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 2: Asakusa and Ueno
Asakusa is an old-fashioned neighbourhood in Tokyo and houses the oldest temple in Tokyo (Kinryuzan Senso-ji Temple), making it a popular tourist area. You will not find flashy neon signs everywhere in Asakusa, as you would in districts like Shinjuku, Akihabara or Shibuya. There are not many high rise buildings in Asakusa and most of the shops are independently owned, giving this area a completely different vibe from most of Tokyo.
Exploring the small side streets of Asakusa offers a more traditional feel of Tokyo, and it almost seems that time traveled back to the Edo period (1603 - 1868). With so many things to do, Asakusa is a must see neighbourhood in Tokyo.
First, pay a visit to Senso-ji Temple, the oldest temple in Tokyo. After passing Kaminarimon Gate with its gigantic red lantern, Nakamise Shopping Street, full of exclusive shops, stretches out ahead of you. If you go straight down this street, the main hall will be in sight.
A pleasant 10 to 15 minute walk from Sensoji Temple, you will arrive at the Tokyo Skytree. Tokyo Skytree became the tallest structure in Japan in 2010 with a total height of 634 meters. Since its completion, it has become an iconic part of Tokyo. Tokyo Skytree has an observation deck that offers an epic view of the Japanese capital as well as restaurants and shops located at the base of the tower.
Tourists can go to two observation decks, one at 350m and another at 450m). The views are spectacular - you can even see Mt. Fuji far in the distance. Seeing Tokyo from this perspective, you can see how incredibly big the city is.
The large public park located near the JR Ueno station. Ueno Park attracts millions of visitors throughout the year and is extremely popular during the cherry season. The vast park site includes numerous facilities including the Ueno Zoo, 4 museums and some historical sites. You can easily spend a few hours in this pleasant park in the heart of the city.
National Museum of Tokyo
Visit the National Museum of Tokyo. You will find Japanese gallery, there are exhibitions of genre works of art, including sculptures, metals, lacquerware, ceramics and swords.
Ameya-Yokocho commercial district, commonly known as Ameyoko. is a shopping district where you can buy products ranging from groceries to clothing - all reasonably priced but high quality. There are small food stalls and local outdoor bars, which are great places to experience the taste of the place.