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Summary

This 36-hour itinerary in Tokyo offers a blend of serene nature walks, cultural explorations, and culinary delights. From the peaceful Todoroki Ravine Park to the vibrant streets of Ginza, and the historical significance of Gotokuji Temple, travelers will experience the multifaceted beauty of Tokyo. The guide also includes unique dining experiences, from traditional Japanese confectioneries to contemporary art spaces, and concludes with a relaxing morning of brunch and shopping for traditional wares.

🌿 Day 1: Nature and Nightlife

Begin your Tokyo adventure with a serene nature walk in Todoroki Ravine Park, followed by an exploration of Ginza's retail and culinary delights, and conclude with a unique dining experience under a historic viaduct and a cocktail performance.

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🌳 Todoroki Ravine Park

Tokyo's only natural valley, offering a peaceful escape with beautiful bamboo groves and Japanese zelkova trees lining the natural valley within the city.

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Tips

Enter the park at Golf Bashi bridge, a bright red iron structure that straddles the Yazawa River, and don't miss the Todoroki Fudoson Buddhist temple at the peak, offering a breathtaking view of blossoming plum and cherry trees.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +81 3-3704-4972
🕒   Hours: See hours
📍   Address: 1 Chome-22-26 Todoroki, Setagaya City, Tokyo 158-0082, Japan

🍡 Ginza Akebono

A traditional Japanese confectionery shop that dates back to 1948, known for its signature treat of strawberries and sweet azuki bean paste wrapped in mochi, as well as the delightful sakura mochi, a pink concoction made to evoke cherry blossom season.

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Tips

Indulge in the signature treat of strawberries and sweet azuki bean paste wrapped in mochi, or try the sakura mochi for a taste of the cherry blossom season.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +81 3-3571-3640
🕒   Hours: See hours
📍   Address: 5 Chome-7-19 Ginza, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0061, Japan

🍽️ Hibiya Okuroji

A dining and shopping plaza under a historic rail bridge, offering inventive varieties of tempura such as salmon roe nested on roasted seaweed at the Oshio Tempura and Wine Bar, and charcoal-grilled eel coated in a sweet soy-based sauce at Unafuji.

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Tips

Before dining, explore Japanese craftsmanship in leather wallets and handbags at Tideway, and indigo-dyed goods at Mizuno Dye Factory for a unique shopping experience.

Travel Information
📍   Address: 1 Chome-7-1 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 100-0011, Japan
🔗   Profiles: Facebook Instagram

🍸 No.

A hipster bar in Yoyogi-Uehara known for its cocktail performances and Japanese-Nordic spirit, where cocktails are all numbered instead of named, and thoughtful alcohol-free options are available.

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Tips

Enjoy the choreographed elegance of the waistcoat-wearing cocktail makers and savor a drink while soaking in the Japanese-Nordic ambiance.

🎨 Day 1: Cultural Exploration

Dive into Tokyo's rich culture with a visit to Gotokuji Temple, enjoy a fresh Japanese lunch, get up close to contemporary art, and end the day with either a luxurious sushi meal or a comforting bowl of ramen.

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🏯 Gotokuji Temple

Gotokuji Temple is a peaceful Buddhist temple surrounded by thousands of maneki-neko figures, symbolizing good luck.

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Tips

Take the Tokyu-Setagaya line for a glimpse into middle-class Japanese life and explore the serene cemetery and pagoda within the temple grounds.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +81 3-3426-1437
🌐   Website: https://gotokuji.jp/
🕒   Hours: See hours
📍   Address: 2 Chome-24-7 Gotokuji, Setagaya City, Tokyo 154-0021, Japan

🍱 Lakan-ka

Lakan-ka offers a delightful obanzai lunch tray with a variety of tastes, including small vegetable and seafood dishes with multigrain rice, a miso soup, and an omelet whorled like a shell.

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Tips

Complement your meal with a selection of teas infused with monk fruit, native to China, for a unique and refreshing dining experience.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +81 3-6447-1805
🕒   Hours: See hours
📍   Address: Japan, 〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Jingumae, 3 Chome−7−8 ブレノワール青山 1F
🔗   Profiles: Facebook Instagram

🖼️ Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum

The Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum celebrates the vibrant abstract art of Taro Okamoto in his former studio, featuring large and vibrant abstract paintings and stacked head sculptures.

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Tips

Don't miss the lush tropical garden with whimsical sculptures, offering a serene and inspiring setting to appreciate Okamoto's artistic legacy.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +81 3-3406-0801
🕒   Hours: See hours
⏳   Typical duration: 1 hour
📍   Address: 6 Chome-1-19 Minamiaoyama, Minato City, Tokyo 107-0062, Japan
🔗   Profiles: X (Twitter)

🍣 Sushiya-Ono

Sushiya-Ono is a basement sushi bar offering an exquisite omakase experience, with fresh market fish and delicate, traditional sushi offerings.

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Tips

Reservations are required for this intimate dining experience, providing a unique opportunity to savor authentic Japanese sushi in a cozy setting.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +81 3-3441-5524
🕒   Hours: See hours
📍   Address: 4 Chome-11-8 Ebisu, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0013, Japan

🌸 Day 1: Relaxing Morning

Conclude your Tokyo journey with a leisurely brunch at Iki Roastery & Eatery, a stroll through Kiyosumi Gardens, and a shopping spree for traditional Japanese kitchenware and ceramics.

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🍽️ Iki Roastery & Eatery

A spacious cafe offering a simple yet delightful brunch near the Sumida River. The open industrial space with vaulted wood ceilings creates a serene ambiance for a relaxing meal.

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Tips

Try the salmon quiche and chocolate croissant in the shape of a nautilus shell for a delectable and visually appealing brunch experience.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +81 3-6659-2570
🌐   Website: https://www.iki-espresso.com/iki-rostery-eatery/
🕒   Hours: See hours
⏳   Typical duration: 1-2 hours
📍   Address: 1 Chome-4-7 Tokiwa, Koto City, Tokyo 135-0006, Japan

🌳 Kiyosumi Gardens

A beautifully groomed garden with turtles, ducks, and carp swimming in a large pond. The stone paths and lush greenery provide a tranquil escape from the bustling city, perfect for a peaceful morning stroll.

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Tips

Visit in spring for cherry and plum blossoms, and don't miss Basho's haiku inscribed on a rock, adding a touch of poetic charm to the serene surroundings.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +81 3-3641-5892
🕒   Hours: See hours
⏳   Typical duration: 1.5 hours
📍   Address: 3 Chome-3-9 Kiyosumi, Koto City, Tokyo 135-0024, Japan
🔗   Profiles: X (Twitter)

🍽️ Kappa Bashi

Tokyo's kitchenware district, a treasure trove for traditional Japanese ceramics and knives. The district offers an array of shops specializing in high-quality kitchenware, making it a paradise for culinary enthusiasts.

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Tips

Explore Dengama for beautifully crafted ceramics and Majimaya for an assortment of confectionary tools, allowing you to bring a piece of Japanese culinary artistry back home.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +81 3-3844-1225
📍   Address: 3 Chome-18-2 Matsugaya, Taito City, Tokyo 110-0036, Japan
🔗   Profiles: Facebook