What is the one must-do activity when visiting Tokyo?

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Nicholas Coldicott

Once you’ve crossed off Tsukiji fish market and the Sensoji shrine, take a train to the suburb of Futako Tamagawa. Sitting almost anonymously in a residential street is a tiny temple with a big secret. Enter Tamagawa Daishi, look to your left and you’ll see some stairs leading down. Put 100 yen on the wooden tray, grab a pair of brown plastic slippers and make your way down. Almost immediately you’ll find yourself in a pitch dark corridor, feeling your way along the stone walls. It’s not for the claustrophobic. The corridor twists and turns, symbolizing a journey through buddha’s intenstines, and eventually leads you to a subterranean room. I’d tell you what’s there, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise. It’s not easy to find, and it looks minor league from the outside, but it’s well worth the effort. Address: Seta 4-13-3, Setagaya-ku. 

When you’ve finished at the temple, the Seta Onsen is only a couple of blocks away, or head to the nearby bar Maruume, one of the highlights of Tokyo’s cocktail scene.

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