Tokyo is one of the most exciting cities on the planet, not to mention one that functions efficiently well for its population of 14 million. 2 days in Tokyo is enough to give you a basic flavor of this metropolis. Unsurprisingly, it is among the top 10 most visited capital cities in the world. There are so many things to do in Tokyo, whether it’s visiting one of the many contemporary museums, devouring a steaming hot bowl of ramen noodles, or simply wandering the immaculate streets to experience the dynamic culture and unique architecture. While you could easily spend a week getting to know the captivating metropolis, if you only have a few days to spare, you can still get a satisfying taste of this wild city and a picture of both its traditional side and modernity. We have created for you a 2 day Tokyo itinerary to give you the perfect introduction to the city and help you make the most of your short stay in Tokyo.
Rise and shine Tokyo! You’ll start your morning off in Asakusa to visit Sensoji, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple. After exploring the temple, you can wander in Asakusa’s narrow lanes, stopping for tea or a bite to eat at one of its many shops and restaurants. Nearby, you can find Kappabashi Dori, also called Kitchen Street, thanks to its many kitchenware shops. Although the restaurant is aimed at restaurateurs, it’s a fun street to explore for all, even if you don’t intend on purchasing anything. The street produces most of the plastic food that is on display at restaurants in Japan.
After bidding your farewell to Asakusa, you’ll hop on the subway to Ueno to visit the Tokyo National Museum. After visiting the museum, you can walk to Tosho-gu Shrine. At this point, your legs will probably be tired and you’ll be due for a rest. You can stop for a stroll and to sit in Ueno Park. The park is especially stunning in the spring when the cherry trees blossom, gifting visitors with gorgeous shades of pink.
Take the subway to Tokyo Station and stop for lunch in the area. Visit the Tokyo Skytree, one of the world’s tallest freestanding broadcast towers and one of Tokyo’s most iconic buildings. Head to the top of the tower for sweeping views of the whole city. On a clear day you can even see Mount Fuji. Afterwards, walk to Ginza for some shopping or head back to your hotel to rest.
Tokyo boasts an exciting nightlife and you’ll have dozens of options to choose from. Head to the Golden Gai for Tokyo’s main nightlife center. Here you can find tons of hole-in-the-wall bars among the narrow, winding alleys. A lot of them have different themes and are oddly decorated. Don’t be put off by cover fees, as many of Tokyo’s bars have a cover. Start the night off with a couple of drinks, and if you’re feeling up for it, head to one of the city’s numerous karaoke bars.
Arrive in Harajuku and visit one of Tokyo’s most relaxing spots, Meiji Jingu. The Shinto shrine has lovely tall wooden gates and courtyards filled with trees. It is quite a serene place to take a break from the crowds of people and the action of Tokyo. Afterwards, walk along Takeshita Dori street, Tokyo’s fashion capital. Along the way, make sure to try one of the famous crepes. Wander up Omotesando, a boulevard teeming with architect-designed fashion flagships like the Prada Building. Walk to the Nezu Museum, making sure to visit the garden as well.
Take the subway to Shibuya and cross the Shibuya Crossing, the world’s busiest intersection. Have some lunch somewhere in Shibuya, like Sushi no Midori, a charming sushi chain. Try the sushi assortment which comes with fatty tuna, shrimp, eel, urchin and some seasonal specialties. After reenergizing at lunch, browse the big department stores and boutiques of Shibuya. Stop to grab dessert at one of the department store’s restaurants.
Afterwards, hop on the train to Roppongi. Here you’ll head to the 52nd floor of the Mori Tower for a view of the whole city. At this point, you’ll probably want to get some rest. Head back to your hotel room for a bit.
Eat dinner in Shinjuku, Ginza, or Marunouchi. Enjoy a final bowl of ramen or visit one of Tokyo’s themed restaurants, like the Robot restaurant or Ninja restaurant.
With only 2 days in Tokyo, you’re going to want to make sure that your hotel is located in a central area so you don’t waste time with transportation. Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ginza, or the Tokyo Station area are all ideal places to stay.