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#1  2012-07-12, 00:36:29
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This is a five day tour of Tokyo covering central Tokyo and surrounds including Mt Fuji.

Day 1: Self Guided Tour of Shibuya
Shibuya is the trendy and fashionable shopping district of Tokyo. Ideally this tour should be on a Sunday as this is when you can see the best of the Harajuku fashion, which normally appears in the afternoon. You can continue to explore the shops, restaurants and cafes into the evening.

In the morning start you exploration of Shibuya from Shibuya Station and work your walk towards Harajuku. There are many major shopping centre buildings and department stores around the Shibuya Station area. Use our Shibuya Map to help plan your walk. Some of the key highlights not to miss are:
Shibuya 109 Building, Omotesando and Takeshita-Dori, Meiji Jingu shrine and the Harajuku fashion (mainly weekends, particularly Sunday afternoon) on the bridge across to Meiji Jingu shrine.

Meiji Jingu shrine is a popular and picturesque Japanese Shinto shrine set in a forest of 120,000 evergreen trees which block out the noise of the city. If you are lucky you may see a traditional Japanese wedding, but you should at least see some of the Shrine maiden walking through the shrine complex.

Day 2: - Mt Fuji and Hakone Day Tour
Mt Fuji
is very difficult to access via public transport and while there are locations such as Hakone that can be accessed easily via public transport the views of Mt Fuji will still be quite distant. The best option is take an organised tour such as Mt Fuji and Hakone Day Tour from Tokyo: Return By Bullet Train.

On this tour you'll enjoy lunch on Mt Fuji, cruise Lake Ashi and ride the aerial cableway at Mount Komagatake for sweeping views of the celebrated Hakone National Park. You will need to book this tour at least four days in advance.

Day 3: Self Guided Day Tour - Ueno Park
If you are in Tokyo in Cherry Blossom season (end of March through early April) then you will be delighted to visit Ueno Park. In other seasons it is still worth visiting, but you may choose to spend less time there. Ueno Park includes the following attractions:

Toshogu Shrine
Toshogu Shrine was built in 1617 is considered to be valuable for its historical architecture, Grand Oishi Torii Gate and bronze garden lanterns. It is open every day of the year.

Bentendo Hall Temple
Bentendo Hall Temple is a Benzaiten Temple on an island in the the middle of Shinobazu Pond.

Tokyo National Museum
National Museum of Western Art
Tokyo National Science Museum

In the evening you can stay on to enjoy the party atmosphere or head back to the bright lights and night life of Shinjuku or Roppongi.

Day 4: Nikko World Heritage Day Tour
This is an organised day tour to Nikko World Heritage, Toshogu Shrine, Lake Chuzenji, and Kegon Waterfall.

Day 5 Shinjuku, Ginza and Akihabara
This self guided day tour takes in some of the key modern parts of central Tokyo.

First thing in the morning go to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building which is the best observation deck in Tokyo. Going early in the morning gives you the best chance of seeing things in the distance including Mt Fuji. If you are staying in Shinjuku it may be easiest to walk to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, otherwise the closest station is normally Shinjuku Station.

If you have been staying in Shinjuku you may have already seen many of the highlights of Shinjuku, otherwise in Cherry Blossom season or if you like gardens head to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden via train. Get on at Shinjuku Station (Chuo Main Line) and get off at Sendagaya Station. While Shinjuku Gyoen may look close to Shinjuku Station, there are no entrances on that side and it will take a some time to walk around to the entrance. I would allow a minimum of one hour to walk around the key parts of the garden, but you could easily spend many more hours. It just depends on what your really want to get done in the day.

If you depart via the Shinjuku Gyoenmae Station (northern) side, then it is easy to take the train from there via the Marunouchi Line to Ginza. The key highlights of Ginza are all the buildings and shops along the two main intersecting streets, Chuo-dori and Harumi-dori. To walk the main parts of these streets would require around 60 to 90 minutes on foot. Allow more time then if you want to go into any of the stores or galleries; see Ginza Shopping for more details. Those who are particularly interested in fashion style shopping may prefer to finish their day in Ginza and then return to their hotel.

When you have finished in Ginza take the Ginza Line (subway) to Suehirocho Station which is located in Akihabara. There are two key aspects to Akihabara; high technology shopping and maid cafe (also called maido cafe). I suggest you read our Akihabara shopping to guide you on what is worth buying in Japan. If you walk around to Akihabara Station you will find several maid's standing there promoting their cafe. Pick up some of their flyers and go to the one(s) you like the best. This is a really fun part of modern Japanese culture.

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