Tokyo, Japan self-guided tour : 4 Days 3 Nights Vacation + Complete Attractions Itinerary Plan + Accommodation Recommendation + Local transportation 

Location Description: Japan – Tokyo

Tokyo is the capital of Japan and the most populous metropolis in the world, full of dazzling skyscrapers, historical temples and friendly locals. Tokyo offers visitors unlimited shopping, entertainment, culture and dining options. To learn more about the history of the city, visit Asakusa and many other museums, historic temples and gardens.

Recommended accommodation for Tokyo: The Tokyo Station Hotel

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Tokyo Station Hotel is a classic luxury hotel located in the heart of Tokyo, overlooking the incredible Imperial Palace. It is the perfect accommodation for travelers to experience Japan and its beautiful surroundings. The hotel offers 150 rooms designed to meet the needs of the guests and make them feel at home! Tokyo’s rooms feature classic style with vaulted ceilings.

“First class service”

“Gorgeous hotel and convenient location”

“Satisfactory experience” 

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Book with us to get 30%-70% discount on selected 5-star hotel suites, as well as complimentary two-person cocktails and a daily buffet breakfast for two!

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Transportation in Tokyo

Railway

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The subway is the main means of transportation in downtown Tokyo. The Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway currently have 9 and 4 routes respectively, and the land railway network almost passes through all the attractions in the city. So as long as you take the subway, you can easily walk around downtown Tokyo.

Tokyo Metro 

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Operating hours: 05:00 – 24:00, approximately 2 – 5 minutes

Tokyo Metro Metro 24 hour ticket

Passengers can take all the routes of the Tokyo Metro for an unlimited number of times within 24 hours after activation. This ticket can only be used on the Tokyo Metro Line.

Ticket price: 600 yen for adults, children (6 to 12 years old) 300 yen 

Recommended for: Passengers who take the Tokyo Metro Line at least 4 times within 24 hours, or who have a total fare of more than 600 yen

Toei Subway

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Operating hours: 05:00 – 24:00, approximately 2 – 5 minutes

Toei Pass

You can take the entire line of the Toei Subway, the Toei Bus Line, the Toden Arakawa Line and the Nippori Line on the Unlimited Line for an unlimited number of days. This ticket can only be used on the Toei Line.

Ticket price: 700 yen for adults, children (6 to 12 years old) 350 yen 

Recommended for: Passengers who will take the Toei Subway, Toei Bus, Toden Arakawa Line or Nippori Line, and the total fare exceeds 700 yen in one day.

JR

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Operating hours: 05:00 – 24:00 (Shan Hand Line, Central Line and Jing Ye Line), approximately 2 to 5 minutes

Other routes to the suburbs, or the distance between the express train, the Shinkansen, and the first and last trains are quite different. Please use Google Maps to check the timetable before boarding.

Taxi

The Japanese taxi trade consists of “individual taxis” and “corporate taxis”, which are independent taxis and taxis of company size. The different colors of Japanese taxis represent individuals or legal persons, as well as different taxi companies.

First charge: 410円 (first 1052m)

Charge by distance: 80円 (per 237m)

Time distance charge: 80 円 (every 90 seconds)

Transfer fee: different companies

Note that Japanese taxis generally charge a “late night surcharge”, which will be charged 20% from 22:00 to 5:00 on the following day.

4 days and 3 nights recommended itinerary

DayAttractionsItinerary
Day 1Arrive and relax at the hotelTokyo Station Underground streetSpa, Hot spring bathEat food and do some shopping
Day 2Japan Imperial PalaceTokyo TowerRoppongi HillsVisit the Imperial PalaceVisit the Tokyo TowerDo some shopping
Day 3Asakusa-JinjaShinjuku Gyoen Park
Visit the shrines, temples and so some shoppingVisit Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Day 4OdaibaLeave TokyoEat food and do some more shopping

First day:

Haneda Airport → Tokyo Station Hotel → Tokyo Station Underground Street

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Route map
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Tokyo Station Underground Street (Tokyo Minato Street, Tokyo Ramen Street, Tokyo Character Street, Tokyo Me+ buy souvenirs) 

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Business hours: Depends on the store

Public holiday date: Open all year round

There are three main districts in Tokyo, including the Central, South and North Exits, Tokyo Anime Street, Tokyo Ramen Street and Tokyo Snack Park. Souvenirs, famous ramen and various cartoon characters can be found here.

