A Perfect 3 Days in Tokyo, Japan (Full Itinerary)

This Perfect 3 Days in Tokyo, Japan Guide covers everything you need to know for your next vacation in Tokyo including what to expect, where to stay, itinerary at a glance & in depth, what to pack, and what to do!

Backstory: I had the most incredible Christmas surprise from my boyfriend with plane tickets to TOKYO!!! Japan has always been a destination high on the bucket list for me, and as big skiers, we knew that we were going to also be incorporating some ski days into the trip.

Ultimately we decided on the following Japan itinerary: ~3 days Tokyo –> 3 days Hakuba –> 2 days Kyoto (2 days also for travel – 1 each way). We flew 6.5 hours to Seattle with a 34 min layover (I KNOW) then 11 hours to Tokyo. If checking a bag, note that a quick layover could result in your bag delayed as his did NOT make the flight to Tokyo. This resulted in him traveling the full trip without a suitcase which is wild!!! (Bag got held up in customs so by the time we left for Hakuba, it wasn’t worth trying to have the bag chase us around). Tokyo was an INCREDIBLE place for shopping though and he was able to get almost fully reimbursed for expenses after!

I’m SO happy we took the time to plan out the trip in advance as it made everything much more seamless upon arrival. I’m all for spontaneity too, but I find it helpful to at least have an outline of plans each day to make sure you can see as much as possible when only a few days to explore! Hopefully our 3 days in Tokyo recap helps you plan out your next trip 😊 Tokyo is absolutely a city I want to return to again in the future, we absolutely LOVED it, and I am sure you will too!

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Things to Expect in Tokyo, Japan

  • Local Language: Japanese! We did not speak a word of Japanese and for the most part were able to make our way around easily. The translator app was a lifesaver for reading things as you can take a picture and it will translate to any language. Do not panic though as any transit area with have signs in both Japanese/English. We found that in hospitality/high tourist areas, you would get English speakers easily.
  • Currency: Japanese Yen. 1 USD = 156.38 Yen (as of date written). The value of the USD to Yen is almost at an all time high, so this is definitely a great time to take advantage of that in Japan!
  • Credit Cards: I forgot to notify my credit cards I was traveling (oops ) BUT I had no issues with them. However to be safe I would call your cards to let them know you will be traveling! You can get by with credit card in many cases such as hotel, Uber/Ola, restaurants, many shops, etc.
  • Cash Withdrawals: You should absolutely withdraw cash as you will need it at times for shops, cafes, activities, tips, etc. We regretted not taking out more for later on in Japan when we ended up having to venmo a stranger for some extra cash to get into a temple 😅
  • Safety: Japan is one of the safest countries in the world! We felt so safe walking around, and the people were extremely friendly!
  • Cleanliness: We were seriously in awe of how clean Japan is. It is tough to even find trash cans on the street so you may have to carry with you for a while until you can dispose your trash.
  • Toilets: The fun surprises of Japan, but almost all of the toilets were high tech with music and bidet to make sure you’re squeaky clean after use!
  • Trains: It was a culture shock just how quiet the trains are!!! Make sure to respect the culture and keep your volume to a low when traveling.
  • Timeliness: The Japanese are incredibly punctual, and trains will leave ON THE DOT to the time said. Make sure to give yourself extra time to find your train, as the system can get a bit confusing at times, and you have to line up exactly at your train cabin before it arrives.
  • Reviews: When looking at reviews, anything over 3 stars in Japan is GOOD! They are much more critical on the stars given, so do not fear when you are seeing lower stars than usual for places.
  • Restaurant Reservations: Many restaurants in Tokyo are TEENY or walk in only or do not take reservations from foreigners. However, we had success using Pocket Concierge to make an Omakase reservation which was 10000/10! You can also request for your hotel to call and make a reservation if needed (less preferred option – was told from hotels they wouldn’t call until arrival in which you run into risk of no seats available).

