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Experience many faces of Tokyo - from hip and trendy, to relaxing and peaceful, to traditionally down-to-earth.

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  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

12 Places

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12 Places

Day 1

Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku

Shopping Malls

Meiji Jingu

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Yoyogi Park

Parks

Gonpachi Shibuya

Restaurants

Day 2

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Gardens

Asakusa

Neighbourhoods

Shin Okubo Korean Town

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Shinjuku Golden Gai

Neighbourhoods

Day 3

Ginza

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Jindaiji Temple

Religious Sites

Tokyo Metropolitan Jindai Botanical Park

Gardens, Parks

Yurakucho

Neighbourhoods

Ayako E's City Tips

  • You can get around almost everywhere in Tokyo with JR trains and Tokyo metro subway lines. Get a "Suica" or "Pasmo" rechargeable card, which you can also use at some shops.
  • While the Tokyo trains and subways are convenient, walking is by far more fun if you have the time, as you get to see small streets with tons of hidden local gems.
  • If you need help with directions, you can probably find someone to assist you (in English) at a kōban police box, which you'll find close to most train stations.
  • There is no tipping when eating out in Japan.
  • If you enjoyed your dining experience and want to express your gratitude or compliment the chef/service staff, a friendly "Gochiso-sama-deshita" will do.
  • When dining out with a large group, it's common for everyone, regardless of what/how much they ate or drank, to pay the same price as calculated by whoever organized the gathering.
  • Getting around without speaking Japanese is not as scary as you may think. Most people are helpful, and little phrases like "sumimasen" (excuse me) and "arigato" (thank you) go a long way.
    Day 1
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    Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku
    Shopping Malls
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    Ayako E Says:

    In many busy areas of Tokyo, like Harajuku, you'll find that relaxing spaces with available seating are hard to come by. You will be pleasantly surprised that the Tokyu Plaza Omotesando building, a prime location in Harajuku, has a Starbucks with a rooftop garden where you will likely find a chair, staircase, bench or swing to sit on. The view is also great, and it will feel like being in a little green oasis in the middle of Tokyo's craziness.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • You can also find other cafes and restaurants within the building, and of course, many shops.
    • If you enjoy shopping and Tokyo-style fashion, you will find lots of inspiration in the Omotesando area.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 102 things to do in Shibuya
    • Toda la zona de Omotesando - Harajuku hay que visitarla! 11/05/2015
    • Billsがあるショッピングビル 06/04/2015
    • Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku
    Address:
    4-30-3 Jingu-mae
    Shibuya 150-0001
    Japan
    Other:
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    Meiji Jingu
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Ayako E Says:

    Meiji Jingu is a beautiful spot in the busy Harajuku area where you can find some peace and quiet - although depending on the time of the day and year, you may see many other visitors. If you're lucky, you may also witness a traditional Japanese Shinto-style wedding.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Meiji Jingu's opening hours are from sunrise to sunset. If you happen to be up at 6 or 7am, an early-morning visit can also be a nice experience.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 102 things to do in Shibuya
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • SHRINE ON A LARGE SCALE (PART OF A DAY TOUR) 24/05/2015
    • Very interesting 23/05/2015
    • Meiji Jingu
    Address:
    1-1 Yoyogi Kamizonocho
    Shibuya 151-0052
    Japan
    Phone:
    +81 3-3379-5511
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    5:45 - 16:30
    Other:
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    Yoyogi Park
    Parks
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    Ayako E Says:

    Right next to Meiji Jingu, Yoyogi Park has lots of green space and is great for a stroll, picnic, working out, or even bird-watching (there's a little bird sanctuary area in the northeast part of the park). Here you will often also see local student clubs and various hobby groups and it's a nice way to get a glimpse of the local life.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you're visiting with a dog, you should have it leashed. There's also a fenced dog-run area, but you need a registration card to use it.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 102 things to do in Shibuya
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very very large 24/05/2015
    • Nice park, watch out for noisy tourists 24/05/2015
    • Yoyogi Park
    Address:
    2-1 Yoyogi Kamizonocho
    Shibuya 151-0052
    Japan
    Phone:
    +81 3-3469-6081
    Other:
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    Gonpachi Shibuya
    Restaurants (Japanese, Bar, Sushi)
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    Ayako E Says:

    The Shibuya location of the famous Gonpachi izakaya restaurant group is on the 14th floor of a skyscraper in the Maruyamacho area, which feels a bit unexpected, given the cozy and bustling atmosphere of the restaurant itself. As with most izakaya-style dining experiences in Tokyo, you'll enjoy tasting many small plates of different dishes, including the freshly grilled 'yakitori' (grilled chicken) and other skewered items.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • For couples and small groups, the counter area is a great seating option as you get to see the chefs' grilling action right in front of you.
    • Call in advance to reserve a table or a private room for groups.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #60 of 2,830 restaurants in Shibuya
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not bad! 22/05/2015
    • Coped well with a large crowd 12/05/2015
    • Gonpachi Shibuya
    Address:
    3-6 Maruyamacho 14F E Space Tower
    Shibuya 150-0044
    Japan
    Phone:
    +81 3-5784-2011
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    11:30 - 3:30
    Fri - Sat
    11:30 - 5:00
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
    Gardens
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    Ayako E Says:

    A short walk from the center of Shinjuku, which is one of the busiest areas in Tokyo, Shinjuku Gyoen is a beautiful green oasis set against the backdrop of Shinjuku's skyscrapers. Explore its well-maintained gardens or relax in the large grass area where you'll see many people picnicking or cherry blossom viewing, a favorite springtime activity in Japan.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is a small entry fee.
    • The park is closed on Mondays and on New Year's holidays.
    • Dogs and other pets are not allowed in the park.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 102 things to do in Shinjuku
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Sweet little park 24/05/2015
    • A nice garden to visit if in Tokyo 23/05/2015
    • Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
    Address:
    11 Naitocho
    Shinjuku 160-0014
    Japan
    Phone:
    +81 3-3350-0151
    Other:
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    Asakusa
    Neighbourhoods
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    Ayako E Says:

    Beyond the very famous Sensoji Temple, which of course is worth a visit, Asakusa's must-see places are the streets that have maintained the charming Shitamachi ('low city') atmosphere. You will find many small streets with lots of local shops and izakayas (casual food and drink establishments) that feel like they came straight out of a Japanese TV drama from the 80s.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • If you're interested in Japanese kitchenware and other household items, you may find good deals in the Kappabashi area in Asakusa, which is known for shops catering to restaurants.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 97 things to do in Taito
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good to go 23/05/2015
    • Great place to experience a condensed version of traditional Japan. 23/05/2015
    • Asakusa
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    Shin Okubo Korean Town
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Ayako E Says:

    From Korean street food to authentic Bulgogi (Korean beef dish) to K-pop goods, you'll find a variety of Korean flavors and colors in Shin Okubo Korean Town. You can also find many Thai and other Asian restaurants that make this part of Tokyo an interesting mix of Japanese and other Asian styles. K-pop idol groups and TV series are big among Japanese fans, and even if you're not interested in Asian boy bands and movie stars, it's a fun experience to see K-pop shops in Korean Town.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • From Shinjuku station, it's also really easy to walk to Shin Okubo (15-20 minutes).
    • You can get to the Shin Okubo area by taking the JR Yamanote line to Shin Okubo station or the JR Chuo line to Okubo station.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 102 things to do in Shinjuku
    • a lot of Korean restaurant around there. u can sighseeing around until night have many restaurant until 5am. 15/05/2015
    • Enjoy Korean Culture at Korean Town 09/05/2015
    • Shin Okubo Korean Town
    Address:
    Shin Okubo
    Shinjuku
    Japan
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    Shinjuku Golden Gai
    Neighbourhoods
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    Ayako E Says:

