How many days in Tokyo is probably the question that bothers visitors to Tokyo more than any other one.
In fact, the issue of how many days to spend in Tokyo even beats the popular question of how much money to bring to Japan.

To be honest, Tokyo is a city that can be explored for months without getting bored. There are so many exotic weird and fun things to do in Tokyo that there’s no way anyone can get bored here.

Most Japan visitors choose a Tokyo itinerary for 5 days. For most tourists it all comes down to the number of days they can take off from work so they are funneled to visit the must-see in Tokyo.
To be honest, I think that a Tokyo itinerary for 7 days would do the city more justice. But 5-7 days total time for a first time visitor to Japan sounds just about right.

Do you plan to visit any other cities in Japan? You could also slice your Tokyo visit into two, take a trip to another city in Japan, and come back later to do the rest of your Tokyo itinerary.
Day trips from Tokyo could make it more efficient for you to travel to other parts of Japan without wasting any time on asking for directions and getting lost in the Japanese railway system.

Here are some of the Day trips from Tokyo we offer:

Day Tours in Tokyo: Best of Tokyo
Day Tours in Kyoto: The Best of Kyoto
Day Tours in Kyoto: Cherry Blossoms, Shrines and Geisha
Mt. Fuji
Private VIP Tours
Our Cultural Tours
Nara Day tour
Nikko Day tour
Hakone Day tour

Most first time visitors to Tokyo have no idea where to go. You might start by doing some research on some of Tokyo attractions and Things to do.

While I personally prefer off the beaten track attractions, there is a basic list for people who are visiting Tokyo for the first time. I hope this Sample Tokyo schedule is helpful for those of you visiting Japan for the first time.

Suggested Tokyo itinerary 5 days – Sample Schedule:

(I’d say you can visit 6-7 places a day without feeling rushed, thus 5 days are enough to cover this list.

Day 1:

Morning: Meiji Shrine Takeshita Dori young fashionable teen street fashion Harajuku and Yoyogi park Omotesando street Early Afternoon: Shibuya Shopping, Hachiko statue (2 hours) Evening: Shibuya Crossing

(All attractions featured are included in our Tokyo tour day 1)

Day 2:

Early Morning: Tsukiji fish market Morning: Imperial Palace Tokyo, Early Afternoon: Tokyo Station, Marunouchi Building, Evening: Ginza for shopping and Nightlife

(Ginza is included in our Tokyo tour day 2)

Day 3:

Morning: Asakusa Shrine, Sensoji Temple and Nakamise one of the oldest pedestrian malls in the city Early Afternoon: Tokyo Sky Tree for sunset over Tokyo Evening: Sumida Park Stroll

(Asakusa is included in our Tokyo tour day 2)

Day 4:

Morning: Odaiba – Fuji Television Building, Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) Early Afternoon: MEGA WEB, a theme park for car lovers, VenusFort, DECKS Tokyo Beach Evening:. Night Time:

(Odaiba is included in our Tokyo tour day 1)

Day 5:

Morning: Akihabara Mega-Shops of 5 floors are packed with the Coolest Gadgets, latest laptops, video games and cellphones. maid cafés Early Afternoon: Maid cafe’s and butler cafés – young Japanese women or men dress in French-maid/butler outfits and treat their customers like masters. Evening: Akihabara is also home to many pachinko parlours and massive electronic video-gaming centres that stay open late.

(Akihabara is included in our Tokyo tour day 2)


Of course, there are so many other things to see in Tokyo besides this particular Tokyo itinerary, so if you’re looking for a Tokyo itinerary for 7 days you can simply add any of these Tokyo Activities:
Cherry Blossom Festival, Sumo, Tea ceremony, Kabuki Theater, Autumn In Japan, Japanese Desserts, Tokyo Summer Festivals, Christmas in Japan.

5 Things To Know about Best Places to Visit in Tokyo

  • Nightlife is pretty awesome because of the unbeatable neon signs in, comparable only to Times Square in New York. You haven’t experienced Tokyo if you haven’t visited Shibuya, Ginza, Shinjuku by Night.
  • You can totally ace the Tokyo subway. I know most visitors are anxious about navigating the trains in Japanese language, but truly this is one of the easiest systems in the world. Signs are very clear, in English and color coded, and there is no second to the Japanese people in kindness and helpfulness.
  • While at the subway station, as you are on your way to visit the must see places in Tokyo, why not take the opportunity to grab a bite at one of the countless ramen eateries there. The food is fresh, cheap, tasty and the local´s favorite.
  • After a late night at the karaoke bar there is no nee to take a taxi home. Unlike other large cities in the world Tokyo subway at night is one of the safest subway systems in the world.
  • Since the Streets in Tokyo have no names, only numbers, and the buildings are numbered by the order in which they were built the best way to find a specific address in Tokyo is asking the locals for directions. Even the Policeman at one of the many local neighborhood police stations is there to give directions. In fact it is part of their job, and they are more than willing to do so. Tokyo city has gone through lots of damage and rapid development over the past 100 years.

Make the most of your trip to Japan with our tailored itineraries suitable for Shoppers, Temple Lovers, Hikers and Garden enthusiasts:

Our Tours:

Best Tours for One Day in Tokyo – What to Book now!

Day Tours in Tokyo: Best of Tokyo
Day Tours in Kyoto: The Best of Kyoto
Day Tours in Kyoto: Cherry Blossoms, Shrines and Geisha
Mt. Fuji
Private VIP Tours
Our Cultural Tours
Nara Day tour
Nikko Day tour
Hakone Day tour

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Tokyo Trip Checklist

  • To make sure you have all the important things covered see my first-time-in-Tokyo guide
  • Get your 1,2 or 3-day Tokyo Unlimited Subway Pass to easily get around Tokyo
  • If you want to travel on bullet trains you can save big with a Japan Rail Pass. Here’s why is worth it.
  • You’ll need a prepaid sim or Portable WIFI to stay connected in Tokyo.
  • Check out my detailed Tokyo packing list to make sure you’re prepared.
  • The best site to book hotels in Tokyo is almost always And remember to book early, especially during busy times.
  • For travel insurance (which you need) Word Nomads offer great coverage in Japan and are highly recommended.

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