MUST Book in ADVANCE Tokyo

Before getting into the detailed 3 days in Tokyo itinerary, the following are activities I would recommend booking well in advance as they are highly likely to SELL OUT:

  • Shibuya Sky: These sell out FAST, for example on day this is written, the following 4 days are already sold out. You are able to book ~30 days in advance (~4 weeks) – I would recommend putting a reminder on calendar leading up to when your booking window opens up to lock in a slot. Decide in advance which day/time slot you want to aim to lock in as peak time (ie sunset) slots also sell out fast.
  • teamLab Planets: Book ~6 weeks in advance at least. Another top experience for us during our three days in Tokyo – absolute must do!!
  • Sumo Wrestling Tournament: If you are visiting Tokyo during the months of January, May, and September then you have a chance at attending a grand sumo tournament (details in screenshot below)!! This was easily a highlight of the trip for us, such an amazing experience to see in person. You can find tournament information on the site we bought our tickets here. Definitely order as soon as you can to secure good seats!! I’ll go in more depth further below on our experience, but this is a MUST DO in Tokyo if able. Linking some alternative tours further below if you aren’t able to visit Tokyo during a tournament.
  • Street Kart: Book ~2 weeks in advance for popular time slots. You can email support@streetkart.zendesk.com to coordinate booking. Note you must have an international drivers license to book. From inquiring with them, Tokyo Bay and Shibuya are the 2 most popular tours (we did the Tokyo Bay route)! In retrospect, I actually wish we had done a shorter route but still had fun nonetheless! I would recommend a sunset time slot to see the city both day to night!
  • mipig cafe: Less likely to sell out but nice to also book in advance to have confirmed time slot before visiting! The cafe was completely full upon our arrival.

GetYourGuide Booking Options:

What I like about GetyourGuide is it can be a lower risk purchase with opportunity to opt out more last minute with full refund!! This is great if on the fence with booking but want to lock something in just in case 🙂

Where to Stay in Tokyo, Japan:

I would personally recommend a hotel over an Airbnb as the benefits of a hotel make the experience so much smoother in my opinion. Especially in Japan with the language barriers, your hotel concierge can assist in taxi communications/restaurant reservations (if needed) and you will return home everyday to a clean room with fresh towels! Tokyo is HUGE so I would recommend finding a central hotel to the city (Ginza area is great) so you can get to each side easily when exploring.

We stayed at the Conrad Tokyo (5 star central hotel) and would absolutely recommend during your 3 days in Tokyo! We were upgraded to the King Exe Suite Bay Corner which was SO spacious with living room + bedroom + AMAZING views (pictured above). They even had the comfiest pajamas set out for us to use during our stay! The restaurant also has a city view bar inside and was very central to Tokyo. Our ONLY con was it took a while to get to the ground floor because you have to walk down huge hallway, take elevator to lobby, then a separate elevator to ground floor! However the abundance of taxis waiting for you made up for it and it was ~5 minute walk to the train station.

Price: ranges from $500-$1K per night. Address: 1 Chome-9-1 Higashishinbashi, Minato City, Tokyo 105-7337, Japan

What to Pack for Tokyo, Japan

Make sure to pack comfy shoes because we walked A LOT during our three days in Tokyo! My step count was well over 20K steps each day from exploring. We were also very excited to learn the plugs are identical to the US so no adaptors needed for this trip!

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How To Get Around Tokyo, Japan

The best ways to get around Tokyo are walking, Uber, or the Metro.

  • Uber: Uber was a lifesaver for us to call as we didn’t have to worry about language barriers in communicating the destination. We were SO impressed by the service and formality of the drivers, I don’t think we had one driver not dressed up in a suit that picked us up!
  • Taxi: You can also flag taxis down or have your hotel arrange one. We definitely preferred the Uber route normally as the address was automatically added in app.
  • Metro: You can use google/apple maps to find the best route via metro. We would often take the metro out to our first destination then walk our way through the city afterwards. Do not stress as all of the metros had translations in English!
  • Walk: Tokyo is a HUGE city but very walkable once you’re in the general area you want to be in.

