3 Days in Tokyo Itinerary

    DAY 1DAY 2DAY 3
    BREAKFASTKonbini Breakfast from 7-11Konbini Breakfast from 7-11Sushi Bentomi Tsukiji Market
    MORNINGShinjuku Area:
    -Shinjuku Gyoen
    -Shopping @ Lumine Est, NewoMan, Keio Department Store
    Asakusa Area:
    -Kaminarimon Gate
    -Sensoji
    -Nakamise shopping street
    -Kagetsudo Asakusa Jumbo Melon Pan
    -Suzukien x Nanaya Level 7 Matcha Ice Cream
    Tsukiji Market
    LUNCHGyukatsu Motomura Shinjuku (deep fried beef cutlet)

    Sarutahiko Coffee Shinjuku
    Rokurinsha Tsukemen Tokyo Sky TreeRoppongi Hills:
    -L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
    -Harbs Mille Crepe
    AFTERNOONHarajuku Area:
    -Meiji Shrine
    -Takeshita Dori
    -Croquant Chou ZakuZaku (crispy cream puff)
    -Santa Monica Crepes
    Tokyo Sky Tree
    Tokyo Salamanchi
    Ginza Shopping District
    EVENINGShibuya Area:
    -Shibuya Starbucks & Shibuya Crossing
    -Hachiko Statue
    Ameyoko Shopping Street Ueno
    -Minatoya Takoyaki
    -OS Drug Store
    --Niki no Kashi Candy Store

    Akihabara
    -M's Adult Concept Store
    -Uogashi Standing Sushi Bar Akihabara
    Haneda Airport:
    -Supper at Yoshinoya
    -Souvenir Shopping
    -Departure at 11.45 pm
    DINNERAfuri Ramen HarajukuNegishi Ox Tongue Ueno 3153 Ginza Kagari Chicken Ramen
    STAYAPA Hotel Ginza-TakarachoAPA Hotel Ginza-Takaracho
    3 Days in Tokyo Itinerary

    We recently traveled to Tokyo where where we spent three full days exploring the city by foot. We instantly fell in love with Tokyo – the food, people, sights, are all some of the best in the world, especially the FOOD.

    Wanting to know where to lodge, what to fill your belly with, where to spend a some yen and what cultural destinations are actually worth seeing? Read on…
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    For a complete Tokyo Transportation Guide, read here.

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    After spending 3 full days in Kanazawa prefecture and covered Hakone, Odawara, Yokohama and Mt. Obama area, we went to Tokyo for 3 days and split our itinerary by areas:
    Day 1: Shinjuku, Harajuku & Shibuya
    Day 2: Asakusa, Tokyo Sky Tree, Ueno, Akihabara
    Day 3: Tsukiji Market, Roppongi, Ginza

    Day 1

    We started our day at Shinjuku Gyoen, where over 1,000 Cherry Blossom trees have been planted. We were lucky to have a few trees in full bloom during our time here, in early February! Having our konbini breakfast (from 7-11) under the sakura tree is bliss!
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    Shinjuku Gyoen
    Hours: 9am – 430pm daily
    Admission: 200 yen
    Getting Here:
    Shinjuku Gyoen has three gates:
    Shinjuku Gate is a ten minute walk east from the “New South Exit” of JR Shinjuku Station or a five minute walk from Shinjukugyoenmae Station on the Marunouchi Subway Line. Okido Gate is also a five minute walk from Shinjukugyoenmae Station on the Marunouchi Subway Line. Finally, Sendagaya Gate is a five minute walk from JR Sendagaya Station on the local Chuo/Sobu Line.
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    Come afternoon, nothing says you’ve arrived in Tokyo quite like a visit to the malls at Shinjuku area. There’s Keio Department Store, Takashimaya, Lumine Est, NewoMan and many other malls around the Shinjuku train station.
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    I had fun browsing through all the cute zakka stuffs at Flying Tiger Copanhagen, salut!, 3 coins, Alice on Wednesday, Natural Kitchen, Franc Franc and etc.
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    We wanted to try the cheapest 1 Michelin-starred meal at Nakajima (just 2 minutes walk from Gyukatsu Motomura) but it was closed due to public holiday.
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    For lunch, we queued for an hour before getting a table at Gyukatsu Motomura. We got some coffee from Sarutahiko Coffee while waiting. The deep-fried beef cutlet is the being served to you super rare where you can see the marbling. You can then use hot stone plate to grill to your desired doneness. The beef is so tender it melts in your mouth and is so flavorful. It’s also served with cabbage, potato salad, rice, miso soup and various sauces.
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    There are three ways to eat your steak katsu: 1) with wasabi and soy sauce 2) with horseradish or 3) with rock salt. We tried all three ways and they were all fantastic. For the rice, you pour the tororo (grated yam) over it and it becomes this heavenly combination.

