My Favourite Things To Do in Tokyo
Tsukiji Fish Market
Billed as the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world, Tsukiji began its operations in 1935 and garnered international attention during Japan’s economic growth in the 1980s, when the world found itself fascinated with Japanese cuisine. It makes a great early morning activity if you find yourself fighting off jet lag after a long flight. (On my last trip, I woke up at 4:30 on the first day!)
After the hustle and bustle of the market (to say nothing of the smell), you might find yourself in need of some fresh air. The courtyard at the Meiji Shrine, dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shōken, offers terrific green space that will provide a little serenity amidst the chaotic capital.
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Starting at the entrance to the Meiji shrine, Omotesando is sort of like Tokyo’s answer to the Champs-Élysées, a gorgeous tree-lined avenue known to showcase flagship stores designed by avant garde architects—quite spectacular, especially for those with an eye for architecture. While in the area, I highly recommend a lunch at Intersect, the restaurant designed by Lexus. (Read more about it here.)
Scai The Bathouse
Housed within Kashiwayu, a 200-year-old public bath, Scai was converted to an art gallery in 1993 and has since become a launching pad for some of Japan’s most avant garde artists. In addition to its unique and remarkable exhibitions, the house itself is a site not to be missed, with a gorgeous tiled roof and towering chimney.
Mori Art Museum
Not only does the museum feature some incredible contemporary art exhibitions, but it also offers some amazing views of Tokyo from its perch on the 53rd floor of the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower.
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Trip Designer Orsolya Kako plans experiential and in-depth excursions to locales as varied as Japan, Morocco and Iceland from her home base in Toronto. Her name gets butchered a lot, but she’ll usually respond to “Ursula.”