Tokyo Itinerary & DIY Journey Information for First-Time Guests

Discover the West of Tokyo

◘◘ Shibuya

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

The place to sleep in Shibuya?

  • For points of interest
    • ★ Shibuya Crossing: Present in entrance of the Hachiko Exit, that is arguably probably the most outstanding landmark of the district and probably the most photographed spot within the space. If you wish to get view of it, go to the QFRONT constructing the place an enormous Starbucks cafe is discovered. It’s finest 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 chicken’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 very good loyalty to his proprietor even after his proprietor’s dying. As much as this present day, Hachiko has been remembered for these superb 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 overlook to cease by right here to 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 will need to NEVER go away Japan with out making an attempt a typical Japanese karaoke! If you happen to’re not from Asia, karaoke is NOT like those that you just 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 may unleash your singing powers in a sound-proof room with individuals that you just truly know (or you may as well go alone). After all, these Japanese karaoke rooms are high-tech and are even well-decorated relying on the place you go to. They could even present free costumes so you may cosplay whereas singing your coronary heart out! (And sure, they’ve English songs — a few of them even have Filipino tracks).
    • Love Lodge Hill: That is the place you will discover the largest focus of affection accommodations in Tokyo, and although it’s not a typical merchandise on a ‘issues to do in Tokyo‘ record, 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 accommodations don’t settle for same-sex {couples} and even two foreigners. However, you may 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 out of doors pool, and an out of doors dance tent; and second, the laser-filled Womb membership with its identifiable big mirror ball. TIP: Higher but, get this Tokyo Nightclub Cross that grants you UNLIMITED entry to the highest 7 nightclubs in Tokyo!
  • For buying
    • ★ Don Quijote (for all the things below the solar), Loft (for stationery), and/or Tokyu Arms: 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 largest in Japan so be certain that to drop by there.
    • Middle Gai, Koen Dori, Spain Slope, and/or Shibuya 109: The primary 3 are distinct buying streets in Shibuya, whereas Shibuya 109 is a posh that you just don’t need to miss out if you wish to do some severe buying!
    • 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

Recognized 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 points of interest
    • 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 may 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 habits when visiting a shrine, you may learn this information.
      • TIP: If you wish to witness a standard Japanese Shinto wedding ceremony, head right here round 10AM and take a look at your luck!
    • Yoyogi Park: A typical assembly place for Japanese individuals 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 attention-grabbing clothes (they’re generally concentrated round Jingubashi or the bridge close to Meiji Shrine). Taking images of those individuals in fancy clothes is completely high quality, but it surely’s finest in the event you ask for permission first since not all of them are there to please the gang — they’re often simply there to hang around or do practices and so on.
  • For buying
    • ★ Takeshita Dori: The birthplace of Japan’s vogue developments, it is a slim road that’s full of charming retailers and cafes. It’s an especially sought-out place in Tokyo (particularly by fashionistas) so it may get very crowded right here, particularly on weekends. A few of the belongings 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 high cafes!
    • Cat Avenue: If you wish to stray away from Takeshita Dori’s crowd throughout your Tokyo itinerary, that is the subsequent finest place to be.
    • Omotesando: If Paris has Champs-Elysees, Japan has Omotesando. If Takeshita Dori is extra for low to mid-level consumers, Omotesando is extra for older or wealthier consumers. TIP: Drop by Espace Luis Vuitton Tokyo which is discovered on the highest flooring of its constructing to search out a tremendous artwork house — to not point out that the loos are actually fancy haha.
    • Daiso Harajuku: That is considered 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: This can be a multi-story buying middle that lately turned much more well-liked due to its kaleidoscope-like entrance that’s made from dozens of tilted mirrors. Don’t miss out as properly on its rooftop terrace space on the sixth flooring if you’d like 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 may costume up as one — full with costume, make-up, and hair association at a value of round 10,000 yen ($97~)!
    • Kawaii Cafe: In step 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 type of method and it’s broadly well-liked amongst females. By means of these machines, you may take images of your self or your folks in a studio-esque sales space; after which, you’ll be digitally enhanced. By that, I imply routinely Photoshopped in a kawaii method: larger eyes, whiter pores and skin, and narrower face.
    • Mameshiba Cafe: If you wish to snuggle lovable Shiba Inu canines for half-hour, there may be this small cafe in Harajuku that you can 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 may determine what to do.

