• Kathryn Rowan

5 Must-See Places To Put On Your Tokyo Itinerary

Tokyo is a massive metropolis with a lifetime's worth of must-see locations. Most visitors only have a few days to experience as much as they can, so here are 5 places to make sure to put on your itinerary for your time in Tokyo.

5. The National Art Center, Tokyo

The National Art Center, Tokyo is home to an ever changing collection of art. Instead of having a permanent collection, the venue hosts a variety of exhibitions. It is wise to check their website to see what will be on display during your visit. The building itself is a beautiful display of design and architecture. Even if you don't venture into the many galleries, walking the common space is an inspired way to spend an afternoon.

4. Shibuya Crossing

Shibuya Crossing is known as one of the busiest intersections in the world. At peak times, upwards of 3,000 people cross at once. The controlled chaos is a must-see. Tip- view the crossing from the Starbucks located across from the train station. Buy a drink or a snack and take a seat on the second story in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows. There you can watch the motion in comfort. Here is a time-lapse video I captured from the Starbucks:

3. Godzilla Road

While in Shinjuku, make your way over to the Hotel Gracery. Here you can find a giant Godzilla looking over the street below (you can see his head just left of the Hotel Gracery sign). In the afternoons you can even hear it roar! If you're staying at the hotel, you can get an up-close view of Godzilla. If not, the street view is just as fun.

2. Harajuku Neighborhood

Walking the streets of the Harajuku neighborhood is an absolute must for anyone visiting Tokyo. Here you will find trendy shopping, thrift stores, themed cafes, and Purikura shops (Japanese photo booths with fun filters).

1. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is a large park in the heart of Tokyo. It is home to over 20,000 trees and is beautiful in every season. Within the park, there are gardens, a traditional tea house, a pond, and plenty of open space to take in the fresh air. As you walk the park, you can catch glimpses of Tokyo's skyscrapers as they peek above the trees. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is a great place to spend a quiet afternoon away from the crowds and busy streets of Tokyo.

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