3 Days in Tokyo Itinerary at a Glance

Continue reading further below for more in depth recaps of each activity!

Day 1 (West Side)

  • Gotoku Ji Temple (cat temple)
  • Breakfast: Flipper’s (fluffy pancakes)
  • Shiro Hige Cute Dessert Puffs
  • Shibuya:
    • Shibuya Sky – reserve in advance
    • Hello Kitty Store
    • Shibuya Crossing
    • Hands Shibuya Store
  • Daikanyama T-Site (if time – we skipped)
  • Harajuku:
    • Reissue Coffee (cute latte art) and walk around Harajuku
    • Oreryu Ramen for lunch (if hungry – we skipped)
    • Kiddy Land – Featured in top 10 toy museums of world (we skipped but fun option)!
    • MiPig Cafe (reserve in advance)
  • Meiji jingu (walk through to Shinjuku)
  • Sucre nails (make appt in advance)
  • Omoide Yokocho (memory lane)- dinner/drinks 
  • Shinjuku Golden Gai (bar hop)
  • Karaoke (if energy – we skipped)

Day 2 (Central)

  • Hamarikyu gardens (close to Conrad Hotel – we skipped but fun nearby option)
  • tzukiji fish market – go early
  • teamLab Planets- (reserve in advance)
  • Street Kart – (reserve in advance)
  • Omakase @ Sushi Takehan Wakatsuki – (reservation through Pocket Concierge)

Day 3 (East)

  • Asakusa:
    • Senso jij temple
    • Nakamise Shopping Street/street food
    • Matcha asakusa (hatoya asakusa)
    • Tokyo sky tree observation deck
  • Akihabara (This is a very game, anime, toys, action figures, etc focused area which we ultimately decided to skip this neighborhood since less of interest to us & get more time at the Sumo tournament but it’s close to Asakusa and can definitely incorporate into the day if of interest! See below for some places I had saved):
    • Super potato shop/Arcade
    • Gachapon Hall
    • Maid cafe
    • Gigo games
  • Sumo Tournament (MUST buy tickets in advance – will sell out)!
  • Ginza Shopping
  • Vending Machine Ramen @Takahashi

Where to Eat in Tokyo, Japan

There are endless places to eat in Tokyo, but these are some that I rounded up when researching Tokyo (starring* the ones we tried)! There are endless places to try, just remember you can’t do it all (which leaves places to look forward to for a future return)! My main piece of advice would be to incorporate as many types of the amazing food Japan has to offer vs. instead for example only trying Ramen or sushi spots every night!

Coffee/Matcha:

As a matcha lover, I was in matcha HEAVEN in Tokyo! There are also some really adorable cafes with cute latte art to try – Reissue was high on my list but sadly couldn’t squeeze it in (always next time)! Hatoya Asakusa was a highlight for me and the ice cream matcha hit the spot + wasn’t overly sweet which I had feared before trying!

  • Reissue Cafe – adorable coffees
  • Whitely cafe – amazing coffee 
  • Hatoya Asakusa* – matcha (loved this spot)!!

Breakfast:

Your traditional American breakfast will be tough to find in Japan as a typical traditional Japanese breakfast consists of steamed rice, miso soup, a protein such as grilled fish, and various side dishes. There were only a few spots I found that serve more American style pancakes/eggs:

  • Flipper’s* (multiple locations)- fluffy pancakes
  • Egg baby Café
  • A Happy Pancake (multiple locations)

Noodles:

The three most popular types of noodles you will see everywhere in Japan are: Ramen (long, yellow egg noodles, typically served with pork broth + meat, protein, and veggie toppings), Soba (noodles made entirely or partially from buckwheat flour), and Udon (white and thick Japanese noodles made from wheat flour) noodles.

