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 3: Akihabara, Harajuku
No visit to Tokyo is complete without at least one visit in Akihabara. Akihabara is also known as Electric Town of Tokyo and is the number 1 spot for anime geeks in Japan. One thing you'll notice in Akihabara is the number of stores that sell electronic items, manga, anime, and gaming related products.
If you are a lover of manga, anime and game related products, you may want to visit Akihabara at least once in a lifetime.
Visit merchandise stores there are many buildings filled with anime goods and games. You can find nine floors of all kinds of goods you can imagine. This is not just a building, but several buildings full of them.
Maid cafes are one of the most bizarre and unique experiences in Japan. You can put this on your list of things to do in Akihabara. They are a popular concept among otaku (Otaku is a Japanese term for people with obsessive interests, particularly in anime and manga) and now you can find Maid cafes held during anime conventions around Asia.
You will find Maid cafes promoting their work in the streets of Akihabara. The Maid Cafes will dance, sing in Japanese and the food served is also very cute. It is more a cute concept and has nothing to do with material.
Harajaka / Omotesando
You will probably spend half your day here in the Harajuku / Omotesando area. Harajuku is known for its colorful street art and fashion scene, with quirky vintage clothing stores and cosplay stores along Takeshita Street. Come here for your chance to watch cosplay.
Nearby is the tree-lined avenue called Omotesando, lined with fashion shops and luxury apartments. Walking along Omotesando Avenue, you will arrive at the entrance of the Meiji-Jingu (Meiji Temple). You will see a huge brown Torii gate designating the entrance to the sanctuary.
Day 4: Odaiba (optional)
For your last day in Tokyo, it is recommend spending time in the Odaiba area. It is an artificial island located in the Bay of Tokyo, you can arrive in Odaiba by trains without driver. Odaiba is kind of out of the way, but there are plenty of things to do there that can easily fill up a whole day.
This artificial island in Tokyo Bay offers a lively shopping and entertainment experience. You can see incredible views of the Rainbow Bridge or the Ferris wheel. Do some more shopping at Aqua City or VenusFort.
I have a post where I guide you through the attractions of Odaiba and provide all the information you need to get there and have fun.