What to see in Tokyo in one day

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Martí Micolau

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It is the homeland of the manga, idol, of the sweet dog Hachiko. It is a mix of colors, traditions, eccentricity. We are talking about Tokyo, the varied and very popular Japanese capital which offers itself to the tourist in all its chaos, its contradictions, its unspeakable beauty. Who hasn't experienced an intense emotion seeing cherry blossoms lose their petals? Who hasn't smiled in front of the wild cosplayers who gather, with their costumes, animating the main neighborhoods of the city? From temples to the most "futile" attractions, Tokyo has much to offer to tourists who visit it for the first time, as well as to the "diehards" of the Japanese metropolis. Visit it in just one day it might sound pretty complicated, but never give up! Here is the24 hour itinerary thought for you by ForTravelAdviceLovers.


  1. Tokyo day itinerary: Morning
  2. Tokyo day itinerary: Afternoon
  3. Tokyo day itinerary: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

Tokyo day itinerary: Morning

1 - Tsukiji fish market

Let's kick off this itinerary with a morning visit to Tsukiji fish market. A real ritual for the Japanese, the one during which fishmongers slice the fish, ready to be sold to private individuals or restaurants in order to be cooked. To attend this show, however, you will have to get up very early.
Unusual breakfast at Daiwa Sushi: incredible but true, tourists and natives love to start their day giving themselves a sound dose of energy to the sound of ...sushi and hot green tea, very hot! To try, psychologically preparing for the long waiting lines to taste a very fresh, blast chilled, 100% genuine product. The average price per person ranges between € 23,00 and € 40,00.

2 - Shinjuku and the Government Palace

From Daiwa Sushi, taking the metro Oedo Line from the nearby Tsukijishijō station, you can reach the famous district Shinjuku in just under 40 minutes. Lively, gay - friendly area, within which red-light districts coexist alongside universities (Waseda University and Tokyo Fuji University). Tour in one of the well-stocked shopping centers in the area, a moment of relaxation in the large park in Shinjuku, and visit Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. The building can be visited for free; climbing up to the towers, you can enjoy a fabulous view over the city.

3 - Shibuya district

From Shinjuku-sanchōme station, by getting on the metro Fukutushin Line, we reach another well-known district of the city in 17 minutes, Shibuya. Dynamic, colorful, characterized by huge maxi screens on imposing buildings, designed especially for young people. The homonymous station is a hangout place for cosplayers. Another point of interest within the neighborhood sees the legendary purebred dog as its protagonist Akita Hachiko, whose reproduction of the famous statue (the original was lost during the Second World War) stands out, attracting a crowd of onlookers.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 23,1 km / 50 min
  • Places visited: Tsukiji Fish Market, Shinjuku (Metropolitan Government Building), Shibuya (Hachiko statue)
  • Useful tickets: Tsukiji Market Tour with Cooking Class, Samurai Museum in Shinjuku
  • Where to have breakfast: Daiwa Sushi, 5-2-1 Tsukiji - Tsukiji Fish Market Bldg. No.6, Chuo, Tokyo Prefecture

Tokyo day itinerary: Afternoon

1 - Harajuku district

We reach the Harajuku district, just 15 minutes by subway from Shibuya (just take the F line from the station of the same name), for lunch. Ramen, ramen and more ramen to enjoy from Afuri Harajuku , small diner always full thanks to quality and low prices (a plate of noodles costs between € 7,00 and € 10,00).
Harajuku showcases the most "eccentric" side of the city, starting with the two streets dedicated to shopping: Takeshita ed Omotesandō. The first is populated by young people, full of clothing and accessory shops dedicated to the most varied looks for teenagers, from cyberpunk to "Lolita" style; the second, also known as the "Champs-Élysées of Tokyo", is full of high fashion shops, from Louis Vuitton to Prada.

2 - Meiji Shrine

Erected in honor of the Emperor Mutsuhito and his wife, the Empress Shōken, Meiji shrine it is one of the most popular places of worship for tourists, reachable in just over 15 minutes on foot from Harajuku. The Shinto shrine, surrounded by greenery, is divided into two areas: the Naien - main garden - characterized by the presence of sacred buildings and a museum with the relics of the Emperor and his wife; the Gaien - outdoor garden - which houses the exclusive gallery of Meiji paintings, or 80 illustrations depicting the life of the imperial couple.

