Konichiwa and welcome to The Ultimate 4 Fun Happy Days in Tokyo Itinerary!
Are you planning a 4 day trip to Tokyo? The fun, quirky and cultured capital city of Japan? Well, you’re in the right place! This itinerary will take you through the fun-filled, highly technically advanced, quirky, cute, and cultured areas of Japan.
If you’re someone like me with a wide array of nerdy, cultural, and fun interests and that enjoys absorbing the various cultures that a city like Tokyo has to offer, well then, this 4 days in Tokyo itinerary is perfect for you. As I will detail the must see attractions and best things to do in Tokyo. And the best part, we’ll be heading to DisneySea Tokyo as well! The only DisneySea attraction in the world may I add!
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Popular Questions About Tokyo
Where Is Tokyo
Tokyo is the capital city of Japan and the most populated prefecture with over 39.393 million residents. It is located at the head of Tokyo Bay within the Kanto region on the Pacific coast of central Honshu.
This great city is filled with lots of history. It was once a fishing village during the Edo period, before being devastated by the Great Kanto earthquake in 1923 and then bombed during World War II. Though given how developed and technologically advanced Tokyo is today, you wouldn’t think it.
How To Get Around Tokyo
Regardless of what the rumours say, Tokyo is a very easy city to get around. Even as a solo female traveller travelling alone in Tokyo. if like me you’re accustomed to travelling via taxis and Uber when abroad, let me tell you now that Japan will not be one of those places. Unless you have a very luxurious budget to spend in Tokyo of course!
But don’t worry, if like me, you prefer to keep your travelling expenses to a minimum, then I have you covered. The Tokyo subway system is both very easy and convenient to navigate and is the perfect way to get around Tokyo. In fact, I will go as far a saying that Tokyo has the best transport system in the world. And the best part, you will find a station very close to every major and smaller attraction that you absolutely must visit when in Tokyo.
TIP: Don’t forget to get your travel card and digital travel passes loaded onto it. If you don’t get a chance to get it in advance you can always get it from the subway stations in Tokyo.
When Is The Best Time To Visit Tokyo
Tokyo is one of those cities that’s perfect to visit all year round, as each season offers something different. So the hardest part is figuring out which is the best time of year for you to visit Tokyo.
Visiting Tokyo In Winter (December – February): In winter, the weather in Tokyo ranges from 2°c – 12°c. This is the perfect time to visit Tokyo to catch the winter illuminations around Tokyo, as well as soak in one of the many hot spring onsens before heading to the ski slopes in one of the nearby areas.
Visiting Tokyo In Spring (March – May): During Spring, the weather in Tokyo ranges from 5°c at the start of March to 23°c in May. In Spring, in particular, April is the perfect time to visit Tokyo for anyone that wants to view cherry blossoms or Sakura as known locally, during the hanami season.
Visiting Tokyo In Summer (June – August): In the summer, Tokyo really warms up. The temperature ranges from 19°c in June to 31°c in August, making this the perfect time of year for anyone wanting to catch some sun in the land of the rising sun. During the summer you can experience many festivals in Tokyo including the Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival and firefly viewing festival.
Visiting Tokyo In Autumn (September – November): During the Autumn period in Tokyo, the temperature ranges from 27°c in September to 9°c in November. The Autumn colours in Tokyo are every photographer’s dream. This is the perfect time to visit and photograph one of the many parks and traditional Japanese gardens in Tokyo.
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Are Foreigners Welcomed In Tokyo
One of the biggest worry that I had before travelling to Tokyo was “would I be welcomed in Japan?”. Especially as a Muslim woman travelling around Japan in a Hijab. After all, there must be some fuel to the rumours around foreigners or gaijin being unwelcomed in Japan right?
Wrong! I trusted my gut and went with what I know the Japanese people to be and that’s exactly what they were. They were incredibly friendly, polite, and welcoming that I didn’t even feel like an outsider regardless of which region I was in.
Japan is a country with many elderly individuals, and normally you would assume that they would have the most prejudiced views to anything different right? Especially in the more rural areas? Wrong again! Every elderly Japanese individual that I had met, had shown nothing but kindness to me. From offering to take my pictures, to helping me find my Airbnb and everything in between, I can safely say that the Japanese people have a very special place in my heart.
In fact, I loved Tokyo and the wider country so much that I would even recommend it as one of my Top 7 Hijab Friendly Travel Destinations.
Why You Should Spend 4 Days Travelling In Tokyo
Tokyo is one of those multi-sensory-stimulating cities with lots to offer. And if I’m being honest, 4 days is not enough to fully explore the depths of this wonderful city. But 4 days is definitely enough for you to get a flavour of Tokyo.
