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    Tokyo Itinerary – 5 Day – Mount Fuji Hakone

    Tokyo Itinerary – Five Day – This suggested itinerary takes you to the best of central Tokyo, Mount Fuji and Hakone. In Tokyo the itinerary includes Sensoji Temple (Asakusa Temple), Meiji Shrine, Tsukiji Fish Market and several of the best Japanese gardens in Tokyo. This Tokyo itinerary will suit those with a particular interest in Japanese gardens, history and shopping. With the exception of the organised tour to Mount Fuji and Hakone, this is a self guided Tokyo itinerary complete with instructions for the public transport to catch.

    We recommend staying in Shinjuku as it is centrally located, close to most of the highlights of Tokyo and has excellent transport links. There are many hotels in walking distance from Shinjuku Station.

    Cherry Blossom over Shinobazu Pond - Ueno Park Tokyo - 0841

    Cherry Blossom over Shinobazu Pond Ueno Park

    Day 1 – Tokyo

    Tsukiji Fish Market

    Retail Fish Market next to the Tsukiji Wholesale Fish Market
    Do: Explore the retail market, see sea food you have never seen before and eat sushi!
    Open: 5:30am – 1:30pm
    Allow: 1 to 1.5 hours
    Access: Tsukiji Market Station on Tokyo Metro, then 3 minute walk

    Hamarikyu Gardens

    Do: Walk and enjoy the beauty of this traditional Japanese garden
    Open: 9am-5pm
    Fee: 300 Yen
    Allow: 1 to 1.5 hours
    Access: 15 minute walk from Tsukiji Market

    Sumida River Cruise

    Do: Enjoy the views of Tokyo along the Sumida River
    Fee: 740 Yen
    Allow: 35 minutes

    Sensoji Temple

    Historic and most popular temple in Tokyo
    Do: Shop along Nakamise-dori and take many pictures including Kaminarimon Gate
    Open: 24/7
    Fee: Free, but consider a donation
    Allow: 45 minutes to 1.5 hours
    Access: 15 minute walk from Asakusa terminal on Sumida River Cruise

    Ueno Park including Tokyo National Museum

    Park features some of the best cherry blossom when in season. Ueno Park also features temple, shine, art gallery and a zoo.
    Tokyo National Museum
    Open: 9:30am-5pm close on Mondays
    Fee: 620 Yen
    Allow: 1 to 2 hours (Museum only) You could easily spend a whole day in this park in cherry blossom season.
    Access: 6 minute walk from Sensoji Temple to Asakusa Station then 5 minutes by Tokyo Metro to Ueno Station, which in the corner of the park.

    Return to Shinjuku

    During cherry blossom season eat dinner for a cafe in or opposite Ueno Station. Otherwise return to Shinjuku to eat dinner from one of the many restaurants and cafes in the area.

    Hozomon Gate - Sensoji Temple Tokyo - 1208

    Hozomon Gate Sensoji Temple

    Day 2 – Tokyo

    Rikugien Garden

    Famous tradition Japanese garden.
    Open: 9am-5pm
    Fee: 300 Yen
    Allow: 1 to 2 hours. Time will be more limited during winter.
    Access: Komagome Station (JR) then 7 minutes walk.

    Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

    Open: 9am-5pm
    Fee: 300 Yen
    Allow: 1 to 2 hours. Time will be more limited during winter.
    Access: Return to Komagome Station 7 minutes walk, then take Tokyo Metro to Iidabashi Station (9 minutes), then walk 3 minutes.

    Nijubashi Bridge – Tokyo Imperial Palace

    The most photographed scene in Japan.
    Open: Public area is always open
    Allow: 15 to 30 minutes
    Access: Return to Iidabashi Station 3 minutes walk, then take Tokyo Metro to Nijubashimae Station (10 minutes), then walk 10 minutes.

    Nijubashi Bridge at the Tokyo Imperial Palace

    Nijubashi Bridge at the Tokyo Imperial Palace

    Day 3 – Tokyo

    Meiji Shrine

    Most popular shrine in Tokyo.
    Allow: 60 to 120 minutes
    Access: 2 minutes walk to the surrounding park land from Harajuku Station (JR)

    Takeshita Dori

    Famous street for youthful fashion
    Allow: 20 to 60 minutes
    Access: 2 minutes walk back to Harajuku Station (JR), then just cross the road.

    Shibuya Crossing & Hachiko Statue

    The famous scramble crossing outside of Shibuya Station, where the famous Hachiko (dog) statue stands.
    Allow: 15 minutes
    Access: Return to Harajuku Station (JR), then 3 minutes on the JR line to Shibuya Station.

    Shibuya – Shopping

    Have lunch and shop at the famous stores in Shibuya including the 109 Building. See Shibuya Shopping Guide.
    Allow: 60 to 120 minutes or days if you have time.
    Access: Cross the scramble crossing and you are there.

    Shinjuku

    More shopping, a bit less fashion and a bit more technology/camera stores like Yodobashi Camera. Then have dinner in the area. Choose from many options from pub type meals to formal restaurants.
    Allow: 90 to 180 minutes
    Access: Return to Shibuya Station then 6 minutes on JR line to Shinjuku Station.

    Note: There are many options in this day. If you particularly want to see the Harajuku Fashion or cosplay, then you need to go to the bridge next to Harajuku Station on a Sunday afternoon. Harajuku also offers more shopping options including brand name stores and fashion houses in Omotesando.

    A taxi in the middle of Shibuya Crossing

    A taxi in the middle of Shibuya Crossing

    Day 4 – Mt Fuji & Hakone

    Visit and experience this most famous icon of Japan on our most popular organised tour: Mt Fuji, Lake Ashi and Bullet Train Day Trip from Tokyo (see linked page for more details). Weather permitting, there will be many chances to see Mt Fuji on the drive to the mountain and from some of the locations that you will stop along the way. During this time you will have a chance to see Mt Fuji from different angles and with different cloud formations in the scene. The tour includes the following:

    Mt Fuji seen through the trees from Fujiyoshida

    Mt Fuji seen through the trees from Fujiyoshida

    Day 5 – Tokyo

    Edo-Tokyo Open Air Archtectural Museum

    See what Tokyo of the past looked like.
    Open: 9:30am-5:30pm close on Mondays
    Fee: 400 Yen
    Allow: 60 to 120 minutes
    Access: 5 minutes by bus from Musashi-koganei Station

    Ryogoku Kokugikan

    Japan’s main Sumo stadium. Take a tour, see the museum or just enjoy the architecture from the outside.
    Open: Sumo Museum 10:00 – 16:30, closed Saturdays, Sundays, National Holidays, during Grand Sumo Tournaments and when exhibits are being changed. Main venue depending on event schedule.
    Fee: Sumo Museum: Free. Main Hall depends on event being held.
    Allow: 10 to 120 minutes
    Access: Return by bus to Musashi-koganei Station, then 42 minutes by JR to Ryogoku Station, then 3 minutes walk.

    Edo-Tokyo Museum

    See history of Tokyo
    Open: 9:30am-5:30pm close on Mondays
    Fee: 600 Yen
    Allow: 60 to 120 minutes
    Access: Right next to Ryogoku Kokugikan.

    Edo Tokyo Museum

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      This is a well thought out itinerary which would suit many people on their first visit to Japan.

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