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    Tokyo Multi Day Tours: The Best Way to Experience It All

    By Hana Furuhashi

    April 20, 2023

    Tokyo Multi Day Tours: The Best Way to Experience It Al

    Any new place can be intimidating the first time you visit it, but a city like Tokyo can take that intimidation to the next level, if you aren't prepared.

    Tokyo is a must-see destination for millions of people around the world every year. From the historic sights to the world-class shopping and food, Tokyo is a place like no other. But Tokyo is also a place that is unapologetically frenetic and does not wait for you to get your bearings.

    • Multi Day Tours Day 1 - An Introduction to Tokyo
    • Stop #1: Breakfast at Maguroya Kurogin Tsukiji Honten (in the Tsukiji Outer Market)
    • Stop #2: Visit to the Imperial Palace and its East Gardens
    • Stop #3: Explore Ginza for some shopping and architectural awe
    • Stop #4: Visit Tokyo Tower
    • Stop #5: Dinner at Toufuya Ukai
    • Multi Day Tours Day 2 - Tokyo: Tradition and Culture
    • Stop #1: Morning visit to Meiji Shrine and adjacent Yoyogi Park
    • Stop #2: Takeshita Street in Harajuku
    • Stop #3: Afternoon calligraphy lesson
    • Stop #4: Sake tasting in the evening at Kubota Sake Bar in Shibuya
    • Stop #5: Dinner at Sushi Saito
    • Tokyo Multi Day Tours: Come Join Me for Yours!

    It is a city that is best traversed with someone who already knows its quaint spots and quirks and can help you navigate it all in a way that takes all the stress off of you and allows you instead to just take it all in.

    I have made Tokyo my home now for almost a decade and have spent much of my free time exploring and getting to know this city. Embarking on a multi-day tour through Tokyo with me or one of the other knowledgeable City Unscripted Tokyo hosts as your local guide is a way to experience the city's wonders through the eyes of someone who was first a foreigner and now calls Tokyo home.

    I have come to know its vibrant neighborhoods, its hidden gems, and all of the culture-rich captivating stories it carries. I am passionate about sharing this knowledge with visitors and providing them with an authentic and immersive experience of Tokyo.

    Though touring Tokyo can be done in a vast number of ways and customized to your particular interests, I've laid out one itinerary that would take us through some of the historical highlights this city holds as well as some of the more modern marvels that I think any visitor simply must see.

    Though you could spend weeks wandering the streets of Japan's capital and the most populated city in the world, I've created a two-day itinerary to give you a taste of some of my favorite sites in this city during what I have no doubt will only be your first visit to Tokyo.

    Ready to get started?

    Multi Day Tours Day 1 - An Introduction to Tokyo

    Breakfast at Maguroya Kurogin Tsukiji Honten (in the Ts

    Stop #1: Breakfast at Maguroya Kurogin Tsukiji Honten (in the Tsukiji Outer Market)

    Maguroya Kurogin Tsukiji Honten, located in the vibrant Tsukiji Outer Market in Tokyo, is a must-visit destination for anyone who loves seafood.

    Seafood for breakfast, you may ask?

    Just wait until you try it! I promise, you'll be hooked!

    While the inner market's wholesale functions were moved to the Toyosu Market a few years ago, the lively community of the outer market is still in full bustle existence.

    As we meander through the various merchants and suppliers of food, the inviting aroma of fresh seafood fills the air around us.

    And as we approach Maguroya Kurogin, its lively atmosphere, and mouthwatering offerings will no doubt grab your attention.

    The star of the show at this tiny shop is, without a doubt, the tuna. As we take a seat at the counter, the skilled chefs will happily showcase their expertise in preparing and serving the finest cuts of tuna that you have ever seen.

    The menu boasts a variety of delectable dishes - from sashimi and nigiri sushi to grilled and marinated tuna options - and the cozy and intimate setting of the restaurant adds to the overall dining experience. You can observe the chefs meticulously crafting each dish right before your eyes, offering a glimpse into the artistry and precision involved in Japanese cuisine.

    Whether you're a sushi aficionado or just simply looking to indulge in some of the freshest seafood Tokyo has to offer, Maguroya Kurogin Tsukiji Honten is a true gem in the Tsukiji Outer Market and a good way for us to start our day.

    Visit to the Imperial Palace and its East Gardens

    Stop #2: Visit to the Imperial Palace and its East Gardens

    A visit to the Imperial Palace and its East Gardens in Tokyo is a captivating journey into Japan's rich history and serene natural beauty and simply can't be missed.

    Despite the energy and modernity of the rest of the city around us, you will immediately be struck by the grandeur and sense of tranquility that permeates the surroundings of the home to Japan's Emperor.

    Built over 400 years ago, the Tokyo Imperial Palace is adorned with flowers all year round. Stepping into the East Gardens, we will be greeted by meticulously manicured lawns, vibrant floral displays, and meandering paths that invite you to explore further. These gardens are specifically designed to serve as a peaceful oasis amidst the bustling city, offering a serene escape for all who visit.s.

