Japan’s bustling capital city offers a unique travel experience – whether history, culture, art, shopping, or you’re a budding foodie, you can spend months here and still see stuff. If you’re traveling with family or friends, hostels are a great way to get your bearings and maybe meet some like-minded travelers. It’s got some of the best nightlife in the world, so make the most of it. When you’re in Tokyo, check out the Tokyo Imperial Palace, Tsukiji Market, and a sporting event.

Tokyo Imperial Palace

The Imperial Palace is within walking distance of many hostels for groups and located just a few minutes from Tokyo Station, making it the perfect place to start exploring the city. Only on January 2nd can the public see the imperial family when they appear on their balcony. There are governmental buildings, family living spaces, and gardens inside the palace, some of which you can visit.

The Tsukiji Market

A city landmark, Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market is a must-see for sushi lovers and anyone curious about how fresh fish and vegetables are auctioned off every day. It’s one of the biggest seafood markets in the world. If you’re staying at a hostel nearby, you’re in luck, as the market is small and can only accommodate 120 tourists per day, so you have to apply. To get into one of the two groups, you have to line up well before the 5am opening time. However, the atmosphere and excitement make it worth it.

Sporting Events

Sumo is a traditional Japanese sport. Very large men attempt to force their opponent to step out of the ring with any part of their body other than their feet. Ryogoku Kokugikan provides the best opportunity to observe the sport at its best, complete with all its ceremonies. In Tokyo during the appropriate season, you can see the city’s baseball team play a team from Japan, China, or the United States.