Tokyo Itinerary & DIY Journey Information for First-Time Guests


Discover the West of Tokyo

◘◘ Shibuya

That is mentioned to be a serious nightlife space however it’s additionally a serious purchasing and leisure venue particularly due to its robust youth presence in direction of vogue and tradition.

The place to sleep in Shibuya?

  • For sights
    • ★ Shibuya Crossing: Present in entrance of the Hachiko Exit, that is arguably probably the most distinguished landmark of the district and probably the most photographed spot within the space. If you wish to get an excellent view of it, go to the QFRONT constructing the place an enormous Starbucks cafe is discovered. It’s greatest to return throughout rush hour to see a formidable sight however be ready for crowds contained in the cafe. TIP: If you would like a better chook’s eye view, put together your zoom-in lens and go to Shibuya Hikarie shopping center’s Sky Foyer on the eleventh Ground.
    • Hachiko Statue: Hachiko is the identify of an admired Akita breed canine in Japanese tradition again within the 30s who exemplified excellent loyalty to his proprietor even after his proprietor’s dying. As much as at the present time, Hachiko has been remembered for these wonderful traits and that’s why this bronze statue of him in entrance of Shibuya Station stays to be a well-revered level in Japan. With that, don’t neglect to cease by right here in your Tokyo itinerary! ALTERNATIVE: For a lesser crowd, there’s a much bigger statue of Hachiko alongside together with his grasp, Professor Ueno, on the grounds of UTokyo or the College of Tokyo.
  • For quirky enjoyable
    • Karaoke: You have to NEVER go away Japan with out attempting a typical Japanese karaoke! For those who’re not from Asia, karaoke is NOT like those that you simply see in Europe or within the USA the place the particular person goes on stage and sings in entrance of strangers in a bar. Asian karaokes are extra private and ‘closed’ so you possibly can unleash your singing powers in a sound-proof room with folks that you simply really know (or you may also go alone). After all, these Japanese karaoke rooms are high-tech and are even well-decorated relying on the place you go to. They may even present free costumes so you possibly can cosplay whereas singing your coronary heart out! (And sure, they’ve English songs — a few of them even have Filipino tracks).
    • Love Resort Hill: That is the place you will discover the most important focus of affection resorts in Tokyo, and although it’s not a typical merchandise on a ‘issues to do in Tokyo‘ listing, it may be an amusing factor in itself particularly in the event you’re touring with your beloved — largely due to how the rooms are delightfully themed. Simply be warned although that some love resorts don’t settle for same-sex {couples} and even two foreigners. Nonetheless, you possibly can relaxation in a room for 1-4 hours at round 1,500 yen ($15~) per hour or keep in a room in a single day for as little as 7,000 yen ($68~).
  • For nightlife
    Two of probably the most good golf equipment would first be the mammoth tremendous membership ageHA with over 4 dance flooring, an outside pool, and an outside dance tent; and second, the laser-filled Womb membership with its identifiable large mirror ball. TIP: Higher but, get this Tokyo Nightclub Go that grants you UNLIMITED entry to the highest 7 nightclubs in Tokyo!
  • For purchasing
    • ★ Don Quijote (for every thing below the solar), Loft (for stationery), and/or Tokyu Palms: These retailers are nice to incorporate in your Tokyo itinerary in the event you’re searching for low-cost souvenirs, novelty objects, stationaries, and extra! The Shibuya department of Don Quijote is the most important in Japan so make certain to drop by there.
    • Heart Gai, Koen Dori, Spain Slope, and/or Shibuya 109: The primary 3 are distinct purchasing streets in Shibuya, whereas Shibuya 109 is a posh that you simply don’t need to miss out if you wish to do some critical purchasing!
    • Shimokitazawa: This close by district is a superb ‘bohemian’ spot in the event you’re searching for classic and second-hand objects and garments.

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◘◘ Harajuku

Identified for its vogue scene, quirky tradition, cosplay retailers, and a lot extra!

The place to eat in Harajuku?

The place to sleep in Harajuku?

