What To Do In Tokyo – A 5 Day Tokyo Itinerary

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Tokyo has been on our bucket list for many years, and when we finally booked tickets to Japan we planned to stay five days in Tokyo thinking this would be more than enough. But we fell head over heels in love with this metropolitan city, and ended up spending two weeks exploring this strange and fascinating place!

Tokyo has it all – all sorts of excellent and corky museums, grand temples, atmospheric shrines, and lovely zen gardens. It is a city filled with Japanese history, but also modern, futuristic neo-sci-fi streetscapes that make you feel like you’re a part of the Blade Runner movie. Tokyo’s 13,8 million inhabitants are equally proud of its ancient history and culture, as they are of its ultra-modern technology and architecture.

Tokyo has a neighborhood for everyone, and it sure has something for you. Here we have put together a five-day Tokyo itinerary with all the best things to do in Tokyo. If you don’t have five days, then feel free to cherry-pick your favorite days and things to see and do, and create your own two or three-day Tokyo itinerary.

For more about Tokyo’s many exciting neighborhoods and our favorite Tokyo hotels, click here to read our ultimate guide to where to stay in Tokyo.

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What To Do In Tokyo
– The Ultimate 5 Day Tokyo Itinerary

Here we give you a complete guide and itinerary to Tokyo with all the highlights of Tokyo.

Day 1 – Meiji-jingu Shrine, Shopping & Japanese Pop Culture

⇒ Areas: Harajuku – Omotesando – Shibuya

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The public train, subway, and metro systems in Tokyo are superb! They take you all over Tokyo in a blink, with a net of connected stations all over the city.

This first day, after breakfast, head to the nearest subway station to your hotel and take the JR Yamanote train line to Harajuku station (take the Omotesando exit once you get there). Alternatively, take the green Metro Chiyoda Line or the brown Fukutoshin Line to the Meiji-jingu-mae Metro Station depending on which line runs closest to your hotel.

These two stations (Harajuku train station and Meiji-Harajuku Station and Meiji-jingu-mae Station are located relatively close to each other, so it doesn`t matter which one you choose.

Harajuku Station - First stop on the 5 day Tokyo itinerary.
Harajuku Station – First stop on the 5 day Tokyo itinerary.

The Harajuku area in Tokyo is like a catwalk. Harajuku is the place where Tokyo’s youth come to show off their latest fashion outfit and shop for new ones. It is a fun area to walk around in or grab a seat at a cafe and sit and watch all the people walk by in hypermodern and fashionable clothes and hairstyles.

1. Meiji-Jingu Shrine and Yoyogi Park

Meiji-jingu Shinto Shrine
Meiji-Jingu Shinto Shrine – One of many popular things to do in Tokyo

From Harajuku Station or Meiji-Jingu-Mae Station, follow the crowds and head to Yoyogi Park and the Meiji-Jingu Shrine.

The Meiji-Jingu Shinto Shrine is Tokyo`s biggest shrine, dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his Empress Shoken. It is beautifully located in a big green and lush park – the Yoyogi Park.

The Meiji-Jingu shrine was built in 1920 but was sadly bombed during World War II and rebuilt in 1958. Walking around the temple, it still feels like an ancient temple, and it didn’t even occur to me that it was restored in recent time.

The Meiji-jingu shrine
The beautiful Torii gate at the entrance to the Meiji-Jingu shrine

I loved the walk up to the temple. It was great walking on the broad pathway surrounded by tall green trees, and eventually through the 12m high wooden torii gate.

The Meiji-jingu shrine
The Meiji-jingu shrine

If the weather is good, Yoyogi Park that surrounds the temple is the perfect place to kick off your shoes or sandals, lay down on the grass, and relax. On warm sunny days, you will see Tokyo’s inhabitants lazing around the large grassy park, playing some frisbee, or groups of youths that dance around a boom box. The perfect place to chill with some snacks and something cold to drink.

  • How to get there: Take the JR Yamanote train line to Harajuku station (take the Omote-sando exit once you get there) or take the green metro Chiyoda Line or the brown Fukutoshin Line to the Meiji-jingu-mae metro station.
  • Opening hours: basically from dawn til dusk
  • Ticket price: FREE! Yay! 🙂
  • Webpage for the Meiji-jingu temple

2. Takeshita-dori pop culture alley

From the Yoyogi Park, head to the nearby Harajuku shopping area, and walk down Takeshita-dori Street (located just next to the park).

This alley is Harajuku’s famous show-off street packed with Japanese teenagers wearing colorful and eccentric clothes, make-up, hair, and fashion. Here you will see everything from goths, punks, hipsters, and lolitas. Great fun!

3. Omotesando Street

Omotesando Street Tokyo
The posh Omotesando Street is filled with expensive shops
The impressive Dior Building in Omotesando St

Walk over to Omotesando street for some high fashion (window) shopping and have a look at the architecture of the super cool Dior building, Prada building, Tod´s building, and Louis Vuitton building.

This street can be compared to some of the best shopping streets in New York, London, and Paris, but a special highlight is the extravagant building facades. Kind of cool, and like nothing I`ve seen elsewhere.

Have an ice cream at Ben&Jerry and visit the grand Apple Store. You will also find some great art museums in this area.

4. Lunch at The Great Burger

By now you might be hungry, and if you fancy a burger you can take a little walking-detour over to our favorite burger place in Tokyo – The Great Burger.

  • Address: 6-12-7 Jingumae StreetShibuya
  • Read what other people think of The Great Burger at Tripadvisor

5. Ura-Harajuku area

One of many atmospheric streets in the Ura-Harajuku district

From Omotesando street, stroll down through the cozy alleys in the Ura-Harajuku district, filled with cool small shops. The area is famous for its many small independent designers shops as well as vintage shops.

We fell in love with this quiet little area and went here on several evenings. Here you will also find small cozy cafes and restaurants. It feels like walking around in a small hip city.

6. Shibuya

Maria at the world´s busiest crossing at Shibuya

Shibuya is Tokyo’s center of teen culture, where teens show off their pink hair and funky dressing. Here are plenty of shops, restaurants, and bars. If you have some more energy left, this is the place to party hard and dance the night away.

Must-do-things in Shibuya:

  • Take a selfie with the famous Hachiko statue outside of Shibuya Station. Read the story about Hachiko here: The Amazing And True Story Of Hachiko The Dog
  • Go for a stroll or two (or 10 like we did) through the world’s busiest neo crossing in front of the Shibuya Station.
  • Have a coffee/ tea break at Starbucks, located right above the easily spotted Tsutaya bookshop, just opposite Shibuya subway station. Sit down, relax, and have a bird`s eye view of the crowds crossing the street in front of the station.

Day 2 – Shopping, Tsukiji Fish Market, Japanese Garden, River Cruise & Tokyo Skytree

⇒ Areas: Ginza & Asakusa

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Start your day two by taking the Yurakucho metro line (light orange) to Ginzaitchome Station, or the red Marunouchi Line or the grey Hibiya Line, or the orange Ginza Line to Ginza Station.

