Scale Tokyo Skytree
Since it edged out Tokyo Tower as the city’s favorite observatory in 2012, Tokyo Skytree has become a favorite weekend destination for locals and visitors alike. It’s not only home to a multi-level shopping center, the Sora-machi, at its feet, but the Sumida Aquarium and Observation Deck ensure there’s something here for everyone to enjoy. Can’t stand the crowds? Try the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building observatories instead.
Watch a Sumo Match
The ancient sport of sumo has been practiced in Japan for centuries. It also has yet to catch on overseas, making it a uniquely Japanese experience. Buy grand tournament tickets on the official Japanese Sumo Association website. Or, if the timing is off, hang out at a stable like Arashio in the early morning to see the greats practicing to stay in top form.