If I can promise you one thing though, you will not be bored nor let down by Tokyo. And above all, this is one of those places that you will be raving about and recommending to your friends for years to come.
4 Days In Toyko Itinerary At A Glance
1st Day: Tokyo Skytree, Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa, Akihabara and Shinjuku
2nd Day: Odaiba Island for The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation , TeamLab Borderless, Odaiba Oedo-Onsen, and more
3rd Day: DisneySea Tokyo and a free evening!
4th Day: Tokyo Tower, Imperial Palace, Shibuya, and Harajuku
4 Days In Tokyo Japan Travel Itinerary
Day 1 of 4 Days In Tokyo
For the first day in Tokyo, we will be starting off the morning at the Tokyo Skytree. From there we will be moving onto the Sensoji Temple complex in Asakusa for the remainder of the morning, before heading to Akihabara for lunch and exploring the Anime and Manga capital of Tokyo. And the day isn’t over yet, because in the evening we’ll be heading to Shinjuku to catch the famous robot show!
⤘ Tokyo Skytree
Address: 1 Chome-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida City, Tokyo 131-8634, Japan
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 8pm
We are kicking off the first day of our 4 days in Tokyo at Tokyo Skytree. The Tokyo Skytree, is the tallest broadcasting tower in the world, standing at 634 meters with two viewing platforms. From here you’ll be able to enjoy some of the best views of Tokyo from above.
There are two main areas to experience at the Tokyo Skytree,
- Tembo Galleria
- Floor 450: On the highest floor that you can visit, is the Sorakara Point. Here you’ll experience a very special three-dimensional view that will make you feel like you’re floating in the air. This is one of those experiences that you have to witness for yourself to truly feel the magnitude of it.
- Floor 445 – 450: From floor 445, you can walk through the glass covered galleria, until you reach the highest viewing point on floor 450. What a better way to arrive!?
- Tokyo Skytree Tembo Deck
- Floor 350: Here is the main attraction point at the Tokyo Skytree tower. On this floor, you’ll be able to enjoy panoramic views of Tokyo, as well as a painted folding screen from the Edo period named Edo Hitomezu Byobu. This folding screen was painted by the artist Keisai Kuwagata, which shows what Tokyo would have looked like during the Edo Period. Additionally, you can enjoy the café and souvenir photo service offered on this floor.
- Floor 340: do not skip floor 340, as from here you’ll be able to walk along a glass floor from 340 meters above the ground.
TIP: If you’re visiting the Tokyo Skytree on a clear day, then be sure to look out for Mount Fuji!
Be sure to pre-purchase your ticket in advance here, as it’s much cheaper online, and you will have a shorter queuing time on the day.
⤘ Sensō-ji Temple Complex
Address: 2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 6am – 5pm
For our next stop on our Tokyo itinerary, we are heading to the Senso-ji temple in Asakusa. This is a large Buddhist temple complex in the Taito district of Tokyo, dedicated to the bhodivista Kannon.
As you enter through the iconic Kaminari-mon gate (8) built over a 1000 years ago, you’ll be greeted with the Nakamise Shopping street (9) on the other side of it. This shopping street is one of the oldest in Japan, and it’s filled with traditional Japanese toys, cakes, and must have souvenirs and trinkets to bring back home. Or demolish in the moment!
From here you’ll have the option to view all of the areas on the map shown above.
Main Hall (1)
The main hall was built by Tokugawa Iemitsu, the third Tokugawa shogun, and he had designated the main hall as a national treasure. Unfortunately, it was destroyed in an air raid on 10th March 1945, during the World War II bombings. However, it was later rebuilt in 1958 with donations raised from all over Japan.
Today it’s made up of two sanctums, the inner sanctum known as naijin, and the outer sanctum known as gejin. And yes, they are both open to visitation.
Other Points Of Interest
- Yogoda Hall (2)
- Awashimado Hall (3)
- Five Storied Pagoda (4)
- Demboin and Garden (5)
- Niten-mon Gate (6)
- Hozo-mon Gate (7)
- Kaminari-mon Gate (8)
- Nakamise Shopping Street (9)
- Bentendo Hall (10)
TIP: Remember, this is a temple and not just a tourist site. So be sure to be respectful at all times.
⤘ Asakusa Shrine
Address: 2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm
After a morning spent exploring the Senso-ji temple grounds, we are heading of to visit Asakusa shrine. The oldest temple in Tokyo that was built during the Edo period, and surprisingly survived the air raids of 1945. But don’t worry, you won’t have to wander too far, as it’s only one minute away from Senso-ji temple.