  • For sights
    • Meiji Shrine: Devoted to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji (1st emperor of Japan) and Empress Shoken, the huge Meiji Shrine is a superb tranquil ‘escape’ from the hectic Harajuku. As a customer, you possibly can partake within the routine Shinto acts: shopping for amulets, writing out your want on an ema (wood plates) and making choices on the corridor. For correct conduct when visiting a shrine, you possibly can learn this information.
      • TIP: If you wish to witness a conventional Japanese Shinto marriage ceremony, head right here round 10AM and check out your luck!
    • Yoyogi Park: A typical assembly place for Japanese folks from all ‘walks of life’. Because it’s simply close to the stylish Harajuku, you’ll usually discover crowds of band members, lolitas, cosplayers, and fashionistas in fascinating clothes (they’re generally concentrated round Jingubashi or the bridge close to Meiji Shrine). Taking pictures of those folks in fancy clothes is completely tremendous, however it’s greatest in the event you ask for permission first since not all of them are there to please the group — they’re often simply there to hang around or do practices and many others.
  • For purchasing
    • ★ Takeshita Dori: The birthplace of Japan’s vogue traits, it is a slim road that’s full of fascinating retailers and cafes. It’s a particularly sought-out place in Tokyo (particularly by fashionistas) so it might get very crowded right here, particularly on weekends. A number of the stuff you shouldn’t miss out on? The doorway — take a photograph right here as you see your self flashed on the display.
      • TIP: Wanna do a guided tour? Take this Harajuku half-day tour that can take you thru Takeshita in addition to grant you entry to a few of the district’s prime cafes!
    • Cat Avenue: If you wish to stray away from Takeshita Dori’s crowd throughout your Tokyo itinerary, that is the following greatest place to be.
    • Omotesando: If Paris has Champs-Elysees, Japan has Omotesando. If Takeshita Dori is extra for low to mid-level buyers, Omotesando is extra for older or wealthier buyers. TIP: Drop by Espace Luis Vuitton Tokyo which is discovered on the highest flooring of its constructing to seek out an incredible artwork house — to not point out that the loos are actually fancy haha.
    • Daiso Harajuku: That is certainly one of Japan’s well-known 100-yen variety-store retailers that supply reasonably priced housewares, toys, stationery, decorations, bento provides, items, and extra!
    • Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku: It is a multi-story purchasing middle that just lately turned much more fashionable due to its kaleidoscope-like entrance that’s product of dozens of tilted mirrors. Don’t miss out as properly on its rooftop terrace space on the sixth flooring if you need views over Harajuku.
  • For quirky enjoyable
    • Maison de Jullieta: Kawaii (cute) tradition is a ‘factor’ among the many Japanese and a type of kawaii vogue kinds could be the candy lolita look. In Maison de Jullieta in Harajuku, you possibly can costume up as one — full with costume, make-up, and hair association at a value of round 10,000 yen ($97~)!
    • Kawaii Cafe: Consistent with Harajuku’s colourful splash of colours and eccentric environment, there exists the Kawaii Monster-themed cafe! With over 5 individually themed areas, the cafe is sort of a rainbowholic’s paradise the place each nook is full of kawaii ornament and Instagram-worthy scenes.
    • Purikura: Purikura runs like a photograph sales space — however totally different in a Japanese form of method and it’s extensively fashionable amongst females. By means of these machines, you possibly can take pictures of your self or your mates in a studio-esque sales space; after which, you can be digitally enhanced. By that, I imply robotically Photoshopped in a kawaii method: greater eyes, whiter pores and skin, and narrower face.
    • Mameshiba Cafe: If you wish to snuggle cute Shiba Inu canine for half-hour, there’s this small cafe in Harajuku that you would go to. Personally, I don’t discover it price it (nor do I assist animal cafes usually) however I go away this up right here so you possibly can determine what to do.

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◘◘ Shinjuku

As a serious metropolis middle, Shinjuku has the busiest practice station on the planet (Shinjuku Station), it homes the administration middle for the Tokyo authorities, and holds a plethora of wonderful issues to do in Tokyo!

The place to eat in Shinjuku?
Apart from going to Golden Gai, Omoide Yokocho or Shin-Okubo Koreatown, go to…

The place to sleep in Shinjuku?