1. Ginza

Me shopping in Ginza

If you have been to New York City and London, Ginza is Tokyo`s answer to Fifth Ave in New York or Oxford Street in London. The center of Ginza is the crossing where Chuodori and Harumidori intersect.

Ginza was the first area of Tokyo that got modernized, where they welcomed western-style brick buildings and things like streetlights and Tokyo´s first department stores. Go window-shopping or visit one of the many galleries in this area.

2. Tsukiji Fish Market

From Ginza, walk southeast towards the Sumidagawa River, until you get to the famous Tsukiji Fish Market (what’s left of it, the outer market).

The grand old famous Tsukiji Fish Market, which opened in 1935, has just (October 2018) moved to a new location two km away from the old location. It has also got a new name – Toyosu Market (豊洲市場 Toyosu Shijō). It is near the Shijomai Station in the Odaiba Area.

The outer area of the old Tsukiji Market, Uogashi Yokocho, is still close to the Tsukijishijo Station, however, and well worth a visit. Uogashi Yokocho (open 5 a.m. – 2 p.m.), the outer market of Tsukiji is a cluster of small sushi restaurants where you can have some super fresh fish. We are not huge fans of sushi but had some delicious fish cakes and crab here.

Grab some delicious fish dishes!

  • How to get there: You can get directly to the market by taking the pink Oedo Line to Tsukijishijo Station (exit A1 and A2).
  • Opening hours Uogashi Yokocho (outer area of the old Tsukiji Fish Market): 05:00 a.m. – 14:00 (2 p.m.)

3. Hamarikyu Gardens

Hamarikyu Gardens Tokyo
The wonderful Hamarikyu Gardens

After some stressful fish dealing, it is time to relax and get the smell of fish out of your nose. Walk over to the nearby Hamarikyu Gardens.

Hamarikyu Gardens Tokyo
Photoshoot at Hamarikyu Gardens

When you buy tickets at the entrance to this garden, they hand you a complimentary audio guide. Using satellite technology to detect your location, you get interesting stories, all in perfect English, as you stroll through this green and lush garden. Loved it!

There are several lakes in the garden, and at the biggest one, there are some cozy, old Japanese tea houses. We had some delicious green tea and Japanese cake here while enjoying the beautiful and peaceful surroundings overlooking the lake and the garden.

Drinking tea in Japan is something special, there are certain rules as to how you should sit, how you should drink, how to hold the cup and so on. There are written explanations handed out at the tea house, so don´t worry. 🙂

  • How to get there: You can go directly to the park by taking the pink Odeo Line to Shiodome station (exit A1).
  • Opening hours: 09:00 – 17:00 (5 p.m.)
  • Ticket prices (including the audio guide): 300 Yen = 3 us$ (free for children)

4. Boat Trip On Sumidagawa River

Boat trip on the Sumidagawa River Tokyo
Lovely ferry trip on the Sumidagawa River

Inside the Hamarikyu garden, there is a water cruise station by the Sumidagawa River. Once upon a time riverboats were the primary means of transportation in Tokyo, and the Sumidagawa river was the main “highway” through the city.

Hop on one of the water buses on the Sumidagawa Line to Asakusa run by Tokyo Cruise (departs every 20 minutes). Hop off at Asakusa Station.

We enjoyed the boat ride on the river! It is the perfect way to experience this traditional form of transportation while at the same time getting some excellent sightseeing in Tokyo.

  • Ticket price: 980 Yen = 10 us$, children 370 Yen = 4 us$.  Includes admission ticket to the Hamarikyu garden.
  • Estimated time: The boat ride from Hamarikyu Garden to Asakusa takes about 35 minutes.
  • Departures: About every 20 minutes. Check the timetable here.
  • Web page:

5. Tokyo Skytree

Hop off the water bus at Asakusa Pier; the boat ride takes about 35 minutes. Walk over the bridge to the easily spotted communication tower Tokyo Skytree.

Tokyo Skytree, 634 m tall

We had fun visiting the KL Tower in Kuala Lumpur, but since that is “only” 421 m high we had to visit its big brother, the Tokyo Skytree!

Tickets to the Tokyo Skytree work on a kind of time slot system. This way you don’t have to stand and wait in line for too long. First, you buy the tickets, and then you return at the time stamped on your ticket.

The time between purchase and entry will depend on how many people are ahead of you. I think we had about an hour to wait and we used the time to get something to eat and explore the Tokyo Solamachi Mall located at the base of the tower.

When we returned, the queue system was very efficient and fast, like everything else in Japan.

If you don’t fancy waiting around for your tickets, you can order E-tickets online and skip the line entirely!

⇒ Click here to buy your e-tickets for the Tokyo Skytree and get discounted prices

Toky Skytree by night
The impressive Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree (opened in 2012) with its 634 m is the world´s tallest free-standing communication tower and the second tallest structure on earth after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

The tower has two observation decks, one at 350 m (Tembo Deck) and one at 450 m (Tembo Galleria). We bought tickets for the Tembo Deck, as there was fog the day we went up so we would not have seen much from 450 m.

On a clear day, you can see Mt Fuji even from the lower deck, but unfortunately, we did not due to the fog. The sections of glass floor panels at the observation deck are a little scary…….

At the base of Tokyo Skytree is Tokyo Solamachi, a huge shopping mall with lots of restaurants and shops. Well worth a visit, especially if you have some time to wait until your ticket is up. Solamachi also has a huge aquarium.

  • How to get there: If you don`t want to take the water bus here, take the purple Hanzomon Line to Oshiage (Skytree exit).
  • Opening hours: 08 a.m. – 22 (10 p.m.)
  • Ticket price: 2060 Yen = 20 us$ for the 350 m high Tembo Deck, 1030 Yen = 10 us$ for the 450 m Tembo Galleria. The ticket counter is on the 4th floor.
  • Web page Tokyo Skytree:
  • Web page Tokyo Solamachi shopping mall:

Day 3 – Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo National Museum & Ueno Park

⇒ Areas: Asakusa & Ueno

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Start day three by taking the orange Ginza metro line or the Asakusa train line to Asakusa Station.

The Asakusa area has not gone through the same modernization process that other parts of Tokyo has, and remains almost unchanged. Except for the Tokyo Skytree, this area consists of low-lying residential buildings.

Asakusa on the other side of the river Sumidagawa is home to the National Sumo wrestling stadium of Japan – Ryōgoku Kokugikan, also known as Ryōgoku Sumo Hall. You can watch three Sumo wrestling tournaments here each year; in January, May, and September.

There are a total of six Grand Sumo Tournaments in Japan each year. We saw the one in November, which takes part in Fukuoka, and it was great fun.

1. Senso-ji Temple

the Kaminarimon Gate Tokyo
The stunning Kaminarimon Gate at the entrance to Senso-ji Temple

You can tell that this is a grand temple complex by its impressive bright red gate – the Kaminarimon Gate. After stepping through the gate, you enter the temple precincts shopping street – Nakamisedori.

shopping street Nakamisedori in Tokyo
The shopping street Nakamisedori in front of the Senso-Ji Temple

I love markets and shopping, so of course, I enjoyed walking through this street looking at all they had to sell, everything from tourist stuff to genuine Edo-style crafts. I bought an elegant silk kimono robe in this street.

