The capital of Japan is a hub of eccentricities, a clash of old and new, a whirlwind adventure and a place for everything kawaii and innovative. There are many ways to describe it but if you are wondering what to do in Tokyo in 5 days, here are my five cents. (In total, I have spent nearly three months in this wonderful Japanese city and explored a ton to base my recommendations on.) Here we go!
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Table of Contents
- 1 Tokyo Itinerary Day 1: Kawaii Fashion, Scenic Views and Glorious Sunsets
- 2 Tokyo Itinerary Day 2:
- 3 Tokyo Itinerary Day 3: Ueno and Asakusa
- 4 Tokyo itinerary Day 4: Odaiba
- 5 Tokyo Itinerary Day 5: Akihabara, Ginza and Shibamata
- 6 Alternatives for Your Tokyo Itinerary for 5 Days
- 7 Best Time to Spend 5 Days in Tokyo
- 8 How to Get Around Tokyo for 5 Days
- 9 More Resources for a 5 Day Tokyo Trip
- 10 Is Tokyo in 5 Days Enough?
Tokyo Itinerary Day 1: Kawaii Fashion, Scenic Views and Glorious Sunsets
Imperial Palace (皇居) – Boating and Cherry Blossom Viewing
Throw yourself right into the city centre and start the day at Chidorigafuchi Park and boat around the moat. Afterwards, wander over to the Imperial Palace. Stroll the old premises. If you are visiting Tokyo during sakura season, even better. Both are prime spots for cherry blossom viewings. From here, make your way over to Shibuya.
Address: Japan, 〒100-8111 Tokyo, Chiyoda, 1−1
Phone: +81 3-3213-1111
Nearest station: Tokyo station
Shibuya (渋谷区) – Shopping Spree
From the Tokyo metro station or nearby shopping centres and Starbucks you have a great view over the Shibuya crossing. From there, you will already see the iconic shopping centre Shibuya 109. If you are looking for male fashion, opt for Shibuya 109 Men. If you are on the lookout, you can find fruit shops with the famous super expensive white strawberries and applies for $30+.
There are multiple stores all around if you want to go shopping in Tokyo. For kawaii fashion and eccentric attire, walk northward to Harajuku or take one stop on the JR Yamanote Line.
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- Shibuya 109 and Shibuya 109 Men – Perfect for doll like outfits, quirky finds and window shopping. There’s usually just a standard size available and definitely no photography allowed.
- Shibuya Hikarie – New and fancy mega store. Each floor has a different theme and there are also restaurants if you need to recharge your batteries.
- Tokyu Hands – A standard franchise all over Japan, but still a great place to get unique Japanese souvenirs for the loved ones back home.
- Don Quijote – Another iconic store found all over Japan but still amazing. You can get your grocery shopping done, stock up on beauty items and buy weird costumes.
- Shibuya Mark City – All in one shopping experience. Perfect for browsing for jewellery and accessories.
- Kiddy Land – For all the Peter Pans out there (of any gender or age). Shop at this kawaii place for famous TV, anime and manga characters in stationary and figurine form.
Harajuku (原宿) – Street Style and Food
Check out cute and quirky cafes in the area, admire the street style on Cat Street and then cross over to Takeshita Street. This is the essence of Harajuku and a major must for any five days in Tokyo. Enter the colourful shops, sample the street food.
Don’t be afraid to branch off into the side streets for more shops. If you visit on the weekend, your chances of seeing Harajuku girls is much higher. That being said, the unique Harajuku fashion is slowly dying out.
Meiji Jingu (明治神宮)
Right at the end of Takarazuka Street, you can walk into Yoyogi Park, another great hotspot for any Tokyo itinerary for 5 days or less or more. It really is a pretty park, super central and – most importantly – it has the Meiji Shrine. Walking through the park, you can quickly forget that you are in a metropolis. It feels so far removed and tranquil here. If you’re lucky, you can watch a wedding traditional Japanese ceremony take place.
Address: 〒151-8557 東京都渋谷区代々木神園町１−1
Phone: +81 3-3379-5511
Nearest station: Harajuku Station (Yamanote Line), Yoyogi-Hachiman Station (Odakyu Line)
Shinjuku (新宿区) – Park Picnics
Make your way up to Shinjuku and dine in one of the many izakayas. On a sunny day and if you have your own bento box, why not have a picnic? Shinjuku Gyoen is perfect for this with its cherry blossom trees, meadows and tranquil ponds.
