What would you do in 48 hours?
If you had a ticket to Tokyo and exactly 48 hours to spend in the city, what would you do? You could wear a kimono, try some sushi, walk the crowded streets, check out quirky cafés, and do more in just two days. To help you race against time, let’s chalk out a 48-hour Tokyo itinerary for you. Your time starts now!
Tick: The First 24 Hours
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Sushi and sakura are synonymous with Tokyo. You can get a better sense of the real city by visiting some of the top palaces, parks, shrines, and more.
Visit the Imperial Palace
This residential complex includes several buildings, such as a museum, a palace, the private residence of the imperial family, and administrative offices. Situated at the centre of Tokyo, the Imperial Palace is a great place to begin your day. Walk around the Outer Garden, the East Garden, and Kitanomaru Park before taking the cooking class and walking tour.
Understand Japanese Culture
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Visit the old Senso-ji Temple that dates back to 628. Take time to check out the Meiji Jingu Shrine, dedicated to the souls of Emperor and Empress Shoken. This is a Shinto shine and reflects Japan’s oldest religion.
Relax in a Park
Next, head toward the Ueno district, home to one of the most important parks in Tokyo. Ueno Park, opened in 1873, was once part of the famous Kan’ei-ji Temple grounds. Relax and refresh here.
Admire the Skyline From Tokyo Tower
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If you are keen on viewing the skyline from the best vantage point in the city, then you must head to the 333-metre-high Tokyo Tower. Built in 1958 and inspired by the Eiffel Tower, it’s the second tallest structure in the country.
Shop Till You Drop in Shibuya
With endless shops and restaurants, Shibuya has a lot to offer. Start at the traffic signal and work your way up to the busiest hub. Keep walking to the Harajuku, Omotesando, and Yoyogi Park areas for some good photos. Wind up the evening with a food walk.
Tock: The Next 24 Hours
Temples, shrines, and architecture are so divine. Let’s now add a unique twist to the next 24 hours.
Eat and Cook
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Tsukiji Fish Market dates back to the 16th century. This massive market sells well over 2,000 tonnes of seafood per day. Get a hands-on sushi experience by taking a morning tour around the market and honing your sushi skills.
Spend Time With Kittens
Cat lovers seeking fun feline adventures can chill out at a cat café over a cuppa. Spend some time with countless cats at the Calico Cat Café in Shinjuku or Neko Jalala in Chiyoda for some genuine love and care.
Indulge in a Sparky Spree
Tokyo is known for its technology and futuristic gadgets. Stay ahead of the curve by picking up the coolest gadgets. You’ll go berserk browsing the vast array of mobile phones, video game consoles, accessories, and cameras available. The best hub is Akihabara.
Go people-watching in Harajuku, the perfect spot for younger visitors. This is a great place to check out some trendy boutiques. Plan about two hours for this.
End the night by checking out some pubs, like one of the 200 along the alleys of the Golden Gai. Have a drink at one and hop over to the next as you sip your way through the bars. Most have limited space for about 10 people on an average.
In this article, we didn’t even get to Mt. Fuji hikes, day trips, or hundreds of other things that you could do. What would you do with 48 hours in Tokyo?
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