Once you get to the end of this alley, you are at the Senso-ji Temple itself. The temple`s 55 m high five-story Pagoda is easy to spot. This Pagoda is a reconstruction, dating back to 1973. In the evening the pagoda is beautifully illuminated making it look even more impressive.

Senso-ji Temple is Tokyo´s most visited. Apparently, inside the temple, there is a golden image of the Buddhist goddess of mercy, Kannon. According to legend, Kannon was saved and pulled out of the nearby Sumidagawa River by two fishermen in 628 AD. But the golden image is not on display for the public to see, so who knows if the image actually exist?

temple smoke Japan
The smoke is said to give you good health

Inside the temple ground, there is a large metal pot full of burning incense. I noticed a lot of Japanese people rubbing the smoke from the incense onto their bodies and clothes.
Apparently, the smoke is said to give you good health. Hmmm, I must admit I am not entirely convinced,  so I skipped this part of the temple experience….

  • How to get there: Take the orange Ginza Line or the Asakusa Line to Asakusa Station (Exit 1).
  • Opening hours: 24 h
  • Ticket price: FREE! Yay! 🙂

2. Tokyo National Museum

Tokyo National Museum
The grand Tokyo National Museum

From Asakusa Station, take the Ginza Line to Ueno Station. Step into the beautiful Ueno Park, located just next to Ueno Station.  The park contains several large museums: Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, National Museum of Nature and Science, National Museum of Western Art, and Ueno Royal Museum.

We visited the Tokyo National Museum, and loved it! It has the world´s largest collection of Japanese art, with pottery, sculptures, samurai swords, woodblock prints, kimonos and so much more. If you only want to visit one museum in Tokyo, this is the one to pick!

I´m usually not a huge fan of museums, but this one is well worth a visit.

If you want an in-depth tour of the museum, you can hire a guide to show you are around the museum and the Japanese garden that surrounds it.

  • Address: 13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo
  • Opening hours: 9:30 – 17:00 (5 p.m.). Closed Mondays.
  • Ticket prices: 620 Yen = 6 us$
  • Web page:

3. Ueno Park

Ueno Park is Tokyo´s first public park, established in 1873, although the park structures date all the way back to the 17th century. So if there is anything like an ancient park, this is it! 🙂

We were pretty exhausted after the Tokyo National Museum, so it was great to go for a stroll in this stunning park, lay on the grass, have something to drink and eat, and relax for a bit. The park also has a big pond where you can go for a paddle in swan boats, or just get entertained by all the Japanese couples going for a romantic swan-paddle-trip.

The park is constructed like a “mini Japan” so that the people of Tokyo could experience their country without having to leave Tokyo. Yep, it sounds crazy, but during the Edo, period travel was heavily restricted, so it kind of makes sense. Here you can, for instance, see a model of Kyoto’s most famous temple and a replica of one of the shrines in Nikko.

The park is huge, but there are big easy-to-read maps all over the park (also in English). The park is ideal for cherry blossom viewings if you are there in the springtime.

Ueno Park also houses Japan´s oldest zoo (opened in 1882) – Ueno Zoological Gardens. Its biggest attractions are Ri Ri and Shin Shin, two pandas that moved to the park from China in 2011. Awwww, they are super cute! The zoo is closed on Mondays.

If you are keen on seeing another temple, you can walk over to Kaneiji Temple, located on Ueno Hill inside the park.

4. Dinner At Hantei Restaurant

Hantei restaurant Tokyo
The lovely entrance to Hantei restaurant

Top off your day in Ueno with a stroll through the atmospheric Yanaka neighborhood and have dinner at Hantei restaurant.

Hantei restaurant serves elegant Kushiage (ingredients skewered and then deep-fried) in a beautiful 100-year-old traditional Japanese wooden building.

We ordered the dinner course set that contains six skewers of different meat, fish, and vegetables all artistically served. After that, you can order more skewers of your choice. It felt like eating works of art.
The food was delicious but pricey, and like many high-end restaurants, the portions are small. The lunch set is cheaper, so you can always opt for that one. Overall we had a great dining experience, and it was entirely worth it in my opinion.

Hantei restaurant Tokyo
Delicious tempura at Hantei restaurant
  • How to get there: Take the Chiyoda Line to Nezu Station (exit 2).
  • Opening hours: Noon – 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Closed on Mondays.
  • Price: 5000 Yen = 50 us$ for the dinner set (six skewers), 3000 Yen = 30 us$ for the lunch set.

Day 4 – Pancakes, Gadgets, Robots & Samurais

⇒ Area: Shinjuku

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1. Pancake Breakfast

Pancake Tokyo
Delicious pancakes for breakfast at Mokes

Start day four by taking the grey Hibiya Line to Naka-Meguro station.

There is a pancake craze in Tokyo. You’ll see pancake cafes wherever you go and the Tokyoites will happily queue up for hours at these super popular places. Naturally, we had to see what all the fuzz was about by visiting the pancake cafe that started the craze five years ago with their Hawaiian-inspired pancakes, Mokes. And, yes it was totally worth it!

If you are two people, consider sharing one plate of pancakes since the portions are huge. You can read more about the pancake craze here: Why Tokyo Is Crazy About Pancakes

  • Address: KRK Bldg. 1-17-8 Kamimeguro Meguro-Ku, close to Naka-Meguro Station.
  • How to get there: Take the grey Hibiya metro line to Naka-Meguro Station
  • Opening hours: 09 – 22 (10 p.m.)
  • Webpage:

2. Shinjuku

Take the subway to Shinjuku Station, the world’s busiest railway station. Spend the day exploring this urban entertainment district with its many skyscrapers, shopping, and bustling nightlife.

Shinjuku Tokyo
Shinjuku area of Tokyo

Around Shinjuku Station, you will find many of the world’s largest camera and electronics stores, such as Bic Camera and Yodabashi Camera. We went shopping for some camera gear here and ended up buying a new lens for our Sony camera at about half the price of what it costs at home.

Even if you are not looking to buy anything, it’s still fascinating to take a peek inside these electronic mega malls to see the newest gadgets. There are also plenty of regular department stores in this area.

3. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

A landmark in this part of town, the Government Building, offers free access to their observation decks on the 45th floor. On a clear day, you can see Mount Fuji from here.

4. Robot Restaurant

The Robot Restaurant is temporarily closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Check their webpage for more updates. Time will show if and when it reopens. 

This is the one we are kicking ourselves for not going to. We had planned to, but then Maria got sick and we had to skip it. It looks absolutely crazy and fun! A restaurant where the staff wears robotic manga-inspired dresses and put on a futuristic cabaret show that is fun, kitschy, and completely over the top. What’s not to like about that?!

From what I hear the food is nothing to write home about, and the drinks are overpriced, so save your dinner for later. The show, however, is an unforgettable experience for both adults and kids. One show lasts about 90 minutes.

