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Updated: March 20, 2019

Michael Turtle

Country/Region: Australia

Interests: Culture

Number of Visits to Japan: 12

What Do You Think of Tokyo?: I love Tokyo - it's one of the most exciting cities in the world!

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  • Walking
  • Taxi
  • Bus
  • Train
  • Water Bus

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A spectacular bird's-eye view of Tokyo

Helicopter Tour

Taking a helicopter ride above Tokyo at night is one of the most exciting things you can do in the city. It’s incredible to see Tokyo from above as all the lights are shining with the vibrant colours of the city. It gives you a completely different perspective that you could never get from any of the other viewpoints.
I had so much fun in the helicopter and it’s one of the best things I have even done in Tokyo. After a safety briefing, you take off from the helipad and then spend about 15 minutes flying over the downtown part of the city, where you can see things like the Imperial Palace grounds and the main train station.
It’s really interesting to see the layout of Tokyo, which is hard to grasp when you’re a visitor and only see it from the ground. I was surprised by how close everything is to the water and how far out the city actually spreads.
I would recommend this for anyone who is looking for an epic experience in Tokyo – the kind of thing that you’ll always remember. It’s also more affordable than I expected, making it accessible to all sorts of tourists. This is one of those incredible moments that I will be talking about for years to come!

55 mins
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Take a taxi to Shin-Kiba Station. From there, take the JR Keiyo Line to Hatchobori Station, then transfer to the Hibiya Line for Ueno Station.
At Ueno, transfer to the Ginza Line, and get off at Tawaramachi Station. Walk for five minutes.

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A lavish buffet in a restaurant with a view

Asakusa View Hotel

There are quite a few excellent viewpoints in Tokyo but not many of them offer the kind of meal you can get at the Asakusa View Hotel. The Musashi restaurant on the 26th floor offers a wonderful view across Asakusa - including the famous Sensoji temple – and out to the Tokyo Skytree.
The restaurant offers a buffet for lunch and dinner. The buffet includes a large selection of Japanese dishes, other Asian cuisine, and Western food. There is a fantastic seafood section as part of the buffet.
For the evening meal, you’ll be able to look out the large windows to see the temples and the Tokyo skyline lit up. Sensoji looks beautiful from this perspective and it’s lovely to watch the colours change on the Tokyo Skytree.
I had a very pleasant dinner here and I think this would be a good option for people who are looking for an easy and comfortable buffet meal or visitors who want to celebrate a special occasion. While the restaurant is popular with tourists, it’s also a spot used by locals for special dates, birthdays, and anniversaries.

15 mins

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Asakusa Lit Up at Night

Sensoji Temple

Asakusa is rightfully one of the most popular parts of Tokyo for tourists. Sensoji temple and the other historic parts of the area are beautiful and full of interesting cultural stories. But they are also full of tourists during the day.
Visiting at night is a completely different experience and it’s so lovely to see Asakusa after dark. The temples, pagodas and other buildings are lit up and you can see their colours brightly.
With so few people here, you can also get a sense of the spirituality of the site. I loved spending some time quietly looking at the area and seeing locals stop briefly at the temple and shrines. I thought it was an opportunity to really witness an authentic side of Asakusa.
In the early part of the evening there is also a good selection of local restaurants and bars where you can have a bite to eat or a drink near Sensoji. On the main street, there are larger restaurants that are open later. You can also get a great view of Tokyo Skytree and other iconic buildings from the riverside at Asakusa, which I thought was really nice.

Visit Tokyo > Walks & Tours > Brilliant Nighttime Views of Tokyo