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Essential Things to Do

Baseball Game

I attended a Yomiuri Giants game twice with my Grandfather in Tokyo and had a wonderful time. You don’t need to be a baseball fan to relax and take in the sights. It is interesting to note the organized cheering which extends throughout the entire game. Also, you can order food and drink from cute girls who climb the steps of the stadium featuring a variety of goods.

We bought our tickets the day of the game at the stand outside of the stadium and had no trouble and didn’t have to wait in line very long. This is a great low-key activity since it doesn’t involve much movement on your part. Baseball has also become ingrained in Japanese culture and in this sense, can be seen as a cultural experience as you will notice differences between an American baseball game and a Japanese one.

Shinto Shrine/Buddhist Temple

These often somber buildings make up the religious side of Japan. If you are going all the way to Japan, you should see a few temples or shrines. You will be surprised to find small shrines and temples tucked away in the urban setting of Tokyo. There are, of course, much bigger temples and shrines which are often tourist attractions located throughout the city.

Take in the burning incense, go up and pray and throw some coins in to the box to get the full effect.

Karaoke

In the United States, karaoke usually means standing in a room full of strangers belting out your favorite songs. Not so in Japan. In Tokyo, you can find karaoke places everywhere and they feature private rooms where you can sing with your friends. You control which song you want through a remote control and can order a variety of drinks and foods, as well.

There are many American songs featured so don’t worry, you’ll be sure to find something to sing. Karaoke is one of the biggest sources of entertainment for Japanese people and is a great all around experience.

Shibuya Crossing

If you come all the way to Tokyo, you probably already know it is a monstrosity of a city. So, why not check it out in its fullness? Go to Shibuya and you will find Shibuya Crossing where hundreds if not thousands are known to cross at a single time during its peak hours.

Many people set up cameras to film the action and you can take pictures, too, by standing on nearby objects to get higher up to see.

Fish Market

The fish market’s action takes place in the morning so if you are still jet lagged, this can be a great activity since you will be awake at the hours that it is operating. The fish market is in Tsukiji and you will be overwhelmed by the amount of fish available for purchase and the amount of movement going on. It is a sight to behold.

Harajuku on a Weekend

If you want to see Tokyo’s more expressive side, check out Harajuku on a weekend. This is the time when, often young, Japanese will dress up in all sorts of costumes and clothing and hang out in Harajuku. It is also a shopping district so you can duck in and out of the clothing stores to check out the wares.

Conveyor Belt Sushi

One of the must-see activities of Japan is conveyor belt sushi. This is where you sit at a table next to a moving conveyor belt that moves dishes of sushi about the restaurant. If you see something appetizing, all you have to do is grab the plate off the conveyor belt and eat it. Your bill will be added up at the end of your meal based on the plates that you have chosen.

For me, this was always the best way to get my fill of sushi that I wanted to eat since I could have the same fish as many times as I pleased.

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