Address: Japan, 〒160-0014 Tokyo, Shinjuku, Naitomachi, 11
Nearest metro station: JR Chuo Line and Chuo-Sobu Line (Local); Shinjuku Station (Toei, Metro and JR lines)
Nakano Broadway – Fan Dreams Come True
This is for all the otakus roaming Tokyo. Most people visit Akihabara to search for the latest anime, manga or retro games. But Nakano Broadway is a treasure trove of past times. You can find the coolest out-of-stock items of your favourite characters, art books and games.
Address: Japan, 〒164-0001 Tokyo, Nakano, 5 Chome−52
Nearest station: Nakano (Chuo Line, Chuo-Sobu, Tozai Line)
Government Buildings (東京都庁) – Best Sunsets
Address: Japan, 〒163-8001 Tokyo, Shinjuku, Nishishinjuku, 2 Chome−8−1
Phone: +81 3-5321-1111
Nearest metro station: Shinjuku (Toei, Metro and JR lines)
Tokyo Itinerary Day 2:
Tsujiki Market (築地市場) – Fish Frenzy
I hope you have had enough sleep because the day starts super early at 3:30am on Tsujiki Fish Market. Even though this is a wholesale market, you can admire its sheer size and level of organization. Tsukiji is in fact the largest fish market and over 2,000 tons of marine products each day go through here.
You might have to queue up hour in advance to witness one of its two auctions, at 5:25 and 5:50am. To make sure you will actually get to see it and avoid hours of queueing, timetable. If you book a guide.
Note: Tsukiji Fish Market is scheduled to relocate in autumn 2018. You can read more info about what you should know before going to Tsukiji if you do decide to go by yourself. Pro tip: Wear close toed footwear and warm clothes as it is icy.
Sadly though, the market has become a big tourist spot and can’t even handle all the people. So unless you really are super keen on a visit, you can happily skip it and treat yourself to sushi at the many local places. Fun fact: Tokyo claims to be the birthplace of sushi.
Address: Japan, 〒104-0045 Tōkyō-to, Chūō-ku, Tsukiji, 5 Chome−2−1
Phone: +81 3-3542-1111
Nearest metro station: Tsukiji Station (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)
Hamarikyu Gardens (浜離宮恩賜庭園) – Relaxation Time
Pretty close to Tsujiki Market are the quiet Hamarikyu Gardens. They wind around Sumida River and follow traditional Japanese garden techniques, including ponds, teahouses, a small shrine and a shogun villa dating back tothe 17th century. If you want to sample Japanese sweets and rest your feet for a while, this place is perfect. Entrance is JPY 300 (3 USD).
Address: Japan, 〒104-0046 Tokyo, Chūō, Hamarikyuteien, 1−1
Nearest metro station: Shiodome Station (Toei Oedo Line and Yurikamome Line)
Tokyo Tower (東京タワー) – Iconic Views
What could be more ironic than Tokyo Tower? Granted, it really is just one of many typical TV towers as can be seen all over Japan. If you want to have a peek, you can see it from many close districts without actually having to get close or go up.
Address: Japan, 〒105-0011 Tōkyō-to, Minato-ku, Shibakōen, 4 Chome−2−8
Nearest station: Akabanebashi Station (Toei Oedo Line)
Roppongi Hills (六本木ヒルズ) – Modern Urbanscaping
Essentially Roppongi Hills is a kind of experiment, a development project that opened in 2003 and incorporates everything a city could need in a small area within Minato District. The idea behind it was to condense life in a small space to eliminate commuting time and increase living standards. It was the brainchild of tycoon Minoru Mori. Nowadays, you can find offices, apartments, shops, restaurants, cinemas, a museum, a hotel, a major TV studio, an outdoor amphitheatre, quirky art installations and a few parks in Roppongi.
Address: Japan, 〒106-6108 Tokyo, Minato, Roppongi, 6 Chome−11−1
Phone: +81 3-6406-6000
Nearest station: Roppongi Station (Hibiya Line, Oedo Line)
Meguro River (目黒川) – Cherry alleys
Another must for any Tokyo itinerary for 5 days or longer if you are staying during Tokyo’s sakura season. The Meguro River flows quietly along and is framed by dense alleys of cherry blossoms. Naturelly, this place draws crowds and is beautiful both during the day and at night, when the pink lanterns light up. Visit early in the day and during the week to avoid masses of people. Or at night, when the pink sakura lanterns come on.
