Traveling to a major city like Tokyo can be overwhelming for a first-timer. Tokyo, regarded as one of the most popular destinations in Asia Pacific, is known for its unique cultures, colorful history, modern facilities, lush scenery, and vibrant rural spaces.
If you’re a first-timer in Tokyo, here is a quick guide to the things you should do in Tokyo, from travel basics to the best destinations and experiences in the city.
Get Wi-Fi Access
Before you pack your bag, book your Unlimited 4G Portable Wi-Fi Rental in advance so you can easily search for a location or buy tickets.
Check The Weather First
The best time to go to Tokyo depends on what you wish to do: see cherry blossoms or go skiing?
Spring – March to May
Summer – June to August
Autumn – September to November
Winter – December to February
Learn Basic Greetings
English is not widely used in Japan, but there are signages in English and you can ask your local guide during your tour. You can also use translation apps.
Hajimemashite – How do you do?
Ohayoo gozaimasu – Good morning
Konnichiwa – Good afternoon
Konbanwa – Good evening
Oyasumi nasai – Good night
Sayonara – Good-bye
Know Your Transportation Options
The two airports in Tokyo are Narita International Airport (NRT) and Haneda Airport (HND). You can book a one-way direct private transfer from Narita to Tokyo as well as a one-way direct private transfer from Haneda to Tokyo. If you opt to use public transportation, avail JR East’s Suica Card which you can use to pay for public transport and shopping in selected stores.
If you are using the subway for your DIY travel, you can choose from a 1, 2, or 3 day unlimited Tokyo Metro Pass.
Take A City Tour
Now let’s go to the fun part. As a first-timer in Tokyo, you can easily reach the must-see attractions by riding the Sky Hop Bus. It will take you to different shopping areas, from Ginza Street to the Mitsukoshi department store. Explore the Tokyo Tower, the One Piece Tower, Ueno Park, Senso-ji Temple, among others.
You can also opt for a customized Tokyo Day Tour that will include destinations like Maneki-neko and Daiba Park.
If you have been sitting on the plane or hotel room for hours, try the Private Tokyo Walking Day Tour. Your guide will bring you to the world’s largest wholesale fish and seafood market, Tsukiji Market and introduce you to various Japanese delicacies.
Fun Experiences In Tokyo
Try something a little bit beyond the ordinary for your first time in Tokyo:
- See Tokyo’s historic Asakusa district on a Japanese rickshaw tour.
- Book a Tokyo Ramen Tasting Tour to taste six completely different small bowls of ramen.
- Join a Sumo Wrestling Morning Training Tour to learn about the rituals and rules of the Japanese traditional Sumo culture.
- Check out cherry blossoms in the best vieiwing spots in Tokyo.
- Rent a kimono as you explore the Nakamise Street.
- Meet your favorite characters Hello Kitty, Gudetama, and Pom Pom Purin with your Tokyo Sanrio Puroland or Kyushu Harmonyland Discounted 1-Day Pass.
- Witness the ocean life at Shinagawa Aquarium, a new Aqua Park in Tokyo.
- Visit the Ghibli Museum where you can enjoy exhibits and watch short films from Studio Ghibli at Saturn Theater.
- See views from Mori Tower’s Tokyo City View Observation Deck.
- If you want to see Mt. Fuii, there are day tours that you can book, such as a day tour that departs from Tokyo and also covers a delicious lunch buffet at Fujimatsu Tembo Restaurant with views of the mountain.
Now, you’re all set to see Tokyo. What are you most excited about?