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3 Days in Tokyo: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, July 2014

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Tokyo. You have no idea until you go. This ancient Eastern city throbs with lights, culture, and movement so sure to both invigorate and bedazzle you the moment you step off the plane, that there is little wonder as to why this city is one of the top tourist destinations in the world

Day 1: Get Oriented

Tokyo is an enormous city, and with so much to do, it’s best to get yourself oriented (heh). A great option for those with a limited stay in Tokyo is the Tokyo Tower, Tea Ceremony, and River Cruise, which. provides stunning views. The tour stops at cultural hotspots and transportation hubs throughout the city, and will give you an excellent idea of what is offered in this bustling metropolis. Another slightly slower-paced option is to the Panoramic Tokyo Day Tour, which, though extensive, gives its guests a smoother transition into the contrasting cultural waters of Tokyo.

Day 2: Sights, Sounds, Smells

Now that you’ve got some idea of what Tokyo is like, it’s time to immerse yourself in all that the city has to offer. Consider a morning tour to visit local shrines and the world-famous Ginza shopping district, or sushi lovers can head to breakfast at the hub of worldwide sushi fish commerce, the Tsukiji Fish Market. Afterwards, consider a stop in the traditional and venerated Kabuki-Za Theater or a once-in-a-lifetime experience as a spectator in a live sumo wrestling tournament.

Day 3: Tokyo and Beyond

Tokyo is a wonderful city, but sometimes what adds to a city’s greatness is its proximity to other locales. Tokyo is an excellent hub for day trips and tours around Japan. If you're passionate about animation, book ahead to visit Mitaka and its famed animation studio at the Ghibli Museum. For a more spiritual outing, a visit to the Great Buddha at Kamakura is a serene retreat, complete with views of the Pacific Ocean. Of course, no trip to Japan is complete without a visit to its snow-capped icon, Mt Fuji. Want to squeeze in one more city? Take a day trip to Kyoto from Tokyo.

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