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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

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.

Suggested Half Day Schedules

Shinjuku Half Day

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.

Suggested Side Trips

Kamakura

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

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

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

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

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.

Kawagoe

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.

Hotels around Tokyo

Recommended Hotels
Backpackers Hostel K's House Tokyo
One of the most popular hostels in Tokyo.
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Hostelworld
Hotel Century Southern Tower
The most conveniently located hotel in Shinjuku, just a few steps from the station entrance.
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Japanican
Hotel Metropolitan Marunouchi
Adjacent to Tokyo Station, this is one of the city's most convenient and comfortable hotels.
Book:
Agoda Booking
Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku
Just a few steps from Shinjuku Station, this hotel ranks among Tokyo's best values.
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Keio Plaza Hotel
One of Tokyo's most popular hotels and best values, a 5-10 minute walk from the station.
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Ritz Carlton Tokyo Hotel
Leading 5-star hotel on the top floors of Tokyo Midtown.
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Shangri-La Hotel
Adjacent to Tokyo Station, this is the city's most conveniently located 5-star hotel.
Book:
Agoda Booking

Tours and Experiences

Page last updated: October 20, 2016