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◘◘ Shinjuku

As a serious metropolis middle, Shinjuku has the busiest practice station on the earth (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 points of interest
    • 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 purpose to get a chicken’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 finest for evening photographs because it closes later into the evening (till 11PM).
    • Shinjuku Gyoen: Finest visited throughout the sakura and fall season, this place is only a stone’s throw away from Shinjuku station and it is without doubt one of the metropolis’s largest and most favored parks. Right here, you can see three totally different gardens, a standard 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 charge of 1,800 yen ($18~) with a purpose to see the spectacular reveals; however the spotlight of this place might be the experiences you can attempt: photoshoot with fundamental samurai gear (500 yen $5), sword battle efficiency with an actor (free), samurai calligraphy lesson (500 yen or $5~), {and professional} photograph shoot with full samurai gear (begins at 32,000 yen or $320~).
  • For nightlife
    • Omoide Yokocho: That is generally known 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 various tiny eateries that serve ramen (Japanese noodle dishes), sushi, kushiyaki (skewered grilled meat), amongst many others.
      • TIP: The retailers predominantly solely converse Japanese so it’s finest that you just 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 a captivating web site to go to for a drink. With over 200 tiny bars and eateries, it may undoubtedly give you a glimpse of Tokyo’s previous. Nevertheless, don’t let the seems of those bars idiot you; although they’re small (becoming solely round 5 clients), the costs will not be low cost. In any case, they sometimes serve well-off shoppers similar to celebrities, musicians, artists, and so on. 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 finest signified by the English menus that they might show outdoors their bar. (Take word that these bars don’t open till round 9 or 10PM).
      • TIP: Guide right here for a guided tour so that you don’t must fumble round.
    • Kabukicho: That is the leisure and red-light district in Shinjuku which is usually known as the “Sleepless City”. In contrast to Amsterdam which options prostitutes on home windows of their buildings, Kabukicho has a extra subdued assortment because it solely contains hostess golf equipment, love accommodations, therapeutic massage parlors, and extra (prostitution is prohibited in Japan). Except you need to avail these sorts of companies throughout your Tokyo itinerary, I simply discover this an attention-grabbing place to see in Tokyo as a daily vacationer. Relaxation assured, I felt solely protected strolling round right here because it didn’t really feel seedy. The truth is, you may not even discover that you just’re already in Kabukicho! Additionally, one explicit factor about Kabukicho that I finest preferred to see or observe was the pachinko parlors. (Pachinko is an insanely well-liked sport in Japan that in some way 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 to your personal meals), and Alice in Wonderland Restaurant (self-explanatory). However probably the most entertaining and weird themed restaurant I’ve visited? That will 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 big monster and popular culture icon, Godzilla, could be seen right here atop Toho Cinemas. It’s a pleasant spectacle as a result of he seems like he’s taking a peak from the constructing — seconds away from wreaking utter havoc.
    • Animal Cafes: Loads of individuals would advocate that you just go to Tokyo’s well-liked animal cafés such because the cat café, owl café, rabbit café, goat café, and so on. (There are many them discovered round Shinjuku similar to Cat Cafe Calico, and so on.). I don’t like them although as a result of I’m uncomfortable with the concept of holding 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 previously a long time.

The place to sleep in Shibuya?