Address: 3 Chome-9 Higashishinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tōkyō-to 140-0002, Japan
Nearest station: Meguro Station (Mita Line, Namboku Line, Tokyu Meguro Line, JR Yamanote Line)
Tokyo Itinerary Day 3: Ueno and Asakusa
Sumida Park (隅田公園) – Sunrise
If you want, catch the sunrise behind Skytree Tower as you stroll along the promenade of Sumida Park. Mornings here are super quiet and relaxing. You can slowly see the Taito district come to life and once it’s in full gear, it can get intense.
Address: Japan, 〒131-0033 東京都墨田区向島１−2−5
Nearest station: Asakusa station
Another iconic landmark in Tokyo. You can see it from afar and if you want to, even get to its top and enjoy 360° views. Fun fact: Tokyo Skytree is the world’s tallest freestanding broadcasting tower. If you want to skip the long queues, get your entrance ticket online in advance. Skytree is a major shopping and dining hub. You can visit the Moomin Cafe, eat black noodles, buy high value Japanese products and clothing items. There even is an inhouse metro station.
Address: Japan, 〒131-0045 Tokyo, Sumida, Oshiage, 1 Chome−1−2
Phone: +81 570-550-634
Opening hours: 8 AM- 10 PM
Nearest station: Tokyo Skytree, Oshiage Station
Sensō-ji (浅草寺) – Traditional Temple
Sensoji should be high on your Tokyo tour itinerary. It is one of the most important Buddhist temples in Tokyo. During Sanja Matsuri it gets crazy. If you come during spring, however, you can still enjoy the crowded but still worthwhile temple festivals. Plus, there are plenty of local stores on Nakamise Shopping Street (仲見世商店街) that sell handcrafted items.
Address: Japan, 〒111-0032 Tokyo, Taitō, Asakusa, 2 Chome−3−1
Phone: +81 3-3842-0181
Nearest station: Asakusa station (Tsukuba Express, Asakusa Line, SubwayGinza Line, Nikko-Kinugawa, Ryomo, Shimotsuke-Kirifuri, Tobu Skytree Line)
Asakusa Shopping Arcades
Branching off from Nakamise Shopping Street, you can hardly miss the shopping arcades. These are covered streets with tons of local stores and restaurants. You can find everything your souvenir buying heart desires, get yourself traditional yukata, kimono and matching souvenirs or just admire the business of the alleys.
Ueno Park (上野恩賜公園)
From Sensoji, it’s roughly a thirty minute walk or a 2 station drive with the metro to get to Ueno Park. It is THE most popular park in Tokyo – especially crazy, as always, during cherry blossom season. There are museums, a zoo, lake, temples and a shrine in the park if you don’t want to just picnic or relax.
Address: Japan, 〒110-0007 Tokyo, Taitō, 上野公園5－20
Phone: +81 3-3828-5644
Nearest station: Ueno station
Yanaka Ginza (谷中銀座) – All About Cats
To get from Ueno Park to Yanaka Ginza, you can walk for twenty minutes or take the train/metro to Nippori. The street is a few minutes away from the station. Here, everything is about cats. All the products are cat themed: ranging from porcelain to doorstoppers over to chopsticks and fresh taiyaki.
Address: Japan, 〒110-0001 Tokyo, Taitō, Yanaka, 3 Chome−13−1
Nearest station: Nippori
Tokyo itinerary Day 4: Odaiba
Gundam Cafe (ガンダムカフェ 秋葉原店)
Odaiba is a large artificial island and well known for its shopping, entertainment and fun foodie places. You can easily spend an entire day here. Why not freshen up at the Gundam Café for starters?
Address: Japan, 〒135-0064 Tōkyō-to, Kōtō-ku, Aomi, 1 Chome−1−１０ ダイバーシティ東京プラザ2F
Phone: +81 3-6457-2778
Nearest station: Odaiba-Kaihinkoen Station (Yurikamome line), Tokyo Teleport Station (Rinkai Line)
Other Odaiba attractions worty to plan your 5 days in Tokyo around are the quirky Takoyaki museum. (If you need a takoyaki recipe for home, here it is.)
Address: Decks Tokyo Beach Seaside Mall 4F, 1-6-1 Daiba, Minato-ku Tokyo
Nearest station: Odaiba-Kaihinkoen station
Odaiba Oedo-Onsen (お台場 大江戸温泉物語)
An onsen is a truly wonderful experience, can, however, feel a little uncomfortable at first. Dress code is strictly in the buff and there are certain rules of washing and bathing to be followed. But once you know how everything works (and the Japanese are super friendly, so ask if you are unsure), it’s sooo relaxing. Try Tokyo Odaiba Oedo-Onsen Monogatari!
