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The following is a suggested, fast-paced full day itinerary of Western Tokyo's busy shopping districts of Shinjuku, Shibuya and Harajuku. This itinerary can be extended with a few additions.

Takeshita Dori (1 hour)

Leave the shrine through its main gate next to Harajuku Station. Cross the street in front of the station and explore the trendy shops and boutiques of Takeshita Dori Street. Note that most shops do not open before 11am.

Recommended Additions

NHK Studio Park

NHK Studio Park is the headquarters and broadcasting center of Japan's public television and radio broadcaster. The park is open to the public.

Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi Park is a spacious public park in Western Tokyo.

Kabukicho

Japan's largest red light district features countless restaurants, bars, nightclubs, pachinko parlors, love hotels and a wide variety of red light establishments for both sexes and sexual orientations. Explore with caution and beware of exorbitant cover fees.

Omoide Yokocho

Omoide Yokocho, also known under the more colorful moniker Piss Alley, is a small network of alleyways along the tracks northwest of Shinjuku Station. The narrow lanes are filled with dozens of tiny eateries serving ramen, soba, sushi and yakitori.

Golden Gai

Golden Gai is a small, atmospheric nightlife district in Kabukicho packed with over 200 small bars and eateries. Most places are very small, seating only a few at a time, and typically cater to a few regular customers. A few of the bars openly welcome foreign guests with signs and menus set outside listing prices in English.

Shopping

Shinjuku, Shibuya and Harajuku are popular shopping areas with a large variety of department stores and electronics shops.

Hotels around Tokyo

Recommended Hotels
Backpackers Hostel K's House Tokyo
One of the most popular hostels in Tokyo.
Book:
Hostelworld
Hotel Century Southern Tower
The most conveniently located hotel in Shinjuku, just a few steps from the station entrance.
Book:
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.
Book:
Agoda Booking
Keio Plaza Hotel
One of Tokyo's most popular hotels and best values, a 5-10 minute walk from the station.
Book:
Agoda Booking
Ritz Carlton Tokyo Hotel
Leading 5-star hotel on the top floors of Tokyo Midtown.
Book:
Agoda Booking
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 27, 2016