#01 Sumo

Witness the titanic clashes of wrestling giants at the National Sumo Stadium in Ryōgoku.

#02 Asakusa

Home to old craft shops, traditional inns, and the bustling Sensō-ji temple.

#03 National Art Center

Set aside a chunk of time to explore this enormous gallery, a highlight of the so-called Roppongi Art Triangle.

#04 Kamakura

Japan’s ancient seaside capital offers great walks between temples and shrines, plus a giant bronze Buddha that you can clamber inside.

#05 Traditional performing arts

Enjoy kabuki, nō and bunraku puppetry at the National Theatre, Kabukiza Theatre or Shimbashi Embujō.

#06 Sushi

There are innumerable places in which to scoff delectable raw fish – don’t leave without giving it a try.

#07 Rikugi-en

A quintessential Japanese-style garden designed to reflect scenes from ancient Japanese poetry.

#08 Contemporary art galleries

Discover fresh talent at Design Festa Gallery and 3331 Arts Chiyoda, as well as commercial spaces such as the Agata Takezawa building.

#09 Nikkō

The dazzling Tōshō-gū shrine is the star turn of this quiet mountain town, surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside in the land.

#10 Golden Gai

It’s amazing how many bars are squeezed into this corner of neon-soaked Kabukichō – getting to and from your seat can resemble a game of Twister.

#11 Hanami parties

Pack a picnic and make for the falling blossoms in Ueno Park, around the Imperial Palace moat or along the Meguro-gawa.

#12 Onsen bath

Soak in an old neighbourhood bathhouse such as the Jakotsu-yu or at the resort-like spa complex of Ōedo Onsen Monogatari in Odaiba.

#13 Meiji-jingū

Enjoy one of the many annual festivals or regular wedding ceremonies held at Tokyo’s most venerable Shinto shrine.

#14 Harajuku

Trawl the boutiques of Cat Street, dive into crowded Takeshita-dōri, or take tea in a treehouse café.

#15 Ghibli museum

Most visitors will have seen at least one Studio Ghibli anime – get behind the scenes at this imaginative museum.

#16 Nezu Museum

Housed in one of Tokyo’s most impressive pieces of modern architecture, this repository of Asian arts also has a magnificent garden.

#17 Water buses

Cruise down the Sumida-gawa or across Tokyo Bay on one of the city’s ferry services, including the manga-inspired Himiko sightseeing boat.

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