  • For points of interest
    • ★ Senso-ji Temple and Asakusa Shrine: Take word {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” known as Kaminarimon (which is a logo 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 anticipate, there are cherry blossoms right here that come alive in spring, after which throughout July on its final Saturday, this turns into an excellent spot for viewing the Sumida River Firework. (If you happen to see a golden constructing with an odd golden construction on high that appears like a teardrop, that’s the Asahi Beer Tower with its ‘Asahi Flame’.)
  • For actions
    • Kimono rental: That is your probability to attempt 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 outdoors for a day for a value that begins at 3,000 yen ($25~).
    • Samurai Armor rental: You may take a step additional and hire to put on Japan’s well-known conventional warrior’s (samurai’s) armor! If you happen to e-book this exercise on-line, you may actually have a skilled photographer take images of you.
    • Rickshaw experience: To finish your kimono look, I like to recommend that you just hire a standard 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 interest, the Japanese Tea Ceremony (also called the ‘Means of the Tea’) is a standard cultural exercise that’s elaborate and refined, and wherein matcha or powdered inexperienced tea is ready and drunk by a bunch. 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 tips… however it’s a placing instance of Japan’s superb tradition that’s distinctive for immersing one’s self. For place to do this in, go right here.
    • Hanayashiki: If you happen to’re up for it, that is mentioned to be Japan’s oldest amusement park (inbuilt 1853) and it may be a unusual factor to do in your Tokyo itinerary.
  • For meals and buying
    • ★ Nakamise buying road: Stretching at about 250 meters from Kaminarimon to the primary grounds of Sensoji Temple is that this picturesque buying road with over 50 retailers that supply native specialties and the same old array of vacationer souvenirs.
    • Shin-Nakamise: Additionally known as “New Nakamise”, this runs perpendicular to the Nakamise Procuring Avenue and is according to varied retailers and eating places.
    • Asakusa Kagetsudo: This can be 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 buying district of Japan, strolling via Akihabara’s foremost road known as Chuo-dori will already offer you an thought of what this district is all about.

You see, Japan could have a tremendous historical tradition, BUT it has additionally developed an equally superb trendy tradition over the current years, and it’s in Akihabara 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 individuals put on costumes to characterize a personality (typically present in animes and mangas). One of many good ol’ favorites of the Japanese on the subject of cosplaying or dressing up are waitresses wearing frilly Victorian maid costumes. In step with their character, they may 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 spot to attempt in Akihabara except for Maidreamin could be @House Cafe.
    • ★ Arcades: I’ve been to so many arcades BUT, they’re not as insanely superb, shiny, thrilling, and quite a few as what Tokyo has! Some of the recognized gaming arcades in Tokyo could be Taito Station. (You could possibly additionally do purikura inside these arcades).
    • ★ Go Kart: Come reside on the sting and discover downtown Tokyo in a cool Go Kart when you’re wearing well-liked cosplay costumes! With this enjoyable driving tour in your Tokyo itinerary, you may choose to do a one-hour expertise or a whole-day affair.
  • For buying
    • Yodabashi: In case you have time to go to only one tech gadget retailer within the district, then this 9-story constructing is your finest wager! In any case, it’s confirmed that their objects are often cheaper than in Europe.
    • Mandarake or Tokyo Anime Middle: A gigantic 8-floor advanced that is stuffed with merchandise associated to anime and manga; so it’s the finest go-to house in the event you’re a hardcore otaku or no less than a educated one at that. Whereas I imagine {that a} go to to the Tokyo Anime Middle is finest executed first by individuals who do not know of the otaku scene with a purpose to acquire a greater understanding of it.

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◘◘ Sumida

Essentially the most noteworthy points of interest that you need to go to on this ward must be the next:

  • Tokyo Skytree: At 634m, that is the tallest tower on the earth. It’s primarily a tv and radio broadcast web site for the Kanto Area; however for vacationers, you may go to the massive buying advanced, aquarium, and planetarium which are situated at its base. And naturally, for sky-high views of town, Tokyo Skytree has two statement decks and you should purchase your tickets right here.
  • ★ Ryogoku: If you’re interested in Japan’s nationwide sport of sumo (wrestling), then you could head to this place which is its so-called historic middle. Yow will discover right here Tokyo’s sumo stadium (Kokugikan), sumo stables, and different sumo-related points of interest. 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, attempt 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 will not be 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-about one of the iconic sights in Japan so it might be a good suggestion to quickly escape Tokyo’s bustle and dedicate this present day to a little bit of nature.

