Day 1: Getting to know Tokyo
Arriving at Narita or Haneda Airport
Tokyo has two airports, Haneda and Narita. Our three days in Tokyo article provides all the detailed information you will need about where and how to exchange your Japan Rail Pass. To get to Tokyo’s city center from Narita Airport, you will need to take the Narita Express, or the Tokyo Monorail if coming from Haneda Airport.
Tokyo is truly an incredible place to discover! It’s a melting pot between cutting edge technology and Japanese traditional culture. From the bustling Shibuya, Harajuku, and Shinjuku districts to the majestic grounds of the Imperial Palace to the magnificent Sensoji Temple, to the buildings that once housed Samurai warriors. Tokyo has it all!
Asakusa and Tokyo Skytree
- Start off your day by visiting the ancient Buddhist Sensoji Temple, in Asakusa. It is Tokyo’s oldest temple, and also its most significant.
- Then cross the river over to the tallest structure in Japan, Tokyo Skytree, for one of the best views of all of Tokyo. On a good day, you will even get a glimpse of the majestic Mt Fuji.
Harajuku and Shibuya Crossing
Then travel to Harajuku where you can check out Meiji-Jingu Shrine, Omotesando, and the Nezu Museum. Harajuku is the most diverse neighborhood in Tokyo, where you get to experience both traditional Japanese culture, and the craziest off the charts fashion district where young people parade in the most fashion-forward outfits you will ever see.
To finish off your day head on over to the number one most famous place in all of Tokyo – the Shibuya Crossing. Located in the heart of the city (JR Yamanote line), Shibuya is the perfect place to experience what being a part of Tokyo really means. Shibuya is known for having the best shops, favored by young people, and also has an incredible nightlife. So stay for dinner and have a drink just like a native!