Tokyo Ashigarashimo District: A 5-Day Cultural and Scenic Exploration

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by Scarlett

April 17, 2024 · 3 min read

Tokyo Ashigarashimo District 5 Days Itinerary

Embark on a 5-day journey through Tokyo's bustling streets and the serene Ashigarashimo District. Begin your adventure in the lush expanse of Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, a tranquil oasis amidst the city's skyscrapers. Spend the rest of your first day exploring the vibrant Shinjuku City, known for its endless shopping and entertainment options. Day 2 takes you to the iconic Tokyo Tower for panoramic views, followed by a dive into the electric atmosphere of Akihabara Electric Town, a paradise for tech enthusiasts and anime fans. The third day is steeped in tradition with a visit to Asakusa's historic streets, the ancient Sensō-ji temple, and the towering Tokyo Skytree for another perspective of the city. On Day 4, discover the futuristic side of Tokyo in Daiba and engage with cutting-edge technology at The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. Conclude your trip with a retreat to nature on Day 5, marveling at the volcanic valley of Owakudani and unwinding by the serene Lake Ashi in the Ashigarashimo District. This itinerary promises a perfect mix of metropolitan marvels and natural wonders.

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Day 1: Serenity and Buzz in the Heart of Tokyo

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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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Kickstarting our Tokyo adventure, the tranquil Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden awaits as our first stop. Nestled in the bustling district of Shinjuku, this expansive park is a harmonious blend of traditional Japanese, English, and French garden designs. With over 20,000 trees, including cherry blossoms that put on a spectacular show in spring, the garden offers a serene escape from the city's frenzy. Spend a couple of hours wandering through the meticulously maintained landscapes, discover the serene Taiwan Pavilion, and enjoy a peaceful moment by the central pond. It's an urban oasis that promises to refresh your spirit before diving into the vibrant city life.

Attraction Info

  • 11 Naitōmachi, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0014, Japan
  • Suggested tour duration: 2-3 hour
  • Open from 10/1-3/14,Tue-Sun,9:00am-4:30pm;Open from 3/15-6/30,Tue-Sun,9:00am-6:00pm;Open from 7/1-8/20,Tue-Sun,9:00am-7:00pm;Open from 8/21-9/30,Tue-Sun,9:00am-6:00pm;Closed on Mon,*The park is open every Monday from March 25 to April 24 and November 1 to 15; Rest days: year-end and New Year holidays (December 29th to January 3rd).

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Shinjuku City

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After immersing in the calm of Shinjuku Gyoen, it's time to explore the dynamic Shinjuku City itself. This characteristic neighborhood is the embodiment of Tokyo's fast-paced culture, where modern skyscrapers, shopping havens, and entertainment hotspots collide. Dedicate the rest of your day to uncovering the hidden gems of Shinjuku. From the robot restaurants to the underground bars, the area pulsates with energy. Don't miss the chance to view Tokyo from above at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building's observation decks. As the sun sets, the district transforms, offering a dazzling nightlife scene that's sure to captivate every traveler.

Attraction Info

  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Suggested tour duration: 0.5-1 day
  • Open 24 hours
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Day 2: Soaring Views and Electric Dreams in Tokyo

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Tokyo Tower

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Begin your second day in Tokyo with a sky-high adventure at Tokyo Tower. As the first stop of the day, this iconic landmark offers an observation deck that promises breathtaking panoramic views of the city. Spend an hour marveling at the scenery from this 333-meter-tall tower, located at 4 Chome-2-8 Shibakoen, Minato. The tower's unique structure, reminiscent of the Eiffel Tower, is not just a feast for the eyes but also a symbol of Japan's post-war rebirth and modernization.

Attraction Info

  • 4 Chome-2-8 Shibakoen, Minato, Tokyo
  • Suggested tour duration: 1-2 hour
  • Open from 9:00am-10:30pm,Main Deck(150m): 9:00-22:30(Last admission 22:00) Top Deck Tour(250m):9:00-22:15(Last admission 21:30-21:45)

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Akihabara Electric Town

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After descending from the heights of Tokyo Tower, immerse yourself in the buzzing atmosphere of Akihabara Electric Town. This characteristic neighborhood is a paradise for tech enthusiasts and anime fans alike. Allocate a full day to explore the endless rows of electronics shops, gaming stores, and manga outlets. Akihabara, situated at 1 Chome-12 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, is more than just a shopping district; it's a cultural experience that encapsulates the innovative spirit and pop culture of Tokyo.

Attraction Info

  • 1 Chome-12 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0021, Japan
  • Suggested tour duration: 0.5-1 day
  • Open 24 hours

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Day 3: Asakusa's Cultural Charms and Sky-High Views

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Asakusa

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Kicking off Day 3 in the heart of Tokyo, Asakusa offers a full day's immersion into a neighborhood that brims with character. As you wander through the bustling streets of Asakusa, Taito City, you're transported into a world where old Tokyo charm fuses with modern-day vibrancy. This district, known for its traditional atmosphere, is a cultural treasure trove waiting to be explored. From the iconic Kaminarimon Gate, which heralds the entrance to the area's spiritual center, to the quaint shops selling artisan crafts and local snacks, Asakusa is a feast for the senses that promises an unforgettable day-long adventure.