Address: Japan, 〒135-0064 Tokyo, 江東区青海２丁目６−３
Phone: +81 3-5500-1126
Nearest station: Telecom Center Station (Yurikamome line)
Other Odaiba Museums
Odaiba has plenty of museums. If you’ve been to Tokyo before and wondering what to do in Tokyo in 5 days, why not go on a museum tour? To give you an overview, here are a couple worth looking into:
- The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) – This is Japan’s most important science centre
- Megaweb Toyota City Showcase – Great for car lovers
- Museum of Maritime Science – If you’re into all things underwater and ocean
- Madame Tussauds Tokyo – This is probably the closest you get to your favourite stars
- Tokyo Port Museum – Everything you ever wanted to know about Japan’s capital’s port
- Tokyo Trick Art Museum – If you’re into optical illusions and cool tricks, this is fun to do
Aqua City Odaiba (アクアシティお台場)
Just as there are tons of museums, there is a seemingly endless array of shopping facilities. The most popular one being Aqua City Odaiba. It has everything. You can shop your heart out, please your taste buds with ramen, pray at a shrine, watch a movie, drop off kids at day car centres and so much more! It’s also right across the unique looking Fuji TV Building, which can also be visited.
Address: 1-7-1 Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Access: about 6 min walk from Odaiba-Kaihinkoen Station
Odaiba Statue of Liberty (自由の女神像)
If you wanted the best view over the Rainbow bridge and Tokyo’s skyline AND want to confuse your friends, check this out. Tokyo has placed a smaller scale version (1/7th) of the famous Statue of Liberty in its Odaiba Seaside Park. Fun fact: that’s actually not the only replica in Japan.
Address: Japan, 〒135-0091 Tōkyō-to, Minato-ku, 港区Daiba, 1−4, 台場海浜公園内
Phone: +81 3-5500-2455
Nearest station: Odaiba-kaihinkoen Station or Daiba Station on the Yurikamome Line
Big Sight Convention Center (東京ビッグサイト)
If you are visiting Tokyo for the Anime Japan, the biggest anime and manga convention in the world, this is where it will be held. You cannot miss it, the crowds will pull you at BigSight. Plan in a three hour long waiting time at the very least, regardless whether you have a ticket or not. Get your ticket way in advance! Spending one day out of your 5 days in Tokyo is plenty. It’s quite overwhelming, really. You can only buy tickets through a third party or at a 7 Eleven booking machine (in Japanese). But it’s actually not that difficult.
Address: 〒135-0063 東京都江東区 有明３丁目１１−１
Phone: +81 3-5530-1111
Nearest station: Kokusai-Tenjijo-Seimon Station (Yurikamome Line)
Rainbow Bridge (レインボーブリッジ)
At night, the otherwise rather bland suspension bridge that somewhat resembles Golden Gate Bridge becomes illuminated. In all colours of the rainbow you can witness streams of water being shot out from Rainbow Bridge (レインボーブリッジ).
Address: Japan, 〒105-0000 Tokyo, Minato
Nearest station: Hinode train station
Tokyo Itinerary Day 5: Akihabara, Ginza and Shibamata
Shibamata (柴又) – Old Tokyo
To experience an entirely different side of Tokyo, take the train all the way out to the edge of town. Shibamata is a local favourite among film fans as it served as an important site in the famous Tora-san movies. The films are virtually unknown abroad but thanks to their popularity, the district has preserved its old timey charm. The main Shibamata attractions are the shopping and restaurant street Taishakuten Sando and Taishakuten Daikyo-ji Temple.
Read more about Shibamata’s top 7 attractions.
Nearest station: Shibamata station
Akihabara is a hotspot for any Tokyo itinerary because of its crazy lights, game stores and maid cafes. If you want to get your nerd on, this is the place to be. Stock up on wigs in cosplay shops. Browse through the latest manga. Stock up on anime figurines. Play day and night in arcades. Or sit back and relax in theme cafes.
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Nearest station: Akihabara station
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- Stock up on cosplay costumes and wigs at COSPA Gee Store
- Shop everything anime and manga at Mandarake
- Watch a screened performance at AKB48 Cafe and Shop
- Dine at Final Fantasy Erzora Cafe
- Get your electronic supplies in the side alleys of Akihabara (such as I did for me Pokémon gameboy odyssee)
Most people want to capture the crowds at Shibuya Crossing but forget about the even fancier and more colourful Ginza Yon-chome intersectionGinza Chuo-doori. If you are feeling particularly posh, dine at Gucci Café in the Gucci building.
