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Things To Do In Tokyo

Updated on April 3, 2013

When trying to decide on a travel destination, it can be somewhat difficult to narrow down your options and decide where you would most like to go. One fantastic option for today's world traveler is to pay a visit to the grand capital city of Tokyo, Japan, where there is a multitude of different tourist attractions, including cultural monuments, works of art, parks, and many other enticing locales.

If culture and art are most interesting to you as a tourist visiting Tokyo, Japan, then you must pay a visit to the Tokyo National Museum, the Shitamachi Museum, and the National Museum of Nature and Science. Within these facilities lies a treasure trove of different art works, artifacts of historical relevance, as well as many other informative exhibits. All of these famed museums can be found within the Ueno Park area of Tokyo.

Tokyo National Museum


Shitamachi Museum


National Museum of Nature and Science


With regard to the weather and climate of Tokyo, Japan, the country is characterized by its humid subtropical climate. This is a type of climate condition that features typically mild winters, and hot humid summers. One important weather characteristic of Tokyo, Japan, is that August does tend to be the warmest month in the country's one-month seasonal lag. This would definitely be something to plan for if you will be visiting during this time of the year. One thing is certain; no matter what time of year you decide to visit, you can rest assured that transportation throughout the city is not going to be a problem. Tokyo has been credited with having one of the best and most efficient mass-transit systems in the world.

Sumo wrestling match. If by chance you happen to be visiting during one of three large tournaments, which take place for a couple weeks in the months of May, January, and September, you simply must stop in to witness a match. The sight of two behemoth Sumo wrestlers battling for dominance is an element of Japanese culture that should not be missed during a visit to Tokyo. Even if it is not tournament season when you are visiting, you could still view a Sumo match at one of the various training venues in Tokyo.

Sumo Wrestling


A more peaceful destination while visiting Tokyo can be found at the Meiji Shrine, which is Tokyo's most prominent Shinto shrine. It is a beacon of serenity, as well as a source of rich Japanese cultural heritage; easily distinguishable from many other Asian worship places by its more reserved and low-key aesthetic design (as opposed to being colorful and flashy). While paying a visit to the Meiji Shrine, it is entirely possible that you will witness a beautiful wedding ceremony in process, or some other type of religious or spiritual activities.

Meiji Shrine


After you've visited some of these cultural attractions that Tokyo, Japan has to offer, you may wind to unwind and collect yourself in one of Tokyo's beautiful parks. One of the more popular and beautiful parks in Tokyo is Yoyogi park. Admission is free, and the park is open from dawn until dusk.

Here's to hoping you have a great time in Tokyo and have the opportunity to experience at least some of these great attractions.

Experiencing, Tokyo, Japan


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