Yes, we know your meticulously curated feed is life. But if you're looking for more unusual experiences that also make for unique OOTD backdrops, know this: There’s more to Japan than what you usually see on Instagram. Tokyo, in particular, is more than just a haven of street style and kawaii culture. If you’re planning a trip soon, try getting an early start to veer off the crowded tourist spots. Here’s a quick guide to making the most out of your three days in this dynamic city.
Visit Ueno Park soon after landing
Open: 24 hours
5-2 0 Uenokoen, Taito, Tokyo 110-0007
One of Japan’s most popular public parks, Ueno Park was established in 1873 on temple grounds. Now, it is a calm space with museums for you to visit. If you come during springtime, you can catch cherry blossom trees in full bloom. Schedule your visit as early as 6 a.m. and take a stroll through the city's vibrant streets to avoid flocks of other tourists later in the day.
Order pancakes for brunch at Moke’s Bread and Breakfast
Open: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
1-17-8 Uemeguro, Meguro, Tokyo 153-0051
Thanks to Moke’s Bread and Breakfast opening stores in Japan, the Japanese have become quite obsessed with their pancakes! This OG chain in Tokyo serves picture-perfect bites. Moke’s opens at 10 a.m. but lines can get really long even before opening hours so come here early to reserve your spot.
Explore Alice in Labyrinth
Open: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m
5/F Taiyo Building, 8-8-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Spend the rest of your day exploring themed attractions like Alice in Labyrinth. This unique dining experience transports you into a wonderland with matching themed food and ambiance. Explore the themed rooms in the restaurant and try their storybook-inspired food choices.
Shop from the local markets
There are many alleys full of all sorts of goods in Japan. For breakfast, check out the local fruits in season. We recommend buying fresh strawberries—they are especially big, sweet, and juicy! For lunch, do as the locals do and dine in neighborhood ramen and sushi restaurants.
Visit Robot Restaurant
Open: 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. (each show lasts 90 min)
1-7-1 Kabukicho, B2F, Shinjuku, Tokyo
The Robot Restaurant is a modern-day cabaret spectacle that’s quickly becoming a top tourist attraction in Japan. Schedule a visit during the late afternoon or early evening to make the most of the light shows, sword fights, and fantastic costumes.
Grab a drink at any of the izakayas in Kabukicho, Shinjuku
While in Tokyo, you need to experience the city’s nightlife. Visit Club Ai for a sensory decoration overload or simply have a few drinks at any of the local pubs or izakayas.
Go for a morning hike at Mount Takao
Takaomachi, Hachioji, Tokyo 193-0844
Mount Takao is one of the closest natural recreation spots to Tokyo's city proper. It only takes 50 minutes by Keio Line to get there from Shinjuku, and the hike itself takes only around 90 minutes. To get to the peak much faster, you can take the more scenic route via cable car.
Shop ‘til you drop for anything and everything at Don Quijote, Asakusa
Open: 24 hours
2-10 Asakusa Taito-ku Tokyo 111-0032
From food to electronics and even designer bags and watches, Don Quijote has everything you ever wanted and didn’t even know you could buy in a 24-hour store. They offer 8% tax refund for tourists so make sure you bring your passport when you shop.
Decompress at Somei Onsen Sakura
Open: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
5 Chome-4-2 4 Komagome, Toshima, Tokyo 170-0003
After a busy day of shopping, soothe your tired muscles by visiting an authentic Japanese onsen. Using 100% pure water from a natural hot spring, this respite right in the middle of the city has its own cherry blossom trees, adding to its charm and relaxing ambiance. It's the perfect way to end your three-day stay.
Get more done in Tokyo in just three days by scheduling your arrival at sunrise. Japan Airlines has flights from Manila to Haneda that can get you there as early as 4:55 am, giving you an early start to your Tokyo adventure.
Learn more about Japan Airlines’ new flight here.