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TOKYO ITINERARY 2

Visit select destinations around Tokyo

  • Day 1

    Hotel in Shinjuku
    Walking

    Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

    Although a government facility, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building also makes a fine touristic destination.
    Notable is the free, open observation deck, which gives you unbroken views of Tokyo at 202 meters elevation.
    Not only can you see Tokyo Skytree® and Tokyo Tower, but on clear days, you can see straight across to Mt. Fuji.
    Address2-8-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjku-ku, Tokyo

    Images: © Tokyo Convention&Visitors Bureau

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    Kabuki-cho

    This is the best entertainment district in East Asia, and is thronged with restaurants, gaming facilities, and cinemas. Considered a “city that never sleeps,” it is a place where you will find lots of people walking the streets at night, lit by neon, as though it were the most natural thing in the world.
    Recently, the TOHO Cinemas Shinjuku, Tokyo’s largest cinema complex, opened as a new destination in Kabuki-cho. More notable still is the Godzilla head that looms above it.
    AddressKabuki-cho 1-chome and 2-chome, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
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    Shinjuku Station
    JR
    Harajuku Station
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    Meiji Jingu Shrine

    Meiji Shrine consecrates the spirits of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. It is home to the solemn inner garden, as well as the outer garden, where the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery, first-rate sporting facilities, and other buildings can be found. In addition, there is the Meiji Kinenkan, where weddings, ceremonies, and parties are held.

    The dense and lush evergreen forest here is a manmade forest that is the result of 100,000 trees shipped in from across the country to commemorate the enshrinement of the grounds.
    The rich forest is now 700,000 square meters in size and has become a fond place of respite for locals.
    Here you will find Kiyomasa’s Well, said to have been excavated by Kato Kiyomasa himself, as well as iris beds, planted by Emperor Meiji for the empress, among other sights.
    Address1-1 Yoyogi Kamizono-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
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    Harajuku

    Harajuku is known as a place where young people can pick up stylish items for cheap.
    Everything from accessories to miscellaneous goods and clothing can be found on Takeshita-dori, all jam-packed and vying for attention. Small wonder that it is always busy with activity.
    This part of town has also been responsible for sparking off various fads for desserts like crepes and pancakes, with the most popular shops forming snaking lines.
    This is one of the epicenters of the Cool Japan movement, and brings people from far and wide around the world.
    Address1-18-20 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

    Images: © Tokyo Convention&Visitors Bureau

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    Hotel in Shinjuku
  • Day 2

    Hotel in Shinjuku
    Walking
    Shinjuku Station
    JR
    Akihabara Station
    Walking

    Akihabara

    Following WWII, Akihabara thrived as a black market stocking radio components and other products. Before long, shops selling household appliances and electrical components popped up, and the town began being called “Electric Town.”

    As the times evolved, this led to personal computers and videogames. In the 2000s, “geek” culture like anime and manga took root here, and it is now a global destination for such pursuits.

    There are also French maid cafes and local “idols” you can meet. It has evolved into one of Japan’s foremost subcultural areas.
    Address1-chome Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

    Images: © Tokyo Convention&Visitors Bureau

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    Akihabara Station
    JR
    Ueno Station
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    Tokyo National Museum

    The Tokyo National Museum is Japan’s oldest museum and was built on March 10, 1872 as part of the first annual exhibit by the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture at the Yushima Seido (Taiseiden).

    The main building features Japanese art, while the Gallery of Horyuji Treasures maintains a collection of some 300 national treasures, some on display, offered to the Imperial household by Horyu-ji in Nara in 1878 and then moved into storage following WWII.
    It has also expanded to encompass the Heiseikan, the Asian Gallery (Toyokan), the Kuroda Memorial Hall, and the Hyokeikan, and also puts on exhibitions overseas.
    Address13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo
    Walking
    Ueno Station
    Subway
    Asakusa Station
    Walking

    Senso-ji Temple

    Senso-ji Temple is the oldest temple in Tokyo, having been built in 645.
    The principal object of worship is a statue of the Kannon bodhisattva, so the temple is also locally referred to as Asakusa-Kannon.
    Here you will find the Kaminari-mon gate, a symbol of Asakusa, as well as a five-story pagoda.
    Nakamise is one of Japan’s oldest shopping arcades and features shops lined with red lacquered paint, among other lovely sights.
    The Kaminari-mon gate is a place many tourists like to take a commemorative photo and is always alive with activity.
    Address2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
    Walking
    Asakusa Station
    Subway
    Oshiage Station
    Walking

    Tokyo Skytree®

    Tokyo Skytree is a free-standing broadcasting tower located at Oshiage 1-chome, Sumida-ku, Tokyo.
    The surrounding area, which encompasses tourism and commercial facilities, as well as office buildings, is referred to as Tokyo Skytree Town® and is thronged with people each day.

    First opened in May 2012 as a broadcasting tower and tourism facility, it is Japan’s tallest structure at 634 meters height.
    Address1-1-2, Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

    Images: ©TOKYO-SKYTREETOWN

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    Oshiage Station
    Subway
    Asakusabashi Station
    JR
    Shinjuku Station
    Walking
    Hotel in Shinjuku
  • Day 3

    Hotel in Shinjuku
    Walking
    Tochomae Station
    Subway
    Tsukijishijo Station
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    Tsukiji Outer Market

    Tsukiji became a public market in the early Showa period (1926-1989). Originally, the main fish market was located in Nihonbashi.
    Soon, professional chefs were sourcing ingredients there.
    Today, it is a popular shopping destination for one and all, including tourists.
    If you plan to visit, the best time to go is between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM. There are lots of ingredients and implements fit for the pros, as well as restaurants serving food. In all, you will find 550 shops here.
    Address5-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
    Walking
    Tsukiji Station
    Subway

    Tokyo Station

    Construction for Tokyo Station began in March of 1908 and continued until December 1914, when the station first opened as the gateway to Japan.
    The Marunouchi building emerged as the capital’s central station and played a pivotal role in its modernization. Over the intervening years, the area evolved into one of Japan’s leading business districts.

    In 2012, the Marunouchi building, designated as an important cultural property, was restored to its original appearance.
    Tokyo Station City continues to evolve as a dialogue between past and present and Japan and the world.
    AddressMarunochi 1-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
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    Hibiya Park

    This was Japan’s first modern Western-style garden. It celebrated its 110th anniversary in 2013.
    The enthusiasm of the landscapers, who were frontrunners at the time, is on view at a range of outdoor music venues and public halls today.
    The insights gleaned from this park continue to be used in a wide range of public projects.
    The flower beds bloom year-round with vividly-colored flowers, so the site has become a place of respite for those working in the nearby business zones.
    The large fountain plaza and second flowerbed are the foremost symbol of Hibiya Park and often appear on television and in magazines.
    AddressHibiya Park, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

    Images: Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association

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    Hibiya Station
    Subway
    Ginza Station
    Walking

    Mikimoto Ginza

    In 1893, founder Mikimoto Kokichi succeeded in cultivating pearls for the first time ever worldwide.
    Mikimoto evolved to become a premiere jeweler for over half a century, offering one of the world’s only fully integrated approaches to production through sale and bringing excellent quality, design, and craftsmanship.

    The Ginza 4-chome location has the world’s largest showfloor devoted to jewelry. The facade of the building is based on the idea of the sea shining in springtime, and goes back to Mikimoto’s roots dealing in a product derived from nature.

    The spacious, luxurious shop carries everything from high-end pieces to everyday items, all of a high quality. There is also bridal jewelry and unique statement pieces.
    Address4-5-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
    Walking
    Ginza Station

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