  • Address: 1-7-1 Kabukicho | B2FShinjuku
  • Opening hours: Shows from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m (each show last 90 min).
  • Tickets: From 8000 Yen = 77 us$. You can book tickets in advance.
  • Webpage:

⇒ Click here to buy your e-tickets for the Robot Restaurant and get discounted tickets

5. Samurai Museum

Samurai Tokyo
A Samurai outfit

The Samurai Museum in Tokyo is the perfect place to learn about the history of Japan and the ancient Japanese Samurai culture.

The museum has a great collection of Samurai armors, real Japanese Samurai swords, helmets, and other ancient artifacts dating back to this ancient era of Japanese history. You can even dress up like a real samurai for a photoshoot!

I recommend that you pre-book your tickets and join a tour with an English-speaking guide. The ticket also includes a Samurai show.

  • Address: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Kabukicho 2-25-6
  • How to get there: Take the brown Fukutoshin line or the pink Oedo Line to Higashi-Shinjuku Station (exit A1). It takes about 6 minutes to walk from the station to the museum. Or take the metro to Shinjuku Station (East Exit). From here, there is an 8-minute walk. You can also take the train to Seibu-Shinjuku Station, from which there is only a 4-minute walk.
  • Opening hours: 10:30 – 21:00 (last admission 20:30)
  • Ticket price: 1800 Yen = 17 us$, 800 Yen = 8 us$ for children.
  • Web page:

6. Shinjuku Gyoen Park

If you are getting a little tired of the Shinjuku crowds then go for a walk in one of Tokyo’s most scenic green lungs – Shinjuku Gyoen Park.

The Shinjuku Gyoen Park is split into three gardens, a Japanese, English, and French garden. There is also a tea house if you get thirsty.

7. Golden Gai

Golden Gai Tokyo
Many atmospheric bars in Golden Gai

Have a drink or two in Shinjuku’s old neighborhood Golden Gai. In stunning contrast to the modern skyscrapers and the neon-lit urban madness that otherwise dominates this area are the charming small bars and narrow streets that form the Golden Gai.

It is a miracle that this area, a couple of blocks in size at most, has not been redeveloped and has been left alone for such a long time.

Wandering around the Golden Gai, you are effectively taken back to post-war Tokyo. Here every bar is different, many are tiny with room for less than ten guests, and there are still bars that will only cater to locals.
Peeking inside these bars may feel a little intimidating but look for signs in English on the door outside, or step in with a friendly smile. They will politely let you know if they do not cater to foreigners, probably by saying they are full.

The larger Albatross bar has a rooftop terrace with a great view of the Tokyo night lights.

End your day with some food in one of the many small restaurants along nearby Omoide Yokochō.

Day 5 – Manga Craziness & Rainbow Bridge

⇒ Areas: Akihabara & Rainbow Bridge

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1. Akihabara

Akihabara Tokyo
Akihabara is like heading into the future

To deep dive into the nerdy side of Tokyo, head for Akihabara. While Tokyo has many surprises, this is where the feeling of having entered another dimension kicks in for real.

Akihabara used to be known as the electronics district of Tokyo, often nicknamed “Electric City”. While there are still plenty of electronics stores along the main Chuo Dori street, as well as camera and electronics mega-store Yodabashi, during the last decade Akihabara has transformed itself into the center for Japanese otaku and anime culture.

Here you will find five-story warehouses filled with comic books, video games, music, movies, action figures, and other collectibles. Girls dressed in French Maid uniforms walk the streets trying to entice customers into their Maid Restaurants, where they will welcome and serve you as if you are the master just returning to your home. It’s bizarre, but also fairly innocent and fun if a little embarrassing.

A walk around this area feels a little like being Alice in Wonderland with strange things appearing from left and right.

Akihabara Tokyo
One of many cool shops in Akihabara

Nowhere else will you find comic book stores like here. In Japan, comic books are read by everyone. It is common to see well-dressed businessmen on the train reading comic books.  Comic books are not simply for entertainment but also textbooks and factual works are published as comic books. A little warning, if you go up to the higher levels of the large comic book stores, you will most likely come across some very adult-themed comic books.

A short walk away from Akihabara is Asakusabashi, a quiet residential neighborhood and an excellent place to stay if you are looking for reasonably priced accommodations in Tokyo within easy access to the rest of the city. We stayed at Hotel MyStays Asakusabashi for most of our two weeks in Tokyo and it was great

2. Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow Bridge Tokyo
The beautiful Rainbow Bridge

Tokyo’s Rainbow Bridge is a spectacular sight at night as it crosses Tokyo Bay from Shibaura to Odaiba. Thousands of white led lights illuminate the bridge, and around Christmas, it is lit up in all the colors of the rainbow.

Walking across the Tokyo Rainbow Bridge provides some truly spectacular views of the Tokyo skyline. The first decision you must make is whether to choose the north or the south side walkways. The north side provides views of the Tokyo Skytree and the Tokyo Tower. While you can see the Shibaura highway loop and the Fuji TV building from the south walkway.

We took the north side, but I am sure the south walkway is equally impressive. The best time to do this walk is around twilight just as the city lights are turned on. The walk is about 1.7 km long and takes about 30 minutes.

There are plenty of observation decks along the way, and it is fun watching the ships pass beneath the bridge. This is also a popular destination for the city’s many photographers since from here it looks as if the Tokyo Skytree and the Tokyo Tower are the same height. They’re not.

  • Opening hours: 09-21 in Summer (1. April – 30. October), 10- 18 in winter (1. November – 30. mars). Last entry 30 minutes before closing.
  • Ticket price: The walk is free
  • How to get there: Take the metro to Shibaura-futo Station (Yurikamome line)

3. Odaiba

Beach Odaiba Tokyo
Great views of Tokyo from the beach at Odaiba

Once you have walked across the bridge, you are on the island of Odaiba. Odaiba is a man-made island that in the ’90s was turned into a modern shopping and entertainment center.

Along the south shore of the Bay, you will pass Tokyo Beach, a favorite spot for Tokyo’s young couples to meet. It’s also a perfect place from which to take some photos of the bridge itself.

There are plenty of entertainment options available on Odaiba such as the Aquacity Odaiba mall with its 13 cinema screens and a Ramen food theme park (!) where you can sample Ramen soup from all over Japan. The Decks Tokyo Beach Mall has a Madam Tussaud wax museum and a Legoland Discovery Center.

We didn’t feel like trying any of the entertainment options, so instead, we went in search of a place to have dinner. We found an excellent Indian restaurant on the third floor of the Decks Tokyo Beach Mall. We sat outside on the balcony and enjoyed our meal while watching the spectacular view of Tokyo Bay.

This was our last evening in Tokyo and the perfect way to end our trip.

To get home take the metro from the Odaiba-Kaihinkoen Station, or walk back the same way across the bridge if you want to see the view from the other side.

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There you go, our recommended 5 day Tokyo itinerary. We hope it has given you some ideas for what to do in Tokyo. It’s quite a busy itinerary, so so you might want to skip a few things along the way, so you can have some more time to relax.

