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ITINERARIES Tokyo—Traditional and Contemporary From historic temples to ultra-modern skyscrapers, experience the mix of old and new in Japan's capital

Experience the stark contrasts of Tokyo, where longstanding traditions and structures are preserved among pop culture and high-tech advances.

Enjoy sushi and shopping at Tsukiji Outer Market. Learn about sumo and Tokyo life during the Edo period before traveling to the city's most famous temple at Asakusa. Get your fill of pop culture in Akihabara’s “Electric Town” and soak up some nightlife among the high-rises in Shibuya.

Highlights

    Savoring freshly caught seafood amid the bustling market stalls
    Sweeping panoramic views from the top of SkyTree
    Shopping for that perfect Japanese souvenir in Akihabara

How to Get There

From Tokyo: 10 minutes

From Tokyo Station, take the JR Keiyo line for two minutes to Hatchobori Station and then change to Subway Hibiya Line to Tsukiji Station for two minutes. Tsukiji market is five minutes on foot.

From Shinjuku: 30 minutes

From Shinjuku Station, take the Oedo subway line to Tsukijishijo Station for 21 minutes, walk seven minutes to Tsukiji market.

Tsukiji Area
Tsukiji Outer Market
Edo Tokyo Hakubutsukan
Edo Tokyo Museum
Ryogoku Kokugikan -sumo stadium
Ryogoku Kokugikan
Senso-ji Temple
Sensoji Temple
Tokyo Sky Tree
Tokyo Skytree
Akihabara
Akihabara
Shibuya Area
Shibuya
Yokohama Chukagai Chinatown
Yokohama
Start Your Journey
Tsukiji Outer Market Tsukiji remains a center of Japan's seafood world

Although the famous Tsukiji Fish Market officially moved to Toyosu on October 11, 2018, Tsukiji's outer market remains a lively business district and is home to some of Tokyo's best restaurants. Browse the alleyways which house shops selling food and kitchen equipment, and sample some of the freshest seafood around. Try street snacks such as omelets and rice balls, or join a sushi-making workshop with a professional chef as your guide.

40 minutes

Take Toei Oedo Line at Tsukijishijo Station to Ryogoku Station. Edo Tokyo Museum is two minutes on foot

Edo Tokyo Museum Learn about life in the Edo period in miniature before seeing the real thing

After a meal at the market, head to this spacious museum, which explores daily life in Edo, now called Tokyo. Here, you can see a vast array of recreations and dioramas showcasing what the city looked like and how its people lived 200 years ago. It feels like stepping back in time.

3 minutes

Ryogoku Kokugikan Home of Japan's national sport

Just next door to the Edo Tokyo Museum is Ryogoku Kokugikan, the venue for the famous Grand Sumo Tournament. Tournaments take place at the Kokugikan in Tokyo in January, May and September each year, but the Sumo Museum on the 1st floor is open year-round.

20 minutes

Take JR Sobu Line and change at Asakusabashi Station to Toei Asakusa Line for Asakusa Station.

Sensoji Temple Tokyo's oldest and busiest temple and the city's newest landmark are a must-see

Said to be built in 628 and with over 30 million annual visitors, Sensoji is one of Tokyo's most famous sights. Start at the Kaminari Gate just outside the station, and stroll the old shopping street leading up to the temple grounds. Once at the temple, light some incense, make an offering, and get your fortune or a protection charm.

3 minutes

Take Tobu Skytree Line at Tobu Asakusa Station to Tokyo Skytree Station

Tokyo Skytree The city's tallest landmark offers stunning views

Looking across the river from Sensoji, it's hard to miss the gleaming metal tower that is Skytree. From its observation deck, 450 meters off the ground, you can gaze out over the entire city, sometimes all the way to Mt. Fuji.

At the base of the tower is a shopping mall complex where you can buy goods for famous Japanese characters. There's also a planetarium and aquarium here.

13 minutes

Take Toei Asakusa Line at Oshiage Station connected to Tokyo Sky Tree to Ningyocho and change to Hibiya Line to Akihabara Station

Akihabara Pop culture, electronics, and plenty of neon in Tokyo's “Electric Town”

Once home to the city's radio and electronics hobbyists, Akihabara has transformed into a center for anime, video games, J-pop, and plenty of other Japanese pop culture phenomena. Visit a multi-story arcade, shop for the newest high-end electronics and computers, or just geek out over your favorite games and shows.

There are themed cafes for cartoon series Gundam, as well as pop idol group AKB48. Stop by eclectic shopping mall Don Quixote for weird snacks and souvenirs, or Super Potato for retro video games.

30 minutes

Take Yamanote Line at Akihabara Station to Shibuya Station

Shibuya Tokyo's "Times Square" comes alive at night around the famous Shibuya Scramble

Right outside the station, you'll be faced with one of Tokyo's most iconic sights: the pedestrian scramble. Busy any time of the day, the scenery is best when all the signs and screens are lit up. Famous for its shopping and fashion during the day, Shibuya is also home to Tokyo's liveliest evening spots.

Here you'll find hundreds of dining options, plenty of bars, and multi-level nightclubs to dance the night away in. Finish your busy day off with some classic karaoke in a private room.

More to Explore
Yokohama Take a trip outside the city

While you could easily spend your entire trip just in Tokyo, there's plenty more to see and do nearby. Easily accessible from downtown Tokyo is the seaside city of Yokohama , with shopping and dining at Yokohama Chinatown's shops and restaurants and seaside views from Minato Mirai 21 .

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