Now, there are a number of methods for seeing this energetic volcano in all its glory however beneath are the perfect places for viewing it that you could embrace in your Tokyo itinerary.

– Some individuals 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 quick on time, making it as a day journey could be sufficient.
– Clouds typically block the view of Mount Fuji so it’s important to think about 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 additionally for its scorching springs (onsen). Different points of interest you can take a look at listed below are the: enormous 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 energetic Owakudani valley).
    • To save lots of up on transportation prices, get a Hakone Free Cross to realize limitless journey on eight transportation choices together with the Hakone Sightseeing Cruise (Pirate Ship), Hakone Tozan Prepare, Hakone Tozan Bus, Hakone Tozan Cable Automotive, and Hakone Ropeway.
    • For a hassle-free expertise, you may take a Hakone day tour that already features a cease at Mt. Fuji and another attention-grabbing 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 lots of attention-grabbing issues to do. This can be a nice inclusion to your Tokyo itinerary particularly in the event you additionally need to check out a typical Japanese onsen (provided that it’s a scorching spring resort city). Don’t overlook to additionally attempt the Kachi Kachi Ropeway for panoramic views of the world.
    • For a hassle-free expertise, you may take a Mt Fuji day tour to this lake area with the inclusion of Kachi Kachi Ropeway, and extra.
    • A unique possibility is to fairly 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 simple to see why! (This tour contains this pagoda as a cease).
  • Kamakura: (1hr from Tokyo) Other than providing nice views over Mt. Fuji, Kamakura can also be well-known for its Nice Buddha bronze statue that towers at round 11 meters. If you happen to’re into nature, this coastal city additionally has nice mountaineering 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) This can be a touristic island that gives a wide range of points of interest (Enoshima Shrine), seashores, parks, an statement tower, and caves (Iwaya Caves).  If I say so myself, doing a Kamakura + Enoshima day tour could be supreme if you wish to take a look at each of those cities.
  • Fuji Shibazakura Competition: (2hrs from Tokyo) This can be 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, crimson, and white mountain phlox flowers) over 6 acres of sloping hills. Pair this off with an excellent view of Mt. Fuji and it immediately turns into an Instagrammable spot!

