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Shibuya Crossing (1-2 hrs)

Tokyo Shibuya
Of course you have to watch the famous Shibuya Crossing, which has become one of the landmarks of Tokyo. You will get a great view on the crossing from the second floor of Starbucks coffee.

Best time to go there is obviously when it is really busy, so go there during rush hours. Take a train to Shibuya Station and walk to exit: Hackiko-mae square. From there you will see where to go, just go with the flow.

The name ‘Shibuya’ is also used to refer to the shopping district, which surrounds Shibuya Station. This area is known as one of the fashion centres of Japan.

Tokyo Tower (1-2 hrs)

Tokyo Tower
If you like to see the city from above, you should go to Tokyo Tower, which is the second-tallest artificial structure in Japan. The structure is an Eiffel Tower-inspired lattice tower. At the main observation deck is a bar and it’s great to enjoy the views there during sunset.

The entrance fee is Y820 to go to the main observatory at 150 metres. You need to pay Y600 extra if you want to go to the second deck at 250 metres. The tower is open year round from 9 am to 10 pm.

They have a web page where you can see which options you have for public transportation.

Sky tree radio Tower (1-3 hrs)

Tokyo Skytree
The tallest structure in Japan is Tokyo Skytree near Asakusa. It is a broadcasting, restaurant, and observation tower.

If you want to enjoy the view there, make sure it’s a clear day and be prepared for a long queue. Sometimes it is so busy they can only give you a card, which gives you the opportunity to buy a ticket at a certain time. There is an option to buy a ticket online, but only credit cards issued in Japan are accepted for online reservations.

The entrance fee is Y2000 pp for the observation deck at 350 metres. You need to pay Y1000 extra for the highest deck at 450 meters.

Imperial Palace and Garden (1-2 hrs)

Tokyo Imperial Palace
Unfortunately you can't visit the Imperial Palace. You can only watch it from the outside. The best view on the palace complex is at Nijubashi Bridge. Just follow the signs when you walk there from Tokyo Station and you'll get some great photo opportunities.

But you can watch the remains of Edo Castle and walk through the Imperial Palace Gardens and enjoy the silence in the middle of the bustling city.

Go to Tokyo Station and take Marunouchi North Exit and follow the signs to the palace. The garden is open from 9 am to 3:30 pm. It is closed on Monday and Friday. If Monday is a holiday, the garden is closed on Tuesday. The entrance is free.

Sensoji Temple (1-2 hrs)

Tokyo Sensoji
There are quite a few temples in the city, but Tokyo's oldest Budhist temple, and one of its most significant is Sensoji Temple in the Asakusa district.

You can go there by taking the Subway, Tsukuba Express train, Toei Asakusa Line or Ginza Line to Asakusa Station. The temple is open all day and the entrance is free.

In the street leading to the temple are a lot of shops selling souvenirs and many local sweets and cookies. Also in the surrounding streets are many small shops.

Public Transportation

Tokyo Transportation
Public transportation in Greater Tokyo is dominated by one of the world's most extensive urban rail networks. There are many trains and subways run by a variety of operators, with buses, trams, monorails, and other modes supporting the railway lines.

It’s a bit hard to find out how to use it, but once you know it, you will easily find your way to all major highlights. One of the best apps to use for this is: MetrO.

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Of course you like to speak a few words of the local language onboard the plane or at your destination. Here you find some simple basics of the main language spoken in Tokyo.