Look for inspiration on things to do in Tokyo? This is the ultimate Tokyo 4-Day Itinerary guide on what to do, what to see and also what to eat!
Tokyo 4-Day Itinerary Outline
- Imperial Palace
- Pokemon Cafe
- Shopping in Ginza
- Tokyo Tower
- Zojoji Temple
- Ginza Steak
- Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
- Taiwan Pavilion
- Meiji Jingu
- Yoyogi Park
- Takeshita Street
- Shibuya Crossing
- Dinner at Genki Sushi
- Rainbow bridge
- TeamLab Borderless
- Life Sized Gundam
- Gundam Café
- Odaiba Oedo-Onsen Monogatari
- Final Fantasy Eorzea Cafe
- Ueno Park (Ueno Zoo)
- Nakamise Shopping Street
- Senso-ji & Asakusa Shrine
- Kaminarimon Gate
- Tokyo Skytree
- Rent a go kart in Tokyo
- Tokyo Disneyland
- St Ignatius Catholic Church
- TeamLab Planets Tokyo
- Gotokuji Temple
Tokyo 4-Day Itinerary Day 1
Tokyo Imperial Palace
A few meters walk away from Tokyo Station is the impressive Tokyo Imperial Palace. Whilst walking past sky buildings you will shortly arrive to the Palace and the gardens. Check out their walking tours online and book in advance to avoid the wait.
If I were to describe the Tokyo Imperial Palace in one word I’d say Grand, the grounds around the palace were extremely spacious and extremely well maintained.
Gotta catch them all! Visit the cute and wonderful world that is the Pokemon Cafe. With themed food and a store with pokemon plushies wall. This is every pokemon fan’s dream.
The Pokemon Café Tokyo is located on the fifth floor of the SC East Building, in the Nihonbashi area in Ginza. The café has 4 different areas, A to D, and these are each named after Pokémon. I think we were seated in B which were tables made for 2 people and side benches for families. The café has a really nice and modern wooden feel and is extremely clean.
Read more about my Pokémon café experience here
Shopping in Ginza
Ginza, one of Tokyo’s main shopping districts. All the mains brands you’d see through Oxford street were there, Levi, Pandora, Omega etc..
Here you can visit the biggest Uniqlo in the world. In all its 12 floor glory, take the lift to the top and worked our way down.
From Ginza, walk or take a train down south towards the unmissable Tokyo Tower. In the middle of Minato City lies the Tokyo tower. The Tokyo tower is a 332.9 meters tall bright orange iconic observation tower and gives you an amazing view of the city.
In the same park is the Zojoji Temple, just a 5min walk from the tokyo tower. Here you can appreciate the view of the traditional temple and the modern tokyo tower in the background.
From Zojoji Temple in the north east of Tokyo why not stop by Ginza steak for dinner. Ginza Steak is located in the shopping district in Japan. So a perfect location if you’re looking to take a shopping break this would be a great option.
Like with most restaurants and shops in Japan, Ginza steak is located on a specific floor of a building so definitely keep that in mind if you feel lost.
One of the things Japan is well known for is their beef. Wagyu beef translated directly to Japanese beef, and can be any of the 4 breeds of cattle in Japan. So what makes Wagyu beef so special? Wagyu beef has a higher level of marbling, so the meat texture is finer. Making the meat simply melt in your mouth. Check out my experience having Wagyu Beef here
Tokyo 4-Day Itinerary Day 2
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
This park is absolutely massive and the perfect place you can completely get lost in. The Perfect place to visit during cherry blossom season and stop by the Taiwan Pavilion that sits beautifully on the lake.
A few minutes walk south east from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is Meiji Jingu Shrine. The Meiji Shrine is Shinto shrine in the Shibuya area of Tokyo. Surrounded by beautiful forest and features an iris garden.
As you walk through the shrine towards Yoyogi Park, you’ll also have the chance to pass the Meiji Shrine Sanshuden.
Walk through one of the biggest and bubbly parks in Tokyo, located in Shibuya. Yoyogi Park is the main park in Shibuya City and was on site of the 1964 Olympic village. From circus and balancing training to dance classes this is one of the liveliest locations in the city.
This is the place to go when you’re in Harajuku, there are a lot of different stores and we bought some snacks here, some cute ice cream and grabbed some fast food at the lotteria.
Walk across the famous intersection that is Shibuya crossing.I would suggest visiting shibuya at night especially with the neon lights from the interactive billboards.
Tip for the perfect spot to view the crossing pop in and buy a drink at the starbucks and sit and enjoy the view.
Dinner at Genki Sushi
Genki Sushi is a popular conveyor belt sushi chain in Japan. What is unique about Genki sushi is that they have robot trains delivering your food to your table.If you’re looking for a cheap, cheerful and fun experience I would check out Genki Sushi.
Looking for more sushi places to try in Japan check out my previous blog post here.
