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Tokyo Tourism: Best of Tokyo

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After a pair of quiet years, Japan has reopened its borders, and Tokyo’s distinct energy is back in full force. There's so much to see, including new shopping megaplexes, elegant hotels, and restaurants with rising-star chefs at their helms. Locals and visitors are once again rushing to futuristic skyscrapers and the famous Shibuya Crossing, an intersection that's so lively, it feels like a flash mob. But these places are a bit less hectic in winter and early spring. Even better, March and April bring cherry blossom season, when the whole city slows down to stroll past thousands of pink blossoms. You can find other quiet moments in ancient Buddhist temples and peaceful gardens, or those secret ramen counters, chill record bars, and other little gems often hiding in plain sight.

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Take a Dip: Tokyo's Hot Springs and Bathhouses

Japanese onsen (natural hot springs) and sento (public bathhouses) have a very special place on my things-I-love-about-Japan list. Soaking in steaming hot water is my perfect end to a big day of walking, sightseeing, and souffle-pancake-eating—and a wonderful way to experience a part of everyday life in Japan.
anneolivia, New York City, NY
  • Spa LaQua
    Located in Tokyo Dome City, Spa LaQua is like the Disney World of Tokyo bathing destinations. It's super modern, and offers just about every water "attraction" you can think of: mineral baths, several saunas (one designed to look like ancient ruins), foot baths, steam rooms, and so on. Plus there are great views of the city!
  • Thermae Yu
    My perfect night in Tokyo? Ramen and karaoke in Shinjuku, topped off with a hot soak at this big, pristine, 24-hour spa complex.
  • Akebono-yu
    This pretty temple-like bathhouse has been popular with Asakusa residents for decades. It's actually Tokyo's oldest bathhouse—make a day of it by visiting Asakusa's Sensoji (Tokyo's oldest temple) and taking a steamy soak in Akebono-yo.
  • Shimizuyu
    If you're well-versed in Japanese bathing etiquette (and really you should be before going to *any* bathhouse) and comfortable with a lack of English signage, this bathhouse is well worth the visit. Locals love the mineral-rich black mud bath (common in this part of Tokyo).
  • Heiwajima Onsen
    Travelers with super-early flights should know about this 24-hour natural hot springs facility. The bathhouse even offers free late-night/early-morning shuttle service to and from Haneda Airport (smart!).
  • Utsukushi no Yu
    Near Inokashira Park and the Ghibli Museum, this neighborhood wellness center has indoor tubs, saunas, and a relaxation room, plus outdoor rotenburo baths, for a low entry price. Its restaurant serves treats like noodles, dumplings, ice cream, and beer.

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