There are of course plenty of more things to do in Tokyo. Why not try out a public hot spring bath – Onsen? Or visit one of the 58 Cat cafes in Tokyo? Or one of the many animal cafes, like rabbits, dogs, snakes, and goats, yep g-o-a-t-s! Tokyo sure is wonderfully crazy, and it truly has something for everyone! You never get bored in Tokyo, that`s for sure!

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Day Trips From Tokyo

If you fancy getting out of the city for a day trip, there are plenty of options. You can get pretty far on a day trip due to the high-speed Shinkansen bullet train.


One of the most popular day trips from Tokyo is to the temple town Nikko north of Tokyo (2 hours by train). Nikko is a lovely hillside town with an impressive amount of Buddhist temples and shrines tucked away in the green and lush forest. We did a day trip here from Tokyo and loved it. It is well worth a visit!

Read more: Temple & Shrine Bonanza In Nikko

Hakone – Mount Fuji

If seeing Mount Fuji is on your list, you have two options; either head to Hakone or Fuji Five Lakes (see below).

Hakone (1 hour by Shinkansen train) southeast of Tokyo is a popular area to head to see the famous Mt Fuji and to go for hikes. The mountain landscape is fantastic, and you get to do a round-trip of the Hakone area on five different transport means, called the Hakone Round Course.

Read more: Hakone Travel Guide – The Best Hakone Itinerary & Mt Fuji Viewpoints

Fuji Five Lakes – Mount Fuji

Fuji Five Lakes (2 hours by train or bus from Tokyo) is a lovely area of five lakes surrounding Mt Fuji. Lake Kawaguchi/ Kawaguchiko is the most popular lake to visit and stay at. You get a fantastic view of Mount Fuji from the Fuji Five Lakes area, which also has several temples and shrines to visit. A great day trip to do from Tokyo.

Read more: The Ultimate Travel Guide To Mt Fuji Five Lakes – Kawaguchi


Kamakura is a beach-side little town (55 min from Tokyo by train) with an impressive number of stunning old Buddhist temples. Kamakura’s highlight and most iconic sight is the 11,4 m tall bronze statue of Amida Buddha, completed in 1252.

Izu Peninsula

Izu peninsula is the perfect get-away from the bustling Tokyo if you want some beach and sea time. It has a cool surfer vibe, green and lush scenery, nice beaches, and some great onsen (hot springs).

You will find several small beach towns here, like Atami (on the east side) which is both the gateway to Izu and its largest town. You can take a ferry to the Izu Islands from here. Ito (on the east side) is a laid-back low-rise seaside town with some onsen and ryokans. Shimoda (on the southeast side) has some of Japan’s best surf spots. Shimoda is popular for its “black ships” that take tourists on harbor cruises. You can also visit some shrines here.

The east coast gets pretty crowded on weekends and holidays during the summer. The west side is quieter but lacks a railway so you will have to take the bus or a taxi here.


Yokohama is only a 30-min train ride from Tokyo. The small seaside town had a laid-back vibe, breezy bayfront, jazz clubs, a creative art scene, and several microbreweries. Head here for some great international dining.


Mitake, under an hour west of Tokyo, is a popular and beautiful hiking and mountain area with several peaks above 2000 m. The area has lots of hiking trails, also for beginners and families.

The most popular route is Trail No 1 up Takao-san (599 m) which is gentle and year-round hiking. The trail is paved all the way and passes the main points of interest. You can also take the railway up the mountain from Takaosanguchi Station and hike back (or take the railway back too).

Oku-Tama was once a popular pilgrim destination and is now a popular escape for Tokyoites. It is Tokyo’s best spot for easy hiking and river activities along the Tamagawa River. You can hike from Takimoto or take the cable car up via a lovely cedar-lined pilgrim path to Mitake-San (939 m) where you find a charming Shinto shrine.

Where To Stay In Tokyo

Tokyo has an incredible variety of accommodation available. Here you find some of the world’s most luxurious hotels as well as traditional Japanese Inns where you sleep on a futon mat. Famous tiny pod hotels, love hotels for couples, business hotels for the businessmen that stayed out drinking too late to go home, and everything in between.

Top Range

The Park Hyatt
Made famous by the movie ‘Lost in Translation’, The Park Hyatt is absolutely one of Tokyo’s most luxurious hotels. The hotels 178 rooms are among Tokyo’s most spacious and elegant and provides all modern comforts. The hotel’s friendly and professional service is legendary, and the hotel’s restaurants world-class. Located on the top floor with stunning views over Tokyo is the world famous New York Bar Grill, where Bill Murray’s character enjoyed his many whiskeys.
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Top Range alternatives: Palace Hotel TokyoThe Tokyo Station Hotel


Tokyu Stay Shinjuku
This hotel has a great location within just a few minutes walk from Shinjuku-sanchome station in Tokyo’s shopping and entertainment center. The hotel is bright and modern, with small but comfortable rooms that include a tv, refrigerator, microwave, safe and a washing machine(!). Wifi is free and fast. They serve a tasty breakfast in the bar next door. In an otherwise very expensive area of the city, this hotel offers great value for money.
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Hotel MyStays Asakusabashi
We stayed at Hotel MyStays in Asakusabashi and really liked this hotel! It is brand new, and the rooms are actually decent sized compared to the average hotel in Japan (choose a twin room if you need the biggest room). The neighborhood is great, with lots of restaurants and cafes, and a short walk to the underground station Asakusabashi. It was the cheapest and best hotel we could find in Tokyo.
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MyCube by MyStays
If you’re traveling solo on a budget or would simply like to try one of the famous and unique cube/pod hotels of Tokyo then this is a great choice. It is a brand new hotel and quite spacious for a pod hotel. Every pod has lockable baggage storage and free Wi-Fi. The underground station is located right next door and there are plenty of places to eat in the neighborhood.
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Budget Alternatives: Khaosan Asakusa Hostel

Tokyo has a lot of accommodation options to choose from in different areas of the city. Click here to read our complete guide to our favorite areas and hotels in Tokyo.

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    • Hi Marlies,

      Thank you so much! You should definitely consider heading to Tokyo, it is an amazing city with the perfect combination of old, modern and some parts actually feels like you are in the future. 🙂 We love Tokyo!


  1. Great, that palce is looking so beautiful and you recommend so good destination of that palce to explore its beauty and so stunning photos you shared.

        • Hi Dirga,

          No, you should not buy a JR Pass if you are only staying in Tokyo. You can either just buy single tickets on the subway/ metro, or buy the tourist metro cards (you can choose between 24, 48, or 72-hour cards). They can be used on all metro and subway lines in Tokyo.

          Or you can get a Suica or Pasmo travel card which you fill up with an amount of money and use to buy tickets on all trains, buses, subways, and you can also use it to buy stuff at kiosks and some shops.

          Have a great week in Tokyo!


