Seafood and sushi are big staples of the Japanese diet, but at the Tsukiji Market it is possible for you to see exactly where chefs and restaurants find their catch of the day. Tsukiji is a wholesale fish and seafood market, and it is the largest on the planet. The inner market is where wholesalers purchase seafood in tremendous amounts, but the outer market is where you can snag just enough fish for dinner, or you can dine at sushi restaurants that truly do have the freshest fish possible. For the best chance at experiencing the full bustle of the market, get there early. Most shoppers arrive before dawn, and by mid-morning the whole operation has largely shut down.
In Tokyo’s Ueno District is the Ueno Park, which was built on the lands of a former temple. Designated as a public park toward the end of the 19th century, Ueno is most visited during the spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. However, Ueno Park is an incredible Tokyo attraction throughout the year thanks to the several museums contained within. You’ll also find ponds, shrines, gardens and over 9,000 trees. Ueno Park is free to all and open day or night, making it an incredibly popular spot for both locals and travelers from around the world.
It might come as a surprise to you to find an Eiffel Tower inspired structure in the middle of Tokyo. Yet, there it is! The lattice tower painted in bright orange and white is the second tallest structure in all of Japan, and it is one of the most easily recognizable landmarks in the city. Built in just 1958, Tokyo Tower is primarily used for communication and broadcasting. However, it is possible for you to visit one of the two observation decks, both of which can offer a spectacular view of the city below.