  • For sights
    • Tokyo Metropolitan Authorities Constructing: Towering at 243m, this construction has two towers and every of those has an observatory that guests can go to for FREE with a view to get a chook’s eye view of Tokyo. TIP: I like to recommend the southern tower because it exhibits a greater ‘aspect’ of Tokyo (closes at 5:30PM), whereas the northern tower is greatest for evening pictures because it closes later into the evening (till 11PM).
    • Shinjuku Gyoen: Greatest visited throughout the sakura and fall season, this place is only a stone’s throw away from Shinjuku station and it is likely one of the metropolis’s largest and most favored parks. Right here, one can find three totally different gardens, a conventional Japanese panorama backyard, a French backyard, and an English panorama backyard.
    • Samurai Museum: As a Japanophile, I’ve additionally been enchanted by the tradition and historical past of the samurai (or bushi) — Japan’s notable navy warriors. Adults can enter for a price of 1,800 yen ($18~) with a view to see the spectacular reveals; however the spotlight of this place might be the experiences which you can strive: photoshoot with primary samurai gear (500 yen $5), sword battle efficiency with an actor (free), samurai calligraphy lesson (500 yen or $5~), {and professional} picture shoot with full samurai gear (begins at 32,000 yen or $320~).
  • For nightlife
    • Omoide Yokocho: That is generally referred to as “Piss Alley” however relaxation assured, it isn’t as disgusting because it sounds. Based mostly subsequent to the practice on the west aspect of Shinjuku Station, that is nearly just like Yurakucho close to Ginza — besides that Omoide Yokocho options extra assorted tiny eateries that serve ramen (Japanese noodle dishes), sushi, kushiyaki (skewered grilled meat), amongst many others.
      • TIP: The retailers predominantly solely communicate Japanese so it’s greatest that you simply e-book right here for a guided tour so that you don’t miss out on something throughout your Tokyo itinerary!
    • ★ Golden Gai: Made up of a community of 6 slim alleys linked with even smaller passageways, Golden Gai is an interesting web site to go to for a drink. With over 200 tiny bars and eateries, it might undoubtedly offer you a glimpse of Tokyo’s previous. Nevertheless, don’t let the appears of those bars idiot you; although they’re small (becoming solely round 5 clients), the costs aren’t low-cost. In any case, they sometimes serve well-off purchasers similar to celebrities, musicians, artists, and many others. However don’t again out simply but as a result of even when most bars solely welcome their ‘regulars‘, you as a foreigner can nonetheless get to expertise the glory of Golden Gai as a result of there are those that welcome non-regulars — that is greatest signified by the English menus that they’d show exterior their bar. (Take notice that these bars don’t open till round 9 or 10PM).
      • TIP: E book right here for a guided tour so that you don’t should fumble round.
    • Kabukicho: That is the leisure and red-light district in Shinjuku which is usually referred to as the “Sleepless City”. Not like Amsterdam which options prostitutes on home windows of their buildings, Kabukicho has a extra subdued assortment because it solely consists of hostess golf equipment, love resorts, therapeutic massage parlors, and extra (prostitution is against the law in Japan). Until you need to avail these sorts of companies throughout your Tokyo itinerary, I simply discover this an fascinating place to see in Tokyo as an everyday vacationer. Relaxation assured, I felt totally protected strolling round right here because it didn’t really feel seedy. In actual fact, you may not even discover that you simply’re already in Kabukicho! Additionally, one explicit factor about Kabukicho that I greatest appreciated to see or observe was the pachinko parlors. (Pachinko is an insanely fashionable recreation in Japan that someway resembles pinball.)
  • For quirky enjoyable
    • ★ Robotic Restaurant: Tokyo, the land of the bizarre (as some would say) lives as much as its identify as a result of it gives a number of themed eating places like The LockUp (prison-like), Zauo (fish in your personal meals), and Alice in Wonderland Restaurant (self-explanatory). However probably the most entertaining and weird themed restaurant I’ve visited? That may be Robotic Restaurant in Kabukicho space. A construction of glitz, lasers, and robots, my ‘ordeal’ on this restaurant was… undescribable — in a great way!
    • Godzilla: Japan’s well-known large monster and popular culture icon, Godzilla, could be seen right here atop Toho Cinemas. It’s a pleasant spectacle as a result of he appears like he’s taking a peak from the constructing — seconds away from wreaking utter havoc.
    • Animal Cafes: Loads of folks would advocate that you simply go to Tokyo’s well-liked animal cafés such because the cat café, owl café, rabbit café, goat café, and many others. (There are many them discovered round Shinjuku similar to Cat Cafe Calico, and many others.). I don’t like them although as a result of I’m uncomfortable with the thought of protecting a number of animals in such a small house with strangers that they’re not that accustomed to — however, I go away it as much as you to determine what you’ll do.

Discover the East of Tokyo

◘◘ Asakusa

That is mentioned to be the middle of Tokyo’s shitamachi (“low metropolis”) — which implies that it’s an ‘olden’ district the place you will get a really feel of how Tokyo was up to now a long time.

The place to sleep in Shibuya?

  • For sights
    • ★ Senso-ji Temple and Asakusa Shrine: Take notice {that a} shrine is devoted to the Shinto religion, whereas a temple is devoted to Buddhism. These two locations are the primary spotlight of Asakusa with Senso-ji being the oldest temple in Tokyo. There may be additionally an spectacular “Thunder Gate” referred to as Kaminarimon (which is an emblem of Asakusa and Tokyo) in entrance of the temple.
    • Sumida River and Park: For a leisurely stroll throughout your Tokyo itinerary, go over to Sumida River and lounge by Sumida Park which stretches on each side of this physique of water. Like what you’d count on, there are cherry blossoms right here that come alive in spring, after which throughout July on its final Saturday, this turns into a terrific spot for viewing the Sumida River Firework. (For those who see a golden constructing with an odd golden construction on prime that appears like a teardrop, that’s the Asahi Beer Tower with its ‘Asahi Flame’.)
  • For actions
    • Kimono rental: That is your likelihood to strive on Japan’s elegant conventional put on: a kimono! Placing on a kimono could be VERY intricate, however don’t fear as a result of there are rental retailers unfold out all through Japan (catered each to women and men) that allow you to put on it exterior for a day for a value that begins at 3,000 yen ($25~).
    • Samurai Armor rental: You possibly can take a step additional and hire to put on Japan’s well-known conventional warrior’s (samurai’s) armor! For those who e-book this exercise on-line, you possibly can actually have a skilled photographer take pictures of you.
    • Rickshaw trip: To finish your kimono look, I like to recommend that you simply hire a conventional Japanese rickshaw which can take you round key spots in Asakusa.
    • Tea ceremony: Extremely influenced by the ideas of Zen Buddhism and a well-respected pastime, the Japanese Tea Ceremony (also referred to as the ‘Approach of the Tea’) is a conventional cultural exercise that’s elaborate and refined, and through which matcha or powdered inexperienced tea is ready and drunk by a number. To be frank with you: it is a very lengthy ceremony the place you’ll sit immobile for hours as you observe a set of pointers… however it’s a putting instance of Japan’s wonderful tradition that’s distinctive for immersing one’s self. For an excellent place to do this in, go right here.
    • Hanayashiki: For those who’re up for it, that is mentioned to be Japan’s oldest amusement park (in-built 1853) and it may be a unusual factor to do in your Tokyo itinerary.
  • For meals and purchasing
    • ★ Nakamise purchasing road: Stretching at about 250 meters from Kaminarimon to the primary grounds of Sensoji Temple is that this picturesque purchasing road with over 50 retailers that supply native specialties and the standard array of vacationer souvenirs.
    • Shin-Nakamise: Additionally referred to as “New Nakamise”, this runs perpendicular to the Nakamise Purchasing Avenue and is consistent with numerous retailers and eating places.
    • Asakusa Kagetsudo: It is a well-known melon-pan retailer that has been working since 1945. Melon-pan is mainly a candy baked bread with an outer layer that appears like a melon — so it’s simply named that due to its look and never as a result of it tastes like a melon. Once you purchase from this retailer, it’s best to eat it when heat.

