What to Expect
Every tourist has his or her own preferences and needs. This tour covers your own must-see spots within 4 hours. Tokyo is famous for its busy railway network system. On the one hand it’s so convenient, but it’s also complicated even for the Japanese. To fully enjoy attractions in Tokyo in a short time, well considered arrangement is necessity. Please let me know your interests, and I’ll make an itinerary especially for you. My policy is, if you give me 6 hours to cut down a tree, then I’ll spend the first four sharpening the ax. It’s my pleasure to do my homework well in advance in order to make you feel free from any anxiety and bring you wonderful travel memories.
Choose 1-2 destinations below, and I'll make an itinerary considering your preferences.
Tokyo modern places:
1. Omotesando, Aoyama and Roppongi district: a street lined with zelkova trees on both sides that provides a relaxing atmosphere. It is also lined with refined shops including brand shops, cafés, as well as restaurants. Let’s enjoy walking in the Minami Aoyama district to Roppongi! (1.5km form Omotesando to The National Art Center in Roppongi)
-The Nezu Museum in Aoyama: popular among foreigners not only for its collection but also its amazing garden.
-The National Art Center in Roppongi: designed by the famous architect, Kisho Kurokawa. The restaurant and café in this building are also fantastic!
2. Ginza: streets lined with good restaurants and a high-end shopping area. New landmarks have been built here recently.
-Kabukiza Tower: office tower that emphasizes traditional Japanese aesthetics, built adjacent to the Kabukiza
-Tsukiji Outer Market: you can find anything from foods such as fresh fish, fresh meats, fresh fruit and vegetables,and dried foods to food-related products such as knives and dinnerware. Also a famous gourmet spot.
3. Marunouchi: -Tokyo Staion: completed in 1914, designated Important Cultural Property, was restored to its original form in 2012.
- KITTE: a commercial facility run by Japan Post. You can enjoy shops that let you experience Japanese craftsmanship as well as restaurants that serve delicious food from across Japan.
-Imperial Palace: The Edo Castle, formerly the Tokugawa Family’s residence, became the Imperial Palace as the Emperor moved to Tokyo from the Kyoto Imperial Palace after the Meiji Restoration.
4. Shinjuku: -Tokyo Metropolitan Government: One of Tokyo's landmarks, with an observatory on the 45th floor
-Department store with popular basement food floors, which offer fancy sweets, delicious prepared dishes, and beautiful box lunches
-huge electronics stores such as Yamada Denki, Bic Camera, and Yodobashi Camera, which offer plenty of equipment such as PCs and electrical home appliances
5. Shibuya, teenager shopping area: Walking from Harajuku to Shibuya, you can see shop windows displaying the latest fashion for the young. And you can visit to Shibuya station to see the Hachiko statue and the ‘human scramble’ traffic crossing.
6. Odaiba: popular among both adults and kids. There are several kids' places like a big shop selling toys, amusement parks, and National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation along with fancy several attractive malls for adults. The Yurikamome elevated train to Odaiba is also popular among tourists.
7.Tokyo Sky Tree: the highest communications and observation tower in Japan, whose observation decks command a breath-taking panorama of Tokyo. There are also a planetarium, an aquarium, and a lot of shops and restaurants, so people from all age groups can enjoy there.
Tokyo good old places:
8. Asakusa: one of the most popular tourist destinations. Senso-ji Temple, famous for its huge red lantern is the biggest Buddhist temple in Tokyo. But do you know that Asakusa-jinja Shrine is in the same grounds? You can learn about the coexistence of Buddhism and Shintoism here. You can buy traditional Japanese souvenirs at the shopping arcade called Nakamise.
9. Experiences in Asakusa: You can enjoy experiencing the tea ceremony, Japanese calligraphy, or photography in kimono.
10. Ueno: -Ueno Park: designated in 1873 as the first park in Japan. In the huge grounds are a museum complex, zoo, and Toshogu Shrine, which was built in 1627 upon request by Tokugawa Ieyasu in his will.
-Ameyoko (short for Ameya-yokocho) is famous for its extremely cheap seasonal goods and other wares such as cosmetics, shoes, sporting goods, leather jackets and jeans.
11. Kiyosumi-Shirakawa: old town with several popular coffee shops, temples and shrines, and a famous Kiyosumi-garden, which is one of the greatest masterpieces in the gardens in Tokyo.
12. Shibamata: Taishakuten Temple may not be so widely known to foreign tourist, but it’s been popular among Japanese people because the temple and the approach lined with many long-established shops used to be a set of the movie titled ‘Tora-san’, which has been loved by the Japanese for many years.
Tokyo Pop Culture like Anime, Games, Comics, and new fashion trend:
13. Akihabara: The center of electric, comic, card game shops, maid cafes, and anime products. Akihabara is the birthplace of "cosplay" and "maid cafes". How about visiting a maid café; café with waitresses dressed in cute maid costumes. You are welcomed by them saying, “Welcome back home, my master."
-Kanda Myojin Shrine: supposedly built in 730, which is dedicated to Taira no Masakado. The vermilion-lacquered main hall is spectacular. It’s also a sanctuary for anime fans now because of the scene of a popular anime “Love Live”. Adjacent to the Akihabara district, you can find omikuji sold in a capsule toy style.
14. Nakano: a Sanctuary for Otaku (geek, nerd, or freak); enjoy Japanese sub-culture fully at Nakano Broadway. If you love a certain anime character, you can even make your cell-phone case printed your favorite one. Anyway, everything Otaku want is here.
15. Harajuku, pop fashion shopping area: all sorts of fashion categories, popular snack such as colorful cotton candy, and unique cafes
16. Ikebukuro: within 10 minutes from Shinjuku
-Sunshine Aquarium: first rooftop aquarium in Japan based on the concept of “an oasis in the sky”
-J-WORLD-TOKYO: indoor theme park full of animated cartoons from popular comic book “Jump” such as “One piece” “Dragon ball” and “Naruto”
-Nanja town: indoor theme park that provides everything from amusement to food all at once, which is popular with groups as well as couples
Shrines and Temples:
17. Meiji-jingu Shrine: Located in Harajuku, Shibuya, it’s popular among foreign tourists. The Well of Kiyomasa in this garden has become famous as a so-called power spot. Pure water has been welling up for more than 400 years.
18. Hie-jinja Shrine: famous for its Sanno Festival, one of the three biggest festivals in Japan. You can also see the National Diet Building and other important buildings nearby.
19. Zojo-ji Temple: situated near Tokyo Tower, Zojo-ji Temple is the chief temple of the Jodo-Buddhist sect. It had a deep connection to the Tokugawa Shogunate family.
20. Tokyo Daijingu: called ‘o-Ise-sama in Tokyo’, this shrine is especially popular among young women who want to encounter their future husband. You can get a pretty charm on which flowers or Hello Kitty is embroidered.
If you are interested in shrines, please visit my blog, "Visiting Tokyo ten shrines".