TIP: If you are visiting during mid-May, be sure to time your visit to Tokyo to coincide with the Sanja Matsuri festival held here over a long weekend.
By now you must be more than famished and ready to have a rest off your feet. You can choose to have lunch either in Asakusa, or at our next location in Akihabara.
Address: 2 Chome-27-13 Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 11am – 10 pm and 11am – 9pm on Sunday
For the Muslim travellers visiting Tokyo, be sure to check out Naritaya. It’s a Halal ramen restaurant located just three minutes away from the Asakusa shrine. You can also enjoy gyoza, nasi goreng, spicy chicken, and much more. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s also a small prayer room available here.
TIP: They also serve vegetarian ramen here at Naritaya!
Antep kebabu Akihabara Halal
Address: 1 Chome-3-5 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0021, Japan
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 11am – 10:30pm
Antep kebabu Akihabara Halal is a Turkish restaurant serving kebabs in the heart of Akihabara Tokyo. Even though you have three Halal kebab shops in the vicinity, Antep Kebabu is the best rated restaurant. The restaurant is very clean and there is even a seating space available inside, making this the perfect option if you are visiting Tokyo with family or friends.
TIP: the portions can be small here, well small for a western diet. If you arrive with a big appetite, you may want to hang around just in case if you want seconds!
After a morning spent walking through the historical and cultural side of Tokyo, we are switching things up by heading to the modern part of Tokyo, Akihabara. What a better to spend the first afternoon of your 4 days in Tokyo in Tokyo itinerary.
Akihabara is one of the most vivid places in Tokyo, and there are lots of things to do here for every traveller visiting Tokyo. This is one of those areas, where you should find the stores that you want to go to, and then still visit every other retailer that catches your eyes along the way. Trust me you won’t regret it.
Anime And Manga Fans
Akihabara is the home of anime and manga related goodies, and this is a must-visit for fans. There are lots of large multi-storey stores available here selling manga comic books, figurines, CDs, and much more. For those who are into cosplay, you’ll also be able to buy some of the best outfits in these stores.
Some of the most popular stores are,
- Animate Akihabara: 4 Chome-3-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0021, Japan
- Comic Toranoana Akihabara B: 4 Chome-3-1 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0021, Japan
For the technology lover visiting Akihabara in Tokyo, you are in for a treat. There are lots of robot shops in the area, where you can even interact with shop assistants in the form of a robot. Once you’ve taken a moment to admire the technologically advanced society of Tokyo, you can also go ahead and purchase robot kits and Arduino. There is something here for every budget.
TIP: In fact there may be a little too much, so be prepared to be spoilt for choice.
Video Games Player
Given that Japan has produced some of the most popular video games over the years, such as Super Mario Bros, Pac-Man, The Legend of Zelda, and Pokémon, to say the least, it is without a doubt that gamers will have a field day here. From typical Japanese video arcades to gaming stores, there are lots of places to visit here.
Some of the most popular gaming stores are,
- HEY (Hirose Entertainment Yard) Taito: Japan, 〒101-0021 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Sotokanda, 1 Chome−10−5
- Gamers Main Store Akihabara: Japan, 〒101-0021 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Sotokanda, 1 Chome−14−7
- BEEP Akihabara: Japan, 〒101-0021 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Sotokanda, 3 Chome−9−8 中栄ビル B1
After all the time spent shopping this afternoon on your first day of 4 days in Tokyo, don’t forget to take some time out to explore the themed cafés in Akihabara. From maid cafes to animal cafés there are lots to choose from here. And yes the animal cafes have actual animals there.
If you plan on visiting the maid cafés, don’t worry they are very hard to miss. From the moment you arrive in Akihabara, you’ll find the “maids” dotted around the street, promoting their cafés.
Disclaimer: Although I felt uncomfortable visiting an animal-themed café, (as there was no way for me to determine how ethical they were). I’m recommending those with high google ratings below. Please use your own discretion when deciding on whether to visit an animal themed café or not.
Some of the most popular themed cafés are,
- Owl Cafe Akiba: Japan, 〒101-0022 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Kanda Neribeicho, ６７
- Maidcafe Maidreamin Akihabara Center Street Store: Japan, 〒101-0021 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Sotokanda, 1 Chome−14−1 宝田中央通りビル 2F
- Heaven’s Gate: Japan, 〒101-0021 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Sotokanda, 1 Chome−15−9 AKビルディング 6F
- Bunny Cafe Moff Rell: Japan, 〒101-0021 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Sotokanda, 4 Chome−8−3 セゾン秋葉原
- Gundam Cafe: 1-1 Kanda Hanaokacho, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0028, Japan
⤘ Shinjuku Robot Restaurant
This evening we are heading to the Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku. This is one of the most unique experiences that you will have in Tokyo. If you thought you spent your first afternoon in Tokyo walking through the futuristic side of Tokyo, well this evening will make you feel like you’ve entered another planet!