3 - Ropponji district and Tokyo Tower

From the shrine, boarding the E subway line from Yoyogi Station, we reach Roppongi. Known in the past to be a "stronghold" of the Yakuza, a fearsome Japanese mafia, today the district is experiencing the glories of an economic recovery that began about 14 years ago. Roppongi is known for the monumental urban complex "Roppongi Hills", which includes shops, a museum, a hotel, an amphitheater and in the center of which stands the monumental Mori Tower, consisting of 54 floors spread over 238 meters in height.
17 minutes from Roppongi, starting from the underground station of the same name and taking the Hibiya Line, we reach one of the "must see" of the city, the Tokyo Tower. The structure, inspired by the French Eiffel Tower with its bright white - orange colors, not only "hosts" the presence of radio - television antennas, but allows visitors a tour inside the tower's attractions, as well as a breathtaking panoramic view, at a price almost derisory.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 8,5 km / 32 min
  • Places visited: Harajuku, Meiji Shrine, Roppongi, Tokyo Tower (€ 7,00)
  • Useful tickets: our fashion and culture guide in Harajuku
  • Where to have lunch: Afuri Harajuku, 3-63-1 Sendagaya - 1F Great Forest, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo Prefecture

Tokyo day itinerary: Evening

1 - Dinner and Odaiba Island

You dine at Sakura, a restaurant that offers the best of itself in its traditional dishes, such as teppanyaki, shrimp and lobster. The cost of a dinner - between € 23,00 and € 76,00 - could be perhaps high, but the quality of the dishes served by staff in kimono is undoubtedly unmatched.
L'artificial islet of Odaiba offers numerous attractions. We absolutely cannot give up a walk on the wonderful Rainbow bridge, the suspension bridge that lights up at night. A must for young and old is the Miraikan, the National Museum of Emerging Sciences and Innovations where it is possible to attend the performances of the innovative Asimo robot, designed by Honda, which emulates human behavior to perfection.

2 - Spa

After this long and exhausting day, there is nothing better than to immerse yourself in the typical spas that have given Japan so much splendor around the world. The pleasure of a relaxing thermal bath - and more - is offered by the theme park Oedo Onsen Monogatari, embellished with an "artificial" Edo atmosphere. But be careful: if your body has even a single tattoo, you may be denied entry to the spa.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 7,6 km / 10 min
  • Places visited: Odaiba; Rainbow Bridge; Miraikan (€ 4,75); Oedo Onsen Monogatari (€ 15,00)
  • Useful tickets: Entrance to the thermal baths of Odaiba
  • Where to dine: Sakura, 1-9-1 Daiba | Hilton Tokyo Odiba 3F, Minato 135-8625, Tokyo Prefecture

Before leaving: useful tips

  • Language: a knowledge of English is recommended - including school - to communicate with Japanese
  • Transfers and public transport: better take a map of the city. To travel by train, we recommend the Japan Rail Pass (buy here). You can also download apps on your smartphone to manage travel by public transport
  • Clothing: Wear comfortable shoes
  • If you decide to extend your stay and enjoy Tokyo by night, consult our offers for accommodation in Tokyo.

What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up

As often and unwillingly happens, the limited time available does not allow you to visit some of the most important and suggestive areas of the city of Tokyo. Among the large excluded, the traditional neighborhoods of Ueno e Asakusa, with their parks, sanctuaries and museums. Another district that cannot be visited in this intense tour is that of Yanaka, one of the few areas of the city "pardoned" by the bombings of the Second World War. Reluctantly, we must also give up the visit to the Tokyo National Museum, which boasts a large collection that deserves a closer visit that only a tour lasting more than a day can guarantee. The "commercial" areas of. Are also excluded from this tour Ginza ed Omotesando and the suggestive garden Hama Rikyu, whose visit is only postponed to the next trip to the fabulous Rising Sun.

  1. Ueno
  2. Asakusa
  3. Yanaka
  4. Tokyo National Museum
  5. Ginza
  6. Omotesando
  7. Hama Rikyu

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