  2. Hi Espen and Maria!

    Fantastic post you guys! Like you, we fell in love with Tokyo also. We visited back in March and loved it. Unfortunately, we only had about a day and half there because we were skiing in the Alps in the western part of the country.

    We had time to take the kids to an owl cafe and also for a burger at the Hard Rock Cafe (although The Great Burger looks awesome), but we regretted not being able to do Robot Cafe as well. What a crazy place!!

    Thanks for the great guide! We’ll use it for our next visit!


    • Hi Carrick,

      Ah, lucky you who went skiing in Japan! That is high up on our bucket list as we love skiing.

      Wow, an owl cafe! Sounds interesting! I got attacked by an owl one time, so think I will pass on that cafe. 🙂 We are so going to visit the Robot cafe too on our next visit to Tokyo. Sounds so cool. Don`t think I will ever visit a Maid Cafe again, however, it was simply too embarrassing and crazy, hehe.

      Thanks for commenting! Happy travels!


  3. Hi! I will definitely save this for the (hopefully near) future! I have a friend who lives in Hokkaido, and a nephew who married a Japanese girl and now lives in Fukuoka, so my wish is to make a trip to Japan and visit them. Of course I also want to go to Tokyo, and I believe this 5-day itinerary will be perfect for that. Thank you!

  4. Hello,
    Thanks so much for this guide. It has given us wonderful ideas for our upcoming Summer vacation in Japan – 17 days in all – and we will most certainly use your suggested itinerary.

    • Hi Alex,

      Thanks a million!! So happy that our Tokyo itinerary could be of help to you when planning your Japan trip! Lucky you who are going to Japan this summer! I´m sure you will love it, it is a great and fascinating country.

      Have a great trip to Japan!


  5. Great post! My brother lived in Tokyo (and Osaka) for several years. I went over to visit him and you definitely covered the best there is to see! I recently stumbled on your guys’ website, and I am so glad I did. Great site, instant subscribe!

    The Voyaging Viking

    • Awwww, thank you so much, Siggi! Your comment really made my day!

      So cool that your brother lived in Tokyo and Osaka, lucky him. Simply love Tokyo, a fascinating city and so much to see and do! Wouldn`t mind living there myself.

      Had a look at your website, great site with lots of good content! Keep up the good work, and happy travels!


    • Excellent guide. Thx guys. Japan from what I’ve seen online and heard from people… Seems like a place on a different planet.

  6. Hi Maria,
    Did you get a travel pass, or a subway pre-paid card for your days in Tokyo? We have 5 days/6 nights in Tokyo and i’m trying to work out the best option for our transport. One day we will go to Nikko and one day will be spent at DisneySea, so really we only have 3 full days in Tokyo itself. Is the Metro pre-paid card good value? I’ve found a tourist only 24/48/72 hour unlimited card that sounds sensible, but so few people mention it I don’t know if it’s actually real!
    Any tips on metro/subway ideas are welcome. As a Londoner I shouldn’t be worried about the Tokyo subway – but it’s a lot bigger and harder as a non-local!

    • Hi Caroline,

      Yes, we bought the 72 hours unlimited pre-paid Metro card in Tokyo:
      It is very convenient, then you don`t have to buy single tickets all the time and you also save some money.

      We bought it at BIC camera store in Shinjuku, but it is also sold at the tourist information at Ginza Station Tourist Information, Shinjuku Station Tourist Information, Omote-sando Station Tourist Information, and Ueno Station Tourist Information. You can also buy it at Haneda Airport (International Terminal Visitor Information Center).

      Have a great trip to Tokyo! I`m sure you will love it!


      • Great article! Thank you for the detailed itinerary we are going to Tokyo in Dec for 5 nights, and thinking of purchasing the 72 hr unlimited metro pass. Can we use this pass on the JE Yamanote and the JR Chuo Line? Thanks

        • Hi Sandy,

          Thank you so much!

          The Yamanote Line and Chuo Line is part of the JR East train group of lines. It is unfortunately not included in the 72 hr Unlimited Metro Pass.

          JR East Tokyo Day Pass, Tokunai Pass
          If you plan to buy a JR Pass (7 or 14 days) the Yamanote Line and Chuo Line are included in this. JR East also has a one day pass for Tokyo only, it is called Tokunai Pass and cost 750 Yen = US$ 6 for the day (adult). It can also be used on some stations on the Tokyo Metro and Toei subway systems. You can read more about it here.

          JR Tokyo Wide Pass
          Another option is to buy the JR Tokyo Wide Pass, which is a 3-day pass that cost 10 000 Yen = US$ 88 (adult) and covers JR Lines in Tokyo and its surrounding areas like Mt Fuji and Nikko. You can read more about it here. It really depends on where you want to travel and how much.

          Tokyo Subway Unlimited Pass
          The Tokyo Subway Unlimited Pass comes in 24, 48, and 72-hour versions and can only be bought by foreign tourists at the Narita Airport or Haneda Airport and at the main subway stations in Tokyo. With this pass, you can freely take Tokyo Metro and Toei Subways as much as you like.
          Tokyo Metro lines included with this pass: Ginza Line, Marunouchi Line, Hibiya Line, Tozai Line, Chiyoda Line, Yurakucho Line, Hanzomon Line, Namboku Line, and Fukutoshin Line.
          Toei Lines included with this pass: Asakusa Line, Mita Line, Shinjuku Line, and Oedo Line.

          Pasmo and Suica Card
          The last option is to buy a Pasmo or Suica card. They are basically the same but are sold by different companies. They are kind of like a Mastercard or Visa card where you charge it up with an amount of money and you can use the card to buy train tickets, metro tickets, and also to buy stuff at shops. These cards do not give you any discount, however, but it is convenient. There is a deposit on these cards that you will get back when you return the card.

          Good luck with choosing the right pass for you! And have an amazing time in Tokyo!


  7. I am LOVING your guys’ blog! I actually hope to live in Tokyo for a year with my best friend, so I love how informative this post is! Amazing inspiration for my oddly specific dream, ha ha!

    • Hi Lynn,

      Thank you sooooo much! Your comment made my day!

      To live in Tokyo for a longer period of time is my dream too, what a coincidence! Maybe we`ll meet there, hehe. 🙂 I simply love Tokyo, it feels like stepping into the future.

      Happy travels!

  8. Maria thank you so much for detail itinerary
    We will be in Tokyo in April
    Would you say we should hAve private t our guide for a day?
    Best Nelli

    • Hi Nelli,

      Lucky you who are going to Tokyo! It is a great city and one of our favorites!

      It is not necessary to hire a private guide for Tokyo as it easy to get around the city and find the sights on your own. But of course, if you only have one day in Tokyo, you will have to make the most out of it and do intensive sightseeing. Then a tour guide could be useful so that you don’t waste any time and get the highlights of Tokyo. Make sure you get a guide who speaks good English.

      Have a great trip to Tokyo!


  9. Hiya

    Your blog is amazing – especially love this post. I’m visiting Japan for the first time next week, and have 7 days in Tokyo. Planning on doing a day trip to Nikko (also following your blog!) and to Mt Fuji/Hakone. Your 5 day guide has been a life saver as I get so bogged down with wanting to do everything, but having an adaptable plan like yours is just great!