Tokyo Ramen Street

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The famous Osaka Ramen Street has eight famous ramen noodles in Tokyo. It is also ramen noodles. It has different flavours and different ways of eating. You can find all kinds of tastes in the north and south of the river. If you are tired of shopping, you may want to sit down and eat.

Tokyo Cartoon Character Street

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If you are passionate about all kinds of cartoon characters produced in Japan, then Tokyo Cartoon Character Street is definitely your first choice. Egg Yolk, Jump Character, Hello Kitty, Pikachu, Miffy Rabbit, Totoro, all the cartoon characters you can think of are sold here. 

Tokyo Me+ Souvenirs

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Tokyo Station One Street Street Tax Refund Service

You can go to the counter to apply for a refund after shopping for 5,000 yen. The tax refund service counter is located next to Starbucks on the 1st floor, on the right hand side of the north exit of Yaesu.

Tax refund process

  1. Pass the passport to the counter to receive the tax-free guide book, tax-free application form 
  2. Show tax exemption application form when shopping
  3. After shopping, return to the counter to show the tax exemption application form and purchase the goods.

Second day:

Imperial Palace → Tokyo Tower → Roppongi Hills

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Tokyo Imperial Palace

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The Imperial Palace was first built in 1590. Since the Meiji Restoration, the capital has moved from Kyoto to Tokyo. Since then, the Imperial Palace in Tokyo has become the place where the Japanese Emperor lived. During the Second World War, the Imperial Palace was bombed by the US military. By 1968, the Imperial Palace was reconstructed according to its original appearance. The most convenient stations to visit the Imperial Palace were Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, Tozai Line, Chiyoda Line and Hanzomon Gate. Exit of the Otemachi Station C13a.

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Imperial Palace opening hours: 10:00 or 13:30, limited number of visitors per time

Entrance: There is a reservation → “Big Hand Door” / On-site queue entry → “Berlin Gate”

Route: Fujimi 橹 → Lianchi 濠 → Fujitsu Multi-Mono → Palace Hall 舎 → Palace East Court → Palace → Double Bridge → Fushimi 橹 → Yamashita

Time required: 1 hour 15 minutes

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Tokyo Tower

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In 1958, the Tokyo Tower began to stand in Tokyo, becoming the most dazzling Japanese landmark. It is a radio and television pylon tower with a total height of 333 meters. It is divided into a tower under the tower “Foottown” and “Great Observatory” or “Main Deck”. Located at 150 meters, the “Special Observatory” is located at 250 meters. After a period of renovation, it is newly named as “Top Deck”.

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Business hours:

MAIN DECK: 9:00-23:00 (final admission time 22:30)

TOP DECK TOUR: 9:00-22:15 (final entry time 22:15)

Travel information:

Toei Subway Oedo Line Akabane Station Akabashi Exit 5 minutes walk

10-minute walk from Exit A6 of Toei Subway Asakusa Line Daimon Station

7-minute walk from Exit 1 of Kamiyacho Station on the Tokyo Metro Subway Hibiya Line

6-minute walk from Exit A1 of Yuchengmen Station, Tokyo Metro Mita Line

JR Line Hamamatsucho Station The north exit 15-minute walk 

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Roppongi Hills

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Roppongi Hills has fine restaurants and shops. In addition, the Mori Art Museum on the 52nd and 53rd floors will host the most innovative exhibition in Tokyo. You can also look at Mount Fuji from the observatory “Tokyo City View” on the 52nd floor and the “SKY DECK”. In February and March, the Maori Garden in Roppongi Hills will be full of life, and many cherry blossoms and plum blossoms will bloom in the spring.