    Our full review here.

    Gyukatsu Motomura Shinjuku
    Address: Japan, 160-0022 Tokyo, 新宿区Shinjuku, 3−32−2
    Hours: 11AM–10PM daily
    Phone: +81 3-3354-0171
    Getting Here: exit e9 shinjuku station
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    After lunch, we proceeded to the Harajuku area. Remember to take a stroll around The Meiji Shrine. This stunning shrine is dedicated to the late 19th-century emperor who opened Japan to the West. This is Tokyo’s most famous Shinto shrine and is beautifully serene.
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    Meiji Shrine
    Getting Here:
    1 minute walk from JR Harajuku Station. 5 minutes by foot from Yoyogi Station. 1 minute walk from Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line and Fukutoshin Line Meiji-jingumae (Harajuku) Station. 5 minutes by foot from Odakyu Line Sangubashi Station.
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    It was a Saturday evening so the crowd is getting a bit out of control at the famous Takeshita Dori.
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    Walking down Takeshita Dori, these crepe stores are a dime a dozen andd every single store is spotted with a long queue. We tried one from Santa Monica and found it to be so-so.
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    We also tried Croquant Chou ZakuZaku, an almond coated pastry filled with hokkaido dairy custard cream. I love the crunchy crust and creamy custard inside – it was heavenly!

    Takeshita Street
    Getting Here: From Tokyo Metro Meiji-jingumae ‘Harajuku’ Station (C03, F15) Exit 3: 2 mins on foot
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    For dinner, we had Afuri Ramen at the Harajuku outlet! The yuzu shio ramen with light, citrus-spiked broths and clean, springy noodles is a must have when in Tokyo!

    Check out our full review here.

    Afuri Harajuku
    Add: 1F Grandeforesta, 3-63-1 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
    Tel:03-6438-1910
    Hours: 10:30am – 3:00am (Open 7 days a week)
    Other outlets here.
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    Comes night time, we headed to the Shibuya area. Surrounded by soaring skyscrapers, flashing neon lights and gigantic video screens, up to 2,500 people stream over the crossing at each change of the lights at the Shibuya crossing. We enjoyed this sight while sipping on our coffee from Starbucks.
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    From Shibuya station, we took the Hachiko Exit just to visit the Hachiko Statue that celebrates the life of Japan’s most famous dog, Hachiko, and his legendary loyalty to his owner. It reminds me of the tearjerker movie :(
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    APA hotel is everywhere in Tokyo and we managed to secure a room in APA HoteL Ginza Takarachui quite last minute. The hotel is no frills but the rooms are very small (already paid extra for 120 sq feet), so as long as you are okay with that the hotel is absolutely fine.

    Day 2
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    We started our day early at Asakusa, one of the main sightseeing spots in Tokyo. Its main attraction is Sensoji, a very popular Buddhist temple, built in the 7th century.
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    Kaminarimon (‘Thunder Gate’ in English) is the symbolic entrance of Senso-ji. You can feel the vibe with so many tourists at all times.
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    Ningyo-yaki (人形焼) is very popular in this area where you can watch them being baked.

    We also ate along the way at the Nakamise shopping street at the main grounds of Sensoji Temple. Apart from local specialties, it is also a good place to buy souvenirs.
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    When in Asakusa, one must try Kagetsudo Asakusa (花月堂)’s famous Jumbo Melon Pan. There’s actually no melon inside the bun, it is just shaped like a melon with crispy crust and soft interior. 200 yen for one.

    Kagetsudo Asakusa (花月堂)
    Address: 2-7-13 Asakusa, Taito 111-0032, Tokyo Prefecture.
    Hours: 10AM–7PM daily
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    Our top recommendation however is the Suzukien x Nanaya super intense level 7 matcha ice cream. This is where you can enjoy the richest matcha tea flavored gelato in the world. It was so, so, so good! All level 1 to 6 scoops of matcha ice cream costs ¥340, while the level 7 costs ¥530.

