Tokyo has it all, all kinds of great temples, atmospheric shrines and beautiful Zen gardens. It is a city full of Japanese history, but also futuristic and modern sci-fi urban landscapes. Tokyo has a city for all genres and tastes, and it sure has something for you. Tokyo is a city full of things to do and experience. Here I have a Tokyo itinerary of three days with the possibility of extending up to 5 days with all the best things to do in Tokyo.
If you do not have five days, feel free to select your favorite days and things to see and do and create your own two or three day itinerary in Tokyo.
Day 1 - Shibuya and Shinjuku
With rumours of being the busiest intersection in the world and Shibuya crossing is the most famous in the world. The Shibuya crossing is situated opposite the station of the same name and is one of the most popular tourist spots in the city.
The passage is famous for the number of people and it is believed that more than a million - who cross this crossroads every day. A synchronised traffic light coordinates the four directions, intersecting the passage of pedestrians with the passage of vehicles.
The famous Starbucks cafe has a beautiful view of the intersection of Shibuya and it is pretty popular with visitors and the locals of Tokyo. It is busy all day every day, but with a lot of patience you should get a chair overlooking the intersection of Shibuya. I recommend you spend the afternoon exploring this area before going to the next location Shinjuku.
Shinjuku is home to the world's busiest train station, with more than 3.5 million passengers pass through Shinjuku Station daily. Yes, you read this correctly, there are over 3.5 million people using this train station every day. It has been recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the world's busiest station. I would recommend avoiding peak times if possible. It can be very congested otherwise.
Spend the end of the day and the night exploring this urban entertainment district with its many skyscrapers, shops and lively nightlife. Around Shinjuku Station, you'll find many of the world's largest camera and electronics stores, such as the Bic Camera. I went to buy some photographic equipment here and ended up buying a new lens for my Nikon d810 camera.
Even if you do not want to buy anything, it's still pretty fascinating to take a look at these mega shopping malls to see the latest electronics. There are also many regular department stores in this area.
Metropolitan Tokyo Building
One of the best things to do in Shinjuku is to see the city from above and one of the best place for that is to go to the Metropolitan Building of Tokyo. You can not visit Tokyo in Japan and miss this incredible view of the city from above.
It's really spectacular and beautiful. but if you're in Shinjuku you can go to the Tokyo Metropolitan Building which has a FREE entry observation deck. It is free for everyone. You will not pay anything to get in, climb on top and admire the city form above.
On a clear day, you can see many Tokyo sights including temples, Tokyo Sky Tree, Tokyo Tower and Mount Fuji from one of the two 202-meter observatories. I strongly recommend that you do this at sunset or after dark, as Tokyo gets better at night when the city lights up.
No trip to Shinjuku would be complete without a tour of Asia's largest entertainment district, the famed Kabukicho. Kabukichō is an entertainment and red-light district in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. Kabukichō is the location of many host and hostess clubs, love hotels, shops, restaurants, and nightclubs, and is often called the "Sleepless Town".
There is a lot of things to do here, that's really depends on what you are looking for. You can dine at the famous Robot restaurant, enjoy some cocktails at some bar, you can find the perfect karaoke bar for you and your friends, eat lots of good and different street food, shop or just walk around to capture some beautiful photos for your instagram.
The Robot Restaurant could be the answer for any tourist looking for the modernised experience of Japan. Here you can enjoy a meal and watch a dazzling show of lights with robotic monsters, employees wear robotic dresses. It sounds absolutely crazy and fun. Right? That's pretty is fun.
The show, however, is an unforgettable experience for adults and children. A show lasts about 90 minutes. Book a visit to this completely unique property for a fun evening.
Shinjuku Golden Gai
In striking contrast to modern skyscrapers and urban madness lit by the neon lights that dominate this area, there are the charming little bars and narrow streets that make up the Golden Gai.Golden Gai has great narrow alleys with typical Japanese tavernas, so you have plenty to choose from. It's a unique way to experience authentic Tokyo nightlife.