First of all, I’m going to ahead and admit that this is a tourist trap. But it’s one of those tourist traps that you absolutely must visit when travelling in Tokyo.
From the moment that you enter the Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku Tokyo, your senses will be overloaded. Imagine a high energy Japanese styled cultural dance mixed with actors dressed as monsters and Robots thrown in. Yuup hard to picture right!? But you can experience it all here.
TIP: This show sells out very quickly, so be sure to prebook your tickets to the robot show in advance here
⤘ Dinner In Shinjuku Tokyo
Although the Robot Restaurant has restaurant in the name, it is not a restaurant. The most you will get offered is finger food that may not of the best quality. So be sure to catch some dinner in Shinjuku before ending your first day of 4 days in Tokyo!
After you’ve experienced one of the many restaurants in Shinjuku, be sure to walk around and experience the wider area. As there are lots of things to do in Shinjuku at night.
Things to do in Shinjuku at night,
- Shinjuku Wald 9 Cinema: This cinema shows both big blockbuster Hollywood films and Japanese films with English subtitles beyond midnight! If you would rather kick back for the day, but not quite go home yet, this is the best option for you.
- Omoide Yokocho: This is a small and quaint alley commonly known as “P*ss Alley”, that’s filled with over sixty small restaurants on either side. It is so small that only 2 people can walk side by side at a time. This alley will take you down memory lane (after all it’s what Omoide Yokocho literally means), as this alley was used by black market traders and street vendors after the war. Today it still holds a lot of nostalgia through its decor and layout.
- Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office Observation Deck: The observation deck here will give you a free view of the surrounding area in Tokyo, without having to spend a yen.
TIP: Be prepared for your experience with Shinjuku station as it’s the busiest station in the world with over 2 million passengers passing through every day!
⤘ Night Tours In Tokyo
Day 2 Of 4 Days In Tokyo
On day 2 of the 4 days in Tokyo itinerary, we are heading to Odaiba. A man-made island in Tokyo bay. Odaiba has many things to offer, including museums, an indoor theme park, an onsen theme park, a Ferris wheel, a beach, and more!
Today this itinerary will be taking us to the must-see attractions in Odaiba Tokyo, but feel free to explore the other sights if you want to.
⤘ Breakfast At Eggs ‘n Things
Address: Japan, 〒135-0091 Tokyo, Minato City, Daiba, 1 Chome−7−1, AQUA CITY ODAIBA, 3F
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 9pm
The majority of the attractions in Odaiba open after 10 am. So this morning you can choose to have breakfast close to your hotel or Airbnb or head to Eggs ‘n Things in Odaiba for a spot of breakfast with a view.
As the name suggest, here you can enjoy omelettes, eggs beneditcs, pancakes, waffles and more.
TIP: Be sure to lookout for the Odaiba Statue of Liberty Replica!
⤘ National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
Address: 2 Chome-3-6 Aomi, Koto City, Tokyo 135-0064, Japan
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm
For the first official stop of our second day in Tokyo, we are heading to the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. In a technologically advanced city like Tokyo, a trip to the science museum is an absolute must.
Here you’ll be able to see a giant replica of planet Earth, experienced the domed theatre, and interact with some of the best robots around. Not to mention that there are also many exhibitions on show throughout the year. If anyone has an interest in Artificial Intelligence, then they absolutely must visit this museum.
TIP: Be sure to check the calendar to ensure that you time your visit with the exhibitions available.
⤘ Lunch In Odaiba
Before heading to the next attraction, be sure to catch some lunch so that you can fully enjoy the attraction without getting hangry. There are many restaurants and Café’s dotted around, so take your pick and go for it.
Address: 1 Chome-1-10 Aomi, Koto City, Tokyo 135-0064, Japan
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 11am – 11pm
For the Muslim travellers visiting Odaiba, you’ll be glad to know that Sojiba is a soba noodle shop that is also Halal! Sojibo is located in the Divercity Tokyo Plaza, and here you can enjoy hot and cold soba noodle dishes, chicken and beef curries, tempuras, and more.
TIP: Their menu is written in English, so you won’t have a hard to pick what you want to eat. This is especially helpful for those with allergies.
⤘ Mori Building Digital Art Museum: teamLab Borderless
Address: Japan, 〒135-0064 Tokyo, Koto City, Aomi, 1 Chome−3−8 お台場パレットタウン
Opening Hours: Weekdays 11am – 5pm and Weekends 10am – 5pm
For the first activity of the afternoon, we are heading to the Mori Building Digital Art Museum to see the teamLab Borderless installations. Although you may see most people advise you to come here first thing in the morning, well guess what? everyone else got that memo.