  • Ichiran ramen
  • Menshou Taketora – ramen/gyoza, affordable
  • Oreryu Shio* – affordable ramen (order at vending machine)
  • Ginza Sanada Six – soba restaurant
  • Udon Maruka – might have to wait in line

My absolute favorite noodle bowl we tried during our three days in Tokyo was a Soba spot in Omoide Yokocho (memory lane). I was SO excited to try the ramen in Japan, but it sadly didn’t quite live up to my expectations (note I also don’t eat red meat). It was impossible to find any chicken ramen options so ultimately I ate around the pork meat and sucked it up with the broth. I feel like the ramen was such a new flavor for me that with time I could definitely learn to love!

Sushi/Omakase:

Omakase is an absolute must do experience in Japan. It was easily a top highlight of our trip!

  • Yurakucho Kakida – 20 course omakase <$70 (note mixed reviews on google but looks good)!
  • Sushi Panchi – (will walk through menu)

Dessert:

  • Azuki to Kouri – kakigori dessert 
  • Shiro-hige’s- cute Totoro Cream puffs  

Areas:

  • Omoide Yokocho* – (memory lane) bar district tons of food spots there, go to karaoke after 🙂
  • Nishiki Market/Tzukiji Outer Market – fresh sea food (unitora nakadori) get there early to beat crowds

  • Tsuru Ton Tan – long wait, good night view
  • Gonpachi Shibuya – can reserve, says good for big groups
  • Butagumi (best tonkatsu) lunch
  • Dagashiya – $4 tempura bowls looks amaze
  • Ginza Koju – $200 2 michelin star meal
  • Satei Zenkashoin – kakigori

Detailed Three Days in Tokyo, Japan Itinerary

The following is everything we did during our three days in Tokyo. Not counting the arrival night as we were so beat from travel so just walked around Ginza and went to bed! Note there are ENDLESS places to explore so this three days in Tokyo guide shares how we maxed out our time the best we could to cover all the main spots!

Daikanyama T-Site (bookstore) starbucks, cool neighborhood apparently – kind of out of way so can see how we are with time, leaning skip

Day One in Tokyo (West Side)

Gotokuji Temple

Start your morning exploring the ‘Lucky Cat’ Buddhist temple. This is the only temple we saw that had such a collection of cats which definitely makes it worth exploring! You can take the Metro there if ok with a longer travel time or just take an Uber (what we did – faster too from hotel).

This was a cute spot to explore and was relatively calm since we got there first thing in the morning. Inside the temple you can buy Japanese fortunes, cat figurines, or wooden ema plaques to write a wish on! We chose to buy the plaque and wrote a wish on our board then hung on the wall in hope for the wish to come true 🙂

Many visitors will buy the cat figurine, make a wish then leave it at the temple. You could also take it home and once the wish is fulfilled they say you should return back to the temple to leave the cat for thanks.

If you want to make a wish while here, I would recommend either buying a cat, or a board as there will be other temples in Japan where you can get your fortune! The cat is definitely the most unique purchase that you could get as we didn’t see any at other temples.

Flipper’s Shimokitazawa

After exploring the temple, take the Metro (Odakyu Line) to grab breakfast at Flipper’s Shimokitazawa. It’s a quick walk to the station from the temple and a bit of a longer walk to Flipper’s, but the area is really fun to explore. There are a ton of thrift stores in this area that I wish we could’ve had even more time to explore!

We arrived right as they were opening which was perfect to avoid any wait. The pancakes were insanely fluffy and I ofc had to try the matcha flavor! We were very happy with the decision to have breakfast here and would absolutely recommend visiting!

Shiro-Hige’s Cream Puff Factory

Continue wandering your way through Shimokitazawa towards Shiro-Hige’s Cream Puff Factory for the most ADORABLE cream puffs we’ve ever seen!! They are totoro shaped and come in four flavor options: matcha, chocolate, vanilla, strawberry. We chose to get the vanilla/chocolate flavors to try!

