, Japan has the most disciplined transport system and it’s not limited to just the railways, its bus network is also very punctual. So the next time you’re in Tokyo, rely on the transport network because you wouldn’t miss any program because of it.

5. Japanese cuisine

Kaiseki - Kyoto
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Ask any of your friends about Japanese cuisine, and they wouldn’t say a new word other than sushi sashimi or rice. But you do understand that a great nation wouldn’t have just these three foods, correct? Learn about Japanese food culture when you land in Tokyo. Unlike other parts of the world, the Japanese give too much stress about the freshness of their food. That is why they would only use seasonal things and prefer buying the ingredients just hours before cooking. Maybe that is their secret of long life and the lowest number of heart attacks. By the way, Ramen, Unagi, Tempura, Kaiseki, and Shabu-Shabu are popular foods for a Japanese.

6. Cleanliness

KEEP CLEAN sign in Japan
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Regardless of the ever emerging calamities, Japan stands among the cleanest countries of the world. Do you know why? According to us, there are three possible reasons, let’s check it out if you feel the same as we do. The first reason is related to their Shinto belief; the Japanese say that their god wouldn’t visit a place/house which is filthy. Another reason is related to their history, this country wasn’t always that clean or advanced, the old generation has witnessed severe disasters and the simultaneous epidemics due to filth. Which is why a Japanese house would teach the importance of cleanliness to a child at a very young age. The final reason might be the self-centered greed of the citizens, ‘cleanliness’ is their national pride now and they would do everything to keep this honor with their motherland.

7. Shrines

Sensō-ji Temple
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Shrines are equally important for the Japanese as cathedrals are to a Christian, thus pay attention to this information. Tokyo is the most important city of this country and obviously, you will visit shrines here, Meiji Jingu, Senso-Ji Temple, and Asakusa Shrine are some popular venues. Although such religious sites are supposed to be visited for only ritual practice; Japanese shrines are so beautiful that people from different belief would also pay a visit. The experience not only refills the body with the positivity, but every shrine is picturesque. Just be cautious about the behavioral rules, because you wouldn’t want to offend a foreign culture.

8. The Mori Tower Observation Deck

Mori Tower Observation Deck
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While there are even higher observation decks on skyscrapers around the world, none is as special as the lookout on the Mori Tower. Unlike other platforms where you would be gazing the city from behind the glass panels, the observation post on the Mori Tower is open to 360-degree views. It’s built directly above the roof of this building, giving you the citysights on all the sides. So there is either this building or a helicopter, that offer you the entire Greater Tokyo views. But since it is thoroughly open, the staff would halt the spectators as soon as the weather turns unfavorable. Thus, better book the ticket after checking the weather forecast.

Mori Tower Observation Deck

Address: 6 Chome-10-1 Roppongi, Minato City, Tokyo 106-0032

Website: Mori Tower Observation Deck

Opening hours: 11am - 8pm (daily)

Price: 16 USD onwards

9. Shibuya Crossing

Shibuya Crossing
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Hopefully, you remember the scene from the movie Tokyo Drift (2006) - when D.K. was chasing Sean and Han. And then Sean somehow drifted this car to the left into that massively crowded pedestrian crossing, only to make us anexious as hell. Well that is the signature attraction of Tokyo - the Shibuya Crossing. Look any travel guide on TV or the internet, they would surely deliver the glimpse of this crossing, even if it for just one second. We understand that a crossing wouldn’t deliver much to a tourist, but watching 2000+ people at a time crossing this four-way zebra crossing is indeed mesmerizing. You definitely want to click pictures and shot some time-lapse videos here, so bookmark this place for your Tokyo guide.

Shibuya Crossing

Address: 2 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0043

Opening hours: 24/7

Price: Free

10. Cherry blossoms

Cherry blossom at Ueno park
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Cherry blossoms are Japan’s national flower and a Japanese house has to welcome the spring with Hanami at least once, it’s in their tradition. This event is nothing but a family picnic beneath the cherry blossoms trees during day or night. You might have seen some images of blooming cherry blossom trees, but we’d like to enlighten the fact to you that it has about 200 varieties of the same in different colors. Tokyo has so many parks where you can have the full taste of Hanami, the most popular gardens are - Shinjuku Gyoen, Ueno Park, Chidorigafuchi, Sumida Park, Yoyogi Park, Meguro River, and KoIshikawa Korakuen. The trees start flowering between March and April.

Read this too if it’s your first time in Japan

Tokyo city nightlife
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Though this country is similar to any other country in the world, there are a few things you need to know before you land in Japan. The first tip is to learn some basic phrases, it’s not like the people do not understand English but speaking a little Japanese would definitely make your interaction more fruitful with the locals. The best time to visit is between April to June, when the climate is pleasant. And finally, be prepared that you’re visiting a country that gets the most earthquakes in the world. Thus, don’t get paranoid if you feel a small tremor, because most structures are earthquake-proof here. However, you should follow the earthquake survival guide when the shakes are strong.

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Nicknamed Bobby, Swadeep Singh is a businessman since 2013, but he has forever been a writer. Traveling places never makes him exhausted, that is why he never say no to any travel plan. If he’s not...Read more

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