    The Imperial Palace itself stands as a symbol of Japan's imperial heritage, with its distinctive architecture and rich historical significance. Though there are no entrance fees for visiting, the palace itself is not open to the public. That said, you will be able to appreciate its grandeur from the outer grounds and gain a bit more insight into this country's imperial history.

    Explore Ginza for some shopping and architectural awe

    Stop #3: Explore Ginza for some shopping and architectural awe

    After our leisure walk and serene beginning to our day, it's time to shop!

    I will take you to the Ginza shopping district, which is truly a shopping experience like none other I've ever experienced. Known as one of the most prestigious and iconic shopping destinations in the world, Ginza offers a blend of high-end boutiques, department stores, and designer brands that cater to discerning shoppers from around the globe.

     

    As you walk through the streets of Ginza, you'll immediately be captivated by the district's glamorous atmosphere. Ginza is home to flagship stores of renowned luxury brands, offering an unrivaled selection of fashion, accessories, cosmetics, and more. Whether you're in search of a statement piece from a world-famous fashion house or a unique item from a local designer, Ginza has it all.

    And for those who would rather window shop than actually purchase anything? Ginza's architecture will keep your eyes more than satisfied. The buildings here are a mix of modern skyscrapers and historical buildings, creating a unique juxtaposition of old and new. The wide boulevards are lined with dazzling storefronts, showcasing the latest fashion trends, exquisite jewelry, and exclusive designer collections.

    Beyond fashion, Ginza is also a haven for art enthusiasts and culture lovers. The district is dotted with art galleries, theaters, and cultural institutions that host exhibitions, performances, and events throughout the year. You can immerse yourself in the vibrant arts scene, discover hidden gems, and appreciate the fusion of traditional and contemporary expressions.

    Exploring the Ginza shopping district is an unforgettable experience that seamlessly blends luxury, style, and culture.

    Visit Tokyo Tower

    Stop #4: Visit Tokyo Tower

    A visit to the Tokyo Tower is a must for any traveler who is seeking breathtaking views, architectural wonders, and a glimpse into Tokyo's vibrant cityscape.

    Standing at over 1,000 feet, this iconic landmark is taller than the Eiffel Tower (and inspired by it!) and offers an unforgettable experience that combines history, culture, and awe-inspiring panoramas.

    Upon entering the tower, we will be greeted by a vibrant atmosphere filled with shops, restaurants, and entertainment options. Ascending to the observation decks is a thrilling experience in itself, whether we choose to go to just the Main Deck or all the way up to the Top Deck. In good weather, the glass windows offer a breathtaking and unobstructed view of Tokyo's sprawling cityscape, including iconic landmarks like the Tokyo Skytree, Shibuya Crossing, and the Imperial Palace.

    The Tokyo Tower not only provides panoramic vistas but also hosts various exhibitions and attractions. We can spend some time learning about the tower's construction, explore the Guinness World Records Museum, or immerse ourselves in the interactive One Piece Tower, a popular anime-themed attraction.

    If we are still lucky enough to be here as dusk settles over the city, the Tokyo Tower will illuminate with a stunning light display, casting a magical glow across the skyline. I always love to watch as people experience this display, a true symbol of the dynamic spirit of Tokyo.

    Dinner at Toufuya Ukai

    Stop #5: Dinner at Toufuya Ukai

    Dinner at Toufuya Ukai in Tokyo is one of my favorites and is located just at the base of the Tokyo Tower.

    Toufuya Ukai's big claim to fame is its homemade tofu which is crafted with high-quality soybeans and spring water, giving it an exceptionally rich and sweet taste.

    Though tofu is the main dish on the menu here, you can also enjoy seasonal seafood and vegetables as well. The restaurant is nestled in a serene garden setting, and features beautiful pine trees and a pond where Koi carp swim.

    The entire dining experience effortlessly combines serenity, elegance, artistry, and exquisite flavors to provide us with the most memorable of meals to end our first day of our private tour together.

    Multi Day Tours Day 2 - Tokyo: Tradition and Culture

    Morning visit to Meiji Shrine and adjacent Yoyogi Park

    Stop #1: Morning visit to Meiji Shrine and adjacent Yoyogi Park

    Visiting Meiji Shrine and the adjacent Yoyogi Park in the morning is an enchanting experience that will be an excellent way to start the second day of your private tour with me.

    As we step through the towering torii gate and enter the sacred grounds of Meiji Shrine, a sense of tranquility will immediately wash over us. The atmosphere is imbued with a deep reverence, as visitors from all walks of life come to pay their respects and seek solace in this spiritual haven.

    The Meiji Shrine is a shrine dedicated to the first Emperor of modern Japan, Emperor Meiji, and his consort, Empress Shoken. Located just beside the busy Harajuku Station, the Meiji Shrine and the adjacent Yoyogi Park make up a beautifully forested area that at first seems almost impossible in the early morning bustle of awakening Tokyo.

    The spacious shrine grounds offer walking paths that are great for a relaxing stroll.

