- Tokyo is a fascinating city made up of a diverse collection of unique neighbourhoods, each with their own attractions like the Tsukiji Fish Market, Ueno Park and many more. Over at our Hostelworld.com Facebook page, we asked you for your insider tips for visiting this captivating Japanese city, with the best answers winning a free Hostelworld.com Gold Card worth $10. Here’s what you told us...
Check out the Tsukiji Fish Market
Davina Pirro says:
Eat sushi at Tsukiji Market at 7 in the morning!
Jane Darcy says:
Go to the fish market, great experience although a bit early! And make sure you’ve got enough cash with ya as there aren’t many atms! So hard to find one
One of the largest and most exciting markets of its kind in the world, Tsukiji Fish Market is a very popular spot with early-rising visitors to Tokyo. The market, which begins in the wee hours of the morning, sells around 400 different types of seafood. This ranges from top of the line caviar to cheap yet tasty sardines. Most of the fish-related dealings take place in the inner market, but that’s not all there is to see here. You can also visit the outer market, which is home to many more stalls selling vegetables, chopsticks and lots more.
Location: 5-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 5am-11am, closed Sundays and some Wednesdays; closed December 10th, 2009 – January 23rd 2010.
Head to Coins Bar
Avinder Gill says:
Coins bar in Shibuya, they play movies on screens and everything on the menu is 300 yen!!
Coins Bar serves up cheap drinks and great value food, making it popular with both locals and visitors. Spirits, cocktails and plenty more are all on the very affordable drinks menu, while a live DJ often provides the tunes. The venue hosts a number of private parties so it’s worth checking ahead to make sure you don’t arrive on a night when it’s already booked up!
Location: Noah Shibuya Building, 36-1 Udagawacho , Shibuya-ku.
Enjoy Tokyo’s numerous festivals and fairs
Clara Barcucci says:
Go visit any matsuri (fair) and you can eat any kind of traditional foods (except sushi!) straight from the stalls at really low prices (200-1000 yen) while enjoying a great "traditional" atmosphere :) (They take place in parks at fixed holidays throughout the year so you need to get to know those dates)
Tokyo celebrates numerous festivals or ‘matsuri’ throughout the year, including Ganjitsu (New Year’s Day), Sanja Matsuri (May), and many more. Fairs are often held in conjunction with these festivals at various locations throughout the city. And at the fairs you’ll find everything from food stalls to handcrafts.
Win Fang Fang says:
I had visited Tokyo on last March still impressive the Cherry Blossom. So, Next year will visited again hope to find that in Ueno Park.
Cherry-blossom viewing is incredibly popular with visitors to Japan. In Tokyo, Ueno Park is one of the best places to witness this beautiful natural spectacle. The park has plenty of other attractions to offer too, including Ueno Zoo, which is the country’s oldest zoo. It’s also home to some great museums like the National Science Museum, the Tokyo National Museum and the National Museum of Western Art. So even out of cherry-blossom season, you’ll find plenty to keep you busy in this first-rate park.
Location: Next to JR Ueno Station.
Opening hours: Daily, 24 hours.
Waylon Kenning says:
Take a day trip to Enoshima to escape the madness - just a quick ride on the Tokaido line to Ofuna, then a hanging Monorail to Enoshima. Hot tip - turn left at the station, not right.
Enoshima is an island located over an hour south of Tokyo. Especially popular in the summer, the island is home to a beautiful beach area. While here, you can also check the Enoshima Shrine and the Enoshima Aquarium. There’s also an observation tower on the island, which affords visitors with stunning views of the Pacific.
Stroll through Yoyogi Park
John Rosenblad says:
Sundays at Yoyogi Park: Watching Rockabilly Dancers, playing Catch, listening to Music or just People Watching
A short walk from Harajuku Station, Yoyogi Park is one of the city’s largest parks. Home to plenty of green areas, trees, ponds and more, it’s a beautiful spot for a walk. The park is also a favourite with some of Tokyo’s more interesting characters, especially on Sundays when local bands play around the park’s perimeter, people practice martial arts, and a host of performers entertain the crowds.
Location: Kamizonocho, Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku.
Opening hours: Daily, May-Sept 5am-8pm, Oct-Apr 5am-5pm.
Cover lots of ground by taking the subway
XiaoMing Zhao says:
Joseph Anderson says:
Learn some of the language, and culture. Then cover as much area as you can, while also trying to dodge some packed trains during rush-hour-
Morna Stickings says:
And yes avoid Shinjuku station at rush hour - tis scary stuff
Tokyo is a pretty huge city, and to experience the unique culture, attractions and atmosphere offered by its various districts, you’ll need an efficient and easy to use mode of public transport. So, take the subway! Operated by both Tokyo Metro and Toei, trains run on more than 10 lines throughout the city. Many of the city’s main attractions are easily reachable by subway, and in each station you’ll find colour-coded maps to help you decide which route to take. Then all you have to do is decide what you want to see first! Keep in mind that some of the trains and particular stations can be incredibly busy at rush hour.