Tokyo 4-Day Itinerary Day 3
The Rainbow bridge is a beautifully colour bridge that can be predominantly seen at night. The bridge connects the Tokyo Bay to the Shibaura Pier.
Probably one of the most instagrammable places in Tokyo – TeamLab Borderless. This is a permanent exhibition that sits in the Mori building in pallet town, Koto-ku. For you Pokémon fans, Pallet towns should sound a bit familiar. You will roughly want to spend 1-2 hours here to properly explore the different exhibitions. Read more about team lab borderless here.
Life Sized Gundam
In front of the Odaiba’s DiverCity Tokyo Plaza is a full scale statue of the RX-O Unicorn Gundam! It’s difficult to miss due to its size and is a great sight for Gundam fans out there.
Pop into Odaiba’s DiverCity Tokyo Plaza for some lunch at their food court.
Odaiba Oedo-Onsen Monogatari
Towards the south of the island is a unique mixed onsen. Onsens are natural hot spring baths in Japan that can be enjoyed indoors and outside. Enjoy the traditional bathing house experience at an Onsen. Traditionally genders are separated and you are expected to be fully naked.
However, here at the Odaiba Oedo-Onsen Monogatari this is more of an onsen theme park experience where you change into yukata that is provided and explore a hall full of mini games and food (for additional costs). This place has mixed reviews and if you’re looking for a traditional onsen experience I would try and go elsewhere.
Anime/gaming/cute cafe district next, Akihabara. Akihabara is the perfect place to view at night, the lights and energy on the streets are amazing and the perfect place for anime and gaming fans out there. With Japanese arcade games at the Tokyo Anime Centre and Manga shops.
Final Fantasy Eorzea Cafe
Are you a Final Fantasy XIV fan? Stop off at the Final Fantasy Eorzea Café which makes you feel like you’re in Eorzea. Complete with cute decorated food, computers with the game as well as well as a fun raffle this is a great place to eat and enjoy the scene. Want to know more about the final fantasy café? Read our blog post here.
Tokyo 4-Day Itinerary Day 4
Ueno Park (Ueno Zoo)
Starting your day through a walk in another stunning park. Ueno Park is a popular park to visit especially during cherry blossom season. Here at Ueno park, you can rent boats, visit museums and there is even a zoo to visit.
From here you can jump onto the Ginza line at Ueno-Hirokoji Station to Asakusa Station and visit the Senso-Ji Temple.
Nakamise Shopping Street
Connecting the main gate of senso-ji temple to the main hall is one of Tokyo’s oldest shopping streets, Nakamise shopping street. Lined up on both sides of this street are food stalls and shops if you’re looking for the perfect souvenirs.
Senso-ji & Asakusa Shrine
Visiting this beautiful temple in the middle of Tokyo’s Asakusa area. This is the oldest temple in Japan and one of the most significant.
You can draw a Omikuji (written fortune) around the temple for an optional donation of 100 yen.
The kaminarimon gate or the ‘Thunder Gate’ is the outer of two large entrance gates to the Senso-ji & Asakusa Shrine. This gate holds in the middle of it a grand lantern and statues within it. A beautiful gate not to be missed.
If you’re looking for a place to eat down and enjoy some Okonomiyaki (A traditional Japanese savoury pancake) I would recommend trying out Tsurujiro. You can either have a booth to yourself cooking the pancake. Or sit at a very comfortable bar where chefs cook in front of you on a grill.
They were even nice enough to take a photo for us and give us a free photo for us to remember our time there. Customer service is 100% amazing as always in Japan.
Across the Sumida River in the sumida city area of the city, is the Tokyo Sky tree. This is the world’s tallest free standing broadcasting tower with an amazing 360 degree view of the city. An amazing way to finish off 4 days in Tokyo.
Have more time?
Rent a go kart in Tokyo
Jump at the amazing opportunity to drive through the city streets. Live the real life Mario Kart dream and whiz through the streets. Make sure you get your international license before going! Check out the company that offers this here.
Spend a day wandering around Disneyland in Tokyo. The park is massive and you spend as long as 4 days exploring the depths of the place. There is a Tokyo Disneyland or DisneySea so explore whichever tickles your fancy.
St Ignatius Catholic Church
St. Ignatius Church has one of the most unique and stunning ceilings ever. This beautifully designed flower ceiling opens up the building to the sky bringing in the sunlight.
TeamLab Planets Tokyo
This is the sister venue to TeamLab Borderless and is also home wonder technology light exhibitions, perfect for photo opportunities.
A bit further out from the city is the Gotokuji Temple, Tokyo’s Lucky Cat temple. This is a buddhist temple with a large collection of lucky beckoning cat statues. A very unique and peaceful temple to visit.
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The JR Pass Facts
- The JR pass is designed for tourist only so you will need to validate the JR pass purchase with your passport
- There are five Tokyo railway lines that you can use with a JR Pass.
- You can purchase your JR pass online before you travel but you’ll then need to pick this up at a main Station.
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