6 Things to Do in Tokyo If You Only Have a Day

Drop by its oldest temple.

It’s impossible to explore all of Tokyo in a day, but if that’s all you have, here are a few experiences you simply can’t miss: 

Start the day with a full view of Tokyo City from Tokyo Tower.

First opened in 1958,
Tokyo Tower is one of the more popular landmarks in Tokyo--and with good reason. You can see the full view of Tokyo from the huge observatory at 150 meters high and even do a bit of shopping at Foot Town, a line of restaurants and souvenir shops right below Tokyo Tower.

You can also try catching the “Noppon Brothers,” the official Tokyo Tower characters, during weekends.

(Tokyo Tower is located at 4-2-8 Shiba Park, Minato-Ward, Tokyo. The observatory is open from 9 a.m to 11 p.m. Last admission is at 10:30 p.m. Get in for ¥900.) 

Feel like a celebrity at Fuji Television.

You’ll recognize Fuji Television’s company building just by the huge ball on top of it. Visit this place to see the actual sets of some of your favorite TV programs, beautiful scenery, and anime shops.

(Fuji Television is located at 2-4-8 Daiba, Minato-Ward, Tokyo.) 

Take a cruise through Sumida River by water bus (Odaiba Marine Park to Asakusa).

Photo Credit: Photo Provided by TOKYO CRUISE SHIP CO., LTD

Just five minutes away from Fuji Television is Odaiba Marine Park. Hop on a water bus and spend a good hour cruising through Sumida River to Asakusa. It’s a great way to see the rest of the Tokyo Bay area from a different perspective. After passing though the Rainbow Bridge and reaching Ryogoku, get your cameras ready for a glimpse of Tokyo Skytree.

If you want to ride on a ship designed by the famous anime artist Leiji Matsumoto, take the direct route.

(The water bus can be found at 1-4-1, Daiba, Minato-Ward, Tokyo. Operations begin from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., depending on the date. Fare is at ¥1,260 from Odaiba Marine Park to Asakusa.)

Visit Sensoji Temple and wander around the street shops.

Kaminarimon Gate or Furaijin-mon Gate is a symbol of Asakusa. It has two statues beside the gate: Fujin (the god of wind) on the right, and Raijin (the god of thunder) on the left. 

About 30 million travelers each year and all over the world come to visit Tokyo’s oldest temple, which is just three minutes away from your water bus stop. While there, make sure to get a photo by the Kaminarimon Gate and Five-Storied Pagoda, and get souvenirs such as doll-shaped pancakes at the shopping street alongside the temple.

(Sensoji Temple is located at Asakusa 2-3-1, Taito-Ward, Tokyo. Halls are open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. and as early as 6:30 a.m. from October to March.) 

Enjoy the night view from Tokyo Skytree®.

Photo Credit: (C)TOKYO-SKYTREE

Enjoy a romantic evening when you head up to Tokyo Skytree®. The illuminated corridor of the observatory will make you feel as if you were inside a spacecraft, but nothing compares to the view of Sumida River reflecting the lights of the town.

Get souvenirs at GRANSTA.

Gumitzel (¥750)

Cap your Tokyo trip off with a visit to GRANSTA. The mall provides various limited edition Tokyo souvenirs such as cheesecakes and waffles.

Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokyo Walker™ (6 September 2017)

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