One Week in Tokyo

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Tokyo is one of our favorite cities in the world and a must-see while you are in Japan.  Tokyo offers the perfect combination of culture with the benefits of a large cosmopolitan city – great restaurants, shopping, outstanding public transportation, and nightlife.  Tokyo will not leave you disappointed and you will leave the city wanting to come back for more.

In order to be able to experience Tokyo at its fullest, you will need to spend at least one week in Tokyo.  Below is great one week itinerary of top places to visit while you are in Tokyo.  Please note you will also need some time at the beginning of your trip to get adjusted to the time difference depending on where you are coming from.

Day 1

Shibuya

Shibuya is known for its famous pedestrian scramble, which you will experience upon exiting the Shibuya Station.  This district is also known as one of Tokyo’s most popular fashion districts for the shopping places around Shibuya Station, as well as the nightclubs and restaurants in the area.

Meiji Shrine

A visit to Tokyo would not be complete without seeing the Meiji Shrine and the gardens surrounding it.  Meiji Shrine is dedicated to Emperor Meiji and is located beside the Harajuku Station on the JR Yamanote Line.

Omotesando

Omotesando, which is often referred to as Tokyo’s Champs-Elysees, is a scenic tree lined avenue known for its stores, restaurants, and cafés. Be sure to walk around the small alleys for some amazing restaurants and cafés.

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Photo of the Day: Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo, Japan

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Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo

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The Tsukiji Market in Tokyo is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world, making it a major tourist destination for visitors around the world.  Inside the market you will get a close look at the hundreds of varieties of seafood being sold to professional buyers, while experiencing an unforgettable sight and smell.  The inner market is only open until 9am.  If you will like to experience the tuna auction be sure to get to the market by 5am.  Please note only a certain number of people are admitted to the tuna auction and there are certain seasons when visitors are completely forbidden from watching the auction.

The Tsukiji Market also has an outer area, where you will be able to find anything from food to Japanese kitchen tools, including handmade knifes and serving utensils.  There are also a number of sushi restaurants in the outer market where you will get to eat the freshest sushi in the world.

You can access the market by taking the Toei Oedo subway line to Tsukiji Shijo Station, or the Hibiya subway line to Tsukiji Station.

Lastly, be sure to dress appropriately if you are visiting the inner market because the floors are filled with dirty water, as the fishermen try to clean their selling stations.

For more information on the Tsukiji Market, please visit japan-guide.com.

Photo of the Day: Tokyo Pedestrian Scramble

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Photo of the Shibuya Scramble Crossing.  Picture taken from the Shibuya railway station, Tokyo.