Planning a trip can be very stressful, and Tokyo is a city that provides so much entertainment and has so many fun places that can overwhelm first-time visitors. So to make your trip stress-free here is are 1 Day Itineraries in Tokyo that you cannot miss when visiting Tokyo curated by me!
Every day will be around an 8 hours schedule, and of course, you can mix and match it to personalize it to yourself however you like. Below are 3 kinds of itineraries for different types of people/vibes.
Classic 1 Day Itineraries in Tokyo
This is for someone who wants to experience classic Tokyo. These are often the first stops where visitors come and see Tokyo. There will also be a choice to either pick routes 1 or 2 from 4:00 pm depending on your preference.
Route One: Shibuya and Shinjuku Route Two: Shibuya and Harajuku
10:00 Shibuya Crossing
Start your day off at Shibuya and cross the Shibuya crossing and meet Hachiko. Start your day with some coffee at Starbucks Shibuya Tsutaya while having a great view of the crossing.
10:30 Explore Shibuya
Explore surrounding areas like Village Vanguard, Shibuya 109, Daiso, Tower Records, Mega Donkijote, and Shibuya Parco for the Nintendo store and Pokemon Store.
Have lunch at Uobei Shibuya Dougenzaka to experience conveyor belt sushi, and try new types of sushi!
1:00 Shibuya Sky
Shibuya Sky: Newly built 360° open-air observation deck 229m above Shibuya! Klook has a discount on tickets but admission is only from 10am-2pm. There are many places to relax and even Hammocks!
2:30 Walk around the area
If you have a little extra time, try Nanaya Aoyama for some ice cream. They say they have one of the strongest Matcha in the world! Also, don’t forget to stop by TAITO Station for some arcade games and crane machines!
3:00 Miyashita Park
Go to Miyashita Park, a new rooftop park in Shibuya with a shopping mall. Miyashita park’s rooftop is a very fun place to watch local Japanese people hang out. Get some dessert either from Kith Treats or KitKat Chocolatory. At this Chocolatory, they have their own cafe and an area where you can make your own kit kat! *Personal kit kat making is 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 17:30pm
Route 1 – For those who are interested in a more trendy and youth day in Harajuku / 1 Day Itineraries in Tokyo
4:00 Harajuku’s Meiji Jingu
Head down to Harajuku and head to Meiji Jingu. Meiji Jingu is one of Tokyo’s most impressive shrines and the most important State Shinto shrine in Japan. It is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken.
5:00 Takeshita Dori
Go to Takeshita Dori, a shopping street lined with fashion boutiques, cafes, thrift stores and restaurants. Shop for young and trendy items at stores like WEGO, Style Nanda, Redeye, and Etude House. Don’t forget to stop by Daiso and Ikea as well!
Fill your belly with some street foods like Totti Candy Factory’s huge rainbow cotton Candy, LONG! LONGER!! LONGEST!!!’s Long tornado potato, rainbow sandwich, and ice cream and ZAKUZAKU’s crunchy eclair and ice cream or any Harajuku Crepes!
Route 2 – For those who are interested in a more chill trip in Shinjuku / 1 Day Itineraries in Tokyo
4:00 Shinjuku Gyeon National Park
Head to Shinjuku and visit the Shinjuku gyeon national garden to relax and take a breather. It is Tokyo’s largest and most popular park. It is particularly famous for its seasonal cherry blossoms. Shinjuku Gyoen combines three distinct types of gardens—Japanese traditional, formal, and landscape and creates a perfect place to get some fresh air and rest your feet. Hours change depending on season, so be sure to check out The National Gardens Association to see if you need to push plans a little forward.
Shop at the many malls Shinjuku has to offer like LUMINE EST Shinjuku, Pepe & Brick St LOFT for shops like UNIQLO, LOFT, and ABC Mart. Also take the time to check out Shinjuku station, Tokyo’s biggest and busiest station, with many shops and department stores connected.
Stop by Kabukicho to say hi to the 12-meter tall model of Godzilla on top of Hotel Gracery. Godzilla also lights up and breaths smoke every hour!