Different Choices Close to Tokyo

◘◘ Different Day Journey Choices from Tokyo

Under are different attention-grabbing day journeys that you are able to do to 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, because of 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 to 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. Loads 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) This can be a sound journey to make if you wish to go to considered one of Japan’s most well-known scorching spring resorts. The truth is, Kusatsu Onsen is blessed with massive volumes of high-quality spring water which makes it well-liked 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 an excellent 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 mountaineering alternatives. Some of the sought-after occasions right here, it’s the Chichibu Night time Competition in December and its Hitsujiyama Park in Spring (for its stunning 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 purpose to refill your Tokyo itinerary with different actions to your further days within the capital, beneath are some concerns 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 to 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 shocking given how Roppongi Hills is considered 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 high flooring has an statement deck that gives you 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 Commentary Deck ticket on-line.
    • Under Mori Tower, you can see an enormous spider sculpture known as Maman which implies ‘mom’ in French. That is made by the artist Louise Bourgeois.
    • Tokyo Midtown is yet one more constructing you can go into in the event you’re up for extra buying and leisure.
    • Throughout Christmas, head to the world in Mori Tower that faces Keyakizaka Avenue in Roppongi Hills to see an excellent view of Tokyo Tower being illuminated by the road lights. Whereas in the event you go to Tokyo Midtown, you can see the Starlight Backyard which has over 280,000 lights which are magically unfold out on the grounds!
  • ★ Tokyo Tower: At a top of 333 meters, this is sort of a duplicate of the well-known Eiffel Tower. Made after Japan’s post-war rebirth, this was once the nation’s tallest tower — till Tokyo Skytree was made in 2012. Regardless of this reality, 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 statement 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 truly preferable in the event you go to this with an area. 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 may even overcharge you. For the perfect golf equipment to go to, I recommend Jumanji55, V2 Tokyo, or Membership Model Tokyo which all have mixture of locals and foreigners. Higher but, get this Tokyo Nightclub Cross that grants you UNLIMITED entry to the highest 7 nightclubs in Tokyo!
  • Hie Shrine: On your Tokyo itinerary, you don’t must journey all the way in which to Kyoto to witness a Shinto shrine with a number of iconic crimson 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 the same one known 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 notice the aforementioned authorities establishments.
    • Imperial Palace: That is the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan and it’s truly a large park surrounded by moats. It accommodates buildings together with the palace, non-public residences of the Imperial Household, workplaces, museums, and extra.
    • Chidorigafuchi: Situated 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 without doubt one of the finest spots for hanami (cherry blossom viewing). So as to add: they commonly gentle up the bushes at evening throughout that interval after which you may even hire boats there!
    • Tokyo Central Railway Station: That is the busiest railway station in Japan when it comes to 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 crimson 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 towards potential sea assaults; at the moment, nevertheless, the island remodeled right into a futuristic enterprise and residential space.
    • DiverCity Tokyo Plaza: This can be a eating, leisure, and buying advanced that additionally options points of interest associated to the well-known Gundam anime collection. Fact be instructed, it additionally has a life-size Gundam statue in entrance of its constructing.
    • Fuji TV Space: That is known as such due to how the Fuji TV Constructing (considered one of Japan’s largest TV stations) towers above all the things else. As a customer, you can undoubtedly go into Fuji TV’s observatory deck that’s situated within the round portion of the institution. Different issues to see round right here could be the shopping center of Decks Tokyo Seaside and the scenic Rainbow Bridge (which seems dashing at evening, and the place you may as well discover a duplicate of the Statue of Liberty.)
    • Palette City: If you happen to’re up for some severe leisure and buying spree actions, I recommend that you just 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 automotive showroom the place you may check drive vehicles), and Leisureland (a big gaming advanced).
    • TeamLab: Yet one more Instagrammable attraction, this interactive museum is well-known for digital and light-weight artwork. It’s an excellent inclusion to your Tokyo itinerary and with a purpose to e-book your tickets, simply go right here.
    • Oedo Onsen Monogatari: If you happen to can’t afford to go to a scorching springs resort city, that is the subsequent neatest thing to your Tokyo itinerary! That is mainly a scorching spring theme park that emulates the environment of the Edo Interval. You may get pleasure from varied sorts of indoor and out of doors 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 vigorous trade in addition to tasting its contemporary produce. So far, this market has been divided into two, considered 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 buying, eating, and leisure district.
    • Yurakucho: Yurakucho is a placing 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 — known 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, lots of Japanese salarymen have made this location their favourite eating place after work as they flock to izakaya (Japanese-style bars highlighted by their crimson lanterns known 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 buying road in Ginza, you can see right here all the main model retailers, malls, and eating places potential. Come nighttime, you’ll undoubtedly be feasting upon its blinding but stunning neon lights. A few of the notable buildings right here could be of the Wako (that has the long-lasting 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 usually closed to vehicle site visitors — an occasion often called ‘Pedestrians’ Paradise’.
    • Depachika: This can be a mixture of the phrases depato (division retailer) and chika (basement). In Japan, many of the massive malls similar to Mitsukoshi have their basement flooring made into some kind of meals market — however truly, 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 making a gift of samples too; so in the event you’re on a price range, you actually don’t have to purchase one thing (although it is going to 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 purpose to refill your Tokyo itinerary with different actions to your further days within the capital, beneath are some concerns 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 to your Tokyo itinerary. You may go to each theme parks but it surely’s finest to dedicate 1 day to every place. If you happen to can solely go to one, I personally assume that DisneySea could be an excellent alternative as a result of it’s considered one of its sort in the entire world!
  • Sanrio Puroland: Enter the kawaii world of Japan’s well-known Sanrio characters comprising Good day Kitty, Gudetama, Melody, and so many others! It’s primarily geared towards children, however in the event you’re a Sanrio fan, this theme park is good for individuals 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 without doubt one of the nation’s most well-known animation studios that produced world-known films like Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and My Neighbor Totoro.