We still got there relatively early so it was pretty quick to go through for to go orders. There is also a separate line for upstairs dining. The area was so adorable to walk through, and you should definitely watch some Ghibli movies before heading to Japan!

I will say, they were the most adorable things I’ve seen, but I honestly wasn’t blown away by the taste! Felt like it tasted like any other cream puff, so if you are on the fence with this one or aren’t a huge fan of cream puffs, I would say fine skipping. Note, from reading reviews they can also sell out if you visit later in the day so we were glad we got there early!

Take the Metro right into Shibuya (what we did), or if preferred you can take an Uber. We made a reservation for the famous Shibuya Sky at 1pm in advance, so depending on what time you get to Shibuya, you can explore a few places before/after Shibuya Sky. Shibuya by far had the best shopping, I could’ve easily spent all day there! The following are places I would recommend checking out:

Close to Shibuya Sky:

  • Beams Shibuya – A fun Japanese chain store with locations around the city. We had a blast exploring this store and I ended up buying a cute sweater from there.
  • Pepper Parlor – A ROBOT cafe in the same mall as Beams. We stumbled upon this in passing and were in awe of the entire restaurant being run by robots 😂 We were still pretty full from breakfast/the cream puffs, but definitely a fun spot to swing by for a bite if hungry!
  • The Matcha Tokyo – Loved this spot for a matcha on the go! 100% organic too

Shibuya Area:

  • Shibuya Crossing – the most iconic intersection of streets to walk through. I personally found it underwhelming but nonetheless fun to check off the bucket list.
  • Hello Kitty Store – fun to pop in if a big Hello Kitty fan!
  • Hands Shibuya Store – We didn’t get a chance to explore this store, but they are known for being the largest household goods store in Tokyo.
  • Kith – the selection here was insane! I honestly regret not buying a pair of sneakers here, was just overwhelmed at first with all the options.
  • Loopwheeler – we found this spot through a recommendation in an awesome Tokyo coffee table book my boyfriend found. They are a Japanese brand known for their sweats and he ended up buying a few pairs of hoodies and wears them ALL the time now!

Shibuya Sky

Head your way over to Shibuya Sky once your time slot approaches. Note, you should ABSOLUTELY buy tickets in advance as the good time slots sell out fast. The sunset slot is the most popular, however we chose to go with a 1PM time slot as it made most sense for how we wanted to spend the remainder of day by continuing to work our way north towards Harajuku/Omoide Yokocho for dinner.

You can buy tickets up to 4 weeks out in advance on their website here. After purchasing, make sure to check your spam folder as some of our confirmation emails were going to spam! If you wait till day of to buy tickets, you are highly unlikely to get in as it was fully sold out when we arrived! Tickets are around $30pp (as of time we purchased).

You can work your way up to the rooftop with different observation points. There was also a helicopter pad at the top which was fun to walk over! I’m happy we booked these, and this was definitely the best view of the city we had during our three days in Tokyo.

Harajuku

Continue working your way through Tokyo by walking up the Meiji-dori street from Shibuya to Harajuku. We loved just taking in all of the sights in this area. I definitely found this area more chaotic than others, and feel like we didn’t need a crazy amount of time to explore.

Some places I’d saved in the area that we didn’t make it to include:

  • Reissue Coffee (adorable latte art) – skipped because already had matcha in Shibuya and later in evening! If I come back to Tokyo I would love to try a matcha from here 😻
  • Oreryu Ramen for lunch – decided to hold out to save our appetites for dinner!
  • Kiddy Land – Featured in top 10 toy museums of world. Decided to skip as wanted to see other places more (would love to come back in future with kids)!

