Sample Itinerary Tokyo for 4 days
Sample Itinerary Tokyo for 4 days
When you’re traveling to a new country it can often be difficult to plan your own itinerary if you do not have any tours reserved. So to help you out I have come up with a 4 day itinerary. You can of course change the order of when you do things and replace some of the activities with your own too!
Cross the famous Shibuya scramble crossing and take pictures here. If you go during the day on a weekday there wont be too many people here. But if you go at night or on the weekend it will be packed with people and you’ll see all the chaos. People are walking in every and any direction. When it’s chaotic it’s chaotic.
2. Shibuya Starbucks
If you want to get a birds eye view of the Shibuya Scramble crossing then the best free view would be from the starbucks right where the crossing is. There’s usually no seats by the window as it’s always packed with people but you’ll still get to see the nice view.
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Take a purikura picture at Adores Shibuya. There are a bunch of different purikura booths you can choose from. They often have a preview outside of the booth so you can take a look at that before picking which one you want to go into.
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4. Have lunch at Genki Sushi
At Genki Sushi you can order your sushi using an iPad. A few minutes after ordering you’ll see your order shoot out from one end of the room and stop right in front of you. After taking your dishes off it will shoot back to the other side of the room.
5. Walk over to Harajuku Area
You can easily walk from Shibuya to Harajuku. It’s really not far of a walk at all. I would say about 20 minutes.
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6. Takeshita Doori
This is a must see. You’ll see the part of the crazy and funky style of the Japanese people. This area is a famous gathering area for the teens in Japan. You’ll see many teens in their school uniforms hanging out here. This would probably be a great place to get a gift for your friends back home.
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7. Meiji Jingu Shrine
After walking around Takeshita Doori you can go towards the Harajuku station and then a few minutes away is the Meji Jingu Shrine. It’s really hard to believe that such a peaceful place exists in this area. Not only just peaceful but it’s also hard to believe that there’s such a big place filled with nature in this area. If you’re lucky you’ll get to witness a traditional Japanese wedding while you’re there.
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8. Yoyogi Park
Yoyogi park is right by Meiji Jingu. It’s a great place to go during the cherry blossom season. It’s also a great place to have a picnic during the fall and summer season.
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9. Kawaii Cafe
This place is nothing like you’ve ever seen before. It’s amazing how much they’ve put into the decoration of this place. The food is extremely colorful. In fact, the whole place is super colorful.
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10. Go to Torikizoku Izakaya
Walk back to Shibuya and see the night life in Shibuya. Shibuya looks completely different at night with all the lights. Torikizoku is a cheap izakaya that Japanese people like to go to. You’ll see business men in suits after work or college students enjoying drinks. You’ll get to really see what people are like in Japan to get loose after work or school. Especially on a Friday night.
1. Go to Sensoji
The Sensoji is a must see if you are in Tokyo. It’s beautiful and there is still so much of the old Japanese traditional areas that are left behind. There are little shops along the way called the Nakamachi shops that sell lots of Japanese goods. If you go into the side streets you’ll see lots of cool shops and restaurants.
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You can either walk or take a train to the skytree. The view from the top is very spectacular. However, there are many tourists who don’t want to bother even going up as there are long lines and it’s also expensive. If you’re one of those people then even walking towards it you can get a fantastic view of the Skytree. I’m sure that many of you will think that that is enough.
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There is an area near the Sensoji that is very well known for their old fashion izakaya and yakitori restaurants. They are all outdoor. During the winter there are often plastic tarps to keep the warm air inside.
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1. Imperial Palace
The Tokyo Imperial Palace is the primary residence of Japan’s Emperor. There are water filled moats and trees that surround the area which gives it that ‘nature’ taste within the metropolitan city. The three different parks that are open to the public and also free of charge are the: 1. Kokyo Gaien (this is the garden area that is located outside of the palace) 2. Kokyo Higashi Gyoen (this is the garden that is located on the East side of the palace) 3. Kita no-maru-koen park. There are also areas around the palace in which you can actually go to, however, in order to do so you will need to make reservations in advanced.
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2. Tsukiji Market
The Tsukiji Market is known for being the biggest fish market in the world. Besides fish the market is also filled with fruits and vegetables that they sell. Another thing that the Tsukiji fish market is most well known for is their tuna auction. It is definitely worth going to but they unfortunately only allow 120 people to watch the auction. There are no advanced reservations so it’s first come first serve style. They usually allow the first 60 people to enter around 5:30 am. But it said that people will start lining up hours before the first batch of people are let in. The Tsukiji fish market was originally scheduled to close down and move to a location in Toyosu in November 2016. However, they have decided to delay the move and so now they are planning to do the move sometime in October 2018. Visiting the Tsukiji Fish market will become much more difficult in regards to getting there once it moves to Toyosu so for those who want to visit make sure to go before October 2018!
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The Hamarikyu is a beautiful Japanese garden located right near the Tsukiji fish market. Depending on the time that you go there are free English speaking guides that will show you around the garden and state all the facts about it. There is also a tea house with a spectacular view where visitors can relax. The garden is open from 9 to 5 pm, however, the last entrance time is 4:30 pm. Also the garden does close down for certain holidays so make sure to check the website before making your visit. The entrance fee is 300 yen if you are only going to be seeing the Hamarikyu area. If you would also like to see the Kyu Shiba Rikyu area then the entrance fee will be 400 yen.
Ameyokocho is an open air market that is located near the Ueno station. During the early post war era this area used to be lines with candy shops. Thereby, Ameya (meaning candy shop), is where it gets it’s name from. Now there are a bunch of different shops lined up. From fresh produce to imported goods to bags, clothing and sports wear. In a lot of Asian countries, it may be pretty normal to negotiate a deal. But in Japan, you will hardly be able to negotiate a price. But it is said that at Ameyokocho you can negotiate a price with them.
2. Ueno Park
There are many different activities that you can do at Ueno Park. If you go during the Summer, Spring of Fall you can go for a bought ride in the Ueno park pond. During the Summer on a nice sunny date you can enjoy a boat ride with your family, friends or partner. During Fall, the leaves turn into a beautiful red, yellow and orange color which you can look at while rowing a boat. And during spring you can witness the famously beautiful cherry blossoms.
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3. Ueno Toshogu Shrine
This is a shrine that was built in 1627 in memory of Tokugawa Ieyasu, who was the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate. To the Japanese, Tokugawa is the most famous warrior who is highly respected for what he did. Tokugawa was responsible for unifying all of the feudal domains. Forming the basis of rule, during the Edo period. The Toshogu Shrine is open from 9:30 to 4:30 but the last entrance is 4:00 pm. There are certain holidays that it is closed so be sure to check their website before making a visit. There is also a 500 yen entrance fee.
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4. Shinjuku Golden Gai
This place has become extremely popular amongst tourists and foreigners in the last couple of years. This place is very unique. It is very much like the traditional izakayas, restaurants and bars that used to exist in japan.
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5. Shinjuku Omoide Yokocho
The omoide Yokocho is pretty much like the golden gai except that it’s a smaller area. They are both very cool though so it would be best to take a look at the two. Both of them are only open at night so there is not much to see during the day. Omoide yokocho is located right near the Shinjuku station but the golden gai is a bit further away but still walking distance from the station.
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