We introduce the most popular itineraries amongst our customers who choose tours on Triplelights. We hope it helps you to plan your perfect itinerary during your trip to Japan. In our sixteenth post of the series, we focus on the best full day tour of Tokyo, with a focus on the most enjoyable attractions across the city.
In this eight hour itinerary we begin at Meiji Shrine, dedicated to Emperor Meiji, before visiting Shinjuku for an incredible view of Tokyo from the Tokyo Metropolitan Observatory. Switching modern Japan for old Tokyo, we visit Asakusa, before taking a trip to Tokyo Station to enjoy a feast of shops. Finally, opposite the station is the Imperial Palace, a fitting end to a tour that begins and ends with a former and current Emperor of Japan.
1. Meiji Jingu Shrine
Meiji Shrine is an escape from the neon lights of the busy Shibuya district of Tokyo. This incredible shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji is a great place to experience customs and culture of old Japan. Festivals and weddings take place at the shrine throughout the year, and the surrounding nature makes it an incredible place to relax and enjoy the tranquillity and the mystical energy within.
2. Tokyo Government Building
A restaurant surrounded by glass at 202 meters, stunning views of Shinjuku from the panoramic observation deck, and on a clear day, a view of Mount Fuji. Taking the elevator up to the 45th floor of the Tokyo Government Building is free, and so too are the amazing views of an endless city.
Take a ride on a rickshaw, or get your fortune at Senso-ji Temple, there is plenty to do in the former entertainment district of Asakusa. You can shop for incredible food and souvenirs on Nakamise Street, or explore some of the more modern buildings including the Sumida Asahi Beer Headquarters, or the newest addition to the skyline, Tokyo Skytree.
4. Tokyo Station
Tokyo Station is not only one of the main transport hubs in the city, but its architecture is something to admire. Within the station, there are hundreds of shops and restaurants, gourmet food from around the world, and an amazing section featuring character good shops that will make the perfect gifts for your friends back home.
5. Imperial Palace
The Imperial Palace is an excellent place to end your day. Take a relaxing stroll around the outer walls, surrounded by a vast moat. Enjoy the lush and overabundant scenery, the castle-esque walls, and the old buildings situated around the outer-palace. The Imperial Palace East Gardens are open to the public, and if you have time, they make a great spot for an outdoor picnic style lunch in the beautiful gardens that once housed Edo Castle.
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