The Perfect 2 Day Itinerary for Tokyo Japan

There are so many things to see and do in Tokyo that it's hard to narrow down what to do if you only have a couple of days to spend in this iconic city. We grew up in Japan and still visit on a regular basis, so these are our recommendations from a tourist and local's perspective.

DAY ONE

Delicious Japanese pastries at a convenient store

Delicious Japanese pastries at a convenient store

9:00 AM  Grab Breakfast To-Go at a Convenience Store
Japanese convenience stores are the best and you can pretty much find them everywhere. It's nothing like the run-down convenient stores in the United States with bland food. Japanese convenience stores are clean and offer lots of great food from pastries to sandwiches to bento boxes and more. We almost prefer eating at a convenience store sometimes rather than eating out at a restaurant. It saves you tons of money and it's good food.

 

 

Shibuya Crossing

Shibuya Crossing

9:30AM Shibuya Crossing

This is the one thing we do every time we visit Japan. It's just so mesmerizing to watch hundreds of people cross the famous Shibuya Crossing at once. Another classic thing to do in Shibuya is to take a picture with the legendary Hachiko statue right in front of the JR train station.

 

 

Steak Katsu

Steak Katsu

 

10:00 AM  Early Lunch at Gyukatsu Motomura

Line up at Gyukatsu Motomura so you're first to get a seat at the popular restaurant for it's gyukatsu, a.k.a. steak kastu. Gyukatsu is a relatively new cuisine in Japan and the steak just melts in your mouth.

 

 

 

Shopping in Shibuya

Shopping in Shibuya

 

11:30 AM  Shop in Shibuya

Shibuya is popular for shopping, so we recommend visiting a couple of department stores like Shibuya 109 or Loft.

 

 

 

 

Harajuku Takeshita Dori

Harajuku Takeshita Dori

1:00PM  Harajuku - Takeshita Street

Harajuku is well known for the quirky and crazy fashion on it's famous street, Takeshita Dori. There are lots of cute and interesting clothing shops and cafes. It's also popular for it's delicious crepes. 

 

 

 

Traditional Japanese wedding at Meiji Shrine

Traditional Japanese wedding at Meiji Shrine

 

2:30PM  Harajuku - Meiji Shrine

Behind the Harajuku station is a pathway to Meiji Shrine, which is a beautiful site to see. It's a peaceful area, but busy with ceremonies and events. You might even catch a traditional Japanese wedding while you're there.

 

 

 

Kura Sushi

Kura Sushi

 

4:30PM  Early Dinner at Kura Sushi in Shinagawa

We always recommend getting to popular restaurants before the prime meal times so that you can get a seat right away and not have to wait hours for a table. This is pretty common in Japan. Kura Sushi is a fun place for sushi with great prices!

 

 

 

Crazy show at Robot Restaurant

Crazy show at Robot Restaurant

 

7:00PM  Robot Restaurant

Robot Restaurant may seem like a tourist trap for some because it's mainly foreigners that see this show, but it's a show like none other. It's the most trippy, crazy and awesome show I have ever experienced. You can pre-order food and get bento boxes, but I heard the food is average.

 

 

Karaoke at Karaoke Kan

Karaoke at Karaoke Kan

9:00PM  Karaoke

Still awake? Then you can stop by Karaoke Kan in Shinjuku and end the night by singing some classic songs in your own private room with disco lights.

 

 

 

 

DAY TWO

3:30AM  Tsukiji Market Tuna Auction

If you are still jet lagged, this will be the perfect time to wake up early and line up for the famous tuna auction held at Tsukiji Market. The hard part about this is that you're not guaranteed a spot, so you have to line up early for the 5:30 AM auction. Many people advise to line up at 3:30 AM. 

Tsukiji Market

Tsukiji Market

8:00 AM  Tsukiji Market

If you want to skip the tuna auction, you can still visit the Tsukiji Market at normal hours and try some fresh seafood at the restaurants. Just make sure to stay clear of the workers in the area. They are not too fond of tourists.

 

 

 

MOri Art Museum exhibit

MOri Art Museum exhibit

 

10:00 AM  Mori Art Museum

We don't usually go to museums in Japan, but this was a fantastic world-class contemporary art museum we really enjoyed. Located on the 52nd and 53rd floors of the Mori Tower in Roppongi Hills, you can also get a great view of Tokyo on the observation deck.

Harry's Hedgehog Cafe

Harry's Hedgehog Cafe

 

 

 

12:00PM  Hedgehog Cafe

Cat cafes are old news. Why go to a boring cat cafe when you can visit a hedgehog cafe in Roppongi? Even Margo Robbie stopped by for some hedgehog love.  

 

Udon at Marugame Seimon

Udon at Marugame Seimon

 

 

 

 

1:00PM  Lunch at Marugame Seimen Udon

There are several Marugame Seimen Udon locations in Tokyo and it's the perfect place to try udon as you can pick and choose the ingredients you want in your dish.  

 

Akihabara Electric Town

Akihabara Electric Town

 

 

 

2:00PM  Akihabara

Akihabara is a popular city well-known for its electronic shops and anime subculture. If you love Japanese anime and manga, this city is your mecca. Get some good deals at the electronic stores, shop for anime goods or stop by a maid cafe.

 

KAWASAKI WAREHOUSE JAPAN + www.thetravelpockets.com

 

 

5:00PM  Kawasaki Warehouse

Kawaski Warehouse is the coolest arcade center in the world. Japan has always been known for their awesome arcade centers, but they outdid themselves with this place located in Kawasaki called Anata no Warehouse meaning “Your Warehouse”. The inside is designed to look like the run-down streets of Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong. Even if you're not a gamer, you'll be amazed with their creation.

IZAKAYA + www.thetravelpockets.com

 

7:00PM  Dinner at Izakaya

There are tons of izakayas (Japanese gastropubs with tapas and drinks) in Japan and one of our favorites is Kamadoka. 

 

 

Before you leave Japan, make sure to stop by a Daiso store, where everything is priced at 100 yen (~$1), with great souvenirs and Japanese merchandise. Harajuku has a huge 3-story Daiso store that will have everything you need. If you have a little more extra time and leaving from Narita airport, stop by the Narita Temple, which is only one train stop away from the airport.

WHERE TO STAY IN JAPAN

Royal Park Hotel The Shiodome, Tokyo (located near Tsukiji Fish Market)
1-6-3 Higashi-Shinbashi, Minato 105-8333, Tokyo Prefecture

Grand Hyatt Tokyo (located near Hedgehog Cafe in Roppongi)
6-10-3 Roppongi, Minato 106-0032, Tokyo Prefecture
Read our review HERE

Let us know your favorite Tokyo experience in the comments below!

XO, Crystal