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◘◘ Akihabara

Dubbed the otaku* cultural middle and tech purchasing district of Japan, strolling via Akihabara’s important road referred to as Chuo-dori will already provide you with an thought of what this district is all about.

You see, Japan might have an incredible historic tradition, BUT it has additionally developed an equally wonderful fashionable tradition over the latest years, and it’s in Akihabara which you can get a glimpse of this considerably wacky ‘evolution’.
*Japanese time period for individuals who have obsessive pursuits generally in direction of anime and manga. A synonymous phrase in English could be ‘geeks’.

The place to eat in Akihabara?

The place to sleep in Akihabara?

  • For quirky enjoyable
    • Maid cafe: Lots of people in Tokyo like to cosplay — a type of roleplaying the place folks put on costumes to characterize a personality (usually present in animes and mangas). One of many good ol’ favorites of the Japanese relating to cosplaying or dressing up are waitresses wearing frilly Victorian maid costumes. Consistent with their character, they’ll even act as in the event that they’re servants after which deal with others as their masters. Now apply that concept to a café, splash it with small video games, cutesy demeanor, temporary performances, and picture-taking with clients and that’s the place you get the famed maid cafes of Japan. TIP: One other excellent place to strive in Akihabara other than Maidreamin could be @Dwelling Cafe.
    • ★ Arcades: I’ve been to so many arcades BUT, they’re not as insanely wonderful, vivid, thrilling, and quite a few as what Tokyo has! One of the crucial identified gaming arcades in Tokyo could be Taito Station. (You might additionally do purikura inside these arcades).
    • ★ Go Kart: Come dwell on the sting and discover downtown Tokyo in a cool Go Kart whilst you’re wearing fashionable cosplay costumes! With this enjoyable driving tour in your Tokyo itinerary, you possibly can choose to do a one-hour expertise or a whole-day affair.
  • For purchasing
    • Yodabashi: In case you have time to go to only one tech gadget retailer within the district, then this 9-story constructing is your greatest guess! In any case, it’s confirmed that their objects are often cheaper than in Europe.
    • Mandarake or Tokyo Anime Heart: A gigantic 8-floor complicated that is filled with merchandise associated to anime and manga; so it’s the greatest go-to house in the event you’re a hardcore otaku or not less than a educated one at that. Whereas I imagine {that a} go to to the Tokyo Anime Heart is greatest performed first by individuals who don’t know of the otaku scene with a view to acquire a greater understanding of it.

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◘◘ Sumida

Probably the most noteworthy sights that it’s best to go to on this ward must be the next:

  • Tokyo Skytree: At 634m, that is the tallest tower on the planet. It’s primarily a tv and radio broadcast web site for the Kanto Area; however for vacationers, you possibly can go to the massive purchasing complicated, aquarium, and planetarium which are positioned at its base. And naturally, for sky-high views of town, Tokyo Skytree has two remark decks and you should buy your tickets right here.
  • ★ Ryogoku: If you’re interested by Japan’s nationwide sport of sumo (wrestling), then it’s essential to head to this place which is its so-called historic middle. You could find right here Tokyo’s sumo stadium (Kokugikan), sumo stables, and different sumo-related sights. If you wish to watch official matches, come round January, Could, or September and e-book your ticket on-line. NOTE: To boost your Tokyo itinerary, strive chanko nabe in any of the eating places within the neighborhood. That is mainly a scorching pot dish that could be a staple meals of sumo wrestlers.
    • TIP: To order your sumo tickets for Japan’s Tokyo Grand Sumo Match, go to this hyperlink. For the months whereby tournaments aren’t held, you will get a close-up take a look at the sumo wrestlers’ morning combat practices by way of this tour.

Mt. Fuji Tour

◘◘ Mt. Fuji

Chureito Pagoda from

It’s time to take a look at Mt. Fuji or ‘Fuji-san’ (it’s how the locals generally name it).

Because the nation’s tallest peak, it has been thought of some of the iconic sights in Japan so it could be a good suggestion to briefly escape Tokyo’s bustle and dedicate at the present time to a little bit of nature.

Now, there are a number of methods for seeing this lively volcano in all its glory however beneath are the perfect places for viewing it that it’s essential to embrace in your Tokyo itinerary.

