What are the best things to do in Tokyo?

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Sandra Barron

Up early? How about a morning trip to Tsukiji Market followed by a sushi breakfast. The main action at the market happens as the sun is rising, so this is a great one to put on your list for the first or second day, when jet lag will have you up and ready to go while the rest of the city is still asleep.
On a nice afternoon, you can't beat a walk through Yoyogi Park, where Tokyo-ites come out in groups to practice their favorite hobbies, from dressing up in costume to juggling glass orbs to breakdancing - you name it, someone is doing it in the park. Grab some yaki-soba, flavorful fried noodles right off the griddle from one of the vendors lining the park's entrance, or some icecream from the stand inside the park. The adjacent Meiji Jingu, with its stately wooden torii gates, is always a peaceful respite from the city.
For a quieter park experience, there's Shinjuku Gyoen, which gives you acres of serene gardens to stroll or picnic for a small entrance fee. But if it's the crush of the city you crave, try Shibuya or Ikebukuro for some serious shopping. Hustle down the narrow alleys of Shinjuku's Omoide Yokocho and duck into any one of the many yaki-tori shops for some chicken grilled on skewers. (Chicken wings cooked this way are especially tasty.) Cap off the night around the corner with a drink in Shinjuku's Golden Gai, a dense warren of bars packed with character that each seat only a handful of people.

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