3 days in Tokyo: Japan itinerary

Are you planning a trip to Japan? Do you want to discover everything Tokyo has to offer? Right, the best way to organize a trip is by preparing an itinerary to be clear all the places you want to visit. Like this, you can plan all the activities considering the times.

In this post, we want to recommend you a 3-days itinerary enjoying Tokyo. You can find some places to visit and activities around the city. Our intention is that you have the opportunity to discover all the essentials of Tokyo having an unforgettable experience. 

Day 1: Asakusa and Chiyoda

First of all, the best way to begin your trip is by immersing yourself in Asakusa and Chiyoda areas. You can visit from historic shrines to beautiful natural parks.

Yasukuni Shrine is a gorgeous place dedicated to all those people who died during the wars in Japan. The sanctuary was founded in 1869 and there are currently approximately 2.5 million people. There is a great political controversy in the country since among all the victims, fourteen war criminals are buried. Next to the shrine, there is the Yushukan Museum where you can find all the information and details of this history.

Then, you can walk along Kitanomaru Park. It has a magnificent entrance as you enter through admirable gates. The park was part of Edo Castle, an important castle built in 1457.

Once you have visited this part of Tokyo, you can go to explore Asakusa district. Asakusa Shrine is one of the city’s most important and well-known Shinto shrines. It was built in 1649 to commemorate the three men who founded the Senso-ji Temple. This last one is a colorful Buddhist temple. One of the most popular symbols of the temple is the thunder gate or Kaminarimon. 

Senso-ji Temple

Also, an essential visit is the Ueno Park located in Taito ward. There you can observe the cherry trees. Inside the park, you will find the National Museum of Western Art declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and the Benten-do Hall. 

Finally, if you have time, you can also visit the Hanayashiki Amusement Park, Japan’s oldest amusement park. It was built in 1953 and currently, it conserves the original attractions.

Day 2: The western side

During your second day, we recommend you to visit the most historic sites located on the western side of Tokyo. One of these is one of the most famous symbols of Japan: Shibuya Crossing. This is a large intersection with several pedestrian crossings that are located just outside Shibuya Station. Meanwhile you are crossing, you can see the immense light screens mounted on impressive buildings.

After that, you can walk along the main Omotesando avenue, the fashion district. You will find some recognized fashion brands to buy totally exclusive articles.

In the afternoon, you can visit the Yoyogi Park, a perfect place to practice sports, enjoy picnics with friends or family and many other outdoor activities. 

Yoyogi Park

Later, you should go to the Meiji Shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. You will find the Meiji Jingu Museum attached to the shrine. It was inaugurated in 2019 by Kuma Kengo, a recognized Japanese architect.

Don’t forget to inspect the Shinjuku neighbourhood! This peculiar area is full of restaurants, shops and entertainment. A curious fact is that Shinjuku Station is the busiest one in the world and there are two million passengers every day.

Day 3: The southern side

Last day in Tokyo! Let’s go to make the most of every minute! 

You can start the day visiting the Toyosu Fish Market. It was reopened in 2018 after its closure in Tsukiji. You can buy a great variety of vegetables, fruits and fish. The market is organized in three different buildings, two to sell fish and one to sell other products. It is totally opened to the tourist and perfect to see the fish auctions.

After that, go to Hamarikyu Gardens situated by Tokyo Bay. There are seawater ponds and beautiful vegetation. Certainly, it is a natural paradise in the middle of the skyscrapers. We can assure you that is one of the favourite spots of the tourists.

Hamarikuyu Gardens

Then, take the metro in Yurakucho Station and go to Ginza, the most exclusive district in Tokyo. There are restaurants, shops and entertainment.

In addition, we recommend you to visit Tokyo Disneyland. The perfect situation would be to spend a whole day inside the park but probably you won’t have enough time to spend on it. 

Finally, you can visit some museums: the Nezu Museum, the Yayoi Kusama Museum, the Meguro Parasitological Museum and the Taimeiken Kite Museum.

Enjoy your trip to Japan! We hope you can visit all the mentioned places!