– Some folks do one of many locations beneath as a day journey, whereas others as an in a single day journey to additionally expertise staying in a ryokan (conventional Japanese inn). It’s completely as much as you, however naturally, in the event you’re brief on time, making it as a day journey could be sufficient.
– Clouds usually block the view of Mount Fuji so you must contemplate your self as fortunate in the event you get a transparent view of it (it’s solely seen for about 80 days a yr). It’s mentioned that visibility tends to be higher throughout the colder seasons of the yr than in summer time. In any other case, it’s nice within the early morning or late night hours in comparison with the center of the day.

  • ★ Hakone: (1hr from Tokyo) That is a part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu Nationwide Park and it’s well-known not just for its pure magnificence and lake views of Mt. Fuji, but in addition for its scorching springs (onsen). Different sights which you can take a look at listed here are the: big scenic torii gate by the lake, Owakudani (sulfurous vapor rivers), Hakone Shrine (the world’s most well-known Shinto shrine), Hakone Tozan Railway (scenic mountain railway line) and Hakone Ropeway (nice views over the lively Owakudani valley).
    • To save lots of up on transportation prices, get a Hakone Free Go to achieve limitless journey on eight transportation choices together with the Hakone Sightseeing Cruise (Pirate Ship), Hakone Tozan Practice, Hakone Tozan Bus, Hakone Tozan Cable Automobile, and Hakone Ropeway.
    • For a hassle-free expertise, you possibly can take a Hakone day tour that already features a cease at Mt. Fuji and another fascinating actions like a lake cruise and extra.
  • ★ Fuji 5 Lakes: (2hrs from Tokyo) The Fuji 5 Lakes is a area that lies on the northern base of Mount Fuji and amongst them, Lake Kawaguchiko is the simplest to entry with a number of fascinating issues to do. It is a nice inclusion to your Tokyo itinerary particularly in the event you additionally need to check out a typical Japanese onsen (on condition that it’s a scorching spring resort city). Don’t neglect to additionally strive the Kachi Kachi Ropeway for panoramic views of the world.
    • For a hassle-free expertise, you possibly can take a Mt Fuji day tour to this lake area with the inclusion of Kachi Kachi Ropeway, and extra.
    • A special choice is to moderately go to Chureito Pagoda (pictured above) which continues to be a part of Fuji 5 Lakes however not discovered inside Lake Kawaguchiko. This spot is a favourite amongst photographers, particularly throughout spring or autumn and it’s straightforward to see why! (This tour consists of this pagoda as a cease).
  • Kamakura: (1hr from Tokyo) Aside from providing nice views over Mt. Fuji, Kamakura can be well-known for its Nice Buddha bronze statue that towers at round 11 meters. For those who’re into nature, this coastal city additionally has nice climbing trails and seashores. To not point out that it holds quite a few temples and shrines just like the well-known Hasedera Temple and Hachimangu Shrine.
  • Enoshima: (1hr from Tokyo) It is a touristic island that provides quite a lot of sights (Enoshima Shrine), seashores, parks, an remark tower, and caves (Iwaya Caves).  If I say so myself, doing a Kamakura + Enoshima day tour could be excellent if you wish to take a look at each of those cities.
  • Fuji Shibazakura Competition: (2hrs from Tokyo) It is a well-known time-limited occasion that’s often held at Fuji Motosuko Resort from the center of April to late Could. In case you have the time, I like to recommend doing a sakura tour of this competition because it options over 80,000 blooming shibazakura (pink, pink, and white mountain phlox flowers) over 6 acres of sloping hills. Pair this off with a terrific view of Mt. Fuji and it immediately turns into an Instagrammable spot!

Different Choices Close to Tokyo

◘◘ Different Day Journey Choices from Tokyo

Beneath are different fascinating day journeys that you are able to do in your Tokyo itinerary!

  • ★ Nikko: (2hrs from Tokyo) As a city discovered on the entrance to Nikko Nationwide Park, it’s most well-known for its Toshogu Shrine which is elaborately embellished. Apart from this, resulting from its mountainous terrain, sights just like the Kanmangafuchi Abyss (a strolling path via a gorge) and Shinkyo Bridge (a sacred bridge resulting in Nikko’s shrines) are a should to do in your Tokyo itinerary.
    • TIP: For a hassle-free expertise, you are able to do a Nikko day tour from Tokyo that features stopovers at Tochogu Shrine, Kegon Falls, Tsukiji Hitachiya & Futarasan Shrine.
  • Yokohama: (1hr from Tokyo) That is Japan’s second-largest metropolis and it has one of many world’s largest Chinatowns. Quite a lot of guests additionally have a tendency to incorporate Yokohama of their Tokyo itinerary due to its Cup Noodles Museum and Ramen Museum. In any other case, Yokohama’s waterfront is a sight to see in the event you simply head to town’s park.
  • Kusatsu: (3hrs from Tokyo) It is a sound journey to make if you wish to go to certainly one of Japan’s most well-known scorching spring resorts. In actual fact, Kusatsu Onsen is blessed with giant volumes of high-quality spring water which makes it fashionable amongst locals and vacationers alike. You’ll love the environment right here as you discover nearly everybody carrying yukata/kimono on the streets. In any other case, when winter comes, the city turns into a terrific ski resort to go to.
  • Chichibu: (2hrs from Tokyo) This metropolis is a superb place to flee to throughout your Tokyo itinerary if you wish to get away from town. In any case, its forested mountains present spectacular nature views and climbing alternatives. One of the crucial sought-after occasions right here, it’s the Chichibu Night time Competition in December and its Hitsujiyama Park in Spring (for its lovely pink moss park).

