Hello my freaks!
Last blog, I made a “bucket list” of things that help you all to well prepare for your trip to Tokyo and I hope that it was helpful in someway. If you haven’t read it then here is the link Tokyo Travel Guide (Part 1) – Get Ready.
As I promised, Part 2 of the Tokyo Travel Guide will be a full 3 days itinerary around Tokyo. I personally made it after a lot of research on travel’s blog, youtube and google…We mostly followed this itinerary and found it perfectly fine and I felt like we did a great job covering most of Tokyo in such a short amount of time.
We were in Tokyo for 5 days but we were taking 2 day trips to Nikko and Mt.Fuji and I will put those in separate posts because I want to go into details about those exciting trips.
So here is our 5-days-itinerary:
Day 1 – Edo Wonderland in Nikko
Day 2 – Tokyo
Day 3 – Tokyo
Day 4 – Mt.Fuji
Day 5 – Tokyo
But if you want to only do Tokyo and visit Disneyland and other attractions for 5 days, that’s cool too. Here is my suggested 3 days itinerary:
(Warning: There will be a lot of walking since taxi in Tokyo is extremely expensive and we can’t speak Japanese or own a sim card so Uber doesn’t work either. Blessing for the subway/metro system though!)
Day 1 – Modern Tokyo/West Side
- Meiji-jingu Shrine: From Harajuku station, you can easily walk to Meiji Shrine within 5 minutes. It’s located in a beautiful forest and adjacent to Yoyogi Park (if you travel Tokyo during the blooming season, then definitely visit Yoyogi Park and have a little picnic.)
- Nezu Museum: We didn’t get a chance to visit this museum but it sure sits on top of my list due to its signature Japanese architecture. Some people call it the smaller version of MoMa with the mix collection between modern and traditional Japanese art. If you get to come to Nezu Museum, don’t forget to check the garden too because I heard good things about it.
- Hachiko Statue: Hachiko statue is a small attraction for any dog lovers or anyone who just simply admire his story. The main reason why this is one of the most famous destinations in Tokyo is because of its location, Shibuya. The statue is right in front of the Shibuya station and next to the famous Shibuya cross roads. The surroundings are full of shops and restaurants that definitely will capture your heart.
- Roppongi Hills: The best time to visit Roppongi Hills is at night. There are plenty of activities to do around this area. You can come to the observation deck and Mori Art Museum at Mori Tower. It has a lot of shops as well but if you’re not into high-end products then I don’t suggest to go here for shopping,
Day 2 – Traditional Tokyo/East Side
- Senso-ji Temple: I’ve been to many temples in many countries but Senso-ji Temple did impress me the most. I love how the red color of this temple is more subtle and blends in with its scenery. The road that leads to the main gate is full of souvenir shops and street foods, which I love. Unfortunately, the Asakusa jinja Shrine was under construction when we were there. But we got to witness a praying session of the monks. OMG! Their robes are stunning! I’ve never seen a monk’s robe with purple and green color before but somehow it matches the subtle red perfectly.
(There is a small amusement park right next to the temple and that explained a lot about all the screaming we heard)
- Ueno Park: is a huge public park in Tokyo that includes many museums like Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan of Art, National Museum of Nature, Ueno Zoo and Science. Out of all the options, we picked the Metropolitan of Art and got to see a collection of Renaissance paintings from Venice. After, we got ourself Starbucks and watched some of the street performers.
- Tokyo Skytree: If you happen to have some spare time before dinner, then check out Tokyo Skytree. It’s another observation deck that let you get a total view of Tokyo. However, I don’t recommend going to this attraction because I heard that the ticket is quite expensive and the line to go up is always long (20-30 minutes waiting).
- Harajuku: Oh man! I cannot describe how much I love Harajuku. I prefer to shop here because the clothes are so unique and affordable. Before coming Tokyo, I decided to not shop at mainstream brands such as Zara, F21 or H&M because I wanted to experience with Japanese style and Harajuku did satisfy my need. A lot of shops here are Japan-made only or vintage/thrift shops. Some must-do-things here beside shoppings are: have fun taking kawaii pictures at Purikura photobooth, eat crepes, drink bubble teas. (Most stores in Tokyo close really early around 8pm-9pm)
- Kawaii Monster Cafe: This cafe is a mad house It’s like you’re going on a LSD trip and it proved that Japan is really crazy. From the decoration concept to the food, there is no such thing called normal here. We had to pay a 500 yen for the entrance fee (1 drink included). In order to sit in one of their crazy mushroom booths, you have to eat something. Too bad I didn’t take any picture because I was too busy enjoy the view and watch the dancer.
Day 3 – Tsukiji Fish Market and Shinjuku
- Tsukiji Fish Market: The hardest part going to Tsukiji is to wake up early so you can be there when the famous tuna auction is happening. It’s also the best place to eat sashimi and sushi because ya know, it’s FREAKIN FRESH!
- Samurai Museum: Located in Shinjuku area, this museum will show you everything you need to know about the samurai culture. It’s in fact quite small but full with activities. They offer a free English tour around the museum, a samurai performance, a ninja versus samurai battle as well.
- Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building: We tourists love some free stuffs and this building offers a free observatory deck with no line. With a clear sky, you can totally see Mt. Fuji from here. There is also a cafe located on the same floor so you can have a rest and enjoy your afternoon’s snacks.
- Kabukicho: is the entertainment and red-light district in Tokyo. The reason why I visited Kabukicho is because how bright this area is compared to others. It’s covered with neon signs, LED lights and noise. I recommend going to the Robot Restaurant/Show in Kabukicho since it again proves that Japan is weird and crazy but in a fun way.
Since we had a tight schedule in Tokyo, we didn’t get to fully cover every area. One of them is Akihabara; the area that will make all anime and manga lovers go nuts. I had to make a promise to myself that one day I will comeback to Tokyo and stay longer because there is so much more to see, to do, and of course to eat. Speaking about food, part 3 of this Tokyo series is dedicated to restaurants and cafes that I’ve been while visiting Tokyo.
Until next time, stay freaky.