    Suzukien Asakusa Honten 壽々喜園
    Add: 3-4-3 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
    Tel:03-3871-0311
    Hours: 9.30am-5.30pm daily
    Getting Here: Walk straight up to Asakusa Shrine and bypass the hospital behind the shrine to a main road. Cross the traffic light and you’ll see the shop.
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    From Asakusa area, we took a 10-15 minutes stroll to Tokyo Sky Tree, a remarkable landmark of Tokyo. With a height of 634 meters (634 can be read as “Musashi”, a historic name of the Tokyo Region), it is the tallest structure in Japan and the second tallest in the world at the time of its completion.
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    We chanced upon Rokurinsha (it’s good to have an eating list on hard) on the sixth floor of the Tokyo Solamachi mall located right below Tokyo Skytree. Rokurinsha is famous for tsukemen and the broth is made with chicken bones, niboshi (dried baby sardines), sababushi (dried, smoked mackerel flakes) and katsuobushi (dried, smoked bonito flakes), along with vegetables. In the broth were negi (leek), chashu, fish cake, bamboo shoot, ajitama egg and gyofun (dry fish powder). The gyofun is really something – enough to transport us to umami heaven.

    Full review here.

    Rokurinsha 六厘舎 – Skytree
    Add: Tokyo Solamachi, Level 6, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo Japan.
    Tel: +03 5809 7368
    Hours: 11am – 11pm (last order 10pm)
    Getting Here: Oshiage Skytree (Hanzomon, Toei Asakusa and Keisei-Oshiage lines); Tokyo Skytree (Tobu Skytree Line)
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    We also spent some time at Tokyo Solamachi, a large shopping complex call located at the base of Tokyo Skytree.

    Tokyo Sky Tree
    Getting Here: Tokyo Skytree Station on the Tobu Isesaki Line, Oshiage Station on the Asakusa Subway Line, Hanzomon Subway Line and Keisei Oshiage Line or 20 minute walk across the Sumida River from Asakusa.
    Hours: 8 am to 10 pm daily
    Admission:
    First observatory: 2060 yen
    Second observatory: additional 1030 yen
    (an additional 40-740 yen is charged for time-specific advance reservations)
    For foreign tourists only:
    Fast Skytree Single Ticket (first observatory): 3000 yen
    Fast Skytree Combo Ticket (first and second observatories): 4000 yen
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    OS Drug is the cheapest drug store in Tokyo, but limited stocks.
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    Niki no Kasha is the best place to buy Japanese snacks and candy, real cheap too!

    Do you know where is the cheapest place to shop when in Tokyo? It’s Ameyoko, short name for Ameya Yokocho and it is an open air market, just like our pasar malam. This place is always lively with vendors calling out to potential customers and there are countless shops that carry shoes, clothing, and even international knick-knacks.

    Ameyoko
    Getting Here:
    JR: short walk from Ueno Station Central Exit, Okachimachi Station North Exit
    Tokyo Metro: short walk from Ueno Station Exit 5B, Naka-okachimachi Station / Ueno-hirokoji Station Exit A2/A5/A7
    Toei Subway: short walk from Ueno-okachimachi Station Exit A7
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    Takoyaki from this humble little stall call Minatoya is a must try! Remember to go crazy with the mayo, sauce and toppings. 200 yen for 4.
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    Famous 500 yen unagi specialty shop in Ameyoko.
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    For dinner, we had some life-changing gyutan (ox tongues) at Negishi Ueno 3153. We ordered a set menu that consists of different part of grilled ox tongue, beef soup, rice and grated yam. The front part of tongue has more lean meat while the hinder part is bit of tender. So tender, so juicy and so good!

    Negishi Ueno 3153
    Address: Japan, 110-0007 Tokyo, Taito, Uenokoen, 1−57, Ueno3153( サイゴーサン )2f
    Tel: +81 3-3834-5088
    Hours: 11AM–11PM daily
    Other outlets are all over Tokyo. Please check here.
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    Just one station away from Ueno is Akihabara, the electric town of Tokyo. It is also a mecca for Otaku, that roughly translates to “fanboy” or “fangirl” that generally refers to those passionate about manga or anime.
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    It was an eye opening experience for us as we walked into M’s Adult Department Store, a seven-floor sex goods shop next to Akihabara Station. No photograpgy is allowed in this narrow, maze like space.