    One thing, your maps don’t seem to work anymore, and I would totally appreciate using them so I could find my way round! Any chance the links could be fixed?

    Thanks a bunch!

  10. Hi Espen,
    Loved the post. We are heading to Japan at the end of May (miss the Cherry Blossoms, but hopefully miss the crowd as well). I found your blog through Pinterest and love your content. Will definitely be adding some of your ideas into our trip! We are heading to Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hiroshima, but personally looking forward to Tokyo the most.

  11. I’m thinking of taking my 18 year old son to Tokyo for a father son week . Can you recommend a good time to go few places to go to which would interest a young person . We are from Australia

    • Hi,

      A father-son week in Tokyo, wow, sounds like a great idea! I´m sure both you and your eighteen-year-old son will love this awesome city!

      I think an 18-year-old will love Akihabara area of Tokyo. This is the futuristic/ electronic/ nerd part of Tokyo where you will find five-story warehouses filled with comic books, video games, music, movies, action figures and other collectibles. It is like entering a futuristic cyber-city packed with electronic!

      For a full robot-craziness-experience, you should visit the Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku area:

      There is also a great Samurai museum in Tokyo if your son is interesting in that part of Japanese culture:

      Shibuya is a real must. Shibuya is where the teens of Tokyo gather and hang out with their bright futuristic clothes and colored hair. Start from Shibuya train station and step over the Shibuya Crossing, opposite of Shibuya train station. This is this area’s heart. This crossing is the world`s busiest street crossing and one of Tokyo’s main attractions. It leads to the walking street Centre-gai, Shibuya`s main artery. Here you will find lots of shops, bars, cafes, and restaurants.

      The small narrow street Takeshita-dori in Shibuya area is Tokyo’s most famous subculture street where youths from all over Japan come to shop goth/ zombie/ emo-like clothes.

      Tokyo Sky Tree might also be something that you son will love. When it opened in May 2012, it was the world`s tallest free-standing communication tower with its 634 m. You can choose between two observation decks; at 350 m and 450 m. In good weather, you can even see Mt. Fuji from the tower! Tokyo Skytree also has an aquarium, Sumida Aquarium. Solamachi located at the base of Tokyo Skytree is a gigantic shopping mall with over 300 shops and lots of restaurants. Konica Minolta Planetarium “Tenku” is also located here where you can walk under the stars.

      We have also written an article over the different areas of Tokyo:

      Have a great trip to Tokyo with your son!


  12. Husband and I will fly in on July 21, arrive 22. We have full days of July 23, 24 and part of the 25 in Tokyo when we will make our way to Yokohama. We board the Diamond Princess on the evening of the 26. Although I have visited many times, I have only followed along as friends get on and off trains, busses, subways and other modes of transportation. I am really nervous about trying to make my way around with a husband who has not been there. Is this doable, before I book the trip prior to embarking. So pre cruise days are on our own. What about using Takyubin services to ship our luggage directly from the airport to Yokohama.
    Thank you

    • Hi Lexi,

      Lucky you who are going on a cruise in Japan! I have never been to a cruise, sounds like great fun.

      So you will have almost three full days to explore Tokyo on your own then. It might get hectic if you want to see all of the city, but if you preplan your days and prioritize what you are most interested in and want to see, you should be fine.

      The metro system in Tokyo is great! You can take trains everywhere, they are always on time, and they run often. So it`s very easy to get around the city. The metro map of Tokyo can be a bit overwhelming at first and seems chaotic, but there is a system to it and you will have no problem figuring it out. Just make sure that you get a copy of the English version of the metro map. Every metro line is marked with different colors, so it is easy to follow the signs on the platforms and stations even if the signs are in Japanese.

      There are several companies in Japan that ships luggage. We got our luggage shipped from one place to another when we did the alpine route through the Alps of Japan. It was very convenient and worked perfectly. The only thing is that you will be without your luggage for three days in Tokyo, so you will have to plan when you pack so that you have what you need for three days in your hand luggage.

      Have a great trip, and enjoy your days in Tokyo!


  13. Hi Espen and Maria,

    Thank you so much for this very detailed itinerary. We are going back to Tokyo this year and this has given me some insight on what we missed out last time. The sword museum, in particular, is high on our bucketlist. You also added some great tips as to where to eat, so thank you for that. We skipped the Robot Restaurant last time because we thought it was too expensive and touristy. We are re-considering this year. Would you suggest we go?

    • Hi Katharina,

      Thank you so much! Lucky you who are going back to Tokyo! Ah, I love that city.

      The Robot Restaurant is crazy, and fun to visit. But you don`t go there for the food. The food is expensive and not that great. So I recommend that you only order drinks and have dinner somewhere else. The Robot show, however, is crazy, fun, and a bit surrealistic.

      Have a great trip to Tokyo! Happy travels!


  14. This post makes me want to book tickets to Japan. I’m thinking about next year. Cherry Blossom season? Or would it be even more expensive?

    • Hi Edgar,

      Thanks! Cherry Blossom looks amazing, but it is also a very popular time to visit Japan. So it is more expensive and you should book accommodation in advance. I`m sure it is worth it though.

      Happy travels!


  15. Hi Espen and Maria,

    Your blog is fantastic! Very detail recommendation. I am heading to Tokyo next month and planning to follow your itinerary. Wish me luck!

    • Hi Cindy!

      Thank you sooooo much! Your comment made my day! Really happy to hear that you find our Tokyo itinerary useful.

      Have an awesome trip to Tokyo! Crossing my fingers that it will be great!


  16. Amazing article, thanks for leading us through the Itinerary with such great detail, this article be my map when i visit Tokyo 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Rahul! So happy to hear that you find our itinerary useful when planning your Tokyo trip!

      Have a great trip to Tokyo!


    • Thanks, Wendy! So glad that our Tokyo itinerary could be of help to you!

      Have an amazing trip to Tokyo!


  17. Going to Tokyo for 4 days and 3 nights with family and so far your blog is the best, trust me I spent hours scouring the Web and even subsribed on some youtube channels for ideas on how to get the most of our short visit. I already lined up our itinerary based on your recommendations. Thank you.

    • Thank you sooooo much, Daday, for your nice comment! You made my day! 🙂

      Have an awesome trip to Tokyo with your family!


  18. Nice blog post! I makes me want to go back to Tokyo. There is still a lot of places I haven’t had the chance to visit yet(„ಡωಡ„).

    • Hei Jouls,

      Tusen takk! Så artig å få kommentar fra en norsk blogger!! 🙂 Vi var to uker i Tokyo og forelska oss skikkelig i byen! Blir garantert å reise tilbake dit.

      Happy travels! 🙂


  19. This post is so helpful. Thank you! We’re headed to Tokyo in two months and I’ve read so many different articles. This is by far the best and the only one I’m bookmarking.

    • Hi Andy,

      Thank you so much! Glad our article could be of help. Have a great trip to Tokyo, you will love this awesome city!


