Friday, March 14, 2014

Suggested Tokyo itineraries for groups with different interests

Here are some recommended itineraries for a short 5 days visit to Tokyo, tweaked to accommodate whichever type of group that you think best describes you and your travelmates.

Suggested itinerary for a general group.
- A mixture of cultural sights (Sensoji shrine, Meiji Shrine), shopping (Odaiba, Harajuku, Shibuya), landmark (Tokyo Skytree) and fun day for kids and the young at heart (Disneysea/Disneyland).
Day 1: Arrival at Tokyo
Day 2: Visit Tokyo Skytree, and Sensoji shrine in Asakusa in the morning. Then take water bus to Odaiba for the rest of the day. If you have time, you can consider going Oedo Onsen Monogatari at Odaiba too.
Day 3: Visit Meiji Shrine, Harajuku, and Shibuya
Day 4: Disneysea (or Disneyland)
Day 5: Departure from Tokyo

Suggested itinerary for a girls'-getaway.
- A mixture of cute shops and attractions, plus some shopping.
Day 1: Arrival at Tokyo. If you have time on this day, visit Sensoji Shrine and Tokyo Skytree.
Day 2: Sanrio Puroland or Ghibli museum, + Ginza + Tokyo station's character street.
Day 3: Harajuku + KiddylandShibuya
Day 4: Disneysea (or Disneyland)
Day 5: Departure from Tokyo.

Suggested itinerary for purely shopping.
- Shopping, shopping, and more shopping.
Day 1: Arrival at Tokyo.
Day 2: Harajuku + Omotesando + Kiddyland + Shibuya
Day 3: Ginza, then Divercity and Venus Fort at Odaiba.
Day 4: Jiyugaoka + Shinjuku (or go Gotemba outlet mall)
Day 5: Departure from Tokyo

Suggested itinerary for a guys'-getaway
- A mixture of sights, shopping, otaku, electronics, and cars.
Day 1: Arrival at Tokyo. If you have time on this day, maybe visit Tokyo Tower + Roppongi.
Day 2: HarajukuShibuya (if you are into shopping), or go Nakano Broadway (if you are into collectibles)
Day 3: Visit Akihabara + Yodobashi Camera store near Akihabara station.
Day 4: Morning visit Sensoji shrine in Asakusa, then take water bus to Odaiba. Visit Decks (Sega Tokyo Joypolis, and also check out the urinals on 2nd floor toilet with some sort of interactive game at Decks), Divercity (with lifesized Gundam), and Toyota Megaweb at Odaiba. If you have time, you can consider going Oedo Onsen Monogatari at Odaiba too.
Day 5: Departure from Tokyo.

Suggested itinerary for a family with young children.
- Fun for the kids and young at heart, but tough on the wallet. :)
Day 1: Arrival at Tokyo.
Day 2: Disneyland (or Disneysea).
Day 3: Sanrio Puroland (if you have kids who likes Hello Kitty characters) or Omiya Railway Museum (if you have kids who likes trains) or Ghibli Museum, + Character street at Tokyo station
Day 4: Cup Noodle museum at Yokohama, lunch at Sylvanian Families restaurant in the World Porter's shopping mall just opposite Cup Noodle museum (if you have kids who likes Sylvanian Families), then maybe visit Pokemon shop, and then return back to Tokyo and visit either Tokyo Tower or Tokyo Skytree.
Day 5: Departure from Tokyo

Suggested itinerary for those keen on photography.
- For those who likes travel photography.
Day 1: Arrival at Tokyo.
Day 2: Visit Sensoji Shrine in Asakusa, then take water bus to Hama Rikyu, visit Hama Rikyu, then see the view of Tokyo Tower in the evening from the Observatory at World Trade Center.
Day 3: Visit Kawagoe, then drop by 1 of the Yodobashi Camera or BIC Camera stores along the way, then visit Shibuya, esp the large crossing opposite Hachiko exit of JR Shibuya station in the evening.
Day 4: Visit Kawaguchiko, hopefully weather is good enough to be able to view Mt Fuji.
Day 5: Departure from Tokyo

Suggested itinerary for a more matured group.
- For a more matured group to explore at a relaxed pace.
Day 1: Arrival at Tokyo.
Day 2: Visit Hama Rikyu, then take water bus to Asakusa, visit Sensoji shrine, then go Kappabashi (if anyone in the group is interested in kitchenware).
Day 3: Visit Kawagoe, then visit Sugamo, and go visit Tokyo Tower.
Day 4: Visit Kamakura + Yokohama (Chinatown)
Day 5: Departure from Tokyo




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