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1 day in Tokyo

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Sydney, Australia
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1 day in Tokyo

I will in Tokyo for 3 days, 2 for business and 1 waiting for my flight. I have a full day free with an 8.30pm departure. I have looked at the Hop On Hop Off bus but the reviews haven't been that great. Is there another way of seeing Tokyo in a day.

Tokyo, Japan
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1. Re: 1 day in Tokyo

You can easily visit sights on your own by taking trains (metro etc). Most foreign visitors to Tokyo go without being on tours.

It depends on what you are interested in. Give us more about your preferences.

With one day, you might visit Shibuya and Asakusa. The two areas are connected by Tokyo Metro Ginza Line.



Edited: 7:58 am, April 21, 2013
Sydney, Australia
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reviews: 7
2. Re: 1 day in Tokyo

Thanks very much, really looking for the lazy tourist route, you know sit on a bus with commentary and get off if it looks interesting. I've been travelling a lot for business lately and would probably be happy doing nothing but feel that I should at least have a look around.

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3. Re: 1 day in Tokyo

http://japanican.com/tours/ has some half-day tours that would fit your schedule, but frankly some do not seem all that interesting. For example, you don't actually see the Imperial Palace and the Diet Building is (I think) unattractive.

Mind telling us where you're staying? We might come up with a no-effort itinerary. I see that you posted in the Chiyoda forum. You might want to stroll the East Garden of the Imperial Palace: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3018.html Ginza is nearby, but you might find it to be just another big city commercial area.

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4. Re: 1 day in Tokyo

The lazy tourist route would be rather forgettable. In your case, I suggest you choose the "less is more" route. Concentrate on an area or two and relax into your visit. Don't try to hit every spot. You will have a much better experience that way than being whizzed around on a HoHo bus with automated announcements saying "Tokyo Tower...", etc.

Areas to consider that can easily be lumped together:

Harajuku, Shibuya, Shinjuku

Tsukiji Fish Market (most weekday mornings 9am), Ginza

Tokyo Sky Tree, then Asakusa (Sensoji, Nakamise-dori)

All of these are just fine to wander around.

If you will be flying from Narita Airport, remember you will likely need to leave Tokyo proper sometime between 5 to 5:30pm to get to NRT by 6:30pm for your flight's 8:30 departure.

A very helpful site where you can see how easy it is to get around using trains:


Edited: 10:37 pm, April 21, 2013
Sydney, Australia
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5. Re: 1 day in Tokyo

Thanks Everyone for your responses, we ended up wandering around gardens of the Imperial Palace which was lovely.

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