Attraction Info

  • Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan
  • Suggested tour duration: 0.5-1 day

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Sensō-ji

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Just a stone's throw from the neighborhood's entrance, the venerable Sensō-ji Temple stands as a monument to peace and contemplation amidst the city's hustle. As Tokyo's oldest temple, it commands respect and admiration, drawing visitors into its rich history and serene grounds. Spend an hour here to soak in the spiritual ambiance, marvel at the intricate architecture, and perhaps catch a glimpse of traditional rituals that have been practiced for centuries. Sensō-ji is not just a temple; it's a journey through time, offering a profound connection to Tokyo's ancestral roots.

Attraction Info

  • 2-chōme-3-1 Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan
  • Suggested tour duration: 1-2 hour
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Tokyo Skytree

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Concluding the day's journey, Tokyo Skytree presents an unparalleled opportunity to witness the city from new heights. As the tallest structure in Japan, the Skytree's observation decks offer breathtaking panoramic views that stretch to the horizon. An hour here, especially as the sun sets, is an hour spent in awe of Tokyo's sprawling metropolis, glittering rivers, and distant mountains. The Skytree is more than just a viewpoint; it's a celebration of human ingenuity and a testament to the city's ever-reaching aspirations.

Attraction Info

  • 1 Chome-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida City, Tokyo 131-0045, Japan
  • Suggested tour duration: 1-2 hour
  • Open from 04/01-04/06,10:00am-10:00pm;Open from 04/08-04/13,10:00am-10:00pm;Open from 04/16-04/20,10:00am-10:00pm;Open from 04/22-04/27,10:00am-10:00pm;Open from 05/07-05/11,10:00am-10:00pm;Open from 05/13-05/14,10:00am-10:00pm;Open from 05/16-05/18,10:00am-10:00pm;Open from 05/20-05/25,10:00am-10:00pm;Open from 05/27-05/31,10:00am-10:00pm;Open 10:00am-9:00pm on 04/15;Open 10:00am-9:00pm on 05/15;Open 9:00am-10:00pm on 04/07;Open 9:00am-10:00pm on 04/14;Open 9:00am-10:00pm on 04/21;Open from 04/28-05/02,9:00am-10:00pm;Open 9:00am-10:00pm on 05/12;Open 9:00am-10:00pm on 05/19;Open 9:00am-10:00pm on 05/26;Open from 05/03-05/06,8:00am-10:00pm,Last admission for the TOKYO SKYTREE Tembo Deck is 8 p.m. for the TOKYO SKYTREE Tembo Galleria is 8:30 p.m
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Day 4: Exploring the Futuristic Charm of Daiba and a Journey through Science

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Daiba

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Begin your fourth day in Tokyo with a visit to the vibrant and characteristic neighborhood of Daiba, nestled in Minato City. This modern waterfront area is a hub of entertainment and innovation, offering a day's worth of exploration and excitement. As you stroll through Daiba, take in the futuristic architecture and the bustling atmosphere that makes this district a must-visit. From shopping at diverse malls to relaxing in seaside parks, Daiba presents a unique blend of activities that cater to every traveler's taste.

Attraction Info

  • Minato City, Tokyo 135-0091, Japan
  • Suggested tour duration: 1 day

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The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation

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After immersing yourself in the lively spirit of Daiba, continue your day with an intellectual twist at The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. Located just a short journey away in Koto City, this science museum captivates visitors with its interactive exhibits and cutting-edge displays. Spend a couple of hours delving into the wonders of science and technology, and leave with a deeper understanding of the world's emerging scientific advancements. The museum's engaging approach to education makes it an enlightening experience for all ages.

Attraction Info

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  • Suggested tour duration: 2 hour
  • Open on Mon, Wed-Sun,10:00am-5:00pm;Closed on Tue
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Day 5: Hakone's Natural Wonders - Owakudani and Lake Ashi

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Owakudani

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Begin your final day with a visit to the steaming volcanic valley of Owakudani, a testament to Earth's fiery power. Nestled in the heart of Hakone, this sulfurous site offers a unique experience where visitors can witness billowing plumes of steam and purchase the famous black eggs, boiled in the naturally hot waters. The eggs are said to extend one's life by seven years. A short cable car ride from Sengokuhara, Owakudani provides not only a geological spectacle but also panoramic views of Mount Fuji on clear days.

Attraction Info

  • 1251 Sengokuhara, Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa 250-0631, Japan
  • Suggested tour duration: 1-2 hour
  • The specific business status is subject to the opening situation on that day.

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Lake Ashi

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Conclude your Tokyo Ashigarashimo District adventure with a serene day at Lake Ashi. This crater lake, framed by Mount Hakone and offering reflections of Mount Fuji, is a picture-perfect end to your journey. Spend the day leisurely cruising on a pirate ship, exploring the lakeside shrines, or simply soaking in the tranquil atmosphere. The lake's mystical beauty is a fitting finale to your five-day exploration, leaving you with lasting memories of Japan's natural elegance.

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  • Lake Ashi, Motohakone, Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa 250-0522, Japan
  • Suggested tour duration: 0.5-1 day

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Tokyo Ashigarashimo District 5 Days Itinerary