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How To Show Tokyo Visitors A Good Time

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Tokyo Writer
Updated: 27 October 2017
Rediscover Tokyo with fresh eyes by showing your friends and family the best of this amazing city. From shrines and modern landmarks to shopping and dining, the beautiful outdoors, and ancient sporting events – Japan’s capital has something for everyone.

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.

Café on the Tokyo Skytree Tembo Observation Deck
Café on the Tokyo Skytree Tembo Observation Deck | © Guilhem Vellut/Flickr

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.