During my visit, I ended up queuing for around 2 hours bright and early in the morning and was gutted to find that there was no queue after lunch. So on this 4 days in Tokyo itinerary, I’m suggesting that you visit the museum after lunch.
teamLab Borderless is one of the most unique and Instagram worthy experiences that you will have during your 4 days in Tokyo. If you haven’t come across it before let me introduce you to an immersive world filled with colourful futuristic digital art installations that you can actually interact with!
The objective of the group of artworks on display here is to come together and form one borderless world. And that’s exactly what you’ll find here. As you enter a room, you’ll see art flowing from floor to ceiling, melting off the wall and blending into other rooms to create one seamless world.
And if that wasn’t enough, you’ll even have a chance to get your artwork displayed on the walls of the museum, there and then.
⤘ Daikanransha Ferris Wheel
Address: 1 Chome-3-10 Aomi, Koto City, Tokyo 135-0064, Japan
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 11am – 7:40pm
After a day spent walking around Odaiba island in Tokyo, you can now take a seat and experience panoramic views of Odaiba, Rainbow Bridge, and the wider Tokyo Bay area. On a good day, you can even see Mount Fuji from here.
TIP: If visiting during the summer, please note that it can get very hot in the gondola. So you may want to return here later in the day.
⤘ Stroll Through Megaweb Toyota City Showcase
Address: 1 Chome-3-12 Aomi, Koto City, Tokyo 135-0064, Japan
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 11am – 7pm
After a ride on the Ferris wheel, be sure to take a stroll through the Megaweb Toyota City Showcase museum. After all, it’s right next to the Ferris wheel outside the teamLab Borderless museum. Here you’ll find a museum/showroom showcasing some of the best Toyota vehicles, concept cars, driverless AI-controlled simulator experiences, and more.
Even those who are not a car enthusiast can appreciate the cars on display here, I mean after all it’s a free experience!
⤘ Odaiba Ōedo-Onsen Monogatari
Address: 2 Chome-6-3 Aomi, Koto City, Tokyo 135-0064, Japan
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 11am – 9am (Your ticket gives you admission until 9am the following morning)
This evening we are ending our second day of our 4 days in Tokyo itinerary at the Odaiba Ōedo-Onsen, an onsen theme park. As you enter, you are greeted by the receptionist who will issue you with a wristband in exchange for the admission fee. This wristband will allow you to go cashless inside, and use it as a key for your locker in each area.
In addition to your wristband, you will also have the option to choose your own yukata to wear throughout the onsen complex. And rightly so, as the moment you enter beyond the receptionist hall, you’ll feel like you’ve travelled back in time and your modern-day clothing will be well out of place.
From everyone dressed in yukatas to the decor in the main dining and gaming hall being in line with the Edo period, you really won’t feel like you are in 21st Century Tokyo anymore. In addition to all of the fun, there are lots of indoor and outdoor onsens to enjoy here.
Apart from the mixed gender onsen in the footbath garden, there are lots of various onsen baths available in the separate men and women areas. This includes my favourite, the outdoor open air rock baths in the Edo garden.
How To Experience The Onsen Baths
Once you enter the single sex onsen area, i.e. the main onsen area, you are provided with a locker and two towels. The larger one is to be kept in the locker to dry off at the end of your session and the smaller one is to be taken with you to wipe off any sweat from your face and to use as a facial washcloth.
Do note that the baths are intended to be enjoyed in the nude and everyone will be doing so. You may use your towel to cover up your modesty in between baths, but you’re not allowed to dip the towels into any of the baths for hygienic purposes. And yes, swimsuits, shorts, or any other item of clothing are not allowed in the baths either. Though from my experience I had each bath to myself, so at no point did I feel uncomfortable, nor did anyone “look” at me.
TIP: If you have any tattoos be sure to cover them up before entering. As tattoos are not allowed anywhere on the premises.
And if you’re after more comfort, there are massages and other spa services available on site. And if you want to sleep the night away you can safely do so in the relaxation rooms, which are filled with endless rows of the comfiest leather loungers. They even have a female-only lounge room which is perfect for solo female travellers to safely relax in. I dare you to not fall asleep in them!
TIP: Regardless of what time you leave, be sure to catch the shuttle which will safely get you to the train station. Though, we are heading very close to Odaiba tomorrow, so you may want to spend the night here. After all, you’re already paying for it.
Day 3 Of 4 Days In Tokyo
Address: １−１３ Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba 279-0031, Japan
On the third day of our 4 days in Tokyo itinerary, we are tapping into our inner child and heading to DisneySea for a day of true Disney fun.
