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Tokyo is the cosmopolitan capital of the world. The city can be divided into the old and the new, and after work ours it’s possible to see both sides of Tokyo. Since the modern sections of the city are buzzing all hours of the day (Shinjuku, Shibuya, Harajuku, and Akihabara, to name a few) you can check those out later in the evening. To experience old Japan in places like Asakusa, Nippori, and Sugamo, you may have to head there between 5-7pm before they close down for the night.
Discover Shinjuku and Shibuya streets at night. You’ll be transported a century in the future when you’re surrounded by skyscrapers, flashing banners, Harajuku girls, and the neon lights of Tokyo.
How to Get to Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo is home to two massive international airports, Haneda and Narita, which connect travelers from all over the world to the city. From the airport, there are buses, airport trains, and taxis that can bring you to Tokyo city center.
Grab a Suica card, a rechargeable transit card. Tourists in Tokyo for a short-term can also purchase 24-, 48-, and 72- hour JR passes for unlimited JR train rides within the designated time frame.
Where to Eat in Tokyo, Japan
Genki Sushi // A twist on conveyor belt sushi, order whatever you want from your seat and have it zoom over to you on a little tray!
The Noodle Stand // A vending machine ramen bar in Harajuku, it serves traditional ramen as well as their twist on vegan ramen
Sakura Tei // Near Harajuku, this is a table-top okonomiyaki restaurant where you can try your hand at making your own Japanese savory pancakes
Torikizou // A chain yakiniku restaurant where you order small plates of meat skewers from is a favorite late-night place to get a bite
Any hole-in-the-wall noodle shop // Follow the lead of Japanese businessmen and pop into any small ramen, udon, or soba restaurant in Tokyo. Grab a beer and any bowl of noodles and you’re guaranteed to leave satisfied!
It’s important to note that trains stop running around 12:30 in the morning, so check for the “last available” train using Google Maps. If you miss the last train you have to wait until 5am! Alternatively, taxis run all night and you can easily find bars, restaurants, clubs, and manga cafes that stay open 24 hours.
What to Do in Tokyo, Japan
Grab a drink at Shinjuku Gai // The dozens of bars in these alleys are tiny, cozy, and rowdy through the night!
Explore Shibuya’s shopping streets // Next to the famous Shibuya crossing is a spiderweb of shops, all trying to attract customers with flashing lights and loud advertisements. My favorite is the Mega-Donki!
Takeshita Street in Harajuku // Anything ‘kawaii’ or cute, maybe quirky, on your souvenir list you can purchase here.
Roppongi Hills tower and Mori Art Museum // With an entrance ticket to this popular museum, you can also check out the Roppongi observation deck overlooking Tokyo
Get lost in Tokyo Station // A massive underground maze filed with shops and restaurants of all sorts, Tokyo station is a hub for those in transit but you can spend hours just exploring here too!
Also check out:
- Cebu City, Philippines After 5:00 pm
- Taipei, Taiwan After 5:00 pm
- Shanghai, China After 5:00 pm
- Kyoto, Japan After 5:00 pm
- Bangkok, Thailand After 5:00 pm
- Kathmandu, Nepal After 5:00 pm