After breakfast you will board a train for Tokyo, Japan’s capital and by far its most populous metropolitan area. Tokyo, formerly called Edo, became the defacto capital in 1603 when the feudal warlord Tokugawa Ieyasu became shogun. After you arrive in Tokyo your first stop will be to visit the Meiji Grand Shrine, which enshrines the spirits of the Meiji emperor who officially transferred the capital to Tokyo in 1868 when practical rule of Japan was restored to the imperial household. Set in a deep green forest in the center of Tokyo, the solemnity of the Meiji Grand Shrine provides a stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of the city beyond the trees.
From the traditional to the contemporary; after the shrine you will make the short walk to Harajuku, Tokyo’s youth mecca ascendant. On weekends the streets of Harajuku’s Takeshita Street throng with teenagers out shopping in what was until very recently the epicenter of all Japanese fashion trends.
After seeing Tokyo’s most famous youth area you will continue to Shibuya, famous across the world for its hectic scramble crossing. After you’ve seen—and maybe even experienced—the scramble crossing and had some time in Shibuya you will go to Asakusa and walk down the shop lined Nakamise street until you reach Asakusa Kannon Temple, one of the country’s most visited Buddhist temples. Maybe try some traditional Japanese snacks or purchase some Japanese hand crafts on Nakamise street before heading back to the hotel for the night.
(Accommodation: Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo or similar)