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There is so much to see and do in Tokyo that you'll have many options to experience the city, culture, and people of Japan during the Olympics. Below you will find examples of things to do and places to visit in Tokyo:

Kabukiza (Theater in Ginza & Tsukiji)

Kabuki is a classical Japanese dance-drama theater known for its elaborate costumes and dynamic acting. A full kabuki performance comprises of three or four acts (usually from different plays) in the afternoon or evening (typically 11 am to 3.30pm or 4.30 pm to 9 pm), with long intervals between acts. Be sure to rent a headset for explanations in English and pick up a bentō (boxed meal) to snack on during the intervals.

Ryogoku Kokugikan (Spectator Sport in Asakusa & Sumida River)

Ryōgoku Sumo Hall is an indoor sporting arena mainly used for sumo wrestling tournaments. Don't miss the opportunity to watch sumo wrestlers in action. Known as "Rikishi", these massive wrestlers vigorously launch themselves at one another in an attempt to knock their opponent out of the ring. The key spectacle is when the makuuchi (top division) wrestlers in elaborately decorated aprons parade into the ring. Tickets can be bought online one month before the tournament opens. Tournaments are held in January, May, and September.

Tokyo Dome (Baseball in Korakuen & Akihabara)

Tokyo Dome is a famous landmark for sports, concerts, and events. Tokyo Dome is home to the professional Yomiuri Giants. If you want to watch the team play, baseball season runs from the end of March to the end of October. Tickets usually sell out early and you should purchase tickets in advance at www.giants.jp. Fans sing in accompaniment to the performance of the cheering squad and wave their orange towels as they cheer.

Shinjuku Pitt Inn (Jazz in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo)

Jazz has been an integral part of Tokyo's art scene since the 1920s. An old-school subterranean and one of the leading jazz clubs, the Pitt Inn has afternoon and evening shows with a full bar and dinner. The atmosphere is intimate, unpretentious, and there are no separate tables nor private stools for distracted conversations. The Pitt Inn focuses on the music and provides an excellent line-up of domestic and foreign jazz musicians. www.pit-inn.com

Suigian (Performing Arts in Marunouchi & Nihombashi)

Experience an up-close and personal taste of traditional Japanese performing arts, including nō, kyōgen (comic drama) and courtly dances. Guests are transported back in time and are served delicious food, sake, Japanese tea, and sweets from the Edo, Meiji, and Taisho periods. In the center of the restaurant, a stage has been erected with an impressive backdrop painted in the style of the famous Kano school. The restaurant interior also incorporates various elements of highly refined traditional performing arts that are Japan's pride, creating a stylish and charming Japanese space. Decor also features antiques from the Edo, Meiji, and Taisho periods, while the cuisine is served in and on lacquerware, serving trays, and other delicate tableware.

Japanese Tea Ceremony

The Japanese tea ceremony is an artistic pastime unique to Japan that features the serving and drinking of Matcha, a powdered Japanese green tea. It is a choreographic ritual of preparing and serving Matcha, together with traditional Japanese sweets to balance the bitter taste of the tea. Preparing tea in this ceremony means pouring all one's attention into the movements. The process is not about drinking tea, but this is about aesthetics, preparing a bowl of tea from one's heart. The host of the ceremony always considers the guests with every movement and gesture. Guests can learn and experience the Japanese tea ceremony in Japanese and English. Learn how to make and drink Matcha green tea through this lesson and take home a green tea kit.
TIME: approx. 45 min.
PLACE: Jugetsudo, Ginza Kabukiza
Located on the 5th floor of Ginza Kabukiza Tower, a popular tourist destination.
Reservation required in advance

Tijuca ParkGinza

Ginza is Japan's biggest luxury shopping and entertainment district. Ginza is also of interest for its architecture, dining, tea rooms, entertainment, and attractions. The area glitters with light and there's plenty to do. After shopping, Ginza is best known for its nightlife that includes bars, lounges, and nightclubs. Ginza is home to dozens of art galleries. In fact, if you walk down any side street you're likely to find one. Beyond shopping, Ginza is a popular neighborhood to go out for a night of fine dining. The area has plenty of quiet dining bars, fine restaurants, and remarkable cafes. Many of the department stores and buildings in Ginza have restaurants on their top two or three floors. The area has several restaurants that have achieved three-star rankings in the Michelin Guide.

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