Mipig Cafe

Tokyo is famous for all of the animal cafes you can explore including pigs, hedgehogs, cats, owls, dogs, capybaras, and more! For the sake of time we decided that it only made sense to explore one, so we went with the Mipig cafe in Harajuku! We made a 3:30p reservation for a 30 minute slot (I think a 4/4:30p slot may have been better as we could’ve spent a bit more time exploring the Shibuya stores). Make sure you arrive a bit earlier to your booked time as Japanese are extremely punctual (may lose out on pig time if late)!

Upon arrival, they’ll give you a rundown and a locker to put all of your belongings. You must sanitize your hands and change into a pair of slippers before heading to the cafe area. When entering the back, there are the most adorable pigs of all sizes running around. They give you your own table plus a blanket and the pigs will come up to you or the staff will help guide them to you! You can also purchase treats for the pigs if you want to feed them.

I will say, in our case they weren’t pushy to kick us out when the 30 minute slot ended, but I think that was the perfect amount of time regardless and we were eager to keep exploring the city!

Shinjuku

Continue walking your way through Harajuku towards Shinjuku. Meiji Jingu is along the way if you want to walk through it! We messed up and missed the crossover in and decided to just keep going and were ok skipping. Shinjuku has endless stores you can explore – my biggest recommendation when coming to Tokyo is be ready to SHOP! The selections are insanely endless there.

Don Quijote

Speaking of shopping – make sure to pop into a Don Quijote while in Tokyo. There are endless stories of everything you could imagine. I wish I had done more research prior to the best makeup/skincare/snacks to stock up on while there, but we still had a blast exploring the Harajuku store!

Sucre Nails

I was in desperate need of a manicure and decided to hold out until our trip as I really wanted to experience getting my nails done in Tokyo. After a rabbit hole search on TikTok/Social Media, I came across the famous Sucre Nails (with almost 82K followers on Insta)! I would DM them on Insta (@nail.sucre) to avoid any mistakes in booking an appt.

Depending on the nail tech, their English level varied, so make sure you have inspo pics on hand to show them. You can also use the translator app to confirm anything needed to avoid any miscommunications. I airdropped him the photos of what I was thinking and he crushed my vision! Definitely a bit out of my typical mani but it was a blast getting a more fun/unique design than I normally would.

The whole process took about an hour, and my boyfriend walked around some shops in Harajuku while I got them done!

Cross Shinjuku Vision

Work your way towards Omoide Yokocho (memory lane) for dinner, and make sure to pass by the famous cat billboard along the way! The screen does alternate the videos, so you may have to wait a minute or two for it to change to the cat if you want to see it.

Omoide Yokocho

Continue working your way towards the famous Omoide Yokocho (Memory Lane) for dinner. This hidden alleyway is famous for maintaining a more traditional Japanese feel to it, where you feel like you’ve transplanted back in time. There are many small restaurants to choose from, all walk in only and typically pretty quick service. Note, it did get a bit crowded and was definitely touristy, but we are still glad we got to explore this cute/fun area!

We tried two different spots one for meat skewers + beer (bottom left) and the second stop was for soba noodles at a corner spot we stumbled upon (bottom right). The skewers were pretty average, but the beers hit the spot – plus we got to meet a fun group of Aussies seated next to us! For the soba shop, there were stools along the two corner walls to sit down, with a line formed for an open stool. The line moved pretty quickly, and we were so happy with our decision to try as the bowls were INSANELY GOOD. This was my favorite noodle bowl of our entire time in Japan!

Shinjuku Golden Gai

If wanting to continue the night with drinks, head over to Shinjuku Golden Gai, just a 10 minute walk away! This area is famous for the nightlife with over 200 bars/eateries. There were SO many options to choose from while winding through the streets, but many bars had signs that they loved foreigners if you are feeling intimidated on choosing a spot.

We ended up in the quirkiest, fun, cozy bar in an upstairs spot which we only stumbled upon because I thought their stairs looked like a fun design. The bar was very small with only a few seats both sides of the bar which was such a cool experience! We ended up sitting next to a couple of Japanese girls who we were very fortunate spoke English to help translate our drink orders (the bartenders also knew a little bit of English too)!

Karaoke Bar

We were so beat by the end of the night that we went home after drinks in Golden Gai area. However, if feeling energized there a TON of karaoke bars nearby that you could check out to top off Day 1 in Tokyo!

Day Two in Tokyo (Central)

Nishiki Market

Start your morning exploring Nishiki Market because when in Japan, sushi for breakfast it is! We found the most incredible quiet spot in the market with the BEST tuna nigiri. We did one plate of all tuna, and another variety plate, and the tuna was by far my fave! Amazing price too for the quality of fish!

Afterwards, we tried a sushi conveyer belt spot inside (doing conveyor belt sushi was a MUST TRY for me while in Japan) and this spot did not disappoint! All of the rolls were SO good and we loved the green tea dispensers on the side.

I don’t think you can go wrong in the market, and have fun exploring all the spots to try!

Team Lab Planets

Easily another highlight of Tokyo – this is a must do!! I was skeptical the exhibit was a tourist trap, but this was so worth seeing! The exhibit has a variety of MASSIVE interactive art rooms to explore which was so fun to not know what was coming next. They were so organized and it never felt too overcrowded walking through as each room was so huge.

When you walk in you will wait in line a bit but it moves fast. Once you get to entry point, there are lockers to put any belongings in and you have to take your shoes/socks off (they give you shoes to wear). I would recommend wearing pants that are easily rolled up or shorts. I had baggier pants so it could be annoying at times trying to get them to stay up!

Street Kart (Tokyo Bay)

We took an Uber straight from teamLab Planets to Street Kart Tokyo Bay. This is a go kart tour of Tokyo and they add a costume element to make it “Mario Kart” themed! Definitely was the cheesiest activity we did, but we still had a blast driving around all of Tokyo + the costumes kept us nice and warm! They have lockers for any belongings, and there are also pouches in the karts for your international drivers license (REQUIRED to drive) and phone.

When we inquired, this is the Tokyo Bay information shared with us:

【Held at 10AM, 1PM,  4PM,  7PM】(We did the 4pm slot which was perfect to go from day to night)!
K – M course (1.5h – 2h): Rainbow Bridge · Odaiba · Tokyo Tower

Upon arrival, you check in, watch a quick safety video, choose your costumes, and then get situated into groups! After that the ride was very seamless and our guide did an awesome job making us feel safe driving all over Tokyo! Highlights were definitely going fast down rainbow road and seeing Tokyo Tower. She also swapped the driving order throughout the drive, so if you start in the back for example, you’ll swap around and get a front driving slot too.

You can book directly with Street Kart (email: support@streetkart.zendesk.com) or through GetYourGuide! There are 4 courses to choose from: Shibuya, Tokyo Bay, Akihabara, and Asakusa:

After the tour, we took an Uber home to freshen up for dinner!

Omakase @ Sushi Takehan Wakatsuki 

Another top highlight of our 3 days in Tokyo, if not THE highlight. Omakase in Japan is truly an experience. Many restaurants are very intimate, with maybe 10 max seats in the restaurants. The chef is then focused on 1-2 groups which is awesome to have such a personalized experience. There were only 6 other people in the restaurant during our dinner!

We lost track of how many rolls were presented to us, with a wide array of fish. Our chef did not speak a ton of english, but enough to explain each course. I am less an adventurous eater so definitely needed some liquid courage for this one 😂 The wildest course served was puffer fish which was crazy to try – especially as I found out it could be deadly poisonous if not prepared by a specially trained chef (which ours was ofc)! So wild.

At the end of the meal, they’ll serve you the tastiest taiyaki (a Japanese fish-shaped waffle cake). Our chef also took a polaroid of us and signed the photo which was the sweetest touch!!

