24 Hours In Tokyo, Japan

24 hours in Tokyo

Tokyo is the capital of Japan and is a real mixture. On one side, you see the neon-lit skyscrapers and ultramodern architecture, while on the other historic temples wait to be visited. One must visit is the Meiji Shinto Shrine, surrounded by woods and with a towering gate. Another impressive sight is the Imperial Palace, surrounded by large and beautiful public gardens. There are many interesting museums in the city ranging from Tokyo National Museum with its classical art to Edo-Tokyo Museum, which is a reconstructed traditional kabuki theater. While it is difficult to see everything in just 24 hours in Tokyo, Japan, the following itinerary will take visitors to some of the most important sites in the city.

Day 1 late afternoon: take a stroll of the Sumida Park

If there is time and while in the area, explore Sumida Park, a public park made famous by its 700 cherry trees. In spring, cherry blossoms are all over the park and in July, the Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival is held here.

Sumida Park

Address: 1 Chome-3-13 Hanakawado, Tokyo 111-0033, Japan

Opening hours: 24 hours

Day 1 evening: Visit Tomioka Hachiman Shrine

Koi Fish Pond at the Tomioka Hachiman Shrine in Tokyo Monzen-nakacho, the birthplace of Sumo tournaments. http://experiencetokyo.net/birthplace-of-sumo-tournaments-tomioka-hachiman-shrine-at-monzen-nakacho/

Posted by Manish Prabhune on Sunday, 10 July 2016

Tomioka Hachiman Shrine is located in the Fukagawa district of Koto, Tokyo and is a large Shinto shrine. The grounds surrounding the shrine are wooded and attractive. The shrine is the birthplace of Sumo wrestling. At the rear of the main shrine is a series of smaller shrines. These are called Otori Jinja (Otori Shrine) where supplicants bow and pray.

Tomioka Hachiman Shrine

Address: 1 Chome-20-3 Tomioka, Koto, Tokyo 135-0047, Japan

Opening hours: 6.00 AM to 6.00 PM

Day 1 late evening: dinner at South Park Japan or Hinatomaru

Posted by SOUTH PARK Japan on Friday, 7 September 2018

South Park is an Indian restaurant in the heart of Tokyo, serving traditional and homely Kerala cooking for lunch and dinner. Chefs cook using unique and rare recipes from their hometown, including Meen Chatty Curry (fish curry) with an influence of coconut. Vegetable starters include delights like Masala Pappad, a thin crispy wafer prepared from dried lentils and topped with salad and spices. Non-vegetable starters include a number of chicken dishes. Main dishes include Kerala fish or beef curries and there is a selection of delicious desserts to choose from.

Hinatomaru is a sushi restaurant a few minutes’ walk from Asakusa. This is a standing sushi bar where guests can either order direct from the chef or choose something from the conveyor belt on the counter. According to reviews, the food is great and so is the service.

South Park Japan

Address: Asakusa +K, Asakusa 6-11-4, Taito ku, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday - 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM, 5:30 PM - 10:30 PM

Day 1 night: Get a night view of the city at Tokyo Skytree (option 1) (from USD 99.0)

Tokyo Skytree is the tallest structure in Japan and at 2,080 ft (634.0 meters) it is also the tallest tower worldwide. This is an observation and broadcasting tower located in Sumida, Tokyo and there is also a restaurant in the tower. Primarily it is the primary radio and television broadcast site for the Kanto region. The structure of the tower is cylindrical, meaning it offers panoramic views across the city and the river. The tower has observatories where people can enjoy the view, including a spiral, glass-covered skywalk which gives a dizzying view down to the streets below.

Tokyo Night Yakatabune Crusing -Odaiba and Tokyo Sky Tree- on Holiday

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

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Day 2 morning: visit Sumida Aquarium (option 1)

Sumida Aquarium @ Tokyo Skytree Town
Source: Photo by user Guilhem Vellut used under CC BY 2.0

The Sumida Aquarium is housed in the Tokyo Skytree Town complex and hosts more than 10,000 sea creatures in the Tokyo Solamachi entertainment and shopping complex at the base of Tokyo Skytree. In the center of the aquarium, a large indoor tank features several fur seals and dozens of penguins. There is also a jellyfish display to visit.

Sumida Aquarium

Address: 5-6F, Tokyo Skytree Town, Solamachi 1-2, Oshiage 1-chome, Sumida Ward, Tokyo 131-0045

Opening hours: 9.00 AM-9.00 PM

Enjoy your 24-hour visit to Tokyo, Japan

After getting a taste of what this bustling city has to offer, you will be sure to return to spend more time in Tokyo, Japan.

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