Tokyo, the capital city of Japan, is a sprawling city with many incredible attractions and sights. Each of them has their own character and appeal. It continues to attract tourists from all over the world with its distinct character and charm. In 2017, it is one of the most visited cities in the world and it shows no sign of stopping.
Tokyo has it all. A lively and modern side, a traditional and serene side. Temples and shrines, nightlife, street food to fancy dining, flea market to high-end shopping, bustling-crowded area to quiet-suburban area, nature, anime, arcade games, themed cafes, parks and many more.
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Now, let’s see where you can go with 4 days 3 nights in Tokyo.
Day 1 – Modern Tokyo/West Side
a) Shibuya (Tokyo’s Youth Centre)
Shibuya is a centre for youth fashion and culture, and its streets are the birthplace to many of Japan’s fashion and entertainment trends. Over a dozen major department store branches can be found around the area catering to all types of shoppers. Don’t forget to be among the thousands walking on Shibuya Crossings, home to one of the busiest pedestrian crossings in the world.
Harajuku is the centre of Japan’s most extreme teenage cultures and fashion styles, but also offers shopping for adults and some historic sights.
Pay a visit to Meiji Jingu, a shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife. With grand wooden structures and tranquil gardens, this shrine becomes incredibly crowded at New Year when people come to wish for good fortune.
Referred to as Tokyo’s Champs-Elysees, Omotesando is a one kilometer long, tree lined avenue, serving as the main approach to Meiji Shrine. Numerous stores, boutiques, cafes and restaurants, including several leading fashion brand shops, stand along the avenue.
Yoyogi Park is one of Tokyo’s largest city parks, featuring wide lawns, ponds and forested areas. It is a great place for jogging, picnicking and other outdoor activities.
Meiju-Jingu Shrine, Omotesando and Yoyogi Park are accessible by walking distance. You can end your Harajuku trip at Yoyogi Park to relax by walking down the trees or lying down on grass fields after a tiring day.
Shinjuku is the place if you are imagining bright neon lights, crowds, tall buildings, bustling streets and energy galore.
Shinjuku Gyeomn is one of Tokyo’s largest and most popular parks. Located just a short walk from Shinjuku Station, the paid park’s spacious lawns, meandering walking paths and tranquil scenery provide a relaxing escape from the busy urban centre around it. In spring, Shinjuku Gyoen becomes one of the best places in the city to see cherry blossoms. Admission is 200 yen (RM7.40).
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices was designed by the world’s famous architect, Kenzo Tange. Built in 1990, this building serves an important role as the strikingly high landmark among the Shinjuku skyscrapers. The observation decks located on the 45th floor. On clear days you can see Mount Fuji from here, along with the entire city of Tokyo spread beneath you. Best of all, they’re free.
Day 2 – Day Trip outside Tokyo
Why not take a day trip outside of Tokyo after a full day of city life? Nikko, Kamakura and Mount Fuji are the best choices.
About 115km north of Tokyo, Nikko is the home of several grand shrines and temples that serve as mausoleum and monuments to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the greatest Japanese Shoguns of all. While most temples and many shrines in Japan are rather plain, these structures here are shockingly bright and fancy. The entire complex is located in a forest of towering pine trees.
- Travel time/cost from Tokyo: 1 hour 41minutes, Y1360 (RM50.12).
- How to get there: Tobu Line “Kegon” Limited Express from Asakusa
- Best time to go: All year round
- Highlights: Soaring forests, colorful temples and shrines, nearby ones.
About 42km southwest of Tokyo, Kamakura is a pleasant little seaside town that has a nice cluster of interesting sights. The 11m Daibutsu (Great Buddha) is an awesome sight and well worth a visit. Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine is a spacious and impressive Shinto shrine near the middle of town. Kamakura is easy to visit from Tokyo and is a nice change of pace from crowded and bustling Tokyo.
- Travel time/cost from Tokyo: 55 minutes, Y920 (RM33.90)
- How to get there: JR Yokosuka Line from Tokyo Station or Shinagawa
- Best time to go: All year round
- Highlights: Daibutsu (Great Buddha), Zen temples, impressive shrine
c) Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji is the iconic symbol of Japan. About 100km west of Tokyo, it is sometimes visible from tall buildings in Tokyo (on really clear days). During the climbing season, direct buses run from Shinjuku to the Fifth Station on the shoulder of the mountain. The rest of the year, buses run to towns around the base of the mountain.
- Travel time/cost from Tokyo: 2 hours 30 minutes, Y2700 (RM100)
- How to get there: Direct bus from Shinjuku
- Best time to go: 1st July to 14th September to climb, the rest of the year to visit
- Highlights: An awesome volcanic cone, sunrise from the summit, lakes at the base
Day 3 – Traditional Tokyo/East Side
Asakusa’s main attraction is Sensoji, a very popular Buddhist temple, built in the 7th century. The temple is approached via the Nakamise, a shopping street that has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional, local snacks and tourist souvenirs for centuries.
Also called Akiba, in the last few decades the Akihabara district has emerged as a centre for anime, manga, and otaku (diehard fan) culture in Japan. It has dozens of specialty stores selling everything from figurines to collectable trading cards to retro video games. There are also several multiple floor arcades called game centres, as well as maid cafes and other themed restaurants. On Sunday afternoon, Chuo Dori, the main street of the area, is closed to car traffic so pedestrians are free to walk anywhere they like. Another nickname for Akihabara district is ‘Electric Town’ because of the many electronic shops here, ranging from large department stores selling the latest technology to small stores selling computer components.
c) Imperial Palace East Garden
The Imperial Palace East Gardens is a spacious, sprawling garden in the centre of Tokyo, and it is the only part of the inner palace area that is opened to public. Here, you will find Japanese and Western-style gardens, as well as the foundation of the castle’s former keep.
Ginza is not about visiting specific tourist attractions. Rather, you should experience the shopping craze here. Ginza has both Tokyo’s original department stores and uber-modern shopping and restaurant complexes.
Halal Restaurants in Tokyo
Finding Halal food has become easier for Muslim tourists in Japan. You can find authentic Halal Japanese food anywhere in the capital or opt for Middle East and Indian cuisines that are Halal certified. We give you few Halal restaurants in Shibuya and Shinjuku for your reference. Believe us, there are more out there in Tokyo. Take your time strolling in the city exploring the Halal and Muslim-friendly from the original taste of Tokyo.
a) Halal Ramen Ouka (authentic Japanese food)
Address: 1 Chome-11-７ Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0022, Japan.
Monday – Thursday: Closed
b) Gyumon, Shibuya (authentic Japanese food)
Address: 〒150-0002 Tokyo, Shibuya
Monday – Saturday: 12pm-4am
c) Potohar, Shibuya (Indian cuisine)
Address: Japan, 〒151-0053 Tokyo, Shibuya, Yoyogi, 3 Chome−23−5 高橋ビル1階
d) Pamukkale Restaurant, Shinjuku (Turkish cuisine)
Address: Japan, 〒160-0022 Tokyo, Shinjuku, 新宿3-21-7 東新ビル5F
Saturday & Sunday: 11.30am-12am