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Top 10 things to do in Tokyo – tour the imperial city

Technology-driven, this modern city of Tokyo has much to offer in the name of the ultra-modern lifestyle. Call it ultra-modern, but you will get to experience a rich tradition as well in this city.

1

Tsukiji fish market

Tsukiji fish market

Considered to be the largest as well as the busiest fish market in the world, here you will get to see many sushi breakfast counters. The major attraction of the market is its tuna auction, for which you need to reach there before 5 am. At times public is not allowed access to this auction. The market is in central Tokyo between the Sumida River and the up market Ginza shopping district. Tsukiji's outer market is a labyrinth of streets full of fresh seafood stalls. They also sell items like wasabi. Sashimi knives and bowls could also be purchased here.

2

Sumo

Sumo

Originated in Japan, this used to be an important ritual in the ancient imperial court. A sumo player puts on a ceremonial apron over a loincloth. If it is a professional tournament, you will not miss some classy sumo moves. On weekends sumo halls are full of cheerful crowds who will not hesitate to respond when the competition reaches a climax. If you are interested in sumo yourself, you may get hold of an early morning session at a beya (Japanese for sumo stable). Sessions usually kick off at 6 am and will be over by 9 am.

3

Meiji shrine

Meiji shrine

Meiji shrine, a noted Shinto shrine, is built in memory of a 19th century emperor who was responsible for opening Japan to the west. Before prayer, you need to purify yourself washing your hands and mouth in the water tank. Don't miss a traditional wedding procession or two on Sundays.

4

Yoyogi Park in Shibuya-ku

Yoyogi Park in Shibuya-ku

Yoyogi Park is a ground for many rehearsal sessions. This park has a cycling centre too, which rents out cycles. Of course you are not supposed to miss an ice cream and beer.

5

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

This garden is so beautiful when the cherry blossom season kicks off between March and April. For a shopaholic, there is Times Square and Kinokuniya bookstore. This is the ideal place to buy English translations of Japanese Manga.

6

Roppongi Hills complex

Roppongi Hills complex

This complex has a garden, a cinema, shops, cafés and restaurants. On the 52nd floor, you can buy a ticket to enter Mori Art Museum, which exhibits uncanny items. A photographer is also available to photograph you with the Tokyo Tower behind.

7

Shibuya station

Shibuya station

Get to a Starbucks, and experience how organized this whole city is. As traffic lights turn to red for the vehicles, the commuters will rush to make it to the other sides of the road. By the station is Tokyu Food Show, which offers a wide range of local cuisines such as grilled eel, fried pork, tiny fish salad, octopus on a stick and seafood-and-rice seaweed wraps.

8

Saiki

Saiki

This is a traditional Japanese pub which also offers raw vegetables with miso. Its interior is wooden with less space. Seating arrangements are not that convenient with only a few seats.

9

Buri

Buri

This place is well known for its sake. This place does not offer any English cuisine, and therefore is seen as an ideal place to try a traditional Japanese menu.

10

Karaoke

Karaoke

Karaoke is very much a private event at times in a Japanese hotel. However you can get along with the Japanese to try a Karaoke round while residing at Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo.