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.

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!

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, check these Hotels in Tokyo, Japan.

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.

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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 or GetYourGuide. Save time and money! (Disclaimer:
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  • Tokyo Bar Hopping Food Tour by Magical Trip – BOOK HERE
  • Tokyo Day Tour: Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Temple and Tokyo Bay Cruise – BOOK HERE
  • Tokyo by Night: Japanese Food Tour – BOOK HERE
  • 1-Day Tokyo Bus Tour – BOOK HERE
  • Tokyo Tower, Tea Ceremony and Sumida River Cruise Day Tour – BOOK HERE
  • Tsukiji Fish 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

Shortcut Travel Guide to Tokyo
Shortcut Travel Guide to Tokyo

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Laura Lynch, creator and writer of Savored Journeys, is an avid world traveler, certified wine expert, and international food specialist. She has written about travel and food for over 20 years and has visited 70+ countries.

Shortcut Travel Guide to Tokyo [Infographic]

8 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!

  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 🙂 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 🙂

    Ryan

    • 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, : )

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