Day 1

We suggest you begin this “3 days in Tokyo tour” at the Tsujiki market which, from 1935 to October 2018, has hosted the largest fish market in the world, especially famous for tuna auctions. The internal market has been moved to Toyosu.

Then you can take the metro to Roppongi to visit the Roppongi Hills, full of restaurants, bars, and shops. The building has two observatories, the Tokyo City View (which gives you access to the Mori Art Museum, located on the 53rd floor and which houses temporary exhibitions), and the Sky Deck located on the roof, with a heliport runway. For this one, you need to pay for access.

You can take the subway again to Shibuya, to join the thousands of people that flood the Shibuya crossing, a neighbourhood as well as a Japanese fashion centre, where trends arise. In this neighbourhood there are plenty of department stores, shopping malls and fashion stores.

From there you can go on foot to Yoyogi Park, inside is the Meiji Shrine.

The day finishes by walking to Takeshita-dori street, very popular with the most fashionable young Tokyo people, and which also offers different food options.

 

Day 2

Today we recommend you to start the day by enjoying the Ueno Park, my favourite corner of the city, which houses a zoo with pandas and a large lake where you can sail a boat and visit several museums. One of these is the National Museum of Western Art, designed by Le Corbusier, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, which houses more than 4,000 paintings and sculptures by western artists. Nearby is the Ameyoko shopping street.

You can take the subway later to Akihabara, home to fans of video games, cosplay, manga and anime. If you have a chance, be sure to enter a Pachinko, full of gaming machines, with music blasting and people smoking.

Then you can go to Asakusa by subway, where to enjoy the Sensoji Buddhist temple, the oldest in Tokyo, where the Thunder Gate stands out. Few meters away you find one of the oldest shopping streets in the city, Nakamise, which reproduces the atmosphere of the Edo period where the paintings on the blinds of the street stalls stand out.

The second day can be finished in the Shinjuku neighbourhood, which you can reach once again by subway. It is the perfect place to enjoy the night. The Golden Gai area stands out, a maze of narrow alleys full of small bars and restaurants. After dinner we suggest you enjoy the night views of the city, with live music, just like in the movie “Lost in Translation“, at the New York Bar at Park Hyatt Tokyo.

Day 3

On the last day of our “3 days in Tokyo blog” recommendations, we suggest you travel 50 km southwest of the city by train to visit Kamakura, in the Kanagawa prefecture where you can enjoy some of its fascinating temples:

  • Engakuji, with a famous wooden statue of Buddha and a bell declared a National Treasure.
  • Kenchoji, of Chinese inspiration.
  • Hasedera, with a wooden statue of the bodhisattva Kannon with 11 faces
  • Kotoku-in, with the Great Buddha of 11, 4 meters high
  • Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

Back in Tokyo, you should  stroll through Ginza, one of the most luxurious neighbourhoods in the city. It stands out for its magnificent buildings such as Tokyu Plaza Ginza from the architecture studio Nikken Sekkei, Maison Hermès, GAP Ginza, Coach Ginza, Wako Clock Tower, Dear Ginza, Mikimoto Ginza 2, De Beers Ginza, PIAS Ginza, among others. 

We suggest you end the day at the Ginza Sky Lounge, which offers magnificent views from its 360º viewpoint.

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