Tokyo has parts of New York's Times Square and royalty like the UK. A melting pot of cultures, the city was ultimately born to shine and today holds the stature of one of the most advanced metropolitans. Yet you will find traces of the post war era, carefully preserved Samurai history, and glorious nature. If this wasn't enough, the artistic side of Tokyo is just on another level. So, through this Tokyo 7 days itinerary, a magical experience is put together for you.
Day 1: Onset of the Tokyo trip
Kickstart your 7 days 6 nights Tokyo tour with relaxed yet fun explorations spanned out the entire day. The first to arrive on your itinerary today is Hie Shrine. Being an off the radar attraction, the shrine breaks the monotony of the city life and takes you in the arms of greenery. Of all the things you might be doing here, tying Enmusubi or Love Knot is a must.
As the sun bids farewell, next up on your Tokyo tour is the hip corner of Shinjuka Golden Gai. Myriad of themes amongst 200+ bars to choose from, the street still retains much of its post-war ethos and it wouldn’t be a big deal if you happen to bump into a celebrity. As Shinjuka Golden Gai can help you loosen up a bit, but if you want a hardcore dinner, you can’t resist Omoide Yokocho.
Day 2: A piece of regal beauty
Wake up to another exciting day in Tokyo, as today you’ll be taken to some more interesting locations. This day commences with a visit to Imperial Palace, the residence of the emperor of Japan. It is built on the former site of Edo Castle and covered in jaw dropping garden expanses. The Nijubashii bridge constituting the entrance of the Imperial Palace, is a great spot for photography.
Since the inner grounds remain inaccessible, you’ll be travelling to the northwest part, where Chidorigafuchi famous moats will take you over the place. The scenic ride amidst the cherry blossom trees will forever be fresh in your memories. At night the lake looks even surreal, as the illuminated trees give a pinkish tinge to the waters.
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Coming next is the National Theatre, where you can enjoy power-packed performances of ballet dancers, opera, dance or drama.
Day 3: Temple Tour and Sky-scrapers
Today is all about culture and legacy, so this day of your itinerary takes you to the famous temple - Senso Ji. Senso Ji can also be called the face of all temples in Tokyo, as it has the most viral pictures on the internet. Even the entrance- Kaminaramon Gate is a landmark in itself.
The scent of incense and the surrounding scenes will calm your soul and mind, while the exteriors of the temple will put you in awe of its sophisticated built. For a quick souvenir hunt, you can head to the nearby streets lined with vendors offering crafts, sweets and a bunch of other stuff. Get photographed in a Kimono outfit in the nearby Kimono rentals in Asukasa before leaving.
Once done, the trip then transports you to the topmost part of the city - Tokyo Skytree Tower. This television broadcasting tower also projects sweeping views of the sky scrapers and city, making the experience the best in the entire day. Climb up on the tower after sunsets for the best night views of the city.
Day 4: Into the mountains
Escape into a nature’s paradise today, as this day lands you in the most sought after recreational spot of Tokyo. A combo of all interesting features, Mount Takao, has immense hiking opportunities, picnic spots, temples, and soul-reviving scenery that will make you want to stay a little longer. For touches of vim and vigour, start your day in Mount Takao with a cable car at Takaotozan. The cable car will lift you up to the Yukiji Temple or Takao san Yakuo-in Yuki-ji, a charming Buddhist temple with unique practices and stunning interiors. Once you are done offering prayers and exploring, go for a hike on trail 1. Marked with several vantages, Mount Takao shares a glimpse of Mount Fuji on clearest days and the surrounding sceneries on all days.
Day 5: Channelize the inner child in you today!
Relive your childhood fantasies at the Ghibli Museum today. Starting with its comic facades to its themed interiors, Ghibili museum is an ultimate spot for travellers who are still young at heart. Built to commemorate the former Studio Ghibli film studio which made remarkable animated movies in the history of Japan, the museum has exhibits that breathe energy into the legendary characters. Even if you don’t understand the references, the museum is worth looking at from its starting point to its dramatic staircases and rooftops.
Surrounding the museum quaintly is the Inokshira Onshi Park, which will feature next on this day. Loved and admired by tourists and natives alike, the park is a green paradise, speckled with pond, fountains, temple, and a bunch of other recreation opportunities. While it is up to you, how you want to spend your time inside the park premises, don't forget the Swan boat ride here.
Day 6: Metropolitan vibes for today
The penultimate day of this Tokyo trip, begins with an exploration of the famous Tsukiji Market. While the market is renowned as a fish market, you can get your hands on some kitchen essentials too. Adjacent to it is the Toyosu Market, which serves world-class seafood meals. A fresh sushi breakfast comes in handy too. As evening approaches, head to the Rainbow Bridge to catch scintillating views of sunsets and the approaching night sky.
While the bustling intersection of Tokyo featured late in your itinerary, be assured of quality time here, as the second last day of your trip gives you ample opportunity to do so. Marked with towering buildings and flashy commercials, the Shibuya Crossing is the most metropolitan Tokyo can get. Starbucks, hip clubs and pubs, and lights will all find you here.
Day 7: Goodbye Tokyo
How can we let you leave Japan without an eyeful of Samurai legacy? So, on your last day in Tokyo, you get to sight artefacts and learn quick facts about Samurai, through the latest addition to Tokyo’s museum scene - Samurai Musuem. Armour, weapons and samurai cosplay all come to greet you as soon as you step into the museum. You can also dress up in an authentic samurai costume and get photographed before leaving.
These 7 days in Tokyo come with a guaranteed package of fun, self-indulgence and leisurely strolls. So, make sure to hop on this joyride for cherishable memories.
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