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West Central Tokyo, such as Shinjuku, Shibuya, Harajuku are all places developed after WWII. Many people coming to Tokyo after WWII seltled in the west-side of Tokyo and Shinjuku has developed as the shopping, drinking and entertainment spot and the west transportation hub of Tokyo. Shibuya has developed as a shopping spot for college students, and Harajuku for teenagers.
1. Shibuya: 2 hours
Take JR Yamanote Line and exit the JR Shibuya station from its Hachiko Exit and see at first the bronze Hachiko statue(#58 spot) of the faithful dog “Hachiko” which waited his master everyday for 9 years there after his master past away in 1925. The story which then become famous in Japan because the Imperial Japan Government wished people to be faithful, but has recently become famous even among Westerners after a Hollywood movie, "Hachi: A Dog's Tale", was released in August 2009, starring actor Richard Gere, directed by Lasse Hallström. Then, watch the world famous Scramble Crossing of Shibuya(#18 spot in Tokyo among TA) and the Center Gai (alley; #86 spot). Young ladies love shopping at reknown 109 building, Tokyu Hands, Parco, or Hikarie buildings, etc.
2. Harajuku / Meiji Shrine: 3 hours
Walk or take JR Yamanote Line from Shibuya to Harajuku (just one stop). First, walk to the west over the bridge over the JR Yamanote Line and enter Meiji Jingu(Shrine), the largest Shrine in Tokyo(#2 spot in Tokyo among TA) enshrining Emperor Meiji who led the modernization of Japan in 19th century. Then, come back and walk further west to enter the Yoyogi Park(#26 spot), the largest park in Tokyo. Then, come back to the station and walk the famous Takeshita Dori (street; #42 spot), the center of teenage cultute in Japan, and enjoy the contrasting hustle and bustle there, eating famous crepes of Harajuku. Don’t forget to visit the famous 100 yen shop, “Daiso”, in the middle of the street which is very popular to foreigners: actually,
first learned this shop in a TV program introducing a british lady and her mother who now come to Japan every year to shop a lot in this 5 story shop. Recently,
visited there with
American friend and he was happy, too. Then, after Takeshita street, turn right and go to the Omotesando street. Consider visiting a popular Nezu Museum(#15 spot). Then, go to subway Meiji Jingu (Shrine) station and take subway Fukutoshin Line to Shinjuku Sanchome.
3. Shinjuku: 3 hours
From Shinjuku Sanchome, walk the main Shinjuku street Eastward toward Shinjuku Gyoen Park(the most(#1) popular spot among TA in Tokyo). Then go to Kabukicho area. If you are interested in go to Robot restaurant in Kabukicho for entertainment. Walk west to the Shinjuku station. If you are interested in the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Free Observatory(#6 spot), then go to the west side of the station and walk 5 min west underground and then another 3 min and the building is on the left side. Then, come back to the station and visit Omoideyokocho (Nostalgic Alley; #76 spot), which was built just after WWII but is now popular among foreign visitors, for dinner.
Day 2: Eastern Central Tokyo.
Eastern Central Tokyo is called Shitamachi (the Old Downtown) of Tokyo, which was developed in Edo era in 16-19th Century. In Asakusa, there has been Sensoji Temple, the most famous Temple in Tokyo, and the Tokyo Sky Tree, a new landmark of Tokyo, was created and opened in 2012 as the tallest tower in the World. Ueno is famous for many museums including Tokyo National Museum, the Ueno Park and Ameyoko Market Street. Edo-Tokyo Museum, which shows the development of Tokyo from Edo (Tokyo in Edo period, 1600-1860) to post WWII modern Tokyo is a museum popular to foreigners and close to the Sumo Wrestring Theater in Ryogoku.
1. Asakusa: 3 hours
If you haven’t been to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Free Observatory in Shinjuku and if it’s a weekday, then go to Tokyo Sky Tree or Oshiage stations by subway and visit Tokyo Sky Tree Observatory(#11 spot in Tokyo among TA), currently the tallest tower in the world. If it’s on weekend, it’s much crowded, so don’t go there. Then, take Tobu Railway Line to Asakusa(#3 spot in Tokyo among TA) and visit the famous Senso-ji Temple(#4 spot). Then,
recommend to go to a popular restaurant Kikko for lunch, where you can also enjoy Japanese traditional meal (2,700 yen) and free music played by Shamisen (a traditional guiter-like instrument). This time
friend and he was very happy, too.
Then, take subway Ginza Line to Ueno.
2. Ueno: 3 hours
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3019.html Go to Ueno Park(#8 spot in Tokyo among TA). Go to Ameyoko market street for shopping. There are many museums in this area, including Tokyo National Museum. Take JR Yamanote Line to Akihabara and transfer to JR Chuo Line (Yellow Train) to Ryogoku.
3. Ryogoku. 1 hours
Visit Edo-Tokyo Museum(#9 spot in Tokyo among TA) which shows development of Tokyo from Edo (Tokyo in Edo period, 1600-1860) to post WWII modern Tokyo. The Sumo Wrestring Theater is also in Ryogoku.
Day 3: Waterfront Tokyo and Akihabara.
Waterfront Tokyo have been developed since 1980's, and Odaiba was renovated as a futuristic artificially made island for shopping, entertainment, reluxing, etc. Akihabara(#22 spot) has been a town for shopping electronics, but now it’s popular for Manga lovers, and there are many interesting things such as Maid Cafes, etc.
1. Odaiba: 4 hours
Take JR Yamanote Line or subway Ginza line to Shinbashi and then take Yurikamome no-man monorail to Daiba (seaside park). Odaiba(#12 spot) literally means a cannon base, which was constructed by the Shogun of Tokugawa in the late 19th century, after the
fleet of Admiral Perry came asking to open the country for trade. The cannons set there have never been used, and the rule by Shogun and Samurai ended and by the Emperor Meiji restored. Then, in 1980’s, Odaiba was renovated as a futuristic artificially made island for shopping, entertainment, reluxing, etc. At first, visit the Statue of Liberty in Odaiba where you can see the nice view of the Rainbow Bridge(#35 spot). Then, go to Acuacity Odaiba biuilding(#120 spot). Then, to the next building, Decks Tokyo Beach, and explore shops, restaurants and indoor theme parks such as Joypolis, Legoland and the Trick Art Museum. Then, from Decks, head south to Palette Town and take in the attractions such as the Venus Fort shopping mall and Toyota Mega Web. Then, go to National Museum of Emerging Science(#78 spot), if you are interested in emerging science, and Oedo Onsen Monogatari, if you are interested in this Onsen theme park. Then, come back to DiverCity Tokyo Plaza(#81 spot) and the Gundam statue in front. Then, from Daiba station take Yurikamome Line and come back to Shinbashi and transfer to JR Yamanote Line to Akihabara.
2. Akihabara: 2 hours
Akihabara(#22 spot) has been a town for shopping electronics, but now it’s popular for Manga lovers, and there are many interesting things such as Maid Cafes, etc.