    M’s Pop Life adult department store Akihabara
    Add: 1 Chome-15-13 Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan
    Hours: 10AM–11PM daily
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    For supper, we tried having some sushis from a standing sushi bar. Starting from 75 yen, the sushis were cheap and fresh. You eat at the counter where the chef prepares your sushi right in front of you upon order.

    Uogashi Nihon-Ichi
    Add: 1-21 Sakumacho Kanda Chiyoda-ku Tokyo
    Hours: 11:00 to 23:00 (Monday through Friday);11:00 to 21:30 (Saturdays,Sundays, holidays)
    Getting Here: Akihabara Stn, 2min
    Other outlets here.

    Day 3
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    Tsukiji Outer Market

    We planned to get up early to visit Tsukiji Market for live tuna auction but failed miserably. Tsukiji Market is the world’s largest, busiest fish market and even if we arrived at 10 am, the market is still bustling with activities.
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    You can find most of the street snacks at Tsukiji Outer Market. One of the most famous snack to try here is tamago. Each tamago costs 100 yen per stick and it was too sweet for our likings.

    Tsukiji Market
    Getting Here: Tsukiji Market is just above Tsukiji Shijo Station on the Oedo Subway Line. Alternatively, it can be reached in a five minute walk from Tsukiji Station on the Hibiya Subway Line. The closest JR station is Shimbashi, from where you can walk to the market in about 15 minutes.

    Important: Tsukiji Market is expected to close and move to a new site in Toyosu in the near future. The move was originally scheduled for November 2016, but then delayed indefinitely by the governor. It is now expected to happen around winter 2017/2018 at the earliest.
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    Needless to say a sushi breakfast is in order. We chose Sushi Bentomi located next to Sushi Daiwa and Sushi Dai because this particular sushi shop has the shortest queue. We tried the 3800 yen and 2600 yen set, both were quite good. The chefs were really friendly too!

    Sushi Bentomi
    Add: 5 Chome-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan
    Tel: +81 3-3541-1503
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    From Tsukiji Market, we took the subway to Roppongi, an upscale area where people dress to impress and be seen. Beautiful shops and plenty of eateries in and around Roppongi Midtown and Roppongi Hill.
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    There are many famous desserts shops in Roppongi area and we managed to try two. One of it was L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon that features a high-end patisserie where you can get all kinds of upscale French pastries and individual desserts to-go. We tried a seasonal yuzu cake and it was so good!

    L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
    Address: Japan, 106-0032 Tokyo, Minato, Roppongi, 6−10−1, 六本木ヒルズ ヒルサイド Roppongi Hills
    Tel: +81 3-5772-7507
    Hours: 10 AM – 9PM daily
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    Next up, it was the legendary mille crepe cake from HARBS! Six layers of thin crepes filled with fresh fruits and mixed cream, so heavenly! However they require a every guest to order a drink, which costs 600-880 yen per drink so it is best to take out!

    HARBS Roppongi Hills
    Address: Roppongi Hills, 6 Chome-10-2 Roppongi, 港区 Tokyo 106-0032, Japan
    Tel: +81 3-5772-6191
    Hours: 11AM–10PM daily
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    Just station away from Roppongi is the Ginza shopping district. Featuring the most exclusive stores and brands, like Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Chanel, this is window shopping at its finest.
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    Some of the things that impressed us were the futuristic cars at Nissan Crossing, expensive chocolates at Shiseido Parlour, USD 3500 killer heels at Christian Louboutin and artisan tea from Jugetsudo.
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    For dinner, we went to Ginza Kagari, a very famous ramen shop in Ginza area. The shop does a tori paitan, which means creamy chicken ramen. It is very different from the usual pork based tonkotsu ramen. Instead of the original outlet, we went to their second outlet at Echika Fit and there’s no queue! Our immediate reaction was “wow”, right after we a took a sip of the creamy and thick soup that resembles the colour and consistency of cream.

    Our full review here.

    Kagari Honten (Main Shop)
    Chuo-ku, Ginza 4-4-1, Ginza A Building 1F 中央区銀座4-4-1銀座Aビル1F
    Hours: 11 am to 3.30 pm, 5.30 pm to 10.30 pm, closed on Sunday

    Kagari Echika Fit
    Chuo-ku, Ginza 4-1-2, Echika Fit 中央区銀座4-1-2, Echika Fit
    Hours: 10 am to 11 pm

    After dinner, we headed to Haneda Airport for some last minute shopping and supper at Yoshinoya. This concludes our short but fruitful Tokyo trip. For more information, feel free to contact us.

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