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Tokyo, literally the Eastern capital, previously named Edo is Japan’s capital since 1868; it is the emperor’s residence and Japan’s political center. It is famous for its sky scrappers as well as its small charming streets. It is a large city with 13 million inhabitants, yet you should try to get a feel for it even if you have just one day.

1. The fish market

If you are brave or motivated; you might want to get up early that morning and get to the Tsujiki fish market while they still allow foreigners to witness the tuna auction sales. Beware it starts at 5 AM. It is very impressive to see these big rare fish being sold. On the way out you way wonder around Tokyo’s largest wholesale market

2. The parks

Have breakfast and head for the emperor’s palace in Chiyoda, the palace cannot really be visited but you may enjoy the park and the sight. Then take the subway to Ueno and Ueno park, if you are visiting at Spring time you might be lucky and enjoy the two or three weeks when the cherry trees blossom. It is unforgettable.

Then head to the Senso-Ji temple and its surroundings have lunch before you head to the riverbank in Sumida. Before taking the boat to Tsujiki you will admire the Philip Stark flame on the Asahi building. The riverboat ride will take you to Hamarikyutaien Park. Again enjoy the park. At that point you are close again from the wholesale fish market, but it will be closed as you near the end of the day, so try a tea ceremony at the teahouse in the park instead.

3. The nightlife

By dinnertime you have a choice of various lively areas to have dinner, Minato-Roppongi, Shinjuku/Shibuya, etc.… If you like karaoke you will have plenty of opportunities to exercise your talent.

Enjoy the day…

Tokyo one day tour map (short)

Tokyo one day tour map (short)

Tsujiki wholesale fish market

Tsujiki wholesale fish market

Tokyo imperial palace

Tokyo imperial palace

Ueno Park Cherry Blossom

Ueno Park Cherry Blossom

Asahi Flame by Philip Stark in Sumida

Asahi Flame by Philip Stark in Sumida

Hama Rikyu Garden Tea ceremony

Hama Rikyu Garden Tea ceremony

Hama Rikyu Garden Sun Set

Hama Rikyu Garden Sun Set

Lights in Shinjuku

Lights in Shinjuku

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