    Golden Gai is a fascinating little district filled with very small bars, izakayas, and pubs. Walking into Golden Gai, just a few minutes' walk from Shinjuku JR station, feels like traveling back in time and finding yourself in a scene from an Japanese movie from the good old 70s or 80s. With the narrow alleys and tiny buildings squeezed together in this little area, the almost surreal atmosphere is really unlike anything else in the huge and hyper-modern city ward of Shinjuku.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Visiting the Golden Gai area during the day to see its narrow streets may be an interesting experience, but do also visit at night when most bars are open.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 102 things to do in Shinjuku
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Small bars an understatement 23/05/2015
    • Interesting 23/05/2015
    • Shinjuku Golden Gai
    Address:
    Kabukicho
    Shinjuku
    Japan
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    Ginza
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Ayako E Says:

    Ginza is one of the more upscale shopping districts in Tokyo, with many luxury shops. Here you'll also find a taste of 'old school' modern Tokyo, with the influence of Western-style design and lifestyle that was enthusiastically adopted in the late 1800s. Many of Ginza's famous department stores like Mitsukoshi and Matsuya - though today they're very modern and international - have a 200-year plus history. Often crowded with lots of shoppers and diners, Ginza is a fun area to walk around in, even if you're not into shopping.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • On weekends (Sat & Sun 12pm-5pm), Ginza's Chuo Street becomes a Hokosha Tengoku ("pedestrian haven") closed off to traffic, great for window shopping and people watching.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 93 things to do in Chuo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Posh establishment ! Ginza ! Ginza ! 21/05/2015
    • Love Ginza! 20/05/2015
    • Ginza
    Address:
    Ginza
    Chuo 104-0061
    Japan
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    Jindaiji Temple
    Religious Sites
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    Ayako E Says:

    Jindai-ji is a quiet and beautiful temple with a relaxing atmosphere. In addition to visiting the temple, which can be accessed via a short bus ride from the JR Kichijoji station, you will enjoy exploring the charming Edo (old Tokyo) style local shops and cafes nearby. This area is also famous for soba: the quality of the natural well water and the tradition of water-powered grinding mills have made it the coveted soba capital in the Tokyo region.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Most soba restaurants in this area have handmade soba. The 100% ("10割") buckwheat soba has strong buckwheat flavor, while 70% or 80% soba have normal flour added.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Chofu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not a Must-see 31/01/2015
    • great afternoon walk with friends and family 30/11/2014
    • Jindaiji Temple
    Address:
    5-15-1 Jindaijimotomachi
    Chofu 182-0017
    Japan
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    Tokyo Metropolitan Jindai Botanical Park
    Gardens, Parks
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    Ayako E Says:

    A beautiful park in the Jindaiji Temple area, Jindai Botanical Park features an impressive rose garden and a dahlia garden, as well as various seasonal exhibits. In the spring, it's also a great spot for cherry blossom viewing.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There's a park entrance fee for adults, but it's free for young kids (under school age).
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Chofu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very nice and cozy botanical garden 07/08/2014
    • Excellent Cherry Blossom 11/04/2014
    • Tokyo Metropolitan Jindai Botanical Park
    Address:
    5-31-10 Jindaiji Motomachi
    Chofu 182-0017
    Japan
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    Yurakucho
    Neighbourhoods
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    Ayako E Says:

    Yurakucho is another area where you can find Tokyo's 'old neighborhood' charm, especially around the Ga-do Shita district, with its many small izakayas and restaurants built under the elevated train tracks of the JR Yamanote Line.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The Yurakucho area is easily accessible via the JR Yamanote and Keihin-Tohoku Lines (Yurakucho station), and is also close to the JR Tokyo station.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #30 of 108 things to do in Chiyoda
    • Love this srea 19/05/2015
    • Hokkaido Ice Cream and Bic Camera! 27/04/2015
    • Yurakucho
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