Tokyo 3-day itinerary for first timers

by GoWithGuide travel specialist

 I think we can agree that Tokyo is a stunning city, and it's important to plan an itinerary ahead to ensure that you get to experience more of Tokyo. However, it can be difficult to plan one. 

 

Even so, there is so much information on the internet of where are the best places to go in Tokyo for your itinerary idea and other ways to make your Tokyo experience better! 

 

In this article, I'm going to provide you information on how to many days you should spend in Tokyo to truly experience it, present a 3-day itinerary idea, and other options for a great Tokyo experience. So sit tight and read on! 

Tokyo is a big city with many incredible attractions and destinations. Each of them has their own character and appeal that attract people from all over the world. Tokyo attracts millions of tourists each year, and the number keeps on increasing. Tokyo has a distinct character that makes it so attractive to tourists from all over the world.

 

Tokyo has it all, a lively and modern side, but also a serene and traditional side. With the many destinations in Tokyo, it is impossible to experience all the places. Especially, if you are first timers, it can be difficult and confusing. Hence, having an itinerary is really helpful to save time and make the most out of your trip. However, planning an itinerary can be dreadful, but this article can help you. 

How many days should you spend in Tokyo?

How long you want to spend time in Tokyo depends on your preferences and schedule. However, if you are visiting Tokyo, and want to really experience it, make time in Tokyo for 3 days. You might be thinking “is 3 days enough for Tokyo?”. The answer is yes if you structure your trip plan right.

 

Here's the thing:

If you don’t know what to do in and where to go in Tokyo for 3 days, don’t worry. This article can help make your trip easier. 3 days is enough for you to travel to some popular destinations in Tokyo, and experience the culture of Tokyo.

Where can you get itinerary ideas?

Get this:

There are many places on the web that offer itinerary ideas for a Tokyo trip, however, it can’t be guaranteed that they are good.

 

For itinerary ideas for your 3-day Tokyo trip, my recommendation is TripleLights. From the website, not only you can find ideas for places to visit for an itinerary, you can even choose the private tours with set itineraries made by professional tour guides. You can customize and personalize the itinerary according to your preferences and needs.

 

If you don’t want to do the planning on your own, private guides are also available to guide you and help you experience Tokyo and learn the destinations and the culture deeper. You can talk to the guides to make sure that your itineraries are perfectly made according to your preferences.

 

Here's a time-saver
You can send a message to one of the friendly guides in Tokyo! They will help you make a customized itinerary and give you a quotation for an unforgettable experience.
Trust me: It’s a good idea to have a guide take care of you in Japan! 


Itinerary idea for a 3-day Tokyo trip for first timers

Here is an itinerary idea for a 3-day Tokyo trip that allows you to experience the many incredible places of Tokyo in just 3 days

First day:

  • Asakusa (09:30 AM-11:00 AM): visit Sensoji Temple by walking through Nakamise Street
  • Akihabara (11:30 AM -1:00 PM): visit Akihabara as an anime paradise with many unique cafes and electric stores
  • Ueno (1:30 PM- 4:00 PM): explore the museums and park in Ueno. You can also visit the Ueno Zoo.
  • Meiji Jingu Shrine (4:45 PM-05:40 PM): visit the popular shrine dedicated to the Emperor and Empress Meiji
  • Harajuku (06:15 PM-08:30 PM): take a walk in Takeshita Street, also Omotesando and its alleys

Second day:

  • Tsukiji (9:30 AM-12:30 PM): try the freshest sushi and many other kinds of food
  • Hama Rikyu Gardens (1:00 PM-2:30 PM): experience the beautiful landscape of Hama Rikyu Gardens and have your own tea ceremony
  • Shibuya (3:30 PM- 5:30 PM): walk through the Shibuya crossing and shop around
  • Shinjuku (06:45 PM-09:00 PM): eat and shop around in Shinjuku while enjoying the bright lights

Third day:

  • Imperial Palace East Gardens (9:00 AM-10:30 AM): take a look at the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan and enjoy the beautiful gardens
  • Tokyo Ramen Street (11:00 AM-12:30 PM): get a taste of Tokyo with many different choices of ramen from 8 different vendors
  • Zojoji temple (1:00 PM-2:00 PM): visit the famous Buddhist temple
  • Roppongi (2:30 PM-5:30 PM): shop and eat around Roppongi. You can also visit the museums.
  • Ginza (6:30-8:30 PM): go to Ginza for more extra shopping and good food

More options

Private tours

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If you don’t want to do the planning on your own as it can get overwhelming, or you don't want to trouble yourself with figuring out the details like directions and transportations, you can try a private tour.  

 

Here are some options for private tours in Tokyo with itineraries that can be customized according to your preferences. Just tell the guides where you want to go and they will arrange the perfect Tokyo itinerary for you.

You can also click here for private tours in other areas of Japan.

Private Cars, Van, Transfers, and Bus Tours

If you decide that other options are the best for your trip besides private tours, you can check out this article to find some other options for you Tokyo trip: Where to get car, van, bus tours & transfers in Tokyo and Japan?

Other tours

Also...

If you want to experience more of Japan, you can consider checking Multiple day package tour tours and Cherry blossom tours for more tour options to answer your needs.

 

 

I hope this article gives you some insights about places to go in Tokyo and make your trip planning a less dreadful with the options I show in this article. Hope you have a great time in Tokyo! 

 

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