1 day itinerary

Tokyo 1 day itinerary (Imperial Palace, Ginza, Skytree)

Centering upon a tour of the Imperial Palace area, this is a course of the popular spots of authentic Tokyo including a walk through the long-established high-class shopping district of Ginza. The end of the day will have you admiring the grand panorama of Tokyo from Tokyo Sky Tree, the tallest tower in Japan.

Day 1

Imperial Palace ( 09:00 AM ~ 09:40 AM )
The Imperial Palace East Gardens ( 09:50 AM ~ 11:00 AM )
Chidori-ga-fuchi ( 11:30 AM ~ 12:10 PM )
Ginza ( 12:30 PM ~ 02:30 PM )
Tokyo Skytree ( 03:00 PM ~ 05:00 PM )
Tokyo Solamachi ( 05:00 PM ~ 06:00 PM )

Day 1 - Tokyo

09:00 AM 09:40 AM   -   Imperial Palace

Walk through the Outer Garden (Gaien) area which is open to tourists within the wide grounds of the palace. And then tour places such as Nijubashi Bridge which leads to the front plaza and the main gates to the palace. Get off at Nijubashi Bridge Station on the Tokyo Metro to head for the Outer Garden.
*The residence of the Emperor cannot be seen.

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Business Hours Weekdays ( 09:00 AM ~ 06:00 PM )

The Imperial Palace tour is scheduled twice a day at 10a.m. and 1:30p.m. with each tour lasting up to 90 minutes. The Imperial Palace Outer Gardens and the East Gardens can be seen freely.

Below are the fixed holidays
(1) Weekends and national holidays
(2) Afternoons from July 21st to August 31st
(3) New Year’s holidays (December 28th-January 4th)
(4) Any days which are necessary for holding events and similar functions
Address Imperial Palace, 1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo See map
Telephone 03-3213-1111
Website http://sankan.kunaicho.go.jp/english/index.html

09:50 AM 11:00 AM   -   The Imperial Palace East Gardens

Walk from the Outer Garden to the East Garden which was established as a garden belonging to the Imperial Palace on the site of the former Edo Palace. You can walk through this area which is open to the public. Also visit Ninomaru Garden which is beautiful for its design around a central pond and the remains of the Edo Castle tower.

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Business Hours Tuesday ( 09:00 AM ~ 04:00 PM )
Wednesday ( 09:00 AM ~ 04:00 PM )
Thursday ( 09:00 AM ~ 04:00 PM )
Weekends ( 09:00 AM ~ 04:00 PM )
Price FREE
Address 皇居東御苑 , 1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo See map
Telephone 03-3213-1111
Website http://www.kunaicho.go.jp/e-about/shisetsu/higashigyoen-map.html

11:30 AM 12:10 PM   -   Chidori-ga-fuchi

The famous Chidorigafuchi is a moat that is enveloped with gorgeous cherry trees in early April. Have a nice walk while viewing the boats floating atop the surface of the moat surrounding the Imperial Palace. If you have time, you can also try riding on one of the boats yourself.

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Address 千鳥ヶ淵,1-1 Kitanomarukoen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo See map
Telephone 03-3213-0095
Website http://www.env.go.jp/garden/kokyogaien/english/point06.html

12:30 PM 02:30 PM   -   Ginza

Walk over to Ginza, the most famous shopping district in historic Tokyo. Not restricted to foreign brand-name goods shops, there are also distinct and long-established stores and department stores. High-class stationery shops with a Japanese taste such as Kyukyodo are also popular. There is also a wide variety of restaurants for you to enjoy an elegant lunch.

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Address Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo See map
Website http://www.ginza.jp/?lang=en

03:00 PM 05:00 PM   -   Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Sky Tree opened in 2012 as the nation’s tallest tower. The most advanced elevator will take you up to the observation decks so that you can enjoy that bird’s-eye view of Tokyo at 350m. The time transitioning between late afternoon into evening is recommended.

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Business Hours Everyday ( 08:00 AM ~ 10:00 PM )
Price Adults: 2,060 JPY
Child: 930 JPY
Address Tokyo Skytree, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo See map
Telephone 03-5302-3470
Website http://www.tokyo-skytree.jp/en/

05:00 PM 06:00 PM   -   Tokyo Solamachi

Head back down to the shopping mall Tokyo Solamachi underneath Tokyo Sky Tree. There are plenty of cafés and restaurants along with places for souvenir shopping.

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Business Hours Everyday ( 10:00 AM ~ 09:00 PM )

Dining AM11:00~PM11:00
Address TOKYO Solamachi, Oshiage, Sumida-ku Tokyo 〒131-0045 See map
Telephone 0570-55-0102
Website http://www.tokyo-solamachi.jp/english/

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By Midori