Discover the Remainder of Tokyo

Naturally, there’s extra to Tokyo than the sights I’ve talked about in days #1 and #2 above. So with a view to replenish your Tokyo itinerary with different actions in your further days within the capital, beneath are some issues which you can make.

◘◘ Different Locations West of Tokyo

The place to eat in Roppongi?

The place to sleep in Roppongi?

  • ROPPONGI HILLS: As much as do partying in your Tokyo itinerary?! In case your reply is a powerful YES, come dive into the perfect nightclub scene over at Roppongi! This district is known amongst locals and expats alike — which isn’t stunning given how Roppongi Hills is certainly one of Japan’s richest and largest property developments.
  • Mori Tower: Because the centerpiece of Roppongi, Mori Tower is primarily an workplace constructing; however its decrease flooring are full of greater than 200 retailers and eating places and its prime flooring has an remark deck that will provide you with an excellent view of Tokyo that open from 10AM to 11PM (1AM on Fridays and Saturdays).
    • To benefit from the picturesque rooftop views on Mori Tower’s 52nd flooring, simply e-book an Remark Deck ticket on-line.
    • Beneath Mori Tower, one can find a large spider sculpture referred to as Maman which suggests ‘mom’ in French. That is made by the artist Louise Bourgeois.
    • Tokyo Midtown is yet one more constructing which you can go into in the event you’re up for extra purchasing and leisure.
    • Throughout Christmas, head to the world in Mori Tower that faces Keyakizaka Avenue in Roppongi Hills to see a terrific view of Tokyo Tower being illuminated by the road lights. Whereas in the event you go to Tokyo Midtown, one can find the Starlight Backyard which has over 280,000 lights which are magically unfold out on the grounds!
  • ★ Tokyo Tower: At a peak of 333 meters, this is sort of a duplicate of the well-known Eiffel Tower. Made after Japan’s post-war rebirth, this was the nation’s tallest tower — till Tokyo Skytree was made in 2012. Regardless of this truth, the tower’s prime location continues to be a splendid place to see a panoramic view of town. There are 2 observatories right here: the primary one at 150m excessive and the particular one at 250m excessive. The doorway is 900 yen ($9~) for the primary remark deck and 1,600 ($16~) yen for each decks. To e-book your tickets, go right here.
  • Nightlife: Golf equipment and bars in Roppongi generally is a dizzying encounter for a first-timer; so it’s really preferable in the event you go to this with a neighborhood. In any other case, only a bit of recommendation: keep away from the boys (typically African males) who would attempt to push you into going to their golf equipment! Most of the time, these are seedy ones, and in a while, they could even overcharge you. For the perfect golf equipment to go to, I recommend Jumanji55, V2 Tokyo, or Membership Model Tokyo which all have an excellent mixture of locals and foreigners. Higher but, get this Tokyo Nightclub Go that grants you UNLIMITED entry to the highest 7 nightclubs in Tokyo!
  • Hie Shrine: To your Tokyo itinerary, you don’t have to journey all the best way to Kyoto to witness a Shinto shrine with a number of iconic pink torii (conventional Japanese gate) as a result of you will discover this proper within the coronary heart of the capital! In any other case, there’s additionally an analogous one referred to as Nezu Shrine.

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◘◘ Different Locations East of Tokyo

  • MARUNOUCHI: Chiyoda is known as the political middle of Tokyo and it’s right here in Marunouchi the place you will note the aforementioned authorities establishments.
    • Imperial Palace: That is the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan and it’s really a large park surrounded by moats. It accommodates buildings together with the palace, personal residences of the Imperial Household, places of work, museums, and extra.
    • Chidorigafuchi: Positioned simply on the northwest part of the Imperial Palace is that this moat part. This space is extremely beneficial throughout sakura season because it is likely one of the greatest spots for hanami (cherry blossom viewing). So as to add: they repeatedly mild up the bushes at evening throughout that interval after which you possibly can even hire boats there!
    • Tokyo Central Railway Station: That is the busiest railway station in Japan by way of the variety of trains per day and it’s fairly a sight to see! For starters, you’ll immediately discover this constructing due to its pink brick look — a glance that survived from when it was first opened in 1914.

The place to sleep in Odaiba?