    The sprawling park surrounding the shrine is Yoyogi Park, a sanctuary of nature. With expansive lawns, lush trees, and meandering paths that invite leisurely strolls the morning hours can be particularly captivating, as the soft sunlight filters through the foliage, casting a gentle glow on the surroundings.

    Inside Meiji Shrine, you will be able to fully grasp the grandeur of the shrine's architecture, with its majestic wooden structures and intricate details. The tranquil inner garden can also offer a chance for some quiet contemplation, with a serene pond and picturesque views that invite introspection and inner peace.

    Takeshita Street in Harajuku

    Stop #2: Takeshita Street in Harajuku

    Though Takeshita Street is a well-known site and featured in just about any Tokyo guidebook, it’s the heart of all things trendy in Tokyo and a place that this tour guide loves to visit with guests to truly give you a sense of how weirdly wonderful my host city can really be.

    Exploring Takeshita Street in Harajuku is like stepping into a vibrant and whimsical wonderland that celebrates youth, creativity, and the true Japanese pop culture. As we get closer to the street, the lively atmosphere becomes palpable, with colorful storefronts, enticing aromas, and a kaleidoscope of fashion styles that can be seen in the stores, and on the heavy traffic of people all around us.

    I think that one of the things that make Takeshita Street truly special is its ability to constantly be reinventing itself. It serves as a platform for young designers to create, local artists to flourish, and fashion enthusiasts to showcase their creativity, all while pushing boundaries and exploring their inner creative spirits. The street is a breeding ground for emerging fashion trends and subcultures, and you'll often spot locals sporting avant-garde outfits that are as bold as they are imaginative.

    Takeshita Street is a place that is more than just for shopping and people-watching. Its self-expression and individuality are infectious and make this part of Tokyo, Japan one of the most unique areas of any city I've ever been lucky enough to witness.

     

    Afternoon calligraphy lesson

    Stop #3: Afternoon calligraphy lesson

    Taking a calligraphy lesson in Tokyo is a captivating experience that unveils the ancient art of Japanese writing in a contemporary setting. To me, this is a must-try at least once for any visitor to Japan.

    We will choose from one of my multiple favorite calligraphy studios, where we will be welcomed by our afternoon instructor, a master calligrapher who will help you understand and develop an appreciation for the craft.

    The art of calligraphy - known as shodo in Japanese - dates back to its origins in China and eventually made its way through to Japan. Initially, calligraphy was an essential part of education for any of the members of ruling families. As time passed shodo began to organically spread to the commoners as well.

    A calligraphy lesson is a delicate balance between technique and self-expression. A good master instructor will patiently guide you in how to learn the proper brush grip, posture, and stroke order, and will emphasize to you the importance of mindfulness and focus.

    By the end of our time in the studio, you will hopefully have learned a few new strokes as well as a deeper respect for this ancient art and communication form.

    Sake tasting in the evening at Kubota Sake Bar in Shibu

    Stop #4: Sake tasting in the evening at Kubota Sake Bar in Shibuya

    This sake bar and shop is a favorite of not only mine but of many locals and for good reason.

    It's operated on the basement restaurant floor of the Shibuya PARCO department store, and is nicely nestled among other eateries and bars.

    At Kubota, you can try sake by the glass, sake cocktails, and even an all-you-can-drink course, but I think the most fun offering is a sake blind tasting of 10 different varieties that can be matched to your preference.

    Dinner at Sushi Saito

    Stop #5: Dinner at Sushi Saito

    Dining at Sushi Saito in Tokyo is an extraordinary culinary experience that will transport you into the realm of sushi perfection.

    This three-Michelin-starred spot is an enthralling way for us to sum up our second day together and a treat not to be missed!

    Sushi Saito is an intimate and minimalist restaurant, where we will be greeted by a warm ambiance and meticulous craftsmanship that permeated the space. With counter seating and a chef who keeps a keen eye on each of his customers, the sushi here will be served up with perfect timing and precision that will quickly make it clear to you why this sushi spot is one of the favorites in a city that knows its sushi.

    Tokyo Multi Day Tours: Come Join Me for Yours!

    Tokyo Multi Day Tours: Come Join Me for Yours!

    If the idea of spending a couple of days with someone who knows Tokyo sounds appealing to you, then come join me for what I like to believe is the best way to experience a Tokyo, Japan tour while you are here.

    And though I've laid out some of my favorite places, to begin with, the touring doesn't have to stop here!

    Would you like to try a round trip travel experience on the bullet train to Nagoya, Kyoto, or Osaka?

    How about an unforgettable overnight stay at Mount Fuji?

    Or a visit to the outdoor sculpture garden at the Hakone Open Air Museum?

    With City Unscripted, creating custom multi day tours is easy and any interest you have can be intertwined into them.

    And the best part of all?

    Having the opportunity to explore Tokyo and all its gifts with a local tour guide will give you the chance to leave the planning and details up to someone else and allow you to concentrate your energy on discovering the joy and wonderment this city is waiting to share with you.

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