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Please critique 15-day Tokyo itinerary

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Please critique 15-day Tokyo itinerary

Please comment on the feasibility of our itinerary. Everything that makes it more efficent or suggestions that can be added in is very much appreciated. I'd like to have a "buffer day" to wrap things up that we might have missed and to be more flexible, but I can't seem to fit it in.

We would like to spend 15 days in Tokyo and surroundings (we will have been to other places beforehand, so no need to suggest trips far away from the city). We'd like to cover as much ground as possible by walking and don't need to allot lots of time for lunch or dinner stops every single day. That said, if you know of any good vegan(-friendly) restaurant (or just good home-style cooking or robatayaki, we'll figure out the rest when we're there) along those routes, please let us know.

We are good walkers but need to factor in more time for taking photos. We like to start our day early, but it seems most places open at 9 a.m. or later. So we'd be grateful for early morning sugestions (shrines? parks?). We might want to buy ema at shrines, so what about the "business hours" of those that are open from early morning?

We're not really into modern art or shopping or high-end restaurant visits, but pop culture, technology, horticulture and (recent) history.

A # indicates that the time slot is fixed (e.g. reservations/appointments).

I know this is a lot, but I'm the only one in charge of planning this trip so I'm a little overwhelmed.

Day 0

arrive 10.30 p.m. at Shinjuku Station

#accommodation near station

Day 1

--train to Ueno Station (either leave luggage at hostel near station or at the station)

Tokyo National Museum

Kaminarimon

Sensoji

  lunch 12:15/13:30 Waentei Kikko OR Fuchabon Bento

Kappabashi

Nakamise dori

Skytree

walk back to hostel (3km)

Day 2

--train to Ikebukuro

find that Owl Police Booth

Bosaikan

Department stores (w/ lunch)

Shopping (Loft, Tokyu Hands, that kind of store)

Amlux

Sunshine City (Namja-Town, J-World - how much time to spend there as anime fans without kids, i.e. not doing those rides etc?)

Day 3

#Business

Day 4

--walk to Ryogoko Station (3.5km)

Edo Tokyo Museum

walk to Akihabara (1.7km)

  lunch near Akihabara Station

Yushima Tenjin

Ameyoko

Shitamachi Museum

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (optional)

Ueno Toshogu Shrine

Nezu Shrine (optional)

  lunch near Ueno Station

Sento (optional)

Day 5

walk to Akihabara station (2.8km)

Anime Centre

Maid Cafe

Shops etc

Chabara

Kanda Myojin

walk back home (2.8km)

Day 6

--train or walk to Tokyo Station (5km)

Tokyo Station (shops)

Tokyu Hands

Nihonbashi

 lunch at Tokyo Station

--train or walk to Iidabashi (3.3km)

Tokyodai Shrine

Yasukuni Shrine

Ichigaya Hachimangu

 dinner at Ninja Akasaka

Day 7

train to Ginza

walk around

Sony Showroom

 lunch at Chaya Macrobiotics or similar

Owl Cafe in Tsukishima (opens at 2 p.m.)

#business in Chiba 6 p.m. (1h train)

Day 8

---train Ueno Station to Shinbashi Station

change accomodation to hotel near Tsukiji

---train to Odaibakaihinkoen Station

Odaiba

Panasonic Centre

Miraikan

Joypolis (again, how much time to spend there w/o kids, just doing some of the "scarier" attractions?)

Port Cruise (ca. 7.p.m)

Day 9

Tsukiji Market (not the auction)

           breakfast outer market, get our luggage

train to

- Sengakuji

- Ebisu Beer Museum

walk to Meguro Station (train, if too much luggage)

#change accommodation to near Meguro Station

Day 10

--train to Mitaka Station

Ghibli Museum

--walk to Kichioji Station

 lunch - DevaDeva Cafe or Hatsune Ramen

Suginami Animation

--walk to Asagaya Station

Asagaya Anime Street

--walk to Nakano Station

Nakano Broadway shopping etc. (when do the shops there close?)

 dinner at Korinbo or Always Laughing or Mone

--home from Nakano Station

Day 11

walk to Shibuya

Hachiko Statue

Harajuku

Yoyogi Park

Meiji Shrine

Evangelion Store

   dinner Alcatraz ER

Day 12

train to Shinjuku

Koreantown

 lunch at Korean restaurant

Metropolitan Government Building

Sword Museum

Shopping/walking

 dinner at OnYasai

walk home

Day 13

---train to appropiate stations in Saitama

Koma Station for Kinchakuda (is this possible? seems very far from the other two, more than 1h)

lunch at Alishan Cafe

Omiya Bonsai

Railway Museum

Day 14

#Yokohama

Ramen Museum

Chinatown

Cup Noodle Museum

Day 15

Kamakura or sth. else (Kamakura is not a must)

Day 16

free time

leave from Narita Airport at 10 p.m.

Edited: 07 April 2014, 11:34
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1. Re: Please critique 15-day Tokyo itinerary

For day 14-15, if you are planning to visit Yokohama and Kamakura, it is easier and cheaper to stay in Yokohama. There is also a limousine bus from Yokohama to Narita Airport.

There are many criss-cross plannings, however, I assume you examined your interests and timing so it is up to you. I just recommend that busy places like Skytree and Ghibli museum, it is good to get advanced tickets.

Good luck!

Edited: 07 April 2014, 12:19
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2. Re: Please critique 15-day Tokyo itinerary

Could you point out where there are "criss cross plannings" in that itinerary? I am aware that the order on some days (e.g. Asakusa) may be off, but it's just a list of the things we want to do that day. I'll consult a map an put things in the correct order. But apart from that, I tried to make sure everything is grouped together geographically - did I fail in that?

Edited: 07 April 2014, 12:22
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3. Re: Please critique 15-day Tokyo itinerary

As you plan to stay long, you have enough space to do criss-cross. The best way to see is using JR map. I would say you can go clockwise or un-clockwise to explore Tokyo. I think in general you should be ok.

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4. Re: Please critique 15-day Tokyo itinerary

Well, I don't want to travel back and forth in a single day, is that what you mean? Also, I've tried to keep travelling time to a limit (i.e. Meguro accommodation as base for Shinjuku, Shibuya; Taito base for Ueno, Tokyo, Ginza...) - where isn't that the case?

Sometimes, closing days are to blame (like Ikebukuro on the 2nd day or the Ginza day because of that appointment.

Please point out anything that might seem out of order.

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5. Re: Please critique 15-day Tokyo itinerary

Such as that Day 0, you are going to sleep in Shinjuku and next day you are moving to Ueno. Probably it is much easier if you just go to Ueno? Or probably you can stay in Shinjuku or Ikebukuro instead of moving around. Well, as I said, in general, it is well planned. Just thought you could fine tune the plan.

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6. Re: Please critique 15-day Tokyo itinerary

How would you assess the pacing of this itinerary? It seems to me that other people cover the places above in a few days, so should we add things or can we combine 2 days? I enjoy just walking around and getting to know different areas, but we don't need a really slow pace. (Just not keen on getting on and off public transport every 2 hours or so to get to the next tourist attraction.)

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