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8 Hour Day Trip in Tokyo - Enjoyable Attractions

Luke K.

by GoWithGuide travel specialist:Luke K.

Last updated : Apr 28, 20223 min read

Itinerary Ideas

We introduce the most popular itineraries amongst our customers who choose tours on GoWithGuide. We hope it helps you to plan your perfect itinerary during your trip to Japan. In our sixteenth post of the series, we focus on the best full day tour of Tokyo, with a focus on the most enjoyable attractions across the city.


In this eight hour itinerary we begin at Meiji Shrine, dedicated to Emperor Meiji, before visiting Shinjuku for an incredible view of Tokyo from the Tokyo Metropolitan Observatory. Switching modern Japan for old Tokyo, we visit Asakusa, before taking a trip to Tokyo Station to enjoy a feast of shops. Finally, opposite the station is the Imperial Palace, a fitting end to a tour that begins and ends with a former and current Emperor of Japan.


1. Meiji Jingu Shrine

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Meiji Shrine is an escape from the neon lights of the busy Shibuya district of Tokyo. This incredible shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji is a great place to experience customs and culture of old Japan. Festivals and weddings take place at the shrine throughout the year, and the surrounding nature makes it an incredible place to relax and enjoy the tranquillity and the mystical energy within. 

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 Watch this 360º VR Video of Meiji Jingu Shrine and feel like you are walking there yourself.

2. Tokyo Government Building

A restaurant surrounded by glass at 202 meters, stunning views of Shinjuku from the panoramic observation deck, and on a clear day, a view of Mount Fuji. Taking the elevator up to the 45th floor of the Tokyo Government Building is free, and so too are the amazing views of an endless city.

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3. Asakusa

Take a ride on a rickshaw, or get your fortune at Senso-ji Temple, there is plenty to do in the former entertainment district of Asakusa. You can shop for incredible food and souvenirs on Nakamise Street, or explore some of the more modern buildings including the Sumida Asahi Beer Headquarters, or the newest addition to the skyline, Tokyo Skytree.

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4. Tokyo Station

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Tokyo Station is not only one of the main transport hubs in the city, but its architecture is something to admire. Within the station, there are hundreds of shops and restaurants, gourmet food from around the world, and an amazing section featuring character good shops that will make the perfect gifts for your friends back home.

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5. Imperial Palace

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The Imperial Palace is an excellent place to end your day. Take a relaxing stroll around the outer walls, surrounded by a vast moat. Enjoy the lush and overabundant scenery, the castle-esque walls, and the old buildings situated around the outer-palace. The Imperial Palace East Gardens are open to the public, and if you have time, they make a great spot for an outdoor picnic style lunch in the beautiful gardens that once housed Edo Castle.

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Tokyo Tour Guide - Yasuro C.

Yasuro C.

4.80 / 5
(64 reviews)

Hello, my name is Yasuro (Mr). I was born and brought up in Kansai, graduated from a univ in Kobe city, after moved into Kanto, 30 years in Tokyo, 2.5 years in Nagoya city, 7.5 years abroad (KL & S'pore) as a rep of a construction company and I got the National Guide Certificate in 2011. My hobbies are making Haiku poems, singing various songs (voice-training for 18 years), playing the folk-guitar, trekking in mountains like Takao and Okutama in the West of Tokyo, visiting museums like in Ueno Park and travelling around Japan to make Haiku poems. Thank you for your attention.                                                                                                                                 

Tokyo Tour Guide - Grant A.

Grant A.

5.00 / 5
(16 reviews)

My name is Grant I lived more than 10 years in Japan. I graduated University and translation school in Tokyo. I am fluent in Japanese. I have a degree in Asian studies and have expert-level knowledge of Japanese culture and history. I have memorized the JR rail system across all of Japan, I use the same train timetable calculators as the station staff, and I have experience using bullet train passes that are exclusive to foreign visitors. I can optimally navigate the Tokyo underground and maximize value from a Tokyo metro pass and also understand Tokyo above ground which will allow for seamless transitions between different metro stations and landmarks with minimal backtracking. *There will be a price revision at the end of June* My tour fee is Half-Day Tour: 20,000yen for 1-5hours Full-Day Tour: 40,000yen for 5-10hours The time transiting to and from your hotel for pick up or drop off within Tokyo 23wards does not count towards the time. I am also able to guide historical sites and cities such as Kyoto, Kanazawa, Nikko, and Kamakura on request if you pay my rail fare.                                                                                                                                  

Kanagawa Tour Guide - Kaneo U.

Kaneo U.

4.98 / 5
(43 reviews)

I’m so excited to have a chance to show you around my favorite spots in Kanagawa prefecture. I was born in Kanagawa. I spent my whole school life, including university, here in Kanagawa. I worked as a high school English teacher here for 40 years. I love Kanagawa so much. We have many interesting tourist spots, like Hakone, Kamakura, Enoshima and Yokohama. I got my tour guide license in English in 2009. I am still an English teacher. To give an interesting and impressive lesson to young high school students, I’ve learnt and gathered many kinds of information. I also have a license to teach social studies, so I have a wide range of knowledge about Japanese culture and history. I’m sure to provide you an interesting tour.                                                                                                                                 

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