Nearest station: Ginza station
Kabuki-za (歌舞伎座) – Traditional Theatre
If you really want to dive deep into Japanese culture, attend a traditional Kabuki theatre. Shows come with elaborate costumes, expressive masks and intense performances. The largest and most prominent kabuki theatre in Tokyo is Kabuki-za. Why not catch an afternoon performance? To avoid queuing, get your ticket online and to help you understand what’s happening, you can rent a G-Mark Guide.
Address: Japan, 〒104-0061 Tōkyō-to, Chūō-ku, Ginza, 4 Chome−12−15
Phone: +81 3-3545-6800
Nearest station: Higashi-ginza Station (Asakusa and Hibiya Line)
Alternatives for Your Tokyo Itinerary for 5 Days
In case you want to deviate from this DIY Tokyo itinerary or want to extend it to 7 days in Tokyo, here are a few more ideas. Whether it is day trips or more Tokyo districts, you get to choose what tickles your fancy!
Day Trips from Tokyo
Tokyo itself can easily fill your days with ample entertainment and districts to explore, from busy to super quiet. But to get a little further out, there are various options, too. Why not unleash your inner child in Disneyland Tokyo or play at the cool arcades in Anata no Warehouse in Kawasaki? Getting there takes 20 minutes by train from Tokyo Station and another 10 minutes on foot.
For amazing flower displays – particularly during wisteria season – visit Ashikaga Flower Park North of Tokyo. If you want to make it a long day, head up further north to Nikko. It is filled with Heritage Site listed temples, shrines, bridges and waterfalls. Alternatively, you can go on an organised day trip to Mount Fuji.
To the West, you can explore Narita and its old Omotensado Street towards honoured Narita-san temple. Most tourists skip this place as it is so close to the airport but they don’t even know what they’re missing! You can include a brief stop at Sawara for more vintage Japan feels around its merchant channels.
Best Time to Spend 5 Days in Tokyo
Tokyo can be visited all year round. Though some seasons are better than others for your 5 days in Tokyo. The end of March and early April offer the best chances for pleasant weather and stunning sakura. Autumn is amazing for catching the trees turn a deep red. Summers can be hot and sweltering and winters get cold.
If you can plan your 5 day Tokyo itinerary around a major festival (matsuri) in Tokyo, I would totally do that and devote an entire day to it. Temple festivals are fun, there are performances going on and foodie stalls line the streets. People dress up in yukata and kimono and the atmosphere is so joyous.
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- Sanja Matsuri at Sensō-ji (June) – One of Tokyo’s wildest and largest Shinto festivals.
- Fuji Matsuri at Kameido Tenjin Shrine (May) – Wonderful wisteria tunnels with the Skytree as a backdrop.
- Sanno Festival at Hie Shrine (June) – Parade for Tokyo’s guardian deity.
- Tokyo Jidai Matsuri in Asakusa (November 3) – Celebrating Tokyo’s history.
- Harajuku Omotesandō Genki Matsuri Super Yosakoi (August) – 100 dancers perform at the Yosakoi dance festival.
How to Get Around Tokyo for 5 Days
If you follow this guide, you can easily squeeze in quite a lot of sights and attractions for Tokyo in 5 days. While it is entirely possible to walk all over Tokyo (It takes 3 hours from Asakusa to Akihabara, to give you an idea), I don’t recommend it at all. Trust me, my weary feet can tell quite a tale. (Also Google Maps is super unreliable. I recommend Maps.Me and a portable hotspot to get WiFi on the go.)
Your best bet for public transport is the metro system. Trains arrive on the dot, there constantly is a another one coming in case you missed one and it gets you around fastest. Sure, there are buses but trying to figure THAT one out… I gave up. Tokyo’s metro system is complicated enough as is. Ok, so here is the gist of it.
Using a JR Railpass
If you have a JR Railpass and want to use it for your Tokyo itinerary in 5 days, you can only do so on the JR lines. The most popular one is Yamanote, which is the green circle line that hits all the major tourist spots. If you want to go on day trips from Tokyo, it’s also great. But you cannot use it to get to farther out Tokyo places, like Shibamata or Nakano.