I can’t recommend this place enough. Note that reservations in Japan can be a bit tricky securing, but we had success booking through Pocket Concierge! This was definitely a pricier meal (33K Yen – not including drinks) but SOOO worth it.

We were exhausted so went to bed after this, but you can definitely continue on your night finding fun bars to drink at!

Day Three in Tokyo (East)

Senso Jij Temple/Nakamise Shopping Street

Start your morning in Asakusa, a more traditional part of Tokyo. Walk through the huge red arch at the entrance and stroll along the Nakamise shopping street. We got there early ~9:30am and note that not all of the shops were open yet, however it was nice because a bit less crowded. The Senso Jij temple the oldest established temple in Tokyo. The colorful temple + surrounding grounds are gorgeous to explore. Entrance is free and donations are welcome. We found Nakamise to be more touristy stores which were less appealing to purchase from, and found a nearby cafe to eat breakfast at.

Fuglen Asakusa

It was tough to find a more traditional sit down western style breakfast restaurant in this area, but we stumbled upon Fuglen Asakusa, which was a cute and cozy restaurant with heart shaped waffles. Wasn’t a mind blowing meal but good if looking for a nearby sit down spot for coffee, waffles, and tea!

Hatoya Asakusa (Matcha)

If a matcha lover like myself, you HAVE to go to Hatoya. There is one in Asakusa that I absolutely recommend trying. The shop opens at 11am and we timed it perfectly to get there right around opening for a smaller line. The ice cream on top was a gamble as I’ve never tried that before, but it was AMAZING and not too sweet at all!

Tokyo Sky Tree

Continue on walking past the Tokyo Sky Tree en route to the Sumo show. You could also go to Akihabara neighborhood instead (lots of video games, anime, maid cafes, etc), but we decided to skip and head straight to Sumo. The Tokyo Sky Tree also has an observation deck if of interest to get more city views! We also decided to skip since already did Shibuya Sky.

Sumo Tournament

It was gorgeous out, so we decided to walk along the river towards the Sumo tournament. A serious highlight of our 3 days in Tokyo – this exceeded all of our expectations!! Order tickets in advance as they WILL sell out, Sumo is incredibly popular in Japan. The tournament is open all day with purchase of tickets, but the best time to show up is around 2:30/3p for better matches. The matches continue to get better throughout the day.

The stadium is very traditional and the lower level is all mat seating. The concession food was AMAZING and came in the nicest wooden boxes. Sumo is very popular in Japan, and many top wrestlers are celebrities for them. There were so many surprising facts we learned about Sumo (ie fun facts here). We wish we could’ve stayed all night but had a train to catch to Hakuba! However sharing recommendation for the remainder of the night below if you have more time in Tokyo!

Ginza Shopping

There are ENDLESS stores to explore in Ginza + the LARGEST department stores you’ve ever seen with endless floors. Some noteworthy areas to check out include:

  • Dover Street Market Ginza
  • Ginza Six
  • Ginza Mitsukoshi
  • Ginza Itoya – consists of two buildings and a total of 18 floors with fourteen themed selling spaces and pop-up events called “Tools for work”.
  • Uniqlo Ginza – Flagship store & LARGEST UNIQLO in the WORLD with 12 stories to explore.

Vending Machine Ramen @Takahashi

Finish the night off with VENDING MACHINE ramine. This was a fun experience to wait in line to punch in your order. Once ordered, they’ll give you a slip of paper to pass to the server and you wait in line until a seat opens up.

Note that as I do not eat red meat, I was a bit disappointed with the ramen options as all VERY pork heavy, but I still tried the bowl pictured above! Was fun to try, but was not my favorite bowl in Japan, could definitely be a me thing though!

We went on to ski in Hakuba for a few days then finish the trip with two days in Kyoto!

I hope this three days in Tokyo, Japan guide helps you for your next adventure, and I’m always a DM or email away if you have any other questions!

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