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◘◘ Exterior 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 thought 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 may help information you in your high must-dos.
    • ★ Kinosaki: Situated about 3 hours away from Kyoto, it is a nice onsen city that has an excellent environment. I stayed right here earlier than for two nights and I beloved strolling across the city in my yukata and geta (wood clogs), feeling like an area! In any case, everybody (locals and foreigners alike) who go to the city nearly at all times 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. Actually an excellent addition to your Tokyo itinerary!
    • ★ Okinawa: As Japan’s southernmost prefecture, that is typically a alternative vacation spot for locals throughout the summer time because of its ample marine wildlife, pristine seashores, and exquisite coral reefs. Consequently, snorkeling and scuba diving are the highest foremost actions when on these islands.
    • Himeji: This place is most well-known for its Himeji Citadel which is usually thought-about to be Japan’s most stunning surviving feudal fortress. Due to this, it’s each a UNESCO World Heritage Website and a nationwide treasure.
    • Kobe: Because the capital of Hyogo prefecture, I assume 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. Fact be instructed, you may eat Kobe beef in any restaurant round Japan that’s accredited to promote it so that you don’t essentially must 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 additionally for its sake breweries, Mount Rokko, Chinatown, Harborland, and extra.
    • ★ Hokkaido: With magnificent unspoiled nature, Hokkaido is a haven for lots of out of doors lovers, most particularly throughout winter time as it’s a excellent spot for skiers and snowboarders (most particularly the ski resort city of Niseko). Furthermore, the capital of Sapporo holds an annual Snow Competition which options massive snow sculptures. After all, Hokkaido doesn’t disappoint in spring and summer time both with points of interest like Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park, Furano lavender fields, Tenjin Wisteria, Sapporo Lilac Competition, and extra.
    • ★ Niigata: This can be a prefecture inside Chubu or Central Japan and it is without doubt one of the nation’s high culinary and getaway hotspots. I went on a journey spree right here earlier than and I beloved my keep! To see a whole itinerary information, see right here.
    • Nagoya: Additionally discovered inside the Chubu area is Nagoya which is thought for its towering fortress. 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 points of interest in addition to its ‘Kenrokuen‘ — mentioned to be one of many 3 finest panorama gardens in Japan.
    • Kiso Valley: Nestled inside Nagano prefecture is that this valley which holds an historical 70km commerce route known as Kisoji which was in a while mixed with different routes forming the 500km lengthy Nakasendo. As we speak, 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: Considered one of Japan’s best cosmopolitan cities that also have that rural really feel. Relaxation assured, that is the type of place that may hold you occupied, with its gorgeous fortress, charming districts, and enchanting vistas.
    • ★ Shirakawa-go: There isn’t any scarcity of picturesque conventional villages in Japan and a few of the finest from all of them could be the UNESCO World Heritage Websites of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama.
    • ★ Takayama: If you happen to’re searching for a totally outdated and genuine conventional Japanese village, touring to town of Takayama in Gifu Prefecture is a should. Fact be instructed, because of 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: If you happen to’re up for unimaginable and distinctive nature actions in Japan, it’s a MUST to go to the gorgeous 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: This can be a municipality in Nagano prefecture that has the beneath notable points of interest…
      • Jigokudani Monkey Park: Have you ever ever seen these lovable images on-line of monkeys bathing in a pure onsen (scorching spring)? Nicely, that is the place the place you will discover them! The monkeys are known as Japanese Macaques or ‘Snow Monkeys’ and they’re very accustomed to people so you may watch them play up shut on this park (which is their pure habitat). The park is open all yr however if you’d like the perfect images 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 school scorching spring city
      • Shiga Kogen Resort: The biggest ski resort in Japan.

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