Is using the JR Railpass in Tokyo for 5 days worth it? It really depends. I wouldn’t get a railpass JUST for Tokyo. But if you are planning 14 days in Japan (or 3 weeks for that matter) and want to use one or two excessive sightseeing days for Tokyo and the other for the rest of your trip, I’d say, go for it! Don’t forget to validate your JR pass at Ueno or Tokyo station before using it, though. (That can easily take at least an hour thanks to the lines.)
Using Tokyo Metro Lines
There are multiple companies operating metro lines all over the Tokyo area. Apart from JR, there are Tokyo Metro, Toei, Keisei and several express lines as well. None of them accept the other’s tickets. So if you happen to change lines, you have to pay again. (Or, if you have forgotten to buy a ticket from the other company in advance, you can get trapped in Ueno station without being able to leave. Yes, that happened to me. Twice.)
To keep track of your spendings during Tokyo in 5 days, you can buy tickets whenever you need them. There are ticket machines in every station, accepting coins/bills and often visa cards with metro line pricing illustrations. Most of them are in Japanese, so better grab an English metro line print on the go. What I do is I memorised my main/fave stations for orientation or ask a member of staff. They are super helpful and knowledgeable. While you’re at it, ask for the platform, too.
If you cannot be bothered, get a Suica card and top that one up so you only have to swipe. To save money, get local metro cards. Different stations offer different types, sometimes including buses and other lines. You really have to double check. The most comprehensive one can only be bought at the airport. I hope I haven’t lost you by now. Just get a Tokyo Metro Pass for 24, 48 and 72-Hour options online to avoid getting a headache from all this.
Using Tokyo Taxis
Don’t. They are super expensive and you can get around in the metro just as fast. As a rule of thumb, the minimum fare for the first 2km is 400-700 yen and increased by 80-90 yen for every additional 300-400 metres. Waiting time at traffic lights also costs. But here’s a budget tip: Download the JapanTaxi app to take advantage of 1000yen off the first ride. (Or check for current online coupons.) This app offers the best taxi prices all over Japan – better than hailing a cab. You need Wifi to order it though. Taxis in Japan are safe.
What’s the Wifi Situation in Japan?
The longer you travel Japan, even to see only Tokyo in 5 days, you might want to stay online for various reasons. Maybe you bookmarked or pinned this post and want to read it again (as well as my other Japan posts). Or you want to find a quirky restaurant nearby. Or you are lost. (It helps to have a screenshot of your desired location or the Kanji written down so you can ask strangers for help. They WILL definitely try to help or find someone else that can. The Japanese are super kind.)
The first time I visited Japan in 2015, there was free public Wifi but it was sometimes hard to find. Now in 2018, the situation was so much better! All Tokyo metro stations have free public Wifi. There’s a Starbucks everywhere and you don’t need to preregister anymore to get in. 7Elevens and Watson convenient stores have Wifi. So do some supermarkets, such as Daiso.
But sometimes your phone doesn’t connect or it’s really slow. Or you are lost in one of the residential districts and cannot find any of these places. If you want to make sure, just get a portable hotspot or preorder a Japan sim card for 1 or 2 weeks. You cannot buy a card while in the country; that requires a Japanese address (and Japanese reading/speaking skills).
More Resources for a 5 Day Tokyo Trip
Travel Insurance – As with every travel, it’s a good idea to secure your insurance abroad. Even if you are the healthiest and fittest person on the planet, accidents can happen. Japan is a safe country, for solo travellers as well. However, I know from experience that the stupidest mistakes can happen. (I once tripped on flat concrete and could barely walk for 3 weeks.)
Travel Guides – To really dig deep into local Tokyo attractions, a blog post (not even one as long as this) can cover it all. Lonely Planet does an excellent job and is full with travel an language tips.
Travel Literature – I love combining travel with literature. For instance, I visited England to retrace the steps of Jane Austen in Bath and the Bronte Sisters in Yorkshire. To transport yourself into a different Scifi era, read anything by Haruki Murakami. A crime novel set in Tokyo is The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura.
Is Tokyo in 5 Days Enough?
Haha, don’t ask me that! It feels like there never is enough time in Tokyo. I absolutely adore this city. It has everything from quiet spaces to loud and bustling streets. You can get everything your heart desires from giant ice cream bowls, to Poke Centres or quiet strolls in the parks.
However, a Tokyo Itinerary for 5 days is a good start to get to know the city and not get too overwhelmed. It will definitely feel like a sensory onslaught at first but you gotta dive right in. You’ll miss it soon enough.
What attractions are on your must see list for 5 days in Tokyo?
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