Shortcut Travel Guide to Tokyo [+Infographic]

shortcut travel guide to Tokyo Tokyo is one of the most vibrant cities I’ve ever been to. There is so much going on at all times of the day and night. It can be chaotic and crazy, but fun and exciting all at the same time.

There are so many great restaurants and izakayas to try, and the food is more varied and exciting in Japan than almost anywhere else in the world.

Visiting Tokyo is something everyone should do at least once, but planning for the trip can be very overwhelming, due to the language barrier and the sheer amount of things to do. You have to sift through so many things to find the gems and the must-dos.
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Planning a Tokyo Trip

If you’re thinking about a trip to Tokyo, check out our one-stop travel guide to Tokyo for the best places to stay, things to do, and places to eat and drink. We aim to make your planning a little bit easier!

β˜… Want to dig deeper into Japan? Check out our other Japan guides:
8 Best Day Trips from Tokyo   |   7-day Japan itinerary   |   2-week Japan itinerary

Guided Tour of Japan

The language barrier in Japan can be quite daunting. Guided tours are a great way to experience a country you’re not completely comfortable in. If you think you’d feel more comfortable in the hands of an experienced guide, you might want to check out one of the tours operated by Japan and More.

For more information, visit the Japan and More’s website. You’ll get $100 off the cost of your tour by using our coupon code.

Use coupon code: SAJN for $100 off

Where to Stay in Tokyo

We found that staying in Shinagawa was a fantastic location. We did stay in other locations throughout the city, but none of them was as convenience as Shinagawa. It’s on the JR Yamanote line that circles the city, and is the easiest way to get around.

We recommend the Intercontinental The Strings Tokyo Hotel. It’s a large hotel with nice rooms. And it couldn’t be in a better location. They have everything you could need there and it’s really convenient. (Read reviews on Trip Advisor or click here to book your stay.)

An alternative at half the price is the Shinagawa Prince Hotel (Read reviews on Trip Advisor.)

For more hotel options, see our full Tokyo hotel guide or check for other hotels in Tokyo.

Where to Eat in Tokyo

There are so many many many restaurants in Tokyo that it’s nearly impossible to even scratch the surface when you’re visiting. Just keep in mind that there are all types of food to enjoy, so you’ll want to keep an open mind about trying things you may not like the looks of.

We recommend:

What to Do in Tokyo

We have a great 3-day Tokyo itinerary for food lovers that we highly recommend. It gives you where to eat and drink as well as what to do in Tokyo.

Want to plan ahead and book some of the activities in our guide so you’re ready to hit the ground running when you get to Tokyo? You can use the links below to pre-book activities on Viator. Save time and money! (Disclaimer: these are affiliate links from which I will make a small commission)

  • Tokyo Bar Hopping Food Tour by Magical Trip – BOOK HERE
  • Tokyo Day Tour: Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Temple and Tokyo Bay Cruise – BOOK HERE
  • 1-Day Tokyo Bus Tour – BOOK HERE
  • Tokyo Tower, Tea Ceremony and Sumida River Cruise Day Tour – BOOK HERE
  • Tsukiji Market Visit with Sushi Making Experience – BOOK HERE

Check out this quick guide for other great things to do in Tokyo.

Travel Guide to Tokyo

Tokyo Travel Guide
Tokyo Travel Guide


There’s so much to see in Tokyo. Be sure to print this travel guide to Tokyo and take it with you so you don’t miss out on any of the top things to do or places to eat in Tokyo.

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Shortcut Travel Guide to Tokyo [+Infographic]

12 thoughts on “Shortcut Travel Guide to Tokyo [+Infographic]

  1. Megan Indoe says:

    This infographic is awesome! I wish we had it when we were in Tokyo! I felt like we missed so much, we were only there a few days but had some complications with our place we were staying and it ate in alot of our site seeing time! I guess we have to go back, I will totally refer to this when we do!

    • Laura Lynch says:

      Thanks Megan. I appreciate that. I think many many trips to Tokyo are necessary to see it all πŸ˜‰

  2. Pat @ ETA Australia says:

    I love the idea of this infographic guide, it saves a lot of time on reading. Thanks for sharing, Tokyo is such a beautiful place to visit.

  3. Ryan Biddulph says:

    Hi Laura,

    Excellent guide πŸ™‚ I have not been to Toyko but would need to work off of a strict guide, with the hustle and bustle in this city. Being in NYC now you get lost in options. Some days we feel tied to the apartment with the 46 billion things to do 5 stories down on the city streets.

    Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚


    • Laura Lynch says:

      Ryan, I agree that it’s good to have a schedule when visiting Tokyo. There are just so many distractions.

  4. Anand.S says:

    Hello Laura, Hope this message finds you in the best of Health, Happiness and Enthusiasm.
    This travel guide is a must-to-read for any newcomers like me planning a Japan Trip. Though there is time for me to travel there (with my wife) but still, an excellent read this, : )

  5. Amanda Tran says:

    Hi Laura,

    We are coming to Japan for first time in July. 3 nights in Tokyo, 2 nights in Hakone, 2 nights in Kyoto then back to Tokyo for 1 night then fly home. Other alternative is doing just one night in Hakone and 3 night in Kyoto? Also if in Hakone where best to stay so can catch train leaving to Kyoto as late as possible. Please give your advice and expertise to this itinerary or feel free to suggest we are open.

    • Laura Lynch says:

      Hi Amanda. I think your plan sounds great. I would personally spend 2 nights in Hakone and 2 in Kyoto, as you were planning, unless you are wanting to see a lot of temples in Kyoto. I think Hakone is great. I assume you’re leaving by train from Odawara. I’m afraid I don’t have any hotel recommendations in that immediate area.

  6. Mary Colleen Conroy says:

    Hi Laura,
    Enjoyed your Tokyo guide. We live near Tokyo Tower. It’s fun to visit the Sumo training centers, Joyopolis and my personal fave, Mori Borderless Lab. Love the Bullet train! Thank you for must-read guide!
    M. Colleen Conroy

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