You are visiting Tokyo but you have only one day in the city. I want you to make the most of your vacation. If you have a right plan, it is possible to visit most of major sights of Tokyo. Here is the suggested itinerary if you can keep up…. This is recommended for those who are fast and good walkers!!
9:00 am Tsukiji fish market
Start with Tsukiji market, one of the biggest fish market in the world. The market is Tokyo’s top sight and a paradise for foodies! There are so many shops and restaurants which serve the freshest seafood from the inner market. Please visit the market with an empty stomach!
11:00 am Ginza
It takes 15 minutes to walk to Ginza from the market. Ginza is the first westernized quarter in Tokyo and now is known as a popular shopping district. In Ginza, there are lots of high-end boutiques, department stores and exclusive bars as well as affordable shops like UNIQULO and Ramen shops.
12:00 pm Asakusa
Asakusa, one of the most popular sights of the city, was developed around the Sensoji temple. The Sensoji is Tokyo’s oldest temple which was founded by legend in 628. The temple ground is always jam-packed with both Japanese and non-Japanese tourists. I recommend you get your fortune by buying an Omikuji (fortune telling paper) for JPY100. This is a part of fun!
1:00 pm Lunch
Well, I’m sure you are tired and hungry now. It’s time to eat! If you like noodles, I recommend you eat Ramen or Soba for your lunch. They are our favorite dishes! Ramen is made of wheat flour in pork (chicken) soup while Soba is made of buckwheat flour in soy fish soup.
2:00 pm Akihabara
Akihabara electric town today is a center of Japanese subculture; Animation, manga, J-pop culture and maid cafes. You can see cute girls dressed like maids or anime fans dressed as their favorite characters on the street of Akihabara. You can also find the latest electronic gadgets there. I’m sure that you will never get bored because you will never find the place like Akihabara outside Japan.
3:00 pm Meiji shrine
Meiji shrine is the most visited Shinto shrine in Tokyo. It is dedicated to the emperor Meiji and empress Shoken. The emperor Meiji played an important role to modernize the country during the transition period. When you walk through the forested grounds with 170,000 trees donated from all over Japan, you can feel the Japanese spirit.
Do you like something colorful and cute? Harajuku is a center of Japanese pop-culture. You can find latest fashion and cute foods at the Takeshita Street. If you are tired, rest for a little bit at the trendy café or eat crapes favored by Japanese girls!
5:00 pm Omotesando
Omotesando was originally designed as the front approach to the Meiji Shinto shrine. Now it is nicknamed as “Avenue des Champs-Elysées Tokyo”. The street is lined with high end boutiques such as Luis Vuiton and Chanel. Omotesando is also the best place to see Japanese modern architectures.
5:30 pm Shibuya crossing
Shibuya is the center of Japanese youth culture and famous for Shibuya Crossing, one of the Tokyo’s most amazing spots. You’ll find the large intersection in front of the JR Shibuya station. About 500,000 people cross the intersection every day. While crossing, you can feel the craziness and the hustle and bustle of a big city!
Take the Yurikamome train from the Shinbashi station and cross the Rainbow Bridge, and you will arrive in Odaiba islands. This is your last destination in Tokyo. It is almost around 7 pm. You can enjoy the romantic twinkling views of Tokyo from the island. This is one of the best views of Tokyo, especially at night. There are several shopping complexes where you can enjoy shopping and dining.