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Tokyo Full Day Guide - Essential Sights for a One Day Trip

Luke K.

by GoWithGuide travel specialist:Luke K.

Last updated : Apr 28, 20226 min read

Itinerary Ideas

For this full day guide, we will be focusing on the mix between old and modern Tokyo. Experience it all with this great mixed tour of Tokyo. Visit a fish market, the iconic Tokyo Tower, the area of Asakusa, the famous Meiji-jingu Shrine, the shopping streets of Harajuku, the chaos of Shibuya crossing, and the even more chaotic area of Shinjuku. See the most popular attractions in Tokyo in this eleven hour itinerary that packs the best of Tokyo into a single day.

1. Tsukiji Fish Market

One of the greatest fish markets in the world, you can visit both the inner and outer market and try the freshest seafood that Tokyo has to offer. Crowds of people gather here, and early morning you can enjoy the sound of market traders and the busy delivery cars racing around to get their daily catch ready for all of Tokyo. We recommend trying sushi for breakfast at one of the many restaurants that litter the streets.

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2. Tokyo Tower

Built from recycled tanks, Tokyo Tower is Japan doing exactly what it does best, taking something that already exists, and making it even better. Based on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Tokyo Tower stands at 333 metres, and when it was built, it became the tallest freestanding tower in the world, an impressive achievement and a amazing world record considering it is exactly 9 metres taller than the previous record holder, that's right, a world record stolen from France.

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3. Asakusa

The oldest temple in Tokyo, Senso-ji Temple, sits in Asakusa surrounded by small souvenir shops and great food, but this old entertainment area still features a traditional side of Japan mixed in with its modern charms. A headquarters for geisha sits on a small street behind the temple, Sumida Park offers beautiful riverside views, and Hanayashiki, Tokyo's oldest amusement park is still as great today as it was sixty years ago.

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4. 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.

5. Harajuku

The famous Takeshita Street is one of the most popular places to visit in Tokyo, and there is a good reason for it. At weekends you can experience the best of Tokyo youth fashion on this famous shopping street in Harajuku. Beyond the popularity there are many small boutiques mixed in with chain stores offering excellent fashion with a difference.

Feel like you are in Harajuku and see how Harajuku's Takeshita street TRULY is like in this 360º video:

Visit at the weekend for the best chance to see young people wearing the latest trend.

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6. Shibuya

If you ever wanted to feel like you're lost in a movie, then Shibuya is the place to visit. At early evening Shibuya Crossing is packed with people, and is a highlight of any Tokyo trip. The neon lit roads beyond the crossing are a great place to stop for food, especially around the train station, where people watching can be enjoyed into the late evening.

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7. Shinjuku

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Shinjuku is a chaotic area perfect for spending the last few hours of a busy day sightseeing. From stunning night views atop the Government Building, to bar hopping in Golden Gai, an area that crowds over two hundred drinking establishments into one tight area. Shinjuku is big, great, and lively, if you can navigate your way out of the busiest train station in Japan.

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Ready To Plan Your 1-Day Itinerary For Tokyo?

Spending one day in Tokyo can be daunting especially if you are not familiar with the language, transportation, or culture. Whether it is spending helping with navigation or convenience, I recommend GoWithGuide, as they have over 1,000 professional tour guides that can help you navigate Tokyo efficiently while eliminating the risk of getting lost. Not only that, but the guides are all experts in their local areas so you would be able to receive customized itineraries with whatever you want to specifically do or see in the city. As discussed earlier, winter in Tokyo can be quite cold, so if you are not willing to make trek to any of the above locations via public transportation but still want to experience the city's wonders, check out the private car tours that are offered, and feel free to send a message to any of the local Tokyo guides for more information about planning your trip in December.

Furthermore, if none of the above locations are aligned with what you want to do in Tokyo or if you already have some locations you want to go to, you should check out some of the cultural activities that are happening in the city as there are so many more interesting and fun events to partake in that will make your trip the most memorable trip you've had!

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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.                                                                                                                                 

Yokohama Tour Guide - Haruo T.

Haruo T.

4.90 / 5
(10 reviews)

I live in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture. I have a license to teach in high schools and was admitted to the degree of Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language in the University of Birmingham. Until 2015 I had been teaching English at public high schools in Kanagawa for 37 years. During that time, I had some experience of guiding students from overseas through sister-school relationship around Tokyo and Kanagawa. Therefore, I had good command of English with the TOEIC score of 935. As for a tour guide experience I earned the certificate of National Government Licensed Guide-Interpreter in English and since then I have guided tourists to the popular sites around Tokyo, Yokohama, Kamakura and Yokosuka. My guiding focuses on introducing not only Japanese historical and cultural backgrounds but also giving tourists some tips to travel Japan only by themselves, such as how to use trains and subways, find good restaurants, reserve tickets, buy survenier, and speak basic Japanese. In addition, my tour includes opportunities to experience Japanese culture like Zen meditation, ninja performance, visiting anime's location sites based on tourists' request. Besides, by means of my hobbies of writing English Haiku and Waka (traditional Japanese poems) and performing Rakugo (traditional Japanese funny story telling) in English, I can surely entertain tourists during the tour. My moto as a tour guide is let the tourists have a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Japan with my profound, intelligible and interestiog guiding.                                                                                                                                 

Tokyo Tour Guide - Grant A.

Grant A.

5.00 / 5
(14 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: 30,000yen for 1-5hours Full-Day Tour: 50,000yen for 5-12hours 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. If your group is not a tour company and you simply ask me kindly for a 10,000yen discount and I will reduce the price of your tour until the end of June.                                                                                                                                 

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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