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10 essential places to visit in Tokyo

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This list of places to visit in Tokyo It will help you to design a route with which you will not miss anything important, from one of the most interesting cities in the world.
Active city 24 hours a day, Tokyo is perfect to visit markets, parks or temples during the day and end the day walking among neons and billboards in neighborhoods such as Akihabara, Shinjuku or Shibuya.
You should keep in mind that the best way to get around Tokyo is to use its efficient and extensive metro network, similar to a large underground city, with which you can reach all the tourist attractions and important points of the city.
And although we know that travel attractions are highly valued, in a city like Tokyo, you cannot forget to try its extensive and varied cuisine such as sushi, sashimi, ramen, okonomiyaki, tempura or yakisoba, which will delight your palate.
Based on our experience in the 6 days we spent in the city during the trip to Japan for free and the 10 of our last trip, in which we wrote this guide to travel to Japan, we have made a selection of what we think, are the 10 essential places to see in Tokyo. We start!

1. Akihabara

Akihabara, known as the electronic neighborhood and one of the most essential places to visit in Tokyo, brings together thousands of followers of manga, anime, video games and computers every day, to all kinds of sophisticated accessories, which will leave you speechless.
Although these types of items can be found in other neighborhoods of Tokyo, the number of stores that are concentrated around the Akihabara station and the main street Chuo-Dori, is incomparable, in addition to the environment that is created around, so It is highly recommended to spend a few hours in this corner of the city.
If you can choose the day, one of the best things to do in Tokyo, is to walk around Akihabara on Sunday or holidays, since throughout the day its streets become pedestrian and you can enjoy much more the experience of seeing you surrounded by numerous Advertising signs and neon lights.
Another reason why Akihabara is also known is for his maid cafes, coffee shops where the waitresses are disguised as maids, who will take you to the geek side of the neighborhood.
Other different experiences that you can enjoy in this area are those of sleeping in a capsule hotel or taking pictures in a «Purikura Cosplay«, With special filters in which it will appear that you are coming out of a comic or manga series.
A good option to not miss anything about Akihabara is to book this guided tour in Spanish or this tour through the most freaky Tokyo that takes place in this neighborhood and are considered among the best excursions in Tokyo.

The Akihabara neighborhood can be easily reached by several lines such as JR Yamanote, JR Keihin-Tohoku, JR Sobu (all included in the JR Pass) or the Hibiya metro line and the Tsukuba Express, not included in the JRP.


2. The Sensoji Temple

Sensoji, our favorite and oldest temple in the city, is another of the must-see places in Tokyo.
The best way to enter this Buddhist temple, located in the Asakusa neighborhood, is to cross its impressive Kaminarimon gate, which highlights a huge red lantern and statues of gods on each side, which have made it one of Typical photos of the city.
Something to keep in mind is that there are usually a lot of people, so we recommend you arrive very soon if you don't want to see yourself surrounded by a crowd.
Inside the Sensoji Temple, the beautiful five-story pagoda and the Hondo main hall stand out, as well as several rooms, shrines, bells, doors, temples, statues and a garden that will delight every traveler.
Next to the temple, between the Kaminarimon and Hozomon gates is Nakamise Street, one of the oldest shopping streets in all of Japan, where you can enjoy a pleasant walk along its 250 meters of street and more than 90 shops, which you They will show the whole range of sourvenirs that you can take as a souvenir of your trip.
A good option to not miss anything about the Asakusa neighborhood is to book this tour with a guide in Spanish that also includes the Akihabara neighborhood.
To get to the Asakusa station stop, located near the temple, you can take the JR Yamanote line from Tokyo or JR Chuo station from Shinjiku (included in the JR Pass). You have to change at the Kanda station to get to the Ginza metro line.
Another option is to take the water bus of the Sumida River line.
Visiting hours of the main hall: every day from 6 am to 5 pm, the rest of the temple is always open.

Ginza

If you do not want to pay commissions when taking money from ATMs in Japan and always have the current exchange, we recommend using the N26 card to pay and the BNEXT card to take money, our two favorite cards for travel.
You can find much more information in the post of the best cards to travel without commissions.

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