I always think of Tokyo as a set piece from Bladerunner, brilliant, beautiful and completely insane. The event we’re centering your trip around in this guide to Tokyo is Summer Sonic which takes place in Tokyo and Osaka simultaneously on the 15th and 16th of August; miss Ariana Grande in one, catch her sing about her problems in Osaka. There’s Rock, there’s dance, pop, a little bit of James Brown and tons of wackiness; it’s Japan after all. Tickets, including one day passes, are available on the Eventraveler Summer Sonic page.
If you happen to land in Tokyo in the wee hours of the morning, and can’t sleep head to the Tsukiji Fish Market to snag yourself a sushi breakfast and also see the world’s largest fish market in action. Ensure that the day you want to go is open to tourists on this website. After you make sense of the live Tuna auctions, I would head to the restaurant area near the wholesale fruit and vegetable market, just inside the main gate off Shin-ohashi Street. You are looking for Sushi Dai or Daiwa-Zushi on a small side street. Here’s a map and a quick guide. Trust me, you’re not going to get fresher Chu Torro (fatty tuna) than this.
A Sumo match, that is if you can and happen to be around till September as the Grand Sumo Tournament is held between the 13th of September and the 27th of September. In fact, if I were you, I would just forego Summer Sonic 2015 and shift the trip to entirely to September only for this. For more details, here is a document on the entire event. General admission tickets for Ryogoku Kokugikan are sold as same-day seats on tournament days.
Picnic in the gardens. In a city crammed like the 9:00 am metro ride in Kolkata, space is a luxury and Tokyo inhales, and comes to life, in its little gardens. Choose from the busy Yoyogi Park in Shibuya-ku, where you can chow down ramen as you watch hip-hop dancers twirl on their head and girls, or perhaps a Chihuahua, channeling Lolita. For mesmerizing beauty ala Memoirs of a Geisha, head to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. While you’ve missed the cherry blossoms, you might be in time for chrysanthemums and the turning of the leaves. Bring a take-away basket from the gourmet food hall in Takashimaya department store and make sure you download The Rain by Joe Hisaishi and play it while you drift away on a cloud of absolute gorgeousness; you can thank me later.
Don’t come home without some pure wasabi, available in the shops near the fish market. Reading suggestions for the trip include Memoirs of a Geisha as well as The Devotion of Suspect X.