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Are you planning a cruise to Tokyo, Japan, but don't know what to do while there? Luckily, Norwegian Cruise Line wants to help you make the most of your vacation, so we've crafted this helpful list of top things to do in Tokyo.

Tokyo is a hub of modern skyscrapers and bustling nightlife, with many opportunities to experience this stunning city's ancient history and new-age amenities. Whether you want to relax in an onsen, visit the Imperial Palace, or immerse yourself in a one-of-a-kind foodie experience enjoying mouthwatering global cuisine, there are plenty of things to do to make any adventurer happy. Keep reading to explore some of the top things to do before or after your cruise vacation in Tokyo, Japan.

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Japanese National Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Japanese National Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Visit the Tokyo National Museum

The Tokyo National Museum focuses on Japanese and Asian history. It combines the Independent Administrative Institution National Museum and the Independent Administrative Institution Research Institute of Cultural Properties. This dual focus allows the museum to direct its conservation, preservation, and education efforts. With a variety of permanent and ever-changing exhibitions, there's something new to see every time you visit.

The museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Be sure to look up any local holidays or special events, as the museum often closes during those times.

Relax at the Miharashi no Yu Hot Springs

Whether you have chronic pain or stiffness or just want a unique experience, the Miharashi no Yu hot springs is just the ticket. The hot springs offer a unique insight into the Japanese way of life. Since they stay at a steady 117.5 degrees Fahrenheit, they can relieve chronic pain, muscle stiffness, and other issues.

Miharashi no Yu is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily but is often closed to the public on Tuesdays. It's open for most holidays. Another important thing to note is that the genders in the bathrooms change on odd and even days. In Japan, it's important to follow certain etiquette requirements at hot springs, including showering before entering.

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Tuna tartar, a Japanese appetizer commonly served
Tuna tartar, a Japanese appetizer commonly served

Get a Taste of Japan at Kioicho Fukudaya

Kioicho Fukudaya began as an inn in 1939 and can boast housing Nobel-prize winners, including Yaunari Kawabata and Hideki Yukawa. While the inn eventually moved, the delicious cuisine moved with Fukudaya to deliver a Michelin-starred experience. The restaurant is open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for dinner, so be sure to make reservations well in advance to get a taste.

Seasonal special course menus include tasty treats, such as deep-fried pufferfish, Sanpo mochi, miso soup, and grilled blackfin seabass. If you don't want to wait for a reservation, Fukudaya also offers home delivery and a takeaway option, so you can get a Michelin experience without leaving the comfort of your hotel room.

Take Time To Reflect at Senso-Ji Shrine

As the oldest temple in Tokyo, Senso-Ji Shrine is a religious hub that draws over 30 million worshippers each year. There are many yearly events to join in, such as the first temple visit of the year that happens between Jan. 1 and Jan. 7 or the celebration of the Bodhisattva Kannon's appearance on March 18. There are 10 different sites to see - not including the pleasure walks in between each gate and building - such as Yogodo Hall, Awashimado Hall, and Niten-mon Gate.

Two geishas near Sensoji temple, Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan
Two geishas near Sensoji temple, Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan

Enjoy a Tokyo Cruise Tour

If you want to hand the planning reins over to someone else but still have memories to last a lifetime, you can sign up for a hassle-free Tokyo cruise tour to enjoy a four-day, three-night land tour with a Tokyo cruise. Other items that might be on your itinerary include the Meiji Shrine, a drive to the Imperial Palace Plaza, Sensoji Temple, Nakamise Shipping Street, and a trip to the Tokyo Tower.

You don't have to worry about lodging, as it's included in these tours. When booking your cruise tour, be sure to verify if the tour includes transportation to your ship so you can embark on your cruise vacation without worrying about how to get there.

Planning Your Tokyo Adventure

Tokyo, Japan, offers a plethora of activities and otherworldly experiences that'll have you and your family talking about your Japan getaway for years. Planning an unforgettable vacation doesn't have to wait until you step aboard your cruise ship; you can start making memories before your cruise vacation. Japan offers historic landmarks, exciting city life, and gourmet food, so there's something for everyone in Tokyo to explore.

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