  • ODAIBA: As a man-made island, it was initially constructed to guard town in opposition to attainable sea assaults; at present, nevertheless, the island remodeled right into a futuristic enterprise and residential space.
    • DiverCity Tokyo Plaza: It is a eating, leisure, and purchasing complicated that additionally options sights associated to the well-known Gundam anime collection. Reality be informed, it additionally has a life-size Gundam statue in entrance of its constructing.
    • Fuji TV Space: That is referred to as such due to how the Fuji TV Constructing (certainly one of Japan’s largest TV stations) towers above every thing else. As a customer, you would undoubtedly go into Fuji TV’s observatory deck that’s positioned within the round portion of the institution. Different issues to see round right here could be the shopping center of Decks Tokyo Seashore and the scenic Rainbow Bridge (which appears dashing at evening, and the place you may also discover a duplicate of the Statue of Liberty.)
    • Palette City: For those who’re up for some critical leisure and purchasing spree actions, I recommend that you simply head on to Palette City! Right here, you will discover the next venues: Venus Fort (a mall that appears like a European city), Toyota Mega Net (a automobile showroom the place you possibly can take a look at drive automobiles), and Leisureland (a big gaming complicated).
    • TeamLab: Yet one more Instagrammable attraction, this interactive museum is well-known for digital and lightweight artwork. It’s a terrific inclusion to your Tokyo itinerary and with a view to e-book your tickets, simply go right here.
    • Oedo Onsen Monogatari: For those who can’t afford to go to a scorching springs resort city, that is the following smartest thing in your Tokyo itinerary! That is mainly a scorching spring theme park that emulates the environment of the Edo Interval. You possibly can get pleasure from numerous sorts of indoor and outside baths, eating places, therapeutic massage, video games, and different leisure whereas carrying a yukata (conventional Japanese put on). To order tickets for this, go right here.
    • Tsukiji Market: Fish is an enormous enterprise in Japan and the Tsukiji Market is a wonderful level for observing this full of life business in addition to tasting its recent produce. To this point, this market has been divided into two, certainly one of which continues to be discovered close to Tsukiji Shijo Station and the opposite close to Odaiba. If you would like a guided day tour right here, e-book an expertise right here.

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  • GINZA: Tokyo’s most well-known upmarket purchasing, eating, and leisure district.
    • Yurakucho: Yurakucho is a putting but enjoyable distinction to the close by upscale Ginza district, primarily due to its traditional-looking eating places which are constructed beneath the practice tracks of the JR Yamanote Line — referred to as Gado-shita (which accurately means: beneath the girders). As a customer, I guarantee you that one take a look at Yurakucho will make you’re feeling as in the event you’ve taken a visit again in time throughout Japan’s early postwar interval! These days, a number of Japanese salarymen have made this location their favourite eating place after work as they flock to izakaya (Japanese-style bars highlighted by their pink lanterns referred to as akachochin) and yakitori (grilled skewered hen dishes) eating places.
      • TIP: Profit from this space’s native flavors and ingesting spots throughout your Tokyo itinerary by doing a ‘Tokyo After 5‘ tour!
    • Chuo Dori: As the primary purchasing road in Ginza, one can find right here all the main model retailers, shops, and eating places attainable. Come nighttime, you’ll undoubtedly be feasting upon its blinding but lovely neon lights. A number of the notable buildings right here could be of the Wako (that has the enduring Hattori Clock Tower), Hermes, Dior, and Zara amongst many others.
      • If you would like the perfect ‘festive’ expertise of this road, I recommend strolling via right here on weekends from 12PM to 5PM (till 6PM throughout April to September) as a result of it’s typically closed to car site visitors — an occasion often known as ‘Pedestrians’ Paradise’.
    • Depachika: It is a mixture of the phrases depato (division retailer) and chika (basement). In Japan, many of the large shops similar to Mitsukoshi have their basement flooring made into some form of meals market — however really, if I’ve to explain it myself, I’ll name it a ‘meals theme park’ as a result of you will get to have a enjoyable but fast introduction into the VAST number of Japanese meals there — together with sq. watermelons and insanely priced strawberries! Anyhow, the stalls are very beneficiant with freely giving samples too; so in the event you’re on a price range, you actually don’t have to purchase one thing (although it will likely be respectful to take action, naturally haha).

Further Actions and Locations

Naturally, there’s extra to Tokyo than the sights I’ve talked about in days #1 and #2 above. So with a view to replenish your Tokyo itinerary with different actions in your further days within the capital, beneath are some issues which you can make.

◘◘ Close to Tokyo

  • ★ Disneyland and DisneySea: For some good ol’ enjoyable with your loved ones and/or associates, take a look at the favored Disneyland and DisneySea in your Tokyo itinerary. You possibly can go to each theme parks however it’s greatest to dedicate 1 day to every place. For those who can solely go to one, I personally suppose that DisneySea could be a terrific selection as a result of it’s certainly one of its type in the entire world!
  • Sanrio Puroland: Enter the kawaii world of Japan’s well-known Sanrio characters comprising Hiya Kitty, Gudetama, Melody, and so many others! It’s primarily geared towards youngsters, however in the event you’re a Sanrio fan, this theme park is right for folks of all ages! I’m an enormous fan of Gudetama and I fell in love with this place immediately.
  • Ghibli Museum: That is the animation and artwork museum of Miyazaki Hayao’s Studio Ghibli which is likely one of the nation’s most well-known animation studios that produced world-known motion pictures like Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and My Neighbor Totoro.