  20. A very nice post! Complet and very useful. I also visited Japan last year and I am very happy that I could reach this fantastic country. I love your pics 🙂

  21. Hi
    We’ve just had four fantastic days in Tokyo. Thanks to your guide we really got a great feel of the city – each day was just the right length and really varied, so thanks for making it so easy for us.

    • Hi Ann,

      Wow, so cool to hear that you enjoyed your trip to Tokyo and that our Tokyo itinerary could be of help and inspiration to you! Thank you so much for your nice words!

      Happy travels! 🙂


  22. A friend of ours recommended your blog and I love it! Thank you for all your useful tips! I’ve only been through the Japan articles but they’re all well-written and really speaks to those things that would interest me. Or maybe that’s just the nerd in me connecting with you. Hahahah!

    Keep up the good work!

    PS Would you recommend Hotel Mystays for a family of 3 (one toddler)? Thanks!

    • Hi Harry,

      Thank you so much!! And say thanks to your friend too from me for recommending our blog! 🙂

      Yep, looks like you have been bitten by the travel “nerdiness” too 🙂

      I would say that the Hotel Mystays in Tokyo is great for a family of 3 with a toddler. It is clean and has all the facilities you need including washing machines where you can wash your clothes. There is a 7-Eleven at the first floor of the hotel which is very convenient, and they sell everything you need including a hotel meal (the 7-Elevens in Japan are like supermarkets in USA/Europe, they have everything you need).

      Have a great trip to Japan! And thanks for your nice comment! You made my day! 🙂


  23. This blog is amazing…nothing but love¡¡¡ great tips guys…cant wait in october to travel to tokyo¡¡¡

    • Hi Carlos,

      Thanks a million!!! Lucky you who are going to Tokyo in October! It is such a great city, you will love it!

      Have an awesome time in Tokyo!

      All the best,

  24. Hi guys,

    I love this article! I’ve linked to it on my website to provide my readers with the best information possible, I hope you don’t mind.

    Keep up the great work! Love,
    Angelina DiGiovanni

    • Hi Angelina,

      Thank you so much!! And thanks for the link! Really appreciate it!

      Happy travels! 🙂

      All the best,

  25. I really appreciate your website. I’m planning my trip to Japan now, and your two week itinerary has been really great in giving me ideas. But now I have this itinerary too.
    I only have 2 weeks in Japan, but I want to see it all.

    • Hi Jens,

      Thank you so much!! So cool that you are heading to Japan for two weeks! You can see a lot in just two weeks, although it might get a bit hectic 🙂

      Have an awesome time in Japan!

      All the best,

  26. Enjoyed your Tokyo itinerary! Although we’ve been to Tokyo many times, we’ve actually never been to the Hamarikyu Gardens. Will have to give that a shot on our next visit.

    With your mention of burgers and Indian food in your itinerary, you might also like to visit Roppongi on your next trip. It’s a great place to go for Western food as well as some great views over the city.

  27. Hi travelgasm,

    Thank you so much! You should definitely visit the Hamarikyu Gardens on your next trip to Tokyo, we love it! The tea ceremony in the old tea house is lovely too where you can enjoy some peaceful views of the park and river.

    Yeah, Roppongi with the Tokyo Tower as its main attraction is one of our favorite places to head for western food and restaurants. It is also a great area to stay in.

    Happy and safe travels! 🙂

    All the best,

    • You’re quite welcome! We’ve always preferred Tokyo Sky View over Tokyo Tower, but glad that you like Roppongi even if it didn’t make it into your itinerary. Agree that it is a great place to stay, too!

  28. Wow, Such a nice information. Can you tell me if is there any pure veg restaurants available easily? I will be visiting Tokyo next year. You shared some amazing information, Thank you 🙂

    • Hi Rahul,

      Thank you so much! I think it will be fairly easy to find vegetarian restaurants in Tokyo as it is such a big city with a great selection of different restaurants.

      Have an amazing trip to Tokyo next year!


  29. This is very nice Article with all information about Tokyo. Thank you maria for bring this, it will help many like me for their next Japan trip, Cheers 🙂

    • Hi Akanksha,

      Thank you so much! Glad to hear that you find it useful and inspirational!

      Happy travels! 🙂


  30. Maria, This is very balanced and great article will all the information related to Tokyo. I’m exploring more in your blog, hope to get more information. Thanks for this post.


  31. This has been so helpful in planning my upcoming trip to Tokyo. We leave in 11 days and I couldnt be more excited. Thank you for sharing!

    • Hi Alexis,

      Thanks a million! So happy to hear that our article on Tokyo could be of help to you when planning your trip! Have a brilliant time in Tokyo! 🙂


  32. Hello! I’m travelling to Tokyo in a couple of weeks.
    I’m really interested to book both, the boat cruise and the sky tree. Any recomendations? Is it easier to book online? If so, is the payment done in Yen or my currency?
    Thanks a lot, I found your post extremely useful.


  33. hello

    thank you so much for such a useful article. I have a question, I need to apply for a visa and one of the requirement is writing a schedule and provide it. so I need to know how I can write a schedule of stay? and if I’ll write the schedule like your above article, and for any reason, i could not follow part or most of them, will it make a problem for me since I already apply visa based on the schedule?

      • Hyy..we are going to tokyo for honeymoon this would be 9 days in japan..we will be arriving at narita..can you give me itinerary of places to go for our honey moon?

        • Hi Jimmy,

          Awesome that you are going to Japan for your honeymoon in March! Congrats on your wedding!

          You can find our recommended Japan Itinerary here which covers the highlights of Japan in our opinion.

          This itinerary is, however, for 14 days or more. So since you only have 9 days, you should skip something. The Alpine Route is still closed for winter in March, so no point in going there.

          To be honest, I would slow things down and mainly stay in Tokyo and Kyoto if I were you and only had 9 days in Japan. For instance 4 days in Tokyo and 5 days in Kyoto.

          If you want to see some nature and Mt Fuji, I recommend that you head to the Fuji Five Lakes areas (to lake Kawaguchiko) on a day-trip from Tokyo or spend a night there. Or Hakone.

          Check out our recommended Kyoto Itinerary here. If you get bored in Kyoto, you can do a day-trip to Osaka (30 min one way by train), Nara (1 hour one way by train), Himeji Castle (45 min one way by train), or Hiroshima (1h and 40 min one way by train).

          Have a fantastic honeymoon in Japan in March and enjoy the cherry blossom!


  34. Wow, “Beautiful Place”. I visit last year Tokyo. It is a very beautiful place. I am 齊崇硯. I am a Ph.D. student from Taiwan. Thanks for sharing useful information.

    • Hi 齊崇硯!

      Thank you so much! Lucky you who visited Tokyo last year, during the pandemic and with no tourists. Must have been amazing! We love Tokyo and hope Japan will soon reopen its border for tourists. Can’t wait to revisit Japan, hopefully, this fall (if possible).

      Thanks for commenting! Taiwan is on our traveling list, hope to visit Taiwan someday, it looks like a beautiful country.

      All the best,


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