Opening hours:

11:00-21:00 Monday to Sunday (Store)

11:00-23:00 Monday to Sunday (Restaurant)

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Third day:

Asakusa-Jinja → Shinjuku Gyoen Park

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Asakusa-Jinja

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Built in 1649, Asakusa Shrine is a long-established shrine built for the worship of three gods. It is also known as the “Three Youths.” In 1951, it was designated as an important cultural heritage of the country. In the shrine, there are many beasts such as “Phoenix”, “Kirin” and “Flying Dragon”. Although they are legendary animals, they are all symbols of peace and bless the happiness of everyone. The Asakusa Shrine is located near the Asakusa Temple, so the traffic is very convenient.

Business hours: All day

Travel information:

Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Asakusa Station 7-minute walk

Toei Subway Asakusa Line Asakusa Station 7-minute walk

Tobu Isesaki Line Asakusa Station 7-minute walk

TSUKUBA EXPRESS Line Asakusa Station 10-minute walk

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There are two rows of small shops along the road, selling all kinds of candy, biscuits, famous products, such as ornaments, dolls, clothes, handicrafts, etc.which are also famous for sightseeing in Tokyo. They also contain many popular snacks and food. 

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Shinjuku Gyoen Park

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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden covers an area of ​​about 58 hectares across Shinjuku and Shibuya. It is a historic garden. In 1590, when Tokugawa Ieyasu entered Edo Castle, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden was given to the housekeeper Naito Kiyoshi as the residence of Edo. It was officially opened to the public in 1949. Now Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of the Environment and is a popular national park.

Attractions

  1. A Japanese-style garden, a French-style plastic garden and a landscape garden in the UK.
  2. Japanese cherry blossom season and autumn red leaf season related Japanese navigation map (6 times a year)
  3. There are 1,100 cherry trees in the park, so it was selected as one of the 100 cherry blossoms.

Opening hours: 9:00-16:00

Public holiday:

Every Monday (Monday is a national holiday, it is changed to the next day), around New Year’s Day (December 29 – January 3)

Following periods are when they do not rest:

March 25th to April 24th, November 1st to November 15th

Tickets:

Adult 200 yen

Primary and secondary school students 50 yen

Babies enter for free

Travel information:

To Shinjuku

JR, Keio, Odakyu Line, Shinjuku Station, South Exit, about 10 minutes on foot

About 5 minutes walk from E5 exit of Shinjuku-Sanchome Station, Tokyo Metro Subway

Seibu Shinjuku Line Seibu Shinjuku Station A 15-minute walk

5 minutes walk from Exit 1 of Shinjuku Gyoenmae Station, Tokyo Metro Subway Marunouchi Line

About 5 minutes walk from Exit C1, C5 of Shinjuku-Sanchome Station, Toei Subway Shinjuku Line

To the Millennium Valley Gate

About 5 minutes walk from JR Sobu Line Chiba Valley Station

About 5 minutes walk from Exit A5 of National Arena Station on the Toei Subway Oedo Line

To the big wooden door

5 minutes walk from Exit 2 of Shinjuku Gyoenmae Station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line

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Fourth day:

Odaiba 

Toyosu Fish Market

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The first floor of the fruit and vegetable building: Super popular sushi restaurant, tempura famous shop

Queue time: 2 hours

Business hours: 05:30~13:30 – Sundays, holidays and public holidays

Management building lined up for food

Opening hours: 07:00~15:00 – Sunday public holiday

Odaiba Waterfront

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Diver City Tokyo Plaza Odaiba Shopping Plaza

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There are many fashion brands in the mall, and you can also take a photo with giant steel bullets at the back of the mall!

TeamLab

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Since the opening of teamLab Borderless in 2018, it has become a hot spot for photo taking and has become one of the hottest topics in Tokyo 2018~2019.

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Oedo hot spring story

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Through the Japanese Edo period style “Odaiba Edo Hot Spring Story”, all guests are required to wear free Japanese yukata, in addition to 14 soups of male soup and female soup, as well as couples, husband and wife can Experience the outdoor foot soup and rock bath, taste Japanese food, play small games, whether it is family fun, sister bathing, couple dating are super suitable.

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