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◘◘ Outdoors and Removed from Tokyo

    • ★ Kyoto: Naturally, this historic place is a given and it may be simply reached by way of the shinkansen or bullet practice.
    • Osaka & Nara: Osaka is understood for its nightlife and road meals, while Nara is for its deer parks. See this Japan itinerary information for what you are able to do.
    • Hiroshima: Primarily well-known for its aspirations of tranquility with its Peace Memorial Park, this web page will help information you in your prime must-dos.
    • ★ Kinosaki: Positioned about 3 hours away from Kyoto, it is a nice onsen city that has a terrific environment. I stayed right here earlier than for two nights and I cherished strolling across the city in my yukata and geta (wood clogs), feeling like a neighborhood! In any case, everybody (locals and foreigners alike) who go to the city nearly all the time wears the identical apparel when going in regards to the place onward to the general public baths — so it’s fairly a sight to see. Really a terrific addition to your Tokyo itinerary!
    • ★ Okinawa: As Japan’s southernmost prefecture, that is usually a selection vacation spot for locals throughout the summer time resulting from its plentiful marine wildlife, pristine seashores, and exquisite coral reefs. Consequently, snorkeling and scuba diving are the highest important actions when on these islands.
    • Himeji: This place is most well-known for its Himeji Fortress which is usually thought of to be Japan’s most lovely surviving feudal citadel. Due to this, it’s each a UNESCO World Heritage Website and a nationwide treasure.
    • Kobe: Because the capital of Hyogo prefecture, I suppose the very first thing that pops into your thoughts now’s the favored mouth-watering Kobe beef, a well-known native model of wagyu (Japanese beef) meat. Reality be informed, you possibly can eat Kobe beef in any restaurant round Japan that’s accredited to promote it so that you don’t essentially have to go to this place — nevertheless, in the event you’re a real aficionado, this place is nice to see! Both method, as a port metropolis, Kobe is well-liked not just for its tasty native beef but in addition for its sake breweries, Mount Rokko, Chinatown, Harborland, and extra.
    • ★ Hokkaido: With magnificent unspoiled nature, Hokkaido is a haven for lots of outside lovers, most particularly throughout winter time as it’s a excellent place for skiers and snowboarders (most particularly the ski resort city of Niseko). Furthermore, the capital of Sapporo holds an annual Snow Competition which options giant snow sculptures. After all, Hokkaido doesn’t disappoint in spring and summer time both with sights like Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park, Furano lavender fields, Tenjin Wisteria, Sapporo Lilac Competition, and extra.
    • ★ Niigata: It is a prefecture inside Chubu or Central Japan and it is likely one of the nation’s prime culinary and getaway hotspots. I went on a journey spree right here earlier than and I cherished my keep! To see a whole itinerary information, see right here.
    • Nagoya: Additionally discovered throughout the Chubu area is Nagoya which is understood for its towering citadel. Different notable websites are as follows: Korankei, Metropolis Science Museum, Atsuta Shrine, and Railway Museum. For meals, take a look at Sekai no Yamachan, a well-known izakaya (Japanese pub) within the metropolis that serves flavorful “legendary hen wings”.
    • Kanazawa: That is the capital of the Ishikawa prefecture and it boasts historic sights in addition to its ‘Kenrokuen‘ — mentioned to be one of many 3 greatest panorama gardens in Japan.
    • Kiso Valley: Nestled inside Nagano prefecture is that this valley which holds an historic 70km commerce route referred to as Kisoji which was in a while mixed with different routes forming the 500km lengthy Nakasendo. Right now, close by put up cities of Magome, Tsumago, and Narai are flocked by guests not solely to hike via the Nakasendo however to additionally revel within the conventional stone paths and wood buildings of those quaint cities.
    • Matsumoto: One among Japan’s best cosmopolitan cities that also have that rural really feel. Relaxation assured, that is the form of place that may maintain you occupied, with its beautiful citadel, fascinating districts, and enchanting vistas.
    • ★ Shirakawa-go: There is no such thing as a scarcity of picturesque conventional villages in Japan and a few of the greatest from all of them could be the UNESCO World Heritage Websites of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama.
    • ★ Takayama: For those who’re searching for a completely outdated and genuine conventional Japanese village, touring to town of Takayama in Gifu Prefecture is a should. Reality be informed, resulting from its well-preserved antiquity, it has earned the title of being Japan’s “Little Kyoto” — a title which I agree with!
      • Issues to do in Takayama
      • Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route: For those who’re up for unimaginable and distinctive nature actions in Japan, it’s a MUST to go to the beautiful mountain sightseeing route that’s generally known as the “Roof of Japan”. A crowd favourite as of late is its grand ‘Snow Wall’ that’s open from mid-April to late June! For more information, learn right here.
    • ★ Yamanouchi: It is a municipality in Nagano prefecture that has the beneath notable sights…
      • Jigokudani Monkey Park: Have you ever ever seen these cute pictures on-line of monkeys bathing in a pure onsen (scorching spring)? Properly, that is the place the place you will discover them! The monkeys are referred to as Japanese Macaques or ‘Snow Monkeys’ and they’re very accustomed to people so you possibly can watch them play up shut on this park (which is their pure habitat). The park is open all yr however if you need the perfect pictures of the monkeys, come from January to February when the park is roofed in blinding white snow and the monkeys come bathing within the scorching spring.
        • You are able to do this as a tour in your itinerary with Klook.
      • Shibu Onsen: An old style scorching spring city
      • Shiga Kogen Resort: The biggest ski resort in Japan.


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