Here you’ll get to enjoy many parts of the park with each area offering a different theme and centred around a volcano instead of the traditional castle. There are a lot of things to do here at DisneySea, so my top tip would be to make a list of your must-see attractions, and coordinate it with the queuing times on the day of your visit.
You can check the real-time queuing times for each attraction here. Read on to see some of my favourite must visit attractions below.
⤘ Tower Of Terror
Tower of Terror is one of those attractions that you won’t forget anytime soon. Even if you’re a horror house thrill-seeking pro.
The experience is set in 1912 New York where the tower is named after the mysterious disappearance of its owner in 1899. Once you enter the tower you’ll board an elevator and take a seat that’s headed to the penthouse. What happens next, I’ll leave it up to you to find out!
TIP: if you were hoping for panoramic views of DisneySea, be rest assured that you’ll get it.. ish!
⤘ Toy Story Mania!
Your trip to DisneySea in Tokyo, will not be complete without a visit (or two) to the Toy Story Mania!. I’m not someone who has ever been that much into Toy Story, and when I saw the queues for the attraction I even wrote it off my must-visit list.
Then the unexpected happened. The queue died down, I joined it, and I was wowed! I finally got the hype and I would have absolutely kicked myself if I had missed out on this. Everyone walked out of here saying how much fun it was, so I’m highly recommending that you add this to your list.
But enough of my experience, you’re probably wondering what to expect once you’ve walked through Woody’s wide open mount? Well, the experience here will make you believe that you’ve shrunk down to the size of one of Andy’s toys, as you board a tram and play endless carnival games under Andy’s bed.
There’s lots of carnival fun awaiting you here.
⤘ Journey To The Center Of The Earth
If you love the film as I did, then you absolutely must visit the Journey To The Center Of The Earth attraction. When you enter, you’ll be guided to board a subterranean vehicle, just like you see in the movies. And once it gets going, it really gets going! I really don’t know how I didn’t fall out of this thing, but I promise you, you will be screaming and laughing the whole way.
Be sure to actually look around and enjoy the lifelike scenery though, as the artwork, and installations here will actually make you believe like you are making new discoveries for the first time.
⤘ Aladdin Arabian Coast
Okay yes, I know I’m cheating a little here, The Arabian Coast isn’t an attraction per se, but it is home to many other attractions all following the theme of Aladdin! This area right here was initially the entire reason for my trip to DisneySea, and it did not let down.
The decor and ambiance in this area will make you feel like you have stepped onto the set of Aladdin with its intricate designs. If anyone is a fan I would highly recommend taking a stroll through here and enjoying the attractions.
Whilst I did enjoy The Magic Lamp Theatre experience, I felt like the Arabian coast area could have more ‘grown up’ rides. So be sure to adjust your expectations accordingly.
⤘ Eating At Tokyo DisneySea
There are lots of restaurants, cafés, and roadside snack vendors available throughout the park, so you will not go hungry. For the Muslim travellers abiding by a Halal diet, unfortunately, there aren’t any Halal eateries here. But you will find lots of seafood and some vegetarian options here.
If you are looking for a snack to keep you company when you are in between rides, I would highly recommend the Mickey-shaped cinnamon Churros or caramel popcorn on sale around the park. If you want to be more adventurous, be sure to look out for the Black Pepper and Matcha White Chocolate flavoured popcorns.
You can get your popcorn map here.
⤘ Things To Do After Tokyo DisneySea
After a day spent at Tokyo DisneySea, you may be wondering what is there to do this evening? That is if you have enough energy left. If you don’t, I would highly recommend that you head home to rest for the evening as tomorrow will be another jam packed day of exploring in Tokyo.
If you want to relax but not quite ready to head home yet, then why not head back to Odaiba Ōedo-Onsen. It is very close to Tokyo DisneySea and Tokyo Disneyland, so it’s the perfect place to relax after a day of serious fun.
However, if you’re ready for more, then read on below for inspiration.
Day 4 Of 4 Days In Tokyo
On the last day of our 4 days in Tokyo itinerary, we are going to spend the day exploring some of the best things that Tokyo has to offer. This includes Tokyo Tower, Imperial Palace, Shibuya, and Harajuku for some typical Tokyo sights and last minute shopping.
⤘ Tokyo Tower
Address: 4 Chome-2-8 Shibakoen, Minato City, Tokyo 105-0011, Japan
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 10:30am – 8pm
After a lazy morning lie-in and breakfast, we are heading to Tokyo Tower, the Eiffel Tower of Japan. Although the Tokyo Skytree has exceeded in height, Tokyo Tower is still a must-visit for that classic Asian Eiffel Tower feeling.
