Imperial Palace

The following is a suggested half day itinerary for fast paced travellers, combining Tokyo's serene Imperial East Gardens and the lively Ginza shopping district. Slow travelers can extend the schedule to fill an entire day. Alternatively, it can be easily extended with a few additions.

Outer Park (45 minutes)

Exit the Imperial East Gardens via the Otemon Gate and head south past Nijubashi Bridge through the outer grounds to the Sakuradamon Gate. Cross the street and continue walking down the street to Hibiya Park. Pass through the park and continue southwest toward Ginza.

Recommended Additions

Tsukiji Fish Market

The Tsukiji Fish Market is Japan's largest and busiest fish market and of interest to all the food lovers out there. Visit early in the morning to see the tuna auctions or later in the day to check out the outer wholesale market and sushi restaurants.

Kabukiza Theater

The Kabukiza Theater in Ginza is the best place for foreign visitors to check out a kabuki performance in Tokyo. The theater is currently being renovated and is scheduled to reopen in 2013.

Shiodome

Shiodome is a recently developed skyscraper district, connected with Odaiba by the Yurikamome elevated train. The district is home to the headquarters of Nippon Television and a large variety of shops, cafes, restaurants, theaters, hotels and other attractions.

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.
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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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Agoda Booking
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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Agoda Booking
Shangri-La Hotel
Adjacent to Tokyo Station, this is the city's most conveniently located 5-star hotel.
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Agoda Booking

Tours and travel services

Page last updated: October 20, 2016