Tokyo, Tokyo, Tokyo….we’re back!
The capital of Japan is home to many wards, 23 of them even being regarded as “special”. Folks, we’ve barely scratched the surface when it comes to exploring them. It’s slightly confusing but the wards are referred to as a “city” so from this point on that’s what we’ll call them. It also makes things so much easier for us Americans. And though we also call Tokyo a city, it’s technically a “metropolitan prefecture”. This geography lesson will all come into play, trust us. Situations like booking a hotel are where knowledge like this helps.
Now where should we explore?
Right off the bat, we know it’s not feasible to do it all. We’ve even stated at the start of our trip, only five days will be spent in Tokyo. There are some new places to check out and old favorites from our first trip we felt nostalgic to visit.
Popular cities in Tokyo to visit, off the top of our heads, are Shibuya (no question), Shinjuku, Taito, Chiyoda, Chuo, Minato, and Sumida.
Furthermore, inside Shibuya is where you’ll find Harajuku, Asakusa is in Taito, Chiyoda holds Akihabara, Ginza is found in Chuo, Minato is where the Tokyo Tower is found while Tokyo Skytree is in Sumida.
Outside this list are more places to choose from. Though during our previous trip we did visit some different locations that aren’t listed here.
In our own agenda, we missed out on things for various reasons like timing, fatigue, and prior engagements. But they’ll still be listed as inspiration and ideas for your own trip. When you do visit a “missed” location let us know on social media so we can live through you. Or you can just rub it in our faces, lol.
So coming together this is how we laid it out:
Day One: Asakusa and Skytree
Day Two: Shibuya, Shinjuku and Tokyo Dome City
Day Three: Bunkyo City, Sunshine City, Nakano Broadway and Akihabara
Location: Asakusa, Taito
Activity: Sensoji (Asakusa Kannon Temple) Buddhist temple.
The Sensoji temple is an extremely well-known spot in Asakusa and a defining trademark of Asakusa and Tokyo.
Suggestion: Hanayashiki Amusement Park
A historic gem of amusement parks.
Location: Sumida near Taito
Activity: Tokyo Skytree (Taitou-Skytree) and Pokémon Center Skytree Town.
Activity: Hachiko the loyal dog, Shibuya Crossing, Resident Evil: Retribution zombie scene movie location footstep, another movie reference search, Oriental Market and Meiji Jingu.
Activity: Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden (+Greenhouse)
Location: Tokyo Dome City
Activity: Jump Shop and Big O Karaoke Ferris Wheel.
Location: Bunkyo City
Activity: Rikugien Gardens
Location: Sunshine City
Activity: Sunshine City Alpa, a beautiful shopping mall, Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo and Namjatown.
Location: Nakano Broadway,
Activity: Shopping Plaza and rotating sushi.
Activity: Pirukura and Karaoke
Location: Palette Town
Activity: Venus Fort
Location: Driver City
Activity: The Life-Sized Gundam Unicorn and The Gundam Base Tokyo.
Activity: Odaiba Pier and Statue of Liberty.
Location: Shibakoen, Minato City, Tokyo near Roppongi
Activity: Tokyo Tower
Activity: Shopping Center + temple and Owl Café.
Missed: Joy City, Imperial Palace
Activity: SWALLOWTAIL Butlers Cafe
Activity: Alice on Wednesday
Missed: Denki Syookai – dessert tacos (ice cream)
Activity: Redeem/activate our JR Pass
Location: Private Event
Activity: Private Event
We’ve broken down each day and invite you to take inspiration from any of our agendas. While planning we took into account location in addition to train fare and grouped activities with the area. In general, we were able to tackle almost everything on our list for Tokyo. Don’t you just love it when a plan almost comes together?
Once Tokyo was done it was time to head to Kyoto!
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