I'll be visiting Japan this November for the first time, and I am very excited! Since I have a limited number of days in the country, I have decided to limit myself to only Tokyo for this trip. This will also be my first time traveling solo, and I am worried that I have either packed too much into this trip, or not enough. If it looks too light, what would you recommend adding? If it looks to busy/hectic, what do you recommend skipping? Also, I know Japan to be a very safe nation, but as a solo female traveler, are there any tips you would give to staying even safer?
Day 1: November 14th - Afternoon arrival to Narita from LAX, planning on simply settling into my hotel and relaxing for the rest of the evening, maybe do some shopping for breakfast at a nearby convenience store for the next morning.
Day 2: November 15th - Morning at the Ghibli museum, afternoon in Shinjuku (particularly Shinjuku Gyoen and perhaps the Takashimaya department store for the Tokyu Hands and the Kinokuniya Bookstore that is located there), and the evening in the Roppongi/Azabu Juban area to meet up with a friend for dinner with them.
Day 3: November 16th - Morning and early afternoon at the Ueno Zoo and the Tokyo National Museum. Late afternoon/evening shopping and exploring in Akihabara.
Day 4: November 17th - Morning at Meiji Jingu and Yoyogi Park, afternoon shopping in Harajuku (Takeshita and Omotesando) and the evening in Shibuya, doing even more shopping.
Day 5 - 7: November 18th - 20th Joining another friend and her GF for three days at Tokyo Disneyland and Sea. I know this may seem a bit excessive, but she, her girlfriend, and I are all big Disney Parks fans, so it seems reasonable for us.
Day 8: November 21st - Morning in Odaiba, visiting the Divercity plaza/mall before taking the water bus to in the afternoon to spend the rest of the day in Asakusa, visiting Sensoji, Nakamise and Tokyo Skytree.
Day 9: November 22nd - Morning in Rikugien Garden, afternoon in the Marunouchi area (Imperial gardens, Tokyo Station shopping. I am leaving the evening open for free time, as I have a feeling I may return to Shibuya, although I may also take the time to visit the Nihonbashi area.
Day 10: November 23rd - I think this day is the one I am most unsure about, as I would love to be able to explore either Mt. Takao or Mt. Mitake, but the super cautious part of me wants to leave the day free in case I missed out on anything in the previous nine days that I need to return to. Should I have the day free, what are your suggestions?
Day 11: Morning in Ikebukuro before my late afternoon departure from Haneda to Hong Kong.
So, how does it look? Okay? Terrible? Anything you would change?