72 Hours in Tokyo – Best Things to Do in 3 Days in Tokyo, Japan

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3 Days in Tokyo

This is a 3 days guide to Tokyo, with a perfect 72 hours plan that will guide you on the best way to enjoy this amazing city. All tips, maps, costs, information is included, so that you feel like you are having your best friend with you showing you around Tokyo. This guide has been developed by local experts and travel bloggers who live or frequently visit Tokyo, so that you get only the best option on where to stay, where to eat, what monuments to see, how to move around Tokyo and how to enjoy this vivid city at its best.

The maps provided can be accessible in their online format, at Google maps, which will enable you to easily navigate towards them while you are in Tokyo. This guide is best enjoyed by solo travelers and couples or groups of friends traveling together to Tokyo. Families traveling with kids to Tokyo may also find a lot of useful details for planning their trip.

Have fun in Tokyo and thank you for choosing a Guidora guide!

Where to Stay in Tokyo

The hotel that we recommend that you stay at Tokyo is the Hotel: ANA Intercontinental. Address: 1-12-33 Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo Prefecture ‪107-0052, Japan, Tel.: +81-3-35051111, Website: Click Here to Book it Online and Read Reviews

Price / night: 170E for twin room

Booking.com Rating: 8.2/10 in 319 reviews. Information available here.

Recommended: Clean and sophisticated, located in the very center of Tokyo, so that you can have easy access to all the travel plan of this guide. Unfortunately Tokyo is very expensive so you will not find easily a more budget friendly hotel in a convenient location.

Tokyo 1 - Recommended Hotel

 

Day 1 in Tokyo: Arrival, Settle at the Hotel, Visit Top Monuments

 

07:50 Arrival at the Narita Airport

Arrival at the Narita international airport which is 60km east of the city center.
Take the luggage and pass from passport control.

 

08:25 Transfer from the Airport to the Hotel

Take the shuttle bus from the airport to the hotel (2 hours trip). The Hotel is “ANA intercontinental”

If you prefer a faster trip or missed the shuttle bus (running every one hour), take Narita Express that will take you to the center in 1 hour. Take off at Tokyo station and take a taxi to hotel.

Narita Express: http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/nex/

Cost: 20€/person

 

10:25 Hotel Accommodation

Accommodate in the hotel and then prepared for a tour in traditional area.

Accommodate yourself in the hotel and then start your day visiting the famous town, Asakusa

 

11:00 Go to Asakusa

Take Ginza line and head for Asakusa

Buy a one day metro pass (http://www.tokyometro.jp/en/ticket/value/1day/index.html#anc01)

Cost: 5€/person

Tokyo 2- Asakusa

Tokyo 3 - Asakusa

Photos: Asakusa

 

11:30 Visit Sensoji

Visit Sensoji and enjoy the local shopping malls

One of the most common monuments in Tokyo, very traditional Japanese shrine. On the approach to the shrine various kinds of shops and restaurants will attract you. When you reach the monument throw in some coins for shrine and gods may listen to your wishes.

Cost: Free Entrance

Website:  (http://www.tokyometro.jp/en/attractions/sensoji/index.html)

Tokyo 4 - Sensoji

Photo: Sensoji

 

12:30 Lunch at Daikokuya

Lunch at: Restaurant Daikokuya”, 1-38-10 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo 111-0032, tel. +81 3-3844-2222

One of the most famous tempura restaurants in Tokyo. The atmosphere is very local. Try tendon, rice bowl filled with tempuras.

(http://www.tempura.co.jp/english/index.html)

Cost: 15€/person

Tokyo 5- daikokuga

Photo: Daikokuga Restaurant

 

13:40 Visit the Hama Rikyu Gardens

Off to Hama Rikyu Gardens by river cruise

Enjoy river cruise and city view of Tokyo.

(http://www.suijobus.co.jp/cruise/station/asaksa.html)

Cost: 5€/person

Tokyo 6 - Hama Rikyu Gardens

Photo: Hama Rikyu Gardens

14:10 Arrive at Hama Rikyu Gardens

Arrival at Hama Rikyu gardens and start strolling

Enjoy traditional Japanese style park located very middle of central

Cost: 2€/person

(http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g1066444-d320445-Reviews-Hama_Rikyu_Gardens-Chuo_Tokyo_Tokyo_Prefecture_Kanto.html)

Tokyo 6 - Hama Rikyu Gardens

15:30 Transportation to the Roppongi hills

Off to Roppongi Hills by metro

Head to Shinbashi station and take Ohedo line, take off at Roppongi Sta.

Cost: 1€/person

 

16:00 Explore the Roppongi Hills

Explore Roppongi Hills and enjoy Tokyo city view from 60F

One of the hottest address in Tokyo where young fashionable people gather. Modern buildings and shops are good contrast to Asakusa you explored.

(http://www.roppongihills.com/tcv/en/) There are exciting shops and a museum for contemporary art.

Cost: 10€/person

Tokyo 7 - View from Roppongi Hills

Photo: View from Roppongi Hills

 

 18:00 Taste Some Sushi in Tokyo

Diner at Sushi Restaurant “Gon pachi”, 1-13-11, Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo, tel. +81- 3-5771-0170

Gorgeous traditional Japanese building, various kinds of Japanese foods and English speaking staffs will entertain you!

(http://www.gonpachi.jp/nishiazabu/menu/?lang=en)

Cost: 30€/person

Tokyo 8 - Gon Pachi Restaurant

Photo: Gon Pachi Restaurant

 

20:00 Return to the hotel

Back to hotel on foot and take enough rest for tomorrow

Roppongi offers various night clubs and bars but I recommend you to prepare for Tsukiji trip tomorrow

 

1st Day in Tokyo, Online Map

 

Tokyo 9 - 1st Day in Tokyo Google Map

Get this map online in Google maps format at: https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zFdTwLSK2DdE.k3WfhU_K02w4

 

ZoomTip 1.1 Trains and ATM

Public Transportation

If you prefer to scroll the city by metro, I recommend you to buy one day pass for 5E (http://www.tokyometro.jp/en/ticket/value/1day/index.html). In Tokyo taxi is comparatively expensive (5E to start) and metro/buses are cheap (1E or less to for minimum)

 

Where can I find Currency Exchanges and Cash Machines (ATMs)?

In the Arrival area in the airport and most banks in Tokyo offers exchanges services (But be careful all the bank counters close at 15:00).  You can also find ATMs in bank offices (they operate until 17h or later).

 

We have created a 3 days Travel Guide to Tokyo, which you can get by clicking below:

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About Guidora Team

Guidora team is a bunch of experienced travellers who have been in the most amazing places on Earth..Practically everywhere, except for the North Pole and Antarctica (yet)! They always travel solo, with their friends and without organized groups, so the travel itineraries they design are full of useful tips on where to stay, what to do, how much it costs and how to make the most of your experience in a new place. The guides they design have only a single, perfect-made itinerary that will show you exactly what to do each hour of the day, so that you don't get lost in looking for information on the web for hours. It's like having your best friend with you, guiding you to the best things in every place and showing you around!

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