Day 1 in Tokyo
Welcome to Tokyo! Upon arrival at the airport, you will go through customs and immigration. Should you opt to purchase a transfer to your hotel; a representative will be waiting for you as you exit immigration. Arrive at your hotel, check in and do not give in to jetlag! There is so much for you to see and do!
Begin the afternoon with a traditional dish of rice and noodles at one of the many casual dining spots found throughout Tokyo. Afterward, we recommend that you get acquainted with the city by choosing and optional tour such as the hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour on board a double decker bus, where you can check out the Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Tower, Ginza and much more.
As night approaches make your way to Shibuya, referred to as the world center of city centers, like the Times Square of Japan! See the river of people at one of the busiest street crossings in the world, the famous Shibuya crossing! You can shop in the department stores and boutiques, eat dinner here then head to Roppongi where you can visit the Mori Tower, the observation deck on the 52nd floor with amazing sights of the city! Roppongi is also a popular nightlife section with options for dinner, drinks or dancing.
Day 2 in Tokyo
Begin your day with a visit to Sensoji, Tokyo`s oldest and most significant ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, where you reach the temple via Kaminarimon and iconic gate recognized as the symbol of the city. The Asakusa-jinja Shrine is close by and Nakamise Street which is one of the oldest shopping streets in Japan full of interesting traditional gifts and food.
You can grab some lunch on Nakamise at one of the many eateries, or head over to Ueno Park with a picnic where you can witness more than 1000 cherry trees that line the central pathway (cherry blossoms too if you visit during late March and early April). Many museums can be found in Ueno including the Tokyo National Museum, National Science Museum, and the Ueno Zoo.
Make your way to the Ginza district, the most fashionable and expensive shopping address in Japan! Check out Matsuya on Chuo Dori which offers everything from an art gallery to designer clothes with a huge food emporium located in its basement. You can take a 10-minute walk from here to the Shinbashi Enbujo Theatre and catch a Kabuki performance.
Day 3 in Tokyo
Start your day super early and head to Tsukiji Fish Market, Japan`s largest wholesale fish market and witness the action when fisherman unload their catches from around the world at this seafood auction for wholesalers. You can witness this fantastic free fish show each morning between 5:25 am and 6:10 am but you have to get there early (around 3 am!) as they only allow 120 people into each show.
After your early start, you will probably need a nap! Grab something to eat on your way and get some rest.
Begin the afternoon with a trip to see the Tokyo Tower in the Shiba-Koen district of Minato, check out the observation decks and FootTown featuring a wax museum, restaurants, and shops. From here head to the Rainbow Bridge the most famous bridge in Japan that connects Tokyo to the man-made island of Odaiba, take a walk along the footbridge or ride on a water bus. There are restaurants and shopping located here with great spots to watch the sunset.
You could head to the Park Hyatt Hotel (reservations required) for a superb dining experience on the 52nd floor offering spectacular views of the city as seen in scenes for Lost in Translation; enjoy your last evening dining on American cuisine with a memorable experience. If you still have some energy make your way to Kabuki-Cho which is one of Japan`s most famous and notorious nightlife districts featuring bars, clubs, dance clubs, peep shows and hostess bars.
Additional Days in Tokyo
If you have additional days to spend in Tokyo be sure to check out the
Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum which was home to Taro Okamoto before he passed in 1996, now open to the public where visitors can see the space where he worked on paintings and dictated manuscripts. The Shinjuku Gyoen National Gardens is a large park area with beautiful gardens and over 20,000 trees.
If your additional days are with your family be sure to take a trip to Tokyo Disneyland and experience the 115-acre theme park with the same theme as California and Florida. Tokyo`s Sea Life park is a beautifully designed aquarium that has a glass dome shape and appears to float on the Tokyo Bay, the aquarium features numerous habitats and exhibits.
Your Last Day in Tokyo
Depart from your hotel to the airport for your return flight home. We recommend that you purchase a private transfer to the airport if so the representative will meet you at your hotel with plenty of time to get you to the airport for your flight out.