When you arrive at the Tokyo Tower, you’ll be able to purchase your ticket from the 1st floor. From here, you’ll be able to take the elevator up to the Foot Town R floor, which holds the entrance to the outer stairs to the main deck. Yes, you read that right. From here you’ll be able to walk in the skies above Tokyo on your way to the Main Deck standing at 150 meters above the ground.
If you want to go even further, then be sure to head up to the Top Deck Observatory standing at 250 meters above the ground.
Did I mention that there are lots on offer on each floor below in the Foot Town floors.
- Floor 2F: Filled with restaurants and souvenir shops
- Floor 3F: There are sports massages, Table Tennis and other exhibition on offer here, There’s also a breastfeeding room available here for mothers that may require it
⤘ Imperial Palace
Address: 1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 100-8111, Japan
Tour Times: Tuesday – Saturday 9 – 11:15am and 1:30 – 2:45pm
Next up on the itinerary for our last day in Tokyo, we are heading to our first palace on this itinerary, The Imperial Palace. Located in the heart of Tokyo and surrounded by a moat, you’ll find the Imperial castle standing proud.
The palace was built in 1868 and contains the Imperial Residence and Imperial Palace complex, where the current reigning emperor, His Majesty Naruhito, undertakes his official duties since the start of his reign on 1st May 2019.
TIP: Be sure to check if there are any official visits on that you may wish to time your visit with. I had left Japan on 30/04/2019 only to realise that the coronation was happening the day after!
Though when visiting on an average day, be sure to time your visit with the free second tour at 1:30 – 2:45pm, so that you can see more of the palace than what you would on your own. Be sure to arrive early though as there are only 300 visitors accepted on the day without prior registration.
If you want to guarantee your spot, be sure to prebook your space like with most places in Japan.
Address: Shibuya City, Tokyo, Japan
On the last afternoon of our 4 days in Tokyo itinerary, we are heading to Shibuya for some last minute sightseeing, lunch, and shopping. There are lots of shopping malls here with affordable everyday stores, and souvenirs and snacks to take home. So be sure to read on below for my recommendations.
Lunch in Shibuya
If you didn’t get a chance to have some lunch before your imperial palace tour, then this is your chance. After all, you want to make sure that you’re fully replenished before all the shopping you are about to do.
- ケバブカフェ KEBAB CAFE: This is a Halal restaurant serving Turkish cuisines such as a Donner Kebab and Chicken shish.
- Gyumon: Is a Halal Yakiniku restaurant allowing you to have some traditional chicken or beef BBQ in the heart of Tokyo.
- Katsumidori Seibu Shibuya: For a conveyor belt style sushi restaurant experience in Tokyo
Shibuya Crossing And Hachikō Memorial Statue
In terms of attractions, there are two main things to do in Shibuya, with the first being Shibuya crossing.
If you’re not familiar with the Shibuya crossing, this is one of the most hectic crossings in the world. The best way to enjoy the madness is to stand back and watch as the traffic lights turn red, and you’ll see an army of people all crossing at once from every direction.
And when I say an army, I’m not joking. There could be at least 3,000 people crossing here at once! If you want to capture this phenomenon as you cross the crossing, then be sure to take a video whilst you walk, rather than stopping for photos. As you’ll find it can get very chaotic very quickly, and you may not even realise when the traffic lights have changed.
The second point of interest is the Hachikō Memorial Statue. Luckily for you, it’s located right outside the station and is a perfect place to watch the mayhem from. Hachiko is the famous Akita dog that became popular and deeply beloved by all for his loyalty to his owner, Hidesaburo Ueno.
Every day when Ueno would return from work, he would find Hachiko waiting for him outside Shibuya station. Hachiko and Ueno maintained this routine every day until Ueno passed away at work and Hachiko was left to greet no one. However, Hachiko remained determined to meet his owner, so he kept coming here every day for the next nine years, nine months, and 15 days until he passed away.
Today you will find a bronze statue in memory of Hachiko waiting for you here outside of Shibuya station, which has now become a popular meeting point for all.
Shopping In Shibuya
When you step out of Shibuya station you can easily become overwhelmed by all that’s going on around you. From the endless tall buildings all around you to the large digital billboards, it may be hard to figure out where to go first. So below are some of my favourite recommendations. These will help you to get everything that you need on the last day of your 4 days in Tokyo.
- Shibuya 109: This is a large shopping centre that’s filled with endless boutiques offering clothes that’s in line with the latest Japanese pop fashion trends. For the K-beauty fans, you’ll be pleased. At Shibuya 109 you can even find popular Korean beauty brands such as Etude House and Innisfree. It’s no wonder that this is the ‘it’ place to shop in Shibuya.
