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Suggested Tokyo Itineraries and Side Trips

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At least two full days are required to experience the modern, urban city of Tokyo; however, at least a week would be needed to get to know Japan's capital city more intimately.

Suggested full day schedules:

Western Tokyo Full Day (more details)
This itinerary takes you on a full day walking tour of Tokyo's popular western districts. Starting at the tranquil, wooded grounds of Meiji Shrine, the plan moves on to explore urban Shinjuku, Shibuya and Harajuku, some of the city's most popular shopping and entertainment districts and centers of Japan's youth culture and fashion.

Asakusa and Odaiba Full Day (more details)
This itinerary combines a trip to the historic Asakusa district, including Sensoji Temple and its narrow shopping streets with a visit to the modern malls and museums on Odaiba. The plan utilizes the Tokyo Water Bus and Yurikamome elevated train to travel between the two districts and stops off at Hama Rikyu garden along the way.

 
Suggested half day schedules:

Shinjuku Half Day (more details)
This half day itinerary explores the sites around Shinjuku Station, the busiest train station in the world, which is surrounded by one of Tokyo's most popular shopping and entertainment districts. Included in the plan are Shinjuku Gyoen, the modern skyscraper district of western Shinjuku and the observation decks of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office with plenty of opportunities for shopping and a large variety of restaurants along the way.

Asakusa Half Day (more details)
Basically the first half of our Asakusa and Odaiba full day itinerary, this plan explores the narrow shopping lanes and entertainment streets around Sensoji Temple in the historic Asakusa district.

Odaiba Half Day (more details)
This itinerary comprises the second half of our Asakusa and Odaiba Full Day itinerary. It explores the futuristic architecture, modern malls and numerous museums around Odaiba and ends with a relaxing visit to Oedo Onsen.

Imperial Palace and Ginza Half Day (more details)
This itinerary explores the areas surrounding Tokyo Station. It combines a visit to the spacious grounds of the Tokyo Imperial Palace with a trip to Tokyo's famed Ginza shopping district.

 
Suggested side trips:

Kamakura (more details)
Kamakura, one hour south of Tokyo, is full of historic temples and shrines. It makes a perfect one day trip from Tokyo, especially for those looking to see some traditional Japanese culture.

Nikko (more details)
Nikko, two hours north of Tokyo, is the site of the famous Nikko Toshogu Shrine, the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu who was one of Japan's most influential personalities. The shrines and temples of Nikko can be seen in a one day trip from Tokyo, but two days are recommended if you also wish to visit Nikko's beautiful national park.

Yokohama (more details)
Yokohama is Japan's second most populated city, only half an hour south of Tokyo. It makes a good one day trip from Tokyo, and offers several museums, Japan's largest chinatown and a lively waterfront area.

Hakone (more details)
Hakone, a beautiful mountainous area which is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, lies about two hours west of Tokyo. Hakone offers visitors beautiful nature, good views of Mount Fuji, historic sites and plenty of hot springs. Hakone can be visited in a one day trip, but an overnight stay at a ryokan is recommended.

Kusatsu Onsen (more details)
About three hours north of Tokyo, Kusatsu Onsen is one of Japan's most famous hot spring resorts and is blessed with copious amounts of some the country's best hot spring water. The town offers a wide variety of attractive hot spring baths and other outdoor activities, and is best visited on an overnight trip combined with a stay at a ryokan.

Fuji Five Lakes (more details)
The Fuji Five Lakes (Fujigoko) is a lake resort region at the base of Mount Fuji, with plenty of attractions such as theme parks, hot springs, museums and outdoor activities to explore. This is also the most popular access point for Mount Fuji and makes a good base for climbing the mountain.

Tokyo Disney Resort (more details)
Just 15 minutes from Tokyo Station, Tokyo Disney Resort is made up of two separate parks: Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. The former is a version of the original Disneyland in Los Angeles, while Tokyo DisneySea is a unique, water themed park exclusive to Japan.

Kawagoe (more details)
A short 30 minute train ride from Ikebukuro, Kawagoe is a historic town known as "Little Edo" (Edo being the former name of Tokyo), because the city retains some of the architecture and ambiance of the Edo Period (1603-1867), which have disappeared in Tokyo itself due to earthquakes, wars and redevelopment.

Tour Packages from Tokyo:

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Snow Walls Otani, Shirakawa-go
Departure and return at Shinjuku. Tours guaranteed with at least two bookings. All lodging and transportation is covered. Offered through June, this tour is popular among Japanese people, so book early!

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