Since 2013, when Tokyo won the bid for the 2020 Olympics, a spotlight has been shining on this bustling metropolis. Not only is it home to some of the world’s finest cuisine, having the highest number of Michelin star rated restaurants of anywhere in the world, but it also boasts the world’s second tallest free-standing structure, the world’s busiest train station, and arguably the busiest intersection in the world. It also happens to be located in one of the 80 countries where you can use Vodafone’s $5 Roaming – so you can use your Vodafone plan for $5 extra per day during your stay in Tokyo. Here are some of the most popular things to get up to as a visitor in Tokyo.

The Imperial Palace

The Imperial Palace in Tokyo is so much more than just the house of the imperial family of Japan. It is also a stunning park and public green space. The park is beautifully juxtaposed with the modern high-tech city that surrounds it. High stone walls, reflective streams, and vibrant plant life are just a few things you can expect. There are generally two days per year that the inner-most grounds of the palace are open to the public (so you have a chance of seeing the imperial family) — those days are January 2nd and February 23rd. There is still plenty to explore throughout the rest of the year, but if your trip to Tokyo happens to coincide with either of those two special days, then you should make the most of it.

The Skytree

The Skytree is Japan’s tallest free-standing structure, and the second tallest free-standing structure in the world. It has many functions, from communication tower to restaurant. Visitors to Tokyo can see the striking silhouette of The Skytree from all over the city, and if you’re willing to purchase a ticket you can see the whole city from the highest of two observation decks on ‘Floor 45o’ of the tower.

Meiji Shrine

Originally dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken in 1920, Meiji Shrine is a vast forested area amongst the skyscrapers and apartments of the Tokyo metropolis. It is a great way to spend the day in good weather, with plenty of stunning natural views. It’s only a 10-minute walk to the shrine complex from the southern entrance, but if you want to make a day of it, the surrounding parks are great for a stroll or even a picnic.

Shibuya Crossing

An intersection may not seem like kind of destination you would normally include on your list of must-see things – but Shibuya Crossing has become an iconic feature of Tokyo’s urban landscape. At peak hours Shibuya Crossing has up to 3000 people crossing at once – it is an excellent example of the efficiency and grace with which Tokyo handles its massive population. Shibuya Crossing is surrounded by beautiful city lights and massive billboards, giving it a Times Square-like ambience. Spectators can head to the rooftop of Mag’s Park (a department store with views over the intersection) to get a good shot. The best times to capture the crowds are on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Ueno Park and Zoo

Ueno Park was originally part of the historic Kaneiji Temple, which was once among the city’s largest and wealthiest temples. Civil war in the late 1800s almost destroyed the temple entirely. After the war, the grounds were reopened as a public park which is now one of Tokyo’s most popular destinations for cherry blossom lovers, picnic goers, and academics. Not only is Ueno park one of the premier spots to walk under cherry blossom trees (with over 1000 trees along the walkways), it is also the home of a cluster of Tokyo’s most prestigious museums including, the Natural Science Museum, Tokyo Museum of Western Art, Tokyo National Museum, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. Finally, Ueno park houses Japan’s oldest zoo which opened in 1882 and is still open today.


With Vodafone $5 Roaming, travel further and stay connected. You can use Vodafone’s $5 Roaming with your phone, tablet or postpaid mobile broadband plan for just $5 extra a day in 80 countries, for up to 90 days in a calendar year. Countries may vary, so check the list of included countries before you travel. If you’re on a Vodafone Infinite or Plus Plan, you can only use Max Speed data with $5 Roaming, along with your call and text inclusions. If you’re on an Ultra+ Plan, you can use unlimited mobile data on your phone.

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Luke Ellery


Luke Ellery,

Luke is an enthusiastic writer with a background in creative writing and content marketing. He began his content journey in Auckland, managing a wedding blog. Luke considers himself a passionate grammarian and a thorough researcher; skills he undoubtedly picked up while completing his postgraduate studies in Ancient History. In his spare time, Luke peruses the specials aisle in the supermarket, and works to pay for the backyard that his future dogs deserve.