- SHIBUYA TSUTAYA: Shibuya Tsutaya is a popular bookshop that is very close to Shibuya 109. Here you can find manga books, video games, films, CDs and more. If there’s anything that you forgot to pick up when you were in Akihabara, well here’s your chance to find it again.
- MEGA Don Quijote Shibuya: Don Quijote is an absolute must-visit to pick up anything that you want to take back home. From every Kit Kat flavour under the rainbow to, shampoos, Japanese sunscreens and anything else that you can imagine, you will find it here.
- Shibuya Loft: Shibuya Loft is a general department store, where you’ll find lots of more things to take home. From traditional Japanese fans and lanterns to calendars, notebooks, novelty gifts, sweets, skincare, plushies and more, you’ll definitely find everything that you need here. Picture this as the more grown-up and classy big sister to Don Quijote.
TIP: There’s also a very large Uniqlo in the area if you want to visit one in Tokyo!
By now you’re probably all shopped out and ready for a break. So why not head to our next location for some shopping and sights!
Last but not least on the last evening of our 4 days in Tokyo, we are heading to Harajuku. The eclectic, colourful, and quirky part of Tokyo with lots of fun food to try out.
TIP: Be sure to head to Harajuku by 6pm at the very latest. This will ensure that you have enough time to visit all the points of interest before they close.
Must Visit Stores In Harajuku
- MEDICOM TOY PLUS: This is a must visit for anyone that’s into the Medicom Toy dolls. Even if you aren’t already a collector, you may just be tempted to become one! You’ll see the figurines all beautifully lined up in their displays like it’s a piece of art displayed in a museum. However, if those prices are too expensive for you, don’t worry you won’t have to leave empty-handed as there’s lots of other merchandise on offer.
- Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 11 am – 9 pm and on Sundays 11 am – 8 pm
- Kiddy Land: Kiddy Land is literally what the name says. It’s a land designed for kids (and big kids) alike that’s filled with Japanese and American toys on its 4 large floors. Imagine this as the Japanese version of Hamleys in London.
- Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 11 am – 7 pm
- Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku: I’ll get it if you don’t want to step into another shopping centre after all the shopping in Shibuya, but the entrance alone here is worth a visit. Even if you only pass by for a mandatory photo opportunity. However, the top floor here has a Starbucks with fantastic surrounding areas if you want to escape the hustle and bustle for a moment.
- Opening hours: Monday – Sunday 11 am – 8 pm
- Laforet Harajuku: Laforet is one the most popular shopping malls in Harajuku. Here you’ll find lots of cute clothing including Lolita dresses and traditional Japanese Kimonos to take back home.
- Opening hours: Monday – Sunday 11 am – 8 pm
- Sailor Moon store: This is exactly what you would picture when you think of a sailor Moon Store. It’s a pink shop offering you every possible Sailor Moon merchandise that you could possibly want.
- Opening hours: Monday – Sunday 11 am – 9 pm
- Daiso Harajuku: You can’t visit Japan without visiting Daiso. If you feel like you still haven’t got enough things to take back home, you’ll find the remainder here. From houseware to stationery and decorations you’ll find the last bits here.
- Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 9:30 am – 9 pm
Must Eat Places In Harajuku
There are lots of cute and Instagram worthy places to eat at in Harajuku, that will satisfy both the sweet and savoury fans. Here you’ll find snacks that you can take back home, and others that you will want to demolish on the spot.
- CANDY A GO GO!: Come here for candy!
- Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 10 am – 8 pm
- ZAKUZAKU: Come here for pastries!
- Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 10 am – 8 pm
- Marion Crepes: Come here for the famous crepes!
- Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 10 am – 8 pm
If you are looking for a heartier meal however then you’ll be spoilt for choice with all of the cafes and Kebab shops around.
- アンテプ ケバブ
- Address: 3 Chome-22-4 Jingumae, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
- Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10:30 am – 8: 30 pm
- This is a Halal Kebab restaurant close to the main Takeshita street in Harajuku, which is perfect for the Muslim travellers visiting Harajuku in Tokyo.
The Veiled Explorer Takeaway
And there we have it, we have come to the end of our 4 days in Tokyo itinerary. What did you think of it, is there anything that you are excited to see? Be sure to leave me a comment down below to let me know your thoughts or if you have any questions.
I had a fantastic time living out this itinerary when I was in Tokyo, and I think you will too. And now that you know the main areas that we will be visiting, you can also now decide on which area to stay in. If you want to be near the main sights then I would highly recommend staying in either Shinjuku, Shibuya, or Asakusa.