10 Things To Do In Tokyo

There’s an endless amount of things to do in Tokyo. It’s huge with probably about 10 different ‘downtowns’ and you can pretty much get lost just wandering around. But I’ve come up with the 10 things I recommend (the places I always take people) and a few of the common sites I think are skippable.

 Please feel free to add ideas or give your opinion in the comments!


 Asakusa is a really old temple complex in the heart of Tokyo. It’s very ‘touristy’ but it’s a great place to take people who are new to Japan. You can get the temple experience and there are a lot of places to buy good souvenirs and little gifts. Also, there is some awesome tempura nearby.

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Kameido Gyoza Is Absolutely Awesome

This weekend I went with some gyozafriends to Kameido (亀戸) Station, which is in an area of Tokyo known as Shitamachi. Shitamachi is kind of the old Edo-era Tokyo with its sumo arenas, old temples, and shady entertainment districts. Kameido is a mini-Chinatown, and it’s famous for… yup, Chinese food.

We went to a restaurant to eat the legendary Kameido gyoza (餃子 – Chinese-style dumplings). The place was a tiny closet (what do you expect) on a twisty, centuries-old road run entirely by crazy old Chinese ladies. There was one guy in the place and it was his job to fry plate after plate of gyoza. Meanwhile, the ladies walked around glaring at people, shouting at each other, and bringing plates of hot, crispy dumplings.
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